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Leonid Gokhberg


Marie-Luce Kühn1, Wilma Viviers1, Nisha Sewdass2, Jonathan Calof3,4
  • 1 North-West University, Private Bag X 6001, Potchefstroom, 2531, South Africa
  • 2 University of South Africa, Preller St., Muckleneuk, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa
  • 3 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
  • 4 Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada

The Business Anticipatory Ecosystem outside the “First World”: Competitive Intelligence in South Africa

2020. Vol. 14. No. 3. P. 72–87 [issue contents]

The purpose of this article is to extend the Competitive Intelligence (CI) business ecosystem concept and measurements, as developed by our previous work, to South Africa. The article is based on a pioneer study on the CI business ecosystem conducted outside North America and demonstrates how the concept and measurements are applicable in other countries.The business ecosystem view considers the state of CI both in terms of intelligence practice (by firms) and the support system that enables firm practice. For this study, measures from past studies and additional revised measures were used to examine firms’ CI practice as well as CI supporting systems within government, academia, and professional associations. Through multiple lines of research, the study noted that CI remains a practiced discipline in South Africa with evidence of the field having evolved within the country. While CI practices have grown in terms of some elements (for example, academic contribution), activities in other aspects of the ecosystem have declined such as association involvement, conferences, workshops, and training. Future research should be conducted to better understand the changes in these elements and their impact upon CI practice.


Kuhn M.-L., Viviers W., Sewdass N., Calof J. (2020) The Business Anticipatory Ecosystem outside the «First World»: Competitive Intelligence in South Africa. Foresight and STI Governance, vol. 14, no 3, pp. 72–87. DOI: 10.17323/2500-2597.2020.3.72.87

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