Global business and emerging economies: towards a new perspective on the effects of e-waste

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah

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Although there has been a growing body of research on the detrimental effects of electronic waste (e-waste) in emerging economies, this fails to capture a complete picture of the subject. The purpose of this paper is to address this deficit in our understanding by developing a unified perspective of the effects of e-waste. The paper advances three main perspectives (i.e. the positive, detrimental and the unified perspectives) of the effects of e-waste in emerging economies. These perspectives unify the existing scattered streams of research on the subject to offer more robust explanations of the effects of e-waste in developing countries. Through an illustrative case of an emerging economy, the paper demonstrates that contrary to the perceived view that e-waste from advanced economies to developing countries is detrimental; some sectors such as the second-hand market, aftermarket and repair industry have flourished. The paper outlines a range of strategies for countries that can be adopted to develop and enhance environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Early online date11 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • Electronic waste
  • e-waste
  • Global business
  • Externalities
  • Africa


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