African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4131

Full Length Research Paper

Barriers to product innovation among the manufacturing micro, small and medium enterprises in Malawi

Davies Emmanuel Mweta
  • Davies Emmanuel Mweta
  • Department of Applied Studies, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Limbe, Malawi.
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Fizza Suwadi
  • Fizza Suwadi
  • Malawi College of Accountancy, Blantyre, Malawi.
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  •  Received: 01 March 2021
  •  Accepted: 15 June 2021
  •  Published: 30 September 2021

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