Rabi Sidi Ali

PhD Topic

Entrepreneurs Growth Intentions: A case of female-owned small businesses in Ghana´s tourism sector

  • This study addresses an under-researched area of female tourism entrepreneurs and their growth intention from the perspective of a Sub- Saharan African country -Ghana. The aim of this study is to investigate “why some female entrepreneurs achieve growth objectives while others do not”.



  • 1968 Born in Sekondi, Ghana
  • 1985-1987 Obtained a National Diploma in Marketing-Kaduna Polytechnic, Nigeria
  • 1988-1990 Obtained Higher National Diploma in Marketing-Kaduna Polytechnic, Nigeria
  • 1991-1992 Served National Youth Service Corp
  • 2002-2003 Obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Management-Bayero University, Nigeria
  • 2004-2006 Obtained Master of Business Administration-Bayero University, Nigeria
  • Since 2013 PhD candidate at International Small Enterprises and Training (SEPT) Program


Professional Experience

  • 1996-2001 Marketing officer 1-Nigerian Television Authority (NTA1CH5) Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2001-2003 Customer consultant-Ericsson dealership, Abuja MYPHONE, Nigeria
  • 2007-Date Lecturer Marketing Customer Interface-Takoradi Polytechnic, Ghana
  • 2010-2012 Lecturer Tourism Marketing-Takoradi Polytechnic, Ghana
  • 2009-2012 Team member of Examination coordinators for School of Business, Takoradi-Polytechnic, Ghana


Conferences and Workshop participation

  • 2010 Employee motivation in Ghana: Paper presented at University of Winneba, Ghana International conference of Home Economic Research Association of Ghana
  • 2012 Strength and weaknesses of tourism destination in developing countries, Paper presented at International conference on Challenges of the Global Economy, Institute of International Business (University of GDANSKI-Poland)
  • 2012 An economic impact analysis and enhancement strategies of female-owned small businesses in Ghana tourism sector, Paper presented at International PhD conference, Ruhr Universitat in Bochum/Institute of Research and Development


General Research Interests

  • Tourism marketing/Service marketing, tourism entrepreneurship and small tourism enterprises
  • Tourism representations in the context of gender, culture, ethnicity
  • More interested in relating the application of qualitative research techniques to tourism research



  • 1991 Assessment of consumer patronage motives of Retail stores: A case of Leventis Ltd, Kaduna Nigeria (An unpublished student thesis)
  • 2003 Shoppers considerations of retail stores in Kano Metropolis, Nigeria. (A post graduate diploma thesis)
  • 2005 Training and staff development as a veritable tool for organization success (A Master thesis- unpublished)
  • 2013 Reviewed Paper: Entrepreneurship and Violet conflict in developing countries: Bruck et al, 2012 (WIDER, Working paper)
  • Ewur, G. and Sidi Ali, R. (2016). Retail banking in Ghana: Critical factors for success. European Journal of Business Management; ISSN-2222-1905 (Paper), 2222-2839, Vol. 8-12
  • Ewur, G. and Sidi Ali, R. (2016). The Banking sector in Ghana: Factors responsible for the dominance of retail banking. European Journal of Business Management. ISSN-2222-1905, Vol. 8-12
  • Sidi Ali, R. (2016). Feminist theory and its influence on female entrepreneur’s growth intentions. In: M. Kosala, M. Urbaniec & A. Zur (Eds), Entreprenurship: Antecedents and Effects. (“Przedsiębiorczość Międzynarodowa”, vol. 2, no. 2). Kraków: Cracow University of Economics, pp. 27-42. ISBN 978-83-65262-08-0


    Rabi Sidi Ali

    International SEPT Program
    Leipzig University
    Ritterstr. 9-13
    04109 Leipzig

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