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    The internationalization of African firms: opportunities, challenges and risks

    Boso, N. and Adeleye, I. and Ibeh, Kevin and Chizema, A. (2019) The internationalization of African firms: opportunities, challenges and risks. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    There has been a marked increase in the internationalization activities of African firms over the last two decades or so, resulting in the emergence of regional challenger firms that are aggressively competing with foreign multinationals in terrains historically dominated by the latter. However, our understanding of this phenomenon is limited, as empirical research examining the nature of internationalization of African firms is scarce, and research directly investigating drivers, outcomes, and boundary conditions of the internationalization of African firms is lacking. The goal of this special issue, therefore, is to contribute to the scholarly understanding of the increasingly prevalent internationalization of African firms. This guest editorial provides a summary of the six articles in this special issue, and highlights three broad thematic issues: internationalization opportunities for African firms (accelerated private-sector development and regional integration, and ability to overcome institutional voids); internationalization challenges (global competitiveness challenges, limited management and cross-cultural capabilities, and overcoming the liability of Africanness); and internationalization risks (losing focus on home markets and over-internationalization).


    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Internationalization Strategy, Emerging Markets, Exports, Africa-to-Africa Internationalization, Africa
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Kevin Ibeh
    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 14:33
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:41


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