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Call for Papers I: The Inaugural Conference I August 13 - 15, 2014

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Once described as “the hopeless continent”, Africa is now widely regarded as “the next growth frontier”! Western multinationals from countries with strong colonial linkages with Africa, such as the UK, France and Portugal, now find themselves competing not only with multinationals from other developed economies, but also with emerging market multinationals from countries such as China and India. In this so-called “New Scramble for
Africa”, Africa-based firms are not left behind, as many firms from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and other countries have initiated aggressive regional expansion strategies.
To advance our understanding of these recent developments, the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter is delighted to announce its inaugural conference, with the theme: “Africa Rising: The Internationalization of African Firms and the Prospects for Western and Eastern Multinationals”.
The conference welcomes conceptual and empirical papers, as well as teaching case studies and panels from scholars, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students, business professionals and policy makers, which contribute to a greater understanding of the internationalization strategies and behaviour of African firms, and how foreign-owned multinationals are (re)positioning themselves to win as competition in the product and talent markets within the region intensifies.
The conference will consider unpublished original competitive papers, interactive papers, panels and teaching cases for the following tracks:
Track 1: The Internationalization of African Firms: Strategies, Patterns and Outcomes
Track 2: Doing Business in Africa: Prospects and Challenges for Foreign Multinationals
Track 3: International Business and Management / General Track
Track 4: Teaching Innovation and Teaching Cases in International Business
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