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Titel: Kenya Country Background Report
Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (SAFIC) Project
Forfatter: McCormick, Dorothy; Kamau, Paul; Thomsen, Lotte; Maalu, Jackson; Upadhyaya, Radha; Nyukuri, Wamalwa
Resume: Few would deny that the business environment plays an important role in the success or failure of firms everywhere. Social, political, and economic institutions are crucial determinants of business environment and to a firm’s ability to set and implement strategies. Factors such as political stability, the health of the macro---economy, the state of the infrastructure, and the availability of needed skills affect firms’ cost structures and ultimately their profits. African business environments are rapidly changing. From being viewed as the ‘hopeless Continent’ at the turn of the 21st century, Africa is now seen as a place of many opportunities (Economist, 2000, 2010). The Successful African Firms and Institutional Change (SAFIC) project was born out of the recognition that although African business environments remain to some extent challenging, it is clear that they are changing rapidly. The research project aims to investigate how and why African firms are able to be successful in such changing business and institutional environments. The project also focuses on firm specific characteristics that are rarely discussed in the context of African firms. In this project, we are conducting primary research in three African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. Researchers have since 2012 been studying two sub--sectors in each country. One – food processing – is common to the three countries; the second has been selected due to its importance for each country’s political economy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9526
Dato: 2017-10-02

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