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Place-based and Place-bound Realities : A Chinese Firm's Embeddedness in Tanzania

Raum-basierte und raumgebundene Realitäten : eine chinesische Firmengebundenheit in Tansania
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Men, Tanny

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Abstract "The paper presents a single case study of how one Chinese firm operates in Dar es Salaam and how the firm's embeddedness and unique managerial style in the local context affect local benefits for Tanzanian employees. The results demonstrate the need to fill a gap in the knowledge about Chinese economic activities in Africa, particularly in relation to the cultural constructs present in manager-employee interactions. The findings paint a picture of a firm that intends to localize its business strategies and engage a local labour force, but similarly reveals the inherent cultural, behavioural and social norms of Chinese management, which may create organizational challenges and power differentials in the workplace." (author's abstract)
Keywords Tanzania; Chinese; enterprise; labor relations; interaction; globalization; strategy; employment conditions; management; cultural difference; cultural factors; stability; personnel policy; English-speaking Africa; East Africa; developing country; Africa; Africa South of the Sahara
Classification Sociology of Economics; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 103-138
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
Issue topic Understanding Chinese-African Interactions in Africa
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs