Handbook of Emerging Market Multinational Corporations
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Handbook of Emerging Market Multinational Corporations

Edited by Mehmet Demirbag and Attilia Yaprak

This Handbook, compiled by leading scholars of international business, focuses on why emerging market multinationals internationalize, how they do so, what advantages they explore and exploit as they internationalize, and what strategies they implement when competing abroad. Collectively, these contributions offer interesting insight into emerging market multinationals’ internationalization drivers, growth processes, and expansion behaviour and underscore how these might be similar to and different from the international expansion of developed country internationalizing firms.
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Chapter 10: South African multinationals in Africa: growth and controversy

Geoffrey Wood


Since the ending of apartheid, South African multinational corporations (MNCs) have become increasingly prominent in tropical Africa. However, the present profile and role reflects very much longer historical legacies. This chapter provides a brief introduction into the economic history of relations between South Africa and the continent at large, the activities of South African MNCs in the apartheid era, before moving on to explore present opportunities, challenges and controversies surrounding their role across the continent at large. The latter focuses specifically on the case of three of the most prominent South African multinationals, in the beverage, retail and mining sectors, SAB-Miller, Shoprite and Anglo American, respectively.

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