Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development


Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development

The Role of Chinese and European MNEs

9781788113571 Edward Elgar Publishing
Xiaolan Fu, Department of International Development, Oxford University, UK, George Owusu Essegbey and Godfred Kwasi Frempong, Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPRI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Accra, Ghana
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 357 1 Extent: 232 pp
Drawing on original research, Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development presents an extensive analysis of MNEs in Africa, taking Ghana as a case study, and broaching subject matter previously unaddressed in the field. Looking at MNEs impacts – both positive and negative – this book examines skill transfer from foreign management to local workers, the impact of MNEs on the improvement of local production capabilities, as well as their contributions to sustainable development goals.

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Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are everywhere and the perception of their engagement in myriad activities ranges between extremely positive and extremely negative. Based on original comprehensive research, this groundbreaking book examines the impact of Chinese and European MNEs in the African context. Sharing knowledge and insights from the authors’ empirical research, Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development uses Ghana as a case study to analyse trends in MNEs and assess the advantages and disadvantages of their involvement.

The book examines the role of MNEs in Ghana’s industrial sector, their management practices and the effects of skill transfer from foreign managers to local workers. The authors explore the impact MNEs are having on the development of local capabilities, the contribution of MNEs to sustainable development goals, and the benefits and drawbacks of foreign direct investment in Ghana. The roles of work and social networks, and the differences between European and Chinese MNEs, all subjects previously unaddressed in the field are exposed in depth.

The insights presented in this book will be of significant interest to policy makers, both public and private sector development practitioners, and students of development, as well as any readers concerned with addressing better engagement with key economic actors on the African continent.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. MNEs, managerial knowledge transfer and local capability building: Conceptual framework 3. MNEs and the industrial sector in Ghana 4. Management practices of MNEs in Ghana 5. Knowledge transfer in MNEs in Africa: A comparison between Chinese and European MNEs in Ghana, Xiaolan Fu and Hao Xu 6. MNEs and managerial knowledge transfer to Africa: A comparison between Chinese and European MNEs in the construction sector in Ghana, Cyrielle Auffray and Xiaolan Fu 7. MNEs and their impact on local capabilities building and sustainable development 8. Conclusions and policy implications References Index
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