Survival of the fittest: A study of the effects of Chinese entrepreneurship in Kenya

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ANZAM
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Conference Proceeding
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Proceedings of the 30th Annual Australian New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference : Under New Management: Innovating for Sustainable and Just Futures, 2016
Issue Date:
2016-12-01
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The increasing presence of Chinese players in the Kenyan market is indisputable. Their motivations, business acumen and how that impact on the market has raised debate in various pockets of international business scholars, observers and students (citations required). This paper applies the internationalisation of firm theory, to locate the real and actual effects of the burgeoning Chinese entrepreneurs in Kenya. Using ethnographic interviews of a significant number of Kenyan entrepreneurs the Kenyan players overwhelmingly contend that as a result of hyper competition imposed on their businesses by cheap and low quality alternatives (mainly from China), they are facing business extinction and a case of survival for the fittest.
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