How who you know impacts on what you know : A qualitative study into the partnership and employment strategies of South African companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, using social network theory

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dc.contributor.advisor Rowley, Colin en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Wilkins, Niall en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T13:45:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T13:45:51Z
dc.date.created 2016-03-30 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract Economies with weak or inefficient institutions are often replete with structural holes that if filled lead to the expansion of network structures and new intelligence regarding market opportunities. South African companies embarking on an internationalisation strategy into Sub-Saharan Africa could benefit from the insights and experiences of some of South Africa s biggest companies currently investing in the region. This research analyses these experiences and offers contribution to the understanding of how inter-organisational partnerships and employment decisions impact on a company s ability to bridge the structural holes they face in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using a qualitative research process, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven senior managers from South African companies. The findings from the research suggests that inter-organisational partnerships and employment decisions, if conducted properly, positively impacts on a company s ability to navigate these structural holes. South African expatriates, deployed as senior managers in the host country operation, are highly valued for their ability to transfer skills and knowledge to the local workforce. However, the knowledge gaps displaye en
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dc.description.degree MBA en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian ms2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Wilkins, N 2016, How who you know impacts on what you know : A qualitative study into the partnership and employment strategies of South African companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, using social network theory, MBA Mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52351> en
dc.identifier.other GIBS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52351
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title How who you know impacts on what you know : A qualitative study into the partnership and employment strategies of South African companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, using social network theory en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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