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Article published in Lancaster University Management School Fifty Four Degrees

Driven to International Expansion

David Oludotun Fasanya

There has been a rise in international expansion by firms based in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of his doctoral research in Lancaster University Management School, Dr David Oludotun Fasanya interviewed senior executives to explore why these firms are exploring new horizons. He discovered that assumptions based on evidence from other, more-often studied regions cannot always be applied to different cultures and economies.

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Academic Paper published in Journal of Business Research.

Title: Determinants of Internationalisation by Firms from Sub-Saharan Africa

David Oludotun Fasanya

Hilary Ingham, Robert Read

This paper employs blended research methods to identify and evaluate the importance of the push and pull factors driving internationalisation by five African firms. It draws upon substantive new primary case-study evidence from structured interviews with senior managers of firms from three countries (Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa) in three sectors (consumer goods; financial services and banking; and mobile telephony).

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Lancaster University Management School. PhD Graduate Receives Best Paper Nomination

David's paper was one of 57 submitted, and made the shortlist of the top three nominations for the R. D. Pearce Best Paper Prize at the Reading Conference. The paper is titled “Sub Saharan Africa Again? Same Challenges, New Opportunities – A Case for an SSA OFDI Conceptual Framework”. It projects Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) as a resource rich region with over 1 billion people and the 3rd largest populated area after China and India.