Call for Papers

Call for Papers
At Foresight Consulting, what makes us different is that in addition to consulting, we organize and promote knowledge sharing through executive business seminars, and we coordinate, write and publish books focused on specific hot topics in doing business in Africa. 
Market Entry into Africa: Acquisitions and International Joint Ventures

Forthcoming in 2019: Thunderbird International Business Review

Series Editors 
Nnamdi Oguji
Dr. Nnamdi Oguji

Dr. Nnamdi Oguji

Foresight Consultant

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Dr. Richard Owusu
Dr. Richard Owusu

Dr. Owusu Richard

Foresight Consultant & Senior Lecturer, Linnaeus University Sweden

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Guidelines and Submission Information

All manuscripts should be submitted to the special issue at manuscript central:
Authors must follow directions for submitting manuscripts to TIBR:
Papers submitted to the Special Issue will be subjected to double‐blind peer review in accordance with TIBR guidelines. Further questions about this special issue should be directed to either of the Guest Editors of this Special Issue

Link to Call for Paper

The aim of this call for paper is to address two important entry mode choices for foreign market entry, the choice of acquisitions (partial and full acquisitions) and international joint ventures. We seek for papers that explore institutional theory and showcase the distinction in institutional environment and institutional quality between African countries (La Porta, Lopez-de-Silanes, & Shleifer 2008; Transparency International 2013) and why foreign firms opt for IJV and acquisition strategies in Africa. Furthermore, we seek for mainly empirical research but also some conceptual papers that enrich deeper contextualization of Africa in international business. Specifically, we seek for the state-of-the-art empirical and conceptual papers that allow us to identify potential areas for future research in IB in Africa such as:

Motives and formation of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa

  • Motives of IJVs and acquisitions in Africa
  • Motives of regional acquisition vs. other cross-border
  • Partner selection in IJVs targets search and due diligence in acquisition in Africa
  • How IJVs and acquisitions from western countries in Africa differ from those of emerging market countries such as the BRICS?
  • What are the major trends in IJVs and acquisitions in Africa?

External factors that are affecting IJVs and cross-border Acquisitions in Africa

  • How have institutional changes in most African countries affected IJVs and acquisitions in Africa?
  • In which countries are foreign investors utilizing IJVs more than acquisitions and vice versa and why?
  • How do the institutional frameworks in Africa affect IJV & acquisition process?
  • What are the obstacles to IJVs and cross-border acquisition in Africa?

Entry and Ownership Strategies:  How do foreign firms choose their entry strategies in Africa?

  • How do firms choose between partial, staged, full acquisitions and IJVs?
  • Partial acquisition vs. joint ventures
  • Partial vs. Full Acquisitions 
  • Staged acquisitions vs. full acquisitions
  • Ownership and control mechanisms in IJVS in Africa

Management of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa

  • Knowledge transfer in IJVs and Acquisitions
  • Expatriate managers vs. local management team
  • Local adaptation vs. absorption of foreign practices in IJVs and acquisitions in Africa

Organizational and Cultural Issues in Acquisitions and IJVs in Africa

  • The impact of cultural and language diversity in Africa on effective integration of cross-border acquisitions in Africa
  • The integration process in acquisitions in Africa
  • The role of culture in integration management in cross-border acquisitions in Africa
  • HRM practices in IJVS and acquisitions
  • Integration strategies in acquisitions

Performance of IJVs and Acquisitions in Africa

  • Lessons learned from unsuccessful acquisition deals and IJV failure in Africa
  • Determinants of performance of IJVs and acquisitions in Africa
  • Survival and stability of IJVs in Africa.
  • Divestments of IJVs and acquisitions in Africa

Due Dates:

Deadline for Submission: August 31st 2018 (We cannot guarantee consideration of papers received after the submission deadline).

Estimated Publication Date: July/August 2019

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