Saturday, January 26, 2013

Link of the Day: How Operating in South Africa Helped a Chinese Company Sharpen its International Capabilities

After putting up this link on twitter concerning Chinese tourists and South Africa, I received a message from Conrad Chua, head of MBA admissions at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He pointed me to this podcast where he interviews Yolanda Yue, a MBA student who worked for a Chinese company in South Africa. Yolanda has a quite interesting story about her transfer from Shenzhen to Johannesburg for roughly six years, where she dealt with telecom operators in South Africa and other African countries. The discussion touches on a range of issues, for me the most important being the improving African perceptions of Chinese companies; and that Chinese companies, in dealing with European subsidiaries in Africa, learn how to internationalize in both continents. Short and sweet, it is a great listen.

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