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On the nature of intergenerational and social networks in the African forest sector: the case of Chinese, Lebanese, Indian and Italian business networks

In: Governing Africa's forests in a globalized world. Laura A German, Alain Karsenty, Anne-Marie Tianni (eds). (2010). Routledge Earthscan, London, UK. 444 pp. ISBN 978-1-84407-756-4

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Chinese investments in Africa have become a subject of studies, along with Indian investments and transnational companies. This chapter investigates the evolution of global trade leading to this situation, and evaluates the positive and negative impacts of transnational companies operating in Africa. A new pattern of economic regime is identified regarding African forests and tropical timber. The specificities of social and business networks operating in the African forest sector are described. Structural similarities between Chinese, Indian, Syro-Lebanese and Indian networks are analysed. "Coo-petition", Trust, intergenerational reputation and finance, intermediation and transaction costs appear as key factors of transnational networks economics. Against common perceptions, the results show that Chinese, Indian, Syro-Lebanese and Italian companies do not exhibit any particular difference in environmental performance, compared to other companies. Policy lessons are discussed.

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  • Roda, Jean-Marc, 2010. "On the nature of intergenerational and social networks in the African forest sector: the case of Chinese, Lebanese, Indian and Italian business networks," Selected Book Chapters,in: Governing Africa's forests in a globalized world. Laura A German, Alain Karsenty, Anne-Marie Tianni (eds). (2010). Routledge Earthscan, London, UK. 44, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 17, pages 335-353 CIRAD, Forest department, UPR40.
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    1. Roda Jean-Marc & Kamaruddin Norfaryanti & Palhiarim Tobias Rafael, 2014. "Deciphering Corporate Governance and Environmental Commitments among Southeast Asian Transnationals: Uptake of Sustainability Certification," Working Papers 40412, CIRAD, Forest department, UPR40, revised May 2015.
    2. Anseeuw, Ward & Roda, Jean-Marc & Ducastel, Antoine & Kamaruddin, Norfaryanti, 2016. "Stratégies globales des firmes et financiarisation de l’agriculture," Selected Book Chapters,in: Développement durable et filières tropicales. Estelle Biénabe, Denis Loeillet, Alian Rival (eds). (2016). Quae, Versailles, France. 336 pp. ISBN 97827, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 24, pages 265-279 CIRAD, Forest department, UPR40.

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