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The Strategic Location of Regional Headquarters for Multinationals in Africa

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  • John M. Luiz
  • Busi Radebe

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>The study investigates the criteria used by multinational companies to identify the locations of their African regional headquarters (RHQs) and the importance that multinational companies assign to the respective regional offices. We find that multinationals do assign value to their RHQs but are always aiming to strike a balance between local responsiveness and global integration. The power of standardization and the introduction of relevant controls have allowed multinational companies to operate as a coherent unit in the different markets where they operate. The dominant criteria used by MNEs to choose their locations for RHQs in Africa are linked to the advantages of agglomeration and the accompanying economies of scale, and a sound institutional framework which provides a predictable business climate. Distance has become less important

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  • John M. Luiz & Busi Radebe, 2012. "The Strategic Location of Regional Headquarters for Multinationals in Africa," Working Papers 276, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:276
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    Keywords

    FDI and the MNE; Africa; Regional Headquarters; MNEHost Country Relations; Strategic decision making in MNEs;

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    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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