New book co-authored by Xiaolan Fu explores impact of Chinese, European MNEs in Africa

07 June, 2019

A new book co-authored by Professor Xiaolan Fu examines the impact of Chinese and European multinational enterprises (MNEs) in the African context.

Based on extensive empirical research, the book uses Ghana as a case study to analyse trends in MNEs and assess the advantages and disadvantages of their involvement.

The book examines the role of MNEs in Ghana’s industrial sector, their management practices and the effects of skill transfer from foreign managers to local workers.

The authors explore the impact MNEs are having on the development of local capabilities, the contribution of MNEs to sustainable development goals, and the benefits and drawbacks of foreign direct investment in Ghana. The roles of work and social networks, and the differences between European and Chinese MNEs, all subjects previously unaddressed in the field, are explored in depth.

Professor Fu is Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at ODID. The book is co-authored with George Owusu Essegbey and Godfred Kwasi Frempong of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPRI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Accra, Ghana.

Xiaolan Fu, George Owusu Essegbey and Godfred Kwasi Frempong (2019) Multinationals, Local Capacity Building and Development:The Role of Chinese and European MNEs, Edward Elgar