Project Participants

Succesful African Firms and Institutional Change (Succesful African Firms)


The main aim is to understand the origins and nature of local firms’ success in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia as a means to improve firm strategies and business sector development policies. In particular we seek to understand the variations of success and identify the strategies that explain each firm’s success. The key research question is how and why certain local firms in the three countries manage to grow successfully – under changing and often volatile market and institutional conditions. Answering the key research question will lead to recommendations for firm strategic management and private sector development policy and at the same time contribute to capacity building at the participating universities, including contributing to a generation of qualified young African scholars in the field.


Public (National)


Danida Fellowship Centre


Department of Intercultural Communication and Management

Collaborative partners:

University of Dar es Salaam Business School, University of Nairobi, University of Zambia



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