Chinese–African encounters in high-tech sectors

Comparative investigation of Chinese workplace regimes in Ethiopia

Ding Fei, Abdi I Samatar, Chuan Liao

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Abstract

Studies on China–Africa co-operation have revealed increasing diversification of China's on-the-ground practices in Africa. However, engaged research has yet to examine the situated experiences of Chinese and African individuals whose activities shape and are shaped by Chinese multinationals, especially those in the growing yet underexplored high-tech sectors. To address this gap, this article investigates the workplace regimes of two Chinese companies in Ethiopia. Using a mixed-method approach, it articulates the contradictory nature of Chinese investment and its diverse manifestations in work relations between Chinese expatriates and local Ethiopians. Our findings suggest that Chinese and Ethiopian employees are proactive yet constrained agents in exploiting work opportunities for their own economic interests and professional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)O455-O475
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Volume36
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

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Keywords

  • China–Africa co-operation
  • Ethiopia
  • high-tech sector
  • labour
  • workplace regimes

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Chinese–African encounters in high-tech sectors : Comparative investigation of Chinese workplace regimes in Ethiopia. / Fei, Ding; Samatar, Abdi I; Liao, Chuan.

In: Development Policy Review, Vol. 36, 01.03.2018, p. O455-O475.

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