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Title:Competition and cooperation: can South African business create synergies from BRIC+S in Africa?
Authors:Wenzel, Nadine
Graefe, OlivierISNI
Freund, Bill
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Russian Federation
Subjects:international economic relations
private enterprises
South-South relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19376812.2012.751856
Abstract:The relationship of cooperation and competition between South African private businesses and Asian companies has become more complex in the last 20 years. With South Africa joining what became BRICS (the economic fellowship of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in early 2011, it now represents the African continent with its growing market potential. However, South African medium and large size companies (SA MLCs) seem to perceive the positioning of BRIC businesses rather as a challenge than as a window of opportunity. This article identifies the need for a deeper understanding of the adaptive capacity and practices of South African private companies which play a significant role for job creation in South Africa. What the authors hereby present is in fact a first foray into companies' pragmatic engagements for achieving relative stability in increasing competitive markets. This is consequent of empirical research in its initial stages. The theoretical framework applied picks up recent debates revolving around the 'practice turn'. First evidence from business corroborates an alternative field-specific approach referring to Fligstein's relational sociology of markets and Thévenot's concept of pragmatic regimes of justification. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]