n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - The strategic implications of black empowerment policy in South Africa : a case study of boundary choice and client preferences in a small services firm
|Article Title||The strategic implications of black empowerment policy in South Africa : a case study of boundary choice and client preferences in a small services firm|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||207 - 221|
|Keyword(s)||Black empowerment, Boundaries, D22, Demand-side, L22, M14 and Vertical integration|
ISI Social Science
This paper studies the relationship between a firm's boundary choices within its value chain and the BEE pressures it faces from its clients. The paper shows that BEE policy alters the value chain preferences of a firm's clients. These changes in client preferences motivate the firm to altering its boundaries. More important, boundary changes due to BEE are implemented in a way that ensures that the firm retains crucial architectural knowledge, which preserves its competitive advantage. Firms therefore do not respond passively to BEE-induced changes in client preferences, but aim to meet BEE aims within their broader strategic environment.
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