Mahajan tells the stories that Western executives and managers rarely hear: stories of African entrepreneurs, executives, and enterprises that are identifying powerful market opportunities and capitalizing on them. He teaches the lessons that Africa's successful and failing ventures have learned about succeeding on the continent...how Coca-Cola executives in Nairobi "walk with the market"...what Unilever has learned from its "consumer safaris"... how Guinness is learning to become authentically African...how global companies are overcoming Africa's unique political, economic, and resource challenges...how local entrepreneurs are profiting, even in profoundly troubled states like Rwanda.
Mahajan reveals how companies are mining the growing South African "black diamond" middle class; how foreign investment is increasing, even in politically mismanaged states like Zimbabwe; and how India and China are staking out huge positions throughout Africa. p>Simply put, in an era in which new growth is tougher and tougher to achieve, Vijay Mahajan's Africa Rising uncovers what may be your largest untapped growth opportunity.
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"This book lays out a powerful portrait of the growing opportunities in Africa. It is clear to us that any global firm interested in growth must see Africa as an essential part of its portfolio." (E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, USA)
This is not, I repeat not, a "general interest" book on Africa - more like a (supplementary) text for a business/marketing course. Narrator does a terrific job with the material, but unless an audio listener has a strong, specific interest in African business (or cannot read print books), this one might prove tough to get through.
Vijay Mahajan brings an optimistic perspective to the economic conditions in Africa. Following the news, there are indications that Africa may be rising that are easily missed. Mahajan pulls much of what has been reported and what has been under reported to paint his picture. It is informative and well read. The writing might have been organized differently and consistently. There is still value here for the interested and those who wish to be informed.
The book gives a business perspective of Africa and not the usual Hollywood view of Africa. Exposes listener to the inadequacies of the current African market and the potential opportunities.
This book represents a very positive and refreshing perspective on developments in Africa. It allows those of us in the African Diaspora who is concerned about Africa's future and its development to view Africa outside the hopeless basket case portrayed in the media.
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