The evolving perspectives on the Chinese labour regime in Africa


This article explores the logics, persistence and evolution of perspectives on the Chinese labour regime in Africa. Studies find that Chinese firms’ labour practices engender abuse via casualisation of labour, low remuneration, and a general lack of adherence to occupational safety. Contrarian studies however demonstrate variations among Chinese firms’ labour practices as mediated by the labour dynamics of host countries, labour specificities and industrial capitalism dynamics. The article concludes by questioning the ‘talent gap’ dynamic in Africa in relation to Chinese firms’ managerial hiring practices and calls for an engaged scholarship on how Chinese investment in Africa’s human resource base is altering the ‘talent gap’ phenomenon.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Marketing & Strategy
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa,China,capitalism mechanisms,labour practices,sector specificities,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Strategy and Management,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
Publication ISSN: 0143-831X
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 17:50
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 14:43
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Published Date: 2022-11
Published Online Date: 2021-07-13
Accepted Date: 2021-07-01
Authors: Ofosu, George
Sarpong, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1533-4332)



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