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Lonrho and the Limits of Corporate Power in Africa, c. 1961-1973

Cohen, Andrew (2016) Lonrho and the Limits of Corporate Power in Africa, c. 1961-1973. South African Historical Journal, 68 (1). pp. 31-49. ISSN 0258-2473. E-ISSN 1726-1686. (doi:10.1080/02582473.2015.1118878) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54443)

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Abstract

This article focuses on the British multinational business Lonrho and the very real limits to its corporate power. In doing so it will examine the expansion of Lonrho, under its buccaneering chairman Roland ‘Tiny’ Rowland, from its Southern Rhodesian roots across the African continent. In addition, it will demonstrate how Lonrho's African businesses proved crucial in buttressing Rowland's control of Lonrho in an attempted boardroom coup during May 1973. While Rowland's ability to coerce African governments was negligible at best, his African relationships and networks provided a key component of his successful battle to retain control of the company. As such this article demonstrates the need to (re)-consider the multifaceted nature of corporate power during the period of decolonisation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/02582473.2015.1118878
Uncontrolled keywords: multinational business; corporate power; ‘Lonrho Affair’; decolonisation
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 10:47 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 10:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54443 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cohen, Andrew: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4525-068X
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