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Air Afrique: The demise of a continental icon

Amankwah-Amoah, J., Debrah, Y.A. (2013) Air Afrique: The demise of a continental icon. Business History, 56 (4). pp. 517-546. ISSN 0007-6791. (doi:10.1080/00076791.2013.809523) (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:57790)

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Abstract

Although the rationale for multi-flag airlines' formation is rooted in contemporary strategic thinking, our understanding of their emergence and subsequent mass disappearances in the twentieth century remains an elusive issue. This article seeks to fill this void by examining the emergence, ascendency and demise of Air Afrique, an airline once seen as a symbol of regional integration in Africa. This examination takes a historical perspective and covers the period from 1961 to 2002. On the basis of this historical analysis, five distinct stages have been identified reflecting the firm's glorious days, precipitous decline and subsequent collapse. These are: the golden age; Africanisation; escalating indecision, escalating commitment and dissolution phases. Each phase provides insights into the deterministic and voluntaristic perspectives of organisational failure. The implications of the findings of this research for theory and practice are discussed. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00076791.2013.809523
Uncontrolled keywords: Air Afrique; Africa, firm demise; airline, organisational failure; firm ascendancy, airline industry, historical perspective, twentieth century, Africa
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 15:35 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57790 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Amankwah-Amoah, J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0383-5831
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