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Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi (Business)

Dr. Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi is an associate professor at UVic's Gustavson School of Business and a Canada Research Chair in International Sustainable Development.
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Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi

Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi's research focuses on international business strategy of multinational firms (MNEs). It includes understanding how formal and informal institutions interact with and affect MNEs in developing countries.

He seeks to improve understanding of why governance under informal institutions functions. How can MNEs adjust to and honor these informal institutions? Do they fail when they do not honour & adjust to constraints imposed by local informal institutions?

Newenham-Kahindi’s field of research aims to add more nuance and predictive power to firms’ capability to navigate complex political risks (i.e., institutional voids, liability of foreignness, linguistic/ethnic diversities & stakeholder relationships). These risks may hinder many firms from investing in the much-needed social solutions of poverty, job creation & the environment in developing countries.

Newenham-Kahindi studies the emergence of micro social order & the disruption of existing social order in market (with Profs. Rekha Krishnan & Kozhikode, Simon Fraser University, BC. Canada).

A particular interest is how informal entrepreneurs in fringe institutional underground markets (i.e., in refugee camps, street hawkers/vendors, slum dwellers) use ethnic solidarities, identities, rituals, collective consciousness & status to create, maintain & disrupt social order in emerging economies.

Areas of expertise

  • Global strategy of MNEs
  • International business
  • Political risk
  • Legitimacy & stakeholder relations
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (east & central Africa) & sustainable management issues