This talk will provide a historical perspective on how firms identified and managed risks that presently engulf the global economy like economic sanctions and corporate headquarters determination. The session centres on MNCs engaged in the mining sector in Central and Southern Africa in the 20 th century. It underscores the role of geopolitics and therefore extends beyond the binary host and home country framework to understand political risk management in colonial and post-colonial settings. It will thus shed light on how international economic relations and changes in the balance of power influence the strategies and engagement of firms operating in geographically and economically interlinked regions or countries but with distinct political structures.
Kondwani Happy Ngoma is a PhD candidate in Economic History at Gothenburg University´s School of Business, Economics and Law. He holds a double MA degree from
the University of Glasgow and the University of Gottingen, with specialization in Global Markets and Development. His research interests are in political risk management in emerging countries, financial history, and international business and trade.