Case 11: Working Conditions in a Chinese-Ugandan Communications Company

  • Christian Martin Boness
  • Naiming Wei
Part of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series (PSAL)


Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a flourishing industrial sector, with many people who need to have modern Internet access. A Chinese organisation has created a huge fibre-optic infrastructure in the country, to meet the needs of the population. The Ugandan public relations manager of the project, Mr Bugeke, explains selected issues in working conditions and recruitment policies to students of Makerere University. Mr Bugeke is a bicultural manager who has studied in China for several years, but he cannot respond in depth to the students’ questions, for instance, about Confucian ethics, or China’s “grand strategy” and how it affects the fibre-optic project in Kampala.


Fibre-optic project Confucian ethics Hard work Contracts Work–life balance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Martin Boness
    • 1
  • Naiming Wei
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ManagementRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of Applied ScienceNurembergGermany

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