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Critical success factors for franchised restaurants entering the Kenyan market: Franchisors’ perspective
Strathmore University, Nairobi.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6633-632X
Strathmore University.
2015 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 5, no 4, 1-8 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In today’s globalized world, businesses look to expand to have a global presence. Restaurant businesses have expanded internationally using franchising. This study sought to determine the critical success factors (CSFs) of a franchised restaurant system entering the Kenyan market from the franchisors’ perspective. It sought to establish how franchisors define, identify, and evaluate success. This study provides a theoretical framework that helps to understand the background of why organizations seek to expand using franchising method and consequently the CSFs of franchised restaurants entering the Kenyan market. The study used qualitative methodology with the use of in-depth interviews for collecting data. The results yielded CSFs from the franchisors’ perspective. As revealed by the study, the CSFs include brand power/concept, competitive environment, government policies, distance management, cultural appeal, excellent selection of franchisees, good site/location selection, good relationship with the franchisees, and proper contract management. These findings can be used by restaurant franchises that seek to establish successful businesses in the Kenyan market and other similar regional markets. The Africa franchise partners may also find some useful information from this article as they seek to set up the Franchise Association of Kenya. Other franchise businesses may also benefit from some aspects of the study.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 4, 1-8 p.
Keyword [en]
franchising, Kenya, critical success factors, restaurants
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29002DOI: 10.1177/2158244015614378ISI: 000369478000059ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84976504536Local ID: IHHEFSISOAI: diva2:893234
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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