The China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC), which produces one-third of the world’s cigarettes, is the largest tobacco company in the world. Over the past sixty years, the CNTC has been focused on supplying a huge domestic market. As the market has become increasingly saturated, and potential foreign competition looms, the company has turned to expansion abroad. This paper examines the ambitions and prospects of the CNTC to “go global”. Using Chinese and English language sources, this paper describes the globalization ambitions of the CNTC, and its global business strategy focused on internal restructuring, brand development and expansion of overseas operations in selected markets. The paper concludes that the company has undergone substantial change over the past two decades and is consequently poised to become a new global player in the tobacco industry.
Jennifer Fang, Kelley Lee & Nidhi Sejpal (2016): The China National Tobacco Corporation: From Domestic to Global Dragon?. Global Public Health.DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1241293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2016.1241293
Global Public Health
The China National Tobacco Corporation: From Domestic to Global Dragon?
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