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MADE IN ETHIOPIA The Potential for Social Upgrading in the Ethiopian Textile Industry MADE IN ETHIOPIA The Potential for Social Upgrading in the Ethiopian Textile Industry M aster T hesis ( anonymised ) 1st of June 2016 MSc Business & Development Studies Copenhagen Business School, 2016 Authors: Kristina Feldt Judith Klein Supervisor: Erin Leitheiser
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I Acknowledgement As authors of this report we wish to express our genuine appreciation of the people and institutions who have supported this study in various ways. We are thankful for the time, interest and insights given to us by all the respondents during the data collection in Ethiopia. Without their contributions and trust in our mission, we would not have been able to generate the kind of results we were able to. We further thank the respondents and other industry actors for opening doors to other highly relevant actors, which enabled us to acquire far more insight that we had thought possible in the challenging and foreign terrain of Ethiopia. A special thanks goes to Dr. Matiows Ensermu, Dean at the Addis Ababa School of Commerce, who not only facilitated a formal collaboration around the thesis research and related fieldwork, but also provided a local research assistant to support the fieldwork. In this connection we wish to thank Zebib Hailu, our dedicated research assistant and now friend. She provided invaluable local insights and logistical support that saved us cultural misunderstandings and wasted time in the field. We wish to thank the Turkish business delegation whom we, in serendipitous ways, were saved by while otherwise stuck in an actual mud hole. We thank these saviors for sharing their honest insights and becoming our field allies who would bring us in contact with important stakeholders. We also thank our dedicated and competent supervisor, Erin Leitheiser, who provided us with truly valuable feedback and support. We tremendously appreciate her constructive approach that challenged us to perform our best and enlightened us with relevant literature. We are most thankful for our parents’ infinite support, which led us to embark on this educational track in the first place. We also thank our friends for their company and support, not only during the thesis, but during the past years of academic and personal education, in which they have contributed to shaping us. Finally, we wish to thank the European educational system, the Business & Development Studies Program at CBS and the Oticon Fund for giving us the opportunity to build bridges across cultures, countries and continents. These systems and institutions facilitate bonds and interconnections between European students and counterparts in the third world, they enable understanding and fuel synergies, which can lead to mitigation of some of the challenges faced by today’s world.
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