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Towards an understanding of the success factors in international twinning and sister-city relationships

J. C. De Villiers, T. J. De Coning, E. V.D.M. Smit
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 38, No 1 | a573 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v38i1.573 | © 2018 J. C. De Villiers, T. J. De Coning, E. V.D.M. Smit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 2018 | Published: 31 March 2007

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J. C. De Villiers, Graduate School of Business, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
T. J. De Coning, Graduate School of Business, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
E. V.D.M. Smit, Graduate School of Business, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Abstract

The twinning of cities has evolved from an international instrument of friendship and cultural exchange to a powerful tool for capacity building and economic development. Within this context it can be defined as a ‘long-term strategic alliance between communities in different cities or towns, in which their municipalities are key actors’. There exists, however, a paucity of research about the twinning phenomenon and its success factors. In order to understand more fully which factors contribute to success, success factors reported in the available literature were identified, and a number of hypotheses formulated. These were then empirically tested from a survey conducted amongst all the municipalities of South Africa.

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