Africa Academy of Management
Call for Papers: Africa Academy of Management 3rd
Hosted by: Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya
January 5-10, 2016
(Includes pre-conference sessions,
conference activities, and excursions)
Conference Theme: Managing Africa’s Future: Prospects and Challenges
Africa’s image has recently taken a
positive turn to attract headlines, such as Lions
on the move: The progress and potential of African economies (McKinsey,
2010); Africa rising (The Economist,
2011); and, Cracking the next growth
market: Africa (Harvard Business Review, 2011). This African renaissance
presents both challenges and opportunities for management scholars. It also
presents an opportunity for management scholars to reflect upon the meaning of
these challenges and opportunities for theory and practice.
In accordance with the theme of the
conference, Managing Africa’s Future: Prospects
and Challenges, we invite conceptual and empirical papers, on topics that
engage with how management of organizations and knowledge could be harnessed to
propel Africa’s future and prospects.
The papers can draw on theories from the different management
disciplines as well as other relevant theoretical frameworks. Though not exhaustive but some of the
following questions are worth considering:
- What type of management theories, philosophies and
concepts have helped contribute to or hinder an Africa rising?
- How can post-colonial theories provide insight into the
transformation of management and administrative systems inherited during
- How are some of the root causes of challenges to
organizations in Africa being tackled through management and organization
interrogation and engagement?
- What does good management and leadership look like in
organizations in Africa?
- How might indigenous approaches to management benefit
African managers and organizations?
- What human resource management strategies are needed to
build the skills and knowledge of the labor force?
- What management challenges face organizations in Africa
as it tries to harness and build on the expanding workforce towards
sustainable and inclusive growth?
- How do organizations nurture Africa’s young growing
workforce with relevant training and development?
- What are some examples of best management practices in
- Do Africa’s diverse cultures, languages and ethnicities
present opportunities or challenges for managing and developing capable
- Does the recent arrival of China, alongside the
existence of western historical presence on the African continent present particular
- What does sustainability mean within the African
- How do emergent
technologies, such as mobile banking and mobile based applications enhance
marketing channels and business activities?
- With the
growing importance of natural resources such as new energy finds, how can new
entrepreneurial efforts enhance local development?
- What are
best practices in governance in public, government, and non-profit
organizations? And how can we
promote transparency, accountability and institutional effectiveness in
- What could be some
measures/solutions that could help public organizations in Africa improve
on issues like administrative development, reforms, meet complexity, manage
crises, and reduce corruption?
- How do preparing future managers and
leaders in African institutions elicit increasing importance of public
- How do the strategic management theories of the firm
(e.g., TCE, the RBV, the institutional view, competitive strategy &
dynamics, etc.) apply to the African context? What differences in
the African context alter these theoretical models and how can it used
improve firm outcomes?
will go through a blind peer-review process and will be reviewed for
originality, rigor and relevance.
Given the theme of the
conference, academic contributions are invited in the following tracks: