Call for Papers: Journal of African Business

Special Issue: Contextualizing Management and Business Theories for Africa

Guest Editors: Dr. Stella Nkomo, University of Pretoria, South Africa Dr. David Zoogah, Earl Graves Business School, Morgan State University, USA Dr. Nceku Nyathi, Open University Business School, UK


This special issue focuses on the question of the applicability of extant theories of management and business to the African context. Implicitly, the hegemonic nature of Western management and business knowledge production suggests there is little room for adding, extending or even refuting its universality. Invariably, scholars writing about African management and business issues face the continuing challenge of proving the relevance of the research to extant knowledge. In this special issue we want to reverse the question and ask instead, to what extent are current management and business theories relevant to the African context? In speaking back to what is assumed to be the whole and universal, we want to start new conversations and debates. But most importantly, we want submissions that will critically and rigorously interrogate the ontologies and epistemologies of dominant theories of management, organizations, and business. Such efforts are not solely for the purpose of challenging Western domination of management and business knowledge. More importantly, there is a critical need for knowledge production that contributes to the advancement of management and business in Africa.

Guidelines for paper submission

Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words, and will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard peer review process. Accepted papers will more likely be published in summer 2014.

For author guidelines, please visit the website of the Journal of African Business at:

All enquiries regarding this Special Issue and papers should be sent to:
Drs: Stella Nkomo ([email protected]), David Zoogah ([email protected]), and Nceku Nyathi ([email protected]).

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