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AFAM 6th Biennial Conference - Cairo 2023


As we usher in a new decade, our nations, institutions, and communities are facing grand challenges that include the impact of climate change, corruption, poor governance, persistent inequality, and political instability which collectively, define the context of management education and practice. In considering the theme of management praxis through the lens of sustainability, responsibility, and ethics, our aim is to explore answers to questions such as:

  1. What role does management education play in preparing responsible and ethical leaders?
  2. How are African institutions and organizations responding to, and preparing for, the realities and challenges of climate change and other grand challenges?
  3. How can African countries and communities become resilient in the face of the volatile, uncertain, and complex environment in which we are living?
  4. How are different types and sizes of businesses in the continent responding to, and mitigating against climate change? How are they engaging their various stakeholders in their sustainability efforts?
  5. In what ways can leadership development help to prepare responsible ethical leaders?
  6. How is sustainability and ethics reflected in public policies in Africa? How can public policy initiatives advance sustainability in management education and practice in the continent?
  7. What is the role of African leaders and managers in addressing inequalities based on gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation? How can management help governance in Africa through leadership, values, ethics, and culturally-appropriate practices to transform the African enterprise?

The conference will be organized around the following tracks:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Public Policy, Administration and Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Strategy and International Management
  • Social Issues in Management
  • Sustainability and Green Management
  • PDW/Caucus/Symposia
  • Management Practice
  • Doctoral Consortium & Junior Faculty Consortium

Organizing Team

Track Chairs

  • Brett Anitra Gilbert, American University, United States
  • Bella Galperin, University of Tampa
  • Dr. Jean Kabongo, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA, United States
  • Tahiru Liedong, University of Bath, UK, United Kingdom
  • Raghda Mohamed Mamdouh El-Ebrashi, German University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Ali Awni, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Mohamad Saad, German University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sherwat Elwan, American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Hermann Ndofor, Indiana University, United States
  • Amanuel Tekleab, Wayne State University, USA, United States


This conference is sponsored by the following Organizations:


Submission Guidelines


Proceedings Editor(s): Dorothy Mpabanga, University of Botswana, Botswana (

Accepted papers may be published in the Best Paper Proceedings of the Conference. There will be a best paper award for each track. Winners will receive a certificate and the paper will be highlighted in the conference program. Best papers will also be considered for publication in the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM) subject to the journal’s blind review process.

Please check the AJOM website at


Please follow these guidelines and formatting instructions to prepare your paper.

  1. Each paper can only be submitted to ONE track. If a proposed idea does not seem to fit any of the tracks described above, authors should contact the Program Co-Chairs: Samuel Aryee ( and Lilian Otaye-Ebede, University of Liverpool Management School (email: Your submission will be directed to the most appropriate track.
  2. All papers and proposals should be submitted electronically via the conference website at
  3. Submitted papers must NOT have been previously published and if under review, must NOT appear in print before the AFAM 2023 Conference.
  4. Paper submissions will be blind reviewed. Authors should therefore remove all author-identifying information, including acknowledgements from the text, and document properties.
  5. The paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in one document created in a PDF format.
  6. The maximum length of a paper must be 40 pages (including tables, appendices and references). The paper format should follow the Africa Journal of Management’s style guide (APA Style Guide 6th Edition (
  7. Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, and 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around.
  8. Number all the pages of the paper.
  9. No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper can occur after the submission deadline.
  10. Check that the PDF File of your paper prints correctly and ensure that the file is virus-free.
  11. Submissions will be done on-line on the AFAM 2023 conference website, from January 30, 2022 - April 30, 2022. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 30, 2022. All submissions must be submitted by the extended deadline of May 30, 2022.
  12. Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review.
  13. Once a submission is accepted, all panelists in a PDW/Caucus and Symposia, and at least one author of each co-authored paper must register for the conference by September 30, 2022. If authors/panelists do not register by the deadline, their submissions will not be included in the Conference Program or Proceedings.
  14. RULE OF 3: A participants may be listed as an author or co-author on up to 3 submitted papers.
  15. Those submitting work to the conference are expected to serve as reviewers and are invited to register as both an author and reviewer on the conference website.

NOTE: Papers that do not follow these formatting instructions WILL NOT be sent out for review.

Enquiries about the conference may be directed to the:

Program Co-Chairs:
Samuel Aryee ( and Lilian Otaye-Ebede (L.E.

Local Organizing Committee (German University in Cairo):


Entrepreneurship and Small Business

The Entrepreneurship and SME track welcomes both empirical and conceptual papers examining issues relating to emergence, growth, innovation and sustainability in both entrepreneurial, family, and small business research in Africa and a comparative analysis of the African context with other parts of the world.

Program Chairs

  • Brett Gilbert, American University
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

This track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers including all aspects of both organizational behavior and human resource management, preferably in an African context, and a comparative analysis of the African context with other parts of the world.

Program Chairs

  • Bella Galperin, University of Tampa
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Public Policy, Administration and Non-Governmental Organizations

This track encourages conceptual and empirical papers that investigate any aspect of public and non-governmental organizations. The papers may address topics related to any of the following: public governance; public service quality including health administration and management; public management; E-government; public administration and policy; educational leadership; non-governmental organizations; stakeholder engagement; and public-private partnerships.

Program Chairs

  • Jean Kabongo, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Strategy and International Management

The Strategy and International Management track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers that focus on all areas of strategy and international management in an African context both in the private and public sector; and a comparative analysis of the African environment with other regions of the world. Papers focusing on supply chain management and technology strategy should also be submitted to this track.

Program Chairs

  • Tahiru Liedong, University of Bath, UK
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Social Issues in Management

The Social Issues in Management track explores the extent to which management research can be used to address social issues, such as poverty, inequality, healthcare, armed conflict, disputes, sustainable development, and child labor in the African context. We also examine how social issues can integrate the management of ‘unrealistic’ expectations from different social groups including unions, students and teachers.

Program Chairs

  • Raghda El-Ebrashi, German University in Cairo, Egypt
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Sustainability and Green Management

The Sustainability and Green Management track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers that focus on all areas of sustainability – economic, social, and environmental – in an African context both in the private and public sector. Studies that compare the African context with other regions in the world are also welcome.

Program Chairs

  • Ali Awni, American University in Cairo
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed


Submissions can either be a proposal for a structured discussion on a topic of common interest, or a workshop aimed at providing a forum through which conference participants can engage with each other. PDW sessions will not appear in the proceedings. Submissions should describe the activities, goals, and time/equipment required.

Program Chairs

  • Mohamad Saad, German University in Cairo, Egypt
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Management Practice

The Management Practice track welcomes submissions that report or reflect on management practices implemented in Africa-based organizations. Submissions can be evidence-based studies that describe these practices, their implementation, and highlight critical success factors. The objective is to stimulate conversations regarding how to enhance effectiveness of implementing management practices as well as knowledge transfer.

Program Chairs

  • Sherwat Ibrahim, American University in Cairo
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

Doctoral Consortium & Junior Faculty Consortium

These consortia, which will be held on 7th January 2022, are designed to provide ideas, tools, and strategies to be successful in academia by drawing upon the experiences of renowned senior faculty colleagues. Sessions will be structured as roundtable discussions to facilitate additional development and coaching. This is also an excellent way for doctoral students and junior faculty members to become involved in AFAM. These sessions will not appear in the proceedings. Queries about the consortium should be sent to Hermann Ndofor ( or Amanuel Tekleab (

Program Chairs

  • Hermann Ndofor, Indiana University
  • Amanuel Tekleab, Wayne State University, USA
Checked Open Submissions Checked Peer Reviewed

AFAM Conference Guidelines for Presentations

Full papers have been allocated 90 minute sessions and presenters should share the time and leave room for discussion. It is intended that presenters and the chair/discussant for each session will have read each other's papers in advance and should arrange to send the papers to each other.

Full paper presentations will be made using a laptop and data projector. You will be asked to bring your presentation to the event on a memory stick, for use on the day, along with sufficient copies of a slide handout for your audience.

The structure of the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions will be as agreed upon by the Track and Conference Chairs for 90mins. PDW sessions are designed to be interactive. It is advisable that all PDW sessions should stick to the times allocated so that they do not run into scheduled sessions.  

Presenters can also submit Symposium Proposals. A symposium proposal should include an overview of the session and a summary of the presentations for each presenter. The proposal can also include a discussant. Symposium sessions will be 90 minutes.

Poster presenters can begin setting up 30 minutes before the start of their scheduled posters session.  Staff members will be available during set-up to provide authors with materials for mounting data and illustrations. All posters must remain on display for the duration of the poster session.

Posters must be attended by the author/s for the first 40mins of the poster session, at minimum.
 Once your poster session concludes you can begin to remove your poster. Tear-down must be completed no later than 30 minutes after the poster session has ended. Posters left up after the tear-down period will be removed for disposal. AFAM is not responsible for any lost or damaged posters.

You must provide an abstract of your paper and illustrations in a size and format suitable for poster display. It is also suggested that you prepare brief statements of the purpose of your work, your experimental methodology and design, and the major results of your findings and their implications.

Abstracts and illustrations must be readable from distances of 3 ft. or more. Text should be printed from a laser printer, in a font size large enough to read from that distance. Keep illustrations simple. Limited use of color, however, can add emphasis. Any photograph should be a minimum of 8 in. x 10 in. Minimum size for all other illustrations is 9 in. x 12 in. 

The rooms allocated for Full Papers and Professional Development Workshops Presentations will have a laptop, data projector and screen available. Please note: delegates will need to bring their presentation on a USB data stick and arrive early to upload their presentation onto the laptop. This is to ensure presentations are uploaded successfully and to allow enough time for any technical difficulties that may arise. Delegates can also bring any materials they wish to distribute to other delegates during their presentation. AFAM suggests bringing 20 copies for distribution. 

Please see below the session timings allocated for every delegate’s presentation

Full Papers 25 minutes allocated for Presentation and Discussion
Panel sessions 90 minutes allocated
Workshops 90 minutes allocated
Poster Presentation 45 minutes allocated

Please see below the session timings allocated for every delegate’s presentation.

Technical Information

All rooms, which have a laptop, data projector and screen available, will be installed with following packages from Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Delegates therefore must ensure the file type of the presentation is fully compatible with Microsoft Office.

Laptop and Printing Facilities

Please note: those that want to use Apple Macs and iPads will need to have their connecting cables as these would not be supplied by the conference. Further you will have to bring your own electrical adapters given that the voltage in Botswana is different. They will not be free printing, delegates will have to pay for printing.

Internet Access

There will be complementary computers set up at media centre for internet access. Please be cautious of others and limit your time to 10mins or less to check your emails. Wi‐Fi available for purchase at the computer lab for $10 a day. Please ask registration for information if you would like to pursue this option.

Reviewer Resources Sign up to be a reviewer

Dear Reviewer,

The Reviewer System is now open and accepting reviewers for the 6th Biennial Conference of the Africa Academy of Management.
As such, we would like to make sure that you have asked your colleagues to register in the reviewer system.  And as the quality of the program is based on reviews, we encourage you to ask your track reviewers to examine the following guidelines:

  • Please be constructive in your comments to the author/s by identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses in the manuscript, and providing constructive ideas for improvement and meeting the limitations you pointed out in your review. Areas to cover in your review include the theoretical development and the technical correctness of the methodology, and the overall value-added contribution and implications the submission provides to the discipline and the community.
  • Please try to judge manuscripts based on how well they stimulate thinking and discussion, and be open to diverse theoretical and methodological orientations.
  • As a reviewer, you will be required to complete your assigned reviews between July 30, 2022 and August 30, 2022, so please plan your time accordingly.
February 1, 2022 Reviewer Sign-up System Opens
January 30, 2022  Submission System Opens
May 30, 2022 Paper, Symposia, and PDW Submissions
July 30, 2022 Notificaton of Acceptance
August 30, 2022 Proceedings Submission

Please feel free to contact us should you need any further help.

Samuel Aryee
Lilian Otaye-Ebede
Email: L.E.

Reviewer Resources

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