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The purpose of this PDW session is to assist early career scholars focusing on management in Africa who have limited experience in publishing high impact research to complete a high quality research paper for later submission. The PDW will help early career scholars to understand the key elements of writing an empirical paper for publication through one-to
-one developmental feedback in a supportive environment. Second, these developmental relationships will continue after the 2021 Academy of Management meeting as both members work toward the goal of getting the manuscript submitted and published in a top-tier journal. Thus, a unique aspect of this initiative is that the developmental relationship is goal-directed; it is focused on a specific task (improving a drafted manuscript) that leads to critical short- term results (publication), more publications on management in Africa, and ultimately participants’ long-term productivity as a management scholar.
Effective leadership is one of the essential components of thriving nations and organizations in any sector, particularly in the emerging context of the 4th Industrial Revolution (Bonciu, 2017; Zucconi, 2016). Leadership, though, is a complex construct that defies simple explanations or single approaches (Liu, 2015). We live in a time of considerable uncertainty (Rodriguez & Rodriguez, 2015), with seemingly increasing turbulence and divisions, which require different approaches to leadership (Bernstein, 2014; Lawrence, 2013).