Invitation from the South African Journal of Business Management to contribute to the Special Edition: Women in business in Africa
Submission due date: 30 June 2020
Prof Anita Bosch, USB Chair: Women at work, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. Email: email@example.com
Prof Lize Booysen, Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University, USA; Adjunct Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC, USA; Professor Extraordinaire, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background to the special issue:
The South African Journal of Business Management (SAJBM) has been disseminating research that has real significance for management and leadership theory and practice. The focus of the journal falls into two categories within the business environment, namely managerial and leadership theory and management and leadership practice.
A review of the articles published in the SAJBM, specifically relating to women employees, managers, leaders and entrepreneurs, revealed that twelve articles were published over a 40 year period, with the first, authored by Sandra van der Merwe and titled “A portrait of the South African woman manager”, appearing in 1979, ten years after the initiation of the SAJBM. During the eighties, titles of two studies published indicate the tentative positioning of topics advocating women’s rights, with the late Rita Kellerman asking whether working women and organisations were compatible, and Truida Prekel penning an article titled “Why a special look at women?” The late Ronel Erwee wrote two important articles, the first proposing entrepreneurship as a career option for women (1987), given the fact that women were not necessarily welcomed in the corporate world at the time. Her second article (1992) addressed the issue of organisational variables that influence female advancement in South Africa. The last contribution by Ronel heralded a period of drought for articles about women at work which was only broken in 2005 with an article by Akinola on gender and structure in the cocoa industry in Nigeria. More recent gender articles in the SAJBM, amongst others, problematised women through the queen bee syndrome (Johnson & Mathur-Helm, 2013), investigated work-family conflict (Bagriam & Harris