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Baniyelme D. Zoogah, PhD (The Ohio State University)
Xavier University
President, Africa Academy of Management

 Secretary (Morgan State University)Research Interest: His research is at the meso level which combines micro and macro issues related to development of individuals, groups, and organizations as they pertain to competencies, strategies, and resources respectively. His current research focuses on strategic followership, corporate environmental sustainability, and autochthonous management. In addition to publishing in, and reviewing for, several journals, he has also edited and authored several books including two on Strategic Followership.

Stella M. Nkomo,  PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Past President

Research Interests: diversity, difference, race and gender in organizations, management in Africa.

Dr. Moses Acquaah, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Vice President, AFAM

 Treasurer (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)Research Interests: Moses’ research interests include social capital and networking in emerging economies; competitive strategy in emerging economies; family business and entrepreneurship in emerging economies; management and strategic control in organizations; and transfer, diffusion, and management of innovation. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Business and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Benson Honig, PhD (Stanford University)
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
AFAM Board Member

 Liaison (McMaster University)Research Interests: Benson is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership, studying entrepreneurship worldwide, his research includes business planning, nascent entrepreneurship, transnational entrepreneurship, ethics in scholarship, social entrepreneurship, social capital, and entrepreneurship in environments of transition.  He has published widely and serves on ten editorial boards, including the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, the Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Management Studies. Past chair of the Academy of Management Ethics Education Committee.

Nceku Nyathi, PhD (University of Leicester, UK)
De Montfort University, UK
AFAM Executive Communications Chair

Research Interests: His research interests in management and organisation studies focus on sociological and historical analysis attempting to fill a gap, that there are knowledges that are invisible and silenced. I ask questions of organisation theory, leadership, ethics, diversity, race and management in Africa to reveal, recover and expose these different voices of knowledge to be made visible and enrich our knowledge of organisation and management studies. He is currently co-editor with (Faith Ngunjiri) of Palgrave Macmillan Africa Leadership Book Series and serves on editorial board of the international journal of Equality Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) and Africa Journal of Management (AJOM). 

Dorothy Mpabanga, PhD
(University of Strathcyde, Scotland, UK)
University of Botswana, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Public sector management, HRM, diversity management, project management, NGO management, higher education management, ICT, governance, leadership, and democracy.

Judy N. Muthuri, PhD (University of Nottingham)
Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom
Membership Co-ordinator, Africa Academy of Management

Research Interests:  Judy’s research interests is in Business and Society covering a range of topics including stakeholder engagement, theorising corporate responsibility and sustainability, multi-stakeholder partnerships, sustainable supply chain, and social innovations for sustainable cities and communities, and education for sustainable development.  She has published in a number of referred journals including being an editor of four special journal issues.  She also coordinates the Africa Diaspora Academic Network in the UK.

Elham Metwally, DBA (Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands) 
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Elham’s research interests include strategic management, organizational behaviour, human resources management, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership. She is a founding executive member of the Africa Academy of Management, co-chaired with (Nceku Nyathi) the AFAM 2016 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM).


Samuel Aryee, PhD (McMaster University), University of Surrey, UK
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Sam’s research interests include strategic human resource management, services management, organizational justice, work-family interface, and workplace safety. He is currently an associate editor of AJOM and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Amanuel Tekleab, PhD
(University of Maryland, College Park)
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
AFAM Executive Member at Large

Research Interests: Prof. Tekleab's research interests include employment relationships (psychological contracts, LMX, POS, Trust), leadership, idiosyncratic (individualized) deals, teams and team process, justice, organizational change, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Managerial Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of other journals and reviews for several journals.

Africa Academy of Management (AFAM)


25 April 2022



Name:             The name of this non-profit organization is the Africa Academy of Management. It is hereinafter referred to in these Bylaws as “AFAM”.


Purpose:         The purpose of AFAM is to function as an avenue for discourse on management research and practice in Africa. Fulfilment of this function involves facilitation of the development and improvement of members’ capabilities for research, teaching, and practice of management and organization in Africa.


Objectives:    To further the purpose of AFAM, the following objectives will be pursued to:

1.         Foster the general advancement of knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa. Africa is defined broadly to include all of Africa and individuals of African descent in the Diaspora (i.e., The Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and North America).

2.         Perform educational activities that advance the field of management in Africa.

3.         Perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within the African context.

4.         Facilitate closer cooperation among those interested in the science and practice of management in Africa.

5.         Promote the use of Africa management knowledge by educators, policymakers, and practitioners on the continent.  

6.         Provide opportunities for management researchers, educators, and practitioners to advance themselves through the publications of scholarly, pedagogical, and practitioner papers.



A.    Membership:

The basic requirements for membership in AFAM are:

1. Candidates shall be interested in and engaged in the theory, philosophy, and practice of management through teaching, research, or practice.


2. There shall be three (3) types of membership: Academic, Practitioner, and Student:

a. Academic members shall be professors, lecturers, researchers of business administration, management and/or related disciplines in research organizations, colleges, or universities.

b. Practitioner members shall be individuals in a managerial position in an organization or institution; business owner or entrepreneur; business or management consultant.

c. Student members shall be graduate (post-graduate) students with an interest in the field of management who are not otherwise employed on a full-time basis.

3.  The following shall constitute membership in AFAM:

                                    a.         Registration for and attendance at AFAM conferences; or

                                    b.         Payment and renewal of biennial membership dues to AFAM.

4.  Membership in AFAM is available to all individuals meeting above criteria regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, language and religious or political beliefs.


B. Membership Dues:

1.  Membership dues are used to fund the mission and activities of AFAM.

2. Member dues are subject to change by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.



A.              Leadership Structure:

1.     AFAM leadership shall consist of fourteen (14) elected officers.

2.     Elected officers shall be known as the Executive Committee.

3.      The Executive Committee is responsible for carrying out the mission and governance of AFAM and consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair, Deputy Program Chair, Communications Director, Four (4) Executive Directors, and Three (3) Regional Executives-At-Large. (Note also see Articles VI, VII).  

4.     The Immediate Past President is not an elected position but serves on the Executive Committee with voting rights.   

5.     The Executive Committee shall meet six (6) times a year and will also meet at the AFAM Biennial Conference and the Annual Academy of Management meetings. Special Executive Committee meetings may be called by the President. Additional Executive Meetings can be convened as necessary.

6.     Standing Committees typically meet once a month and may add additional meetings as required.

7.     The responsibilities of Executive Committee members are as follows:

a.      The President shall:

(1) Chair all Executive Committee meetings but may delegate this   responsibility to the Vice President if necessitated.  

(2) Be the Chief Executive Officer of AFAM and shall be fully informed of all activities occurring within the organization.

(3) Develop and maintain productive relationships and partnerships with relevant national and international bodies to advance the goals of AFAM.

 (4) Attend where possible conferences and annual meetings of relevant bodies identified in (3) above to represent AFAM’s interests.

(5)  Assume responsibility for leading AFAM’s activities in a manner that will assure the accomplishment of objectives subject to:

(a)   The By-Laws of AFAM.

(b)  The concurrence of the Executive Committee in matters of policy.

(6)   Present a major report on the status and progress of the organization at its biennial business meeting, and a minor report at annual meeting.

(7)    Serve as Immediate Past President and active member of the Executive Committee for two years at end of term as President.

                                   b. The Vice President shall

                                            (1) Serve as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

                                            (2) Be responsible for assisting the President in any way deemed appropriate by the President.

                                            (3) Serve as the liaison to the Editorial Team of the Africa Journal of Management to ensure operations are aligned with AFAM’s mission and strategic goals.

                                            (4) Perform all the duties of the President in his/her absence.   

c.       The Secretary shall:

(1)  Prepare an annual calendar of Executive Committee Meetings no later than October of the preceding year

(2) Notify Executive Committee of monthly meeting dates.

(3) Schedule a yearly Executive Committee meeting to review annual

reports of standing committees and executive positions.

(4) Prepare and distribute minutes of all Executive Committee

Meetings as well as meetings held at biennial conference and AOM annual meetings.

(5) Maintain a copy of AFAM’s Biennial Conference Program as well as details of all awards distributed.

(6) Maintain an electronic depository of all official AFAM documents and other important archival records.

(7)  Work closely with the Treasurer to ensure accurate records are kept of dues paying members.

(8)  Perform other duties as may pertain to the position.

d). The Treasurer shall:

(1) Maintain the financial records of AFAM

(2)  Chair the Finance Committee  

(3) Manage the funds of AFAM, issue checks (along with the President or Secretary (constituting two signatures)

(4) Prepare financial reports for Executive Committee Meetings

(5) Prepare and present financial reports at business meetings

(6)  Ensure all funds are administered in compliance with tax status of AFAM.

(7)   Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

                                      e). Program Chair

(1)  Act as Program Chair for Biennial Conferences and AFAM program at AOM meetings.

(2)  Chair the Program Committee.

(3)  Issue a call for proposals for local hosts for biennial conferences and make a recommendation for approval by the Executive Committee.

(4)  Determine the conference theme in conjunction with the local host for approval by the Executive Committee.

(5)  Plan and manage all of the program and logistical tasks required to offer the biennial conference.

(6)  Plan and manage all of the sessions including the social and business meeting at AOM annual meetings.

(7)  Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

e.       Deputy Program Chair

(1)  Work closely with, and assist, Program chair with responsibilities in (d) above. 

(2)  Perform the duties of the Program chair in his/her absence.

(3)  Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

f.      Communications Director shall

(1)   Communicate with AFAM members about developments in the organization.

(2)  Prepare and distribute a quarterly newsletter.

(3)  Communicate with external bodies and the media. 

(4)  Develop and maintain the web page of AFAM in conjunction with the service provider.

(5)  Manage the content of AFAM twitter accounts.

(6)   Prepare and distribute promotional material to various audiences.

(7)  Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the President.

g.      Executive Directors shall

(1)   Chair or be a member of the following standing committees: Awards, Capacity Building, Finance, Program, Nominating, and Membership Committees.

(2)    Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

h.     Regional Executives-At-Large

(1)   Serve on standing committees.

(2)   Assist with regional outreach efforts.

(3)  Recruit members in the region.

(4)  Be responsible for obtaining and giving a regional point of view (from the region which such regional representative represents

(5)  Generate and plan membership activities and programs.

(6)  Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

i.       Immediate Past President shall

(1). Serve as an active non-elected member of the Executive Committee for two years.

(2). Serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. 

(3). Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

  B.   Succession

(1) Leadership succession in AFAM will be staggered for continuity and the preservation of institutional memory. The Vice President shall succeed the President to the Presidency.  The Deputy Program Chair shall succeed the Program Chair.  It is expected that each executive will build upon the outcomes of the past executive in that leadership function.

(2) The tenure of all executives and office holders in a particular position is two years. No executive committee member shall be elected to serve more than two terms in the same position.

                     C. Standing Committees

(1) Six (6) standing committees shall be instituted to fulfill the mission and objectives of AFAM.  In addition to the standing committees detailed below, the President may recommend the creation of ad hoc committees to execute once-off tasks or initiatives. In such cases, the President will suggest members to ad hoc committees and also provide terms of reference for their work.  All ad hoc committees must be approved by the Executive Committee. Unless otherwise indicated, all standing committees will consist of five (5) members.  All committees shall be chaired by an Executive Committee member.  Members can be recruited from the Executive as well as the membership.  Special effort should be made to include members in Africa.

(2) Standing Committees:   

(1)  Finance Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Working closely with the Treasurer to ensure sound financial management of AFAM assets.

b.     Managing AFAM finances according to good financial practices and in accordance with the requirements specified for a non-profit organization.

c.      Ensuring all financial records are accurate and complete.

d.     Reviewing biennially financial statements prepared by the Treasurer.

e.      Safeguarding the financial assets of AFAM by ensuring proper internal controls are in place.

f.      Review any financial transactions over $5000.00 and submit the request to the Executive Committee for final approval.

g.     Identifying possible funding sources to support the mission and activities of AFAM.

h.     Coordinating with the President in approaching possible funding sources.

i.       Preparing an annual report of the financial health of AFAM for the Executive Committee.

(2)  Capacity Building Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Identifying educational opportunities and programs to enhance the research and teaching skills of members and prospective members.

b.     Planning and managing the delivery of the Africa Faculty Development Workshops.

c.      Planning and managing the delivery of capacity building activities at biennial conferences.

d.     Planning and managing an annual series of webinars.

e.      Soliciting AFAM professional development workshops for annual AOM conference.

f.      Manage the Africa Journal of Management Fellowship Program.

g.     Preparing an annual report of the capacity building activities of AFAM for the Executive Committee.

(3)  Nominating Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Proposing a slate of up to three (3) candidates for any vacant Executive Committee position. Slate should include representation from Africa as well as the diaspora.

b.      Preparing the ballot containing candidates for all positions to be elected.  The ballot shall be mailed electronically at least ninety (90) days in advance of the Biennial AFAM Conference.

c.      Announcing the results of the election to the membership at least two weeks after the election. The winners of the election will be sworn in as new Executive Committee members at the Biennial AFAM Conference. Outgoing Executive Committee Members shall prepare a handover report to in-coming members. 

d.     The committee shall consist of five (5) members with the Immediate Past President as Chair; three members from the executive committee and one (1) at large member drawn from AFAM membership.

(4)  Program Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Working with Biennial Conference Program Chairs in the planning and managing the conference program.

b.     Identifying the conference theme.

c.      Issuing the call for local hosts.

d.     Evaluating proposals for local hosts and recommend host to the Executive Committee.

e.      Liaising with the local host committee to ensure smooth running of the conference.

f.      Preparing a conference budget in conjunction with the Treasurer.

g.     Preparing and managing conference evaluation process and submit report to the Executive Committee.

(5)  Awards Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Identifying ways to recognize research, education, and practice excellence on management in/or about Africa. 

b.     Managing all AFAM awards and recommending the winners to the Executive Committee.

c.      Working with Biennial Conference Track Chairs on the best paper awards.

d.     Propose additional award categories in line with AFAM’s mission and strategies.

e.      Securing sponsors for AFAM awards.

f.      Develop criteria for all AFAM awards to be approved by the Executive Committee.

(6)  Membership Committee shall be responsible for:

a.      Developing and implementing a comprehensive membership strategy.

b.     Identify and maintain a list of prospective sources from which to recruit new members in Africa (e.g., business schools, Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, etc. in Africa; scholars publishing research on management in Africa; and practitioner associations).

c.      Maintain an electronic database of all AFAM members and all those who may be interested in membership.

d.     Identify ways to involve members in AFAM activities and programs.

e.      Actively work with regional members to recruit new members.

f.      Provide membership information at biennial conference and AOM annual meetings.

g.     Work closely with the Treasurer to ensure accurate records of member dues payments.

(3) Tenure of Standing Committees shall be as follows:

a. Program Committee: Renewed at the completion of each conference to be held every two (2) years.

b.Finance Committee: At least 2 members of the committee shall rotate out every two (2) years. The term of the committee members who remain on the committee will expire after 4 years.

c. Membership Committee: At least 2 members of the committee shall rotate out every two (2) years. The term of the committee members who remain on the committee will expire after 4 years.

d.Capacity Building Committee: At least 2 members of the committee shall rotate out every two (2) years. The term of the committee members who remain on the committee will expire after 4 years.

e. Nominating Committee: At least 2 members of the committee shall rotate out every two (2) years. The term of the committee members who remain on the committee will expire after 4 years.

f. Awards Committee: At least 2 members of the committee shall rotate out every two (2) years. The term of the committee members who remain on the committee will expire after 4 years.



        Executive Committee Resignations, Removal and Vacancies

 1.  Resignation of Executive Committee Members

Any Executive Committee Member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President. In the case of the resignation of the President, the written notice shall be submitted to the Executive Committee. A resignation shall take effect at the time specified in the written notice, or, if no time is specified, at the time of acceptance thereof as determined by the Executive Committee.

        2.  Removal of Executive Committee Members.

When a situation arises of the non-performance of an Executive Committee member which may include but not limited to fraudulent or dishonest acts, abuse of authority, excessive absence without valid justification, underperformance of responsibilities, or other non-professional behavior and conduct, action can be taken to remove him/her through the following procedures:

a.   The matter must be placed on the agenda of a regular or specially called Executive Committee meeting to discuss the situation.

b.   The specific non-performance should be presented and the involved Executive Committee member shall have the opportunity to present his/her rebuttal.

c.   After discussion, a motion can be entered to recommend (a) a warning be  issued to the involved Executive or (b) a referendum be prepared for a vote of removal by AFAM membership because of substantial cause. The motion passes by a majority vote of the Executive Committee members present as long as there is a quorum.

d.    If motion (b) passes, a referendum shall be prepared for a vote by the current AFAM membership for removal of the Executive Committee member from his/her position and the Executive Committee.

e.    The member can be removed by a majority vote of the AFAM membership.  


ARTICLE VII          

        Regional Offices:

In order to better serve member needs, AFAM will establish regional offices across the African continent.  The number of regional offices will be determined by the Executive Committee.   Executives-at-large will be elected officers of the Executive Committee.

1.     Responsibilities of Regional Offices

a.      Act as a regional link for AFAM to serve the needs of members in the region. 

b.     Focus on regional activities and issues.

c.      Coordinate activities for members in the region (e.g. seminars, workshops, guest lecturers).

d.     Promote AFAM to universities and colleges in the region.

e.      Promote and facilitate research, publication and teaching collaborations among members in the region.

f.      Work closely with program chairs during AFAM biennial conferences held in the region


2.     Governance of Regional Offices

a.      Regional offices are hosted by a university or college in a particular region for a period of 3 years with the possibility of renewal for a further 3 years.

b.      The designation of regional offices is the responsibility of the Executive Committee of AFAM.

c.      At the end of the 3- year appointment, the Executive Committee will evaluate the need for and performance of the regional office.




In order to fulfill its purpose, AFAM will establish journals for publication of scholarly, pedagogical, and practitioner papers on management in Africa.

1.     Governance:   

a.      The journals will be the official journal of AFAM in cooperation with publishers contracted by the Executive Committee of AFAM.

b.     Each journal will be led by an Editor-in-Chief, Senior Associate Editor, Associate Editors, Assistant Editors, and Editors. The journals will have Editorial Advisory Boards and Editorial Review Boards.

c.      The Vice President of AFAM shall serve as the liaison between the Executive Committee of AFAM and the Editors-in-Chief of the journals

d.     The Executive Committee of AFAM shall appoint the Editors-in-Chief for a period of 3 years through a formal nomination and selection process.  The term of the Editors-in-Chief can be extended for a further 3 years at the discretion of the Executive Committee. 

e.      The Editors-in-Chief shall appoint the Senior Associate Editors, Associate Editors, Assistant Editors, and Editors, but the appointments shall be ratified by the Executive Committee of AFAM.

f.      The Editors-in-Chief shall have authority over the editorial duties, editorial decisions in respect to manuscripts and special issues, and enhancing the standing of the journals including indexing of the journals.  

g.     The contracts with the publishers fall under the authority of the Executive Committee. Any changes in the branding, number of issues and other substantive material issues must be approved by the Executive Committee of AFAM. 

h.     The Editors-in-Chief shall submit an annual budget request to support duties related to the journal for approval by the Executive Committee.

Article IX


1.               Nominating Committee

a.                Elections shall be held every two years.

b.               AFAM shall have a Nominating Committee which shall be responsible for conducting elections.

c.                The composition of the Nominating Committee is specified in Article V, Section C.   Committee.


A.    Selection of Candidates for Positions

1.               Nominating Committee shall prepare a call for nominees for the various positions that specifies the deadline for nominations.

2.               In choosing candidates to appear on the ballot, the Nominating Committee will consider the (a) specific qualifications for each position, (b) prior experience as a member of AFAM, (c) contributions to AFAM activities, and/or (d) leadership potential. Nominees shall provide objective evidence of the commitment, the resources, and the absence of any constraints that would prevent the fulfilling of the responsibilities of the position for which he/she has been nominated.

3.               The election ballot will list all the candidates for a position together, in alphabetical order. All candidates will be provided the opportunity to submit brief written statements indicating (1) their qualifications for the office, (2) their vision for AFAM, and (3) other relevant information as requested. Nominees for the regional executive-at-large positions should reside in the region for which they are nominated. 

4.               Active members shall be asked to vote for candidates for the various elected positions. The ballots shall be tallied using the Hare method. The individual receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected to a position. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a runoff election between the tied candidates.

5.               The election shall be conducted electronically.

6.               The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall confirm the elected candidates for all positions at least ninety (60) days in advance of the Biennial Meeting.

7.               Newly elected officers shall assume their positions at the Biennial Meeting.



Meeting Rules:

Executive and business meetings of AFAM shall be conducted according to the following rules based on the principles of respect, dignity, openness, collective responsibility, and fairness:

a.       The chair of the meeting will greet and confirm there is a quorum (i.e., 50% of Executive Committee members) for purposes of decisions to be taken.

b.     Members who cannot attend will notify the secretary as soon as possible for official noting.   

c.      Members will submit required reports and documentation at least three days prior to the meeting date.

d.     All participants will respect and honor the opinions of all present.

e.      All agenda items shall be given adequate discussion time to ensure that all participants have had an opportunity to understand and ask relevant questions.

f.      Decisions will be made by consensus. However, in the case of an impasse, decisions will be made by a majority vote. 




Proposed amendments to the By-Laws shall be sent to Secretary for consideration by the    Executive Committee. These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an Annual Business Meeting, or at any time by a majority vote of all AFAM members voting through mail or an electronic ballot sponsored by the Executive Committee.


Relationships with Other Organizations:

The Africa Academy of Management may enter into agreements with external organizations and/or associations that support and advance its mission.  All such agreements must be approved by the Executive Committee who ensure that AFAM is not liable for any act, error, omission, debt, or other liability or obligation.  The agreements must also be such that they acknowledge and respect each other’s mutual independence, and share copies of their Constitutions, Bylaws and periodic reports requested by the Board of Governors of either party. The Executive Committee of AFAM will periodically review affiliations and may terminate agreements that are no longer deemed relevant to AFAM’s mission.  The membership of AFAM may request information about the status of agreements at any time.



The assets of AFAM are irrevocably dedicated to professional, educational, and scientific and/or charitable purposes.  In the event of liquidation, dissolution, or the revocation of its charter or abandonment of its stated purposes, after providing for the payment of debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets will not inure to the  benefit of any private person or persons, but all such remaining assets will be distributed to a nonprofit professional educational and scientific organization, or to nonprofit professional educational and scientific organizations, which are organized and operated exclusively for professional educational and scientific, and/or charitable purposes which are exempt under Section (501) (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, under which section the organization or organizations shall have established tax exempt status.