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AFAM Newsletter - March 2020

Submitted by AFAM on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 4:44pm

We at AFAM have closely monitored the continuing spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19.  Nothing matters more at this time than your health and that of the people close to you. We want you to prioritise this, listen to the updating government advice and health authorities where ever you are. 

Special Issue for the Africa Journal of Management on Sustainability and Global Value Chains in Africa

Submitted by AFAM on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:43pm

There is increasing interest in economic growth and sustainability in African countries (Africa Report, 2011). The escalation of social, political, and ecological problems on the continent since the end of the 20th century (Neff, 2007; Zoogah, 2013) has been accompanied by commensurate escalation in the continent’s potential to contribute demographically, politically, socially and economically to global prosperity (Africa Report, 2011). While environmental, social and economic performance of most African nations and companies are below the levels of other world regions, the continent has the youngest average age among all on the planet, and is a focus of global investment and development. As a result, the Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) seek not only to harness the large market size of Africa but also to establish mechanisms that enable African economies to create enabling environments that support vibrant businesses without harming people and the natural environment. African conceptualizations of prosperity itself can provide a template for innovative business and public policies that can shape new approaches to development for both the private and public sectors. Engagement of all sectors is critical to the achievement of economic goals, such as those expressed under AfCFTA (Ghadge et. al., 2019) and as the UN Sustainable Development Goals under the UN Global Compact. Private-sector organizations – including corporations and non-governmental agencies – working together with representatives from all levels of government -- highlight the important role of Africa in scaling sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems in the world today.

The Tribe and Organizations in Africa

Submitted by AFAM on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:06pm

As a follow-up to the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on Tribal Identity and the Challenge of Building Inclusive Organizations in Africa, held at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston, we decided to organize a special issue to explore in-depth the topic of tribal identity, diversity, and inclusion in African organizations. Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been increased interest of management scholars and practitioners in Africa as indicated by conferences, symposia, and academic publications (Nkomo, Zoogah, & Acquaah, 2015; Walsh, 2011, 2015; Zoogah, Peng, & Woldu, 2015). One of the key motivations is to understand the continent which is “marked by fast growth, limited growth, or no growth at all, Africa’s business, government, and civil sectors all need world-class management.”1 As a result, several scholars have called for examining the different factors that may affect institutional and organizational effectiveness in Africa. Among such factors is the tribe (George et al., 2016; Zoogah, 2016) which undergirds not only socio-economic and political interactions but also entrepreneurial, organizational, and relational aspects of management (Zoogah, 2019). As George et al. (2016: 389) indicate, the profusion and diversity of tribes in Africa “raise interesting questions of managing and motivating employees to perform, as well as challenge the assumptions and boundary conditions that underpin constructs such as trust, justice, and identity.”

2020 Cape Town SE Seminar - Information and Application Form

Submitted by AFAM on Fri, 02/07/2020 - 1:15am

We are inviting doctoral students (and interested faculty) to a week-long, intensive social entrepreneurship doctoral seminar. Social entrepreneurship is a vitally important arena of scholarly research and teaching. Doctoral level training is needed to equip researchers in the core concepts and empirical findings of this emerging domain. This seminar involves two of the field’s leading scholars as co-teachers and provides an in-depth survey of recent social entrepreneurship scholarship and its theoretical background. It has been taught at different universities in the United States, including Harvard, and will now be offered for the first time in South Africa. More information about the seminar, in general, is available at

Call for Papers - SAJBM Women in Business in Africa

Submitted by AFAM on Thu, 02/06/2020 - 1:14am

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. 

Unveiling Entrepreneurial Activity in the Informal Economy

Submitted by AFAM on Sat, 01/25/2020 - 10:41pm

Program description

The informal economy, defined as business activities that occur outside of formal institutional boundaries but within the boundaries of informal institutions, is a massive force in the engine of the world economy, but it remains largely shrouded in secrecy and hidden from sight. The goal of our research program is to unveil entrepreneurial dynamics in the informal economy.

In collaboration with a local NGO, we will explore the role of non-market institutions in driving informal economic activity in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. We will be working with and collecting both quantitative and qualitative data on all enterprises in a particular township. This will include novel sets of survey, visual, and geospatial data.

AFAM NEWS 17th December, 2019

Submitted by AFAM on Wed, 12/18/2019 - 12:49am

AFAM (Africa Academy of Management) is an international group of academics and practitioners who are interested in knowledge about management and organizations in Africa. Alongside AFAM News, we also have a biennial AFAM Conference, the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM), and the AFAM website

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Message from AFAM President

Submitted by AFAM on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 1:19pm

We are about three weeks away from the 5th Biennial conference to be held at Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria from January 8-11, 2020. The conference theme is Globalization, Pan Africanism, and the African Business Climate. A draft preliminary program is on our website. I apologize for the delay in getting the completed program to you earlier than now. It is because of coordination challenges with our host. Nonetheless, I believe your will find the conference very meaningful and enjoyable. We have exciting activities including symposia, caucus, professional development workshops, and experiential trips. As you prepare to join us in Lagos, Nigeria, for the conference, I suggest you review the travel information (included in this newsletter) about hotel, transport, logistics, and general comport.


Submitted by AFAM on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 10:55pm

The Sustainable Global Business Initiative of the Ann and Jack Graves Charitable Foundation and the Center for Global Business at The University of Texas at Dallas are pleased to announce that a conference will be held April 16-18, 2020. The conference will bring together like-minded scholars, practitioners, policymakers and students involved in different aspects of sustainability as a solution to global business challenges.

AFAM AOM Call for PDW Proposals

Submitted by AFAM on Sun, 11/24/2019 - 11:57pm

We encourage members of all Academy divisions, interest groups, and theme committees to submit PDW proposals that explore the African dimensions of management theory and practice and integrate the theme of “2020: Broadening our Sight”. We look forward to proposals that advance knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa.


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