Advancing Africa through management knowledge and practice: the way forward

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Moses Acquaah, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to review and summarizes the articles that were accepted for the special issue focusing on “Advancing Africa through management knowledge and practice”. The paper also provides suggestions for future research focus for researchers on management issues in and about Africa. Design/methodology/approach: The paper presents a conceptual review the distinctiveness of the five articles in the special issue which focus a personal reflection about management research and education in Africa, effective leadership development in Africa and the African diaspora, performance management implementation in the public sector; internationalization process of African businesses with special reference to banks; and strategic factors that could be emphasized by African firms to improve their performance. These papers are synthesized to present a coherent management research framework for Africa. Findings: African management research requires a strategic choice approach, which asks interesting questions focusing on issues relevant to the growth of African businesses and the development of African national economies. African management research needs an identity that is uniquely African such as the intersection of private and public (including governments) interests; and the blurred nature of the formal and informal sectors. Originality/value: The paper presents some opportunities and value of conducting management research in and about Africa in the areas of leadership and also followership.

Additional Information

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, 4(2): 164-176
Language: English
Date: 2013
Africa, management research, leadership, African management research, strategic choice, followership, public sector, internationalization process, strategy research

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