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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Happy New Year!
30th December 2015
are very close to the start of our 3rd Biennial Conference to be
held at Strathmore Business School from 5 to 10 January. The theme of this year‘s conference is Managing Africa’s Future: Prospects and Challenges. Hosting of conferences on the continent is
integral to our mission to promote and advance knowledge creation and
dissemination about management in and about Africa.
Africa’s image has recently taken a
positive turn to attract headlines, such as Lions
on the move: The progress and potential of African economies (McKinsey,
2010); Africa rising (The Economist,
2011); and, Cracking the next growth
market: Africa (Harvard Business Review, 2011). This African renaissance
presents both challenges and opportunities for management scholars. It also
presents an opportunity for management scholars to reflect upon the meaning of
these challenges and opportunities for theory and practice. AFAM’s vision is to
build theoretically and empirically based knowledge that will ultimately enable
social change and improve human well-being on the continent.
papers and symposia to be presented at the conference address various aspects
of the theme from the many sub-disciplines that make up the field of
management. We are so pleased to have contributions from around the world. Additionally,
there will be a pre-conference doctoral/junior faculty workshop as well as
professional development workshops. A special
session on the program will launch a very special issue of our journal, Africa
Journal of Management, devoted to the topic of regional integration in the East
African Community. The session will
showcase the journal’s mission to bring together both academic and practitioner
perspectives to management issues in Africa. I want to thank our AFAM
co-chairs, Elham Metwally, and Nceku Nyathi for their excellent leadership in
developing an outstanding program. Many
thanks to our local host, Strathmore Business School, for their contributions
to ensuring an exciting and stimulating conference.
I want to thank our longest continuing
conference sponsor, Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. for their continued support
for our activities. We also are grateful for the support of GIZ, Taylor &
Francis, Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, and Human Factors
For those of you who will be attending
the conference, I look forward to greeting you in Nairobi. Let me take the opportunity to wish all of
our members and supporters all the best for 2016.
Professor Stella Nkomo, President.