Happy New Year!

30th December 2015 


Dear AFAM Members:

We 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. 


The 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 AS.

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.






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