MESSAGE FROM AFAM PRESIDENT

1 December 2014

Dear AFAM Members,

           

 

As we approach the end of 2014, I am pleased to inform you that we are continuing head first towards our mission of advancing management knowledge for Africa.  Africa’s prospects have never been better as evidenced by forecasts of its growth potential and some progress on the Millennium goals.  However, there is still more to do to realise the promise of the continent.  AFAM holds fast to our belief that the advancement of Africa, particularly building effective institutions, requires context-embedded management systems as well as leaders and managers equipped to lead and transform their organizations.  The future socio-economic well-being of 1 billion Africans is inextricably linked to strong, well-managed institutions and responsible leaders who are committed to societal well-being. 

I want to share a few exciting upcoming AFAM events:  

·      We have just announced the call for our 3rd Bi-ennial Conference to be held at Strathmore Business School (Strathmore University) in Nairobi, Kenya.  This confirms our commitment as a professional association to continue to provide opportunities for our members to share research and build collaborations.  We encourage you to start working on your submissions. The conference theme is: Managing Africa’s Future: Challenges and Prospects.   There are also opportunities to propose professional development workshops (PDWs) in addition to regular paper submissions.  Professor David Zoogah will be leading the pre-conference doctoral/early career academic workshop and Professor Constant Beugré is organizing the PDWs.  Dr. Elham Metwally of the American University of Cairo and Dr. Nceku Nyathi of the University of Cape Town (South Africa) are co-chairs of the Program Committee. More information is available on this site.

·      The launch of AFAM’s journal, the Africa Journal of Management, is on schedule for 2015.  We thank Professor Moses Kiggundu, Founding Editor, and Bruce Lamont, Senior Associate Editor, for their steadfast leadership in making sure we launch with an excellent first issue. I encourage all of you to make submissions to the journal.  AFAM’s goal is to make this the top journal for management knowledge about Africa.  But a journal can only be impactful if it achieves its publication aims and it is widely circulated.  We encourage you to let your colleagues know about the journal.  Each member of AFAM will receive a subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership. 

·      We are in the process of finalizing plans for an Africa Faculty Development Workshop in late June and early July 2015.  Our strategy has been to hold these development workshops aimed at colleagues on the continent who have either not attained their doctoral degrees or who are early career academics.  Plans are underway to hold the 2015 workshop at the University of Pretoria.   More details will be announced shortly.

·      Once again, AFAM will have a number of Africa related sessions at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada from 7-11 August 2015.  We also hold a social event during the conference as a networking opportunity for members and potential members.

The Executive Committee and I appreciate your continued membership.  We are working hard to take AFAM forward.  Please assist us by telling others about our work and how they can become members and participants in our exciting future.  I also want to wish all of you a restful and blessed holiday season. 

 

Sincerely,

Stella M Nkomo,  President

 

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