The entrepreneurship and SME track welcomes both empirical and conceptual papers examining issues relating to sustainability in both entrepreneurial and family and small business research in Africa. We are particularly interested in papers with unique contributions related to incubation, nascent entrepreneurship, microcredit, ownership succession, incubation, microenterprise promotion and training, transnational entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and sustainable entrepreneurial innovations in Africa.
Track 2: Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Chair: E. Anne Christo-Baker, Purdue University at Northwest, e-mail: [email protected]
This combined track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers including all aspects of both organizational behavior and human resources management, preferably in an African context. For organizational behavior, areas of interests include but are not limited to: organizational effectiveness, group dynamics, motivation, leadership, change, decision making, organizational culture, organizational design, organizational justice, stress management, personality and perception. For human resources management, we seek papers in the areas of: compensation, diversity, performance appraisal, recruitment, selection, staffing, training, labor relations, career development and management of human capital.
Track 3: Public Policy, Administration of Government, and Non-Governmental Organizations
Chair: Abeba Beyene Mengistu, Addis Ababa University, e-mail: [email protected]
We encourage papers from academics, researchers, and professionals that investigate public and non-governmental organizations. The papers may address topics related to any of the following: Public governance; capacity building; public service quality; public management in complex environments; E-government; workplace democracy and public administration; education and training; public accountability; social enterprise in challenging environments and times; Third Sector or non-governmental organizations; stakeholder engagement; social capital; public entrepreneurship; public sector reforms; partnerships with the private sector. Studies of other areas not included here but which relate to management of public organizations and NGO are also encouraged.
Track 4: Strategy and International Management
Chair: Hermann Ndofor, Indiana University, e-mail: [email protected]
The Strategy and International Management track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers that focus on all areas of strategy and international management in an African context both in the private and public sector; and a comparative analysis of the African context with other contexts of the world. For strategy, areas of interests include but are not limited to: business or competitive strategy formulation and implementation, strategic planning, strategy-structure relationships, strategic leadership, innovation, corporate strategy in general, diversification and portfolio strategies, vertical integration and sourcing relationships, social capital and networking relationships, corporate governance, the resource-based view, knowledge management, industrial organization economics, acquisitions, strategic alliances and inter-organizational relationships, technology and innovation management, composition and processes of top management teams, and strategic control and reward systems. Areas of interest for international management should focus on the theory, research, and practice of management with a cross-border or cross-cultural dimension. Topics should include but are not limited to: market entry strategy, cross-border alliances and cooperative strategies, the management of cross-border operations, effects of transnationalism on organizations, the differential impact of cultural, social, economic, technological, political, and other institutional forces on cross-border operations, management practices and strategies, the international competitiveness of firms, industries, and nations; and comparative management studies involving two or more countries.
Track 5: Social Issues in Management in the Context of Africa
Chair: Vincent Bagire, Makerere University, e-mail: [email protected]
The Social Issues in management track is a new track added by the Africa Academy of Management to explore the extent to which management research can be used to address social issues, such as poverty, healthcare, armed conflict, conflict, sustainable development, and child labor. Management can play an important role in helping to address these issues. Social issues could also integrate the management of ‘unrealistic’ expectations from different social groups including unions, students and teachers.
Track 6: Sustainability and Green Management
Chair: Kenneth Amaeshi, University of Edinburgh, e-mail: [email protected]
The Sustainability and Green Management track welcomes conceptual and empirical papers that focus on all areas of sustainability – economic, social, and environmental in an African context both in the private and public sector. Studies that compare the African context with other contexts of the world are also welcome. Given the comprehensiveness of sustainability across the business disciplines, studies from all areas of business – operations, marketing, international business, human resources management, organizational behavior, strategy, finance and accounting – that address how organizations affect and are affected by the sustainability tripod are welcome. Even though a contextual theories are welcome, we encourage contextual theories that project the contribution of African management. We also encourage methodological approaches that are Afrocentric to the extent that they apply to economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Track 7: PDW/Caucus/Symposia
Chair: Hamid Kazeroony, Walden University, e-mail: [email protected]
Entries can be either a proposal for a structured discussion on a topic of common interest, or for a workshop. Proposals should be aimed at helping fellow attendees by providing a forum through which they can engage each other. PDW sessions will not appear in the proceedings. Submissions should describe the activities, goals and time/equipment required and should be submitted to the PDW Chair:
Doctoral Consortium & Junior Faculty Consortium
Chair: David Zoogah, Xavier University, e-mail: [email protected]
These consortia are designed to provide ideas, tools, and strategies to be successful by drawing upon the experiences of senior faculty colleagues. Research in the early stages of development will also be considered to assist members improve their works for publication. Sessions will be structured as roundtable discussions to facilitate additional development and coaching. This is an excellent way for doctoral students to become involved in AFAM. These sessions will not appear in the proceedings. Queries about the consortium should be sent to [email protected].