January 7-10, 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
The continent of Africa is home to more than fifty countries and one billion people. It is also home to some of the world’s most vibrant economies. The Economist, for example, recently predicted that seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies in the next five years will be African. Unfortunately, much of the continent continues to face challenges around eradicating poverty, improving health, resolving conflict, and ending corruption. Marked by fast growth, limited growth or no growth at all, Africa’s business, government and civil sectors all need world-class management.
The purpose of this conference is to bring Africa’s unique capabilities and needs to the attention of the world’s organization and management scholars and at the same time, to provide an opportunity for interested colleagues to collaborate and work on the many interesting theoretical and practice problems presented in Africa.
If it can be said that the average conference is all about collaborators sharing the answers to their research questions, this conference is oriented more toward discovering questions worth asking and then building the collaborative relationships to answer them. Much of the conference time will be spent together, exploring and experiencing many of these capabilities and challenges first hand. Each participant will spend one and a half days “in the field” directly experiencing South Africa and the phenomena that interest them. Four conference themes will orient that exploration.
In addition to experiential learning journeys, the program features papers, symposia, workshop, and other unique events and sessions to explore these issues. The rest of the conference will be spent in conversation with these authors and with each other about the collective experience, the program content, and our ideas about future work.
Visit the Academy of Management Africa Conference microsite to learn more about the conference program themes, registration process, housing and travel, experiential learning journeys, and more....