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Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) PDW Special Instructions

 Call for Submissions 

PDW Co-chair: Faith Ngunjiri, Concordia College;

PDW Co-chair: Nceku Nyathi, De Montfort Univeristy;

The Africa Academy of Management (AFAM) invites submissions for Professional Development Workshops (PDW's) at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, (USA).

The workshops will take place Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 2019.

We encourage members of all Academy divisions and interest group to submit PDW proposals that explore the African dimensions of management theory and practice and integrate the theme of "Understanding the Inclusive Organization." AFAM's goal is to advance the knowledge and scholarship in the theory and practice of management among African scholars and/or academics interested in management and organization issues in Africa.


If your PDW proposal has some linkages to the 2019 theme of Understanding Inclusive Organizations, with answers to questions such as "What are the characteristics of inclusive organizations? Are these characteristics generalizable across cultures? What is inclusive practice? How do organizational structures, cultures, and/or identities contribute to, or detract from, organizational inclusiveness? These and other questions will receive support and sponsorship from AFAM. We find this year's theme to be a particularly rich one for a focus research, practice and potential research agendas in the African context. PDW proposals focused on bringing together scholars representing different African countries, industries and contexts are highly encouraged.


We are also seeking interactive and innovative PDW proposals that support AFAM's primary role of helping the Academy "perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management within the African context." defined broadly to include "all of Africa and individuals of African descent in the Diaspora - i.e., Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, and North America".


Our goals for our PDWs include:

  • Helping Academy members become exposed to, or provide exposure, to scholarship in the African context
  • Assist Academy members in their research activities to facilitate the inclusion of research and comparative studies on Africa/African Diaspora
  • Encourage and facilitate an understanding of African management practices and cultural perspectives as they apply to management scholarship


PDWs are a platform for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise and foster the development of workshop participants. Coordinated by the Academy's many divisions, interest groups, affiliated societies and theme committees, PDW sessions are different from regular academy sessions in that they can have a longer time frame and can take many forms (workshops, interactive symposia, tutorials, breakout sessions, debates, case studies, round tables, research incubators, etc.).

The minimum duration a submitter may request in the submission system for a PDW submission is 2 hours. However, please note that each PDW Chair has the ability to decrease the duration of any submitted PDW proposal if he/she feels it would better the division/committee members experience. The minimum amount of time a PDW can be reduced to is 1.5 hours.  Although a PDW can only be submitted to one Division, we do have a process for determining co-sponsorship after submission so we encourage partnerships with other divisions where appropriate.

The Academy and AFAM, strongly encourages PDWs that create a meeting place between practitioners and academics, between members of different divisions, and scholarly dialogue that is inclusive of scholars based in Africa that reside outside of the USA, Canada, and Europe. 

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday,January 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

All submissions must be made online via the AOM submissions system. If you have any questions regarding PDW sessions or you would like to discuss your PDW idea prior to submission, please contact the AFAM PDW Chair Faith Ngunjiri,   at your earliest convenience, but preferably no later than Friday, January 4th, 2019. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

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