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AFAM Conference 2018


In Collaboration with the School of Commerce at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, The Africa Academy of Management is organizing its 4th Biennial Conference in Addis Ababa from January 3 to January 6, 2018.  Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is one of the oldest cities in Africa and the seat of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Current reports on Africa indicate that the continent is one of the fastest growing regions of the world, second to East Asia. In fact, of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, six are located in Africa. To sustain the performance of African economies, it is important that African organizations, for-profit and non-profit, compete not only in Africa but also globally. For management research to be relevant and impactful, it must look at what really happens within African organizations, how African organizations achieve high performance and what makes a high-performing African organization.  

In accordance with the theme of the conference, Building High Performing Organizations in Africa, the Africa Academy of Management is looking forward to engaging conceptual and empirical papers, symposia, and professional development workshops on topics that that describe how to build effective and competitive organizations in Africa. Along with the intellectually invigorating discussions, we have plans for visits to local businesses and organizations, such as the headquarters of the Africa Union and the United Stations Economic Commission for Africa. Addis Ababa

Conference Chairs:

Dr. Constant D. Beugre,
College of Business
Delaware State University
United States of America

Dr. Judy Muthuri
Nottingham University Business School
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road                             
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom


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Submission Guidelines:

Please follow these guidelines and formatting instructions to prepare your paper. Please read the instructions with great care before making any submissions.
1. Each paper can only be submitted to ONE topic or track.
2. Submitted papers must NOT have been previously published and if under review, must NOT appear in print before AFAM 2018 Conference.
3. Paper submissions will be blind reviewed; thus, authors should remove all authors’ identifying information, including acknowledgements from the text, and document properties.
4. The paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be in one document created in a PDF format.
5. The maximum length of the paper is 40 pages (including tables, appendices and references). The paper format should follow the Academy of Management Journal’s style guide.
6. Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced, and 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin all around.
7. Number all of the pages of the paper.
8. No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, and actual paper can occur after the submission deadline.
9. Check that the PDF File of your paper prints correctly and ensure that the file is virus-free.
10. Submissions will be done on-line on the AFAM 2018 conference website, from 30 JANUARY till 30 JUNE, 2017.
11. Only submissions in English shall be accepted for review.
12. In case of acceptance, the author or one of the co-authors should be available to present the paper at the conference.
13. RULE OF 3: A participants may be listed as an author or co-author on up to 3 submitted papers.
14. The deadline is firm and no extensions will be granted.

NOTE: Papers that do not follow these formatting instructions WILL NOT be sent for review.

If you have questions, you may contact any of the following Program Committee members:
Conference Chairs:

Dr. Constant D. Beugré (Delaware State University/USA email:
Dr Judy Muthuri (Nottingham University Business School/UK, e-mail:

Conference Document/File (Click to download file):



AFAM 2018 Program: *Click here to download Full program*

Wednesday January 3, 2018 Thursday January 4, 2018 Friday January 5, 2018 Saturday January 6, 2018
8:00-17:00. Onsite Registration 8:00-17:00. Onsite Registration 8:00-17:00. Onsite Registration 8:00-12:00. Onsite Registration
8:00-12:00. Doctoral/Junior Consortium 8-12. Papers, PDWs, Symposia 8-12. Papers, PDWs, Symposia 12:15-13:15 Lunch
12:15-13:15 Doctoral/Junior Faculty Lunch ONLY 12:15-13:15 Lunch 12:15-13:15 Lunch 8:00-12:00. Papers, PDWs, Symposia
13:30-17:30. Doctoral/Junior Consortium 13:30-18:30. Papers, PDWs, Symposia 14-17. Experiential Learning Trips 14:00-17:00. Papers, PDWs, Symposia
19:30-22:30 Conference Opening Ceremony  --- --- 19:00-22:00. Closing Ceremony

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Submission Tracks

Track 1: Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Co-Chair: Richard Hayes, Hofstra University; e-mail:;
Co-Chair: Bitange Ndemo University of Nairobi, e-mail:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:
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 For application details, click here.

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Applocation Details

AFAM Conference Guidelines for Presentations

Full papers have been allocated 90 minute sessions and presenters should share the time and leave room for discussion. It is intended that presenters and the chair/discussant for each session will have read each other's papers in advance and should arrange to send the papers to each other.

Full paper presentations will be made using a laptop and data projector. You will be asked to bring your presentation to the event on a memory stick, for use on the day, along with sufficient copies of a slide handout for your audience.

The structure of the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) sessions will be as agreed upon by the Track and Conference Chairs for 90mins. PDW sessions are designed to be interactive. It is advisable that all PDW sessions should stick to the times allocated so that they do not run into scheduled sessions.  

Presenters can also submit Symposium Proposals. A symposium proposal should include an overview of the session and a summary of the presentations for each presenter. The proposal can also include a discussant. Symposium sessions will be 90 minutes.

Poster presenters can begin setting up 30 minutes before the start of their scheduled posters session.  Staff members will be available during set-up to provide authors with materials for mounting data and illustrations. All posters must remain on display for the duration of the poster session.

Posters must be attended by the author/s for the first 40mins of the poster session, at minimum.
 Once your poster session concludes you can begin to remove your poster. Tear-down must be completed no later than 30 minutes after the poster session has ended. Posters left up after the tear-down period will be removed for disposal. AFAM is not responsible for any lost or damaged posters.

You must provide an abstract of your paper and illustrations in a size and format suitable for poster display. It is also suggested that you prepare brief statements of the purpose of your work, your experimental methodology and design, and the major results of your findings and their implications.

Abstracts and illustrations must be readable from distances of 3 ft. or more. Text should be printed from a laser printer, in a font size large enough to read from that distance. Keep illustrations simple. Limited use of color, however, can add emphasis. Any photograph should be a minimum of 8 in. x 10 in. Minimum size for all other illustrations is 9 in. x 12 in. 

The rooms allocated for Full Papers and Professional Development Workshops Presentations will have a laptop, data projector and screen available. Please note: delegates will need to bring their presentation on a USB data stick and arrive early to upload their presentation onto the laptop. This is to ensure presentations are uploaded successfully and to allow enough time for any technical difficulties that may arise. Delegates can also bring any materials they wish to distribute to other delegates during their presentation. AFAM suggests bringing 20 copies for distribution. 

Please see below the session timings allocated for every delegate’s presentation

Full Papers 25 minutes allocated for Presentation and Discussion
Panel sessions 90 minutes allocated
Workshops 90 minutes allocated
Poster Presentation 45 minutes allocated

Please see below the session timings allocated for every delegate’s presentation.

Technical Information

All rooms, which have a laptop, data projector and screen available, will be installed with following packages from Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Delegates therefore must ensure the file type of the presentation is fully compatible with Microsoft Office.

Laptop and Printing Facilities

Please note: those that want to use Apple Macs and iPads will need to have their connecting cables as these would not be supplied by the conference. Further you will have to bring your own electrical adapters given that the voltage in Botswana is different. They will not be free printing, delegates will have to pay for printing.

Internet Access

There will be complementary computers set up at media centre for internet access. Please be cautious of others and limit your time to 10mins or less to check your emails. Wi‐Fi available for purchase at the computer lab for $10 a day. Please ask registration for information if you would like to pursue this option.

Reviewer Resources Sign up to be a reviewer

Dear Reviewer,

The Reviewer System is now open and accepting reviewers for the 4th Biennial Conference of the Africa Academy of Management.
As such, we would like to make sure that you have asked your colleagues to register in the reviewer system.  And as the quality of the program is based on reviews, we encourage you to ask your track reviewers to examine the following guidelines:

  • Please be constructive in your comments to the author/s by identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses in the manuscript, and providing constructive ideas for improvement and meeting the limitations you pointed out in your review. Areas to cover in your review include the theoretical development and the technical correctness of the methodology, and the overall value-added contribution and implications the submission provides to the discipline and the community.
  • Please try to judge manuscripts based on how well they stimulate thinking and discussion, and be open to diverse theoretical and methodological orientations.
  • As a reviewer, you will be required to complete your assigned reviews between May 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017, so please plan your time accordingly.
February 1, 2017 Reviewer Sign-up System Opens
January 30, 2017  Submission System Opens
June 30, 2017 Deadline for ALL Submissions
July 30, 2017 Deadline to complete reviews
August 30, 2017 Deadline of Notification of Acceptance

Please feel free to contact us should you need any further help.

Conference Chairs
Dr. Constant Beugré
Dr. Judy Muthuri

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 Coming Soon!


1). Junior Faculty: The Junior Faculty Session will focus on career advancement and publication in top tier journals like Africa Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

2). Doctoral students: The session will focus on issues related to completion of the doctoral program. Through panel and roundtable discussions led by leading prominent global scholars with interest and expertise in Africa, participants will reflect on the process and lessons of research, teaching, and life in academia and Africa specifically. Moreover, it will also focus on publications in top tier journals like Africa Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

There is no charge for the Consortium; however, accepted participants must register for and participate in the regular AFAM conference. Applicants will go through a selection process set out by AFAM. Moreover, participants should cover the cost of travel to and accommodation in Egypt.

Highlights of this year's Consortium include:

  • A session with Editors of top Management Journals, 
  • A research feedback session with leading scholars,
  • A variety of panels and discussions on publishing in high quality journals, effective teaching, and managing an academic career,
  • Networking with leading faculty and fellow faculty/doctoral students,
  • Career development and career choices, and
  • An informal after-session social on January 7th.
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Hotel & Accommodation

The Organizing Committee of the AFAM 2024 Conference has negotiated competitive rates with one 4-star and two 3-star hotels. These designated conference hotels provide excellent comfort as well as opportunities to network before and after each day’s sessions. Please click the link to your preferred hotel and make your reservation online. The Booking Reference Code is: AFAM 2024. You will receive confirmation of your reservation directly from the hotel. We encourage you to make your reservation at your earliest as the height of the tourist season in South Africa coincides with the period of our conference. AFAM will only provide free transport to and from these hotels to the Stellenbosch Business School campus.

Hotel Name Level Single room + breakfast (rate per person/ per night) Price/night (double room on bed & breakfast basis) No. of reserved rooms for conference attendees (7th – 11th of January 2023)

No. of reserved rooms for PhD Consortium attendees (6th of January 2023)
Excellent Guest House 4 Star  R889.00      

Protea Hotel by Marriott® Tyger Valley 3 Star R1,230.00      
  • ADDRESS: Ext 20, Off Ramp, Uys Krige Drive, Jip De Jager Drive, Welgemoed, Cape Town.
  • RESERVATION Channel:  
  • phone: +27 (0) 21 913 2000

Protea Hotels by Marriott® Durbanville 3 Star R1,414.00      
  • address: Vineyards Office Estate, 99 Jip De Jager Dr, Tyger Valley
  • Distance to Campus: 5.1km
  • RESERVATION channel: 
  • phone: +27 21 913 9256

 Additional Transportation Arrangements (if needed):

Cape Town Airport Travel (CTAT) link contact