Call for Chapters: Indigenous Management Practices in Africa: A Guide for Educators and Practitioners

Call for Book Chapters
“Indigenous Management Practices in Africa: A Guide for Educators and Practitioners,”

Editors: Uchenna Uzo and Abel Kinoti
Published by Emerald Publishing as Volume 19 of the Advanced Series in Management Book Series


Management is central to the realization of organizational goals and objectives. This underscores the reason why it is given much importance by both the academic and practice communities. Lately, there have been calls for management philosophies and theories that reflect the peculiarities of the African continent (Inyang 2008; Iguisi 2014; Thomas et al. 2016). This is especially because the use of western management models in Africa has not entirely yielded results that trigger economic growth and development ( Iguisi, 2014, p. 61), yet Africa is fast becoming the investment destination of firms operating outside the continent. While a good number of African business schools teach theories and practices based on western models concerted efforts are yet to be made to unpack indigenous management practices that shape the way business gets done in the continent. What might this difference imply for management in Africa? Could there be management guidelines crafted by Africans for Africans? This proposed book seeks to tease out the common management practices across the sub-regions of Africa that correspond to the western management curricula.In concrete terms, the proposed book is targeted at business school faculty members and practitioners seeking to understand indigenous African management practices. Faculty members within and outside the continent would be exposed to the distinctive practices and principles that are characteristic to the continent. As such, these insights would offer the backbone for elaborating on African management curricula for business schools within and outside the continent. Practitioners would also acquire knowledge on the principles for doing business in Africa. Chapter contributors would be required to provide short cases to reflect the practices that they describe. Since Africa is made up of five sub-regions, contributors would be required to capture the common practices that exist in the sub-regions of the continent.

TENTATIVE CHAPTER CONTENT (Also find attached the brief description for each chapter)

1. The Nature of African Organizations2. Characteristics of the African buyer’s purchase behaviour

3. Indigenous Marketing Management Practices in Africa

4. Indigenous Selling and Sales Management Practices in Africa

5. Indigenous Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practices in Africa

6. Indigenous Financial Management Practices in Africa

7. Indigenous Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour Practices in Africa

8. Indigenous Leadership Practices in Africa

9. Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Africa

10. Indigenous Strategic Management Practices in Africa

11. Indigenous Family Business Management Practices in Africa

12. Ethical Principles and Practices in Africa

13. Decision making practices in Africa

14. Redesigning the Management Curricula for Africa

Each chapter will be about 7000 words. The unifying structure will be as follows:
a) Introduction
b) Brief Description of the selected field of management
c) Relevant indigenous management practices: their origin, cultural characteristics and unique differences from western models
d) Examples and anecdotal evidence of practices covering the five sub-regions of Africa
e) Advice for managers and educators
f) Overall chapter framework or model
g) Summary and conclusion
Book Length: Between 110,000 to 136,500 words


Schedule for publication of the book:
· Book chapter proposals received: June 23, 2017
· Notification of accepted chapter proposals: July 1, 2017
· Receipt of full book chapters for review: September 15, 2017
· Review book chapters and revision feedback: November 1, 2017
· Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: January 10, 2018
· Book delivered to the publisher January 31, 2018
· Anticipated publication: October, 2018

Authors of selected proposals will be invited to submit full chapters for publication in this book titled “Indigenous Management Practices in Africa: A Guide for Educators and Practitioners”. Authors of accepted full chapters will be required to participate in the review process (two chapters each).

Please submit your chapter proposal as a Microsoft Word document attached to an email no later than June 23, 2017. We would be glad to receive a one page proposal outlining your chapter, identifying the selected discipline, and outlining the broad scope of your proposed chapter content (preferably not exceeding 300 words). Please also include as a separate file a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position, a listing of your relevant publications and educational background, and any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this manuscript (preferably not exceeding 200 words).

Send proposals and inquiries to .

Uchenna Uzo, Lagos Business School (Nigeria)
Abel Kinoti, Riara University (Kenya)

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Iguisi, Osarumwense. “African Values for the Practice of Human Resource Management.” Beykent University Journal of Social Sciences – BUJSS 7 no.1 (2014): 56-77.
Inyang, Benjamin J. “The Challenges of Evolving and Developing Management Indigenous Theories and Practices in Africa.” International Journal of Business and Management 3 no.12 (2008):122-132.
Thomas, Howard, Michelle Lee, Lynne Thomas, and Alexander Wilson. “Does Africa Need an “African” Management Education Model?” EFMD Global Focus 10 no.2 (2016):58-63.