The Academy of International Business (AIB) is the leading association of scholars, consultants and specialists in the field of international business. Established in 1959, the AIB now has over 3,000 members in 87 countries. The AIB has 18 chapters around the world, including the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Chapter. We welcome conceptual and empirical papers, as well as teaching case studies and panel symposia from scholars, business professionals, policy makers and students.
Over the last decade, the narrative on economies in the African continent has fluctuated between rising and falling. Yet, together with certain economies in Asia, countries like Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique, boast of having the fastest economic growth rates in 2017. In spite of this increasing economic growth rates, the continent still suffers from a majority of its countries growing slowly and negatively in extreme cases. This conundrum about Africa’s economic prospects has generated growing interests in Africa among scholars, policy makers and business executives.
After years of research and policy discussions on the key determinants of the economic prosperity of Africa, arguments continue to be made that Africa needs development aid from overseas to pay for its budget deficits. However, an emerging contention is that Africa must move beyond aid if it is to sustainably transform its economy. Proponents of the post-aid Africa argue that heavy reliance on such aid weakens and delays the sustainable development of African economies. Some have argued that fair global trade regulations, increased activities of African and non-African multinational enterprises in Africa, and government-led innovation policies that emphasize outward looking of African businesses presents an alternative route to Africa’s economic transformation.
The optimism about the sustainability of Africa’s economic fortune has also generated significant and growing scholarly interests on the continent, with special issues on Africa published in, or planned for in leading scholarly journals: Global Strategy Journal, European Business Review, Thunderbird International Business Review, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, and among others. Yet, ongoing debates from different disciplinary perspectives on the sustainable development of Africa do not seem to engage with one another. Indeed, the role of multinational enterprises and international business in economic development and new wealth creation in Africa remains contentious. Hence, there is a need for African scholars and scholars with interest in Africa to begin a new dialogue on Africa’s sustainable economic development in a post-aid environment.
The ongoing debate on post-aid Africa and the growing call on world trade institutions to promulgate fair international trade regulations informs our decision to focus this years’ conference on scholarly discussion on how increased international trade can trigger the sustainable development of Africa. We situate this topic in the broader debate on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the need for trade over aid. We contribute to the sustainability discourse by bringing in both internationalizing African firms and foreign multinationals, and developmental agencies like the World Bank to chart new approaches to Africa’s sustainable development. We also engage in the firm level discourses to interrogate how African and foreign multinationals can remain sustainable, whilst proactively engaging in business that seeks to align with the continent’s sustainable development goals.
There’s perhaps no better place on the continent to begin this new conversation on Africa’s sustainable economic development than Ghana, a pioneer in Africa’s emancipation fights. Leaders in Ghana have taken a bold step to initiate debates on how Africa can sustain its economic development and growth without foreign aid, and it is refreshing that scholarly discussion on this topic is going to be held in Ghana. Our 2019 conference will bring together scholars, students, policy makers, development agencies and business executives committed to Africa’s sustainable development.
As in previous years, we welcome submissions (competitive papers, interactive papers, panels and teaching cases) that go beyond the conference theme and encompass all major areas of international business and management, including:
|IB Theory, FDI & Entry Mode Strategies||Dr. Thomas Anning-Dorson||University of Ghana, Ghanafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International Marketing & entrepreneurship||Dr. Michael Ngoasong||Open University, UKemail@example.com|
|Global CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance||Dr. Peta Thomas||University of Johannesburg, South Africafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tourism, Agriculture & Industry Studies||Dr. Adun Okupe||Lagos Business School, Nigeriaemail@example.com|
|Global Value Chains, Supply Chains & Africa Competitiveness||Dr. George Acheampong||University of Ghana, Ghanafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Governments, NGOs, Global Institutions & State-Owned Enterprises||Dr. James Mshelia||University of Northampton, UK||James.Mshelia@northampton.ac.uk|
|International HRM, Cross-Cultural Management & Leadership||Dr. Raphael Oseghale||Swansea University, UKemail@example.com|
|International Accounting, Economics & Finance||Dr. Nacasius U. Ujah||South Dakota State University, USAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Undergraduate, Graduate & Doctoral Studies||Dr. Martin Kang’ethe||Riara University, Kenyaemail@example.com|
|Teaching International Business & Cases||Dr. David Wernick||Florida International University, USAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|General Track||Mr. Ibn Kailan Abdul-Hamid||University of Professional Studies, Ghanaemail@example.com|
|Conference Theme Track||Dr. Obi Damoah||University of Ghana, Ghanafirstname.lastname@example.org|
Special Panel Session on Sustaining Africa’s Development without Foreign Aid
We will have a special panel session focused on Sustaining Africa’s Development without Foreign Aid. The goal here is to open scholarly discussion on how internationalizing African businesses and foreign multinationals in Africa can help sustain Africa’s development and competitiveness in an aidless African economy. This panel session will be led by a leading scholar in International Business Development, with panelists from government, development agencies, civil society organizations, industry associations, business executives and academia.
Teaching Cases in International Business Track
This track seeks competitive and interactive teaching case submissions. Only real-life cases that address international business issues are invited. Cases can be field-researched or based on published sources, decision-oriented or descriptive. We also welcome cases that have recently (post-2013) been registered in case clearing houses such as The Case Centre.
We look forward to submissions – interactive and competitive papers and cases – from graduate (Masters) students, particularly those pursuing MBA/MSc/MPhil degrees in international business or related disciplines.
Special Panels, PDWs & Tracks
The conference will feature several panels, symposia, ‘scholars meet practice’ sessions and mini-workshops. We welcome proposals that address the conference theme as well as other topical issues.
Following the AIB “rule of three”, no author should be associated with more than 3 submissions.
Competitive papers must not exceed 10,000 words, and must comply to the JIBS style requirements; Please refer to http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jibs/style_guide.html.
Interactive papers should be around 2,000 – 5,000 words. Submissions should clearly state the research questions, methodology and contribution. The main results and implications for IB research and practice should be discussed, if available/applicable.
Teaching cases should be around 2,000 – 5,000 for interactive/‘embryo’ cases and no more than 10,000 words for competitive cases.
Panel proposals should have 3 – 5 scholars and/or students and a common theme, as well as a chair/discussant. We welcome a variety of proposals (paper presentations, roundtable, and professional development workshop). The names of participants and the discussant should be disclosed for this type of submission.
Competitive papers, interactive papers and teaching cases will be double-blind reviewed; please do not include any author-identifying information. Authors are strongly encouraged to assist in the review process.
Please make your submissions to: https://meetings.aib.msu.edu/insights/submit.php
Please state the submission type (competitive, interactive or panel) and track title on the front page at the top right. In addition, for doctoral (DS)/graduate (GS)/undergraduate students (US), please indicate ‘DS’, ‘GS’, or ‘US’.
In line with the SSA chapter’s goal to promote research excellence and improve the quality of IB research in the region, distinguished IB scholars will be leading mini-workshops and PDWs on research methods. Doctoral candidates, junior faculty, and those new to the field of IB are particularly encouraged to attend the workshops/PDWs. More details will be provided closer to the conference date.
A workshop on topical issues in IB teaching and curriculum development will be led by award-winning IB educators.
Several prizes will be awarded at the conference:
Network and develop collaborative opportunities with international scholars, business executives and students at the welcome reception, gala dinner, and field visits to some of the leading local players and multinational enterprises based in Ghana.
The registration fees (in US Dollars) includes conference materials, , refreshments and lunches, but not accommodation and travel costs.
(by June 24)
(from June 25)
|AIB Non-members (Rates include a one-year membership to the AIB)|
The chapter will waive registration fees for a limited number of delegates, with priority given to students studying on the continent. Details on how to apply will be provided later.