*Call for Papers I The AIB SSA 2016 Conference I Africa's Competitiveness
in the Global Economy*


The persisting global economic slowdown has posed several challenges for
the Sub-Saharan Africa region. With plunging oil and commodity prices and
China’s economic woes, there is a fierce debate on whether the robust
economic growth recorded over the past decade is over. There is now a sense
of urgency in diversifying economies, and advancing manufacturing and
industrialization. Competitiveness in global markets is essential to
achieving these goals. Unfortunately, Africa trails the rest of the world
in competitiveness: 15 out of the 20 least competitive economies in the
World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index are from the region. To
increase our understanding of competitiveness in the African context, the
2016 conference welcomes conceptual and empirical papers and cases that
shed light on product, firm, industry, city, national, sub-regional, and
regional competitiveness. Submissions should offer insights and fresh
perspectives on how firms in the region can offer quality products, enhance
their capabilities to develop human capital, and improve their processes.

 *We also welcome submissions that address wider international business and
management agendas and geographical contexts*.

The conference will also consider original competitive papers, interactive
papers, panels and teaching cases for the following tracks:

§  Location Competitiveness: Industry, City, National, Sub-regional &

§  Public Policy (e.g., Innovation, Cluster Development, Regional

§  Product & Firm Competitiveness

§  International Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Informal Exporting

§  FDI, Global Value Chains & the Geography of IB

§  Human Resources, Culture & Language in International Business

§  Marketing & Consumers in International Business

§  Sustainability, Responsible Leadership & Governance of Natural Resources

§  Economic Diplomacy & Institutional & Political Environment of IB

§  International Finance, Accounting & Economics

§  General Track: International Business & Management

Prof. Abel Kinoti, Bcom, MBA, Dcom, FHEA-UK

Dean, School of Business

Riara University

P.O. Box 49940-00100

Nairobi, Kenya

Tel : +254-703 038 420/703 038 421/703 038 000

Fax: +254-20-252-5789

Cell: +254- 733-722-479


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