*Call for Papers: The 2020 AIB Africa Conference*

*Conference. Venue: Strathmore University Business School, Nairobi Kenya*

*Submission deadline: February 29, 2020*

*Registration deadline: June 30, 2020*

Across Africa success stories of innovation and technological breakthroughs
are replacing glooming narratives of extreme poverty. The International
Finance Corporation estimate that Africa's technology scene is booming,
with over 600 technology hubs that are fostering major innovations. Global
businesses that have for years relied on talents from far-flung locations
are now looking to African Techies for new innovative solutions.

Despite this technological development, African innovators continue to face
precarious and uncertain institutional and infrastructural environment
conditions. While some innovation studies in Africa are available, the
continent’s unique institutional environment and socio-cultural dynamics
have rarely been captured fully in innovation research. While previous
studies have suggested that innovators and entrepreneurs in precarious
institutional environments may need to develop special management
capabilities (e.g., political networking, local market knowledge and
adaptation) to cope with political economic risks and high levels of
uncertainty, the unique African context requires that researchers begin to
chart new narratives on other perspectives and approaches to understand
innovation in and for Africa.

Against this backdrop, the 2020 AIB Africa conference offers an opportunity
for International Business (IB) researchers to join the scholarly discourse
on innovations in and for Africa. The host city for the 2020 conference is
Nairobi, Kenya's Silicon Savannah, famously called the green city in the
sun. Kenya’s thriving technology innovation scene is home to some of the
most cutting-edge technology startups on the continent.  Boasting one of
the fastest mobile internet speeds in the world, with its undersea fiber
optic cable, Kenya is now characterized as a truly connected country, and
is noted to be a strong contender for early 5G deployment given its
emphasis on cultivating a technology-based economy. Its $1 billion tech
ecosystem is home to entrepreneurs, investors and technology companies such
as Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and many other leading global technology
businesses. Nairobi, therefore, offers an attractive space for IB
researchers looking for a home in this cradle of innovation in Africa.

*We welcome submissions that address the wider international business and
management agenda but with relevance to the African geographical context.
Conceptual and empirical papers as well as teaching case studies and panel
symposia from scholars, business professionals, policy makers and students
are welcome. *

As in previous years, we welcome submissions that go beyond the conference
theme and encompass all major areas of international business and
management, including:


*Track Chair*


Conference Theme Track – Innovation in and for Africa

Prof. Nathaniel Boso

KNUST, Ghana

Technology Entrepreneurship in Africa

Dr. Ogechi Adeola

Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria

International Marketing & Consumer Behavior

Dr. Michael Ngoasong

Open University, UK

IB Theory, FDI & Entry Mode Strategies

Dr. Thomas Anning-Dorson

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Global CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance

Dr. Peta Thomas

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Business History, Economic History, and International Business

Dr Simeon Ifere

University of Lagos, Nigeria

Tourism, Agriculture, Renewable Energy & Industry Studies

Dr. Adun Okupe

The Sahara Centre, Nigeria

Global Value Chains, Supply Chains & Africa’s Competitiveness

Dr. George Acheampong

University of Ghana, Ghana

Governments, NGOs, Global Institutions & State-Owned Enterprises

Dr. James Mshelia

University of Northampton, UK

International HRM, Cross-Cultural Management & Leadership

Dr. Henry Mensah

KNUST, Ghana

Undergraduate, Graduate & Doctoral Studies

Dr. Martin Kang'ethe

Riara University, Kenya

Teaching International Business & Cases

Dr. David Wernick

Florida International University, USA

General Track including Economics and Finance

Mr. Ibn Kailan Abdul-Hamid

University of Professional Studies, Ghana

*Spec**ial Tracks*

*Panel Session on Innovation in and for Africa*

We will have a special panel session focused on “*Innovation in and for
Africa*”. The goal here is to open the conference to scholarly discussion
on how African innovators, entrepreneurs and investors are navigating the
precarious institutional and infrastructural condition in Africa to
innovate. Nairobi is home to a number of technology startups and hubs that
will be invited to showcase their innovations during the panel session.
This panel session will comprise of leading academics, innovators,
entrepreneurs and investors on the continent. Information on the panelists
will be published on the conference website in due course.

*Teaching Cases in International Business Track*

This track seeks competitive and interactive teaching case submissions.
Only real-life cases that address issues concerning international business
and/or the conference theme are invited. Cases can be field-researched or
based on published sources, decision-oriented or descriptive. We also
welcome cases that have recently (post-2019) been registered in case
clearing houses such as *The Case Centre*.

*Student Track*

We look forward to submissions – interactive and competitive papers and
cases – from postgraduate students pursuing research degrees (e.g.,
MA/MSc/MPhil/PhD) in International Business and Management or related

*Panel Sessions*

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.

*Submission Guidelines*

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

*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 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.

*Review Process*

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.  Papers can be submitted via

Please state the submission type (competitive, interactive or panel) and
track title on the front page at the top right. In addition, graduate
(GS)/undergraduate students (US), please indicate ‘GS’, or ‘US’.

*Pre-Conference Workshops*

*Community Engagement & Field Visits – August 15th, 2020*

Participants to the 2020 conferences are encouraged to arrive in Nairobi
earlier on Friday August 15th, 2020 to get involved in community engagement
and field visit activities on Saturday August 16th, 2020. The host
University, Strathmore University Business School, is sponsoring visits to
Safari Parks, historical monuments and landmarks in Kenya. Visits are being
planned to the famous Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park,
Hell's Gate National Park, and Mount Kenya National Park. Registration
details for participation in these events would be advertised on the
conference website in due course.

*Paper Development Workshop – August 17th, 2020*

The Paper Development Workshop (PDW) is the most extensive of the various
developmental activities conducted by the AIB Africa, with the goal to
improve the quality of IB research and bring new scholars into the IB
field. The PDW will provide doctoral scholars, junior faculty, and those
trained in disciplines less commonly associated with the field of IB, with
developmental feedback on their current research projects in the broader
field of IB. Authors of papers being considered for inclusion in the
special issues associated with the 2020 conference (*International Journal
of Emerging Markets, Journal of African Business, European Journal of
International Management, Africa Journal of Management and Review of
Development Finance* *and AIB-SSA Book Series*) are encouraged to
participate in this workshop. The PDW will be structured to provide
feedback to authors with research papers, and to researchers who are
designing empirical studies, on IB topics.

*Workshop format:* The program will start with an introductory session led
by Professor Elizabeth Rose from the University of Leeds, UK. The
participants will then be divided into groups based on their topic areas.
After a lunch break, all participants will split into small-group sessions
with workshop leaders to discuss successful publication strategies.
Participation at the PDW is limited. Hence, participants will be invited
based on the quality of their submitted work. Submissions should be sent to
*[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]> and include the workshop
title as the subject.

We are expecting two types of submissions:

*Full, competitive research papers* – Should not be more than 10,000 words
in length.

*Interactive papers* - Should be no more than 3,000 words in length and
include a theoretical framework, propositions, and proposed research
design. Participants can only make one submission, and this can be the same
paper submitted to the main AIB-Africa conference program.

*Doctoral Consortium - **August 17th, 2020*

In line with the Africa chapter’s goal to promote research excellence and
improve the quality of IB research in the region, distinguished IB scholars
will be leading a Doctoral Consortium for doctoral candidates on *August
17th, 2020*. The aim of the doctoral consortium is to develop the research
ideas of doctoral students especially as it pertains to conducting
international business research on the continent. The consortium also aims
to create a platform for the development of professional networks and to
highlight some of the opportunities and challenges of developing a
successful academic career.

*Consortium format:* Interested doctoral students must have successfully
defended their research proposals and are asked to submit a four-paged
double-spaced document detailing their research. Only completed
dissertations will be considered for the doctoral award. Submissions should
be sent to *[log in to unmask]* <[log in to unmask]> and include
the workshop title as the subject and the following:

   - What are you studying?
   - What has and has not been said about what you are studying?
   - Why is it important or unique?
   - What is your chosen research methodology?
   - What are the findings from the research?

*Networking & Experiential Learning Journey *

There will be several networking 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
technology companies based in Nairobi.

*Conference Awards*

Several prizes will be awarded at the conference:

—     *Best Competitive Paper Award*

—     *Best Thematic Conference Paper Award*

—     *Best Teaching Case Award*

—     *Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice / Policy Implications Award*

—     *Best Doctoral Paper Award*

—     *Best Undergraduate / Graduate Student Paper Award*

—     *Best Reviewer Award*

*Publication Opportunities*

—     All accepted conference papers will be published as an abstract in
the *2020 AIB-Africa Conference Proceedings (with ISBN)**.*

—     Authors of promising, competitive papers will be supported to submit
to Africa-focused special issues of high-impact journals.

*Registration Fees*

The registration fees (in US Dollars) includes conference materials,
refreshments and lunches, but not accommodation and travel costs.

*Early Bird*

*(by June 24)*

*Late Registration*

*(from July 7)*

*Conference Registration Rates *(Rates include a one-year membership to the

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*Accompanying Partners*



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. Other details regarding accommodation,
registration payment, keynote speakers, experiential trips and the
conference program will be provided on the chapter website in due course.

Professor Nathaniel Boso, PhD
Dean, KNUST School of Business, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and
Visiting Professor, Strathmore University Business School, Kenya
Visiting Professor, University of Kigali, Rwanda
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