*[image: image.png]Call for Papers*

*Management and Organization Review*
Research Frontiers Conference and Paper Development Workshop on ‘China’s
Outward Foreign Direct Investment to Africa’

September 9–12, 2021 **NEW DATES**
Local Host: Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria

*Conference Organizers and Program Committee*

Helena Barnard,1 Arie Y. Lewin,2 Elizabeth L. Rose,3 and Hinrich Voss4
1*University of Pretoria, *2*Duke University*, 3*Leeds University*, and 4*HEC


Asia Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University
Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL),
University of Leeds
China Business Studies Initiative, University of San Francisco
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Africa (Ghana Campus)
Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Oxford University

Submission Deadline (full paper): May 5, 2021 **NEW DEADLINE**

*Conference Format*

The conference will follow a hybrid format.

·         There will be 4-hour sessions online on each of the four days of
the conference during the American morning, African/European afternoon, and
Asian evening. That is when paper presentations and panels will take place.

·         For delegates who attend in person, there will be three
experiential ‘learning journeys’ in the South African morning. For example,
the ties between South Africa and China go back to the discovery of gold.
Chinese laborers worked on the gold mines – and a small group stayed. One
learning journey will explore that history.

·         Paper development sessions will be done in person or online as
per the need.

Delegates will receive notification that papers are accepted by June 9.
Deadline for confirming participation is June 30.

However, delegates have until July 20 to decide whether to attend in person
or online. The conference registration fee is US$ 100 whether delegates
attend in person or online. Delegates will need to pay for travel,
accommodation, and meals if they decide to attend in person.


Chinese investment is transforming the African landscape. Pot-holed roads
are being replaced by double-lane highways. In urban areas, Chinese-built
office complexes, hotels, and shopping malls are an increasingly common
sight and in even remote rural areas, Chinese traders are selling
Chinese-made essentials to locals. Africa is the last frontier to offer
abundant investment opportunities to an economy with national capabilities
in executing large-scale infrastructure projects.

FDI projects in Africa are an integral aspect of the Bridge and Belt
globalization national initiative. It contributes to maintaining employment
of Chinese workers in strategically important infrastructure industries, an
important national consideration as China balances the transition to a
service economy, increased domestic consumption, spiralling domestic debt
and an ageing population. China, being the largest foreign investor in
Africa, has attracted mixed views from inside and outside Africa for its
investment on this continent and has been criticized by Western Countries
for neo- colonialization behavior.

China OFDI into Africa helps create new opportunities given current
environment in China and is taking place in an era during which global
economic activity is transforming. A range of pressures suggest increasing
de-globalization that will transform global trade, give rise to more
regional trade compacts, and redefine global value chains. This highlights
the huge opportunities for the development of technologically less advanced
economies – markets.

European and American multinationals have been slow to take advantage of
investment opportunities in Africa. Large-scale infrastructure development
requires huge capital investment financing. The Western developed economies
are either not willing or not able to match China OFDI policies for such
projects. Even when financing can be arranged, there has been a lack of
interest and the quite recent colonial history complicates the relationship
between Africa and especially European countries.

This does not mean that reported concerns of neo-colonialism and power
dependencies are absent from the China/Africa relationship. Facing the
pressures of economic development and projected population growth, many
African countries are attracted to the top-down state capitalism approach
exemplified by the history of China since opening up in 1978 and by
President Xi’s aspirations for China to challenge the dominance of the US.
Chinese FDI into Africa also reinforces an affinity between countries that
question the efficacy of liberal democratic institutional configurations in
how they govern. In an era of increasing populism, rising forces of
de-globalization and the ratcheting economic competition between the US and
China, such an affinity has far-reaching implications.

The MOR Research Frontiers Conference on China OFDI to Africa is therefore
seeking papers that provide insight into why and how Chinese FDI into
Africa is playing out. Especially welcome are scholars whose research can
contribute to elucidate how Africans understand Chinese FDI on their
continent, as well as exploration of the Chinese perspective. The
conference seeks to feature rigorous scholarly contributions, including
micro perspectives of how individuals experience Africa/China interactions,
large-scale macro perspectives on the phenomenon, conceptual contributions,
and qualitative case studies. But beyond that, we do not wish to impose
specific themes or research questions.


*Guest Editors*

Helena Barnard,1 Abdoulkadre Ado,2 Peter Ping Li,3 Stephan Manning,4 and
Michael A. Witt5
1*University of Pretoria*, 2*University of Ottawa*, 3*Nottingham University
Ningbo China *4*University of Sussex*, and *5INSEAD*

A special issue of MOR focused on exploring the history, experience, and
implications of Chinese FDI into Africa is already in process. This *Management
and Organization Review* research frontiers conference and paper
development workshop will also feed into that special issue. Given the wide
range of topics, disciplinary perspectives, empirical approaches, and the
nature of the questions raised by Chinese FDI into Africa, the hope is to
attract scholars from a range of disciplines such as international
business, political science, corporate strategy, organization theory, cross
cultural research, social movements, and others.

Exemplary contributions from the conference will be considered for the
special issue.

*Submission Information*

Please submit full papers by May 5, 2021 via the MOR submission website by
selecting the ‘China Outward FDI in Africa’ special issue designation:

It is important that all papers conform to MOR’s submission requirements.

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