‘How to’ Paper Development Workshop for Young African Scholars

March – September 2022

Supporting Institutions:

China Europe International Business School, Ghana

Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa


We wish to invite you to participate in an innovative paper development initiative designed to develop academic skills of African scholars. This initiative seeks to provide novice African scholars with a toolbox with which they can develop their research strategy, scholarly identity, and research pipeline. Our overarching goal with this initiative is to further develop the AIB community in Africa by connecting it with global networks of AIB scholars and providing African scholars with growth opportunities.


Cognizant of the challenges of research and publishing from the continent, AIB Africa, with the support of scholars from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), China Europe International Business School, Africa, and City University New York have embarked on an initiative to address the challenges confronted by young African scholars and build peer-to-peer research networks to support their research. The ‘How-to PDW’ series is designed to empower African doctoral students and early career scholars to develop and publish their research projects in leading international business and management journals. The major target of the initiative are scholars in international business, but we welcome scholars from other management fields.


We solicited the participation of some leading IB scholars, including Professors Paul Beamish, Dana Minbaeva, Charles Stevens, Beth Rose, Paul Vaaler, Geoffrey Wood and Saul Estrin, who will be facilitating these sessions (see below for their bios). Top African scholars including Professors Joseph Amaankwah-Amoah, Richard Nyuur, Elias Osabutey and David Sarpong will provide mentorship and quality guidance to selected participants (mentors bios and pictures are attached to this message).  


Workshop Format

The How-to PDW series will provide 7-month online sessions assisting participants developing research skills with the view towards publishing in top international business journals. The initiative will comprise monthly, 3-hour interactive workshops from March 2022 to September 2022. The first workshop is scheduled for 10th March 2022 from 15h00 to 18h00 UTC. See the schedule below:

‘How-To’ Session Topic Date Facilitating Fellows Time
Session 1 How to write an introduction March 10, 2022 Dana Minbaeva 15h00 UTC
Session 2 How to select a target journal April 14, 2022 Elizabeth Rose TBA
Session 3 How to conceptualize based on a selected theoretical frame May 12, 2022 Geoffrey Wood TBA
Session 4 How to link theoretical framework to methodology June 9, 2022 Charles Stevens 15h00 UTC
Session 5 How to write a discussion section June 30, 2022 Saul Estrin TBA
Session 6 How to survive submission and develop a publication pipeline August 11, 2022 Paul Vaaler TBA
Session 7

Can management theory improve business practices in Africa?


September 8, 2022 Paul Beamish TBA


Participation at the PDW is limited. Hence, participants will be invited based on the quality of their submitted work.



Please send the following material:

1.       a one-page draft of your motivation to join the workshop.

2.       a one-page draft of a research idea that you are currently working on.

3.       a two-page CV


Only participants based in Africa will be considered for inclusion. Each participant will be required to attend every session. On successful completion, participants are encouraged to continue to engage with their mentors to further develop their research manuscripts.


Submissions should be sent to [log in to unmask] and include Your Surname_AIB Africa ‘How to’ Development workshop 2022 as the subject. All submissions should be received by 28th February, 2022

Lilac Nachum
Professor, International Business
Baruch College, City University New York

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