CFP: Africa Research Group (ARG) 7th International Conference

  • August 28, 2023 - 08:00
  • Mount Kigali University, Kicukiro, KK 554 St, Kigali, Rwanda

Mount Kenya University Rwanda will host an international conference in August, 2023 in conjunction with the African Research Group (ARG) of Nottingham University in the U.K. The conference will be held at  Mt Kenya University Rwanda, Kicukiro, KK 554 St, Kigali, Rwanda

Conference theme: Contemporary developments in the management of organizations in Africa: tapping into indigenous knowledge and developing viable partnerships

Conference Dates: 28th to 30th  August, 2023

Key dates:

  • First announcement of call for papers: 15 March 2022
  • Second call for papers: 30 April 2022
  • Deadline for all submissions: 20 January 2023
  • Announcement of results: 20 March 2023
  • Registration deadline: 15 May 2023
  • Announcement of Conference Programme: 30 June 2023

Conference overview
In the last few decades, there has been an emergent narrative of ‘Africa rising’, which has gone a long way to dispel misleading perceptions of a continent perpetually needing help. A good number of countries in Africa are now leading the world in terms of economic growth rates, and some organizations/countries have been trailblazers for example in mobile telephony and tele-medicine, including the response to Covid-19. African universities are
also making significant contributions to scholarship, and benefitting from collaboration with scholars and institutions elsewhere. Associations such as the ARG continue to play a pivotal role in these developments. This conference aims to extend the debate by focusing on how we as researchers can contribute further to the advancement of knowledge by drawing from indigenous knowledge, formulating home-grown solutions and tapping into the knowledge of local practitioners in order to better meet Africa’s challenges. We believe there are many
important initiatives taking place in local communities, SMEs, partnerships between the private and public sectors, technology hubs involving technologically-savvy but financially challenged entrepreneurs, and so forth, as well as threats that require a rethink in the nature and meaning of work, workplace relations and the very functioning of organizations, particularly in the context of the global pandemic which has changed the world in so radical a
fashion. This conference aims to attract papers that shed light on these phenomena. Papers may draw from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. In summary, we welcome papers that shed new light on, but are not limited to the following, as set out in the broad tracks below:

  1. Management and organization theory: the role of indigenous knowledge in generating appropriate solutions
    understanding the ‘African thought system’ in contemporary times a critical appraisal of cultural capital, and concepts such as ubuntu
  2. Management practice and HR business practices in culturally diverse workplaces toward contextually relevant management practices the challenges of managing people and developing managerial expertise
  3. Knowledge management and technological innovation Innovation and the use of technology Big data, the Internet of Things in the African business landscape Entrepreneurialism Virtual learning during and after Covid-19 Technology in the health sector: opportunities and challenges
  4. Sustainable management, public sector and related topics Developing effective private-public partnerships
    Corporate governance, CSR, business ethics and sustainability Modern management in the public sector.The management of SMEs
  5. Africa in a complex global context Globalization and its impact on Africa, The hospitality and tourism sector
    Firm internationalization into African countries, and outward-looking African MNEs Pandemic and organization: developing resilience and economic recovery

Organizing Committee

  1. Professor Ken Kamoche, University of Nottingham, [email protected]
  2. Professor Musa Mangena, University of Nottingham, [email protected]
  3. Professor Emmanuel Adegbite, University of Nottingham,
  4. [email protected]
  5. Professor Kim Tan, [email protected]
  6. Dr Judy Muthuri, University of Nottingham, [email protected]
  7. Dr Rani Thannacoody, University of Nottingham, [email protected]
  8. Dr Saileshsingh Gunessee, University of Nottingham Ningbo China,[email protected]
  9. Dr Nana Kufuor, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, [email protected]
  10. Prof Edwin Odhuno, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  11. Dr John Nyiligira, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  12. Dr. Catherine Wanjiku, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  13. Dr. Samson Njenga Gitahi, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  14. Dr Nkechi Irechukwu, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  15. Dr Ernest Safari, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  16. Dr Erigene Rutayisire, Mount Kenya University Rwanda, [email protected]
  17. Dr Hela Yousfi, Dauphine Paris, [email protected]
  18. Professor Aminu Mamman, University of Manchester, [email protected]
  19. Professor Abel Kinoti, Riara University, [email protected]
  20. Dr Shem Maingi, Kenyatta University, [email protected]
  21. Dr Pratima Sambajee, University of Strathclyde, [email protected]
  22. Dr Carla Jones, Sam Houston State University, [email protected]
  23. Mr Devkumar Callychurn, University of Mauritius, [email protected]
  24. Associate Professor Dinesh Kumar Hurreeram, University of Mauritius,[email protected]

Registration fee (tbc)
The conference fee will include admission to all academic sessions, conference information pack, coffee breaks and lunches. Welcome reception on Monday 28 August and Conference and dinner on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

Submission guidelines

  • Times New Roman 12pt, single spacing
  • Full papers no longer than 30 pages; extended abstracts between 3 and 8 pages
  • No identifying information (author’s names, email addresses, institutions)
  • Include a separate title page with author details
  • Harvard style referencing
  • No changes in the paper title, abstract, authorship, etc after the submission deadline

Previous ARG conferences produced special issues in three journals: The International Journal of Human Resource Management (2012), Personnel Review (2015), Africa Journal of Management (2021), and a book, Effective people Management in Africa, Palgrave Macmillan (2013).
We are exploring the opportunity to publish a special issue following the 2023 conference based on the quality of submissions.

Submissions procedure – please email your paper as follows (tbc):
Submissions from Africa:
1.Dr. Samson Njenga Gitahi, [email protected]
Dr Ernest Safari, [email protected]
Submissions from Europe and the Americas: Prof Musa Mangena,
[email protected]
Submissions from Asia and the rest of the world: Dr Nana Kufuor,
[email protected]
For all queries, please contact either Professor Ken Kamoche,
[email protected], Dr Samson Gitahi, [email protected]
or Dr Catherine Wanjiku, [email protected]
Africa Research Group:
Further details will be provided in due course.
Previous ARG conferences:
Nottingham Trent University 2011, University of Nottingham 2012, University of
Manchester 2013, Daystar University Kenya 2015; University of Mauritius 2017; University
of Nottingham Ningbo China 2019.


  • Start Date:August 28, 2023
  • Start Time:08:00
  • End Date:August 30, 2023
  • End Time:17:00
  • Location:Mount Kigali University, Kicukiro, KK 554 St, Kigali, Rwanda
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