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Among other activities, the Africa Research Group aims to hold a biennial international conference and occasional workshops/seminars.  

Previous Events

29-31 August 2017
The Fifth Africa Research Group International Conference

The Fifth ARG International conference was hosted jointly by the University of Mauritius.

This conference sort papers that contributed to our understanding of the changing organizational, workplace, socio-cultural, entrepreneurial and investment environment in Africa today. We hope to characterize this renaissance through research which not only challenges the negative stereotypes but which also demonstrates how solutions to Africa’s problems are being developed in ways that enhance the people’s well-being, create employment, build viable businesses, and provide a sustainable investment climate.

Recognizing the need to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to socio-economic and industrial development the ARG will collaborate with the School of Engineering at the University of Mauritius. We encourage scholars to submit work which showcases the exciting innovations being generated across the continent through idea-driven technological advancement and entrepreneurial flair.

16 June 2017
Africa Summit - 'Where is Africa Going?'

The Africa Summit was the first of its kind in the East Midlands. The theme of the conference was 'Where is Africa Going?' and using the African Development Bank's 'High 5' it discussed the following topics:

  • Feed Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Industrialise Africa
  • Improve the quality of Africans' lives

Keynote Speakers were:

  • HE Atiku Abubaker - former Vice President of Nigeria
  • Dr Josephine Ojiambo - Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth
  • Dr Boly Barry - Former Minister of Education for Burkina Faso and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to Education
  • HE Yasmina Karitanyi - Ambassador of Rawanda to the UK and Ireland
  • Joyce Sarpong - Founder at Africa Oracle
  • Tom Ilube - CEO of Crossword Cyber and Most Influential Black Person in the UK 2017
  • Plus many more for each of the above topics.

The Africa Summit was held in conjunction with the Africa Research Group.

26-28 August 2015
The Fourth International Conference on Management in Africa

The 4th International Conference was hosted by Daystar University, Nairobi in conjunction with Nottingham University Business School.

This is the first time the ARG conference was held in Africa. It is the Group’s intention that future conferences will be held in other parts of Africa in order to strengthen our engagement with African scholars, business people, entrepreneurs and policy-makers.

Delegates to this conference came from diverse countries, from across Africa, Europe, and Asia. This event also provided an important forum for established scholars as well as research students in Africa to showcase their research and become an important part of our research community.

5-6 September 2013
Third International Conference on Management in Africa

The 2013 Third International Conference was hosted at the  Centre for Organizations in Development, Manchester University in conjunction with Nottingham University Business School.

A selection of articles presented at previous ARG conferences as well as the Africa track at EURAM (European Academy of Management) were subsequently published in Personnel Review.

6-7 September 2012
Second International Conference on HRM and the Management of Organisations in Africa.

Nottingham University Business School, in collaboration with the Centre for Organization in Development, University of Manchester.

Following the successful 2010 conference, this conference featured papers from more than forty scholars from universities around the world, including the UK, Germany, France, South Africa, Senegal, Uganda, Ghana, Japan and Canada.

The papers covered a broad range of issues that challenged conventional wisdom about the problems that characterize the organizational landscape in Africa.

The conference opened new debates on the role of leadership, knowledge-creation and sharing, managerial expertise, the relevance of MBAs, cross-cultural and ethnic factors, the effect of globalization and the role of MNCs, the emergent Africa-Asia dialogue, the place of indigenous knowledge, the informal economy and home-grown solutions, entrepreneurialism, corporate social responsibility and business ethics.

October 2011 Workshop
Managing in Africa: Contemporary Challenges and Directions for Further Research

This half-day workshop gave participants an opportunity for in-depth analysis of a small number of papers.

September 2010
The inaugural international conference held at Nottingham Trent University.

A selection of papers from the inaugural conference was published in a special issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management (2012, issue 23, no 14).

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