Coming of age, seeking legitimacy: The historical trajectory of African management research

Joseph Amankwah-Amoah

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the historical trajectory of African management research and managerial thinking.


This paper draws from a review and synthesis of the literature from 1960-2012.


The analysis led to the identification of three distinct phases which reflect the difficult and uncertain beginning of a promising future. The historical pathway model also accounts for the evolution of management philosophies and thoughts and the current state of knowledge.


Although there is a burgeoning stream of African management research, a lack of comprehensive review and synthesis has obscured the enormous strides made. This paper advances a “novel” approach towards theory application and theory creation, building on the “convergence hypothesis” and “divergence hypothesis”. This analysis yielded a number of promising avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-39
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Perspectives on International Business
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016


  • Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, International business, Emerging economies, Management research


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