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International business and Africa: Theoretical and applied challenges, and future directions

Kamoche, Ken; Wood, Geoffrey

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Authors

KEN KAMOCHE Ken.Kamoche@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Human Resource Management

Geoffrey Wood



Abstract

In response to Nachum et al.’s (J Int Bus Stud, 2023) call for further research in Africa by international business (IB) scholars, we argue that while IB scholars may have been slow to engage with Africa, the same cannot be said of related and IB-relevant business and management scholarship. There is already a substantial body of work on Africa in other domains of business and management scholarship – and relevant theorizing – that represents an important resource for IB scholarship. In contextualizing the ‘interesting’, we identify several contemporary theoretical strands that have so far characterized ‘Africa research’, interrogate ongoing challenges that mitigate these efforts, and suggest ways in which further research that speaks to theoretical, practical, and policy issues might inform IB researchers’ engagement with Africa. Specifically, we set out the broader scope of the African business/management debate that might inform IB research, re-examine African diversity through the prism of ‘theoretical tensions and puzzles’, and consider the role of emergent indigenous theorizing such as ubuntu and Africapitalism that make Africa both ‘interesting’ and worthy of IB inquiry.

Citation

Kamoche, K., & Wood, G. (2023). International business and Africa: Theoretical and applied challenges, and future directions. Journal of International Business Studies, 54(5), 956–967. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-022-00589-5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2022
Online Publication Date Jan 9, 2023
Publication Date 2023-07
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2024
Journal Journal of International Business Studies
Print ISSN 0047-2506
Electronic ISSN 1478-6990
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 5
Pages 956–967
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-022-00589-5
Keywords Management of Technology and Innovation; Strategy and Management; Economics and Econometrics; General Business, Management and Accounting; Business and International Management
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/16217875
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41267-022-00589-5
Additional Information This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of International Business Studies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Kamoche, K., Wood, G. International business and Africa: Theoretical and applied challenges, and future directions. J Int Bus Stud (2023)is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-022-00589-5

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