Journal of African Business Call for Papers

Special Issue: Management Research for the African Diaspora

Journal of African Business

Abstract deadline: February 28, 2017

Submission deadline: August 30, 2017

This special issue focuses on theories of management as they apply to the African Diaspora. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “diaspora” is defined as the “the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland” (2014). Cohen (1997) has a broad classification scheme and defines the African Diaspora as involving anyone with ancestral ties to Africa. We define the African Diaspora as anyone with roots going back to the African continent (Lituchy, Ford & Punnett, 2013). A large number of people of African descent live in several different parts of the world. According to the World Bank, the African diaspora is approximated to be around 140 million (Plaza & Ratha, 2011).

The African diaspora is particularly interesting because it exists for different reasons and under different conditions. For example, in both the Caribbean and the USA, the African diaspora share the heritage that most are descendants of Africans brought to the so-called “new world” against their wills as slaves. There is, however, a contrast in the current situation in the Caribbean and the USA– the Caribbean countries are developing countries where the African diaspora generally make up a substantial majority of the population (73%) while the USA is a developed country where the African diaspora is a minority of the population, which still experiences some discrimination. The African diaspora in Canada have largely moved to there to take advantage of perceived economic and social opportunities. The African Diaspora in Mexico came from the African slave trade since the early colonial period (16th and 17th centuries) with an estimated 200,000-500,000 slaves, coming mostly from West Africa. The largest number of Africans went to Brazil during the slave trade (over 5 million).

Questions that might be investigated include: 

  • What are the underlying assumptions and prescriptions of dominant management theories? To what extent are these theories relevant to the African Diaspora?
  • How might dominant theories of management be re-conceptualized to fit the African Diaspora context? 

Topic areas include, but are not limited to: leadership, motivation, negotiations, decision making, communication, human resource management, etc. as they apply to the African Diaspora.

We particularly welcome empirical research (qualitative and quantitative) that question and test existing theories. Submissions should focus on in-depth treatments of a specific theory or research topic rather than generalizing across a number of theories or topics. Research that develops and applies theory based on the unique context of the African Diaspora is also relevant for the special issue. 

Submission instructions

Abstracts should be 100 words and include: (1) the purpose of the paper; (2) Originality/value added to research or theory on Management and the African Diaspora; (3) Design/ method/approach; (4) Findings; and (5) Research and practical limitations and implications. Abstracts should be submitted by February 28, 2017 to

Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit complete papers by August 30, 2017. Papers should be between 5000 and 8000 words, and will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard peer review process. For author guidelines, please visit the website of the Journal of African Business at:

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically through the journal’s Editorial Manager site at Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word, type (12-point font), double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. Manuscripts should not exceed 8000 words (all inclusive). Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

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Cohen, R. (1997). Global diasporas: An introduction. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.

Galperin, B. Lituchy, T.R., Acquaah, M., Bewaji & Ford, D. (2014). “Effective Leadership and Motivation in the African Diaspora the Case of the United States and Canada,” Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 31: 257–269.

Lituchy T.R., Ford, D. & Punnett, B.J. (2013). “Leadership in Uganda, Barbados, Canada and the United States: Exploratory Perspectives” African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, 4(2), 201-222.

Merriam Webster Online. (2014). An Encyclopaedia Britannica Company. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from

Plaza, S. & Ratha, D. (2011). Diaspora Development In Africa. World Bank

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