Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

On Globalizing Business Education in Africa: Toward a Theory of Managerial Competence

    Globalization is a powerful force shaping today’s business environment. This paper focuses on how African business schools can prepare their students to manage for globalization. In line with the growing need for managing business in a volatile environment and that of balancing local and global challenges, this paper argues for a globally portable approach to management based on core competencies, which at the same time, is also sensitive to cultural and contextual contingencies that inform management in Africa. A model of business education leading to a theory of global managerial competence is offered. In line with the conference theme of interfaces, competence is located in the interstitial space where knowledge and skills cohere. Specific strategies for business schools and their implications for management training are discussed.

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