Research Articles

Riding the Tide: Management in Africa and the Role of High-Impact Research

Published in: Africa Journal of Management
Volume 1, issue 1, 2015 , pages: 27–53
DOI: 10.1080/23322373.2015.994421
Author(s): David B. ZoogahEarl Graves School of Business and Management, USA, Richard B. ZoogahDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, Ghana, Faustina Dalaba-RoohiOne to One International Consulting, Ghana


The increased interest in the potential of African countries to rise from their current states of underdevelopment is matched by concern about the lack of scientific and technical knowledge. Given the role of management in national development and the contribution of high-impact research (HIR), we identify drivers, processes, and outcomes of HIR based on a broad definition of scholarly impact. Using management scholarship and management practice dimensions we also identify four types of HIR: autochthonous, heterochthonous, cosmopolitan, and global. We argue for autochthonous HIR as a source of competitive advantage as well as growth and identity of management in Africa.

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