AMR Idea Development Workshop (IDW) on Developing Theories Grounded in African Experience
The vision of the current AMR editorial team is to (1) include diverse and global perspectives in AMR and (2) provide all our authors of full-length manuscripts with a meaningful developmental experience. To enact this vision, we are hosting Idea Development Workshops (IDWs) focused on regions and stakeholders that have typically been under-represented in management theorizing. One of these IDWs will focus on the development of theories grounded in the African experience. The details of this IDW can be found below or on the AMR website.
PurposeThis IDW is aimed to help authors develop ideas for submission to the Academy of Management Review (AMR). The workshop focuses on the development of theories of management and organization that are indigenous to Africa. The aim is to develop indigenous theories not necessarily with a capital "I" (i.e. to be purely African, devoid of all external influences, as if it is at all possible), but indigenous with a small "i" (i.e. to be primarily drawing on and accounting for African experiences). Thus, it is not a forum for discussing Africa as yet another context for testing and elaborating on the existing Western theories (e.g. George et al., 2016); rather, it is a forum for discussing how the diverse, rich lifeworlds of African people can inform our understanding of management and organization, and enable us to develop new theories (e.g. Barnard, 2020; Hamann, et al., 2020; Shadnam, in press; Zoogah, Peng, & Woldu, 2015). This is a challenging endeavor as it requires knowledge of both established tools of theory development as well as African ways of constructing knowledge. Without this dual capacity, there is the danger that writers of African accounts of organizational life and those writing from Western traditions will talk past each other (Hamminga, 2005; Nkomo, 2017). For researchers who aspire to develop their dual capacity toward developing theories of management and organization grounded in African experience, this PDW will provide disciplined guidance and constructive feedback from seasoned scholars who are serving on the editorial team of AMR.Where & WhenSeptember 3rd and 10th, 2021, via Zoom. The idea development workshop (IDW) will take place over two days. On September 3rd, participants will receive important general information about publishing in AMR. They will also be provided with specific writing exercises designed to improve their development of initial ideas for a conceptual article. After completing exercise assignments and integrating feedback on their proposals, participants will resubmit their proposals. On September 10th, participants will receive feedback on their improved proposals in virtual roundtables.Process*Please read the submission guidelines for submitting a paper to AMR. Please also read the following four articles:
Prepare and submit a 2-page proposal outlining your core ideas and arguments (max 500 words excluding references) by August 2nd, 2021. The proposals should be sent as WORD or PDF files to AMR Associate Editor Greg Fisher (email@example.com). Authors will be notified on whether their proposal is accepted for the IDW by August 16th, 2021.After Day 1 (September 3rd, 2021) invited participants must commit to completing exercise assignments and integrating feedback on their proposals. Revised proposals should be resubmitted to assigned round table participants by 2:00 pm EST on September 8th for a discussion on Day 2 (September 10th, 2021). Participants must also commit to reading between two and four proposals from other participants as assigned by the facilitators.*Please note that participation in the IDW does not guarantee acceptance of the paper in AMR or special preference in the review process. Furthermore, attendance in the IDW is not a prerequisite for submission to AMR or for publication.FormatDay 1: September 3rd, 2021 (10:00 am - 12:00pm EST):
Day 2: September 10th, 2021(1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CET for participants based in Africa and Europe)(11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST for participants based in North America)**:Each 120-minute roundtable session will comprise three-five proposals and will be facilitated by at least one Guest Editor, Associate Editor, or Editorial Review Board member. Proposals will be shared among all roundtable participants by facilitators in advance. Roundtable participants are expected to have thoroughly read the proposals associated with their table. Facilitators will provide developmental feedback to the researcher and discussion will then be opened for all participants.**If there are enough participants and facilitators from a particular region, specific roundtable sessions convenient for that time zone will be organized.ReferencesBarnard, H. 2020. The Africa we want and the Africa we see: How scholarship from Africa stands to enrich global scholarship, Africa Journal of Management, 6(2): 132-143.Barney, J. 2018. Editor's comments: Positioning a theory paper for publication. Academy of Management Review, 43(3): 345-348.George, G., Corbishley, C., Khayesi, J. N. O., Haas, M. R., & Tihanyi, L. 2016. Bringing Africa in: Promising directions for management research. Academy of Management Journal, 59(2): 377-393.Hamann, R., Luiz, J., Ramaboa, K., Khan, F., Dhlamini, X., Nilsson, W. 2020. Neither colony nor enclave: Calling for dialogical contextualism in management and organization studies. Organization Theory, 1: 1-21.Hamminga, B. (2005). Knowledge Cultures: Comparative Western and African Epistemology. New York: Brill.Lange, D., & Pfarrer, M. D. 2017. Editor's comments: Sense and structure – the core building blocks of an AMR article. Academy of Management Review, 42(3): 407-416Nkomo, S. M. 2017. Time to look in the mirror: Producing management theory and Knowledge for Africa. Africa Journal of Management, 3(1): 7-16.Shadnam, M. in press. New theories and organization research: From the eyes of change. Forthcoming in Journal of Organizational Change Management.Zoogah, D. B., Peng, M. W., & Woldu, H. 2015. Institutions, resources, and organizational effectiveness in Africa. Academy of Management Perspectives, 29(1): 7-31.