Academy of Management Africa Conference
January 7-10, 2013
Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Academy of Management Africa Conference: A History Making Journey
Wouldn’t you like to join the Academy of Management’s first ever conference outside North America? Wouldn’t you like to make history as an attendee at the Academy’s first venture across the Atlantic in the 76 years since its founding? Our members’ submissions tell us that they are excited. We have received more submissions than anticipated. Everyone is looking forward to an exciting experience.
The Academy of Management Africa Conference will be different from our annual meeting in more ways than we can describe. It is not wholly about sharing our research as we normally do in our annual meeting. It is not wholly about connecting with old friends. Nor is it about impressing our colleagues. It is not about inspiring the next generation of scholars to be greater and better researchers. Instead, the AOM Africa Conference is a humble learning experience for all those who are part of it. We will be experimenting with new ways of sharing work, new ideas and new ways of exploring them, new connections and friendships to be made, and new experiences to be gained. The conference is much more about finding questions than it is sharing answers to existing ones, and more about building new collaborative relationships than it is about revealing the fruits of existing ones. We aim to learn not only intellectual ideas by colleagues in Africa and beyond, but also local business practices, cultural and historical treasures. It will require us to leave our comfort zone and let this experience change a part of us. Open yourself to the possibilities and it will.
Now some details of what have been planned for you as a conference participant:
The conference will kick-off with a group excursion to the center of Johannesburg’s central business district. There, participants will immediately experience a bit of South African culture and learn about the historical influences and current movements that shape the contemporary local business community. You will begin to build an understanding of the local environment through this introductory activity, a cultural exposition area, and the experiential learning journeys. Conversations with colleagues from around the world about these shared activities will deepen our learning.
The conference will feature an interactive program designed to deeply engage and inspire participants. Papers, symposia, and workshops are scheduled throughout. Feature presentations, reflection sessions and a variety of collaborative activities to encourage and support scholarly exchange and connections will shape your program experience.
You can select a full day experiential learning journey that builds on the conference track theme of your choosing. You will have the option to select a journey through Soweto Township, where you can explore the institutional context of business through visits to key programs that bring together the public and private sectors. Other learning journeys include: a trip to the new center of business activity in Johannesburg, Sandton City, to meet with leaders of domestic and multinational firms, a visit to Alexandra Township to investigate the opportunities and challenges for those working at the base of the pyramid, and a journey to examine the impact of cultural diversity and transformation at the Voortrekker Monument, Vlaakplaas, and Constitution Hill. Each facilitated learning journey will be followed by a stimulating discussion to review the group’s observations, explore scholarly opportunities, and reflect on questions that present themselves along the way.
I hope you will be excited to be a part of this inaugural event and to take advantage of the unique opportunity to connect with colleagues from around the world and to explore scholarship in an emerging economy. Plan to kick off your 2013 year with this exciting experience by applying to attend the conference. Conference registration opens on July 9th. Lastly, this conference is different from the annual meeting in one other way. We have to limit the number of participants. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.
We hope to see you in Johannesburg in January 2013!
President, Academy of Management
Learn more about the Academy of Management Africa Conference:
• About Johannesburg, South Africa
• Conference Program & Conference Track Themes
• Experiential Learning Journeys
• Conference Features & Activities
• Conference Registration