Full Paper Submission Deadline (Full papers may be submitted without having previously submitted an abstract.): 31 January 2020
Recent work-family (WF) meta-analyses have all but left out the scholarship of and about work and family intersections in Africa (Allen, French, Dumani, & Shockley, 2015; Shockley, Douek, Smith, Yu, Dumani, & French, 2017). Yet WF research is accumulating in South Africa, Ghana, and other African nations (Hoobler & Koekemoer, 2018). And characteristics of certain African cultures suggest that work and family may be more intertwined and family may play a larger role in work for people in African nations, as opposed to nations in the Global North (Aryee, 2005), based on higher degrees of collectivism (vs individualism) and femininity (vs masculinity). To date, what we know about work and family in Africa has taken a somewhat piece-meal approach. For example, new research has been performed just on entrepreneurial women in sub-Saharan Africa (Wolf & Freese, 2018), domestic workers in South Africa (Hoobler, 2016), and a new conflict measure just for South African workers (Koekemoer, Mostert, & Rothmann, 2010). We ask whether it is time to take stock of the literature as a whole. Just as Nkomo (2011) asked if there is or can be an African way of leading, is there an Afro-centric version of work and family intersections? Is this unique? What can be learned from studying work and family in African contexts?
Lest we fall prey to essentialist notions of Africa as a mono-culture, we encourage multi-level models that acknowledge ethnic, cultural, industry, and national influences on various relations and outcomes. We encourage papers that explore tried-and-true topics such as WF conflict, enrichment, and balance, but also new ways of looking at the WF interface, especially via emic approaches such as grounded theory. We welcome conceptual, theoretical and empirical (both qualitative and quantitative) papers that advance our understanding of work and family intersections in Africa.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Africa Journal of Management
AJOM is published by Africa Academy of Management (AFAM), an affiliate of the US-based Academy of Management. As the first scholarly journal of AFAM, AJOM gives voice to all those who are committed to advancing management scholarship, education and practice in or about Africa, for the benefit of all of Africa. The purpose of the journal is to advance management theory, research, education, practice and service in Africa by promoting the production and dissemination of high quality and relevant manuscripts. AJOM welcomes manuscripts that develop, test, replicate or validate management theories, tools and methods with Africa as the starting point. The journal also publishes research notes, book reviews and insights, and comments and debates from readers on published papers or important management questions of the day.
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