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Special Issue on CSR in Africa

Special issue call for papers from African Journal of Economic and Management Studies

General Approach

CSR can be understood as a firm’s “taking up a triple bottom line approach by going voluntarily beyond legal requirements in offering fair deals to stakeholders while having a dialogue with them” (Green Book of the European Commission). However, this approach to the economic activity and to the management takes special shades when we try to apply it to the African context.

In fact, African cultures and institutions are perceived to be characterized by tensions. Some of these tensions are frequently described in terms of dichotomies such as individualistic vs. collectivist world visions, local vs. global cultures, and formal vs. informal relationships. They are noted to affect the way economic activities are developed and managed on the continent. Adding to this, conflict torn regions of Africa face extremely difficult operational circumstances – weak state institutions, break down of rule of law, and the visible presence of regular troops or armed militias. These circumstances challenge the practice of corporate social responsibility in the different countries and regions. There is therefore a strong need for research work in the area, bearing in mind that “the volume of published research on CSR in Africa is still extremely low, most papers focus on business ethics and the coverage is almost exclusively on South Africa” (Visser, Mc Intosh and Middleton 2006, p.14).

The African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (AJEMS) wishes to foster the debate on CSR perceptions and practices in Africa. We therefore encourage submission of papers for a special edition of the journal in the following three broad areas: 

1. Culture, Leadership, CSR Visions and Practices

• Links between Leadership models and CSR practices in Africa
• African approaches to CSR
• Compatibility between African Culture and Economic Development.

2. Company Experiences with CSR

• Companies in conflict zones
• Companies and human rights
• Companies and Millennium Development Goals
• CSR and sustainability
• CSR in particular industries.
• Initiatives at the Bottom of the Pyramid
• Social Entrepreneurship
• CSR and SMEs

3. Institutional Context and collective action in the public space

• Role of support organizations in the development of SMEs.
• Partnerships for development
• Institutional entrepreneurship

Some Useful References

Fligstein, N. (2001) “Social Skill and the Theory of Fields” Sociological Theory 19: 2 July
Journal of Corporate Citizenship Issue 18 (Summer 2005) Special Issue on Corporate Citizenship in Africa.
Maak, T. Pless, N. (2006) “Responsible Leadership in a Stakeholder Society – A Relational Perspective Journal of Business Ethics, 66: 99-115.
Reed, A.M.  Reed, D. (2009) “Partnerships for Development: Four Models of Business Involvement” Journal of Business Ethics 90: 3-37.
Visser, W.  McIntosh, M.  Middleton, C. (2006) Corporate Citizenship in Africa Greenleaf, Sheffield.
Wettstein, F. (2008) “Let’s Talk Rights: Messages for the Just Corporation –Transforming the Economy Through the Language of Rights” Journal of Business Ethics, 78: 247-263.


You are invited to submit articles on these and related issues not later than 30th June 2010. All papers will be subject to a rigorous peer review. Feedback on papers will be given in the later autumn of 2010. Publication of the special issue is scheduled for 2011.
Papers should be between 6,000-7,000 words. Authors should follow AJEMS author guidelines at
Submissions should be made electronically and directly to the guest editor through the email address below

[email protected]

Guest Editor

Josep F. Mària
Institute for Social Innovation
ESADE Business School, URL
Av. Torreblanca 59
08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès
Tel +34 93 495 21 27
Email : [email protected]