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Call for practitioner contributions to AJEMS

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

What is AJEMS?

The African Journal of Economic and Management Studies addresses the current dearth of high-quality, internationally available Africa-focused research on performance-enhancing management practices.  Such knowledge is the crucial underpinning of sustainable private enterprise-driven economic growth, which in turn holds the key to absolute poverty reduction through lowering the levels of real unemployment.

AJEMS aims to advance both theoretical and empirical research, inform policies and practices, and improve understanding of how economic and business decisions shape the lives of Africans.

AJEMS is a multidisciplinary journal and welcomes papers from researchers and practitioners in all the major fields in economics, business and management studies including (but not limited to):

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Finance and investment
  • Organizational management
  • International trade
  • Business economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Development

Why publish?

  • Contribute to the advancement of African economic and management studies through your insights and experience.
  • If you or your organization have made a new discovery, developed a new product or initiative, this could be communicated as part of a case study. This will also get you and your organization noticed.
  • Increased visibility equals increased networking opportunities
  • Publish research done as part of MBA/ Masters
  • Enhance your CV in a competitive job market
  • Share your opinions and experiences with colleagues and peers worldwide.

Why publish with Emerald?

  • Emerald is widely known and respected as a publisher of management journals. It will provide you with a respected platform for your work. Because most of its journals are part of a database, your work will be distributed electronically to over 1600 institutions in more than 200 countries, ensuring maximum visibility to the right audiences.
  • You will be read by employees of multilateral donor organizations, employees of bilateral donor organizations, African policy makers, consultants with focus on Africa, employees at Boeing, Ford, ICI, Taysec Construction Ltd, NASA, Phillips, Shell, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Nokia, 3M, Ministry of Health: Uganda, Mitsubishi, Rolls-Royce, Unique Fusion Insurance Brokers Limited: Nigeria, Saab, Intel Corp, African Economic Research Consortium: Nairobi and many more...
  • You will join authors from University of Cape Town, University of Ghana, BAE Systems, Imperial College London, Cairo University, BMW, QinetiQ, DuPont, Cranfield University, MIT, University of Nairobi, Cambridge University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Botswana, Harvard Business School, IBM, Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, Sun Microsystems, Xerox, HP and Wipro – to name but a few...

What do readers want?

Think about why people in the wider world would be interested in your work. How might they benefit from it? Do you have an improved way of working or have you developed a unique way of measuring business performance? If you are using technology, are you using it in an innovative way? What are the benefits?

Always focus on:

  • what is new about your work
  • how your conclusions can be generalized 
  • what is good about it and how the benefit can be translated into something tangible from which others can learn and implement in other parts of Africa and the globe
  • What outcomes and implications for practice are identified? What changes to practice should be made as a result of this research?

Types of content you can contribute:

AJEMS accepts papers that have a continental, regional of country focus. The journal also publishes special issues that are devoted to thematic topics or to sub-regions or countries in Africa.

The aim of the ‘Practitioner Perspectives’ section is to encourage practitioner engagement in discussions about management challenges facing Africa today. For this section, we would like to invite the following types of contributions (within the word limit of 2000 words):

  • Viewpoint. This is a type of paper which allows for the development of opinions.
  • Technical paper. Evaluates technical products or services, or a method of analysis.
  • Conceptual paper. Allows to discuss how a theoretical concept (e.g. globalization) could potentially  impact on practitioners’ realities.
  • Case study. This involves focusing on the particular, i.e. an organization or part of one, an industry sector or a country. For guidelines on this type of paper please see:
  • Interviews of inspirational managers and leaders based in Africa. Please send your nominations of potential interviewees, indicating whether you would be willing to conduct the interview to the Editor Professor John Kuada at [email protected]

Managers, policy makers and leaders may want to consider co-authorship with academic researchers. For guidelines on this, please visit:

Next steps:

1. Find out more about AJEMS on
2. Please log on to AJEMS ScholarOne website at to submit your paper, if you don't have an account you just need to register as an author
3. Your contribution will be subject to editorial review, i.e. the Editor will give you feedback on your paper and has final decision-making powers on what is published in the journal.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.