Guest editors Joerg Hofstetter, Anita McGahan, Brian Silverman, and David Zoogah seek submissions to a special issue of the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM) on "Sustainability and Global Value Chains in Africa."
This call for papers will follow a two-stage process.
Specific details for the abstract: A document of up to five pages (double-spaced, 12-inches, Times New Roman, 1-inch margin around the paper with appropriate paragraphing) that specifies the following: 1) research question, 2) hypotheses (for empirical papers) and 3) methodology (for empirical papers). For conceptual papers, we would appreciate clarity on the contribution and model (if any) and how the paper will enhance the science of management.
The full call appears at this link, and has been reproduced below: https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/sustainability-and-global-value/
To submit an abstract, click "submit an article" from the AJOM's home page here: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rajm20/current
For questions, please contact the special issue editors: Joerg Hofstetter (email@example.com), Anita McGahan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brian Silverman (email@example.com), and David. B. Zoogah (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Call for Papers: Sustainability and Global Value Chains in Africa
There is increasing interest in economic growth and sustainability in African countries (Africa Report, 2011). The escalation of social, political, and ecological problems on the continent since the end of the 20th century (Neff, 2007; Zoogah, 2013) has been accompanied by commensurate escalation in the continent's potential to contribute demographically, politically, socially and economically to global prosperity (Africa Report, 2011). While environmental, social and economic performance of most African nations and companies are below the levels of other world regions, the continent has the youngest average age among all on the planet, and is a focus of global investment and development. As a result, the Agenda 2063 and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) seek not only to harness the large market size of Africa but also to establish mechanisms that enable African economies to create enabling environments that support vibrant businesses without harming people and the natural environment. African conceptualizations of prosperity itself can provide a template for innovative business and public policies that can shape new approaches to development for both the private and public sectors. Engagement of all sectors is critical to the achievement of economic goals, such as those expressed under AfCFTA (Ghadge et. al., 2019) and as the UN Sustainable Development Goals under the UN Global Compact. Private-sector organizations – including corporations and non-governmental agencies – working together with representatives from all levels of government -- highlight the important role of Africa in scaling sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems in the world today.
Global value chains (GVCs) and, in particular, the procurement practices of companies sourcing in Africa, are shaping environmental practices and, therefore, sustainability of labor practices and environmental impact in Africa (Gibbon & Ponte, 2005). Western companies, for example, use defined supplier codes of conduct regarding labor and environmental practices to improve working conditions, product quality, and environmental impact of African suppliers, thus making these suppliers competitive globally (McGahan & Distelhorst, 2019). Through such actions, procurers around the world have the potential to mobilize collective action with other companies or government bodies to improve sustainability. However, as Taglioni and Wrinkler (2016) indicate, African nations view GVCs as potential traps that create a new core-periphery pattern with "good" jobs in the North and "bad" jobs in the South (World Bank, 2020). Another challenge is that many African businesses lag behind in measuring, reporting, and addressing sustainability concerns, issues, and problems. In Kenya, for example, only 0.05 percent of all registered businesses in the country are accounted for in the national Global Compact Network – even though the country is strong in exporting to Western countries.
Understanding these challenges and other factors affecting the sustainability of various business and public practices in Africa requires nuanced analysis. The ethnic and cultural diversity of Africa as well as national laws, local institutions, power, dependence, transparency, and distance between organizations involved in global value chains are likely to influence sustainability. Also important are the underlying mechanisms of policy that drive change in the sustainability practices of African organizations in all sectors; contingencies influencing GVC behaviors towards sustainability in Africa; and strategies that encourage suppliers to act sustainably in multinational value chains (Ponte & Ewert, 2009). For example, we can understand the diffusion of multinational buyer firms' sustainability strategies into the business practices of companies in Africa.
The objective of this special issue is to consider these issues regarding sustainability and GVCs in Africa. To accomplish this, we seek to draw attention to the conditions and terms under which companies in Africa operate in supply chains involving international buyers. Suggested areas and questions include (but are not limited to) the following:
1) African companies' response to Multinational Buyer Firms' sustainability requirements:
The special issue editors encourage other relevant and interesting research questions not anticipated here but which advance the scholarship of management in Africa with regard to sustainability and GVCs. Interested scholars are invited to first submit an extended abstract that outlines the paper. The authors of the most promising papers that fit with the special issue theme will receive a first review with suggestions and recommendations, and be invited to submit a full paper. The full papers are subject to the journal's review process.
Africa Report, The (2011). Africa Report, "Unlocking Investment in Africa: Could Private Equity Be the Key?" http://www.theafricareport.com/, 2011a.
Ghadge, A., Kidd, E., Bhattacharjee, A., & Tiwari, M. K. (2019). Sustainable procurement performance of large enterprises across supply chain tiers and geographic regions. International Journal of Production Research, 57(3), pp. 764-778.
Gibbon, P., & Ponte, S. (2005). Trading down: Africa, value chains, and the global economy. Temple University Press.
McGahan, A., & Distelhorst, G. (2019). Becoming Part of the Solution: How Exporters from Emerging Markets Shift Toward Socially Responsible. Academy of Management Proceedings. Briarcliff Manor, NY: Academy of Management, p. 13916.
Neff, J. W. (2007). Africa: A Geographic Preface." In Understanding Contemporary Africa (4th ed.), edited by April A. Gordon and Daniel L. Gordon, 7–22. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienne Publishers.
Ponte, S., & Ewert, J. (2009). Which way is 'up' in upgrading? Trajectories of change in the value chain for South African wine. World Development, 37(10), pp. 1637–1650.
Taglioni, D., & Winkler, D. (2016). Making global value chains work for development. The World Bank.
The World Bank (2020). World Development Report 2020 - Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains. Washington D.C.
Zoogah, D. B. (2013). Green management. In Management in Africa (pp. 90-109). Routledge.
Abstract Submissions: This Call for Papers has adopted a two-stage process. Authors must first submit a five-page abstract (double-spaced, 12-inches, New Times Roman, 1-inch margin around the paper with appropriate paragraphing) that specifies the following: 1) research question, 2) hypotheses (for empirical papers) and 3) methodology (for empirical papers). For conceptual papers, we would appreciate clarity on the contribution and model (if any) and how the paper will enhance the science of management. The deadline for submitting abstracts is July 31, 2020.
Full Paper Submissions: Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full paper. We expect authors to meet the specified deadline. Papers should be no more than 10,000 words, including references, tables, and figures. Appendices must not exceed 2,000 words. They will be blind-reviewed following the journal's standard review process. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM).
Please refer to the AJOM website for instructions on submitting a paper. Submission must be done via the Africa Journal of Management Editorial Manager.