The purpose of the Africa Journal of Management (AJOM) is to advance management research, education, and practice in Africa by promoting the production and dissemination of high quality and contextually relevant manuscripts. Toward these ends, AJOM is committed to publishing original, rigorous, scholarly research and commentaries intended to extend management theory and test boundary conditions in the African context, encourage richer scholarly conversations about effective management in Africa, and offer insights to those outside of Africa about the unique management challenges and opportunities faced within Africa. As the first scholarly journal of the Africa Academy of Management, AJOM gives voice to all those who are committed to advancing management scholarship, education and practice in or about Africa. A more detailed depiction of the aims and scope of the journal can be found here.
The mission and structure of the journal requires a large, diverse editorial team and supporting boards. The international editorial team includes Moses Kiggundu (Carleton University, CA) as the Founding Editor, Bruce Lamont (Florida State University, USA) as Senior Associate Editor, Christopher Porter (Indiana University, USA) and Lena Zander (Uppsala University, SE) as Associate Editors, and Amon Chizema (Loughborough University, UK) as the Editor for AJOM Insights. The AJOM Editorial Advisory Board consists of some of the most prominent and respected management researchers in the world: Walter Baets (Cape Town), Harry Barkema (London School of Economics/Erasmus), John Ddumba Ssentamu (Makerere) Robin Ely (Harvard), Mike Hitt (Texas A&M), Tim Judge (Notre Dame), Gelase Mutahaba (Dar es Salaam), Stella Nkomo (Pretoria), Mike Peng (UT-Dallas), and Jim Walsh (Michigan). And the Editorial Review Board is composed of ninety-plus scholars from more than twenty countries. Details about the Editorial Review Board can be found here.
AJOM welcomes submissions of three different types. The first, and clearly the primary focus of the journal, is high-quality empirical and theoretical research. This section of the journal is called AJOM Research. The journal is open to the full range of management topics (organizational behavior, human resources, strategy, entrepreneurship, leadership, environmental sustainability, etc.) and methods (qualitative, large sample quantitative, laboratory, simulation, etc) that examine effective management in Africa. Submissions should be clearly framed by or extend management theory. AJOM Research submissions should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font), inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendixes.
The second type of submissions the journal will consider for publication are thoughtful commentaries about research previously published in or relevant to the journal intended to provoke debate, stimulate new research directions, or convey different viewpoints on a particular topic. This section of the journal is called AJOM Dialogue. It is intended to be a multi-directional conversation among mainly academics, but not exclusively, that provides a voice for the “tribe” to encourage richer discussion of our research and theories. Here we also anticipate published ‘dialogues’ where commentaries will be followed by a counter-point commentary to which the original proponent will be given the opportunity to respond. AJOM Dialogue submissions should be no longer than 15 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font).
The third type of submissions the journal welcomes are grounded, contextualized research or commentaries on the unique challenges or issues confronting particular countries or communities that can better inform the global academic community about the African context. We expect these papers to address the big-picture, practical issues and problems of managing in Africa and will represent uni-directional communications about Africa to the rest of the world. Theoretical framing and contribution are not expected. Rich contextual descriptions are critical. Accepted manuscripts of this type will appear in the AJOM Insights section of the journal. The length of papers submitted for this section of the journal will vary depending on the focus but should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages (using one-inch margins and Times New Roman 12-point font) regardless of focus.
Manuscripts may be submitted through the AJOM portal.