The State of Research on Africa in Business and Management: Insights from a Systematic Review of Key International Journals

Business & Society, 57(3), 415-436, doi: 10.1177/0007650316629129 [open access]

31 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2015 Last revised: 9 Apr 2018

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Ans Kolk

University of Amsterdam Business School

Miguel Rivera-Santos

Babson College

Date Written: December 27, 2015

Abstract

Aiming at a better understanding of the extent to which Africa-focused research has helped develop context-bound, context-specific, and context-free knowledge, the authors present the findings from a literature review of journal articles with an African context. A systematic search resulted in 271 articles with African data and 139 Africa-focused articles published in 63 top business journals and related (sub)disciplines from 2010 onwards. The sample included all journals belonging to the UT Dallas and Financial Times research rankings, as well as the main international business and business and society outlets. An in-depth analysis of the 139 Africa-focused articles shows an important imbalance in terms of publication patterns, topics covered, theoretical groundings, types of contributions, approaches to the African contexts, and empirics. Building on this exhaustive literature review, the authors provide specific suggestions regarding potential data sources and empirical strategies in African contexts, propose avenues for future research and introduce four recent studies included in the special issue.

Keywords: Africa; context; literature review; international business; Financial Times journal list; UT Dallas journal list; corporate social responsibility

JEL Classification: A12, D21, F23, I00, I30, L20, L30, M1, M13, M14, M20, N17, N37, N47, N67, N57, N77, N87, O10, O55

Suggested Citation

Kolk, Ans and Rivera-Santos, Miguel, The State of Research on Africa in Business and Management: Insights from a Systematic Review of Key International Journals (December 27, 2015). Business & Society, 57(3), 415-436, doi: 10.1177/0007650316629129 [open access], Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708656

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