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Redesigning the Management Curricula for Africa

Indigenous Management Practices in Africa

ISBN: 978-1-78754-849-7, eISBN: 978-1-78754-848-0

ISSN: 1877-6361

Publication date: 10 August 2018


Western management philosophy and thought have been around for millennia; however, the supremacy of its concepts and writings has become a subject of criticisms in Africa. There is a huge gap in African management education which calls for redesigning of management curriculum to affirm African social orientation and self-determination that will enable new forms of learning and knowledge required to tackle complex global challenges. The objective of this chapter is to review Western management thought and practice vis-à-vis the existing management philosophy in Africa prior to her colonisation and advocate the need to redesign management curricula. To accomplish the aforementioned objective, this chapter took a historical, reflective and systematic approach of literature review to advance renewal of management curricula in Africa. The analysis began with a review of pre-colonial management philosophy and thought in Africa, followed by a discussion of how colonialism obstructed and promoted the universality of management. This was followed by a review of African traditional society and indigenous management philosophies. The chapter discussed topics that should feature in an African-oriented management curriculum and highlighted fundamental constructs that can be fused into management curriculum of business schools/teaching in Africa. The chapter also made a case for a flexible management curriculum structure that is broader than the conventional transmission-of-knowledge building which views students as passive learners’ by adopting suitable pedagogical tools that will be relevant for knowledge transmission and assessment and also enhance learning and management practices that is culturally fit and relevant to global practice.




I wish to thank Mr Segun Akinwale for his invaluable assistance during the design of this chapter and the anonymous reviewers of the early draft of this chapter.


Ganiyu, R.A. (2018), "Redesigning the Management Curricula for Africa", Indigenous Management Practices in Africa (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 20), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 249-269.



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