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The Challenges of Diversity Management in Africa: The Case of Cameroon

Management and Diversity

ISBN: 978-1-78635-550-8, eISBN: 978-1-78635-549-2

Publication date: 3 May 2017


This contribution focuses on analyzing the challenges of diversity in Africa, with a focus on the case of Cameroon. This country, generally presented as “Africa in miniature,” reflects Africa's diversity in different fields: economic, ethnic, religious, linguistic, climatic, ecological. The introductory chapter is the analysis of the diversity in the context of economic growth in Africa. It takes an illustrative testimony of a Cameroonian company executive on its vision and diversity management practices. Thereafter, the chapter highlights the different challenges of diversity management in Cameroon in connection with different analysis settings. The international and African context of diversity is presented to better identify the specifics of Cameroon in the management of diversity. The historical context helps to better understand the challenge of legitimizing heuristic research on diversity. The legal context sheds light on the challenges of institutional regulation of diversity. The cultural context highlights the centrality of the issue of ethnicity. The conclusion explores new fields of research on diversity management and identifies some emerging dimensions of Cameroon's diversity.




The author thanks the President of the Circle of Economic Thought of GICAM (CRÉG) for permission of to completely rewrite the original version of the “Technical Note,” for publication. This article extends and enriches the analysis developed in a previous article (Kamdem, 2012).


Kamdem, E. (2017), "The Challenges of Diversity Management in Africa: The Case of Cameroon ", Management and Diversity (International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 3), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 227-248.



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