Invitation from the South African Journal of Business Management to contribute to the Special Edition: Women in business in Africa
Submission due date: 30 June 2020
Prof. Anita Bosch, USB Chair: Women at Work, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. Email:
Prof. Lize Booysen, Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University, USA; Adjunct Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC, USA; Professor Extraordinaire, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. Email: email@example.com
Background to the special issue:
The South African Journal of Business Management (SAJBM) disseminates research that is significant to management and leadership theory and practice. The focus of the journal falls into two categories within the business environment: managerial and leadership theory, and management and leadership practice.
A review of the articles published in the SAJBM, specifically relating to women employees, managers, leaders and entrepreneurs, revealed that twelve articles were published over a 40 years. The first, authored by Sandra van der Merwe, was titled ‘A portrait of the South African woman manager’. It appeared in 1979, ten years after SAJBM was first published. During the eighties, titles of two studies published indicate the tentative positioning of topics advocating women’s rights: the late Rita Kellerman asking whether working women and organisations were compatible, and Truida Prekel penning an article titled ‘Why a special look at women?’ The late Ronel Erwee wrote two crucial pieces.
The first proposed entrepreneurship as a career option for women (1987) as women were not necessarily welcomed in the corporate world at the time. Her second article (1992) addressed the issue of organisational variables that influence female advancement in South Africa. The last contribution by Ronel heralded a period of drought for articles about women at work which was only broken in 2005 by an article by Adeoye Akinola on gender and structure in the cocoa industry in Nigeria. More recently, papers on gender in the SAJBM, consider, amongst others, problematised women through the ‘queen bee syndrome’ (Johnson & Mathur-Helm, 2013). They also investigated work-family conflict (Bagriam & Harrison, 2013); reported on gender differences in workplace spirituality (Nasurdin, Nejati & Mei, 2013); explored women’s leadership competencies (Samuel & Mokoaleli, 2017); related cultural influences on innovation among female entrepreneurs (Idris, 2010); and highlighted women’s entrepreneurial cognitive ambidexterity (de Villiers Scheepers, Boschoff & Oostenbrink, 2017). Three more articles published in the SAJBM considered the differences between men and women, outside the work context, as users of technology (Kotze, Anderson & Summerfield, 2016; Nel & Raleting, 2012) and other household goods (Nel & Raleting, 2012; Priilaid & Horwitz, 2016).
Although the above contributions predominantly focused on South African women and workplaces, there is a lack of research on the lived experiences of women at work in the rest of Africa. Scholarship on women in the workplace, with a focus on African populations, has been published in other South African and international journals; however, it is still a negligible slice of the global women at work research agenda (Akanle & Nwaobiala, 2019; Booysen & Nkomo, 2006, 2010, 2014; Bosch, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Carrim, 2018; Grover, 2019; Jaga, Arabandi, Bagraim & Mdlongwa, 2018; Lauwo, 2018; Palmer & Bosch, 2017; Ribeiro, Bosch & Becker, 2016).
Consequently, this limited number consisting of diffuse topics relating to women at work in the SAJBM, and in scholarly research in general, coupled with the lack of focus on women at work in the broader African context, signals a need for a special issue focusing on Women in Business in Africa. Consequently, this issue wishes to show how the entry of large numbers of women into paid work in workplaces, business management and leadership, and business ownership in Africa has been marked by changes in legislation, economic, behavioural and relational patterns, and mind-shift changes regarding gender stereotypes, and gendered work and workplaces. More specifically, the special issue invites publication of research that highlights positive developments in women’s business and organisational participation in Africa, as well as expanding our understanding of how women overcome and circumvent limitations, or how women reconfigure and adjust existing social patterns when leading and managing business organisations. In this special issue, we wish to move beyond theorising on the barriers or limitations that women experience, and, instead, explore the agency that women hold, develop and employ when navigating spaces that were previously predominantly occupied by men.
Interested authors from any country are invited to submit their work for possible publication, and Africa-related themes are especially encouraged given the dire need to develop indigenous theories and understanding of women at work in the African context. Conceptual and empirical contributions are welcome. Interdisciplinary contributions, as well as those employing rigorous and novel methodological approaches, are particularly welcome. Topics of interest, include but are not restricted to:
- Comparative or in-depth analyses of women in the workplace and the implications for organisational theory, especially leadership, employee relations, inclusion, research and practice.
- Critical studies of the notion of ‘gendered work’ or ‘gendered workplaces’ using specific theoretical models or theory, such as post-colonial and other liberation theories, critical discourse analysis, institutional ethnography, analyses of intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and other contemporary theoretical tendencies.
- Historical or situational analyses and perspectives: local practices mutating into women-friendly management or leadership practices.
- Case studies of generative women-friendly management or leadership practices in organisations.
- An evaluation of the effect of women-friendly management or leadership practices on individuals and organisations.
Full paper submissions (not under review elsewhere) adhering to the SAJBM Editorial Policy Guidelines should be submitted online by 30 June 2020. All submissions will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer-review process, with the Guest Editors acting as action editors and making the final decision for publication in consultation with the Journal Editor.
Submit your article to the special issue at https://sajbm.org. When you submit the article, select ‘Original Research –Special Collection: Women in Business in Africa’ as the journal section. The submission portal is accessible at https://sajbm.org. For more details on the editorial procedures, go to the submission procedure (https://sajbm.org/index.php/sajbm/pages/view/publication-procedure) and submission guidelines (https://sajbm.org/index.php/sajbm/pages/view/submission-guidelines#part_1).
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Akinola, G.O. (2005). Gender factor in the structure and conduct of the cocoa industry in Nigeria. South African Journal of Business Management, 36, 7–22.
Bagraim, J.J., & Harrison, E. (2013). The anticipated work-family conflict of future business managers: Does gender and maternal employment matter? South African Journal of Business Management, 44, 41–46.
Booysen, L.A.E., & Nkomo, S.M. (2006) Think manager – Think (fe)male: A South African perspective. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1(2), 23–33.
Booysen, L.A.E., & Nkomo, S.M. (2010). Gender role stereotypes and requisite management characteristics: The case of South Africa. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 25(4), 285–300.
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Idris, A. (2010). An inter-ethnic study of gender differentiation and innovativeness among women entrepreneurs in Malaysia. South African Journal of Business Management, 41, 35–46.
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Kotze, T.G., Anderson, O., & Summerfield, K. (2016). Technophobia: Gender differences in the adoption of high-technology consumer products. South African Journal of Business Management, 47, 21–28.
Lauwo, S. (2018). Challenging masculinity in CSR disclosures: Silencing of women’s voices in Tanzania’s mining industry.
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Nasurdin, A.M., Nejati, M., & Mei, Y.K. (2013). Workplace spirituality and organizational citizenship behaviour: Exploring gender as a moderator. South African Journal of Business Management, 44, 61–74.
Nel, J. & Raleting, T. (2012). Gender differences in low-income non-users; attitude towards Wireless Internet Gateway cellphone banking. South African Journal of Business Management, 43, 51–63.
Palmer. A., & Bosch, A. (2017). What makes representation of executive women in business happen? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 36(4), 306–320, doi: 10.1108/EDI-09-2016-0071
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Priilaid, D., & Horwitz, B. (2016). How price moderates assessments of coffee quality across profiles of gender and experience. South African Journal of Business Management, 47, 49–60.
Ribeiro, S., Bosch, A., & Becker, J. (2016). Retention of women accountants: The interaction of job demands and job resources. South African Journal of Human Resource Management, 14(1), 1–11. Doi: 10.4102/sajhrm. v14i1.759
Samuel, O.M., & Mokoaleli, I. (2017). Analysis of gender and leadership role competencies, perceptions and stereotypes in an organisational context. South African Journal of Business Management, 48, 55–66.
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