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Academy of International Business Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter


The 2016 Annual Conference I August 17 – 19      

 Theme: Africa's Competitiveness in the Global Economy




Confirmed Keynote Speakers & Workshop Leaders

Prof. Elizabeth Rose I Professor and AIB Fellow I University of Otago, New Zealand

Prof. Kevin Ibeh I Professor and Assistant Dean I Birkbeck, University of London, UK 

Prof. Robert Rolfe I Professor I University of South Carolina, USA

Prof. Yaw Debrah I Professor I Swansea University, UK 

Prof Lilac Nachum I Professor I Baruch College, City University of New York, USA

Prof. Amon Chizema I Professor I University of Birmingham, UK

Host Institution I Lagos Business School I Km 22 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos, Nigeria

Conference Chair I Dr Ifedapo Adeleye I Email: 

AIB-SSA Chapter Website  I


Call for Papers

The persisting global economic slowdown has posed several challenges for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. With plunging oil and commodity prices and China's economic woes, there is a fierce debate on whether the robust economic growth recorded over the past decade is over. There is now a sense of urgency in diversifying economies, and advancing manufacturing and industrialization. Competitiveness in global markets is essential to achieving these goals. Unfortunately, Africa trails the rest of the world in competitiveness: 15 out of the 20 least competitive economies in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index are from the region. To increase our understanding of competitiveness in the African context, the 2016 conference welcomes conceptual and empirical papers and cases that shed light on product, firm, industry, city, national, sub-regional, and regional competitiveness. Submissions should offer insights and fresh perspectives on how firms in the region can offer quality products, enhance their capabilities to develop human capital, and improve their processes. We also welcome submissions that address wider international business and management agendas and geographical contexts.

The conference will also consider original competitive papers, interactive papers, panels and teaching cases for the following tracks:

  • Location Competitiveness: Industry, City, National, Sub-regional & Regional
  • Public Policy (e.g., Innovation, Cluster Development, Regional Development)
  • Product & Firm Competitiveness
  • International Entrepreneurship, SMEs & Informal Exporting
  • FDI, Global Value Chains & the Geography of IB
  • Human Resources, Culture & Language in International Business
  • Marketing & Consumers in International Business
  • Sustainability, Responsible Leadership & Governance of Natural Resources
  • Economic Diplomacy & Institutional & Political Environment of IB
  • International Finance, Accounting & Economics
  • General Track: International Business & Management
  • Teaching Cases Track


Teaching Cases in International Business Track

This track seeks competitive and interactive teaching case submissions. Only real-life cases that address international business issues are invited. Cases can be field-researched or based on published sources, decision-oriented or descriptive. We also welcome cases that have recently (post-2013) been registered in case clearing houses such as The Case Centre.


Special Panels, PDWs & Tracks

The conference will feature several panels, symposia, 'scholars meet practice' sessions and mini- workshops. We welcome proposals that address the conference theme as well as other topical issues.


Submission Guidelines

Following the AIB "rule of three", no author should be associated with more than 3 submissions.

Competitive papers must not exceed 10,000 words, and must comply to the JIBS style requirements; Please refer to

Interactive papers should be around 2,000 – 5,000 words. Submissions should clearly state the research questions, methodology and contribution. The main results and implications for IB research and practice should be discussed, if available/applicable.

Teaching cases should be around 2,000 – 5,000 for interactive/'embryo' cases and no more than 10,000 words for competitive cases.

Panel proposals should have 3 – 5 scholars and/or students and a common theme, as well as a chair/discussant. We welcome a variety of proposals (paper presentations, roundtable, and professional development workshop). The names of participants and the discussant should be disclosed for this type of submission.

Competitive papers, interactive papers and teaching cases will be double-blind reviewed; please do not include any author-identifying information. Authors are strongly encouraged to assist in the review process. 


Please make your submissions here: by June 24, 2016.

Please state the submission type (competitive, interactive or panel) and track title on the front page at the top right. In addition, for doctoral (DS)/graduate (GS)/undergraduate students (US), please indicate 'DS', 'GS', or 'US'.  


Teaching International Business Mini-Workshop

A workshop on topical issues in IB teaching and curriculum development will be led by award-winning IB educators.


Special Panel Session on China-Africa Business sponsored by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).


Best Conference Paper Awards

Several prizes will be awarded at the conference:

  • Best Competitive Paper Award
  • Best Thematic Conference Paper Award
  • Best Teaching Case Award

—      Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice / Policy Implications Award

  • Best Doctoral Paper Award
  • Best Undergraduate / Graduate Student Paper Award



Paper Development Workshop

In line with the SSA chapter's goal to promote research excellence and improve the quality of IB research in the region, distinguished IB scholars will be leading mini-workshops and PDWs on research methods. Aspiring doctoral students (research assistants with a master's degree), doctoral candidates, early career faculty, and researchers new to the field of international business and management are particularly encouraged to attend the workshop. The workshop will be led by distinguished international business and management scholars:


Prof. Elizabeth Rose I Professor & AIB Fellow I University of Otago, New Zealand

Prof Lilac Nachum I Professor I Baruch, City University of New York, USA

Prof. Yaw Debrah I Professor I Swansea University, UK 

Prof. Amon Chizema I Associate Editor, AJOM I University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Nathaniel Boso I  Associate Editor, IMR I University of Leeds, UK


You can submit the same paper as the one to the main conference programme, or a different one. Only one paper can be submitted per person. Although we encourage competitive (well-developed) paper submissions, we also welcome research proposals/work-in-progress papers. These proposals should be at least 5 pages, and include research objectives, a theoretical framework, and a proposed research design.

To indicate your interest in joining the PDW, please send an email with your paper attached to:

Jennifer Okonkwo at:, with the subject heading: AIB-SSA PDW.


Publication Opportunities


  • 2016 AIB-SSA Conference Proceedings
    All accepted conference papers will be published as an abstract in the proceedings, which would have an ISBN.
  • Palgrave Macmillan AIB Sub-Saharan Africa Book Series
    A selection of papers and cases that are aligned with the conference theme will be considered for inclusion in the third volume of the book series. The book's editors – Ifedapo Adeleye and Mark Esposito – would contact authors of select papers by June 30.  
  • Thunderbird International Business Review Special issue: Internationalization of African Firms.
    A paper development workshop will be organized at the conference by the guest editors (Boso, Ibeh, Chizema and Adeleye), who will provide constructive informal feedback.
    The submission deadline for the call is: December 30, 2016. For more details on this SI, please go to the journal website:
  • AIB Insights on Doing Business in Africa
    A collection of short papers may be considered for a proposed special issue of this quarterly publication of the global AIB community.


    Registration and Payment
    Standard Conference Rates

Early Bird

(by June 30)

Late Registration

(from July 1)

AIB Members$200$250
Full-time Students$120$170
AIB Non-members                                  (Rates include a one-year membership to the AIB)  
Student membership$170$220
Electronic membership$225$275
Low-Income membership$250$300
Regular membership$300$350
Accompanying Partners$100$100


The standard registration fees cover conference materials, light refreshments and lunches, as well as a complimentary copy of the AIB-SSA Book: Africa-to-Africa Internationalization. It does not include accommodation costs; the Accommodation section provides information on how to make your hotel arrangements.


Special Rate for Select Nigerian/West African Delegates

As a result of generous contributions from sponsors, we are able to provide reduced rates of N15,000 (N25,000 for late registration) for a limited number delegates from West Africa.  Priority will be given to delegates from public educational institutions.

The registration fees cover conference materials, refreshments and lunches; it does not include accommodation costs and the AIB Book. To apply for this special rate, please contact:

Michael Ihekwoaba at


Conference Fee Waiver Scheme

The chapter will waive registration fees for a limited number of delegates, with priority given to doctoral candidates and junior faculty from low income African countries. 

Beneficiaries would receive conference materials, refreshments and lunches; the waiver does not cover accommodation costs and the AIB Book. Beneficiaries would be required to support the organizing committee with delegate registration and other administrative assistance. 

To apply, please contact Michael Ihekwoaba at



Kindly click here to register for the conference.



Payments can be made online on the LBS conference page from June 24.

Delegates can also make direct payments into the following accounts:


US Dollar Payments

Account Name: Lagos Business School

Account Bank: Fidelity Bank Plc

Account Number: 5090094244

Sort / Swift Code: 070150207

Account Currency: US Dollars


Nigerian Naira Payments

Account Name: Lagos Business School

Account Bank: Fidelity Bank Plc

Account Number: 5020103004

Sort / Swift Code: 070150207

Account Currency: Nigerian Nairas



To ask for an invoice, or to confirm receipt of payments, or for any payment related enquiries, please contact the AIB-SSA Treasurer, Theresa Onaji-Benson at:




Name & AddressLBS Discounted RatesFacilities & ServicesProximity to LBSContact details

Four Ways Hotel

Km 43 Lekki-Epe Expressway                     (Beside LBS)







High Speed Internet

CCTV Surveillance

Swimming pool

Restaurant Service

Exotic Bar

Guest Shuttle with Air-conditioned car

Efficient Security services with police patrol

Professional Laundry Services

Mini Mart

Gym in view

5 minutes' drive

Mrs. Chinyelu – +234 (0)8106885641


Mr. Austin –

+234 (0)8104692060


Gran Melia' Hotel

Opposite LBS






(With breakfast)


Wireless Internet Connectivity

Fully-fitted modern gym

Multilingual staff

Swimming pool

Apartments equipped with Kitchenette and laundry

Shuttle Bus

5 minutes' walk

Ada Ireh- +234 (0)8163002000


08089879145, 07035565971


Limeridge Hotel

Plot 10, Chevron

Drive, Lekki, Lagos





(With breakfast )

Swimming Pool and Fitness centre

Wi-fi Internet connection

Safe box available

15 minutes' drive

 Acheme Jones

+234 (0) 7039260956

+234 (0) 1 4187510 


Four Points By Sheraton

Plot 9/10, Block 2, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, P.O.Box 53197, Ikoyi-Lagos, Lagos Nigeria


From N42,500
30 minutes' drive

Reservations +234 1 14489444, 01 448 9422

M +234 08152686212

Fax 234 1 14489434

 Eko Hotel and Suites


From N35,600.00 with breakfast
  • WIFI or cable interest access
  • Standard size swimming pool
  • Gym, massage parlour etc.
40 minutes' drive

Henry Isoko
Sales & Marketing
Eko Hotel & Suites,

Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, 
Victoria Island
Lagos - Nigeria
T: +234 1 277 2700-25, 4625260 Ext. 6215
f: +234  1 270 4071
m: +234 8080571838


Disclaimer: The purpose of this is to provide information only about the hotels, and not to recommend certain hotels. Lagos Business School has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information contained herein, but will not be held liable in any way for any misrepresentation or consequences of arrangements made between the two parties.



Most delegates from outside the West Africa region will need a visa to come into Nigeria. For information about obtaining Nigerian visas, please go to the Nigerian Immigration Service's website:

If you do require a visa, we will help prepare a Letter of Invitation/Introduction to an embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Please state your surname and first name as it appears in your passport, your date of birth, passport number and issuing country (alternatively, you can attach the bio-data page of your passport), expected arrival and departure dates, the embassy and address you want the letter addressed to.

To obtain your letter of invitation/introduction, please send an email to Adaora Obi-Okoye at, with the heading in the subject line: Visa – AIB-SSA Letter of Invitation. Adaora will respond to your requests within three working days.


Conference Venue

The AIB-SSA 2016 conference will be hosted by Lagos Business School at their Ajah Campus, from August 17 – 19.

Campus Location and contact details:

Lagos Business School | Pan-Atlantic University 

Address: Km 22 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos, Nigeria

Telephone: +234-1- 45466788, 4546638, +234-8025014623; 08025014624

The Campus is located along the Lekki-Epe Expressway in Ajah, about 24 kilometres/40 minutes' drive from Victoria Island and about 51 kilometres/90 minutes' drive from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos is a major regional hub, with several daily local, regional and international flight connections. Airlines serving the MMIA include: Arik Air, Aero, Africa World Airlines, Dana Airlines, Kenya Airways, South Africa Airways, British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates.



Contact Us





Conference Chair

Conference Programme

General Enquiries

Ifedapo Adeleye



Mobile: + 234 805 884 3652


Registration and Payment

Conference Sponsorship


Theresa Onaji-Benson




Registration Fee Waiver and  Special Rates


Michael Ihekwoaba




Visa and Accommodation


Adaora Obi-Okoye




Paper Development Workshop  General Enquiries


Jennifer Okonkwo