Lagos Business School, a key player in the establishment of the African Chapter of the Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2014, recently hosted the 3rd edition of The Academy of International Business Sub-Saharan Africa (AIB-SSA) Conference. The three-day conference, held from Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016. The conference themed “Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy” had in attendance, scholars and students from various African and European countries.
The Chapter Chair, Professor Abel Kinoti, Dean of Riara School of Business, Nairobi, Kenya, in his welcome address said that the conference was aimed at raising awareness of the crucial need for an increase in competitiveness of Africa in global markets. “The aim of the conference is to understand the intricacies of doing business within Africa; we need to understand ourselves because there is a lot of diversity,” he said.
Professor Kinoti also addressed the inherent need to understand business relations in different countries in Africa. “There is no other forum that allows us to have a deeper understanding of what other countries are doing,” he added.
Presenting at the conference were a number of LBS faculty and researchers. Some of the faculty were: Professor Olawale Ajai, who presented a paper on ‘Emerging Multinationals: Outward Investment from Africa-Africa’; Dr Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, who presented a paper on ‘Learning from the Past: Entrepreneurship through Apprenticeship for more Successful Outcomes’; Dr Chris Ogbechie, Faculty of Corporate Governance, who presented a paper on ‘Corporate Governance in UBA’; Dr Olayinka David-West, who presented a paper on ‘Impact of Consumers’ Community and Individual Dynamics on Financial Inclusion in Nigeria’ amongst others.
The Academic conference ended with the AIB-SSA Paper Development workshop and Teaching International Business Mini-Workshop.