Reframing human resource management in Africa: a cross-cultural perspective

Jackson, Terence (2002) Reframing human resource management in Africa: a cross-cultural perspective. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 13 (7) (7). pp. 998-1018. ISSN 1466-4399

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Current approaches to understanding the management of people in Africa are often framed within a pejorative 'developing/developed' world paradigm that not only paints a negative view of management in Africa, but also assumes the need to develop towards the 'developed' world approach. Cross-cultural analysis that focuses first on historical and current cultural interaction across continents suggests a difference between an instrumental view of people as a resource to serve the ends of the organization and a humanistic view which sees people as having a value in themselves. This offers a more useful paradigm for progressing both research and practice in this area. Both a conceptual model and a typology of management systems are offered as a way forward. Research should also focus on cross-cultural difference and interactions at cross-national and interethnic levels. This will facilitate a cross-cultural approach to management development and team building through developing synergies in organizations in Africa.

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Research Areas:A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
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