Postcolonialism and organizational knowledge in the wake of China’s presence in Africa: interrogating South-South relations

Jackson, Terence (2012) Postcolonialism and organizational knowledge in the wake of China’s presence in Africa: interrogating South-South relations. Organization, 19 (2). pp. 181-204. ISSN 1350-5084

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508411429395

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Abstract

China's presence in Africa appears to be part of a new geopolitical dynamic that may be affecting the way management and organizational knowledge from the South should be conceptualized and studied. The purpose of this article is to interrogate the adequacy of emerging critical management theories premised on challenging the West’s modernization projects, particularly Postcolonial and Dependency Theories, in the light of a changing geopolitical dynamic. It discusses the need for a new theoretical lens through which to understand and research China’s presence in Africa at organizational and community levels. It points to the lack of empirical knowledge at these levels, and proposes a research agenda based on an interrogation of China’s previous anti-colonial relationship with African countries and the way its present-day motives are played out at organizational level, and with an aim to understanding the extent to which China’s engagement is given voice to African management and organizational knowledge.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):China in Africa; dependency theory; geopolitics; international and cross-cultural management; management and organizational knowledge; modernization theory; postcolonial theory; postcolonialism; South-South dynamics
Research Areas:School of Law > Law
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ID Code:8179
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