Cross-cultural management and the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa: implications for organization, employment and skills development

Jackson, Terence (2012) Cross-cultural management and the informal economy in sub-Saharan Africa: implications for organization, employment and skills development. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 (14). pp. 2901-2916. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

The informal economy has grown in importance within sub-Saharan Africa, yet there are debates about its role within national economies that appear not to take cognizance of the interests and the weak power base of those working within the informal economy. The current article argues that a cross-cultural perspective should be taken in understanding the geopolitical context of informal organizations, the power relationships involved and how the contributions and future of skills development, employment and organization within the informal and wider economies can be better understood and researched. It initially alludes to the informal sector being closer to local communities, and more appropriate to developments in Africa, but draws on Postcolonial Theory to better understand the nature and role of such organization within an interface of structural and phenomenological influences that question the nature of the ‘indigenous’ as an artefact. Some of the parameters of research in this area are drawn within this work while recognizing that further development is needed in both theory and methods. The article thus attempts to lay the foundations for a cross-cultural conceptual framework leading to a methodology that can inform both practice and policy in this neglected but important area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 30 March 2012. Special Issue: On managing human resources in Africa
Keywords (uncontrolled): Cross-cultural management, sub-Saharan Africa, skills and employment, HRM, entrepreneurship, informal economy
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
ISI Impact: 0
Item ID: 9249
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Depositing User: Professor Terence Jackson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 05:33
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 13:00
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9249

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