Management International Review

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 13–38 | Cite as

Reconstructing the Indigenous in African Management Research

Implications for International Management Studies in a Globalized World
  • Terence JacksonEmail author
Research Article


  • The primary aim of this article is to help lay the foundations for mainstreaming indigenous research within international and cross-cultural management studies, taking sub-Saharan Africa as the primary and initial focus, and using the informal economy as an example.

  • It sets out to critically examine the concept of indigenous, looking at how concepts and scholarship have been shaped by global dynamics, and the implications for developing empirical management research. It then discusses a research agenda and methods for undertaking indigenous management research, going on to discuss the importance of this to the further development of international and cross-cultural management within a global and changing context.

  • Its contribution to scholarship is a more systematic re-examining of the concepts of indigenousness and indigenous knowledge drawing on a range of disciplines and what these concepts mean to undertaking management research that more thoroughly reflect global realities, while evaluating indigenous research methods that could be used effectively and appropriately in this endeavour.


Indigenous management Endogenous management Sub-Saharan Africa Informal economy International and cross-cultural management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middlesex University Business SchoolLondonUK

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