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Management Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges

  • John Kuada

Abstract

An increasing number of Sub-Sahara African (SSA) countries have achieved significant economic results in recent years partly due to positive changes in their political climate combined with increasing foreign direct investments and growing African entrepreneurship (Roxburgh et al., 2010; Gatune and Najam, 2011; Spring and Rolfe, 2011). The immediate future appears very bright for some of them. These changes undergird Nwankwo’s (2012) observation that Africa is now standing at the thresh- old of an exciting growth era.

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Human Capital Foreign Direct Investment Management Education African Management Western Management 
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  • John Kuada
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  1. 1.Department of Business and ManagementAalborg UniversityDenmark

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