CfP: Research Frontiers Conference on China Outward Foreign Direct Investment to Africa at University of Pretoria [July 21-23, 2020]: Submit by March 20

By: Jasmeet | 10 Oct 2019 3:26 PM

Chinese investment is transforming the African landscape. Pot-holed roads are being replaced by double-lane highways. In urban areas, Chinese-built office complexes, hotels, and shopping malls are an increasingly common sight and in even remote rural areas, Chinese traders are selling Chinese-made essentials to locals.

Africa is the last frontier to offer attractive investment opportunities to an economy with national capabilities in executing large-scale infrastructure projects. Moreover, Chinese OFDI into Africa is taking place in an era during which global economic activity is transforming.

Deglobalization dynamics, and the fourth industrial revolution arising from digitalization, artificial intelligence, platformization, 3D printing, etc. are predicted to transform global trade, give rise to more regional trade compacts, and redefine global value chains. This highlights the huge opportunities for developing – and perhaps technologically less advanced – markets.

  • This Management and Organization Review research frontiers conference will culminate in a special issue of MOR focused on exploring the history, experience, and implications of Chinese FDI into Africa.
  • Given the wide range of topics, disciplinary perspectives, empirical approaches, and the nature of the questions raised by Chinese FDI into Africa, the guest editors and the program committee hope to attract scholars from a range of disciplines such as international business, political science, corporate strategy, organization theory, cross-cultural research, social movements, and others.
  • The MOR research Frontiers Conference on China OFDI to Africa is, therefore, seeking papers that provide insight into why and how Chinese FDI into Africa is playing out.
  • Especially welcome are scholars whose research can contribute to elucidate how Africans understand Chinese FDI on their continent, as well as an exploration of the Chinese perspective.
Call for Papers

Please submit proposals for sessions (3–5 pages) or extended abstracts of papers (7–10 pages) to MOR Deputy Editor for Africa, Professor Helena Barnard ( The subject line must show China OFDI to Africa. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2020 ,and invitations will be issued by April 24, 2020.


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