This week I’m attending the meeting of the Academy of Management. After this, I’ll take a break. In the meanwhile, I leave you with this 10’ video clip: “Africa: A roadmap to opportunities.” You may want also to catch up with missed posts. “Talk” to you again in September!
My last visit to Nairobi was right after Brexit. As everywhere else, this was a major topic of conversation. In a casual chat with a group of CEOs, we talked about the uncertainty that the British move has created, and we went on discussing other factors that create uncertainty. I ventured that African companies may […]
Did you come across Bill Gates’ post on LinkedIn of last Monday? If not, you may want to read it: “My message to the next generation of Africans.” The essence of his message resonated quite well with me: a message of optimism about Africa’s future that is based on a young population, and a youthful […]
Last week, I talked a bit about the Pre-Doctoral Workshop that I led recently at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi. Today, I would like to consider the cultural differences and what our attitude should be like. On the last day of the Workshop, participants received a certificate of attendance that I had to sign. As soon […]
Last week I got my “African shot”: I visited Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Nairobi where I led a Pre-Doctoral Workshop. Upon return, I participated in IESE’s Symposium on Business Ethics. The two activities connected well: many Workshop participants were interested in research topics related to societal problems, and the role that business leaders can […]
Before moving to Nigeria for a relatively long period, I thought that testing the waters would be a good idea: would I adapt to a country so different to my own? I had many question marks: some were important issues, others were really minute. One of these minute issues was: will I find the toiletries […]
Lagos is full of street vendors (see an earlier post about their frenzy activity!). It can get overwhelming! One of my Nigerian friends explained to me “Yeah! We’re traders! There’s hardly any manufacturing, and there are historical reasons for this: the Brits were interested in selling overseas what they manufactured at home…” This seems to […]
Last week I talked about Lagos and Nairobi as two “Cities in Motion.” I was surprised that they have come out quite high in terms of “public management” at IESE’s Cities in Motion Index (CIMI). This dimension includes actions aimed at improving the design of new organizational and management models. Something kept me thinking: one […]