African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4088


The expatriate professor: Lessons from teaching management in Africa

Richard N. Hayes
  • Richard N. Hayes
  • Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business Department, New York, USA.
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Frank G. Zarb
  • Frank G. Zarb
  • School of Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA.
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  •  Accepted: 06 March 2012
  •  Published: 28 April 2014


Drawing on the experience gained by an American teaching undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate student in three different African settings, this paper shares some key lessons learned and makes recommendations for other non-Africans who or will be teaching management in Africa. Pedagogically, it is important to utilize business cases that are relevant to the African context. Communicatively, it is recommended that the professor recognize some of the subtle variations between English as spoken in North America, Europe and Africa. Personally, professors are encouraged to delicately leverage their local context to enhance the learning experience.
Keywords: Management pedagogy, African business education.