Khartoum University Journal of
Management Studies

  • Abbreviation: Khartoum Univ. J. Manage. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1585-8069
  • DOI: 10.5897/KUJMS
  • Start Year: 1994
  • Published Articles: 35

Full Length Research Paper

Problems and challenges of management practice in emerging economies: An explanatory commentary on African context with emphasis on Nigeria

M.O.M. Akpor-Robaro
  • M.O.M. Akpor-Robaro
  • Department of Economics and Business Studies, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 13 April 2018
  •  Accepted: 05 August 2018
  •  Published: 31 August 2018


This paper discussed the problems and challenges of management practice in emerging economies with a focus on African societies. It adopted a theoretic analytic approach in the study and discussion of the subject matter, identified seven specific approaches commonly adopted by managers in Africa using Nigeria as a pointer, and posited that each approach reflects at least one of the prevailing features. The factors which account for the existing approaches to management are also identified and discussed. It was however, noted that the factors are majorly socio-cultural and include cultural heterogeneity, cultural authoritarianism, colonial impartation, ethnicity among others; however, it particularly noted the negative role of excessive religiosity, use of foreign theories and practices, and fraternal association (religious and ethnic fraternity) in organizations. The highpoint of the paper is the recognition that poor management practice is a major impediment to organizational performance and industrial growth in emerging economies, particularly in Africa, and therefore emphasized the need to seek solution to the identified problems and challenges to effective management practice in these societies. It concluded with the recommendation that the solution to problems and challenges of management practice in these societies lies greatly in socio-cultural re-orientation among captains of industries, managers of enterprises, and the people in general.


Key words: Management practice, emerging economies, Africa, problems and challenges, explanatory commentary.