School of Business and Management

Cluster for African Business, Organisations and Society

 

As the African continent experiences profound socio-political and economic changes, there has been considerable increased interest in the African economy in professional and academic circles in the last few decades. The surge in economic and social growth across the African continent presents a stimulating prospect. However, whether this growth has a positive impact on the people of Africa presents a research agenda. In the areas of Business, Organisations & Society (Accounting, Economics, Finance and management), different literature on Africa is emerging. However, as a recent exhaustive literature survey on an African-focused business, organisations & society suggests, the potential of Africa-based research has still not been fulfilled. More attention needs to be paid to research in order to understand the extent to which a resources-endowed Africa can contribute to the broader Business, Organisations & Society literature, considering the peculiarity of the African socio-political, economic and cultural context/circumstances.

Despite the position of the African economy in the global economic system, only very few Universities in the United Kingdom have deliberately recognised African economic development. Therefore this has driven the incentive of introducing a vibrant Cluster for African Business, Organisations & Society (CABOS) to solely conduct investigations into the tapping of these potentials and the contribution of Africa to the World economy.    

This is the rationale behind the establishment of CABOS as one of the research centres at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London.

 

The group aims to:

  • Conduct interdisciplinary research by integrating Business, Organisations and Society (Accounting, Finance, economics, Business, Management, political science, sociology etc.).
  • Periodically organise conferences, which will bring together academics, practitioners, business people, civil society organisations, NGOs and PhD students to deliberate on the various issues of African Business, Organisations and Society and suggest the way forward for African economic development in the global economic system.

 

How to become a member

The membership of CABOS is open to academics, practitioners, business people, civil society organisations, NGOs and PhD students within and outside Queen Mary, University of London. If you would like to be a member of CABOS, please send your CV by email to the Director of the centre as follow: o.bakre@qmul.ac.uk along with the following information:

 

  • Affiliation
  • Job or professional title
  • Department

Members

Dr Owolabi Bakre is the founder and Director of the Cluster on African Business, Organisation and Society.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London.  His research is mainly qualitative, utilising sociological and the political-economy methodological perspectives to understand the role of the accounting in the economic development of mostly developing countries.


Professor Pedro Martins is a Professor of Applied Economics and the School’s Lead on Research Impact. His interests are in public policy on labour market issues. He is currently researching different policy options that may reduce employment volatility over the business cycle.

 

Professor Nelarine Cornelius is Professor of Organisation Studies.  Her research interests are in equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK and emerging, fragile economies, and international comparisons of policy and practices. Much of her work employs Sen’s capabilities approach in organisations and for community development. Current projects include the emergence of EDI practices in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Dr Suki Sian is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting.   Her research interests include accounting history, professionalisation and imperialism. Suki is the joint-editor of “Accountancy and Empire: The Legacy of British Professional Organisation” (Routledge). Her research has focused on aspects of exclusion from professional accountancy on the basis of race, class and gender.

Dr Roxana Gutierrez-Romero is a Senior Lecturer in Policy and Quantitative Methods/Applied Economics.  Her research analyses how to overcome the main constraints to development. Roxana is particularly interested in three of these barriers: violent conflict, persistent effects of inequalities in wealth and poor economic governance.  Overall, her fields of interests are Development Economics, Political Economy and Applied Economics.

Dr Caterina Gennaioli is a Lecturer in Economics. As part of her research, she engages with policy makers on issues of environmental management, climate change and corruption. Generally she is interested in studying how institutions influence environmental outcomes and the way environmental policies are implemented. In particular most of her research studies the obstacles to an efficient policymaking in the environmental sector (e.g. corruption and rent-seeking behaviour).

David Onakanmi is an Associate Lecturer in Accounting.  His research  earnings quality and earnings management, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and fair-value accounting. He is currently researching into the origins of earnings quality, and analysing its present and future, its generic usages and roles, and its consistent conflation with, and deviation from, earnings management. This focuses on the definitions and concepts of earnings quality, and its contemporary drivers.

Membership

The Cluster for African Business, Organisations and Society has a Non Queen Mary Member List [PDF 269KB] which you too can be a part of.   If you would like to be a member of CABOS, please send your CV by email to the Director of the centre as follow: o.bakre@qmul.ac.uk along with the following information:

  • Affiliation
  • Job or professional title
  • Department

The African Business, Organisations and Society Conference, 2nd July 2018 

The African Research Centre of the School of Business and Management (SBM), Queen Mary, University of London under the directorship of Dr Owolabi M Bakre organised and delivered a highly successful conference on African Business, Organisations and Society on July 2, 2018. The conference attracted intellectuals, academics, professionals, civil society organisations and NGOs. Many of the participants presented papers on African economic development, while some were on the panel of discussion on the way forward for the African economies in the global neoliberal economic environment. This conference, which is the first of its kind in the history of Queen Mary University of London, was covered by Africa’s first television channel in Europe, BEN TV. The conference, which without a doubt further projects the image of the SBM and the University in Africa, was rated as excellent by the SBM, the University and the participants.

 

Black History Month Lecture: Taming Corruption: The Way Forward for African Economic Development, 23 November 2018

After its highly successful inauguration on 2 July 2018, which was televised live in Africa, Europe and the Americas (including the Caribbean), on 23 November 2018, the Centre for African Research, School of Business and Management hosted another highly successful conference as part of its 2018 Black History Month celebrations with the theme – Taming Corruption: the way forward for the African economic development.

The Black History Month conference attracted over 60 high calibre professionals, business people, academics, intellectuals, politicians, public officials, NGOs and the media.

The guest speaker Mr Ibriham Magu, was the Chairman of the West Africa Anti-corruption Commission and the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The participants had stimulating discussions and deliberations on the impact of corruption on the African socio-economic and political development and the ways forward to tame corruption so as to enable the African continent to take its place in the competitive global socio-economic environment.

This event was televised live by Africa’s first television channel in Europe, BEN Television, Heritage Television, and TVC News in Nigeria and was also on all other social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Within three days of the conference, it has reached over 10,000 people both watching and commenting on it from all over the world; with many seeking to officially register as members due to the successful hosting of this event.

The guest speaker and some commentators on social platforms have commended myself, the organisers of the event as well as the centre as a whole for establishing space purely for African Research in order to develop African solutions to address African socio-economic and political problems thereby challenging Chatham House and SOAS as the two main institutions where amongst other continents, solutions to African socio-economic and political problems are historically being sought.

The Centre for Africa Research is mostly grateful to the School of Business and Management for fully sponsoring this lecture through the provision of the necessary financial, manpower and logistic support. We are also grateful to our guest speaker, the Chairman of the West Africa Anti-corruption Commission and the Nigeria EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, other esteemed speakers, press and participants for making the conference a huge success.

Dr. Owolabi Bakre, the lead organiser of the Black History Month Lecture is the  Director of the Centre for African Research at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London.

Black History Month Lecture 

Taming Corruption: the way forward for African Economic Development

On 23 November 2018 to commemorate Black History Month the African Research Centre at Queen Mary hosted a guest speaker lecture with the eminent Mr Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the West Africa Anti-corruption Commission and the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).  The lecture on 'Taming Corruption: the way forward for African Development was broadcasted by BEN TV and Heritage TV across the African Diaspora and world.

 BEN TV Interviews 

Dr Owolabi Bakre, Director of the new African Research Centre at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London discusses in this two part interview with BEN TV, ways to tackle the radicalisation of young black people in the UK in light of the Westminster car incident.