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Curriculum Workshop: Ethical Leadership Development in Africa

As part of its latest project Managing the Responsible Business Challenge in Africa, ABIS and its corporate partners led by IBM, will be hosting the first workshop focused on leadership development in Africa. The Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town in South Africa graciously offered to act as the host. This two-day workshop (8-9 October) is the next step in building on the conversations ABIS started in May at the Association of African Business Schools Conference in Nairobi on the topic of leadership development towards sustainable and ethical business in Africa.

The purpose of the workshop is to harness best practice in leadership development across the African continent and globally, including an analysis of the needs and gaps in the market. To explore the landscape of management education in Africa, ABIS has invited a selected group of deans and faculty as well as company executives. There will be public opportunities for engagement in the near future, including corporate partnerships, for the purpose of designing a new curriculum on leadership in Africa.

The workshop will include presentations of good practices around leadership development on the African continent and elsewhere, both on the academic and corporate sides. There will also be a number of interactive sessions that would allow participants to discuss pitfalls, challenges and needs. On the second day, in the potential for creating academic-corporate partnerships around leadership development in Africa will be discussed. During the event ABIS hopes to build academic-corporate partnerships, thereby sharing its knowledge throughout Africa. The goals of the first workshop are: 

  •  to share best practices in ethical leadership development, both locally and globally;
  •  to further develop material, skills and experiential learning components in conversation with faculty from across Africa;
  •  to empower and equip African faculty to deliver leadership development programs regionally with business partners;
  •  to build partnerships between faculty, ABIS corporate partners and/or other businesses in Africa, and networks such as AABS and BENAfrica.

The session will be recorded and the content of the discussions will be shared exclusively with ABIS members.

For information, please contact Elena Urizar

Find out more about Managing the Responsible Business Challenge in Africa project here

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