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Workshop - Managing the Responsible Business Challenge in Africa: An IBM-ABIS Strategic Programme

Building research capacity towards assessing success-factors in building ethical cross-sectoral healthcare management partnerships within business, government and NGOs


UK coordinator:  Prof. Mollie Painter-Morland, Nottingham Business School, NTU

Partner Country coordinators: Prof. Mollie-Painter-Morland, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Prof Arnold Smit, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and Prof. Maha El-Shinnawy, American University Cairo, Egypt.

Disciplines: Healthcare management/ Management education/ leadership development

Dates and venue: 11- 15 November 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa


British Council Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. 

As part of this programme, they are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop. This Researcher Links workshop is funded under the Newton Fund, part of the UK’s official development assistance programme.

Africa’s disease burden is rising, yet the health system suffers from institutional problems and implementation failures, which has been attributed to high levels of corruption and a lack of accountability. Innovative management education is needed to address this. This workshop will bring together researchers to assess the value the ‘Giving Voice to Values’ (GVV) approach as a strategy towards developing values-driven leadership and cross-sectoral cooperation towards solving the systemic challenge of health care provision in Africa. Researchers will have access to insights and practices developed during a leadership development course using the GVV approach, ran by ABIS, IBM, Unilever and GSK in August 2016. They will explore an action research mode of inquiry to assess the value of GVV in developing business, government and civil society leaders who: 1) practice values-driven leadership; 2) can collaborate across sectors; 3) understand Africa’s sustainability challenges. Researchers will develop international networks, identify pressing research questions on healthcare management, and hone their empirical and conceptual skills.

The British Council will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.


Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted to

by 30 September 2016.



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