Tribe and Village in African Organizations and Business

Simon Ulrik Kragh

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    The paper argues that African organization sand business relations reflect pre-industrial social norms found by anthropologists in kinship based, rural communities. African society is a hybrid mixture of an emerging industrial economy and a set of norms and behaviours which have been carried over from tribal and peasant communities. In modern, urban organizations the presence of pre-industrial norms is seen in the continued importance of in-group/out-group differention, gift exchange and kinship obligations. The paper suggests an explanation of the continued permanence of pre-industrial cultural traits and offers a theory showing their inner, social logic. Drawing on examples from the existing literature on African management it is shown how the pre-industrial norms are manifested in organizational practice and business.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages39
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012: The Informal Economy - Boston, United States
    Duration: 3 Aug 20127 Aug 2012
    Conference number: 72


    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012
    CountryUnited States
    OtherThe Informal Economy
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    Kragh, S. U. (2012). Tribe and Village in African Organizations and Business. Paper presented at The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2012, Boston, United States.