Business Ethics in Africa: The Role of Institutional Context, Social Relevance, and Development Challenges

  • Citation: Adeleye, Ifedapo, John Luiz, Judy Muthuri, and Kenneth Amaeshi. “Business Ethics in Africa: The Role of Institutional Context, Social Relevance, and Development Challenges.” Journal of Business Ethics 161 (2020): 717–29.
    • Topics:
    • Business and Trade
    • Keywords:
    • cross-cultural ethics
    • ethical leadership
    • corporate social responsibility
    • anti-corruption
    • philanthropy
    • impact investing

Business ethics in Africa, as a field of research, practice, and teaching, has grown rapidly over the last two decades or so, covering a wide variety of topical issues, including corporate social responsibility, governance, and social entrepreneurship. Building on this progress, and to further advance the field, this special issue addresses four broad areas that cover important, under-researched or newly emerging phenomena in Africa: culture, ethics and leadership; business, society and institutions; corruption, anti-corruption and governance; and philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and impact investing. In addition to advancing research by addressing some of the imbalances and gaps in the extant literature, this special issue draws attention to indigenous African theories, models and firms. Some challenges facing business ethics, as a field of practice and teaching in Africa, are also highlighted. The paper concludes with a summary of the eight articles in this special issue.

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