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[ecrea] Call for paper - eOwnership Structures and Managerial Challenges in the African Media and Telecommunications Sectors

Fri Jul 27 08:59:04 GMT 2018


*Ownership Structures and Managerial Challenges in the African Media and Telecommunications Sectors*

November 8-9, 2018 - University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

*Deadline for abstracts extended to:  July 31, 2018*

*/General information and format of the conference/*

The conference addresses ownership structures and managerial practices within the telecommunications and media sectors in Africa. Seeking not only to advance research in the field but also to stimulate a constructive dialogue between practitioners and academics, the conference dedicates one day to an academic workshop and one day to professional contributions.

*/Objectives of the conference/*

The conference aims at investigating the impact of varying foreign ownership and managerial practices on (a) media and telecommunications policies, and (b) democratic and economic development in African countries.

Specifically, we seek to understand how and under which conditions foreign investors can contribute to the African telecommunication sector as well as media and telecom policies, beyond the mere financing of media infrastructure. Further, we aim at shedding light on how foreign investment can help to achieve the related UN sustainable development goals, thus contribute to the democratic and economic development of the African continent.

*/Proposed research topics and submission guidelines/*

We are particularly interested in theory-based and empirically sound submissions related to the conference theme. With a view to telecommunications and media *in African* countries, *but also in other developing countries*, research topics include but are not limited to:

•             ownership structures/ foreign direct investment (FDI) and political and economic developments

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and effects on sectoral development, including investment in advanced services needed by digital media players and diffusion of social media, gaming etc.

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and local/indigenous language media development

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and human resource management practices

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and human capital development

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and managerial and digital competence development

•             managerial and organizational challenges of FDI

•             ownership structures/ FDI strategies and convergence.

To enrich the debate we further welcome contributions by practitioners that describe, analyze and explain specific cases/experiences related to the above mentioned domains.

After the conference authors of selected submissions will have the opportunity to submit their full manuscript for publication as part of a special issue of a journal or in an edited conference volume.


•             Please send your *abstract* (max. 500 word) describing research questions, theoretical framework, method, expected outcomes and relation with topics addressed in this call to (cinzia.dalzotto /at/ <mailto:(cinzia.dalzotto /at/> by *July 31, 2018*.

•             Notifications of acceptance will be sent out on August 10, 2018.

•             Full papers will be due by October 10, 2018.


If you have any questions, please contact (cinzia.dalzotto /at/ <mailto:(cinzia.dalzotto /at/>  or (aicha.hammami /at/ <mailto:(aicha.hammami /at/>

*For more information please visit the conference website:*

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