Biography: Dr. Ken Kamoche is the Professor of Human Resource Management and Organization Studies at the University of Nottingham where he also directs the Africa Research Group. He earned his DPhil at Oxford University. He has previously worked as Professor at Nottingham Trent University, Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong and Lecturer at Birmingham University. His research interests include knowledge appropriation, organisational improvisation, managing and organizing in emerging economies in particular Africa, and the Africa-China business nexus. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Organisation Studies, Human Relations, Work Employment and Society, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. In addition to 68 journal papers and book chapters, he has also authored/co-edited five books, including Effective People Management in Africa, Palgrave Macmillan (2013), and Managing Human Resources in Africa, Routledge (2004). Ken also writes an ad hoc column for a Kenyan newspaper, speaks about his work on television and radio in Asia, Africa and Europe, and has been featured in China Daily: https://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2014-01/17/content_17241419.htm
Topic: Talent Management in the Africa-China Nexus: Challenges and Prospects in the Context of the Belt and Road Policy Initiative
Abstract: It is now widely recognized that one of the biggest challenges facing businesses is how to identify, develop and retain talent which will lead to business success and sustainable competitive advantage. Various studies continue to show that this remains a top concern for senior management globally. While most of the studies have been conducted in the west, I argue that this challenge is equally vital for emerging economies. In this presentation, I will review what we know about talent management, and drawing from my on-going work on Africa-Asia relations, I will locate the discussion within the emerging market context with specific reference to Africa and China, and propose theoretical perspectives that might drive further research. I will also examine the implications of this discourse within the context of China’s Belt and Road policy initiative as many Chinese businesses seek investment opportunities in Africa.
Biography: Dr. Benxiang Zeng holds a PhD in Environmental Tourism Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. He is Senior Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia. Dr. Zeng is a multidisciplinary researcher. His research interests include regional development, industry economics, tourism management, community participation, natural resources management and social sustainability. He has a strong research focus in socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts of industries such as tourism and services on local communities either in Australia and China. Dr. Zeng has led, coordinated and participated in more than 40 research projects at different levels and scales. He supervises postgraduate students studying tourism economics, regional economic development and sustainability. He has produced more than 70 scholarly publications including papers published in prestigious international journals, such as Tourism Management.
Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Pro-poor Tourism (PPT): Implications for China’s Final Battles against Rural Poverty
Abstract: Poverty is not simply an economic issue, but a social, environmental problem, and an ethnic and political issue as well. Government failure, market failure, the lack of local capacity and other issues in the practice of poverty reduction encourage other actors to participate in anti-poverty campaigns. Compared to poverty reduction, sustained livelihood improvements in rural poverty-stricken areas have seemed less successful, to a great extent because of lack of sustainable poverty alleviation and gap-closing mechanisms. This is a real challenge for China, as well as for the rest of the world. Since the 1990s, tourism as an instrument to reduce poverty has been both an important practice and research topic, particularly in developing countries. However, the previous study suggests that the conventional tourism development model fails to generate substantial benefits for the poorest people, but to some extent enlarges the gap between the poor and the rich in the community, and subsequently causes more social problems. To address this issue, different “Pro-Poor Tourism” (PPT) modelshave been explored, such as (PPT). Accurately targeted assistance from the government and the external stakeholders to the poor is the key to initiating these models. The social enterprise model, which mainly focuses on the generation and protection of social values, while applying modern business philosophies, could be a vehicle to sustainable development. Corporate social responsibility (CRS), social entrepreneurship and successful social enterprises would play an irreplaceable role in this process. This study reviews the related research progress in China, and aims to point out the future directions in this field.