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Businessweek Features Interview with Guy Pfeffermann on African Management Initiative

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Page Schindler BuchananA recent article in Businessweek by Alison Damast features an interview with our CEO Guy Pfeffermann discussing the need for a sweeping initiative to improve management in Africa.  He talked about the ambitious goal of the African Management Initiative, which GBSN co-founded in 2012 and the challenges it faces in achieving 1 million new managers for Africa.


Here is a brief excerpt:


"Alison: What are some of the challenges companies in Africa face in getting well-trained middle and low-level managers?

Guy: Employers are tearing their hair out trying to find employable local talent. There is a whole segment of companies that have weak middle managers simply because there really isn’t that kind of supply of trained middle mangers in Africa.

Alison: How does the AMI plan on training these mangers, and what is some of the progress it has made so far?

Guy: One of the things that we’re doing is creating what they call a business school in a box, or a blueprint for a $2 million business school. It’s a kind of template for any kind of government, philanthropist, or international organization that wishes to establish a new business school. Another thing is a Mobile Business Clinic, a management training program for middle managers in small and midsize companies that’s being piloted in Ghana right now. What has really advanced since last May is a sort of LinkedIn (LNKD) network that AMI has created called the Virtual Campus. It aims to establish a network of competent, well-trained African managers who uphold high ethical standards. It’s only a few months old, but it’s beginning to pick up."

Click here to read "Help Wanted: A Million African Managers by 2023"


Learn more about the African Management Initiative at


Page Schindler Buchanan is the Communications and Media Officer for the Global Business School Network.

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