Africa Business Initiative
Engaging Now for Change
Embracing the Future
Exploring Ethical Leadership
Taking Pitt to the World
Engaging with Africa
The Africa Business Initiative, a collaboration of Pitt Business and the University’s Center for African Studies, provides opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff to connect with the world’s second largest continent through partnerships, fellowships, and global exchanges.
The mission of the College of Business Administration and Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is to produce knowledge through research on issues relevant to business and society; prepare students to create business value through thought leadership and practice; and promote global dialogue on economic and entrepreneurial activities that improve society.
Africa: Cradle of Civilization
As the world’s second largest and second-most populous continent, Africa impacts geopolitics, global trade, migration, and all aspects of life. Africa has the youngest population globally and will have 25 percent of the world’s population by 2050.
The continent is experiencing urbanization on a massive scale and exponential growth of business opportunities. At the same time, this global powerhouse is being impacted by climate change, health issues, and millions persist in poverty.
Overview: Research, Teaching, and Services
Paul Harper, clinical assistant professor of Business Administration who is leading this initiative, describes it as “a lighthouse that directs and attracts business professionals and organizations working toward a more just global society.”
He said the initiative provides opportunities for Pitt Business students, faculty, and staff to connect with the world’s second largest continent through partnerships, fellowships, and global exchanges. Key activities that are currently under development include:
- New institutional partnerships with prominent South African research universities and business schools
- International faculty research collaborations, with a particular emphasis on business ethics, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational transformation
- Unique global experience opportunities for professional students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
- African Executive/Entrepreneur in Residence program with an emphasis on women’s leadership
Voices: Meaningful Global Engagement
“The purpose of Pitt Business is to empower leaders to shape a better future through business. Our Africa Business Initiative creates transformational learning opportunities for our students and staff along with high-impact research opportunities for faculty as we engage and learn from partners in Africa.”
“This is like a lighthouse that directs and attracts business professionals and organizations working toward a more just global society. It provides opportunities for Pitt Business students, faculty, and staff to connect with the world’s second largest continent through partnerships, fellowships, and global exchanges.”
Business Opportunities Through Partnerships
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