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The voice from the periphery: Towards an African business ethics beyond the Western heritage

MF Murove
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 8, No 3 | a1200 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v8i3.1200 | © 2014 MF Murove | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 August 2014 | Published: 19 August 2014

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MF Murove, University of KwaZulu Natal

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Abstract

This article argues that African business ethics should go beyond the western heritage by taking into account African indigenous values and knowledge systems. While western business practices are part and parcel of Africa’s heritage, African post-colonial scholarly efforts have worked at enriching this heritage by arguing for the incorporation of African indigenous knowledge systems and values in our way of thinking and doing business. There is a realisation that the western homo economicus who is solely self-interested, is irreconcilable with the African understanding of a person. The success of any business venture in Africa depends on incorporating African values in the way it operates.

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