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Dr. Kenneth Kalu

Kalu, Kenneth


Assistant Professor


B.Sc., M.Sc., M.A and PhD




416-979-5000 x 2477

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Dr. Kenneth Kalu

Dr. Kenneth Kalu is an Assistant Professor in Global Management Studies at the Ted Rogers School of Management. He joined Ryerson University from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Visiting Research Scholar. Professor Kalu’s research focuses on the nature and evolution of economic and political institutions in developing countries. He is particularly interested in examining how economic and political institutions shape and are shaped by the business environment in Africa’s emerging markets. His research also explores the nature and dynamics of investment flows from developing countries into other developing countries. Along this line, his work examines the intended and unintended impacts of these investment flows on the domestic policies of the host country.

Prior to returning to the academia, Professor Kalu held senior executive positions in the public and private sectors in Canada and overseas. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting, M.Sc. in Finance, M.A in Economics and a PhD in Public Policy.   


Global Management Studies

Research Interests

National institutions and the business environment, South-South investment flows, China-Africa economic partnerships, comparative business strategies, and foreign direct investment.

Selected Research and Professional Contributions

Journal Articles

·       “From Commodity to Creativity: Exploring the Economic Potentials of the Nigerian Film Industry” International Journal of Business and Economics Perspectives, 12(1), 2017 - Accepted


·       “State-Society Relations, Institutional Transformation and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Development Policy Review, 2017, 1 -12.


Books and Book Chapters


·       Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa (co-edited with Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola), New York, NY: Routledge, forthcoming


·       “Africa and the Cold War” in The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History, eds. Martins Shanguhyia and Toyin Falola (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)


·       “The Postcolonial African State and its Citizens” in Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, eds. Kenneth Kalu, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola (New York, NY: Routledge, forthcoming)


·       “Africa’s ‘Big Men’ and the African State” in Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, eds. Kenneth Kalu, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso and Toyin Falola (New York, NY: Routledge, forthcoming)


·        “Anchoring Development on Trade: Another look at AGOA as an Instrument of Growth and Development” in The United States’ Foreign Policy in Africa in the 21st Century: Issues and Perspectives, ed. Adebayo Oyebade (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2014), 41-53


·       “Migration and Institution Building in Africa: Time to Revisit the Lagos Plan of Action” in Population Movements, Conflicts, and Displacements in Nigeria, eds. Toyin Falola and Okpeh Ochayi Okpeh (Trenton, N.J: Africa World Press, 2008), 133-152


Book Reviews

·       “Humanities in Africa, by Toyin Falola,” African and Asian Studies, 15 (2016), 337-346


·       “Representative Bureaucracy, Meritocracy and Nation-Building in Nigeria, by Bola Dauda and Toyin Falola,” Africa Today, 63 no.1 (2016), 106-109


Occasional Reviewer for: African Development Review (Wiley); and Pan-African University Press, Austin, Texas.


Conference Presentations

·       “An Examination of the Finance-Growth Nexus for Countries at Different Levels of Development” (Paper presented at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference, Dallas, TX, April 2017)


·       “From Commodity to Creativity: Nollywood as potential growth engine for Nigeria’s economy” (Paper presented at the 2016 Africa Conference at The University of Texas, Austin; March 2016)


·       “Examining State-Society Relations and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa”. (Paper presented at the 2015 Africa Conference, at The University of Texas, Austin; April 2015)


·        “Strategies to Transforms Sub-Saharan Africa’s Institutions for Sustainable Growth and Development”. (Paper presented at the 4th International Toyin Falola Conference; Durban, South Africa; July 3- 5, 2014.)


  •  “The Asymmetric Relationship between Interest Rates and Stock Returns: Can Individual Investors exploit it”? (with Domian, D. L. and Racine, M. D.; presented at the Academy of Financial Services conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 19 -21, 2002)

Introduction to Global Management - GMS 200
The African Business Environment - GMS 694


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