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Kenneth Kalu

Dr. Kenneth Kalu

Assistant Professor
DepartmentGlobal Management Studies
EducationBSc, MSc, MA, PhD
OfficeTRS 1-105
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 2477

Overview

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. Dr. 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. Dr. Kalu also studies immigration policies and their impacts on immigrants and the host country.

Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Kalu held senior executive positions in the public and private sectors in Canada and overseas. He is a regular commentator on Africa’s economies and institutions, foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and China’s economic partnerships with Africa. His views have been widely reported in print and electronic media across the world. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting, M.Sc. in Finance, M.A in Economics and a PhD in Public Policy.

National institutions and the business environment, China-Africa economic partnerships, foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and immigration policies and their impacts.

Journal Articles
Kalu, K. (2020). ‘Respect’ and ‘Agency’ as Driving Forces for China-Africa Relations. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. DOI: 10.1057/s41254-020-00178-z.
Kalu, K., Farrell, C. and Lin, X. (2020). China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for Intra-regional Trade in Africa. Journal of Public Affairs. DOI: 10.1002/pa.2347
Kalu, K. and Okafor, O. N. (2020). Programming for Immigrant Women in Canada: Is Entrepreneurship Neglected? International Migration, external link, opens in new window.
Kalu, K. and Aniche, E. T. (2020). China–Africa Economic Relation: A double-edged sword for Africa. African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 7(4), 374-390. DOI: 10.1504/AJESD.2020.10027708
Kalu, K. (2020). The Cold War and Africa’s Political Culture. Vestnik RUDN. International Relations, 20(1), 11—21. DOI: 10.22363/2313-0660-2020-20-1-11-21
Kalu, K. and Huiqiang, W. (2020). Negative Book Equity and Corporate Leverage. International Journal of Business, Accounting and Finance, 14(1), 67-81.
Kalu, K. (2017). State-Society Relations, Institutional Transformation and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Development Policy Review, 35(S2), O234-O245. https://doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12320.
Kalu, K. (2017). From Commodity to Creativity: Exploring the Economic Potentials of the Nigerian Film Industry. International Journal of Business and Economics Perspectives, 12(1), 1- 16.
Books
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (eds). (2020). Reflections on Leadership and Institutions in Africa. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (eds.) (2019). Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora. Oxon and New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (eds.) (2019). Exploitation and Misrule in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Kalu, K. (2018). Foreign Aid and the Future of Africa. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Falola, T. and Kalu, K. (eds.). (2018). Africa and Globalization: Challenges of Governance and Creativity. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Kalu, K., Yacob-Haliso, O. and Falola, T. (eds.). (2018). Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa. Oxon and New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. (2009). Review of Financial Liberalization in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case study and cross-country evidence. Berlin: VDM Verlag
Book Chapters
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (2020). Leadership and Institutions in Colonial Africa. In K. Kalu and T. Falola (eds.), Reflections on Leadership and Institutions in Africa, (pp. 1-17).  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Kalu, K. (2019). Rethinking Development Assistance to Africa. In Caritas Internationalis, Switzerland (ed.), 2020 Development Policy Almanac, (pp. 255-264). Geneva: Caritas Internationalis (Translated into French and German). 
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (2019). Introduction: Phases of Oppression and Resistance. In K. Kalu and T. Falola (eds.), Oppression and Resistance in Africa and the Diaspora, (pp. 1-13). Oxon and New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (2019). Introduction: Exploitation, Colonialism and Postcolonial Misrule in Africa. In K. Kalu and T. Falola (eds.), Exploitation and Misrule in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa, (pp. 1-23). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Kalu, K. (2018). Africa and the Cold War. In M. Shanguhyia and T. Falola (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of African Colonial and Postcolonial History (pp. 661-680). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Kalu, K. and Falola, T. (2018). Introduction: Africa in a Globalized World. In T. Falola and K. Kalu (eds.), Africa and Globalization: Challenges of Governance and Creativity, (pp. 1-18). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan
Kalu, K., Yacob-Haliso, O. and Falola, T (2018). Introduction. In K. Kalu, O. Yacob-Haliso and T. Falola (eds.), Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, (pp. 1-18). New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. (2018). The Postcolonial African State and its Citizens. In K. Kalu, O. Yacob-Haliso and T. Falola (eds.), Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, (pp. 21-35). New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. (2018). Africa’s ‘Big Men’ and the African State. In K. Kalu, O. Yacob-Haliso and T. Falola (eds.), Africa’s Big Men: Predatory State-Society Relations in Africa, (pp. 36-50). New York, NY: Routledge
Kalu, K. (2017). Transforming Sub-Saharan Africa’s Institutions for Sustainable Growth and Development: Any Role for the International System? In A. Amtaika (ed.), Socio-Economic Development in Africa: Challenges and Dimensions, (pp. 367-386). Austin, TX: Pan-African University Press
Kalu, K. (2014). Anchoring Development on Trade: Another look at AGOA as an Instrument of Growth and Development. In A. Oyebade (ed.), The United States’ Foreign Policy in Africa in the 21st Century: Issues and Perspectives, (pp. 41-530). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press
Kalu, K. (2008). Migration and Institution Building in Africa: Time to Revisit the Lagos Plan of Action. In T. Falola and O. O. Okpeh (eds.), Population Movements, Conflicts, and Displacements in Nigeria, (pp. 133-152).  Trenton, N.J: Africa World Press
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)
Course code Course title
GMS 200 Introduction to Global Management  
GMS 694 The African Business Environment