Traditionally, the white paper format has been embraced by those in the know to communicate fresh or emerging ideas, to distil expert opinions into a digestible format, and to put new ideas and solutions on the table.
In academia, white papers are a useful bridge between formal journal articles and the sort of conversation-starters we like to interrogate in the classroom. For the life-long learners and the curious at heart, the white paper is a punchy, to-the-point partner on a never-ending journey of exploration. For the busy executive, manager, and leader, the white paper is a convenient, easy-to-read, and authoritative tool that captures the essence of an argument and opens the door to future debate. After all, deliberation and disagreement are critical elements to effective education and personal mastery.
Without exposure to new perspectives and opinions, no leader can even hope to keep abreast of fastmoving shifts and trends. Therefore, the white paper stirs the pot, puts uncomfortable – or just interesting – topics on the table, and entices readers’ interest. Given its convenient and accessible format, and relevant subject matter, the white paper has become an integral part of Henley Business School Africa’s annual research output.
In Africa, where leaders from all spheres are buffeted by a range of often interconnected social, economic, and environmental concerns, the sheer volume of issues on the table can be particularly overwhelming. Our white papers attempt to shine a spotlight on what we deem to be key considerations impacting leadership and business on our continent, with the aim of equipping those in the broader Henley Business School Africa family with the will and the way to build a better Africa.