The University of Ghana Business School was established as the College of Administration by Executive Instrument – (E.I.127) at Achimota, Accra in January, 1960. It started business on the 22nd January, 1960, on the old Western Compound of Achimota with the old Department of Commerce of the Kumasi College of Technology, established in 1952, (now KNUST) as its nucleus. The School was renamed School of Administration (SOA) and University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) in 1962 and 2004 respectively.
Before the School was departmentalized in 2004, there were only (4) four Units namely
- Accounting Unit
- Management Unit
- Public Administration Unit
- Health Services Administration Unit
The School’s name was launched in 2004 with the six departments in place.
- Department of Accounting
- Department of Finance
- Department of Marketing and Customer Management
- Department of Operations and Management Information Systems (OMIS)
- Department of Organization and Human Resource Management (OHRM)
- Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM)
1. ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT
The Department of Accounting Studies is probably the most revered and accomplished department of the School. The department has been in existence since the inception of the School at Kumasi College of Technology where it was called the Department of Commerce. It has grown in stature since moving from the Western Compound of Achimota to Legon campus. The current Head of Department is Dr. J. M. Onumah.
2. DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
The Department of Finance and Banking was formally under the Department of Management Studies. The new department of Finance and Banking was culled out from the Management Department. Under this department had evolved the Insurance and entrepreneurial studies. Recent trend in the School can testify that it has the greatest patronage. The current Head of Department is Prof. A. Q. Q. Aboagye.
3. DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING AND CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT
The Department of Marketing and Customer Management was also culled out from the Management Department. The evolution of the course has necessitated a change in its original name to Department of Marketing and Customer Management. The current Head of Department is Dr. Bedman Nartey.
4. DEPARTMENT OF OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The Department was also culled out from the Management Unit under a Co-ordinator. When it was departmentalized in 2004 its name was changed to Department of Operations and Management Information Systems. Since it is a new option in the School the students greatly patronize it. The School can boast of two well stocked computer laboratories for both undergraduates and graduate students. The current Head of Department is Dr. John Effah.
5. DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
The Department of Organization and Human Resource Management was under the Management Unit of the School until the Departmentalization of the School took place in 2004. The current Head of Department is Dr. Daniel Ofori.
6. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT
The Public Administration Unit and the Health Services Management Unit were separately on their own and were headed by Co-ordinators. The two units were put together in 2004 when the School decided to departmentalize. The School felt the two units were smaller and decided to merge the two under its new name Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management. The current Head of Department is Prof. Kojo Sakyi.