The Department of Operations and Management Information Systems (OMIS) of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) organised an oral examination for two PhD candidates, Winfred Ofoe Larkotey and Harriet Lamptey on October 1, 2019, at the School of Graduate Studies. The Viva was chaired by Professor Justice Nyigmah Bawole, Dean of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS).
Winfred Ofoe Larkotey defended his thesis titled “Government Service Digitalisation in a Developing Country: A Structuration Model of Technology Perspective” (SMoT). He was under the supervision of Professor Richard Boateng and Professor John Effah. The purpose of the research was to understand government service digitalisation in a developing country context.
Mr. Larkotey used the Interpretive Paradigm of the Philosophical Approach as his research methodology which is based on Subjective ontology and Subjective Epistemology. He explained that reality came through social constructions to understand government service digitalisation in the contexts of Ghana. His contribution to research is an increased understanding of digital government services in developing countries, an extension of literature on the digital government in developing countries from a limited focus on e-democracy and e-participation, thereby enriching our understanding of the phenomenon. He added that the SMoT could be applied in digital government service studies to understand interactions between institutional contexts, government service digitalisation, and outcomes within the public sector of both developing and developed countries.
Harriet Lamptey presented on the topic “Mobile Learning Integration and Institutionalisation in Developing Countries Higher Education Institutions: Evidence from Ghana.” It was a qualitative study using both public and private institutions. She explained that the integration of mobile learning could be categorised in three phases: strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation phases for easy adoption and acceptance by educational institutions.
As her contribution to research, her study investigated the adoption of mobile learning in non-regular programmes for three higher education institutions reducing the gap in extant literature.
The candidates were scored by a panel of examiners based on demonstrated ownership of their work, the study’s contribution to research and knowledge of the study. Both candidates passed successfully and expressed thanks to their supervisors, examiners and colleagues present.
The University of Ghana Business School congratulates the candidates on successfully passing their oral examinations.
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