Profile of Prof. Justice Nyigmah Bawole (Dean, UGBS).

Profile of Prof. Justice Nyigmah Bawole (Dean, UGBS).
Aug 01, 2019

Justice Nyigmah Bawole is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Management at the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, University of Ghana Business School, Legon. He obtained a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK in 2013. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Administration (Public Administration) and Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Ghana Business School. He also attended Wesley College of Education in Kumasi and Yeji Secondary/Technical School.

Prof. Bawole was appointed as lecturer in the University of Ghana Business School in 2008. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2013, and Associate Professor in 2016 and served on important statutory committees of the University of Ghana. He served two terms as Head of Department for Public Administration and Health Services Management from 2014-2018, revitalizing the Department through seven new innovative graduate programmes and six academic prizes for best graduating students. Before joining the University of Ghana, he taught in primary, JHS and SHS levels. Prof. Bawole is a strong advocate for young people and has supervised and mentored several young academics into successfully completing PhDs in both the University of Ghana and abroad. He has also worked for an Accra-based NGO as Director of Research and Projects.

Prof. Bawole’s research interest is in areas of Public Sector Management –Public Service Ethics, Public Sector reforms, Public Service Motivation, Performance Management and Public Sector Financial Management; Climate Change and Sustainable Development; State-third sector relations; and Local Economic Development. He has over 60 publications made up of edited books, book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, peer-reviewed technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles in reputable international journals. Prof Bawole has been part of teams that have won a number of research and project grants, the most recent being the European Union Commission Grant on “Globalized Governance Norms and Local Management and Business Practices in Africa and the Arab Peninsula” (MANAGLOBAL) among five partner institutions (2018) of 1.49 Million Euros; and the European Union Commission framework of the EU-Intra Africa Mobility Programme Grant for the Project “Harmonisation of Entrepreneurship Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (HEED-Africa) among five partner institutions (2018) of 1.3 Million Euros. He has organised panels and presented academic papers in a number of international academic conferences organised by academic societies such as International Research Society for Public Sector Management, The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA), Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Development Studies Association, UK, International Society for Third-Sector Research.  Prof. Bawole is a visiting professor at the University of Manchester and a regular visitor to a number of renown Universities, where he gives lectures. He is also an external examiner and assessor for universities in Ghana and abroad.

Professor Bawole has featured on many radio and TV programmes providing insightful analyses on important national and international policy issues. He has led, chaired and co-chaired high-level consulting assignments, workshops, technical committees and platforms. In addition, he has consulted for a number of local and international organisations such as KFW, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of Switzerland in Accra, OXFAM, UNDP, UNEP, UK Chamber of Commerce in Ghana, Ghana’s Ministry of Finance, Ghana’s Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation and many others. He co-chaired the Technical Committee that developed the National Public Sector Reform Strategy (2018-2023).

Prof. Bawole has committed himself to leading the UGBS into accomplishing its vision expressed in its five-year Strategic Plan (2016-2021). His vision is structured around the following eight pillars:

  1. Institutional governance, and academic and administrative leadership;
  2. Doctoral education and research excellence;
  3. Internationalisation and accreditation;
  4. World-class infrastructure development;
  5. Financial resource mobilisation and efficient management;
  6. Excellence in teaching and learning;
  7. Business community and stakeholder engagement;
  8. World-class human resource competency development.


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