I welcome you to the Department of Operations and Management Information Systems. On 1st August 2015, I was appointed to be the Head of Department for our Department, building on the shoulders of my esteemed predecessors, Prof. John Effah and Dr. Francis Banuro. I thank my predecessors who have held the fort this far and who have labored to make the Department what it is now. I want also thank Mr. Takyi Asiedu for the great sacrifices he made for the department, as Dean of the Business School and also as faculty in the department. I take this opportunity to thank all colleagues for the show of goodwill. May I also express my gratitude to the former Dean of the Business School, Prof. K. A. Domfeh; the current Dean, Prof J. Y. Abor; the Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. S. Agyei-Mensah; and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, for their support for the Department.
Our department and its faculty have played a key role in the Business school, namely, hosting and convening a majority of core courses in both undergraduate and graduate programmes; spearheading the new strides towards internationalization, global accreditation, and research in energy economics; and at the university-level, towards information technology integration and introduction of contemporary teaching and learning approaches. These successes exemplify the strengths in the Department and what it can achieve. I am very hopeful in the collective capacity of our faculty to build a Department which achieves Global Leadership through a Culture of Excellence.
I am an associate professor in information systems at the University of Ghana Business School. I am a technology researcher who focuses on developing, communicating, promoting and protecting ideas and concepts into sustainable projects of commercial value and development impact. I serve as the Head of the Department of Operations and Management Information Systems at the Business School of University of Ghana.
I am also the associate editor of the Information Technologies & International Development Journal and serve on the editorial board of the Information Development Journal. My research experience covers digital economy, cloud computing, e-learning, information and communication technologies (ICT) for development, electronic governance, social media, electronic business, gender and technology, mobile commerce, and mobile health at the national, industrial, organisational and community levels. Within 2006-2018, I have published 42 journal articles, 8 books, 6 book chapters, 49 conference papers, 8 conference proceedings, 1 international industry report, 12 technology magazine articles, and 2 journal editorials. Since joining the University of Ghana in 2010, I have collaborated with other faculty to obtain not less than 2 million USD in research and project funds. These research and project funds have been obtained from organisations including Vodafone Group (global), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), International Development Research Centre (Canada), and the World Bank. I have also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Accra Cluster Office on technology and communication development projects.
I have a doctorate degree in Development Informatics and a master’s degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester, UK. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I am a British Chevening Award Scholar and a Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award Scholar. After my PhD, I undertook a post-doctoral program at the International Centre for IT and Development, Southern University and A&M College, USA under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, USA. In May 2010, I received a Best Paper Award, for a lead authored paper published in the Journal of African Business "E-Commerce in Least Developing Countries: Summary Evidence and Implications". On 26th March 2011, I received the Southern University (USA) Research Leadership Award, for contribution to ICT Research in Africa, awarded at the 4th International Conference on ICT for Africa, held at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. In 2015, I was invited by the renowned economist Professor Diane Coyle to join a team of seven economists and social scientists to contribute to the 2015 Vodafone Socio-economic Impact of Mobiles (SIM) Report (16 Edition). The theme for the 2015 report was Inequality and Access to Communications. The Vodafone Group (global) published the report in July 2016. I contributed a chapter on Smartphone and Micro-entrepreneurship in Ghana. My recent book publication is titled: Research Made Easy (2014/2016/2018). It has sold over 2000 copies in its first year. It is available on Amazon and the University of Ghana Bookshop. It can be accessed at: https://goo.gl/JTczOt