Richard
Boateng
Title: 
Professor
Role/Position: 
Professor
Email: 
richboateng@ug.edu.gh
Biography: 

I am a Professor in Information Systems at the University of Ghana Business School. I am a technology researcher who focuses on developing, communicating, protecting, promoting ideas and concepts into sustainable projects of commercial value and development impact. 

 

The AD Scientific Index (Alper-Doger Scientific Index) 2021 ranked me as the number one (#1) Scholar in ICT for Development/E-business Research in Ghana and 9th in Africa and 742 in the world. I was also ranked the number Three (#3) Scholar in General Business and Management Research in Ghana and 19th in Africa. 

 

Up until 31 July 2020, I served as the Head of the Department of Operations and Management Information Systems at the Business School of the 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 the 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. Since 2006, I have published 47 journal articles, 9 books, 7 book chapters, 38 published conference paper proceedings, one international technical report, and 2 journal editorials. My Scopus report features over 65 publications spanning journal articles, a book, book chapters and conference paper proceedings. 

 

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 GIZ (German Development Agency, Ghana), World Wide Web Foundation (USA), Vodafone Group (Global/UK), 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 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 the 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 programme 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 the Least Developing Countries: Summary Evidence and Implications." On 26th March 2011, I received the Southern University (USA) Research Leadership Award, for his contribution to ICT Research in Africa, awarded at the 4th International Conference on ICT for Africa, held at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

 

On two occasions, I have been invited to contribute to global reports on information systems access and usage. First, by the Renowned Economist, Diane Coyle for the Vodafone Global PLC.’s Socio-economic Impact of Mobiles (SIM) Report; and second, by the World Wide Web Foundation for the 2019 Women’s Rights Online Survey. I am listed among the Top twenty Highly cited Scholars in the University of Ghana by Google Scholar: https://tinyurl.com/y89o59se