UGBS GNW Mar 2015

University of Ghana Business School

March 9-13, 2015


Accra, Ghana

Topic & Description:

Contemporary Management Issues in Africa


Course Description

Day 1:

African Public Policy

The course will offer students opportunities to discuss, debate and analyse public policy making in Africa using examples from Ghana. The course will offer students opportunities to review some social policies such as cash transfers, school feeding, NHIS etc and to discuss the politics and milieu of policy making in Africa. It will also examines some public finance issues such as public-private partnerships in Africa.

Day 2: Social Enterprise and NGOs Management in Africa

This course will expose students to the work of social enterprises and NGOs in Africa and offer them opportunities to discuss, debate and propose solutions to the most challenging management issues in social enterprise and NGO management in Africa. Students will embark field visits to indigenous and international NGOs engaged in various aspects of social development.

Day 3: The Ghanaian financial system

This course presents a bouquet of essentials of the Ghanaian financial system. It will engage students on issues such as financing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Other topics include microfinance in Ghana, Supply of Microfinance, Demand for Microfinance with emphasis on SUSU and other forms of informal financing schemes available for MSMEs. It will also look at formal capital markets and financial institutions in Ghana. Stock exchange, bond markets and foreign exchange markets, and the challenges they present in the globalization of the business environment. The course would include studies of the structure and organization of financial markets, regulation of financial markets, futures and options markets and international assets markets

Day 4: Human Capital Development and Diversity Management in Africa

This course will engage students in discussing the strategies for Human Capital Development in Africa. It will also present students with opportunities to discuss how global businesses in Africa acquire, motivate, and retain an increasingly cosmopolitan workforce. Issues of the firms’ interaction with the society with particular reference to its internal stakeholders would also be addressed.

Day 5: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and  SME Growth in Africa


This course offers students the opportunity to discuss, debate and analyse entrepreneurship as a premier socio-economic process in national building; interface between corporate entrepreneurship, small-scale enterprises and organizational performance; creativity and innovation and development; entrepreneurial activities, and micro/macroeconomics; common research areas in the general field of entrepreneurship and SMEs. The creation and management of own ventures within the African context will be explored.


Other elements:  Additional elements that will be part of the program have yet to be determined, but the list of sites below may be included as part of the program or we can recommend them to students who have additional time in Ghana.
On-campus: Accra-by-Night, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, the School of Performing Arts Dance and Drama Studios, the UGBS Incubation Centre, the Archaeology Museum at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies. 
Off-campus sites:
Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, Kakum Canopy Walk and a Pineapple plantation, the Arts Centre, Makola Market, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial park, Dubois Centre