Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Happiness at workplace
Mr. KAWALYA Charles investigated the personal factors associated with happiness at the workplace among professional nurses from public Hospitals in Uganda. In light of today's turbulent work environment, happiness at the workplace is essential for increased productivity. This study found that psychological needs satisfaction (relatedness, competence), psychological capital (resilience, hope), self-driven personality (extroversion) and flow experience (challenge skill balance, concentration on the tasks) are important factors that influence happiness at the workplace. Most importantly, the results confirmed the mediation effect of flow experience in these relationships. Government, especially the ministries of Ministry of Health, Public Service and Human Resource Managers, should consider coming up with a policy on the science of happiness at the workplace. The study was funded by Makerere University Business School, and was supervised by Prof. John Munene and Dr. Sam Mafabi.
Employee Goal Congruence in the District Local Governments of Government
Mr. LUBOGOYI Bumaali studied the employee goal congruence as a strategy for production of goods and services that match the needs interest and preferences of the citizenry. Despite public sector reforms such as decentralization, democratic governance and capacity building programs and increased financial support employees have not been able to fully realize district mandate due to diverse interests of multiple actors. A mixed research methodology was employed which explained 46% of the variance in Goal congruence. The study revealed that stewardship behavior, ethical culture and collectivism are key in public sector change, transformation and development. This implies that district managers need to pay greater attention to goal congruence as they grapple with strategies for development. This study was funded by African development Bank and Makerere University Business School.
Franchising Readiness in a Developing Country: A Study of Potential Franchisors in Uganda
Mr. MUTUMBA Abbey’s study focused on franchising values, public-private-partnership (PPP) support and the entrepreneurial ecosystem quality contribute to franchising readiness among the authorized distributors, master agents and multi-branch enterprises among other potential franchisors. The model revealed that complementary proactiveness and innovativeness, PPP support and entrepreneurial ecosystem quality determine the franchising readiness in Uganda. In addition, the potential franchisors that worked with the policy makers, local leaders, universities and media developed into homegrown franchisors by 2019. Consequently, more world-class knowledge, technology and skills transfer/exchange, jobs and wealth creation are being contributed as the potential franchisors open up more branches through more locally-appointed franchisees. Therefore, Uganda’s BUBU policy and industrial parks-allocation policy should favor the more community-engaged potential franchisors. This study was funded by AfDB and MUBS, and was supervised by Prof. John C. Munene, Prof. Joseph Ntayi, and Prof. Mohammad Ngoma.
Entrepreneurial networking among Small and Medium Enterprises: the role of nexus of generative influence, positive deviance, informational differences and ecologies of innovation in Uganda
Mr. MAYANJA Samuel studied the determinants of entrepreneurial networking among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda. The findings revealed that entrepreneurial opportunity, nexus of generative influence, ecologies of innovation and informational differences explain entrepreneurial networking of SMEs. One the other hand, positive deviant employees cannot access resources on their own without the support of business owner/manager. Therefore, business owners and employees at all levels should support idea generation through experimentation with learning in mind and adaptability readiness. These would create enabling environment for SMEs to access formal and informal resources from their social networks to overcome the liability of smallness. The study was self-funded, and was supervised by Prof. John Munene, Prof. Waswa Balunywa, and Prof. Joseph Ntayi.
Stakeholder management in public private partnership projects in Uganda
Mr. MWESIGWA Rogers investigated the predictors of stakeholder management in public private partnership (PPP) projects in Uganda; focusing on the relationship between stakeholder behavior, contract completeness, stakeholder attributes, relationship building and stakeholder management. The study found that stakeholder behavior and relationship building are associated with stakeholder management, while contract completeness and stakeholder attributes are negatively associated with stakeholder management. Relationship building partially mediated stakeholder behavior, contract completeness with stakeholder management. Therefore, PPP projects need to build strong stakeholder relationships, understand their behavior and attributes; and manage contracts in order to manage stakeholders’ interests and expectations. There is need for contract monitoring and enforcement mechanism and capacity building among line ministries involved in contract negotiation so that contracts are enforceable. The study was funded by African Development Bank and Makerere University Business School, and was supervised by Prof. John Chrysostom Munene, Prof. Joseph Ntayi and Assoc. Prof Vincent Bagire.
Dynamics of Enterprise growth of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) in Uganda
Mr. OMEKE Michael studied the growth of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) as socio-enterprises using a multi-theoretical approach. The findings revealed that re-organizing and renewing resources, exchange and sharing of resources and information, self-organizing and adaptive behaviour explain the growth of SACCOs. On the other hand, laws, rules, standards and shared beliefs alone do not necessarily contribute to the growth of SACCOs. Therefore, SACCOs should adopt modern technological applications, build capacity of staff and members, share and exchange knowledge, skills and experiences, self-organize themselves and adjust to the ever changing demands in the dynamic environment. The study was funded by Kyambogo University and supervised by Prof. Pascal Tindi Ngoboka, Dr. Isaac Nabeta Nkote and Dr. Isaac Newton Kayongo.
Quality management practices among small and medium scale enterprises in Uganda
Mr. OYINYI Benard’s study examined quality management practices among Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in Uganda. The study revealed that knowledge management potential is positively and significantly related to quality management practices among SMEs. Besides, resource transformation capabilities positively and significantly predict quality management practices and there exists a positive and significant relationship between benchmarking competency and quality management practices among SMEs. Further, the effect of knowledge management potential on quality management practices varies with the level of ICT robustness. Therefore, government should design framework policies to guide SME management in knowledge management, resource transformation and benchmarking competencies in the ICT dominated environment to support them adopt ideal quality management practices in the current competitive business environment. This study was funded by Makerere University Business School, and was supervised by Prof. Will Kaberuka and Dr. Nichodemus Rudaheranwa.
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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update
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