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Mak 70th Grad PhD Citations Session 3



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.


OMEKE Michael

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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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025



Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25



Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars



Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.


  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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