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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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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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