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Prof. David N. Abdulai

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address:  Ghana
African Graduate School of Management and Leadership

Employment History

  • Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Professor
  • Executive Director
    Graduate School of Business Leadership at UNISA
  • Executive Director
    Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Head
    Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Chief Executive Officer
    Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership CEO at

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member


  • MA , International Development
    School of Serveice
  • BA , Political Science and Journalism
    Howard University
  • Ph.D. , International Economics and Technology Analysis and Management
    Graduate School of International Studies
  • Leadership Development
    Harvard Business Schools' Programme
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Web References
David N. Abdulai, ..., 1 May 2014 [cached]
David N. Abdulai, African Graduate School of Management and Leadership, Ghana
In African-Centred Management Education, Professor Abdulai looks critically at the failings of management education in Africa and how that has impacted growth and development efforts, especially at this critical stage in the continent's positive growth and development trajectory. He concludes that Africa's current positive economic growth cannot be sustained without a significant contribution from its human capital. He adds that, the outstanding economic record of Asian economies in recent decades dramatically illustrates how important human capital is to growth. These countries lacking natural resources and importing practically all their energy requirements have grown rapidly by relying on a well-trained, educated and conscientious workforce.
Professor Abdulai believes that Africa, too, can sustain its current growth and development by effectively combining its abundant natural resources with its human capital to attain its economic development, but this will require an African cadre of well-trained managers at the helm of both private and public sector institutions. For this to become a reality, management education in Africa will have to play a significant role, but the author argues that it cannot be effective by continually mimicking the West in the programmes it delivers. It must come up with innovative and relevant pedagogy that will address the special challenges that the continent faces and deliver an African-centred management education.
As well as pointing to the failures of management education in Africa, Abdulai offers suggestions as to how to make management education really contribute to the education of Africans, in order to sustain current and future development.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Management education and Africa's economic growth and development; Management education in Africa: history, development, promises, and prospects; Management education in Africa: where things went wrong; Management education at a crossroads in Africa: issues and responses; The need for a new paradigm; African-centred management education and globalization; Bibliography; Index.
About the Author: Professor David N. Abdulai is President and CEO, of the African Graduate School of Management and Leadership. His Ph.D. is in International Economics and Technology Analysis and Management from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Colorado. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Programme in Leadership Development.
Abdulai has worked for the Public Sector Management division of the World Bank, Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter, CBS News Washington Bureau, Voice of America (Africa Field Service), Africare International and the Bank for International Settlements.
"This is a vital link between ..., 1 June 2011 [cached]
"This is a vital link between the academic institution and the professional representative body," Prof David N. Abdulai, UNISA SBL Executive Director and CEO, told SmartProcurement at the CIPS Pan African Conference in late May.
September 2011 Events, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Among those present on this evening gathering were the Vice Chancellor for the UNISA SBL Professor David Abdulai, Co-owner Waterfall Hospital Midrand Dr Jacky Rampedi and some other mining executives.
AfriMAP, 17 Jan 2011 [cached]
These will include United Nations (UN) Under Secretary -General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Mr. Abdoulie Janneh and Prof. David Abdulai, Executive Director of the Graduate School of Business Leadership at UNISA.
AABS - Governing Board, 21 July 2013 [cached]
Prof David Abdulai Director
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