Social & Management Sciences

Research Papers/Topics in Social & Management Sciences

Career Development Trajectories Among University of Ghana Students

ABSTRACT This study delved into the career trajectories of final year Sociology students of the University of Ghana, with 120 students (main respondents) responding to self-administered questionnaires, and 7 secondary respondents interviewed for the study. The study produces mixed findings. It was evident that whilst all study respondents have certain career choice aspirations and goals, many do not undertake or embark on any career development activities throughout their lives and years of ...

Political Economy Analysis of Elections in Ghana's Fourth Republic (1992 To 2016)

ABSTRACT This study analysed the determinants of participation in voting and electoral choices by citizens, and established the relationship between national presidential elections and the performance of the economy in Ghana's Fourth Republican era from 1992 to 2016. The study proceeds within the theoretical framework of political economy which looks at the interplay between economics and politics using macro-micro approach. The study conceptualised political economy as an approach focusing ...

The Dynamics of Public Debt, Inflation and Exchange Rate in Ghana: A Vector Autoregressive Analysis

ABSTRACT The rising trend in Ghana’s public debt has sparked some controversies about the relationship and the direction of causality between the public debt and two of its determinants ― inflation and the exchange rate. While some argue that public debt affects the exchange rate and inflation, others are of the view that inflation and exchange rate rather affect the public debt. This study therefore investigates the relationship and the direction of causality between the public debt, inf...

Care – Seeking Practices of Malaria Among Urban Residents of Awoshie

ABSTRACT This study was carried out among urban residents at Awoshie, a suburb of Accra, with the aim of investigating their care practices in malaria. It was also to ascertain the extent to which residents exhibited plural medical behaviour in treating malaria. A KAP survey approach was used to collate responses from 250 respondents. Findings from the research suggest that residents are aware of the causes and symptoms of malaria being bites from the female anopheles mosquito and headaches,...

Adoption and Implementation of Balanced Scorecard in Ghana: The Case of Selected Banks in Ghana

ABSTRACT This study sought to examine adoption and implementation of balanced (BSC) scorecard at corporate level within Ghana‘s banking sector. The study specifically examined the motivations for implementing BSC, the extent to which the BSC are balanced in the selected entities in terms of the four perspectives and the dimensions of the BSC usage to selected entities. The study employed the constructivism philosophical framework to knowledge creation. Following from above, the study employ...

Couples in Search of Children: A Study of Strategies and Management of Infertility in Contemporary Ghana

ABSTRACT Marriages in Ghana are considered incomplete when there are no children. Changing social values have, however, placed more emphasis on biological parenthood while de-bunking the traditional ways of dealing with infertility. The pronatalist culture continues to persist in the light of these changes thereby making the burden of infertility even more pronounced and individualized. This creates an endless search for conception from various treatment options. This study describes the expe...

Relationship Marketing Practices and Customer Retention in The Mobile Telecommunications Industry of Ghana

ABSTRACT This main objective of this study is to determine the relationship between relationship marketing practices and customer retention in the mobile telecommunications industry of Ghana. Specifically, the study sought to analyses the direct and indirect relationship among relationship marketing (RM) practices of trust, commitment, conflict handling on customer retention. To achieve the objectives of the study, hypothesis was formulated based on literature reviewed and a descriptive ...

The Effects of Agoa and Eu-Acp Trade Preferences On Ghana’s Bilateral Exports: A Comparative Study

ABSTRACT Ghana has been a recipient of several trade preferences fashioned to increase its export earnings and diversify its exports. Among these trade preferences are the notable EUACP and AGOA adopted by the EU and US respectively. The study draws motivation from the relative sparcity of literature that seeks to investigate the effect of these preferences on individual developing countries and the inconclusiveness of existing studies. The main objective of the study is to find out if the EU...

Intra- and Inter-Group Performance of Oil Producing Countries: A Meta- and Global Frontier Analysis

ABSTRACT Oil and gas is an important factor in the economic growth and development of most economies and an integral part of the global economy. Oil producing countries (OPCs) play a substantial part in the ownership, production and marketing of extracted hydrocarbons. This has made oil and gas production and supply decisions at the country level key to operations managers globally. To enhance their oil and gas management capabilities, some countries in the international oil industry hav...

Government Response to Gender Inequality in Ghana’s Fourth Republic (2001-2016)

ABSTRACT The study sought to investigate government responses to gender inequality in Ghana‟s Fourth Republic from 2001-2016 using the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs/Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection as a case for the study. It further examined how government has responded to gender issues in the Fourth Republic with specific reference from 2001-2016 and subsequently assessed gender policy measures Governments have put in place to address gender inequality issues fr...

Estimating The Cost of Emissions at Toll Booths: Case Study of Tema and Frafraha Toll Booths in The Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

ABSTRACT Global demand for easy mobility is increasing and the environmental impact of transport has become an important concern in transportation network planning and decision-making. As a result suitable methods are required to assess fuel consumption and emissions reduction strategies that seek to improve energy efficiency and decarbonisation. This thesis looks at the contribution of toll plazas to transport CO2 emissions as it is at these specific locations that bottlenecks and congestion...

Firm-Level Determinants of Export Performance of Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to examine the firm-level determinants of export performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) using the Strategic Export Model. This study attempts to understand how internal/firm-level variables can be used to complement macro-level policies and programmes to help improve the level of exports in Ghana. The aim of this study therefore is to examine how firm characteristics, firm competencies and capabilities, and firm export marketing strategies of ...

Challenges of Water Supply in Urban Ghana: An Assessment of the Coping Strategies in Adentan Municipality

ABSTRACT In most developing countries, it has been recognized that conventional water utilities have fallen short in providing adequate water services to populations especially to urban residents. The little water produced by these water utilities is not evenly distributed. In Ghana, Adentan Municipality is a typical community that is presently faced with inadequate water supply due to the inability of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to supply water to the area. Most households in...

Audit Report Lag, International Financial Reporting Standards (Ifrs) And Corporate Governance in Ghana

ABSTRACT This study evaluates the influence of mandatory adoption of IFRS and corporate governance (CG) mechanisms such as board size, audit committee effectiveness, board independence and ownership structure on audit report lag (ARL). Additionally, it examines the lagged effect of these CG mechanisms on ARL. The study employs a sample of firms listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange from 2003 – 2014 which resulted in 168 firm-year observations. The panel-corrected standard errors regressio...

Evoking Employee Safety Citizenship Behaviour: Does Leadership Styles and Professional Commitment Play a Role?

ABSTRACT This study primarily examined the relationship between leadership styles and employee safety citizenship behaviour. The study further examined the moderating role of professional commitment on the leadership and safety citizenship behaviour relationship. A questionnaire was used to obtain data from one hundred and ninety seven participants from an energy distribution company in southern Ghana. Purposive and convenience sampling techniques were employed in data collection. Data was a...


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