Government urged to take national decisions on evidence-based research

Samira Larbie, GNA

Accra, Dec. 13, GNA
– Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, the Founding President and Executive Dean of
the Nobel International Business School (NIBS), has urged the government to
ensure that national decisions are made on evidence-based research to enhance
policies and strategies in the country.

He said decisions
without research would have long term generational impact, which would
undermine the development of the country.

Prof Atuahene-Gima
gave the advice at school’s third doctoral graduation ceremony where doctorate
degrees were conferred on 44 graduates who offered course in Doctor of Business
Administration (DBA) in Accra.

The graduates
comprised of one from cohort one, three cohort two, 15 cohort three, 18 cohort
four and seven cohort five.

The graduation was
on the theme: “The Future of Work and Workforce.”

Prof Atuahene-Gima
said the key driver to development was research and that if Ghana wanted to
develop, there was the need to find rigorous process of understanding
conditions that would affect decisions regarding policies and strategies.

Prof Atuahene-Gima
said it was important as it was the norm everywhere around the globe, adding
that some of the policy decisions affected the country negatively because it
was not backed by research.

He said one critical
thing the executive body of the country needed to look at was theory to be able
to explain the logical reasoning behind a decision.

The result would be
an enhancement of the thinking capacity of people for proper decision-making.

“This is the reason
for the establishment of the NIBS. That is to train people with the basic
knowledge and skills to make decisions backed by researchable evidence as to
whether it is workable or not, he stated.

He encouraged the
graduates to go out and exhibit the leadership knowledge and skills espoused in
the programme to empower them to discover, lead, share to take charge and
launch and manage the NIBS alumni-academy of executive doctors.

Dr Mrs Stella
Agyenim-Boateng, the Director, Human Resources of the Volta River Authority,
said in order to build the workforce of the future, business leaders must think
of revised hiring methodologies, varied learning channels, multi-tasking
employees, use of third party agencies to re-organise work to minimise waste,
stagnation and boredom.

She called on the
NIBS to create a melting point that would bring together academia, industry,
professional associations and policy makers to deliberate on how businesses
could secure their relevance.

She said the title
of a “Dr” comes with a lot of responsibilities and therefore made it imperative
for the graduates to unite as practitioners and form a Think Tank to make a
significant impact on society.

In attendance was
former President John Dramani Mahama, the National Chief Imam, and the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission among other dignitaries.