Bill Buenar Puplampu
Pro Vice- Chancellor (Academic), Central University
An academic and a practising Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) with specialization in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Professor Puplampu has considerable research, teaching, consulting and practise experience in the application of organizational psychology to corporate governance, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour.
In September 2010, he was appointed Dean of the Central Business School (Central University College) which was at the time arguably the largest Business School in Ghana with close to 5500 students in its various programmes. He started my academic career in the UK where from 1990-1996, he lectured at the University of Westminster and University of East London. He was Head of the Department of Organisation and HRM at the UG Business School from 2004-2009. On joining the School, he introduced programmes in International Human Resource Management, Strategic HRM as well as Project Management (as a pathway on the Executive MBA).
Over the last 15 years Prof. Puplampu has managed and been involved in several research, extension and governance assignments: as a Senior Associate Consultant with the Human Capital Solutions practice of PriceWaterHouseCoopers in Ghana; as founding Director of the consulting firm - PsyconH.R – set up in 2002, and through which various applied psychological, HR and Organisational services are delivered to private, public and NGO sector clients. His professional focus is on the development and application of organisational behaviour and psychological concepts to national development, corporate governance, and individual dimensions of work life and the leveraging of organisational structures, cultures and processes for institutional growth and efficiency.
Professor Puplampu’s governance, administrative and strategic management experience, involvements and advocacy span private and public sectors. At the University of Ghana, he was involved in the entire range of administrative and governance structures through which the University manages and delivers its services. He served on the Academic Board, the Board of Graduate Studies, and Faculty Board of UGBS etc. Between 2007-2010, he chaired the Executive MBA Management Committee of the University of Ghana Business School. For 2½yrs he was Editor of the Business School’s Journal (‘Management & Organisation’, now ‘African Journal of Management Research’) and am credited with its resuscitation after a 7 year hiatus. He has supported many large and small private and public sector organisations in strategy reviews, organisational interventions, human resource policy initiatives, and change management advisory work.
At Central University, he facilitated significant turnaround in the research and scholarly culture of the Business School. He served as Independent Director on the Board of Merchant Bank Ghana Ltd from August 2009 to November 2013 and also served as the representative of Convocation on the University's Council ( formerly, the Board of Regents when Central University was a college). He currently serves on the Board of the Databank Education Investment Fund.
Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central University College in September 2015 – having previously acted in the role from December 1, 2014 on the elevation of his predecessor – Rev. Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng – as President of Presbyterian University College.
Professor Puplampu has considerable international experience and exposures including:
- Teaching experience at three British Universities (Univ. of East London/PT, London Metropolitan/VS and Univ. of Westminster/FT); visiting Professor at Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria; external examiner for three Ghanaian Universities; external examiner for Makarere University, Uganda and Rhodes University, South Africa (examination of PhDs)
- Conference and workshop papers at scientific meetings in China, Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Italy; delivered invited lectures in Ghana and Barbados
- Member of multinational research teams investigating corporate responsibility issues in Africa, Canada, South America and the Far East; Leadership and Motivation issues in Africa and the African Diaspora and leading a British Council funded 3yr project investigating corporate responsibility and occupational health and safety in the UK, Tanzania and Ghana (2009-2012)
- Co-edited the book: Management in Africa – Macro and Micro Perspectives (Routledge, 2013); and 2 volumes on CSR and OHS for Cranfield University Press (2013)
- Extension services with multinational firms as well as organisational, governance and project assessment assignments in West African countries such as Liberia, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.