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Management of technology in Ghana – problems & prospects

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Despite the immense progress that has been made throughout the world in improving the quality of life through applications of technology, large proportions of the peoples of Africa still leave on less than $1.00 per day income. The seven most industrialised democracies of the world, without major resources, except in few cases, import minerals and other industrial and agricultural raw materials and process them through well managed technologies to produce virtually everything around us. On the other hand, Africa, with the largest mineral reserves, in many cases, and the largest biomass potential but without any significant knowledge in how to manage technology, contributes less than 2% of world industrial output and generates very poor gross domestic products. To reverse this trend, African countries must build innovation-based economies using well-managed technologies. This will stimulate industrialization and increase wealth. Proper Management of Technology presents both practical and policy challenges. This paper describes the Ghanaian experience and illustrates the key elements necessary for proper management of Technology in the third world. It also describes the essentials needed for integrating technology into society in an effective, sustainable way so that peoples of Africa can put technology to use to improve their lives.

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  • Yawson, Robert M., 2004. "Management of technology in Ghana – problems & prospects," MPRA Paper 33219, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33219
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    1. Jorge Niosi & Bertrand Bellon & Paolo Saviotti & Michaël Crow, 1992. "Les systèmes nationaux d'innovation : à la recherche d'un concept utilisable," Revue Française d'Économie, Programme National Persée, vol. 7(1), pages 215-250.
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    Keywords

    Africa; Ghana; Policy; Innovation; CSIR; Management of Technology;

    JEL classification:

    • A1 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis
    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • A3 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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