Professor Bill Buenar Puplampu Delivers Inaugural Lecture

Prof. Bill Buenar Puplampu delivering his lecture

Prof. Bill Buenar Puplampu of the Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management of the University of Ghana Business School and Vice President in charge of Academic Affairs at Central University College, has delivered an Inaugural Lecture on the topic, “Towards an Organisational Revolution in Africa – Calibrated Culture, Engaged Leadership and Structured Health – Musings of an Organizational Psychologist”.The Inaugural Lecture, the first for the second semester of the 2015/16 academic year was  chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey.

Professor Puplamplu shared his research work and scholarly articles which over the years has focused on three main areas in the field of Organisational Behaviour. These are: corporate leadership, employee motivation and organisational culture.

He indicated that the study of these thematic areas enables the building of a work environment that guarantees enhanced productivity, as well as to effectively control the direct or indirect consequences of human behavioural action or inaction on an organisation.

Prof. Puplampu called to attention some critical elements that agitate the stability and performance of an organisation. These he said included procedural weaknesses, employee alienation, corporate directionless-ness, fear, survival adaption and a general behavioural dysfunction. He noted that these variabilities were typical of an organisational culture in Ghana and parts of Africa.

On the way forward, Prof. Puplampu underscored the implementation of four strong calibrations that can offset the emergence of any form of organisational inefficiency. These standards, which he termed “Managed Behavioural Evolution,” comprise Introspection, Structured Health, Calibrated Culture and Leadership Engagement. He was confident that when these pillars are deeply rooted, organisations in Africa would be reinvented and empowered to survive and achieve their goals.

He further suggested the redesigning of an organisation’s performance structure to incorporate the means to sanction staff who violatework ethics.

In his remarks as Chairman, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aryeetey noted that the lecture highlighted the fact that effective checks on cultural and behavioural patterns are essential to the success of anorganisation. He added that the lecture highlighted the importance of eliminating parochial intereststhat draw an organisation backwards, and the need to build an organisation around engaged leadership and properly structured roles. He thanked Prof. Bill Buenar Puplampu for sharing his knowledge on the importance of psychology toan organisation’s human resource capacity.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aryeetey

Earlier, the Acting Registrar of the University, Mr. Enoch Amartey saidthe lecture was an official acknowledgement of Prof. Bill Buenar Puplampu’s promotion to the rank of full Professorship and to also bring recognition to the Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management.The lecture, he noted, would provide the University community and the public with the opportunity to appreciate fully Prof. Puplampu’s research career and also to being informed on current and future research directions. 

Acting Registrar of the University, Mr. Enoch Amartey

The Lecture was attended by Prof. John Gyapong, Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research Innovation and Development (ORID), Prof. Samuel Kwame Offei, Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs as well as some Provosts, Deans, Directors, and members of the University community. Also present were the Chancellor of the Central University College, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil, the President of Central University College Prof. Kwesi Yankah and other officials from Central University College, former colleagues, students, family members and friends of the lecturer,  as well as the general public. 

Some of the guests at the Inaugural lecture

There were a number of presentations made to Prof.  Puplampu to congratulate him.

Prof. Puplampu receiving gifts presented to him

As a prelude to Prof. Bill Puplampu’s inaugural lecture, a week-long exhibition of his works was held at the Balme Library. The exhibition centered on his research in the areas of Organisational Culture and Behaviour, Psychometrics, Strategic Human Resource Management, Change Management and Organisational Development.

Exhibition of scholarly works of Prof. Puplampu


A number of Inaugurals have been lined up for this semester.  Please click here to access details.