SBA-webinar-Oct2021

About the Conference

SBIT considers research- as the generation of new knowledge, insight and understanding – to be an essential and an integrated part of the activities of our School. SBIT further subscribes to the idea that teaching, learning and research are interlinked and resonate with our purpose to offer quality education. The support for active and research engaged academic staff is critical for the preparation of suitably trained graduates, positioning of the School, increased scholarly outputs both locally and internationally among others. Such key aspects remain central to building a proactive research team and enhancing new knowledge generation through research and innovation, knowledge dissemination and practice

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Background

SBIT considers research- as the generation of new knowledge, insight and understanding – to be an essential and an integrated part of the activities of our School. SBIT further subscribes to the idea that teaching, learning and research are interlinked and resonate with our purpose to offer quality education. The support for active and research engaged academic staff is critical for the preparation of suitably trained graduates, positioning of the School, increased scholarly outputs both locally and internationally among others. Such key aspects remain central to building a proactive research team and enhancing new knowledge generation through research and innovation, knowledge dissemination and practice.

In our commitment to research, we take note of some enormous challenges experienced internally and externally that are not unique to our university but also experienced in other universities. Some of these challenges include inadequate funding particularly for research, poor research infrastructure and support mechanisms, limited capacity on research knowledge which results in low quality and relevance research output, little or no collaboration, no partnerships with the scholarly community, inability to harmonise research output with current needs in the communities. These and many other factors weaken our abilities to address identified problems meaningfully and often lead to limited appreciation from key stakeholders including, policymakers, government and international partners. Targeting research capacity for academics is therefore required to enhance research competencies to steer the School to meaningfully contribute to the University transformation and fulfilment of the strategic goals and priorities of the University.

“Positioning Business and Management in the Digital Age for Developing countries” is one of the Research webinar themes that aims to bring together established and emerging researchers, academics, business experts, practitioners and government to a common forum. It is anticipated that all participants particularly academics within and out of the school will engage in current debates and share knowledge, innovations and experiences in the field of Business and Management as part and partial of the adaptation to the digital age. 

The main objective of this webinar is to share research knowledge, experiences and findings in the areas of Business and Management in the digital age. It anticipated that academics would be able to achieve the following:

  1. Share and engage with scholars their research work and stimulate constructive debate that enhances the quality of their output.
  2. Acquire new insight on Research paradigms, research methods and methodological approaches and related aspects.
  3. Stimulate academic engagement and scholarly conversations on issues within the field of Business and Management.

The main purpose of these Research webinar is to develop the research capacity of all academics in the school. The research career mix between already established scholars and the emerging researchers, business experts, practitioners, government civil servants serve as an ideal platform for growth and development and in turn, it strengthens the research capacity within the school. For this specific event, the theme for our webinar will be, “Positioning Business and Management in the Digital Age for Developing Countries: Outlook and Prospects for Uganda, Africa.” Both Academics and postgraduate students (Masters and PhDs) in the different disciplines of Management, Accounting and Finance and Information Technology are encouraged to participate.

Assoc.Prof. Mary Nanyondo

Dr. Mary Nanyondo (PhD) is an Assoc. Professor in Accounting at Durham University Business School, Durham University, UK which is a top university ranked in the 5th position in the UK. She earned her PhD from Bournemouth University, UK. She has an MSc in accounting and finance and holds a first-class accounting and finance degree. Prior to joining Durham, she worked at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University and the University of East London, both in the UK. Her teaching is multi-disciplinary, covers accounting related modules delivered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her areas of research include SME finance, sustainability, Environmental management practices (EMPs), corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, focusing on institutional frameworks in emerging and developing economies. Mary has published articles in peer-reviewed journals available on her orcid profile:  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7967-6684

Mary has received an outstanding excellence award “you’re brilliant” from Bournemouth University 2015/16. At the University of East London, Mary’s modules were documented with the highest student satisfaction 2017 NSS scores. At Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University recent peer review observation indicated excellent teaching practice 2019. Internationally, at Makerere University Business School, Mary received the principal appreciation letter for exceptional teaching practices that enhanced the student experience.

In terms of impact and relating to industry, Mary has a network of SMEs in Uganda and currently collaborating with Makerere University Business School and Uganda Investment Authority to put together the SME Entrepreneurship Summit and eventually launching the SME Business Barometer, see the link for details: https://aledafrica.org/NES/

Mary has had media appearances in Uganda on links: The independent Newspaper https://www.independent.co.ug/leaders-businesspeople-to-market-entebbe-as-an-airport-city/ and the observer News paper https://observer.ug/component/content/article?id=27429:smes-urged-to-professionalise-t

Dr Ricardo M. Peters

School of Economic and Management Science

Dr Peters holds a D.Com in Leadership Performance and Change from the University of Johannesburg, a Master in Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA School of Business Leadership and a B.Com from the University of the Western Cape. He teaches management and entrepreneurship modules. 

Dr Peters has gained extensive experience in the private sector and academia and has served on various committees and boards. He has supervised PhD’s to completion and published numerous articles particularly in the area of entrepreneurship. He has also extensively examined Master and Doctoral theses and has presented papers at various local and international conferences. 

Dr Peters has in the past organised and hosted international conferences on entrepreneurship and management and has also been involved in various exchange programmes including having taught entrepreneurship at JIBS International Business School in Sweden on the Linnaeus-Palme partnership and been involved with entrepreneurship projects at HAN University in the Netherlands. 

Dr Peters has actively been involved in the development of new research projects and programmes with a strong focus on community development and upliftment. He has also been involved with the development of academic programmes over the last 10 years. 

Dr Ricardo M. Peters

James Njenga is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape, where he has worked for over ten years. He teaches courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Business Information Systems.

James’s research interest is in digital technologies in society, innovation, enterprises, and education. The research covers digital inclusion, digital innovation, digital transformation, digital enterprises, and educational technology.

Dr Ricardo M. Peters

Assoc.Prof. Mary Nanyondo

James Njenga

Prof Wilson M. Mande

Prof Richard Murumubi

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