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Meet Prof Nathaniel Boso Who Lectures in KNUST,Kenya and South Africa / Dean of KNUST School of Business

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Prof Nathaniel Boso was appointed Dean of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Business and Professor of International Marketing and Strategy in 2017. He is also an Extraordinary Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, as well as a visiting Professor at Strathmore University’s Business School (Kenya). He was an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom before joining KNUST.

His research focuses on the interface between international entrepreneurship, marketing and supply chain strategy that has won multiple international awards. Notably, in 2021 his article on “(How) Does Africa Matter for International Business Scholarship?” won the AIB Insight Outstanding Article Award. He was also the winner of the 2019 S.

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Tamer Cavusgil Award from American Marketing Association Foundation, which recognizes the Journal of International Marketing article published in the calendar year that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of international marketing management.

His research also won the 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Best Conference paper; and the Best Empirical Paper Award at the 25th United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Annual Conference.

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He has published in high impact journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Production Economics and Journal of Business Research. Nathaniel serves as the Associate Editor of International Marketing Review and African Journal of Management. He also serves as the Vice-President of Academy of International Business African Chapter.

He was recently appointed to the prestigious OR Tambo Africa Research Chair with a budget of 14 Million South African Rand (USD 1.075 Million). He is also the principal investigator at KNUST on the USD 15 Million “Building Research and Innovation for Development: Generating Evidence and Training (BRIDGE-Train)” project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Ghana in 2002, Master of Science degree in Marketing from Umea University (AACSB accredited) in Sweden in 2004 and Ph.D. in International Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Loughborough University (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accredited) in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Qualifications(Degree/Education)

QualificationPeriod
PhD in International Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Loughborough, UK)Jul. 2011
Master of Science in Marketing (Umea, Sweden)Aug. 2004
Bachelor of Business Administration (University of Ghana, Ghana)May. 2002

Institutions of Study

  • Loughborough University, UK
  • Umea University, Sweden
  • University of Ghana, Ghana

Areas of Specialisms

  • International Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Strategy and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas/Interests

  • Internationalization of African Firms
  • Disruptive Innovation and Business Models
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chains

Employment Records

EmploymentDateStatus
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and TechnologyAug 2017current

Positions Held & Hold

Chair of Research & Publication Committee, Academy of International Business, African Chapter

Dean, KNUST School of Business, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana

Chairman, Faculty Board, KNUST School of Business, Ghana

University Council Member, Kessben University College, Ghana

Coordinator of White Rose Doctoral Programme in Advanced Quantitative Methods, Leeds University Business School

Awards and Recognition

2019: Winner of the 2019 S. Tamer Cavusgil Award from American Marketing Association Foundation, which recognizes the Journal of International Marketing article published in the calendar year that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of international marketing management

2017: Winner of 2017 Global Innovation & Knowledge Academy Conference Best Conference Paper

2011: Winner of Best Empirical Paper Award at the 25th United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference.

Achievements

2019: Winner of the 2019 S. Tamer Cavusgil Award from American Marketing Association Foundation, which recognizes the Journal of International Marketing article published in the calendar year that has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of international marketing management

2019: Finalist for the 2019 Hans B. Thorelli Award, which “honors an article that has made the most significant and long-term contribution to international marketing theory or practice” – Journal of International Marketing. 

2017: Winner of 2017 Global Innovation & Knowledge Academy Conference Best Conference Paper

2014 : Nominee for 2014 Academy of International Business Haynes Prize for the Most Promising Scholar(s) Award

2013 : Nominee for the 2013 Academy of International Business Temple/AIB Best Paper Award

2012 : Nominee for the 2012 Academy of International Business, Aalto University School of Economics “That’s Interesting!” Award

2011: Winner of Best Empirical Paper Award at the 25th United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference.

Associations/Affiliations (Contribution & Current Position)

  • I am currently an active member of, and/or have presented research papers at conferences organized by, the following academic bodies:
    1. American Marketing Association
    2. Chartered Institute of Marketing
    3. Academy of Marketing Science
    4. European Marketing Academy
    5. Academy of Management
    6. Academy of International Business

Grants/Funds Awarded

2019: Awarded USD 6.5 Million Grant by the World Bank Group to Establish a Centre of Excellence in Integrated Logistics Management at KNUST, Ghana

2018: Awarded GBP 10,000 British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (Grant No.  SRG\170420)

2018: USD 60,000 funding from USAID to fund research into global supply chains in the healthcare sector in sub-Sahara Africa

2016: Awarded USD20,000 grant by Chinese Ministry of Education to research into export market entry strategies of emerging market firms (co-investigators: Dr. Lancy Mac, University of Macau; and Dr. Joseph A. Sy-Changco, University of Macau)

2016: Awarded AUS$ 6,021 visiting scholar grant by The University of Sydney Business School, Australia

2020: Awarded  OR Tambo Africa Professorial Research Chair with a budget of USD 215,000 per annum for five years to research into technology entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa (PI)

2020: Awarded USD300,000 Grant by the United States Embassy in Accra to train University faculty in online learning as part of the University Partnership Initiative (PI)

2020: Awarded USD15 Million Grant by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish a centre for applied research and innovation at KNUST to build research capacity in supply chains (Co-PI)

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