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Title:Foreign Management Consultancy Companies and the Building of a National Managerial Capability in Ghana
Author:Kwesi, Johah
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:capacity building
management education
development corporations
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:This essay addresses some of the major problems associated with the hiring of foreign multinational consultancy companies in managing Third World projects. The Ghana Oil Palm Development Corporation (GOPDC) is a State-owned agro-industrial complex started with credit from the World Bank's affiliate, the International Development Association (IDA). For the better part of its existence the management has been in the hands of a French management consultancy company (FMCC), which has a contractual obligation to ensure the training of a cadre of competent managers. Contrary to accounts given by the World Bank and FMCC officials as to the success of the project, it appeared in 1986 that this success had been grossly exaggerated. After a review of Africa's managerial problems in general, the author looks into the question of how the FMCC manipulated the administrative/managerial structure of the GOPDC to achieve their objective of prolonging their stay in Ghana and thereby increasing their hard currency earnings. In order to frustrate the formation of a corps of competent Ghanaian managers who could take over the management of GOPDC, the FMCC adopted a number of strategies including divide and rule tactics, fostering ignorance, failing to institute a phased training programme and the creation of an ineffective administrative system. The author concludes that the FMCC, far from assisting in the creation of a cadre of competent Ghanaian managers, has undermined precisely such development. Ref., sum. in Arabic and French.