Ralph Nyadu-Addo

PhD Topic

An Exploratory Study of the Ghanaian Music Industry: A Value Chain Approach

  • The past decades have seen a growing interest in one or another variant of value chain (VC) analysis as a methodology for studying global economic governance. However not much have been applied in the music industry by way of VC analysis most especially in developing countries. This research looked at different players in the Ghanaian music industry as far as its governance and upgrading is concerned.



  • 1970 Born in Ghana
  • 1990-1993 B. A. Hons. Book Industry (Printing and Editing) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2000-2002 Master of Small Business Studies (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training) at Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


Professional Experience

  • Since 2013 Part-time Lecturer, Disability Studies Programme, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Since 2010 Foundation Manager, Kumasi Business Incubator (Office of the Vice Chancellor)
  • Since 2009 Foundation Head, Centre for Business Development, KNUST (Office of the Vice Chancellor)
  • 2005-2008 Part-time Lecturer in Advanced Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, KNUST School of Business, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2005-2010 Foundation Liaison Officer for Industrial and Professional Relations (IPR), College of Art and Social Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2004 Full-time Lecturer (Entrepreneurship & SME Management, Total Quality Management), KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2001-2002 Demonstrator at the Department of Book Industry, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 1999-2000 Manager at Rando Print Services, Accra, Ghana
  • 1997-1998 Director/General Manager at Kattous Print house Ltd., Accra, Ghana
  • 1995-1997 General Manager at Compuprint Services Ltd., Accra, Ghana
  • 1994 Production Manager at Compuprint Services Ltd., Accra, Ghana


Scholarships and Awards

  • 1982-1987 Cocoa Marketing Board Scholarship, Pope John Secondary School, Koforidua
  • 1993 Best Thesis Award, Department of Book Industry, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 2000-2002 KAAD Scholarship to pursue Masters Degree in SME Management, Germany
  • 2006 Provost’s Award for Fund Raising and Entrepreneurship Development, KNUST
  • 2010 CASS-KNUST Special Award for Promotion of Industry-Academia Relations, Innovation and Fundraising
  • 2014 Royal Bank-CASS Awards 2014: Best Fund Raiser and Organiser
  • 2014 KAAD Scholarship to pursue PhD in International SME Management, Germany



  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Industry-Academia Relations
  • SMEs


Contributions to monographs

  • Nyadu-Addo, R.: Entrepreneurship for university students. In: Renewable Energy for Rural Areas in Africa: The Enterprise Development Approach, AREED: Energy Centre, College of Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, April 2008.


Articles in journals

  • Adusei, Michael; Akomea, Samuel, Yaw; Nyadu-Addo, R: Predicting bank credit risk. Does board structure matter? Accepted for publication by The Institute for Business and Financial Research (IBFR), 12/2013.
  • Benneh Mensah, Mavis Serwah and Nyadu-Addo, R.: Juxtaposition of the Role of Small Businesses and the State in Ghana’s Economic Development. In: Journal of International Business and Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2012.
  • Nyadu-Addo, R.; Mahama, A. K.; Nicholas, G.: Training and Skills Development in the Ghanaian printing industry: Accepted for publication by Journal of Art and Humanities, CASS, KNUST, Kumasi 2012.


Reviewed papers contributed to conferences

  • Nyadu-Addo, R.: Enhancing quality education in Ghanaian tertiary institutions through the establishment of Industrial and Professional Relations Office. International DAAD Winter School Workshop in Dresden/Bonn/Cologne, Germany from 19th February to 3rd March 2007.
  • Nyadu-Addo, R.: Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs networking through professional associations. 4th International SEPneT Workshop in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 13th-17th March 2006.


Working paper

  • Nyadu-Addo, R.: The Growing Printing Industry in Ghana: A General Overview. SEPT Working Papers No. 12, University of Leipzig, Germany, 2004.


Ralph Nyadu-Addo

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