• Kwamina Ewur Banson Business School, University of Adelaide


Adaptive management, development model, economic growth, policy-makers, systems thinking, Agriculture, sustainable development, development indicators


Over six decades, agricultural policies attempting to increase the competitiveness of project performance had limited success. This is due to the use of traditional project management methods that do not address the complex challenges encountered in a systemic way. This paper provides an example of how a systemic approach is applied to agricultural development. The findings are based on a series of workshops conducted in Ghana in 2013 and 2014. Findings include an established community development model, the “Greater Push” and a new way of measuring, monitoring and evaluating sustainable development with Bayesian Belief Network modelling that satisfies the ‘Bellagio Principles’ for measuring sustainable development indicators. This research contributes to systemic application in project management and can help policy-makers across the world to identify threats to sustainable economic growth and help them to anticipate unintended consequences of their decisions and actions before it is too late to reverse the trend.

Author Biography

Kwamina Ewur Banson, Business School, University of Adelaide

Kwamina Banson is a Research Fellow in Systems Design and Complexity Management at the Business School of University of Adelaide. He has been working as a Research Scientist and as a Manager of the Technology Transfer Centre of the BNARI/GAEC for over five years. He also served as a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences of University of Ghana in “Marketing” and “Enterprise Development”. As the Founder of the Ghana Atomic Energy Farmers Association, besides regular training and extension services, he established quarterly meetings with these farmers to deliberate on issues that researchers need to address.



How to Cite

Banson, K. E. (2017). “THE GREATER PUSH” FOR GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY IN AFRICA - EVIDENCE FROM GHANA. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2015 Berlin, Germany, 1(1). Retrieved from https://journals.isss.org/index.php/proceedings59th/article/view/2479