Prof. Samuel Mensah

Prof Samuel N-A Mensah is an Associate Professor of Economics and heads the MBA programme at the HP-GSB.  He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Ghana, a Master of Development Economics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban.  He also completed the coursework, comprehensive examinations and research seminar toward the PhD in Agricultural Economics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, between 1984 and 1988.  From December 1976 to September 1977 he worked at the Manpower Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Accra, Ghana, where he was responsible for planning capital expenditure requirements of secondary schools.  Between October 1977 and September 1980 he taught economic theory, quantitative economics and operations research at the Department of Economics, University of Ghana.  He moved to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, in October 1980, where he added project evaluation to his portfolio of courses.  Ten years later, in 1990, he was teaching as a senior lecturer at the University of Swaziland; there, he added labour economics and agricultural economics to his portfolio of theory and quantitative courses.  While in Swaziland Prof. Mensah offered services as a resource person to the Swaziland Federation of Labour and the Mananga Management Centre.  He also later taught at the National University of Lesotho, the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the North and University of the Free State before moving to the Polytechnic of Namibia.  Prof. Mensah’s research interest covers international labour migration and development issues, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Between July 2006 and June 2007 he was a visiting researcher at the Migration Research Unit of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.  His research output has been presented in conferences throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania; and he has published in regional and international journals, and has served as reviewer for some journals in the region and the continent.  Prof Mensah presents modules in business economics, international economics and research methodology and supervises students’ research at the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business.

Research areas of interest:

International economics and globalisation, international migration and growth, labour Issues and development.

Industry consultancies/projects: 

Resource Person, Mananga Management Centre, 1993-1998


Journal Publications:

1. Mensah, S. N-A., Ahwireng-Obeng, F. and Whyte, G.  (2015) (Eds.) Proceedings of the Customer Service Management Africa First Namibia Customer Service Awards and Conference, Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek. ISBN: 978-99945-79-21-1


2. Mulele, M. & Mensah, S. N-A. (2015). Implementation of Major Organizational Change Process in NamPower for Improved Customer Service. In Mensah et al., (Eds.). Proceedings of the First Namibia Customer Service Awards and Conference. Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, ISBN: 978-99945-79-21-1


3. Mensah, S. N-A. and Vannie Naidoo (2013) “Management Issues in the Implementation of Development Projects for Employment Creation in Lesotho”, Journal of Contemporary Management, vol. 2, issue 1, pp. 48-58, January


4. Mensah, S. N-A. (2012) “The Impact of Dwindling Opportunities for External Migration on Rural Household Income in Lesotho”, Studies in Economics and Econometrics, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 25-46, November


5. Mensah, S. N-A. and Vannie Naidoo (2011) “Migration Shocks: Integrating Lesotho’s Retrenched Miners”, International Migration Review, vol. 45, no.

4, pp.1017-1042 (ISI SOC SCI, IBSS)


6. Mensah, S. N-A. and E. Benedict (2010) “Entrepreneurship Training and Poverty Alleviation: Empowering the Poor in the Eastern Free State of South Africa”, African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, vol. 1, issue 2, pp. 138-163 (ISI SOC SCI, IBSS)