President and Executive Dean of the Noble International Business School (NiBS), Prof. Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, has indicated that the country needs an innovation strategy to accelerate its pace of development.
Speaking at a doctoral graduation ceremony of the school, Prof. Atuahene-Gima explained that, innovation is not solely represented by new devices, ideas or methods, but also by the process of uncovering new ways to do things.
It also pertains to modifying and adapting to changes to achieve better results, he said, adding that: “This is what Ghana needs; we, as a nation, need to be creative and innovative if we want to move forward in terms of development.”
He advised the country’s leaders to copy some of the things that other nations are doing to fast-track developmental efforts.
“When our leaders who are in politics, our companies and schools visit other countries they see how things are working there. Now; the question is: why can’t they copy? Why can’t they emulate these good things because innovation is not only about developing original things?
Innovation is also about going into a different environment, seeing something that is working and you bringing it back to where you are and hoping and developing that idea to see whether it solves problems over here”, he emphasised.
He advised government to add problem solving courses, innovation courses, and creativity courses to education curricula so that right from a tender age, students would actually learn how to think creatively and solve problems.