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Gordon Adomdza
Dr. Gordon Adomdza.jpg
ResidenceAccra, Ghana
Alma materUniversity of Ghana, University of Waterloo[1]
Known forDesign Thinking, Education, Innovation

Gordon Adomdza is a Ghanaian Educator, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Thought Leader and Design Strategist. Gordon is an Associate Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Business Administration Department, at Ashesi University, Ghana.

He is also the Faculty Lead for the Foundations of Design & Entrepreneurship one-year course for all freshmen, and Faculty Advisor of the student-led Ashesi Venture Accelerator.[2] [3]Gordon focuses mainly on the design strategy perspective in new idea creation and business model development in and outside of the classroom. Outside of the classroom, he is the organizer of the Design Thinking Ghana Meetup Group, which focuses on bringing together design thinking enthusiasts and professionals to advance the adoption of the approach in Ghana.[4]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Gordon was born in Ghana. He studied Economics for his undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana where he graduated with First Class Honors. In 2001, Gordon got admitted into the University of Waterloo where he obtained an M.A. in Applied Economics, M.A. Sc in Management Sciences and a PhD in Management of Technology. Gordon acquired a Graduate Teaching certificate at the University of Waterloo, Certificates from the notable seminars on leading discussions in teaching case studies at Harvard Business School and an ACIM, Professional Diploma in Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom.[5]

Work[edit | edit source]

Gordon is currently an Associate Professor, the Founding Lead of Ashesi D:Lab, Faculty Advisor of student-led Ashesi Venture Accelerator and Faculty Lead of Foundations of Design & Entrepreneurship course for all freshmen. Gordon teaches courses related to Innovation, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship. Besides Ashesi University, Gordon has taught at the China-Europe International Business School, Africa Campus, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Harvard University, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University[6]. At Northeastern University, Gordon pioneered his Design Thinking Course, with the help of Design Continuum, and grew it from one session to 5 sessions in 2015. He also developed a business model generation course for social impact with funding from Venture Well. For 7 years, Gordon was the faculty advisor to the Northeastern University’s Entrepreneurs Club, one of the more vibrant entrepreneurship clubs in the world – ranked 6 out of 20 in the world in 2011 when he was the faculty advisor[7]. In Ghana, Gordon organizes the Design Thinking Ghana Meetup Group which organizes monthly meetings on how design thinking applies to various topic areas. The group also organized the first design thinking conference in Ghana in 2017[8]. His current design thinking work is focused on helping companies understand the role of aspirations in unearthing customer insights for competitive advantage. He has termed this work Aspirations Engineering because he believes aspirations hold the key to understanding customers in emerging markets. He has also pioneered a program called The Startup Traction Project[9] with the mission to help entrepreneurs develop experiments to help them test their ideas more cheaply and quickly before they spend significant amounts of money[10].

Gordon Adomdza at Ashesi University, Ghana

Other Professional Experience[edit | edit source]

Affiliations[edit | edit source]

  • Member of the Review Board: Journal of Business Venturing
  • Member of the Editorial board: Journal of African Business Research
  • Member of the Editorial Board: Journal for Global Business Advancement
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM, UK)
  • Member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council[12]

External Links[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • Adomdza, G. K., and Dedeke, A. (2017). Event-Generated Affect and its Carryover Effects: Implications for Small Business vs High Growth Venture Goals. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 7(3)
  • Adomdza, G.K., Åstebro, T. and Yong, K. (2016) Decision Biases And Entrepreneurial Finance. Small Business Economics 47 (4) 819 - 834.
  • Adomdza, G. K. (2016), Choosing Between a Student-Run and Professionally Managed Venture Accelerator. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 40 (4) 943 - 956
  • Allen, M., Adomdza, G., and Meyer, M. (2015) Managing For Innovation: Managerial Control And Employee Level Outcomes. Journal of Business Research. 68(2):371-379.
  • Adomdza, G., and Baron, R. A. (2013). The Role of Affective Biasing in Commercializing New Ideas Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 26 (2) 201-217.
  • Mitteness, C, Adomdza, G. and Moore, G. (2012) A Multilevel Examination Of The Effect Of Startup Assistance Providers On Startup Gestation Activity, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 32: Iss. 5, Article 17.
  • Adomdza, G. (2012) Studying The Impact Of Multiple Expert Evaluations On Start-Up Strategic Progress Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 32: Iss. 12, Article 16.
  • Adomdza, G., Allen, M. and Meyer, S. A. (2011) The Challenge of Career Path Uncertainty for Internal Corporate Ventures The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship 16 (4): 27-46
  • Jeffrey, S. A. and Adomdza, G. (2010) Incentive Salience and Improved Performance Human Performance 24(1): 47-59.
  • Astebro, T., Jeffrey, S. A. and Adomdza, G., (2007) Inventor Perseverance after Being Told to Quit: The Role of Cognitive Biases, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 20(3): 253-272.
  • Adomdza, G., and Wesley, D.T.A (2013). Masschallenge, Inc.: Launching a Non-profit Business Accelerator (A &B). 9B13MO13 & 9B13M014 London, Canada: Ivey Publishing.
  • Adomdza, G., and Miller, R. (2013). ERAD - The Entrepreneur's Challenge 9B13M015 London, Canada: Ivey Publishing.
  • Onwuegbuzie, H., Adomdza, G., and Ogola, F. O. Nike Davies-Okundaye (2012) Building a Family Social Enterprise. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies. (Winner of AABS/Emerald Case Competition 2012) Emerald Publishing.
  • Meyer, M., Adomdza, G. K. and Crane, F. (2011) Sentillion, Inc.: Structuring a Corporate Spinoff. Journal of the Academy of Business Education. 12:163-175.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  2. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  3. "GORDON KWESI ADOMDZA". Open Air. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  4. "Design Thinking Ghana Meetup". Meet Up. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  5. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  6. "PROFILE OF SPEAKERS". Africans me organisation. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  7. Malaton, Ali. "3Qs with Professor Gordon Adomdza". Northeastern.edu. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  8. "Meet Up". Design Thinking Ghana Meetup. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  9. "STARTUP TRACTION". Venture Capital for Africa. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  10. "Ghana Beyond Aid: Social Enterprises will have to trade - Dr Gordon Kwesi Adomdza". Ghana Wed. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  11. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  13. "Gordon Kwesi Adomdza (Ph.D.)". Ashesi University. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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