2022-2023

Next Lecture: Frank Ojadi

Graphic for 2-9-23 Distinguished Lecture

Seaports and African Trade: the Role of Ports in Africa’s Economic Growth

Africa’s port infrastructure presents both challenges and opportunities for the development of trade. Among the key challenges is congestion, which was an issue on the continent long before the COVID-19 era. Another is the need for investment and technological advances to support mega shipping vessels.

On Feb. 9, Frank Ojadi from the Lagos Business School faculty will talk about the latest paradigm shifts in ports globally and the role ports are now playing to enhance trade. He will address why ports in other areas of the world play a much more important role than they do in Africa.

In his presentation, part of CARISCA’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Ojadi will first look at the fundamentals and history of port development in Africa. He will cover the early growth period and the role ports have traditionally played in African trade. He also will offer insights with respect to colonial-era port development on the continent.

Ojadi will look at the challenges African ports need to overcome to make supply chains on the continent more efficient. This issue is especially urgent considering the rollout of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which is hindered by current port infrastructure.

Other key questions the presentation will address include: How can African ports help support regional growth? How can the proper development of African ports support the hinterland regions? How can sustainability be addressed through port infrastructure?

Speaker Biography:

Frank Ojadi has served on the faculty of Lagos Business School for more than 20 years. Among his teaching and research interests is the design and implementation of logistics and supply chain management improvement methodologies.

He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and case studies on a range of topics, including maritime administration and security and seaport operations. Ojadi holds a PhD in transport economics from the University of Johannesburg.

Before entering academia, Ojadi worked at various times as an operations planning, logistics and supply chain manager. His industry experience spans the steel, aluminum, paper, pharmaceutical, tobacco, and car-hire sub-sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Past Lectures

December 8, 2022

Denis Wolowiecki

Denis Wolowiecki
Executive Managing Director, CAPS Research

“Thinking Beyond Procurement”


October 20, 2022

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

“Working With Industry on Supply Chain Sustainability Issues”

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2021-2022 Lectures

September 2, 2022

John Karani

John Karani
Chairman, Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

“The Journey Toward Supply Chain Management Professionalism: Lessons From the Institute of Supplies Management”

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June 16, 2022

Veronica Villena

Veronica Villena
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

“Do Sustainability and Resilience Go Hand in Hand? The Case of Pennsylvania Dairy Farmers”

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April 21, 2022

Samuel Fosso Wamba

Samuel Fosso Wamba
Associate Dean of Research, Toulouse Business School, France

“Exploring AI Capabilities in Operations Management: Going From a Bibliometric Analysis to Empirical Studies”

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February 25, 2022

Tobias Schoenherr
Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor in Purchasing and Supply Management, Michigan State University

“Best Practices for Publishing: Lessons Learned and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) Perspective”

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December 2, 2021

Mark Pagell
Chair in Global Leadership,
Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Supply Chain Management 

Watch now: Contemporary Research on Sustainable Supply Chain Management and What Leading Journals like JSCM Look for in a Submission


October 1, 2021

Francis K. Ando-Baidoo
Associate Professor of Information Systems, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“How to Turn Your Thesis or Dissertation into a Peer-Reviewed Publication”