FURTHER PARTICULARS OF CARLTON ALEXANDER CHAIR IN MANAGEMENT STUDIES
OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR

 

The University of the West Indies is an independent regional institution serving the following countries in the West Indies:

Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Barbados

The Bahamas

Belize

British Virgin Islands

The Cayman Islands

Dominica

Grenada

Jamaica

Montserrat

St. Christopher & Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago


 

BACKGROUND TO THE UNIVERSITY

The University began teaching in 1948 at Mona, Jamaica, as a University College affiliated with the University of London and in 1962, the Royal Charter creating the independent University of the West Indies was passed under the Great Seal of the Realm.

In 1960 the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture at St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, which had been founded in 1921 as the West Indies Agricultural College and renamed in 1924, was incorporated into the University College of the West Indies as the Faculty of Agriculture. Teaching in Engineering began at St. Augustine in 1962 and a College of Arts and Science was also established there in 1963.

In 1963 a College of Arts and Sciences was started in Bridgetown, Barbados and moved shortly afterwards to the present site at Cave Hill where a Faculty of Law was established in 1970.

In addition to its three campuses at Mona, St. Augustine and Cave Hill, there is now a fourth campus, the Open Campus which is an amalgamation of the previous Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries & Distance Education (BNNCDE), the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit (TLIU). The UWI Open Campus offers multi-mode teaching and learning services through virtual and physical site locations across the Caribbean region. There are currently 42 site locations of the Open Campus in the region, serving 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The total student body of the University which numbers approximately 41,000 is distributed among the Faculties of Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure and Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture and Social Sciences.

The UWI is now a multi-mode institution, providing face-to-face instruction as well as deliver programmes by distance. Members of the academic staff may be called upon to deliver teaching by either mode and to assist in the preparation of the course material for the Distance Education mode.


The Department of Management Studies

The Department of Management Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences is currently headed by Dr. Noel Cowell and is the largest department of the Campus, teaching approximately 50% of the Mona Campus’ student population. The Department’s offerings include an eclectic blend of disciplines from marketing, human resource management, tourism management, enterprise development, business strategy, accounting, banking and finance and decision sciences.

The Department is in a strategic thrust which seeks to combine the traditional focus on management with greater emphasis on enterprise development and innovation, building scholarship and positioning the Department to respond to one or more of the country’s most urgent areas of opportunity, including information systems, tourism, agriculture, information systems and addressing the fiscal and monetary challenges of the country.

The Department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in the following:

Accounting

The B.Sc. Management Studies (Accounting) Option is designed to educate students on the theories, principles and practices of accounting. Courses in this option include business law, financial management, auditing, taxation and management accounting.

General Option

The Management Studies (General) Option offers students a broad-based education in a number of core areas deemed critical to the successful management and operation of private and public sector enterprises. Students in this option take courses in areas such as organizational behaviour, production and operations management, business communication, management of change, international business management, and management accounting.

Human Resources Management

The Management Studies (Human Resources Management) Option is designed to educate students on the core theories, principles and practices of managing people in organizations. Students enrolled in this option sit courses in organizational theory and design, industrial relations, business negotiations, team building, management of change, human resource management, among others.

Marketing Option

The B.Sc. Management Studies (Marketing) Option offers students exposure to the qualitative and quantitative sides of marketing. Students in this option while being taught the latest theories and principles can expect very lively discussions in on marketing strategies, consumer behaviour, international marketing, and marketing research courses, among others.

Operations Option

Students in this option take courses in production and operations management, productivity and quality management, quantitative methods and research principles, production planning and control, and project management, among others.

Banking & Finance

This programme seeks to develop a formally trained cadre of banking and Finance industry personnel. Caribbean Professionals, specially targeting persons who desire formal academic qualifications to bolster their work experience and advance their technical competencies.

Entrepreneurship

The BSc. Management Studies (Entrepreneurship) exposes students to the scholarship of entrepreneurship and engages them in entrepreneurial thinking and involves them in the best available practices with respect to entrepreneurship and business innovation.

The degree is suited for at least five groups of participants:

  • Those who are planning to establish their own business ventures;
  • Those who have existing businesses, but wish to equip themselves with the 'cutting edge techniques' for operating in situations of innovation, change and uncertainty.
  • Those who wish to work in existing organizations, but hope to drive innovation and change in these entities;
  • Persons in other areas of study who wish to equip themselves with the best practices in entrepreneurship.
  • Those who want to pursue further studies in Entrepreneurship at the graduate level.

Tourism Management

This programme provides students with a well rounded experience. The internship and language requirement provides students with a unique international experience as well as a competitive advantage when seeking employment in the industry.

Postgraduate Studies

The Department offers four masters degree programmers: the M.Sc. in Accounting (offered since 1975); the M.Sc. in Computer Based Management Information Systems (offered jointly with the Department of Computing since 1993); the M.Sc. in National Security and Strategic Studies and the M.Sc. in Tourism and Hospitality Management, in conjunction with the Mona School of Business since 1999.

 

Establishment

2 Professors

7 Senior Lecturers                                  21 Lecturers

2 Assistant Lecturer                               1 Research Assistant

1Teaching Assistant                               1 Computer Laboratory Manager

Duties of the Appointee

The general responsibilities of the Chair will be to enhance the teaching and research capacity of the Department through the development and delivery of a range of innovative and, where appropriate, customized programmes that contribute to the relevance, dynamism, creativity and innovation of the programmes offered by the Department. The Chair will be expected to enhance the research and external engagement capacity of the Department, mobilizing resources which supplement those provided by the University and developing and sustaining key partnerships and collaborative mechanisms that allow the University to maximise the effectiveness of its leadership in management research and training.

 

Qualifications

The Carlton Alexander Chair in Management Studies should have at least five years experience in a reputable higher education institution and possess a Ph.D degree. (S)he must demonstrate academic credibility, research capability, sound knowledge of emerging issues in the management studies, a proven commitment to innovative external engagement, a strong record of attracting research funding and the ability, vision, inspiration and enthusiasm required to enhance the reputation of the Department as a leader in management research and training.

The successful candidate should have demonstrable strengths in or more of the following areas:

(a) Managing innovation and creativity

(b) Analysis of competitiveness of Jamaican and Caribbean focus, and

(c) Capacity to contribute in responding to one or more of the country’s most urgent areas of opportunity including tourism, agriculture, information systems and addressing the fiscal and monetary challenges of the country.

 

April 6, 2010