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James Mcmaster

Graduate School of Business
University of the South Pacific


Professor James McMaster joined USP in 1999 as Director of the Pacific Institute of Management and Development. He teaches South Pacific Business Environment, Corporate Governance and Ethics and Business Economics on the MBA. Before joining USP he was Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra where he was previously the Director of the MBA program. He has undertaken many consulting assignments for the major international organizations, including: the World Bank in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore; Asian Development Bank in Malaysia and Philippines and the Pacific Islands; International Monetary Fund in Kiribati; United Nations Development Program in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Fiji; Forum Secretariat in the South Pacific; Commonwealth Secretariat in Samoa and Tonga; East-West Centre in Hawaii, Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa; Asian and Pacific Development Centre in Kuala Lumpur and the National Centre for Development Studies at the Australian National University in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Over the past seventeen years Professor McMaster’s research has focused on economic development in the Pacific Island economies. He has investigated the cost and benefits of privatisation, deregulation of telecommunications, trade facilitation and the evolution of single window trade portals, public enterprise reform, private sector development and SMEs, corporate planning, public financial management, economic development policy in the Asia-Pacific Region, project and program evaluation and public enterprise divestment. He was the chief investigator with Professor Roger Wettenhall for an Australian Research Council, Large Research Grant on the Topic: Privatisation: A Public Policy Evaluation: for the period 1995-97 while employed as Dean of the Faculty of Management at the University of Canberra. Professor McMaster is the author or co-author of twelve books with the following titles: Economic Impact of E-commerce on Small Tourism Enterprises; Public Enterprise Divestment: Australian case studies; Managing Government for Sustainable Development; Urban Financial Management; Evaluating Government Programs; Scope for accelerating private sector growth in the Pacific Islands through the implementation of Privatization Policies; Incentives, Regulatory Mechanisms, and Risk Climate for Private Sector Investment; Future role of international agencies and donors in private sector development in Pacific Island countries; Review of the Objectives and Priorities of Fiji's Development Plan (DP9) 1986-1990 and an Assessment of the Scope for the Use of Australian Development Assistance; Studies of Tertiary Student Finances; Evaluation findings: a compilation of AusAID's evaluation and review reports 1992-1997; Cost-effectiveness Analysis of Project IMPACT for the Philippines. Professor McMaster is the editor or co-editor of five books with the titles: Australian Project Evaluation; Australian Urban Economics; Australian Transport Economics; Privatisation in Asia and the Pacific: profiles, strategies, results; New Developments in Public Sector Management. He is also the author of thirty six book chapters and journal articles.

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