Omicron study in South Africa points to end of acute pandemic phase(Business day)

A South African study from the epicenter of the world’s omicron surge offers a tantalizing hint that the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic may be ending. The infection wave moved with “unprecedented speed” and caused much milder illness than earlier strains, a study of patients infected with Covid-19 at a large hospital in the […]
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New Gibs whitepaper: Exploratory and exploitative innovation influenced by contextual leadership, environmental dynamism and innovation climate. by JD Visser & Caren Scheepers

The main remedy for this dilemma is to continually evolve as an organisation either continually(exploitative innovation), radically (exploratory innovation) or both. Innovation, therefore,remains a burgeoning avenue for research. Successful organisations innovate by improvingor exploiting their current offerings and developing radical new ones for the future. March(1991) originally defined this innovative capability for simultaneous exploration andexploitation […]
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B4SA still pushing for increased vaccine mandates(Business day)

Business for SA is preparing papers in a bid to get a high court declaratory order that would provide legal certainty. The body hopes to file the papers in the coming weeks, he said. Various estimates suggest 25% of South Africans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and business is of the firm view that inoculation […]
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SA is the leader in digitalisation across the MEA: Mastercard white paper on SMEs

The findings show that digitalisation is essential to unlocking a small business’s growth potential.  BUSINESS SA is the leader in digitalisation across the MEA: Mastercard white paper on SMEs (BL) The findings show that digitalization is essential to unlocking a small business’s growth potential More than 60% of SA SMEs believe e-commerce will have a […]
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Why business cannot afford to ignore tech ethics (FT)

From one angle, the pandemic looks like a vindication of “techno-solutionism”. From the more everyday developments of teleconferencing to systems exploiting advanced artificial intelligence, platitudes to the power of innovation abound. Such optimism smacks of short-termism. Desperate times often call for swift and sweeping solutions, but implementing technologies without regard for their impact is risky […]
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Gibs new case study-Love books: sustained success amidst uncertainties by Verity Hawarden and Amy More.

The sub field of academia that the case is designed to teach is small business development, entrepreneurship, or women in business. This real-life case is based on interviews that took place with Kate Rogan, the co-founder of Love Books, and other stakeholders associated with the small bookselling business that is based in the suburb of […]
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South Africa could introduce vaccine passports in early 2022 (Business Day)

South Africa could introduce a new Covid-19 vaccine passport system at the start of 2022, with restrictions on accessing public services and places of employment. Business day reports that talks between the government, business, and labor on introducing a form of Covid-19 vaccine passport system are at an advanced stage, citing insiders involved in the […]
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Gender, leadership and organization by Mollie Painter-Morland

The topic of gender discrimination within the realm of organizational leadership is approached in a very specific way. We will not be exploring the various normative frameworks that could support equality in the workplace, such as appeals to basic human rights, social contracts, deontological duties or utilitarian concerns. Instead, we will seek to understand the […]
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Gartner top strategic technology trends for 2022 (Gartner)

Gartner expects these 12 technology trends to act as force multipliers of digital business and innovation over the next three to five years. Every year, Gartner identifies technology trends that are critical to business. This year, the list comprises 12 strategic trends that will enable CEOs to deliver growth, digitalization and efficiency — and position […]
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New GIBS whitepaper – From the horse’s mouth: Advice from chairs on how to lead boards more effectively by Gavin Price, Kerrin Myres, Johann Redelinghuys and Karl Hofmeyr

Despite having one of the most applauded codes of corporate governance in the form of King IV, South Africa has a growing governance problem. Ample evidence of this is to be found in both the public and private sectors. Examples include the unethical conduct of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), such as Eskom, PIC and Transnet; EOH’s […]
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Standard Bank launches advice series for entrepreneurs (Standard Bank)

Entrepreneurship is often described as a lonely journey. At times, it might even feel overwhelming. But being receptive to advice and support from different sources, whether it be veteran entrepreneurs or industry experts, can help to avoid the challenges of going at it alone. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, just starting out as a business […]
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New GIBS research article – Game-based learning: Teaching principles of economics and investment finance through Monopoly by Charlene Lew and Adrian Saville.

The authors made used of a qualitative cross-sectional research design through content analysis of learning documents for 77 participants and analyzed basic behavioral trends over a 10-year period. The results show the breadth of learning through the game of Monopoly that was modified by incorporating disruptive elements. Themes include learning about the investment environment, financial management, […]
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LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace[by Diana Ellworth, Bryan Hancock and Bill Schaninger]

McKinsey Talks Talent podcast How to take action to support LGBTQ+ employees—not just during Pride Month, but year-round. During Pride Month, many large companies take the opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in myriad vital and visible ways. But creating a genuinely inclusive culture means taking year-round action—and the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded the challenge. Diana […]
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New GIBS whitepaper – Platforms of prosperity: the African edition.

We were on the most sustained and widespread outbreak of prosperity the world has ever seen (Pinker, 2018). The seven decades since the end of the Second World War brought greater improvements in living standards to more people than could previously have been imagined. In the two decades to 2020 alone, global poverty rates were […]
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Government stance will discourage agribusiness’ use of new plant-breeding technology (BL)

Innovative technology such as new breeding techniques must be allowed to be part of the solution to help meet national commitments to food security. SA’s agricultural sector has thrived on productivity improvement, which has partially benefited from better breeding techniques over the years. Breeding on its own has been part of human history for thousands […]
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Initial EQUIS accreditation for Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and eight schools receive re-accreditation by Laura Pouza 

Warmest congratulations to Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) for receiving its initial EQUIS accreditation! We are pleased to welcome the school to our EQUIS community. Alfons Sauquet, Quality Services & EQUIS Director, commented on the school’s achievement, ‘We are pleased to welcome our fourth African school to the EQUIS community. GIBS impressed us with its connections […]
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