Category Archives: GIBS whitepapers

New Gibs article: Investigating commitment as a unidimensional or a multidimensional construct in a retail banking setting By Mornay Roberts-Lombard & Daniël Johannes Petzer

The paper investigates the dimensional nature of commitment (affective and calculative) within a retail banking setting. The study tests two models that include antecedents and an outcome of commitment as a unidimensional and a multidimensional construct. The target population for the study included adult customers of retail banks residing in an emerging market. The study highlights […]
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New Gibs case study: When foreign direct investment is threatened: Rio Tinto and Richards Bay Minerals By Amy Fisher Moore and Marianne Matthee

On 29 June 2021, global mining company Rio Tinto (Rio) announced force majeure [1], which temporarily terminated customer contracts associated with their sole South African business, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) based in the province KwaZulu Natal [2]. RBM was a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Blue Horizon [3], a consortium of investors, also including […]
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New Gibs whitepaper: The Spinach King’s social enterprise scaling strategy during and post Covid-19 pandemic By Anastacia Mamabolo

Based in Gugulethu[1], Lufefe Nomjana established Espinaca[2] Innovations in 2011 anddue to the success of his enterprise, he was soon affectionally referred to as the SpinachKing. The purpose of his business venture was to raise awareness of healthy and affordablefood by offering nutritious bread and other food products made with spinach as a keyingredient. Nomjana […]
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New GIBS whitepaper: A modified Shiller’s cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio for stock market index valuation in a zero-interest rate environment by Roberto Catanho & Adrian Saville

The cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio (CAPE) is a tool that has become widely used to predict market returns. However, recently, deterioration in its forecast strength has surfaced. At the same time, global long-term interest rates have declined and are expected to remain at record lows, which the CAPE fails to consider. Omitting to fully examine […]
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New GIBS whitepaper: Catalysts that influence leaders’ value system development towards a prosocial value orientation by Charlene Bailey and Caren Scheepers

Unfortunately, in South Africa, poor leadership and unethical leadership behavior is at a high (van Zyl, 2014). Former President, Thabo Mbeki, was quoted in the press as saying, “Where you have this problem of a leadership that is self-centered, perpetuating itself in power, accumulating all the wealth and so on, then it’s not a policy issue, […]
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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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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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New GIBS whitepaper – South African whistleblowers: Tribulations and triumphs by Nicola Kleyn, Gideon Pogrund, Elme Vivier, Theresa Onaji-Benson and Mollie Painter

The act of whistle-blowing can create material benefits for organisations and society at large, but often at great cost to those who choose to report unethical or illegal behaviour. This white paper shares findings from a recent study investigating accounts ofwhistle-blowers as well as the views of those who frequently engage with whistle-blowers. To situate […]
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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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The impact of job automation on shifts in levels of work [Whitepaper] (C Bezuidenhout, A Wöcke, N Plint & M Mthombeni)

The purpose of this research was to determine the impact of technological change on workforce structures and industries. Previous studies forecasted the impact of automation on jobs and categories of jobs, but did not deal with the structure of organisations, particularly levels of work. This study applied Jaques’ Stratified Systems Theory model of job analysis […]
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