Tag Archives: Leadership

New GIBS article: Dramatic social change(COVID-19) moderating complexity leadership and organisational adaptability in Zimbabwean SMEs by Tongesai Chingwena and Caren Scheepers

Major social changes, such as those induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, intensify the needfor organisations in Africa to accelerate adaptation. Leadership plays an important role in theirorganisations’ adaptation. This study focuses on how leaders can build adaptive organisations throughappropriate complexity leadership practices by establishing which of these most predict organisationaladaptation. The study aims to contribute […]
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Some good news for businesses in South Africa (BT)

New data from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that the total number of liquidations in April decreased by 12.7% compared to a year ago. Voluntary liquidations decreased by 29 cases, while compulsory liquidations increased by nine cases, it said. Liquidation refers to the winding-up of the affairs of a company or close corporation when […]
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The battle of African female startups: For every $1 invested in women, $25 goes to men (News24)

Africa’s female entrepreneurs, like their US and European counterparts, are underrepresented when it comes to raising funds. Their startup journeys are also often a lot more arduous, say investors like Polo Leteka, co-founder of Alitheia IDF, the continent’s largest gender-led fund. The issues are “probably more pronounced here because we have more underlying problems”, said Leteka, pointing to her own experience with tapping […]
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New GIBS research article: The influence of female agentic and communal leadership on work engagement: vigour, dedication and absorption. by Robyn Dunlop & Caren Scheepers

The purpose of this study is investigating the influence of leadership on work engagement.The definition of leadership is primarily couched in culturally masculine terms and known as anagentic leadership style that disfavours women, who are often perceived as being communal leaderswho are compassionate and humble. The research gap addressed is whether communal and agenticleadership styles […]
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Leadership as we move from pandemic to endemic (Moneyweb)

Abdullah Verachia, senior faculty and strategist at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), notes that there have been five major shifts over the last few years: Geopolitical shifts: There has been a strong and pervasive shift in terms of how countries are looking at positioning themselves. Verachia says there has also been an increase in […]
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This investor wants to invest R290m into 20 SA businesses. But they must be ‘revolutionary’(BI)

SA does not take startups seriously Though Akindele wants to do deals across the globe – as long as they benefit Africa – he is keen to invest in South African ventures. Platform Capital set up offices in Johannesburg nine months ago and aims to invest $20m in 20 South African businesses a year. The […]
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There is nothing small about the impact small businesses have on our economy.(bizcommunity)

Small businesses and start-ups provide more than just jobs for community members. They also can improve innovation and productivity on a local level and use other businesses in the community such as accounting and IT, while larger businesses develop their own infrastructure. With more support, small businesses have the potential to breathe new life into […]
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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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Number of women business owners in South Africa on the rise (EN)

Despite the gender gap and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, women in South Africa are making progress as entrepreneurs, indicating a strong will and determination to survive, according to transaction services multinational Mastercard’s Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE). The MIWE highlights the vast socioeconomic contributions of women entrepreneurs across the world, provides insight on […]
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Decolonising oil and gas could create an era of prosperity for SA (Moneyweb)

South Africa can join the natural resources supercycle and create millions of jobs within a decade, but it needs the right regulatory and fiscal regimes. As oil prices head towards $100 a barrel (bbl), this will be reflected in higher prices for refined petroleum products such as petrol, diesel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and paraffin. […]
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