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Strategy Mapping: Case of NamWater

Knowing-doing gap is an issue that most organizations struggle with. Strategy mapping can help to overcome that gap by illustrating strategy in a cause-and-effect format, and making strategy easier to understand. This in turn can facilitate the bridge

Industrial Relations in South Africa: Labour Laws, Labour Institutions and Political Disillu

In 2014, South Africa experienced its longest and costliest strike ever: a five-month stoppage in the platinum sector that cast doubt on the institutions and culture of the country’s labour relations framework. After the strike came to an end in la

Poultry Tariffs: Levelling the Playing Field or Rewarding Inefficiency? EPILOGUE

In July 2013, Siyabulela Tsengiwe – chief commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) – and ITAC commissioners met to make a final determination on a highly contentious customs tariff application. The

Entrepreneurship Development in Namibia

Entrepreneurship has assumed tremendous importance for accelerating economic growth both in developed and developing countries (Baporikar, 2007, 2009). It promotes capital formation and creates wealth in country. Hence, entrepreneurship development is

Relook at South African Talent Management Strategy thru Global Lens

Marchington and Wilkinson (2012) suggest that effective talent management is essential for ‘competitive edge and future survival’, specifically relating to leadership talent. Of course, volatile economic context tends to render talented leadership

SWOT Approach for Flying High: A Case of Air Namibia

When you run an organisation, one is likely to have many issues which need attention and prioritisation. More so, it is true when it a complex organization like that of airlines. Airlines, not only has diverse mix of people who bring a range of skills

The Saga of Prodigious Namibian Entrepreneur: Harold Pupkewitz

The world’s history is replete with examples of how individuals invested – called ‘entrepreneurs’ or ‘entrepreneurial managers’ - can result in big pay offs. These individuals dare to dream, have vision, foresight and untiring energy to pu

Culture - Learning - Development Nexus in Namibian Higher Education

Significant body of literature suggests that different students have different styles of learning, in which they learn more effectively. Furthermore, the influence of cultural background on the way of thinking of individuals, and hence their learning

Strategic Approach to Tourism Development: A Case of Namibia

The importance of the tourism system for economic development in Namibia has been clearly acknowledged in the development strategies and plans. Despite this, there have been few detailed and comprehensive studies of the structure, dynamics and potenti

Kagiso Trust: Deciding its Future

In November 2014, Kagiso Trust (KT) was at an important crossroads. Anti-apartheid struggle icons such as Dr Beyers Naudé and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had established the organisation with European Union (EU) funds in the 1980s to promote the struggle

Transport as an Enabler for Infrastructure Development in African Countries

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) identifies infrastructure and regional integration as major parameters for economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. Regional integration is essential to building markets, creating robust and

Beauty Factory: Planning a Future in a Slow Economy

Le-Sel Research, a family-owned, South African manufacturer of beauty products, launched Beauty Factory in 2011, after seeing a gap for affordable, high-quality beauty products. As a boutique retailer of beauty and home products, the brand had achieve

Cocoa Agro Smallholder Approach to Sustainability

In today’s globalizing world, can agricultural growth still jump-start overall growth? And what are the essential policies to accelerate agricultural growth to fulfill its historic role? How would cocoa agro smallholder approach ensure sustainabilit

The Washing Powder Wars: Ariel vs Omo

On 12 November 2014, Omo, Unilever South Africa’s premium washing powder brand, was facing the biggest challenge yet to its 50-year dominance of the South African washing powder market. Proctor and Gamble (P&G) had launched Ariel in May of the previ

Calum McCracken and NGN Telecoms: The Power of Perseverance

In September 2014, Calum McCracken, chief executive officer (CEO) of Next Generation Network Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (NGN Telecoms), met with his partners to discuss the company’s Kenyan dilemma. Doing business in Kenya had proved to be far

Dimension Data in Africa: Making BEE Week

In September 2012, IT firm Dimension Data paid out R1.26 billion to the various participants in a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) deal that the company had signed eight years earlier. When Dimension Data had first embarked on its empowe

Dimension Data in Africa: Making BEE Week

In September 2012, IT firm Dimension Data paid out R1.26 billion to the various participants in a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) deal that the company had signed eight years earlier. When Dimension Data had first embarked on its empowe

The Sebata Group: Doing Business the African Way

Matome Modipa, executive chairman and founder of the Sebata Group of technical engineering and management consultants, enjoyed coming to work. His offices in Midrand, near Johannesburg, had an open and friendly feel, and the pervading ethos reflected

Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring: Could Yahluma Compete?

In January 2009, young entrepreneurs Ayanda Qunu and Thembi Bhayi abandoned their plans to start a fully owned contact centre, Yahluma Solutions Ltd, in Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Even with the assistance of a financial incentive

Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring: Could Yahluma Compete?

In January 2009, young entrepreneurs Ayanda Qunu and Thembi Bhayi abandoned their plans to start a fully owned contact centre, Yahluma Solutions Ltd, in Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Even with the assistance of a financial incentive

Reel Gardening: Making a Profit to Fight Poverty

On 1 July 2013 Claire Reid, founder and director of Reel Gardening, a manufacturer of prefertilised vegetable and herb seed strips, met with Emily Jones, head of Reel Life, the community-focused arm of Reel Gardening. Reel Life aimed to address food s

The Laudare School: The Quest for Excellence in the Inner-City

In early January 2013, Adrian Miller, principal of the Laudare School, situated close to the inner-city in the lower-income suburb of Belmont in Johannesburg, was reading through the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey. While the feedback

The Laudare School: The Quest for Excellence in the Inner-City

In early January 2013, Adrian Miller, principal of the Laudare School, situated close to the inner-city in the lower-income suburb of Belmont in Johannesburg, was reading through the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey. While the feedback

Raizcorp: Planting the Seeds for Entrepreneurial Growth and Prosperity Teaching Note

Raizcorp was a South African business incubator founded by Allon Raiz in 2000. The company, which was the only privately held, unfunded, profit-making incubator in South Africa, provided a variety of business support programmes aimed at guiding indivi

Raizcorp: Planting the Seeds for Entrepreneurial Growth and Prosperity Teaching Note

Raizcorp was a South African business incubator founded by Allon Raiz in 2000. The company, which was the only privately held, unfunded, profit-making incubator in South Africa, provided a variety of business support programmes aimed at guiding indivi

Raizcorp: Planting the Seeds for Entrepreneurial Growth and Prosperity Teaching Note

Raizcorp was a South African business incubator founded by Allon Raiz in 2000. The company, which was the only privately held, unfunded, profit-making incubator in South Africa, provided a variety of business support programmes aimed at guiding indivi

Raizcorp: Planting the Seeds for Entrepreneurial Growth and Prosperity

Raizcorp chief executive Allon Raiz was faced each day with many applications to join his business incubation Prosperator programme. He knew what to look for in an entrepreneur, but it was not always “cut and dried”. In September 2012, he and his

UBS AG: The Cost of Failing to Manage Operational Risk

On 15 September 2011, news of United Bank of Switzerland’s (UBS) operational failures in its investment banking division hit the market. Kweku Adoboli, a trader who worked at UBS’s central London branch, had beaten the control system and carried o

Standard Chartered Bank plc: Violating Banking Sanctions for Profit

On 6 August 2012, Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), announced findings from an investigation of Standard Chartered Bank New York (SCBNY). The DFS claimed that over nine years, SCBNY had hidde

Peregrine Financial Group: Misappropriating Customer Funds

In early July 2012, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a federal lawsuit against Peregrine Financial Group Inc. (PFG), a futures trading firm, and its founder Russell Wasendorf. The CFTC accused PFG and Wasendorf of fr

 

 

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