The Steinhoff Saga Management review - University of Stellenbosch Business School

July – December 2019

Letter from the editor

Prof Mias De Klerk

Welcome to the second edition of USB Management Review for 2019. As always, this online publication provides an opportunity to showcase our research by making research that is normally published in scientific journals or presented at scientific conferences available in practical format to a much bigger audience of practitioners.

It is barely new news that the technological landscape is changing the way business is done. Everybody knows and talks about Business 4.0 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These changes call for huge shifts in our understanding of the role of technology in our business and how to deal with it appropriately. It is for this reason that the feature articles focus on technology and its role in business. As such, Butler makes an important contribution by exploring project portfolio management practices from a systems perspective, which are likely to lead to business and IT alignment. Vlok, Ungerer and Malan explore leadership competencies required to successfully lead today’s innovators. Technology should also promote the development of society and disadvantaged communities. In this perspective, Price examines how technology can lead to new business models in the music industry of the Cape Flats, and Van den Berg applies a futures perspective to develop sustainable human settlements.

Other articles explore a whole range of interesting topics ranging from leading change to human settlements, from performance management to indebtedness, from higher education issues to SMEs and the global financial crisis, from mergers and acquisitions to the stand of the coaching profession, from business governance to retirement transitioning, and many more.

I trust that you will find the articles insightful and useful. In our continued striving to improve our offering to you, we would appreciate your feedback – which you can send to [email protected].

Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to all the authors for their respective contributions, as well as the editorial team of USB Management Review for their assistance to translate hard core ‘academic research speak’ into more accessible language for a much wider consumption.

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