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This is where you will find articles based on research undertaken by USB’s faculty and students.

Addressing income inequality is critical in achieving human development. The issue of income inequality has remained a challenge to most developing countries because, ultimately, effective poverty reduction depends largely on how growth is distributed.

While coaching already is already well established in the workplace, career transition coaching has received little attention from both researchers and corporate succession planners.

Should project managers once again adapt – this time to agile information system implementation environments – to remain relevant? Management and implementation teams explain what they expect from agile project managers.

To understand South Africa’s map of debt, critical tipping points for explanatory variables – such as age, government grants, education and household size – are examined to determine the effect of household debt on multidimensional poverty.

When slavery ended in the USA in 1865, African-Americans were forced into a foreign environment in which they had to learn about capitalism to be able to function effectively in society. Some of these African-Americans succeeded against all odds and became successful business owners and servant leaders in their communities.

Health has long been recognised as important for sustainable development and sustainable business performance. Sadly, companies fail to capture the value of health and well-being metrics in their reports.

Despite the sophistication of its financial sector, South Africa lags behind its peers in economic growth. This observation that the bond market – rather than the stock market, banks and non-bank institutions – promotes economic growth prompts an intriguing question as to what unique roles bond markets play that intermediaries and equity markets are unable to play.

The government’s goal that every teacher and learner would be ICT-capable by 2013 has failed. New research throws light on the reasons.

Soft skills are essential for interpersonal effectiveness and long-term well-being. Although soft skills, such as emotional and social intelligence, are often considered to be more difficult to master than hard skills, the human brain is nevertheless ‘wired’ to acquire such skills, given the right mindset and level of commitment.

David Rock’s SCARF model contributes to leadership development by highlighting the link between understanding the brain and understanding people. Here, Dr Dorrian Aiken explains her experiences with this model and how we as leaders and managers can use its five ‘triggers’ to cultivate mindfulness, intervene in triggered responses and build relational competencies.

Worldwide, there is a growing interest in entrepreneurial businesses as people realise they need to create their own future – there won’t be a corporate parent to take care of them. But what are the success factors for small business owners, especially those from low-income areas? Research conducted by USB MBA students highlighted a number of success factors.

Financial exclusion is a result of many barriers – those which limit consumers’ access to financial products and services as well as those which limit providers from supplying such products and services. What role can FinTech play create a financially inclusive society?

Airbnb, which is part of the sharing economy, is one of the biggest disruptors in the hospitality industry. The question now needs to be asked: What is Airbnb’s role in, and contribution to, the tourism industry, and does this enterprise have a sustainable business model?

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