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New book explores Japanese philosophy in modern business world

Prof Frank Brueck, honorary professor at USB, published a book based on the wisdom of the old Japanese philosophy of IKIGAI (the reason/purpose of life). He developed a unique model to review your own (working) life in these trying times. In this new book Ikigai is transferred to the modern business world. It highlights how we can achieve purpose and meaning as individually as leaders and collectively as organisations. Here he shares more about the book:

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Implications of Covid-19 on infrastructure finance in Africa

There is a significant infrastructure finance gap in Africa that is likely to widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic unless countries consider alternative financing techniques, says Dr Ashenafi Fanta, senior lecturer in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB.

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Leadership

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Workplace bullying and sick leave during COVID-19

Although sickness in the workplace is not uncommon, the strict guidelines in place to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and constant news updates on the spread of the disease, can make people hyper-aware and even suspicious of their co-workers’ health.

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Coaching

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Leading through a crisis

Business leaders, including MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa, shared their advice to lead effectively during these unprecedented times at the online 2020 USB Business Breakfast event that was hosted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

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Work in the time of Corona

Prof Renata Schoeman, Head of the Health Care Leadership MBA specialisation stream at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), reassures us that we can stay productive, healthy and happy while working from home during the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown.

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Development Finance

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Implications of Covid-19 on infrastructure finance in Africa

There is a significant infrastructure finance gap in Africa that is likely to widen due to the Covid-19 pandemic unless countries consider alternative financing techniques, says Dr Ashenafi Fanta, senior lecturer in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB.

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Sino-African relations: Opportunities and risks for Africa

A panel of experts on African matters agreed that the Sino-African relations are beneficial to both Africa and China, though not equally. But how exactly is Africa benefiting from the Sino-African relations and how can the continent leverage this relationship to exploit her boundless opportunities and resources?

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Africa industrialisation day

The outcry for Africa to industrialise is growing louder!

This Africa Industrialisation Day we reflect on the pace at which Africa is developing. Most African nations are eager to industrialise given the associated benefits of job creation, economic resilience and technological diffusion. However, it is the agglomeration and development of industrial clusters in Africa that will ultimately lead to progress.

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Social Impact

What is our right to health?

Prof Renata Schoeman, head of the MBA in Health Care Leadership programme at USB, says COVID-19 highlights the need for people to take personal responsibility for their health.

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Philanthropy lacks imagination.

Dr Armand Bam, Head of Social Impact at USB, encourages philanthropists to shift focus from traditional philanthropic models in order to genuinely effect positive change.

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Virus and values

Prof Arnold Smit, Associate Professor of Business in Society, unpacks five moral values that we all have in common. These values, he says, are the essence of what makes us human, and should be upheld at all costs during these difficult times in our society.

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Sustainability

Your office toilet uses 90% of your company’s water

Office buildings consume almost half the municipal water supply, although they make up just 10% of customers, with office bathrooms responsible for up to 90% of a commercial building’s consumption and also the greatest source of leaks and inefficient water use.

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