Department of Business Management

Research

The Department of Business Management has a number of staff actively engaged in producing quality research outputs in the field of business management as contributions to academia and industry. Fellow academics, Master and Doctoral students, and industry stakeholders have the opportunity to engage with the following academics:

Prof W Ladzani

Tel: 012 429 3777
E-mail: wladzani@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Watson Ladzani offers, amongst other things, research and tuition to both postgraduate students and non-formal Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) to Unisa students. His passion is mostly in entrepreneurship and SMME skills development. He is the Programme Leader for the Short Course in SMME Management - one of Unisa's Centre for Business Management SLPs.


Prof P Prinsloo

Tel: 012 433 4719
E-mail: prinsp@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Paul Prinsloo is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa (Unisa). Since 2015 he is also a Visiting Professor at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany.

His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies. Paul is an established researcher and has published numerous articles in the fields of teaching and learning, student success in distance education contexts, learning analytics, postgraduate supervision and curriculum development. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identities. His collaborative research in the ethical implications/dimensions of learning analytics with Dr Sharon Slade (Open University, United Kingdom) received several international accolades.

Professor Paul Prinsloo of the College of Economic and Management Sciences recently became the first academic from Africa to be awarded a fellowship by the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). Being a fellow of such a network means the organisation acknowledges one’s international contribution to the field. This accolade followed a year of good news for Prinsloo. At the end of 2018 he obtained a B3 National Research Foundation rating. This meant that he moved into the elite group of B-rated researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their research outputs. In June last year, Prinsloo received the best paper award at the EDEN conference together with co-authors Dr Sharon Slade (Open University, UK) and Dr Mohammad Khalil (Delft University of Technology). The jury members described the paper as an excellent and courageous contribution and lauded it for a fresh view on learning analytics.

Earlier this year, Prinsloo received more good news in the form of an Irish Research Council grant shared with Professor Su-Ming Khoo from the National University of Ireland, Galway. An amount of € 349,346.37 (some R5,6 million) was awarded to them for the B-CAUSE (Building Collaborative Approaches to University Strategies against Exclusion) project. The two academics will be looking specifically at exclusion in Ireland and Africa, and pedagogies for quality higher education and inclusive global citizenship. The project funding commenced on 1 April 2019.


Prof A Aregbeshola

Tel: 012 429 8505
E-mail:
aregbra@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Adewale Aregbeshola is a Professor of International Business (Finance) and Business Strategy. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Ogun State University, Honours and Master’s Degrees at the University of South Africa and PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand Business School. His academic and professional engagements have included appointments at the Management Development Institute (The Gambia), Babcock University (Nigeria), and University of Lagos (Nigeria). He currently serves as a Full Professor of International Business (Finance) and Business Strategy in the Department of Business Management at the University of South Africa. These appointments have been interspersed with numerous administrative assignments, international conference appearances and speaking engagements. He has authored a number of publications in local and international journals, and has presented a number of papers at local and international conferences, workshops and seminars, coupled with being a consultant and visiting Professor to a number of Universities.


Aregbeshola Adewale is a specialist in International Business Strategies, expansions strategies of multinational corporations and international capital flow. He has also done extensive studies on the dynamics of African capital market and growth imperatives. His research focusses more on African countries and other emerging economies as well. He possesses advanced expertise in econometrics and quantitative approaches.


Prof N Sewdass

Tel: 012 429 2795
E-mail: sewdan@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Prof Nisha Sewdass is a Professor in the Department of Management Science at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her research focus areas include Strategic Competitive Intelligence and business intelligence and she has conducted several certificate courses and workshops in these areas for government departments and industry in South Africa. She is currently working on Big Data Analytics for CI and the use of social media for Competitive Intelligence.  She is also the founder and Chair of the SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals) South African Chapter and the Chair of the African Summit 2014, 2016 and serves on the SCIP Global Advisory Board. Prof Sewdass is a member on the SCIP Board of Directors. She has published and presented several papers at local and international conferences. 


Prof S Rudansky-Kloppers

Tel: 012 429 4689
E-mail: rudans@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Sharon Rudansky-Kloppers is a professor in Business Management. In January 1988, she joined Unisa as a lecturer in the marketing section of the Department of Business Management. She obtained a DCom degree in business management from Unisa in 2002. She is currently the head of the First Year Section: Business Management in the Department of Business Management. She is a member of several professional organisations. She is the author of a number of accredited articles and has presented papers at national and international congresses. She is the author and co-author of books dealing with business communication, marketing, and business management.


Prof B Erasmus

Tel: 012 433 4681
E-mail: erasmbj@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Barney Erasmus was born in Polokwane on 20 October 1954, and matriculated in 1972 at the Polokwane High School, South Africa.  He graduated with a B Mil degree in 1981 at the University of Stellenbosch, followed by a Hons B Com degree in 1983, M Com (cum laude) in 1986, BA degree in 1989, and a D Com degree at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1992. During 2011, he attended the Senior Executive Development Programme (SEP74) at the London Business School in the UK.

In 1973, he joined the South African Navy and underwent general officer’s training and later specialised in human resource management, and served in the Navy until 1987 when he resigned from the Submarine Flotilla, having achieved the rank of Commander. In 1988, he joined Western Deep Levels Gold Mine where he was responsible for labour relations and human resource development.

On 1 January 1990, he joined the Department of Business Management as a senior lecturer and was promoted to associate professor on 1 January 1993. On 1 January 1997, he became professor in human resource management, focusing on labour relations and training management. 

He is a member of several professional organisations, both nationally and internationally. He was an NRF-rated researcher and the author of several accredited articles and presented various papers at national and international conferences (see Google Scholar and http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4651-1573). He is co-author of a number of books dealing with human resource management, labour relations and training management. He is the initiator and project leader of the course in labour relations management, the programmes in human resource management, as well as the advanced programme in human resource management, presented by the Centre for Business Management at Unisa.

He has been Head of the Centre for Business Management (1997-2006) and from 2004 until September 2006 also Director of the School of Management Sciences at Unisa. He was also editor of the South African Journal of Labour Relations, an accredited South African Journal. As from 1 October 2006, he was seconded to the position as Vice-Principal: Operations at Unisa and from 1 October 2010 he accepted a five year contract for the same position.  The areas of responsibility were Human Resources, Protection Services and Study material, Print Production and Delivery. He joined the Department of Business Management at Unisa on 1 January 2016.


Prof T Botha

Tel: 012 429 4764
E-mail: brevit@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Tersia Botha is an associate professor in Business Management. In January 1993, she joined Unisa as a lecturer in the Department of Business Management.  She obtained a DCom degree in Business Management, with speciliasation in Investment Management from Unisa in 1998. She is currently teaching Strategic Management, Leadership and Business Management by Portfolio.  She presented papers at national and international conferences and authored research articles published in accredited journals.  She also authored and co-authored numerous  books in various specialist fields in Business Management, namely Practising Strategy, Financial Management, Leadership, Corporate Citizenship, Business Management by Portfolio and Management Principle


Dr T Visser

Tel: 012 429 6583
E-mail: vissed@unisa.ac.za

Bio:

Dr Thea Visser is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Management at UNISA. She is supervising Masters and Doctoral students in the fields of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Family Business Management and Leadership; and serves as an External Examiner for various national and international Universities.  She has published articles in accredited international journals and presented papers at international conferences.

Last modified: 2019/08/23