Department of Public Administration and Management

Dr RG Wessels

College of Economic and Management Sciences
School of Public and Operations Management
Department: Public Administration and Management
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6941


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Management

Field of Specialisation

  • Human Resource Management
  • Training in Public Administration and Management
  • Local Government
  • Public service delivery
  • Teaching in an ODeL / ODL environment


Cases in Public Administration and Management: A South African perspective. Editors Mafunisa MJ & Maserumule, MH. 2004.

The case study method of instruction (Chapter in book).

The use of the case study method in teaching Public Management: Guidelines for application (Title of book).  Wessels, R.G (author).  2012.

Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing.  Published book in 2012.  ISBN 978-3-8465-1568-6.

Developing student graduateness and employability: Issues, provocations, theory and practical guidelines. Editors: Coetzee, M., Botha, J., Eccles, N., Nienaber, H. and Holtzhausen, N.  Randburg: Knowres Publishing. 2012.

A longitudinal study on teaching case studies in Public Administration at an Open Distance Learning University.  (Chapter in book co-authored with MS Binza).

Managing Human Capital in the Public Sector. Editor: Mello, DM.  Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.  2014.

Training in the public sector

Journal articles

Journal of Public Administration (JOPA). Volume 44, number 1.1. April 2009.

Advantages and challenges of using the case study method in teaching Public Administration.

Administratio Publica. Volume 19, Number 2. June 2011.

Students’ perspectives on case study teaching in Public Administration at Unisa: A pilot study.

Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice.  Volume 34, Number 2. 2012.

Case study teaching in a distance education curriculum.

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. Volume 3, Number 12.  November 2012.

The Reception of Satellite Broadcast in Public Administration Teaching at the University of South Africa.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Awarded by Unisa: Excellence in Tuition Award – 2012
  • Awarded by Unisa: Excellence in Tuition Award – 2015
  • Awarded by College of Economic and Management Sciences during November 2013:  ‘Honorary Award 2013 – Outstanding Contribution to e-tutor management in the College’
  • Awarded by College of Economic and Management Sciences on 31 October 2014: ‘Honorary Award 2014 – Outstanding Contribution to efficiency and effectiveness of CEMS’
  • Awarded by Unisa during September 2011.  ‘In recognition of innovation in Teaching and Learning at Unisa’
  • Completed a South African Netherlands Research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Fellowship: 2004 to 2005.  The content of the program consisted of in depth learning about research, both quantitative and qualitative methods.  Passed cum laude