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1. Serfontein, Jacob Jacobus. The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa.

Degree: Business Management, 2010, Stellenbosch University

Thesis (PhD (Business Management)) – University of Stellenbosch, 2010.

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The turbulent and rapidly changing world, including South Africa, has created a society craving for speed and action. Future leaders, therefore, face incredible pressures to deliver immediate results, to do more with less and to manage an ever-increasing personal workload. The pace and urgency of daily demands can make it difficult to be more than the step ahead into the future. But in a world of changing conditions and priorities, leaders and individual contributors alike must be able to look beyond the ‘now’ and take a more strategic leadership approach to their work and responsibilities. Global mega-trends are leading to increasing levels of complexity, dynamism and uncertainty in the corporate environment. In an uncertain economy, organisations need effective strategies that will enable them to thrive. Traditional leadership approaches have been rendered insufficient by the rapid changes in the knowledge economy. Businesses need to practise systemic innovation in this fast-changing, knowledge-driven global business landscape in order to remain competitive. Despite heightened awareness and interest by both scholars and practitioners in the field of strategic leadership, the subject will always be an emerging field of inquiry. Furthermore, limited research has thus far been conducted on the impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa. A review of strategic leadership literature revealed a research gap that culminated in the following research question: “What is the impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa”? To address the research question stated above, a literature review on the impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance was conducted, and an empirical study was executed. The literature review emphasised the three interrelated strategic leadership constructs of action, coherence and discipline that explored the relationship between strategic leadership and the organisation’s operational strategy and performance. In this study, operational strategy includes strategic orientation as well as the operational excellence of the organisation. The factors which influence strategic orientation were identified as the organisation’s ability to create and formulate their strategy as well as the discipline of all people in the organisation to execute the strategy. Operational excellence, was influenced by product differentiation, cost management and integration. The literature review also emphasised the influence of adaptive leadership, autonomy, communication, knowledge, processes and systems, and values on self reported organisational performance which was directly related to strategic leadership. To address the research problem, empirical cross-sectional telephone surveys were conducted. The sample selected for the study…

Advisors/Committee Members: Hough, Johan, University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Dept. of Business Management..

Subjects/Keywords: Business management; Business Management

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APA (6th Edition):

Serfontein, J. J. (2010). The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa. (Thesis). Stellenbosch University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/5187

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Serfontein, Jacob Jacobus. “The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa.” 2010. Thesis, Stellenbosch University. Accessed August 20, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/5187.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Serfontein, Jacob Jacobus. “The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa.” 2010. Web. 20 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Serfontein JJ. The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa. [Internet] [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2010. [cited 2019 Aug 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/5187.

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Serfontein JJ. The impact of strategic leadership on the operational strategy and performance of business organisations in South Africa. [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2010. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/5187

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Stellenbosch University

2. Votteler, Roman Gunter. An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape.

Degree: MComm, Business Management, 2012, Stellenbosch University

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Scientists agree that the rising electricity usage of the rapidly growing human race to improve its standard of living is negatively affecting the environment. To create a sustainable environment for future generations, renewable and environmentally friendly resources have to be exchanged for the present finite resources. In South Africa, coal plants are responsible for more than 90% of the electricity production. This means that action has to be taken now to start a process of change to sustainable electricity resources. This study focused on the South African solar industry. Due to the high sun radiation levels, solar technology is one of the renewable energy sources with the greatest potential. The industry is in its infancy, characterised by accelerated growth expectancy and fuelled by factors such as government subsidies, the fluctuations of fossil fuel prices and the increasing focus on economical long-term sustainability. The expected growth necessitates a focus on the market positioning of solar service providers in the Western Cape with the aim of taking full advantage of the opportunities associated with this industry. The main objective of this study was to determine the current structure of the solar service provider value chain and subsequently areas of improvement to increase growth, stakeholder satisfaction and sustainability. A literature review was conducted to address the research objective, relevant approaches and the broader electricity industry. Porter’s Value Chain approach was used as a foundation for the adaptation to the solar service provider value chain. Porter’s Five Forces model was also used as a secondary approach, which analysed the competitive environment of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape. The methodology entailed a qualitative research approach in the form of semi-structured interviews. All respondents were general managers or owners of a solar service provider, who were interviewed face to face. The study focused on the entire population of solar service providers in the Western Cape. Seventy-seven different service providers were targeted, of which 18 were interviewed. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using content and frequency analysis. To guarantee reliability, a pilot study was conducted to ensure that the questionnaire was understood by the respondents. The validity of this study is gauged as high as the entire population was targeted and the results can be broadly generalised. The findings show that customer service is the foremost value driver for solar service providers. This entails the actual installation of the product as well as the people skills of the installation team. As most customers only have to be served once due to the long life span of the products, marketing also plays an obvious role in attracting new customers. The most important outcome of this study is the determination and a better understanding of the solar service provider value chain in South Africa. The recommendations, especially with… Advisors/Committee Members: Hough, Johan, Venter, Chanel, Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Dept. of Business Management..

Subjects/Keywords: Business management; Dissertations  – Business management; Business Management

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APA (6th Edition):

Votteler, R. G. (2012). An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape. (Thesis). Stellenbosch University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/71817

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Votteler, Roman Gunter. “An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape.” 2012. Thesis, Stellenbosch University. Accessed August 20, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/71817.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Votteler, Roman Gunter. “An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape.” 2012. Web. 20 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Votteler RG. An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape. [Internet] [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2012. [cited 2019 Aug 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/71817.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Votteler RG. An analysis of the solar service provider industry in the Western Cape. [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2012. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/71817

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Stellenbosch University

3. Parker, Andre Charles. A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Degree: Business Management, 2009, Stellenbosch University

Thesis (MComm (Business Management)) – University of Stellenbosch, 2009.

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: “Africa’s not for sissies” is what one often hears when discussing business conditions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). For purposes of this study, the relatively well-developed country of South Africa has been excluded from the definition of SSA. The region boasts some of the lowest human development index scores and economic growth levels in the world, while enjoying the unenviable reputation as one of the most corrupt places on earth. The fact that SSA fares poorest of all when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment (barely 1% of global inflows), is due to foreign investor perceptions of unacceptable levels of country risk that keep them from investing in the region. Reasons for SSA’s malaise are instructive as context for the status quo and include the aftermath of colonialism, continued flare-ups of ethnic-induced civil unrest, the lingering effects of a disastrous flirtation with socialism and a recent generation of corrupt and incompetent leaders. However, the good news is that the new millennium increasingly exhibits significant trends in support of the notion that a reversal of SSA’s fortunes is underway: annual GDP growth in the region is well ahead of the global average, civil wars in the region have largely come to an end and, for two years running, private equity investment flows into the region have surpassed that of foreign aid, Africa’s traditional ‘crutch’. Importantly, a small band of early-mover Multinational Corporations (MNCs) are making their presence felt in the region and beginning to make good profits. These firms include the likes of Diageo, The Coca-Cola Company, MTN and SABMiller. Still, today’s business environment in the small, impoverished markets of SSA remains extremely challenging, characterised by poor infrastructure and skills, coupled to an unhelpful officialdom. The purpose of this study is to research the impediments to investing in SSA, both real and imagined, and then to discuss ways of overcoming these. By applying a qualitative research methodology, including the use of case studies and structured interviews with selected executives of the MNCs active in the region, key success factors for investing and operating in the region will be identified and explained.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Enigeen wat ‘n besigheid in Afrika bedryf is dit eens dat ‘n mens hare op jou tande nodig het om hier sukses te behaal as gevolg van die aansienlike aantal struikelblokke wat ‘n mens te wagte moet wees. Hierdie studie is gemik op die onontwikkelde Afrika lande, suid van die Sahara woestyn (ASS). Suid Afrika word vir doeleindes van hierdie studie uitgesluit uit die definisie van ASS, weens die land se relatiewe gevorderde besigheidsklimaat. Ongelukkig word die lande van die ASS streek oorwegend gekenmerk deur lae peile van ontwikkeling, asook lae ekonomiese groeikoerse. Die streek word boonop beskou as die mees korrupte plek op aarde. Dit is dus geen wonder nie dat ASS die slegste van alle…

Advisors/Committee Members: Hough, Johan, Neuland, Ernst W., University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Dept. of Business Management..

Subjects/Keywords: Business management; International business enterprises  – Africa, Sub-Saharan  – Management; Investments, Foreign  – Africa, Sub-Saharan; Success in business  – Africa, Sub-Saharan

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APA (6th Edition):

Parker, A. C. (2009). A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Thesis). Stellenbosch University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1929

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Parker, Andre Charles. “A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.” 2009. Thesis, Stellenbosch University. Accessed August 20, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1929.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Parker, Andre Charles. “A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa.” 2009. Web. 20 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Parker AC. A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. [Internet] [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2009. [cited 2019 Aug 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1929.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Parker AC. A qualitative study of key success factors for multinational corporations operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. [Thesis]. Stellenbosch University; 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1929

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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