Lynette Louw

Lynette Louw
Rhodes University | RU · Department of Management

Doctorate in Commerce

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Orientation: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) owned by immigrants in developing economies, such as South Africa, tend to trust formal financial institutions (FFIs) for financial support. Research purpose: Even though immigrant SMEs create opportunities that have important implications for the South African economy; less than 5% of them can acce...
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Background: The involvement of formal financial institutions (FFIs) in financing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is and always has been a fundamental issue of concern amongst policymakers and practitioners in developing countries such as South Africa, which experience very low or no economic growth. Aim: This study analysed the guidelines and...
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Orientation: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in most developing economies depend heavily on credit from the formal financial sector since financial capital from other sources is insufficient for their growth and survival.Research purpose: Despite SMEs contributing substantially towards sustainable economic development, they have the highest fai...
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Research and media reports have pointed out problems in the way that Chinese mining organisations in Africa are managing stakeholder relationships. The problems ranging from disgruntled communities and allegations of labour violations. Taking into account, the impact that China's foreign direct investment in Africa, research to understand how Chine...
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China’s presence in Africa has increased rapidly in recent years. With their established presence, Chinese organisations have been faced with various managerial practice-related challenges. This case study examines the challenges faced by a Chinese multinational organisation which imports heavy machinery and operates in Uganda. Data were collected...
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This chapter examines the experiences of Chinese entrepreneurial immigrants who start up and operate Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in Maputo’s retail sector. The push and pull factors that lead Chinese entrepreneur immigrants to operate such SMMEs are explored, and the chapter demonstrates the impact of the language barrier between th...
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Background: Mental health and salutogenesis are important topics at universities in China and Germany where heightening stress levels in students can be observed. Aim: The aim of this article is to determine the profile of the salutogenic concept, sense of coherence (SOC), in Chinese and German students to provide new insights into SOC and mental...
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This book provides deep insights into intercultural collaboration among business partners, employees, managers, and entrepreneurs in Chinese-African professional interactions. It presents cultural and theoretical knowledge on Chinese and African management, leadership, and philosophy. Chinese and African scholars and professionals share their insig...
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We analyse the impact of failing to control invasive alien plants (IAPs) on the water supply to the Berg River and De Hoop Dams, in other words, the opportunity cost of not clearing IAPs in these two catchments. To do this we used models to assess and compare the impact of current and future invasions on inflows into the dams. Although the clearing...
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Orientation: There is a growing prevalence of entrepreneurial activity by immigrant entrepreneurs in different sectors of various economies across the world. Immigrant entrepreneurs seek to identify opportunities to grow and sustain their businesses in hostile business markets. Immigrant entrepreneurs use an array of channels of communication to ga...
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The study investigated the influence of national culture on organisational culture of multinational companies in Ghana. A survey of 269 questionnaires was sampled from managers in Accra, Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi. Structural Equation Modelling statistical (SEM) technique with AMOS 24. 0 was employed for the study's analysis. It was observed that, h...
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Background: Leadership effectiveness is critical to organisational performance and survival. To be effective, organisational leaders must possess the right competencies. One vital leadership competency is strategic thinking, which is described as the ability to synthesise and utilise intuition and creativity in order for an organisation to achieve...
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Orientation: Effective leadership is critical to the survival and growth of organisations. For such leadership to be realised, organisational leaders need to be competent in transformational leadership, which is described as a situation in which the leader and followers empower and shape each other’s behaviour to attain a desired goal.Research purp...
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Orientation: Chinese organisations have a long tradition of operating in Tanzania, and even today, Tanzania is the gateway for Chinese interests entering sub-Saharan markets.Research purpose: The purpose of this article was to explore and understand the perceptions of Chinese and Tanzanian employees working in a private Chinese organisation in Tanz...
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Chinese managers experience the cooperation with Tanzanian employees as challenging and conflictual. Cooperation difficulties are mainly found with regard to organisational strategy, and planning decision-making processes, concepts of participation, leadership styles, qualification and training, operational processes, recruitment, work conditions,...
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The study investigated the influence of national culture on organisational culture of multinational companies in Ghana. A survey of 269 questionnaires was sampled from managers in Accra, Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi. Structural Equation Modelling statistical (SEM) technique with AMOS 24. 0 was employed for the study's analysis. It was observed that, h...
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The banking industry is a major driver of economic development for world economies. By offering different types of services, such as facilitating money transfers between countries and ensuring that savers and borrowers are brought together in well-organised structures, the industry determines countries’ economic development and long-term sustainabi...
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Abstract Purpose: The cooperation between Chinese and Tanzanian employees and organisations has a very long tradition in Tanzanian history. The purpose of this paper is to explore and understand how Chinese and Tanzanian employees see themselves and “the other” while cooperating. Methodology: This research presents a study of a single case, conduc...
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Perspectives of Chinese and Tanzanian employees on intercultural cooperation in a private Chinese organisation in Tanzania Claude-Hélène Mayer , Christian Martin Boness and Lynette Louw Department of Management, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa Abstract Purpose: Chinese organisations have a long tradition operating in Tanzania, and ev...
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Objective: This study focuses on an assessment of managerial job satisfaction and commitment in the context of a vibrant and rapidly changing public utility from a positive organisational behaviour (POB) perspective. It aims at contributing towards an in-depth understanding of positive micro-organisational behaviour. Problem investigated: The aim o...
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Objective: This study focuses on an assessment of managerial job satisfaction and commitment in the context of a vibrant and rapidly changing public utility from a positive organisational behaviour (POB) perspective. It aims at contributing towards an in-depth understanding of positive micro-organisational behaviour. Problem investigated: The aim o...
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Given the importance of the agricultural sector in the South African economy and the emerging importance of game farming, long term sustainability is critical. One way of achieving long term sustainability of game ranches in South Africa is to ensure the effective and efficient management of these ranches. Effective and efficient management is larg...
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The presence of China in Africa has introduced a new geopolitical dynamic that should be incorporated into the way international human resource management (HRM) is studied cross-culturally. Despite a growing literature on China's international relations with and investment in Africa, little previous study has been undertaken at organizational level...
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This study focuses on the construction of identity concepts and values, in the process of developing managerial identities within a selected publically owned utility in South Africa. The methodology used is a multi-method case study approach which is con ducted in the phenomenological, qualitative research paradigm. The findings show that managers...
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The unprecedented human immune deficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) crisis worldwide, and specifically in Africa, requires new thinking, new practices, and new research into health management. Identifying the challenges in managing HIV/AIDS from a health professional's perspective would bring new opportunities and unc...
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Purpose/objective: The purpose of this article is to investigate the relationship between value- and life-orientation and job satisfaction, as well as determining the influence of gender, age and cultural group within the selected South African organisational context. Problem investigated: The success of a diverse organisation in a complex globalis...
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The significant globalisation and post-apartheid challenges faced by managers in international organisations in South Africa are well known. Coping with transcultural conflicts is one of the major challenges. The aim of this article is to assess managerial values and their occurrence in transcultural conflicts in the international automotive organi...
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Orientation: The role of experience in the development of managers’ social competencies has been analysed in this research.Research purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to develop an understanding of the process through which experience contributed towards the development of service-oriented managers’ social competencies.Motivation for th...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate insights into cross-cultural conflict, identity and values amongst selected managers within a South African management context. It aims to increase the understanding of these complexities from an academic managerial perspective, thereby providing in-depth information which can lead to the develo...
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Studies in organisational conflict management have gained interest in business and management sciences in the past decade. At the same time, the potential for transcultural conflict has grown. The challenge for South African managers is to find creative solutions for managing a highly diverse workforce and the transcultural conflicts that occur. In...
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Abstract Constructing managerial identities Ethnographic insights in the South African Water Service Sector In management sciences and organizational studies, identity has become a popular research topic. Identity is viewed as an overall topic which focuses on how managers construct themselves with regard to their managerial and the organisationa...
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This article presents a case study on organisational conflict in a selected international organisation in the South African automotive industry to increase the contextual understanding of the topic. Data was gathered through in-depth interviews with 45 senior and middle managers in the selected international organisation at the head off ce and two...
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Higher education is undergoing radical changes globally. Higher education institutions worldwide focus on new strategies for internationalisation and creating new opportunities for staff and students to profit from internationalisation processes in a cosmopolitan educational environment. The university selected for this research article, one of the...
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This article presents a case study on organisational conflict in a selected international organisation in the South African automotive industry to increase the contextual understanding of the topic. Data was gathered through in-depth interviews with 45 senior and middle managers in the selected international organisation at the head off ce and two...
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Conference Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th of September 2008 The Value of Ethnography in Social and Management Sciences Teaching and Research Dr Claude-Hélène Mayer Department of Management P O Box 94 Grahamstown 6140 Abstract Value-orientations and transcultural conflict management - A case study in the South African automotive industry Over the...
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This article focuses on the impact of value-orientations on cross-cultural encounters and mediation in the Tanzanian educational system. The purpose of the article is to give an emic perspective on value-orientations in cross-cultural encounters and mediation situations in the educational system, to improve understanding of the conflictive aspects...
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The investment interest from multinational organisations in South Africa has grown since the country began the process of re-evaluating the past. South Africa is challenged by issues of organisational and human resource management, multiculturalism, and economic and political changes in the social and economic sectors. This article discusses the ro...
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Over the past fifty years, interest in the fields of conflict management and peace-keeping has developed worldwide. At the same time, the potential for transcultural conflict has grown. The challenge for South African managers is to find creative solutions for the management of a highly diverse workforce. There is evidence that diversity, if not we...
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An information security solution should be a fundamental component in any organization. One of the major difficulties in achieving the assimilation of information into an organization is the actions and behaviour of employees. To ensure the integration of information security into the corporate culture of an organization, the protection of informat...
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This textbook focusses on management competencies such as communication, planning and administration, decision making, strategic action, self management, global awareness and team work.
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Developments in the global and national economies as well as the labour market, have made it necessary that more attention be paid to entrepreneurship and the updating of curricula presented by tertiary institutions. For this purpose reliable and valid information is required. The primary objectives of this article are to report on the levels of st...
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This study investigated the influence of scholastic performance, motivational variables, and the use of various learning strategies on module performance in the subject Business Management at a South African university. Undergraduate Business Management students (n = 373) were surveyed using the MSLQ instrument, after completing a Business Manageme...
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The research on which this article reports, deals with the opinions and perceptions of 245 employers of the profile of MBA graduates. The research findings form part of a more comprehensive study on the status and nature of the MBA programme in South Africa. This article reports on the following research objectives: . To establish the profile of th...
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Presents the findings in respect of two research objectives, which form part of a larger research project on the status and nature of Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes in South Africa. In a summary form, the relevant research objectives are: to compare and contrast the opinions of MBA graduates and employers (representing business...
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The primary purpose of this article is to report on the opinions and perceptions of graduates of the quality and standing of South African Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programmes. This article seeks to assess specific outcomes of the MBA programmes offered by South African business schools; to gauge the quality of the MBA programmes of...
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With entrepreneurship being an important catalyst in wealth creation, it is imperative that entrepreneurs be developed. The aim of this exploratory research is to contribute to our understanding of the development of entrepreneurs and to encourage further research in the area. This paper proposes a model of entrepreneurship and tests the influencin...
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Total quality management resulting from the quest for total customer satisfaction implies giving every customer a product tailored specifically to their needs at a price comparable to that of mass produced products. Mass customisation offers several benefits, but are organisations ready for the paradigm shift? Three sets of factors that are indicat...
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Total quality management resulting from total customer satisfaction today can mean giving every customer a product tailored specifically to his or her needs. In the past, manufacturing was usually characterized by keeping costs down with economies of scale. Mass customization can result in a challenging manufacturing environment typified by both hi...
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Competition is at the core of the success or failure of any organization, and determines the appropriateness of its activities. In developing a strategy, managers must examine the marketing opportunities in each business and product-market, as well as the organization's distinctive competencies or strengths relative to its competitors. The SPACE ma...
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Competition is at the core of the success or failure of any organization, and determines the appropriateness of its activities. In developing a strategy, managers must examine the marketing opportunities in each business and product-market, as well as the organization's distinctive competencies or strengths relative to its competitors. The SPACE ma...
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One of the most distressing problems confronting South Africa is a structural shortage of core managerial competencies on the one hand, and an increasing oversupply of unskilled and semi ckilled human resources on the other hand. It is often asserted that needs/requirements of business practice are totally at variance with the nature and content of...
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International research on entrepreneurship shows that substantial variation exists in entrepreneurial activity between countries (Orford, Wood, Fischer, Herrington & Segal 2003:8). Entrepreneurial activity is measured in terms of the proportion of adults who are involved in starting a business or are owner-managers of new firms. Variations exist be...

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The project is to develop cross-cultural theory and methodology to study these dynamics at an organisational level and also to investigate the nature of Chinese organisational activity and its implications for Africa’s economic, social and community development.
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The goal of this project is to explore the topic of mediation in various cultural and intercultural contexts in collaboration with different researchers across different countries. This project is ongoing since I first started to explore mediation in intercultural contexts in practice, as well as in research.
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The research project focusing on "Chinese organisations in Tanzania" is part of a larger project - "China in Africa" - which is based at the Department of Management, at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown in South Africa. The project was implemented by Prof Dr Lynette Louw. Within the context of the international project, Chinese organisations have been researched in various African countries with different theoretical focus. The aim of the project "China in Africa" is to explore Chinese and African intercultural relationships and cooperations in specifically defined African organisational contexts.