Ranson Sifiso GwalaUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal | ukzn · Graduate School of Business and Leadership
Ranson Sifiso Gwala
Doctor of Business Administration
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Ranson Sifiso Gwala holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) . He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UKZN. Study interests are leadership, business management, public administration, corporate governance, marketing, research methodology, and small business development. He has published three journal articles, one book chapter, peer-reviewed three book chapters, and presented at two conferences.
This paper aims to systematically review the existing studies of corporate governance with organisational performance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and put forward theories, research methods, topics, and variables that emerge from the review. The systematic literature review is based on 42 peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic written b...
This paper aims to review systematically the existing studies of corporate governance that positively impact organisational performance in Africa and put forward theories, research methods, topics, and variables that emerge from the review. The systematic literature review is based on 32 peer-reviewed journal articles (and a further 12 thesis publi...
This chapter explores how COVID-19 negatively impacted society and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and how social media marketing, promoting, and influencing played a role in rescuing and resuscitating some of the SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapter investigates the use of social media during the hard lockdown due to mitigation measures...
The recent legalisation of cannabis in South Africa has created a sizable market for the importation of cannabis products into the country. The cannabis-masterplan explains how the value creation features must be reflected in legislation. Cannabis products may already be imported with approval. This causes yet another delay and issue because it pre...
This paper aims to explore the impact of covid-19 on the future of migration and mobility. The emergence of covid-19 in 2019 was initially less understood, but when the spread of cases worsened the world closed borders in early 2020 as it was understood how the virus spread. This led to many restrictions in terms of international travel, local trav...
This paper aims to explore the impact of the new worker policies, which ended up agreeing on the formation of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). The paper shall have sought to analyse the operations and the political ideological inclination of the NEDLAC as a structure. It further looks at the hot potatoes that are the u...
This article examines the extent to which COVID-19 limits the movement of people or migration and the implication of this restriction for nation-building. It argues that the more people comply with the COVID-19 social distance order, the greater the implications for national integration and social cohesion in Africa. Indeed, extant studies on COVID...
Corporate governance is becoming more widely recognised as a key factor in determining an organisation's overall performance. The King Code I-IV was created to provide a corporate governance framework for South African corporations that is easy to understand and follow. The fourth industrial revolution forces change and flexibility, necessitating i...
Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) play a key role in transition and developing countries. These firms typically account for more than 90% of all firms outside the agricultural sector, constitute a major source of employment and generate significant domestic and export earnings. The aim of the research was to investigate the viability of s...
Many PhD students, however, look to produce research articles from their dissertation rather than a book as the first step in disseminating their research. Converting a dissertation into research articles also requires substantial reworking of dissertation material. This often involves recontextualizing, reframing, reprioritizing, trimming, condensing, and even restructuring. In order to publish a book, the first thing students need to do is write a proposal for the book. There are many factors that need to be considered when submitting a book proposal to a publisher or an article to a peer-reviewed journal. The dissertation needed considerable reworking, and each of the publications needed to be completely rewritten from their original format in the dissertation. (Paltridge, 2016)
Personally, I have produced, a systematic literature review, a literature review (to be published as a book Chapter) and a full journal article summarising the full thesis. On the sidelines of that, I am writing another book Chapter and Conference attendance paper. This has allowed me to diversify my skills and thought process, allowing me to think out of the box and acquire more requisite skills.
Mixed-methods researchers promote pragmatism as a paradigm by suggesting that it is directly linked to the needs of mixed-methods research. Scholars maintain that pragmatism provides a philosophical foundation for social science research, in general, and mixed-methods research, in particular (Morgan 2014a).
Many researchers still believe that mixed methodology should be done separately.
What is the take on the pragmatic approach where mixed methods adopt the use of both methods using one instrument/tool to collect data at the same time? This will either be QUANT+qual or QUAL+quant.
"Construct validity is the extent to which the measure 'behaves' in a way consistent with theoretical hypotheses and represents how well scores on the instrument are indicative of the theoretical construct."
How does it validate results?
How does it validate the methodology?
What does it mean if it is weak?
Covid-19 pandemic has made working very difficult. This includes meeting people accessing sites and getting participants for interviews. Should candidates be given more time to complete their PhD? What additional ethical considerations should be taken into account during covid-19?
Reading towards a Doctor of Business Administration. Supervised by Prof Pfano Mashau and Prof Abdul Kader