GIBS case studies

GIBS faculty produce a number of teaching case studies covering diverse subjects on a yearly basis.

Dr Caren Scheepers, with Natalie van der Veen, recently published a case study on Unilever.  The focus of the case study was on contextual leadership and how to embed a  culture of inclusive growth.  The title of the case study is Unilever South Africa: Contextual leadership of culture for inclusive growth.  The case study is available for purchase from Ivey Publishing –

To view more GIBS case studies, please visit the Ivey Publishing Case Collection or the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Collection.

Happy reading!

The MBA still rules the market (BizEd)

According to a recent infograph in the July/August 2015 edition of the BizEd magazine the MBA still rules the market.  The infograph is based on a survey done by the Graduate Management Admission Council using the comments from 11,674 prospective students between October 2013 and September 2014.

Read the full survey at

The infograph is available at

If you haven’t worked a day in your life, you probably don’t love anything

The Indisputable Dirt

You’ve heard it before, the beloved aphorism from the ever-intriguing Confucius;

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”


I’ve also heard it attributed to Albert Einstein, but the internet tells me that Confucius coined it, so we’ll go with that. Regardless, you’ve probably seen it in the form of a meme, pinned a thousand times on Pinterest, shared on Facebook, tweeted on twitter, etc…


 ^stuff like this^

I understand why the quote is so popular. There is something inspiring, something hopeful about it. It is just poetic enough to sound reasonable, just vague enough to withstand any serious scrutiny.

The only problem, of course, is that it is almost entirely false.

If the phrase was not so oft-quoted, if I did not think it influenced people’s decisions, I wouldn’t be writing this post. But from where I stand, this…

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An Internet of Things prediction for 2025 — with caveats (ComputerWorld)

“A massive survey by the Pew Research Center about the Internet of Things in 2025 is very optimistic about its future, though its responses are filled with questions, doubts and caveats.

Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, said in his response: “We will expect things to respond to vocal commands. We will be able to say ‘TV, pause’, ‘lights, on’, ‘temperature, up’, and so on. We will able to control our home systems remotely, particularly from our car. This technology will be so cheap that it will naturally be incorporated into most appliances and devices.”


Gartner Identifies Indias Top 10 Technology Trends in 2014

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Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technology trends and drivers that will be strategic for Indian organizations in 2014.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

India –

Mr. Tripathi said that while Indian companies may be keen to invest in new technologies, there are still roadblocks to full-scale adoption including business readiness, a lack of capacity for organizational change and low levels of IT funding. Implementing business process improvements, revenue growth through differentiated products and services, and business expansion are the top business priority areas of investment for Indian organizations.

(Some of the ). . . top 10 strategic technology trends for Indian companies in 2014 include:

Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics

The BI, analytics and performance management segment is the hottest software market in India, fueled by IT prioritization and expanding business buying centers. A competitive business environment and economic conditions are also forcing enterprises in India to focus on using fact based decision-making tools to rationalize costs and time for businesses. Enterprises in India will continue to use BI to be transformative in their approach.

Mobility Solutions

Mobility in enterprise has created a huge opportunity for IT leaders to reduce costs, increase productivity and enable smooth business transactions. Swift growth in the prevalence of mobile devices, a decline in their price, and falling data plan costs have the potential to completely transform some business models. Organizations in India are beginning to leverage more personal interactions with greater reach and are also looking to evaluate mobile platforms as a delivery mechanism to provide an integrated view of multiple proprietary and publicly available datasets to help drive better real-time decisions.

Cloud Computing

Although still in its infancy in India and other emerging markets, cloud adoption is increasing. Led by infrastructure-as-a-service engagements in the data center, disaster recovery and storage areas, there is a broad range of providers that target large organizations as well as SMBs. This fast growing adoption by a diverse range of organizations has catalyzed providers to invest in high quality data centers and innovative cloud infrastructures, as well as a portfolio of cloud-related offerings such as security, communications and managed services.

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Why You Should Care About the Central African Republic – World News Report

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The most comprehensive geo-political news service available on the Internet, covering over 263 countries and regions, all U.S. States and Industries.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

CAR  –  “population 4 million, landlocked and the size of Texas, home to militant groups and undergoing a brutal civil war. On the surface, these facts are easily looked over. Just another African country dealing with the often depicted stereotypes of rebels, machetes and violence.      –    Despite individual feelings of not wanting to get involved, according to the 1948 Genocide Convention, the international community has an absolute responsibility to get involved and do their best to prevent acts of genocide when they occur.    The UN has developed a mandate for multi-dimensional stabilization mission (MINUSCA) which will include assistance programs, translations, disarmament and reintegration. However, despite the focus on civilians, we also need to focus on drawing peace between the Seleka groups and Anti-balaka movement. While French and AU troops are currently on the ground, far more reinforcements are needed in the country if peace is ever to be achieved.


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Nigeria’s 70% economy boost

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Nigeria’s GDP grows 71% to become the 26th largest economy in the world

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Dr Lyal White also comments  –  “Nigeria has moved to be the largest economy by GDP size in Africa and has moved to be the 26th-largest economy in the world,” Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.

“On a per capita basis, Nigeria is number 121 in the world. So, we have a total GDP size where we have moved up to 26th,” the former World Bank managing director added.

The widely expected results are based on calculations taking into account a range of new sectors and industries that were negligible or non-existent in 1990. Thirteen additional industries were included to measure the country’s economy, bringing the total number of industries to 46.

These new sectors include the mobile telephones market – Africa’s largest – music and the hugely popular local film industry, Nollywood, worth 853,9 billion naira ($5,1 billion) or 1,2% of GDP.

“The rebased GDP numbers imply that the level of economic activity is much higher than previously reported,” the finance ministry said in a statement, adding that the economy was becoming more driven by the service sector.

“It indicates a clearer picture of Nigeria’s economic landscape, and the significant opportunity for growth and wealth creation in the Nigerian economy.”

South Africa’s economy was at $384 billion in 2012, according to the World Bank

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