Dean Nicola Kleyn receives an Emerald Management Review Citations of Excellence Award

Very hearty congratulations to Nicola Kleyn and Russell Abratt whose paper “Corporate identity, corporate branding and corporate reputations: Reconciliation and integration”, European Journal of Marketing, 2012 has been recognised by Emerald.

On a yearly basis the Emerald Group Publishing awards certificates to highly cited papers relating to the areas of Business Management, Finance, Accounting, Economics and Marketing – subjects in which Emerald itself has proudly published journals for nearly 50 years. The selection process made by our own editorial experts is based initially on the citations being given to papers published in a previous year (in this case 2012), but our judging panel also take into account the content of the papers themselves in terms of novelty, inter-disciplinary interest and relevancy in today’s world. While high academic and research standards are a pre-requisite, these selections are of course ultimately subjective, but they are also a reflection of the high quality of work published in 2012.

The article summary:

Purpose
The main purpose of this paper is to explore, define, reconcile and depict corporate identity (CI), corporate brand (CB) and corporate reputation (CR) in a framework that reflects the dimensions of these constructs, discriminates between them and represents their inter‐relatedness.

GIBS Africa Week celebrated in the Information Centre

We felt we had to contribute to the efforts of the Centre for Dynamic Markets during Africa Week by extending their exhibits into the Information Centre.

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Thank you Monica and Pride for bringing the artifacts and driving this initiative.

Mobile services for the unbanked: finding a viable commercial model

The cost of providing financial services remains high. Shared services platforms could offer an answer to increase financial inclusion, says Prateek Shrivastava

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Inclusive markets – mobile: ” . . .  a number of potential barriers to the deployment of such a shared technology platform and distribution network:

• Financial institutions are not always willing to work together.
• They are also wary of the lack of perceived competitive advantage if more than one bank uses the same provider — “what is my differentiator?”
• Financial institutions are reluctant to make one service provider too powerful, or become beholden to that supplier over time.
• The ‘not invented here’ syndrome makes financial service providers’ IT departments nervous.
• Regulators may be hesitant to mandate service to banks in a given country.
• Some countries may lack the fundamental infrastructure to host such a solution.
• If the platform is hosted internationally, regulators sensitive to data. protection and other issues may not be comfortable with customer data being housed outside the country.

See on www.theguardian.com

AfDB Calls for Partnership to Promote Best Practices in Higher Education Policies in Africa – African Development Bank

Titled ‘Accelerating the AfDB’s Response to the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Africa’ this African Development Bank (AfDB) publication takes stock of…

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Youth, Africa – “Africa’s exploding youth population represents both a challenge and an opportunity for the continent. Strong economic growth has not translated in the amount of good quality jobs needed to absorb the 11-12 million young Africans entering the labor market every day. Recent events in North Africa have highlighted the negative effects on society and security that unemployment and underemployment, particularly among the youth can have.   –   The continent’s youth population boom also holds the kind of potential demographic dividend that benefitted East Asian economies – triggering economic growth. But this will only happen if African countries can provide quality jobs, equity and inclusiveness in economic growth for their expanding populations.”

See on www.afdb.org

Kenya hits $100bn rare earth jackpot – bog blog article 30 Jul 2013

Kwale County has one of the top five deposits of the element in the world

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Kenya, Africa– “World demand for rare earth elements is estimated at 136,000 tonnes per year, with global production around 133,600 tonnes in 2010. The difference is covered by previously mined stocks.

World demand is projected to rise to at least 185,000 tonnes annually by 2015. But the global supply of rare earth has been the centre of intrigue and controversy.  –  Although many of the rare earth metals are not necessarily rare to find — some are more abundant in the earth’s crust than lead, gold, copper or platinum — they often exist in very small concentrations, making extraction difficult. And because of their similar chemical properties, rare earths tend to clump together, usually with radioactive elements such as thorium and uranium, making separation complicated and expensive.”

See on www.africareview.com

Solutions Forum Cheat Sheet: The Making of Inclusive Economies

Ashoka Summer Associates Jenny Weber (@JennyWeber0) and Stephanie Van Dyke (@Steph_VanDyke) reflect on the Ashoka Solutions Forum: The Making of Inclusive Economies, held last month in Saint Paul, MN, with support from the Bush Foundation.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

(US) INCLUSIVE ECONOMIES –

“…many social innovators and businesses working on changing financial systems to build a more inclusive economy.  Ashoka Fellow Michael Turner is challenging the assumptions of traditional credit reporting through his work at the Policy and Economic Research Council (PERC).  PERC, a leader in financial innovation and a self-proclaimed “think-and-do tank,” is taking on the research of alternative data as well as advocating for its inclusion into credit assessment. Turner’s idea is to include alternative data, such as cell phone, utility, and rent payments, in the credit-building equation so that banks and credit bureaus will be able to obtain a more complete picture of an individual’s financial responsibility and serve those who are excluded from the financial system.”

See on www.forbes.com

GIBS Social Innovation Workshop – Thinking without the box | 6 & 7 September 2013

Addressing South Africa’s complex social issues requires different thinking. Our conditioned responses are deepening our development crisis – …

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

GIBS  –

This two day course will teach you how to see the world differently, to re-see problems, and based on this, to develop a business plan that you can take into the complex world of social development.

See on www.saine.co.za

This week’s finest digital marketing infographic

It’s time again to reveal the finest digital marketing infographic we’ve seen this week.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

INFOGRAPHIC

The stats show that there are an estimated 90 million internet users in the region and ecommerce sales are predicted to reach around $15 billion in 2015, up from $9 billion in 2012.”

See on econsultancy.com