1. Ford South Africa reacted badly in a crisis: it doesn’t have to be that way

    In December 2015, Reshall Jimmy burnt to death in his 1.6-litre EcoBoost Ford Kuga in South Africa. Since then a recorded 51 Kugas have caught alight across the country, and two more in Swaziland and Botswana.


  2. Stranded assets and extinction accounting

    I was struck by a recent Bloomberg article titled New Energy Outlook 2016, Long-Term Projections of the Global Energy Sector, #NEO2016. 


  3. Rhodes Business School’s Extended MBA Programme

    “The challenge and opportunity for all economies and businesses today is to determine ever more clearly and practically how ‘the Four Es’ – Economy, Equity, Ethics, Ecology – can be holistically integrated in management and all business decisions.”


  4. Profit Fetishism: no place in the triple bottom line?

    The thought that maximizing profit is the ultimate aim of business, popularized most famously by Milton Friedman in the 1970s, is not merely perverse, but it is also founded on triumphalist simple-mindedness informed by a deeply naive psychology of greed.


  5. Preparing organisations for change

    By: Noel J. Pearse & Vicky van Heerden. This research gives insight into preparing organisations for change. Achieving success in organisational change initiatives is very difficult, with some research suggesting that up to seventy percent of change programmes fail.


  6. You can't strategise a vision

    Almost exactly 12 months ago I wrote an article for criticalthought promoting the idea that not enough companies were “doing” (with too many “talking”).


  7. Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Competitiveness

    Watch the video clips of Professor Nick Binedell, Dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), speaking at our Business Forum on 29 May 2012.


  8. Creating decent jobs through sustainable Human Resource Management

    Creating decent jobs. This is one of the key challenges facing humanity internationally and South Africa in particular.


  9. The need for a sustainable Human Resource Management philosophy

    The Sullivan Code served as the moral conscious and watchdog of multinational corporations operating in South Africa during the Apartheid era.


  10. ESG can no longer be ignored

    As we face growing pressure on the earth’s limited natural resources, the emerging effects of climate change and a global financial system in crisis, it is encouraging to see our regulators taking steps to promote approaches to responsible investing in South Africa.


  11. Corporate reporting is not what it used to be

    From the time of the Industrial Revolution up to the middle of the 20th Century companies adopted a take, make and waste approach to the carrying-on of business. Waste was freely discharged into rivers and dumped into landfills.