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On the 6th September 2017, the newly established Marketing Society had their inaugural opening function and “Fun Day” event at the 2nd Avenue Campus. Having only recently been formally recognised by SRC as an official society of the Nelson Mandela University the society sought to create awareness of the society and its purpose. 

Mrs Alice Makochieng from the Department of Management Practice was nominated to attend Beyond the Classroom as one of her Retail Management 2 students’ inspiring teachers.

Two staff members from the School of Management Sciences received awards at the Nelson Mandela University Research and Teaching Awards 2017.

The School of Management Sciences hosted a very successful colloquium entitled: Current Conversations in Management at the Nelson Mandela University Business School on 2nd Avenue Campus. Staff members who recently completed their PhDs as well as those in the process of obtaining theirs were called upon to present their findings from their research.

Andrew Marriott is a lecture in the Department of Marketing Management. His area of expertise lies in marketing with specialist research interests in branding and digital marketing environments. Andrew has developed a natural passion for teaching and learning in Higher Education over his 7-year teaching career. Because of this newfound passion, Andrew, has gradually been lead on a journey to try and better understanding the challenges South African university students face in their learning journey and how to best overcome these challenges.

Prof Farrington and Prof Venter attended the Annual International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Conference which was held in Zadar, Croatia, from 30 June to 2 July. 

Social Entrepreneurship – A MASTER’S CLASS

The FH Muenster University’s Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, in Germany, hosted a Summer School. The duration of the Summer School was two weeks and 45 students from various countries attended – students travelled from Colombia, Mexico, Paris, China, Iran, Poland, Kazakhstan, and South Africa. Two scholarships were awarded to South African Masters students – the scholarship covered the costs of tuition and accommodation during their stay in Muenster. The largest contingent of students originated from Germany.

Nelson Mandela University Academic Awards Dinner 2017

Two students from the Department of Logistics Management were recipients at the 2017 Nelson Mandela University Awards evening. Miss Roxanna Lemley received the Nelson Mandela University Award for the “Best Bachelor of Technology: Social Sciences and Humanities”. Mr Anrich Bosch received the Nelson Mandela University First Diploma Award as top student in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, as well as the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.

 

Professor Chantal Rootman presented her inaugural lecture entitled “Research in financial services: professing a way forward” on 11 July 2017 at the North Campus Conference Centre.

Two lecturers from the Department of Business Management, Prof Sandra Perks and Dr Nadine Oosthuizen, attended the Global Business and Technology Association (GBATA) Conference which was held in Vienna, Austria from 11-15 July 2017.

Prof Venter presented a Summerschool on Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice in Utrecht, the Netherlands during the week of 3-7 July 2017.  

Prof Elmarie Venter, Prof Shelley Farrington and Mr Tony Matchaba-hove of the NMMU FBU conducted their second STEP case study interviews among the family members of the well-known Stucky Motors. The family owns and manages the Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Chrysler Franchise Dealerships in Newcastle, Volksrust and Piet Retief in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Prof Elmarie Venter was the keynote speaker during Sanlam’s Women Days in Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay on 24 and 25 May.  Her topic was, “Strategies on how women can achieve work-life balance”.  

When I enrolled at university at the tender age of 18 years, my only aspiration was to become a graduate, get a job and make money. I discovered my niche when I did my honours in investment management and started a career in the financial markets.

My personal philosophy has always been -

GIVE A MAN A FISH AND HE'LL EAT FOR A DAY, BUT TEACH A MAN TO FISH AND HE'LL EAT FOR YEARS (CHINESE  PROVERB)

AND THROUGH EDUCATION YOU CAN BREAK THE SHACKLES OF POVERTY (PAUL TAI-HING)

Do you know what PhD actually stands for? "Patiently hoping for a Degree" or then "Professional Hamburger Dispenser". I can truly say that I have experienced both of these the past three years since embarking on my PhD studies at the end of 2014 at the mature age of 53 years.

My PhD started when I was fresh out of the private sector and with limited prior research experience, apart from my MBA.

Jasmine Goliath was one of the academics from NMMU who were invited by the MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to be a guest speaker and panellist at the Eastern Cape Liquor Summit. The event was held at the East London International Convention Centre from 5 – 7 March. The purpose of the summit was to ensure that input is provided by all stakeholders for the Proposed National Liquor Amendment Bill which will amend the National Liquor Act of 2003. 

The Working World Exhibition was held at the NMB Stadium from 28 February to 2 March 2017.

As part of the Connect 2 Your Future (C2F) programme, first year Vice-Chancellor Scholarship students attended a session on “Basic Budgeting” offered by Jackie Palframan, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Management, Financial Planning programmes. Jackie was invited to advise the VC Scholars on planning their finances to ensure their bursaries were used wisely.

Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove attended the inaugural STEP (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) Global Academic Conference hosted by Babson College in Boston, USA.

Prof Elmarie Venter attended the KPMG Family Business Conference which was held from 14 - 15 September 2016 in Umhlanga, Durban.

Prof Venter presented a family business workshop for GALILEO Capital on challenges facing family businesses, succession and transgenerational success and governance at Galileo Capital Head Office, Hyde Park, Johannesburg from 2 - 3 November 2016.

Prof Chantal Rootman visited Osnabruck, Germany from  22 - 29 October 2016. Chantal was invited to lecture during the International Lecturing block week at Hochschule Osnabruck (University of Applied Sciences).

Mr Paul Tai-Hing from the Department of Management Practice was awarded Overall Excellent Teacher of the Year at NMMU's research, teaching and engagement ceremony.

During the first two weeks of August, five students from the Marketing Department and Logistics Department respectively attended the Winter school with students from the Hochschule Osnabruck University.

Professor Shelley Farrington and Mr Abdul-Gasiep Jappie recently attended the 2016 South African Institute of Management Sciences (SAIMS) conference hosted by the University of Pretoria.

Prof Elmarie Venter for the Family Business Unit was recently featured on a website called RNews. Her interview followed her win of the 2016 Businesswomen's Association Government category.

Lecturers from the School of Management Sciences attended the 62nd International Conference on Economics, Management and Social Studies (ICEMSS) held on the 29th-30th July 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Miss Roxanne Lemley, a student in the Department of Logistics Management, was awarded an NMMU Council Award on 13 July 2016.

The Alumni Association members elected a new executive committee at the recent AGM held at the North Campus Conference Centre. Mr Welcome Kupangwa from the Department of Business Management has been included in the committee.

Lecturers from the School of Management Sciences attended the 2016 Academy of World Business Marketing and Management Development (AMBMAMD) Conference which was held in Poland from 18 - 21 July 2016.

Department of Marketing Management lecturer, Andrew Marriott joined Algoa FM DJ, Jeff Moloi on his show to discuss brand strategies.

The School of Management Sciences participated in the Nelson Mandela 67 Minutes project held on 18 July 2016 in honour of the late President Nelson Mandela.

Did you know that Volkswagen is a family-owned business, with the Porsche family owning more than 30% of the company’s shares, and that the Walton family owns more than half the shares of United States retail giant Wal-Mart?

Ms Bomikazi Zeka and Ms Shelley Saunders attended the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES) conference held in Barcelona from the 28th of June to the 1st of July 2016.

Prof Elmarie Venter was one of more than 100 women nominated by their peers to participate in the 2016 Businesswomen's Association of South Africa's Regional Business Achiever Awards.

George Campus Marketing Lecturer, Ms Adele Potgieter, was interviewed by Beryl Bronkhorst at the South African Council for Business Women Regional Congress held in Mosselbay.
The local newspaper in George recently published an article on Nadel Butterflies Pre-School, of which Mrs Adele Potgieter is the owner.
Three members of the Family Business Unit were recognised for their excellent contributions to Research, Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences.
Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove was named as the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences Emerging Researcher of the Year.
For her research outputs during the year 2015, Professor Miemie Struwig was the Faculty Researcher of the year for the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences.
Dr Albert Nelmapius from the Deparment of Business Management wrote an insightful article on the privacy risks of social media. 

The Logistics Society hosted its second successful event on Friday, 11 May 2016.

During the week of the 9th - 13th of May 2016, Department of Business Management lecturer, Ms Shelley Saunders, visited Hochschule Osnabruck in Germany to present lectures entitled: Marketing Communication: A Dynamic Global Environment.
The NMMU Family Business Unit successfully presented its fifth Family Business Consultant Short Learning Programme from 10-12 May 2016 at the KPMG Head Office in Johannesburg.
The Second to None Launch took place on 20 May 2016 at Second Avenue Campus. 
Prof Elmarie Venter, Director of the NMMU Family Business Unit, was invited to participate in a discussion forum on family businesses and family farming that took place in front of a live studio audience during the NAMPO Agricultural Show that took place from the 17th till the 20th of May 2016.
The annual South African Longboard Surfing Championships was hosted in Mossel Bay from the 25th April - 1st May 2016. 
On the 10th and 11th May Professor Shelley Farrington attended the STEP (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) Academic Meeting in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
Business Management lecturers, Prof Chantal Rootman, Dr Janine Kruger and Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove won the Best Paper Award at the 3rd Business and Management Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 - 25 March 2016.
The Financial Planning Society is a registered NMMU student society made up of both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are taking financial planning modules.
The Logistics Society held its first annual event at the Oceana Residence on 2nd Avenue Campus on Friday, 22 April 2016.

The School of Management Sciences celebrated the Top 39 Academic Achievers in the School at an awards ceremony held at Elizabeth Place on 12 April 2016.

Enrico Acker, a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University graduate, graduated with his MCom degree on Tuesday, 12 April 2016.

In January 2016 the Teaching and Learning Committee of the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences held their first Teaching and Learning Colloquium.

This year the Department of Marketing Management held an Easter Egg drive, as part of their Marketing Cares initiative, which was geared at collecting Easter eggs for two organisations, namely: Sinako School and MTR Smit Children's Haven.

 

On the 17th March 2016, Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (SLC) hosted the 2016 Lifesaving South Africa Surf Nationals for Masters. This is the most prestigious event on the Lifesaving South Africa calendar as it draws top lifesaving clubs from across South Africa to compete in the event. Twenty-nine lifesaving clubs from around South Africa took part in this year's event.

 

Jackie Palframan, a Senior Lecturer in the NMMU Financial Planning programmes, was invited to advise the VC Scholars on planning their finances to ensure their bursaries were wisely used.

ROXY GILES
26/02/2016

Roxy Giles, a BTech Marketing student, participated in the SA Interclub Contest as a member of the Billabong Madibaz Surf Team. The event took place from 13 - 14 February 2016.

 

Lecturers from the Department of Business Management attended the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference.

ALBERT RECEIVES PhD
04/02/2016

Mr Albert Nelmapius will soon become Dr Nelmapius....

Anele Nkoyi enrolled for the MTech (Marketing) degree in good faith...he had the intelligence and he saved money to pay for his studies.

Dr Marlé van Eyk and Prof Laetitia Radder from the Department of Marketing Management visited Bad Mergentheim in January to present lectures in International Marketing I and International Marketing II respectively, at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Bad Mergentheim.

2016...A brand new year with new faces and new challenges...

The Family Business Unit was featured in the business supplement of The Herald newspaper in November 2015. Click on the link below for a PDF copy of the article.

Family Business Unit in The Herald
 

 

 

The George Campus Advertising class studying NDIP: Marketing celebrated the tenth advertising showcase on their beautiful campus.

The NMMU Family Business Unit hosted its fourth successful Family Business Consultant Short Learning Programme from 16-18 November 2015 at the North Campus Conference Center in Port Elizabeth.

Colleagues from the School of Management Sciences came together on 5 November 2015 to celebrate NMMU's 10th Anniversary.

Prof Miemie Struwig and Dr Riyaadh Lillah won the Best Paper Award at the 2015 IACSIT and IEDRC Dubai Conference. The conference was held from 12 - 13 November 2015.

The Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalised Christmas gifts to underprivileged children.

Lecturers from the Department of Business Management have once again shown their commitment to the community by attending and supporting the Hillside Secondary School's annual prize giving.

Allan Gray hosted an Academic Achievement Awards Function to award academic excellence in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences and to interact with the top academic achievers.

Dr Riyaadh LIllah from the Department of Business Management has been invited to lecture at Ostfalia University from 26 October 2015 - 30 October 2015.

Four members of the School of Management Sciences presented papers at the 5th International Conference on Financial Services on 29 September - 1 October 2015 which took place at the Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth.

 

Marketing lecturer, Tania Shrosbree, recently took part in the In your Shoes Campaign. Tania spent time in a wheelchair and this is her reflection on her experience.

Lecturers from the School of Management Sciences attended the 9th International Business Conference held in Zambia.

Four Business Management lecturers won best paper awards at the International Business Conference (IBC) held in Zambia, 20 - 23 September 2015.

Two lecturers from the Department of Business Management were honoured at the NMMU's annual Research and Teaching Award function which was held at The Boardwalk on 15 September 2015.

The 27th Annual SAIMS Conference was held from 30 August 2015 - 01 September 2015. The conference was hosted by the University of Cape Town.

Ms Nadine Oosthuizen and Dr Janine Kruger won the Best Paper Award at the 27th Annual SAIMS conference which was held at UCT. The conference was held from 30 August to 2 September 2015.

The world-famous book, "Principles of Marketing", by Philip Kotler (seen as the "Father of Marketing") and Gary Armstrong was launched on 31 August 2015 in South Africa. Professor Madéle Tait, who is the South African editor of the book, launched the book at the 27th Southern African Institute of Management Scientists Conference (SAIMS) held at UCT.

August is Women's Month and many companies have programmes in place for their women addressing different aspects relevant to them.

Prof Gideon Horn from Logistics Management was invited by the Buinsess School at the Hochschule Reutlingen in Germany to participate in the Learning Factory Project. The project took place during the week, 27-31 July 2015.

Management Practice students from the 2nd Avenue, George and Missionvale Campuses are to benefit from bursaries awarded to them by the Wholesale and Retail SETA, as well as retail giant Shoprite, to further their studies at the NMMU.

Lecturers from the Department of Business Management namely: Prof Eileen Mazibuko, Prof Sandra Perks, Prof Elroy Smith, Ms Nadine Oosthuizen, Mr Tony Matchaba-Hove and Mr Xolile Antoni, presented papers at various international conferences.

 

The Annual NMMU Sanlam Gala Financial Planning and Investment Seminar took place at the North Campus Conference Centre on 19 August 2015 and was attended by over 100 delegates comprising financial planning and investment honours students, together with Sanlam Financial Advisors and NMMU academic staff from the Department of Business Management. This event is a highlight on the calendar for the NMMU Business Management Department providing an opportunity for financial planning and investment students to engage with Sanlam financial advisors and extend their learning outside of the classroom.

Prof Miemie Struwig was approached by The Conversation to write an article for women's month.

The South African Council for Business Woman (SACBW) Garden Route hosted a successful networking morning on the 11th of August at the Wilderness Hotel.

The world renowned book "Principles of Marketing", which was originally written by the "Father of Marketing", Phillip Kotler and his co-author Gary Armstrong has a South African Adaptation that will be launched on 31 August 2015 at the 27th Southern Africa Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) Conference at UCT.

Prof Venter presented a Summerschool on Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice in Utrecht, the Netherlands, during the week of 6 - 10 July 2015.

Prof Elmarie Venter attended the Annual International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA) Conference which was held in Hamburg, 30 June - 2 July 2015.

Prof Venter of the Department of Business Management and School of Management Sciences, together with Prof Chris Adendorff, Adjunct Professor at the NMMU Business School, attended the 12th European Families in Business Conference which was held in Rome, Italy at the St Regis Hotel on 23-24 June 2015.

Brian Riddle, an NDip Management student, received the award for top undergraduate Diploma student for the 2014 academic year.

Prof Elmarie Venter is the Faculty of Business and Economic Science's Researcher of the Year for 2014. She was also the Faculty's Researcher of the Year in  2010 and the Emerging Researcher of the Year in 2007.

Prof Elmarie Venter of the School of Management Sciences was invited by die Nyenrode Business School in the Netherlands to teach various topics to Indian students from the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research during a Family Business Course during the week of 1 - 5 June 2015.

Prof Smith received the Sustainability/Green researcher award for 2014 in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences.

Students studying the NDip Management are introduced to the BTC programme and are encouraged to participate in the programme either in their second or third year of study.

The Logistics Society, an NMMU student society affiliated to the Logistics Department recently hosted two guest speakers from industry who addressed their members (students studying towards the ND: Logistics and ND: Inventory and Stores Management) on topics related to their discipline and course content.

Business Management lecturer, Ms Bomikazi Zeka, was approached by a photographer from Spec-Savers' head office who was looking for models for their summer promotion.

Dr Riyaadh Lillah faced a number of different challenges during the completion of his doctoral studies. These challenges included obstacles with regard to completing he study and his existing work commitments. Here is what Dr Lillah said about his studies.

Prof Chantal Rootman and Dr Janine Kruger visited Osnabruck, Germany from 3 - 8 May 2015.

 

The first Master of Commerce Accounting in Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's ten-year existence has been awarded to internal auditor Mario Labuschagne.

The Logistics Society, a registered NMMU student society, one of only a few "academic support" societies on campus, arranges discipline/course-related activities for fulltime students registered for the National Diploma: Logistics and National Diploma: Inventory and Stores Management.

 

 

Professor Chantal Rootman and Ms Shelley Saunders attended the Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE) in Dublin, Ireland from the 20th - 22nd of April 2015.

The second edition of the textbook entitled: Relationship Marketing and Customer Relationship Management, has been published early in January 2015. Professor Madele Tait is the co-editor of this textbook. A number of universities are prescribing the textbook. The textbook is also used in Sweden, where her co-editor lives.

Professors Mark and Madele Tait are celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary this year. Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa was the venue where they spent their first day as a married couple in 1990 and they have decided that this had to be the venue to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary.

The various departments in The School of Management Sciences have signed petitions showing solidarity against the current spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa.

The School of Management Sciences celebrated the Top 36 students in the School at an awards ceremony held at the North Campus Conference Centre on 16 April 2015.

 

Management Practice Lecturer, Paul Tai-Hing, was approached by Kwezi Lomso, a school in New Brighton across the road from the Missionvale Campus, in 2014, their Golden Jubilee year, to host something special for the school as well as the community.

The annual Masters and Doctoral Colloquium for the School of Management Sciences was held on 12 and 13 March 2015.

 

Undertaking thorough market research and knowing your customers is a vital aspect of business success. Two guest speakers, Kevin Abrahams and Ross Flood recently highlighted this to the first year business management students.

Guest lecturers, Todd Davey and Victoria Galan-Muros, both from Munster University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), visited The School of Management Sciences from 9 February until 6 March 2015.

From 2 - 6 March 2015, the School of Management Sciences hosted a Research Short Course. The course was held at the Conference Center on North Campus.

 

The Family Business Unit, together with members of the Gutsche Family, as well as academics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, enjoyed a lovely evening together at the GFI Art Gallery on 5 March 2015.

During 2014, Oxford University Press approached Prof Gideon Horn to write a textbook.

On Monday, 9 February 2015, Jackie Palframan from the School of Management Sciences, together with local entertainer Gino Fabbri, hosted the Eastern Cape Investment Summit at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre at the beachfront.

Members of the Business Management Department visited Hillside Secondary School on Friday the 30th of January 2015. The purpose of the visit was to enlighten the Matric class of 2015 about the courses offered by NMMU and make the scholars aware of the different financial opportunities available with regards to funding their studies. After the group presentations, informal one-on-one sessions were held with the learners with each of the lecturers in attendance.

Two students, namely Luzince De Klerk and Liezel Nel, in the Faculty of Business and Economics Sciences at the George Campus have been awarded VC Scholarships.

Xiliang Han
15/01/2015

Xiliang Han was one of ten doctoral candidates who obtained their doctorates on Tuesday, 9 December 2014, at NMMU’s first summer graduation. Professor Laetitia Radder was his promoter. He utilised an extended model of planned behaviour to predict Chinese tourists' intentions of traveling around South Africa. Xiliang's promoter was Professor Laetitia Radder. Professor Radder was in Germany at the time of the graduation, so Professor Tait read Xiliang's citation during the graduation ceremony.

Prof Mazibuko celebrated her 60th birthday on 24 December 2014. While on a business trip to Dubai, Prof Miemie Struwig treated Prof Mazibuko to a special birthday dinner at the Al Hadheerah Desert restaurant situated in the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa which is rated more than 5 stars. The resort is situated in the middle of the desert.

Each year the Nyenrode Business School in the Netherlands celebrates its birthday by giving the “Dies Natalis” lecture. This year the university celebrated its 68th birthday. Prof Elmarie Venter from the Department of Business Management attended the lecture.

Mrs Romella Pather from the Department of Marketing Management has won the PASS Excellence Award for employees at the peromnes level 10-12 on Tuesday, 2 December 2014. Her HoD, Professor Madéle Tait, nominated her for this award. The motivation for nominating Romy was:   

Prof Chantal Rootman visited Osnabruck, Germany from 1 – 9 November 2014. Prof Rootman was invited to lecture during the International Lecturing block week at Hochschule Osnabruck (University of Applied Sciences). Her topic for the week was “Marketing Communications Management and Business Cases on Stakeholder Management.

  

 

The School of Management Sciences would like to congratulate the following lecturers on their promotions.

The Santa Shoebox Project 2014 was a huge success. Academic and administrative staff alike catered to the needs of those less fortunate. Essential items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wash cloths and educational supplies, as well as luxury items, were given generously.

Marketing Cares
30/10/2014

Through the “Marketing Cares” initiative, the Marketing Management Department supported various projects, both internally, and externally, in 2014.  They started off with a contribution towards the faculty of Law’s Ubuntu Community programme collecting food for Campus Health’s Nutrition.  As Campus Health is currently assisting almost 1000 students with its nutrition programme, we felt that this was an opportunity to directly make a difference in the lives of students we possibly deal with on a daily basis.   In responding to a plea from the Computing Sciences Department, “Marketing Cares” also donated 28 bags to be distributed to disadvantaged students who don’t have bags for their books.    

On the 22nd of October, the Department of Marketing Management on 2nd Avenue Campus was proud host to a guest lecture by Dr Doug Mattheus.

On Thursday, 23 October 2014, Professor Sandra Perks held her inaugural lecture.

 

Lecturers from the School of Management Sciences attended the 26th SAIMS Annual Conference hosted by the University of Johannesburg.

The prestigious Annual Financial Planning and Investment Seminar in association with Sanlam was held at the NMMU Conference Centre on the North Campus on Wednesday 27 August 2014. This event, a highlight in the calendar of the School of Management Sciences, was hosted by Mrs Jackie Palframan of the Financial Planning programmes. The Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, Prof Niekie Dorfling,  welcomed the 120 delegates from Sanlam, NMMU  and  students from the Financial Planning programme and Investment Honours class. Prof Dorfling outlined the growth and development of the financial planning programmes as a successful addition to the range of qualifications within the Faculty’s education programme offering. 

Lecturers from the School of Management Sciences attended the Academy of World Business, Marketing, and Management Development Conference in Dubai.

KPMG, in association with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Family Business Unit, hosted its first one day Family Business Conference for members of family businesses to discuss some of the challenges they face.  The topics discussed were leadership transition (succession), managing governance in a family business and how family businesses can expand into Africa.

The Academy of International Business (AIB) – Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter Conference was held at Riara University, Kenya, from 13 to 15th August 2015.

Lecturers from the Department of Business Management attended the 8th International Business Conference held in Namibia.

Kohshlin Moodaley and Waylin Rabie were both recipients of the Milde McWilliams Bursary.

On Wednesday, 6 August 2014, Professor Elroy Smith held his inaugural lecture.

Renee Ferreira, a Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Marketing Management turned 60 on 16 June 2014.

The Academic Awards Dinner was held on Thursday, 19 June 2014, at the Feather Market Hall.

Greg Ducie, Director Infrastructure Projects, received two awards at the Academic Awards Dinner held on 19 June 2014:

On Tuesday, 3 June 2014, the Departments of Marketing Management and Business Management were proud to host Professor Naresh Maholtra. He spoke about: “Operating in an era of globalisation: A marketing perspective”.

Congratulations to Prof Chantal Rootman for receiving the Researcher of the year award for our Faculty and for Prof Madele Tait who was the runner up. 

Prof Elroy Smith has received the Green Researcher of the year award in our Faculty.

Well done we are so proud of you!!!

On Thursday evening, 12 June 2014, The School of Management Sciences Family Business Unit in collaboration with the Regional Innovation Forum, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and NMMU Business School hosted an interactive event on:  “How to create Entrepreneurial Success in a Volatile Environment: A New Approach.”

 

The School of Management Sciences Family Business Unit was proud to host renowned world-class speaker and researcher, Professor Saras Sarasvathy, from Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

On Monday, 9 June 2014, the School of Management Sciences introduced their advisory board. The board consists of various academics, entrepreneurs, consultants and managers from corporate companies around Port Elizabeth. The School will collaborate with the various board members and draw on their expertise.

The School of Management Sciences Family Business Unit will be hosting Prof Saras Sarasvathy during the week of 9 – 13 June 2014.

Professor Arie Buijs was given a great honour by receiving, on behalf of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander, the Royal Distinction of Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau.

Academia + Business = Commercial Success

On 10 April 2014 The School of Management Sciences hosted its first Awards Ceremony honouring the top three students in each department.

FEMALE POWER
15/04/2014

At the graduation session for the School of Management Sciences female power was noticeable.

A new toilet block has been constructed at the Ben Sinuka Primary School. Prior to the construction of the new toilet block kids spent years suffering under inhuman conditions. 300 boys shared two working toilets and 300 girls shared three working toilets.

NMMU was well presented at the CANSA Relay for Life event that took place on Saturday 15 March. The first and third year marketing students each entered a team and the third year advertising students worked as volunteers at the event.

The annual Masters and Doctoral Colloquium for the School of Management Sciences was held on 13 and 14 March 2014.

BOOK LAUNCH
18/03/2014

On Wednesday, 12 March 2014, Prof Struwig and Prof Graham Stead hosted the launch of their book: Research: Planning, Designing and Reporting 2nd Edition.

This video is part of a series which was filmed at a 2013 Sustainability Seminar held at NMMU. The experts share some of their knowledge on sustainability and other environmental issues.

Guest Lecturers Todd Davey and Victoria Galan Muros from Münster University of Applied Sciences, in Germany, are visiting the School of Management Sciences during the month of February.

Prof Elmarie Venter, from the Department of Business Management, attended The Annual Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC), which was held from January 8-11, in Burlington, Vermont, as well as the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators, held during January 12 – 16 in Boston, USA.

NMMU lecturer, Tania Shrosbree, was approached by Pearson Publishers to join a team of authors/contributors from various universities in South Africa with their adaptation and new edition of a Consumer Behaviour book by L. Schiffman and L. Kanuk.

 

On 17 and 18 October 2013 Mr Gavin Cook and Prof Gideon Horn attended the Africa Port and Rail Summit which was held in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Lecturers at NMMU George campus were pleasantly surprised this year when the Media 24 group initiated talks to offer students two months internships at their Cape Town office.

From 11 – 15 November 2013, The School of Management Sciences hosted a Research Short Course. Students interested in doing their Masters and PhDs attended the course.

 

Professor Madele Tait recently had the honour of being asked for her professor's perspective, together with Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School (amongst others) in the latest edition of "Marketing - a global perspective" by Bronis Verhage. "

Leadership program run over a period of one year by Kim-Marie Elliott.

Allan Gray hosted an achievement awards cocktail function on Wednesday, 30 October 2013, at the Allan Gray offices at Brookes on the Bay.

 

A function was held on 30 October 2013 at Belmont Terrace Central.

Prof Elmarie Venter, Director of the NMMU Family Business Unit, visited the Netherlands from 9-12 October. 

Andrew Marriott from the 2nd Avenue Campus Marketing Department received the “Hoffmann Special Award” which was presented to him at the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Sardinia Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.

 

The NMMU has identified 13 general research themes that are supported by the institution in terms of funding and institutional support. One of these themes is:  “Sustainable local economic development”.  Entrepreneurship, SMMEs and family businesses is one of the 5 sub-themes under this main research theme, emphasising again the importance of entrepreneurship and family businesses as research focus areas in South Africa. 

 Prof Pramodita Sharma visited the NMMU this week as a guest of the NMMU Family Business Unit, housed in the School of Management Sciences.  Professor Sharma is the Sanders Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, University of Vermont, and the Global Director of the STEP project, Babson College, as well as the Editor-in-Chief, Family Business Review.

 

NMMU School of Management Sciences is pleased and privileged to host guest lecturer Professor Pramodita Sharma from The University of Vermont.

Six of the Business Management Honours students were invited to attend a breakfast with Media24 regarding the launch of the MyEdit app, organised by Professor Elmarie Venter. The breakfast was held at the Beach Hotel and was attended by the media, local bloggers, advertising agents, and marketers from various companies as well as other interested parties.

On the 26th of July the 3rd year National Diploma in marketing students presented their “Shades Day” advertising campaigns concepts to a panel of industry experts and invited academic staff at the annual Advertising Showcase.

 A new supply chain training and education programme will provide

customers of Nestlé South Africa with enhanced service, insight and

engagement from supply chain staff.

It was a historic day for South African universities who came together from across South Africa to Benoni to launch a national university body to develop the country’s universities as entrepreneurship and innovation centres.  This is a significant initiative to reduce poverty through stimulating our universities as hotbeds of innovation and entrepreneurship.  Two colleagues from the Department of Business Management at the NMMU, Prof Elmarie Venter and Prof Shelley Farrington, represented the university at this workshop.

All 4 NMMU Business Management lecturers delivering papers at the World Academy of Researchers, Educators and Scholars in Business Social Sciences, Humanities and Education International conference held in Cape Town 22 July 2013 – 25 July 2013 received top awards.

Congratulations to Prof Madele Tait and Dr Chantal Rootman for winning the Runner up: Best paper Award at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Emerging Markets Conference Board (EMCB).

The two open days at the George campus were well attended this year.

Mr Gavin Cook, a lecturer in Logistics at the NMMU 2nd Avenue Campus, visited Han University in Arnhem, Netherlands, in May 2013.

The 1st year students studying the subject INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT raised the amount of R130 000 through the sales of a recipe book written by their lecturer, Mr Paul Tai - Hing. The objective of the course was to teach the students how to start and manage small business, thus applying the theory that was taught in the classroom. The project not only taught the students business skills but also created the realisation that as leaders of business they possessed the power to create positive change within the communities their businesses operated.

Open Day 2013
30/05/2013

The Department of Business Management from the School of Management Sciences made special efforts in the NMMU Open Day that was held on the 10th and 11th May 2013.

Ms Adele Potgieter from the Marketing Management Department in George, joined fellow staff and students in the protest towards gender violence against women in the country.

The march was held on Tuesday 21 May 2013.

    Above: Second from left - Ms Adele Potgier

Ms Tania Shrosbree, from the Marketing Management Department in the School of Management Sciences, won the Faculty Emerging Excellent Teacher of the Year Award 2013.

Ms Jackie Palframan from the Business Management Department is one of three finalists in the BWA Regional Business Achievers Awards for the Government category.

Ms Jackie Palframan from the Business Management Department has been re-elected as Chair of the Financial Planning Institute Eastern Cape Region.

Research Achievers
30/04/2013

The School of Management Sciences won all 3 awards this year (for period 2012). We also have one runner-up from our School.

Professor Madéle Tait, HoD: Marketing Management and Council member had the privilege to put the hood around her husband’s shoulders during the graduation ceremony of 17 April 2013.

On the 16th of April, Ms Renee Ferreira, Ms Helen Gallant and Mr Andrew Marriott, all lecturers in the Department of Marketing Management, had the privilege of attending the latest XTalk hosted by the Marketers Executive Forum, MXF.

The School of Management Sciences hosted guest lecturer Prof Wouter Vanhouche from the Faculty of Economics and Business, Katholic University Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium on Monday 8 April 2013

Marketing lecturers Altouise Jonas and Adele Potgieter were part of the forty students and staff members who have contributed their time, skills and support towards making a success of the 2013 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge.

On Saturday 16th of March the George CANSA Relay for Life took place at the Carpe Diem School grounds.

The CANSA Relay for Life Shavathon was hosted by the NMMU George Campus in March 2013 for the third consecutive year.

 

The School of Management Sciences held a Doctoral and Masters Colloquium on Wednesday 13th March and Friday 15th March 2013 in the Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Main Building, South Campus.

The School of Management Sciences held a Research Methodology Summer School Program from the 7th – 14th March 2013.

NMMU George Campus students recently had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurship lecture presented at the campus by Jonathan Humphreys from RealStart and Jodie Louw, Project Manager at Traction Projects.

Dr Marlé van Eyk and Ms Tania Shrosbree, 2 lecturers from the Department of Marketing Management, have been awarded the prestigious Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Travel Grant from the NRF.

Robynne Klee, who finished studying her Bcom Marketing Management Degree at NMMU and also received an Honours Bursary for 2013 to do her post-grad in Business Management competed in this year’s Ironman 70.3 race in East London.

On the 8th to the 11th November 2012 two lecturers from the Department of Marketing Management 2nd Avenue Campus, Dr Marle van Eyk and Mr Andrew Marriott, took part in the Fairview Dryland Traverse.

Congratulations to the HOD of Marketing, Professor Madele Tait.

The NMMU/Allan Gray Academic Achievement Awards were held on Monday night 22nd October 2012 at the Allan Gray Brookes Hill offices.

Mr Andrew Marriott, a 2nd Avenue Advertising & Sales Promotion lecturer in the Marketing Management Department recently came in the top 5 of the Spec-Savers’ national “Spread your viral” competition.

Third Year Marketing diploma students in the Marketing Research class of 2012 of Mrs Renee Ferreira, were required to assist Retina South Africa with a research study to assess their awareness levels in the PE / Uitenhage region.

The Department of Business Management and Financial Planning, in the School of Management Sciences have done a great job this year by contributing generously towards the 2012 Santa Shoe Box Project.

The first year students studying the subject, INTRODUCTION to MANAGEMENT, were taught the concepts of managing business by starting businesses that operated for the duration of the Management course. The businesses were required to register their business names as well as the various partners in the business, set up business contracts, create credit accounts with suppliers and make payment on time.

 

Professor Arie Buijs, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands is currently visiting the NMMU, School of Management Sciences.

The South African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) Conference 2012 was hosted by the University of Stellenbosch, Department of Business Management from the 9th – 12th September 2012.

Diversity Tea
25/09/2012

Mr Paul Tai-Hing hosted a Diversity Tea on Friday, 31st August 2012.

The 24th Annual SAIMS 2012 Conference was a huge success. It was hosted by the Department of Business Management at Stellenbosch University from 9-11 September 2012. The SAIMS conference is one of the accredited conferences in our field in South Africa.

Two professors at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Madéle Tait (HoD: Marketing Management) and Eileen Mazibuko (HoD: Business Management), who became friends in the late eighties, have been invited to Ole, Mississippi in the USA.

Congratulations to Mr Ruwaldo van Vuuren who recently won the award for being the best first year student in the Business and Economics Sciences faculty.  

Research Achievers
29/06/2012

CONGRATULATIONS to the following achievers!

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Tai-Hing!

The Marketing students of the George campus have kept our name high

CONGRATULATIONS to Nadine Oosthuizen

Congratulations to Prof Sandra Perks!

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has produced the country’s top financial planning student.

Solomon Mudege from FIFA Marketing Alliancdes & Events Management will be a guest speaker on Monday 16 April 2012 @ 17h30

SIFE NMMU 2012
16/03/2012

The aim of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is that students apply their classroom experiences to develop and implement educational outreach programs that teach individuals in their communities the principles of market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability, business ethics and how to become successful in life.  

WELL DONE to Prof. Elmarie Venter and Andrew Marriott for completing the half Ironman 70.3 compition in East London. 

Prof. Madele Tait has been newly appointed as NMMU's 2nd Avenue Marketing Management Head of Department. On the 24 of January on article was published in Die Burger newspaper about her allocation to this newly appointed position. 

Congratulations to Prof. Elmarie Venter and Dr. Shelley Farrington with the wonderful article titled, "First training session for family business consultants" that was published in the newest Succeed Magazine.

Port Elizabeth Express Article

KA Smart invests in the future of young marketing minds

The Herald Focus Article     

Web Easiest Way To Book Trips

The Herald Article

'Firms more aware of staff needs'

Woudi Von Solms, a student for the M.Com degree in Business Management and her supervisor Professor Madele Tait arranged student participation for the action research project of Woudi, titled: Utilising geocaching to reduce obesity and increase tourism.

On Friday the 20th of May, the Student Financial Planning society held their inaugural Corporate Event. The event was well attended with 65 students and nine guests from the Financial planning industry. The society organised three guest speakers for the evening namely, Andrew Crossman from Standard Bank; Lauren Weakley from Spectrum and Yolande de Vos from Alan Gray. The Speakers gave some interesting insight into the Financial Planning industry, and allowed the Bcom Students a peek into the practical side of Financial Planning.

Madele Tait, HoD: Marketing Management was one of three finalists in the Professional Category of the Business Women's Association and Nedbank's Regional Business AchieversAwards. The gala dinner was held on 2 June 2011 in the Summerstrand Hotel.

Best Paper Award
04/07/2011

CONGRATULATIONS to Elmarie and Shelly for receiving the BEST PAPER AWARD last week with your paper:

In March 2010 business students from NMMU were invited to participate in a study measuring the entrepreneurial attributes of students. The study was conducted among business students in 7 different countries, including China, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, USA, Netherlands, SA and Kazakhstan.

Congratulations must go to the SIFE NMMU team who won four awards in the 2011 national SIFE competition. The aim of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) NMMU is for students to apply their classroom experiences to develop and implement educational outreach programs that teach individuals in their communities the principles of market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability and business ethics and how to become successful in life. The NMMU SIFE team identified two projects for 2011; David Livingstone High School in Schauderville with 937 learners and 27 teachers and Zama SA in New Brighton that provides after care facilities to 250 primary school learners.

Prof Elmarie Venter and Dr Margie Cullen are among the co-founders of the NMMU new Family Business Unit.

NMMU officially launches Family Business Unit on Wednesday 20 July 2011

On Wednesday 20th July 2011, The NMMU Family Business Unit hosted 15 of Port Elizabeth’s most prominent family business owners at its first event held at the Beach Hotel. Guests were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, Prof Niekie Dorfling, who shared a number of interesting facts and statistics about family businesses as well as the NMMU FBU’s vision, mission and reasons for establishment.

International Exchange - Bomikazi Zeka

Dr. Graham Stead,

The joy of giving!

The Department of Financial Planning in the School of Management Sciences have collected enough goodies to fill 50 shoeboxes for the Santa Shoebox Project.

The School of Management Sciences welcomes Dirk Gerritsen who is a visiting lecturer from the Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He is an Assistant Professor in the Finance chair. He has visited our university as a guest lecturer as well in 2006. Dirk is teaching in the Investment Management module for Honours students. His main research focus is the field security analysts (both fundamental and technical).

The Entrepreneurship Honours students (from the Department of Business Management) are required to draw up a Business Plan for an existing business as a project each year. The goal behind preparing a Business Plan for an existing business is for the students to gain practical experience as well as ensuring that the Business Plans produced are of value to someone and not just an academic exercise.

STUDENT exchange programmes, an entrepreneurship workshop, the implementation of various community projects and a lecturer exchange are but a few of the collaborative projects ahead in an official agreement between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Munster University of Applied Sciences in Germany.