Dissecting SA’s Management Studies’ Broad and Data Driven Narrative
Management Studies in South Africa: Exploring the Trajectory in the Apartheid Era and Beyond is the title of the book co-authored by Human Resources Management expert Professor Shaun Ruggunan and School of Social Science’s Acting Dean and Head Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy.
The book examines how Apartheid has configured the Discipline of Management Studies to reflect certain racial, institutional and gendered trends. It further analyses the extent to which these trends have adapted or changed in post-Apartheid times.
‘Management education is a very lucrative business globally and in South Africa and we felt that little is known about what actual scholarship is being produced in the discipline,’ explained Ruggunan.
‘As a management studies scholar, I wanted to know the trajectory of management studies in South Africa from apartheid to our current post-apartheid period. We were also inspired by the calls to decolonise Higher Education. One way to engage with decolonisation debates is to map the patterns of knowledge production in a discipline,’ he added.
Research for this book involved Ruggunan and Sooryamoorthy conducting a bibliometric analysis of over 1 553 scientific articles published by South Africans in the field of management studies from 1966 to 2015. These articles were sourced from the Web of Science database, substituted with additional information of the gender and race of the authors.
‘We show that very little has changed in the discipline in terms of White male dominance of management studies scholarship. Former Afrikaans universities continue to dominate scholarship in the discipline as well. The politics of who is producing scholarship influences what topics management studies considers worthy of being studied. This then means that if the discipline is to experience renewal it needs serious policy interventions to open up the discipline in terms of race, gender and collaboration patterns,’ added Ruggunan.
The hardworking researchers are not resting easy after this book publication as Ruggunan who is on sabbatical is currently working on a project on management education in South Africa while Sooryamoorthy is working on production of science in Africa.
For more information on the book visit: https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319996561
Words: Thandiwe Jumo