Management Studies: From Apartheid to Post-apartheid

  • Shaun Ruggunan
  • R. Sooryamoorthy
Part of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series (PSAL)


Management studies both globally and in South Africa is a young academic discipline. Despite this, it is a vibrant and multi-disciplinary field of scholarship. Management studies in South Africa mirrors the country’s political trajectory, and its development echoes apartheid segregationist policies. The discipline is complicit in supporting the apartheid workplace regimes. Post-apartheid South Africa allows for democratic access to university education for all South Africans. The democratic state advocates increased participation of public sector employees in management programmes. Student demographics are reflective of South African demographics. However, faculty demographics are less representative. Into the second decade of democracy, management studies remains vibrant despite some concerns.


Apartheid Management studies South Africa Management history 


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  • Shaun Ruggunan
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  • R. Sooryamoorthy
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  1. 1.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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