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The following research entities are housed in the School:

Strategic Foresight Research Group (SFRG)

This School of Business Sciences and School of Accountancy research group includes international members (currently from Germany and New Zealand) and combines the expertise of accountants and management scientists in research projects that have a generalised strategic focus.

The group involves itself in researching topics that are of national and international strategic importance such as: risk and crisis management, education, tax and accounting systems, social responsibility and business sustainability.

The SFRG has presented papers at the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists and the British Academy of Management. Recent publications have appeared in The African Journal of Business Management, The Journal of Business Ethics and Critical Perspectives in Accounting.

Knowledge and Information Economics/Human Resources Research Agency

Director: Prof Chris Callaghan. The Knowledge and Information Economics/Human Resources Research Agency (KIEHRA) is a research group that provides a platform for multidisciplinary research into organisational and societal problem-solving. The unit has a specific focus on tacit knowledge, learning and the ‘human’ aspects of individual, organisational and national performance. This research agency is dedicated to the societal and economic upliftment of people, in various contexts, through knowledge creation.

Information Systems Research

The Division of Information Systems is actively engaged in research into IT adoption, information systems in organisations, and IT in education. Enquiries with division head - Dr Emma Coleman.

Behavioural Laboratory

Please send enquiries to Prof Helen Duh.


Our research advances theoretical and practical knowledge in business sciences and shapes conversion about the development of South Africa and the entire continent. Our research enables us to transfer new knowledge to our curricula and keeps our students at the leading edge of their professions.

We research African business success and sustainability at the different enterprise levels (small, medium and large). We also study green business practices, transformative and sustainable consumption behaviours for improved consumer, environmental, and societal wellbeing. In collaboration with leading global researchers, our research delivers on three key areas; advancement of knowledge on African and global business development, entrepreneurship growth, and well-being and sustainability (i.e. consumers, the environment and general society).

Each of the four divisions boasts seasoned researchers with vast experience in multiple methodological orientations and diverse analytical skills. Our research students (Master’s and PhDs) benefit from these seasoned scholars and break new ground in their respective research fields. Our scholars are constantly monitoring emerging issues and seeking solutions to African business and societal challenges. We are active in global debates on business sciences, innovations and the circular economy. SBS research outputs are published in top-tier global and African journals. Our focus on research innovations, rigour and relevance endear us to top research talents pursuing different research programmes.