Four prospective PhD students deliver proposals at Faculty colloquium
The Potchefstroom Business School proposed four students who presented their proposals during the PhD colloquium of the Faculty on 10 April. Three of the candidates’ proposals were successful and will, in the near future be able to register for the PhDs at the Potchefstroom Business School. Candidates have to complete their studies within four years after registration.
Mr Heinrich Odendaal will tackle his PhD under supervision of Prof Schurink of the University of Johannesburg. The topic of his study deals with the influence of family vision on the business. Prof Stéphan van der Merwe from the Potchefstroom Business School will act as co-promoter. According to Prof Van der Merwe, it should prove to be a very interesting study. Odendaal, ŉ descendent of the well-known Dölberg family business in Germany, will attempt to conduct intense interviews with different generations of families to investigate the influence of the family vision on the success of the family business.
Mrs Hillie Odendaal, the wife of Heinrich, is also a prospective PhD candidate. She will deliver her proposal during the June Colloquium, also wit Prof Schurink as study leader. Should her proposal be successful, they will be the first married couple who will be simultaneously enrolled for PhDs at the Potchefstroom Business School.
The second successful candidate, Mr Morvyn Nyakudya, will conduct his studies (that will deal with quality management in small and medium-sized enterprise in Botswana) under the supervision of Prof Anet Smit. Prof Theuns Pelser, Director of the Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership at the North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus was appointed as the study leader of Mr Floris Burger. The topic of Burger’s study is “Internal organisational alignment towards sustainable company performance.”
Up until the present, 16 PhDs have been registered at the Potchefstroom Business School. Last year, four candidates (Abel Thekiso, Frances Wright, Ziska Fields (also a former PUK) and Zaheena Chummun) received their PhDs. Two candidates (Albert Agbenygah and André Steenekamp), under supervision of Prof Stéphan van der Merwe, plan to submit their theses for examination in May. The thesis of Johan Leibrandt, a third candidate, under supervision of Prof Christoff Botha, has already been submitted on 29 April this year.