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Ubuntu as bestuurstyl vir die nuwe Suid-Afrika

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. W.M. Conradie en_US
dc.contributor.author Van der Merwe, I.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-05T08:00:55Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-05T08:00:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-05
dc.date.submitted 1997
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6936
dc.description M.Comm. en_US
dc.description.abstract Political changes and many other factors have forced South Africans from different backgrounds and cultures to work together and live together. These changes do not influence only the community life but also the organisations in South-Africa. As affirmative action is enforced and implemented by government and the business sector, people from African cultures are thrown in at the deep end in business life and people from the western cultures are not at ease working with African people because of a lack of understanding of the African culture. An important part of the African culture is called ubuntu. PURPOSE The purposes of this study are to identify and explain the different values of ubuntu, to illustrate how it can be applied in South African business and to identify the differences between western management practices and ubuntu management practices. METHOD OF STUDY A study was made of the relevant literature. FINDINGS The heritage that comes through traditional African roots is ubuntu: morality, humaness, compassion, care, understanding and empathy. It is one of sharing and hospitality, of honesty and humanity. Simply put, it is the ethic and interaction that occurs in the extended family. In Africa, it draws in all of the people. In this 'family' there is a community of shared values. Ubuntu is best described through the expression: a human is a human through other people. The ubuntu values described in this study are solidarity, the role of stories in ubuntu, compassion, respect and dignity, conformity and interconnectedness. Each of these attributes can be applied in South African businesses. The differences between western management and ubuntu management are discussed by looking at the differences in leadership, decision making, communication and corporate culture. Certain ubuntu values can be used in South-African business, such as group solidarity, respect and dignity, stories and the way the ubuntu culture deals with nature. Certain values cannot be used, such as the way Africans experiences time, because it would lead to low productivity. It seems as if ubuntu values have been lost with urbanisation, but there are still ubuntu values practised in townships, such as group solidarity that exists between tribe members, although the definition of a tribe has changed. en_US
dc.language.iso afr en_US
dc.subject Management - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Leadership en_US
dc.subject Decision making - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Communication in management - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Corporate culture - South Africa en_US
dc.title Ubuntu as bestuurstyl vir die nuwe Suid-Afrika en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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