Exploring supply chain business bullying of small and medium-sized business suppliers by dominant buyers in the apparel retail sector in Gauteng
- Authors: Goolam-Nabee, Sumayah , Swanepoel, Elana
- Date: 2021
- Subjects: Bullying , Collaboration , Dominant behaviour
- Language: English
- Type: Article
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/489537 , uj:44639 , Citation: Goolam Nabee, S. & Swanepoel, E., 2021, ‘Exploring supply chain business bullying of small and medium-sized business suppliers by dominant buyers in the apparel retail sector in Gauteng’, Southern African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 13(1), a367. https://doi.org/10.4102/ sajesbm.v13i1.367
- Description: Abstract: Background: Issues relating to dominant behaviour and bullying practices in supply chains are mostly not reported. Some evidence exists of unfair business practices in the apparel retail sector, but the extent and nature of such practices in South Africa, as well as the business implications for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have not been researched. The reason could be the sensitive nature of these issues and possible adverse implications for the SMEs supplying apparel to the retailers in Gauteng. Aim: The primary research objective is to determine the incidence and type of supply chain dominance experienced by SMEs in the retail apparel sector in Gauteng, as well as the business implications of such dominant behaviour and how SMEs cope with it. Setting: The setting for this study was the business premises of SME apparel suppliers in Gauteng. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with seven SMEs that were apparel suppliers to the large retailers in Gauteng, to obtain the supplier perspective. Results: Six of the seven SMEs had experienced some form of bullying behaviour by large retailers in the apparel sector, such as late payments and long payment terms. For some of these SMEs, it had serious financial implications. Meaningful insight is provided into this supplier–buyer relationship between SMEs and large retailers in the apparel sector in Gauteng. Conclusion: This is the first study in South Africa investigating supply chain dominance, in particular supply chain bullying of SME suppliers through unfair business practices by dominant buyers in the apparel sector.
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Plagiarism : student perspectives
- Authors: Pisa, Noleen M. , Goolam-Nabee, Sumayah
- Date: 2018
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://ujcontent.uj.ac.za8080/10210/385012 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/275842 , uj:29489 , Citation: Pisa, N.M. & Goolam-Nabee, S. 2018. Plagiarism : student perspectives.
- Description: Abstract: Context. Universities are often required to lay the ethical foundation of student behaviour and none is more prevalent than the issue of plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of academic integrity although it is not specific to the academic community alone. The aim of this paper is to assess students’ understanding of plagiarism and plagiarism policies, the extent to which they engage in plagiarism practices, and their perceptions on the adequacy of training workshops on writing practices for undergraduate and post-graduate students at a metropolitan university in South Africa. Problem and results. Contradictory evidence was found about the students’ understanding of plagiarism. The prevalence of plagiarism was perceived as low amongst students. The students seemed to understand plagiarism policies as the majority indicated awareness of departmental penalties for student plagiarism and perceived these penalties to be fair. Additionally, the results revealed that different faculty departments placed equal emphasis on plagiarism and that the students perceived the university and the department’s workshops on academic writing and plagiarism to be adequate. Solution. This study highlights that South African universities mirror the global trend of increasing student plagiarism practices and that efforts to improve academic integrity should adopt global best practices while taking into account local characteristics.
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