The role of strategic leadership in strategy implementation
- Authors: Fourie, Barend Jacob
- Date: 2010-02-23T10:18:30Z
- Subjects: Strategic planning , Business planning , Leadership
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:6630 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3031
- Description: D.Com. (Strategic Management) , A review of the literature reveals that strategy implementation is an important component of the strategic management process. In addition, it has been noted that there is a high failure rate in the implementation of strategy as a result of the existence of many potential barriers to the effective implementation of strategy. A lack of leadership – specifically strategic leadership – in the management structures of organisations has been identified as one of the possible barriers to the effective implementation of strategy. However, strategic leadership is also widely regarded as one of the key drivers of strategy implementation. In view of the fact that the role of strategic leadership in strategy implementation has been overlooked, the following research question was addressed: What is the perceived role of strategic leadership in the implementation of strategy in South African organisations? In the light of the identified problem and research question, the primary objective of this study was to investigate the perceived role of strategic leadership in the implementation of strategy in South African organisations. The thesis was that strategic leadership positively contribute to the effective implementation of strategy in South African organisations.
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The importance of growth, innovation and strategy in engineering entrepreneurship
- Authors: Neves, Mario
- Date: 2012-08-28
- Subjects: Strategic planning , Business planning , Industrial management , Engineering -- Management , Entrepreneurship -- Management , New business enterprises -- Management
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:3315 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6718
- Description: M.Ing. , The purpose of this research dissertation is to test the hypothesis that entrepreneurial engineers are not familiar with innovation, growth and business planning strategies, or simply do not apply them. The hypothesis is investigated with the help of case studies and published works; outlining the different methods and principles employed by relatively new business ventures to ensure continued success. The scope of this research dissertation is limited to why there is a need for well managed growth, continual innovation and the strategic positioning and planning in business. The form of research design chosen for the experimental program is characterised and based upon the "Method of Data Collection", outlined in Cooper and Schindler: Business Research Methods, 7iT h Ed., 2001. The refined method is based upon a Two Stage Design incorporating a Non probability, Convenience Sample. The literature review of this research dissertation will be viewed as the Exploratory Section of the Two Stage Design, as outlined by Cooper and Schindler. The results of the survey which was carried out indicate that entrepreneurial engineers have an equal chance of being familiar or not familiar with the concepts of innovation and growth. Those who were familiar with the concepts were more likely to have knowledge of the entrepreneurial strategies regarding the concepts and to implement the strategies. Entrepreneurial engineers were likely to be familiar with business strategies, and those who were familiar, were more likely to have strategic architecture and intents, but less likely to have company missions than those who were not familiar. There seemed to be no correlation between the field of engineering or the field of business, and the likelihood of familiarity with the concepts. However, engineers who had business and management experience prior to starting their business ventures were more likely to be familiar with the concepts, but no more likely to implement them than engineers without prior experience. The literature review and the survey carried out agree with the initial hypothesis that entrepreneurial engineers starting relatively new business ventures either were not familiar with the concepts of innovation, growth and strategy, or simply did not apply them. However the agreement between the survey results, and the hypothesis and literature review, are not to the extent that was originally expected.
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The role of management in effective knowledge and skills transfer
- Authors: Buys, Neil Armstrong
- Date: 2013-05-01
- Subjects: Transfer of learning , Employees - Training of , Business planning , Strategic planning , Information resources management
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:7503 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8360
- Description: Ph.D. (Leadership Performance and Change) , Organisations worldwide have made substantial investments in the training of their employees even though it is generally understood that only a small amount of learning is usually transferred to the work environment. The knowledge of the extent of employer investments in training compared to the benefits that accrue from this training for the organisation underlies the continuous debate concerning the return on investment and the effectiveness of the transfer of learning. Learning Transfer is defined as the application of knowledge, skills and attitudes learned from training and the subsequent maintenance of it over a period of time. This paucity of learning transfer, in spite of the substantial investment in training by employers, must be considered against the reality of organisations continuously being confronted by demands emanating from developments such as globalisation. Equally, technological developments necessitate change in the nature of work and consequently in the knowledge and skills required by employees to perform the work, as well as for organisations to remain globally competitive. The aim of this study is to determine whether a causal relationship exists between management support for learning and the effectiveness of learning transfer. In pursuance of finding causes for the lack of learning transfer, the study has the further objective of determining whether management support could be elevated above other differentiators, such as motivation of the trainee, training design and the workplace or organisational climate factors. The study is premised on the perception that management exercises a great deal of influence over their employees and that they determine organisational outcomes because of their decision-making authority. This gave rise to the presumption that management plays a leading role in ensuring that effective learning transfer is achieved and that the nature and extent of management‟s influence determines whether effective and efficient learning transfer is realised.
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