Ubuntu - the spirit of African transformation management - a review

Ethne Swartz, Rae Davies

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The idea of “African Management” is compelling when considering the complex social and organizational changes under way in South Africa today. Sets out to critically evaluate the concept of “African Management” as used by Mbigi and Maree (1995). Argues that, while the book contains many weaknesses, it documents an idiosyncratic, but valuable view for interpreting the world. Further argues that it is important to compare this view with management theory which has been developed in the West in order to understand the similarities and differences that may exist, and how these might best be exploited to achieve healthy organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-294
Number of pages5
JournalLeadership & Organization Development Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1997


  • National cultures
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational development
  • South Africa
  • Strategic facilities management


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