THE PURSUIT OF BUSINESS EMINENCE – Outsourcing in the Pursuit of Business Eminence

Entrepreneurship can be defined as the capacity and willingness of a person or group of people to develop, organise and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit and/ or effect change. If the nature of entrepreneurship is to go forth and ‘make it on your own’, where exactly does outsourcing fit in? The South African economy is facing multiple core issues like poor infrastructure, corruption that is undermining state legitimacy and service delivery, and a plan for economic growth that is…

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COMPANY CULTURE – WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY CULTURE WORTH?

According to top “happiness at work” researchers, Deci and Ryan, fascinating data exists about the value of a company’s culture, and the role that culture plays in employee satisfaction. The Business Dictionary defines company/organisational culture as; “The values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation” – but how do these behaviours and values affect employee happiness? Deci and Ryan used a measure called “Total Motivation” to evaluate the employees of four major airlines, analysing the relationship between total motivation and customer satisfaction. The…

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The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

Harvard education scholar Shari Tishman says there are seven such thinking dispositions. They are: 1. The disposition to be broad and adventurous: The tendency to be open-minded, to explore alternative views; an alertness to narrow thinking; the ability to generate multiple options. 2. The disposition toward sustained intellectual curiosity: The tendency to wonder, probe, find problems, a zest for inquiry; an alertness for anomalies; the ability to observe closely and formulate questions. 3. The disposition to clarify and seek understanding: A desire to understand clearly, to seek connections and explanations;…

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THE POLITICIZATION OF THE STATE

To what extent is the hypothesis that in the post-colonial era, state institutions that promote and protect the rights entrenched in the constitution has been sufficiently compromised by the executive branch of the state so as to undermine the integrity of the democratic order promised by independence? There is no doubt that President Mugabe would vehemently dispute any proposition that the separation of powers doctrine has been respected to the letter of the law under his watch. Many have warned South African of the dangers of following the ZANU-PF model…

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They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview

This article was penned by Field Ruwe. He is a US-based Zambian media practitioner and author. He is a PhD candidate with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism, and an M.A. in History. They call the Third World the lazy man’s purview; the sluggishly slothful and languorous prefecture. In this realm people are sleepy, dreamy, torpid, lethargic, and therefore indigent—totally penniless, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken, disfavored, and impoverished. In this demesne, as they call it, there are hardly any discoveries, inventions, and innovations. Africa is the trailblazer. Some still call…

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Zanu PF plunders state resources

Over the years, the Zanu PF regime has always illegally and unconstitutionally conflated the relationship between Zanu PF as a political party and the State or government. Because Zanu PF is basically a commandist and totalitarian quasi – political and militarised organisation, they have never, ever appreciated that a political party, even if it happens to be the ruling party, is not the same as a government. Put alternatively, the ruling party is not the government and conversely, the government is not the ruling party.In a modern constitutional democracy,these two bodies…

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