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Managerial Thought and Culture Explored in Inaugural Lecture

2014/09/02 10:36:15 AM

Top UKZN researcher and School of Management, Information Technology & Governance academic, Professor Sanjana Brijball Parumasur recently delivered her Inaugural Lecture titled: “An Evolution of Management Thought and Culture: Reflections of a Journey and Vision for a Paradigm Shift”.

Professor Betty C Mubangizi (left) and Professor Yogi Penceliah (right) congratulating Professor Sanjana Brijball Parumasur after the Lecture.Professor Betty C Mubangizi (left) and Professor Yogi Penceliah (right) congratulating Professor Sanjana Brijball Parumasur after the Lecture.

The lecture marked Brijball Parumasur’s appointment to full professorship as recognising her invaluable contributions towards ensuring the vision and mission and strategic direction of the University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi described the National Research Foundation rated researcher as an eminent scholar whose work has contributed tremendously to the development of the discipline of management in South Africa.

‘The topic chosen by Professor Brijball Parumasur could not have been more appropriate,’ said Mubangizi. ‘Its focus on management thought and culture resonates with the University’s need to establish and maintain efficient, effective management systems and processes that provide a caring and responsive service to meet internal and external needs in a pragmatic and flexible manner,’ said Mubangizi.

Brijball Parumasur’s presentation examined the way management thought and culture has evolved and the changes that need to happen for effective management in the modern corporate environment. She covered topics such as scientific management, old and new management assumptions and the use of the competing values framework in diagnosing organisational culture.

We need a paradigm shift from dominance, centralisation, hierarchies, rigid budgets, short term solutions and top down goal setting to co-operation and trust, decentralisation, inspirational managers, long range optimisation and employee participation in goal setting and teamwork. I want to emphasise what the leadership needs to do and how they need to do it to achieve this paradigm shift,’ she said.

Speaking on the legacy she would like to leave behind in academia apart from her impressive academic record that includes graduating 68 masters students, receiving an NRF rating and having 47 accredited publications to her name Brijball Parumasur said she would like to inspire a paradigm shift in managerial and organisational development through independent and collaborative research with her students.

‘Leaders cannot be engulfed in a quagmire of protocols and operating procedures that cause paradigm blindness. We need to, amongst others, take cognisance of workforce diversity based on different generations. My legacy will be to train the millennials to channel the organisation’s focus, orientation and culture to one that makes continuous improvement the pivotal purpose thereby ensuring personal and organisational effectiveness,’ she said.

College Dean of Research, Professor Marita Carnelley said Brijball Parumasur’s lecture succeeded in giving the University community a view of the intellectual research activity taking place at the Institution.

‘I have always admired her as a person and an academic as well as her productivity and her academic writings. She is an eminent academic and valued in the College as one of the best in the University - an inspiration to staff and students alike,’ said Carnelley.

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