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Research Excellence Celebrated at College of Law and Management Studies

October 11, 2016

College of Law and Management Studies Research Day participants.

The College of Law and Management Studies celebrated great strides in research during its recent Research Days which saw over 80 academics and postgraduate students showcasing quality research done in the College’s various disciplines.

The two-day strategic initiative themed: “Stimulating Research Excellence”, which aimed to contribute towards increasing research output within the College, featured research presentations and keynote addresses that covered topical issues. 

There was also a quick fire challenge called the 3-Minute Thesis Presentation in which PhD candidates spoke about their research studies and why they matter. 

“Waves of Change: Globalisation, Labour Markets and the Future of Work”, was the title of Human Resources Management expert Dr Shaun Ruggunan’s address which was based on his recently published book of the same name. 

Rugunnan’s address looked at the shipping industry and its influence on other industries, the development of technology and its threat to labour, the issue of contractualisation in the labour market and working time versus leisure time.

Law academic Professor Shannon Hoctor’s address was titled “Law is like Love…but is it like poetry?” He explored the connection between poetry and law by highlighting examples of judicial judgments were judges used poetry to interpret their verdict. He even rapped!

School of Management, Information Technology and Governance Dr Mogie Subban’s presentation was titled “Management of cultural diversity for performance enhancement: A case study in eThekwini Municipality”. She discussed how cultural diversity contributes to performance enhancement in an institution.

“Valuation of cemeteries using real options approach” was the title of School of Accounting, Economics and Finances Acting Dean Dr Mabutho Sibanda’s presentation. His presentation looked at the contentious issue of lack of burial space in KwaZulu-Natal with a specific focus on eThekwini. Sibanda highlighted that graves are a cash flow generating asset and that the municipality has the right to re-use the graves after a number of years. He highlighted the problems that arise as a result of cultural practices.

Law academic Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama tackled the issue of “The law of privilege and the Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa’s National Assembly: The Aftermath of the 7th May 2014 National Elections.” She noted the use of privilege in light of the disruptions caused by the EFF in Parliament and how it can be used to make our democracy stronger.

Summarising a PhD thesis in three minutes in a concise presentation using only one slide and in no more than three minutes is no easy feat. Law academic Mr Vishal Surbun, SAF academic Mr Ntokozo Nzimande and HEARD academic Ms Tamlyn McKenzie lived up to this quick fire challenge. Surbun’s study explores Maritime Piracy while Nzimande’s focuses on Factors Influencing Business Cycle Synchronisation in the SADC Region: A Case of a Monetary Integration and McKenzie’s focused on Measuring disability and its associated opportunity costs using South African household survey data.

College of Law and Management Studies DVC and Head Professor John Mubangizi said it is encouraging to see that College academics and students are prioritising research in line with the University’s goals.

‘This research initiative comes five weeks after the College hosted the Business Management Conference and it is amazing to see that there are over 80 papers that are being presented which is more than I have ever seen at any international conference I have attended. I am even more impressed to see that some of these papers are presented by development lecturers which shows that our College staff is really hardworking and the strategic research initiatives facilitated by the College Dean of Research, Professor Marita Carnelley are bearing fruit,’ he said.

Thandiwe Jumo

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