Communal versus individual modalities of work: A South African investigation

Kurt April, Kai Peters

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This paper explores some of the underlying principles of the Afro-centric paradigm, encapsulated by humanistic- and communalist principles. Suggestions on how South African Modes of Leadership could be incorporated into the workplace are presented, and explored further in conjunction with the results of the workplace survey that was designed to test what makes people feel valued in the workplace. These dimensions are explored and gaps identified where the current perceived state does not match the desired or expected state. Differences between these dimensions are highlighted where possible attitudinal obstacles could be encountered, and suggestions are put forward as to how these may be overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-36
Number of pages32
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Business and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • communication
  • interconnectedness
  • motivation
  • ubuntu
  • values


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