PhD Programme

 

The WBS PhD programme is the largest in South Africa and one of the most highly regarded on the continent. We seek out and bring together top candidates from across Africa to address important topics in their PhD research that are relevant to the advancement of business and society on our continent. We have students from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and of course South Africa, and the best faculty from across the continent so that our PhD is authentically African in perspective.

As a student of our PhD programme, you will gain real cultural and social insights from our commercial and political debates, you will sharpen your ability to articulate, grow in confidence and realise the vastness of the knowledge domains you can master by developing your learning and research skills. A PhD shows the world you are capable of putting in the disciplined effort, logical thought and leaps of insight needed to be a ground-breaking innovator. It tells employers that you work diligently to discover new truths, evaluate alternative approaches and forge ways forward based on solid evidence.

PhD Programme

The WBS PhD programme is the largest in South Africa and one of the most highly regarded on the continent. We seek out and bring together top candidates from across Africa to address important topics in their PhD research that are relevant to the advancement of business and society on our continent.

We have students from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and of course South Africa, and the best faculty from across the continent so that our PhD is authentically African in perspective.

Are you interested in joining our PhD Programme?

Are you interested in joining our PhD Programme?

 

ENGAGE WITH US

As a student of our PhD programme, you will gain real cultural and social insights from our commercial and political debates, you will sharpen your ability to articulate, grow in confidence and realise the vastness of the knowledge domains you can master by developing your learning and research skills.

A PhD shows the world you are capable of putting in the disciplined effort, logical thought and leaps of insight needed to be a ground-breaking innovator. It tells employers that you work diligently to discover new truths, evaluate alternative approaches and forge ways forward based on solid evidence.

Are you interested in joining our PhD Programme?

 

ENGAGE WITH US

Are you interested in joining our PhD Programme?

ENGAGE WITH US

Research themes

The Research Programme will feed into the Postdoctoral portfolio and will focus on the following areas of study:

Business

BUSINESS

  • Business models and practices
  • Digital diffusion and service adoption 
  • Business outcomes of digital transformation
  • Customer decision journeys in South Africa
  • Impact on the South African tech sector
  • Economics of new IT
  • Corporate governance in a digital world
Economic & Social Impact

ECONOMIC & SOCIAL IMPACT

  • Extent, causes and impact of concentration
  • The impact of AI and robotics on jobs in South Africa
  • The Digital Divide: its economic impact and how digitilisation will exacerbate or ameliorate the situation
Applied Digital Business Applications

APPLICATIONS

  • Digital mining
  • Digital healthcare
  • Digital education
  • Digital commerce
  • Digital financial services
Policy, Law, Ethics & Governance

POLICY, LAW, ETHICS & GOVERNANCE

  • The governance of AI
  • Competition law for a digital world
  • Policy directions for states, provinces and cities