Hayley Pearson

Hayley Pearson
Hayley Pearson

Hayley is a full time faculty member at GIBS and lectures in the areas of Leadership, Organisation Behaviour and Human Resources with a specific focus on individual level accountability. Prior to joining academia full time, Hayley was a Specialist Project Manager, the AACSB Accreditation Manager and the Assurance of Learning Manager at GIBS. Hayley has extensive experience in school based education and her career started in 2005 in the UK, where she lived and worked for almost 10 years. Hayley initially held a position as a specialist Biology and Science teacher but quickly progressed into more managerial focused roles, specialising in student pastoral care and later teaching and learning practices focusing specifically on student performance and progress. Before returning to South Africa to enrol on the MBA Programme, Hayley held the position of Assistant Head Teacher in a large secondary school and was also head of the school’s Sixth Form Centre. Through this role, Hayley gained experience in performance management, innovation, organisational behaviour, leadership, team development curriculum design and development, course design, assessment design, tracking and monitoring of student performance, assurance for learning practices, personalised interventions, student progress, people management and pastoral care. Hayley’s passion for learning, education and management and leadership development led her to GIBS where she has the opportunity to share her education and learning expertise. Hayley graduated Top Student of the 2014.15 Part time/Modular MBA sits on the Advisory Board for the Human Edge and is conducting her doctoral research in the subject of accountability.

Hayley is a qualified Restorative Justice Practitioner and holds a certificate in Solution Focused Therapy 


​Full-time faculty

Published Research

Journal articles

Pearson, H., & Sutherland, M. M. (2017). The complexity of the antecedents influencing accountability in organisations. European Business Review, 29(4), 419-439.

Case studies

Sutherland, M., Pearson, H., & Fisher, G. (2017). Due diligence: Plantation Shutters®, South Africa (Emerald Emerging Markets Case Study No. EEMCS-10-2016-0203. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.

Consulting Involvement

​She consults in the areas of accountability, leadership and organisational behaviour.

Contact Details

​ E-mail: pearsonh@gibs.co.za  

  • ​PhD Fellow (UJ)
  • MBA (cum laude) (GIBS)
  • PGCE (cum laude) (UNISA)
  • BSc Zoology and Information Systems (Rhodes)  
Fields of Interest
  • ​Accountability 
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Human Resources 

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