Pieter Pretorius

Doctor Pieter Pretorius
Dr Pieter Pretorius
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​​Since June 2007, Pieter Pretorius has been a freelance educator teaching at UP’s engineering faculty, at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, all on Masters level. His subjects include operations management and project management.

He is involved in continuous education at GIBS as well as the Graduate School of Technology Management at UP. Subjects include: operations management; project management; critical chain project management and logistics engineering.

Pieter is also involved with THRIP contract work and research supervision at North West University (NWU) and acts as external examiner for various university business schools. He also acts as consultant to industry on operations and operations management issues. 

 

Industry:​
  • LEW (1985-1989)
  • Plessey (1989-1990)
  • Paradigm Systems (1990-1991)
University of Pretoria (UP):
  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (1991-1997)
  • Department of Engineering and Technology Management (1997-2007)
  • Seconded to the Graduate School of Management (2000-2007)
  • Supervised more than 60 research projects and masters dissertations during this time.
Responsibilities

​MBA and PDBA – Operations Management
​Company Specific Programmes – Operations Management

Published Research
Journal articles


Moodley, D., Sutherland, M., & Pretorius, P. (2016). Comparing the power and influence of functional managers versus project managers in matrix organisations: The challenge in duality of command. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 19(1), 103-117. doi: 10.17159/2222-3436/2016/v19n1a7


Pretorius, H. W., Mawela, T., Strydom, I., de Villiers, C., & Johnson, R. D. (2015). Continuing the discourse of women in information technology: A South African perspective. Gender, Technology and Development, 19(3), 346-369. doi:10.1177/0971852415597100


Pretorius, P.J. How integrated is integrated logistics? South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, Vol 8 No 2, November 1997, p11-16.

Smith, M, Pretorius, P.J. Exposing the false paradigm in management decision making. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 12 No 1, May 2001, p27-50.


 

Rottier, J., Kruger, P.S. Pretorius, P.J. Business design in the enterprise life-cycle. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 12 No 1, May 2001, p119-133.

 

Smith, M. Pretorius, P.J. Applying TOC to increase EVA - Theory. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 13 No 1, May 2002, p69-80.


Smith, M. Pretorius, P.J. Applying TOC to increase EVA - Application. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 13 No 2, Nov 2002, p71-80.


Smith, M, Pretorius, P.J. Application of the TOC thinking processes to challenging assumptions of profit and cost centre performance measurement. The International Journal of Production Research. Vol 41 No 4, Jan 2003, p819-828.


Smith, M, Pretorius, P.J. Common problems in the performance measurement of profit and cost centres. SAIEE Transactions. Research Journal of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. Vol 94 No 3, Sep 2003, p34-38.


Fourie, L.J. Pretorius, P.J. A call for the radical restructuring of the mini-bus taxi industry in South Africa. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 16, No1, May 2005, p1-12.


MacMillan, S. Pretorius, P.J. Back to basics - A systems approach to making better decisions. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol 16, No1, May 2005, p69-82.


Pretorius, P.J. Long term decision-making using throughput accounting. The Transactions of the SA Institute of Electrical Engineers. Vol 96, No 3, September 2005, p190-195.

 

Published full length conference papers (peer reviewed)

 

Pretorius, P.J. Geïntegreerde logistieke steun ontwikkeling in perspektief. SA Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference. 31 August to 2 September 1988, Sun City.


Pretorius, P.J. Die toepassing van MIL-STD 1388 (Logistieke steun analise) in die Suid-Afrikaanse omgewing. SA Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference. 13 to 15 September 1989, Sun City.


Pretorius, P.J. How integrated is integrated logistics? SA Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference (MANSA 94). 22 to 26 August 1994, Cape Town.


Smith, M, Pretorius, P.J. Common problems in the performance measurement of profit and cost centres. Principal and presenting author Mr Malan Smith, Siemens, Pretoria. AFRICON 2002, IEEE 6th Africon conference in Africa. 2 to 4 October 2002, George.


Pretorius, P.J. Long term decision-making using throughput accounting. IEEE Africon Conference 2004. 15 to 17 September 2004. Gabarone International Conference Centre, Botswana.


Pretorius, P.J. Getting back to basics: Productivity revisited. International Engineering Management Conference 2004 (IEMC 2004). 18 to 21 October 2004. Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore.

Consulting Involvement

Various ad hoc. Previous consulting customers include: ISCOR (IFCON); Atlas Copco Secoroc; Polifin; Columbus Stainless; DCD Dorbyl; Furmann Glass; Aerospace Monitoring systems (recently acquired by SAAB); Futuristix Wonderware; Umndeni Circon (Barloworld); PBMR (Pty) Ltd; Pragma and York Timbers.

Significant Achievements
  • Instrumental in formalising the logistics engineering process within LEW and the integration of the logistics data system with the company MRP system;
  • While at Plessey, the design of the overall support structure for the newly developed FM radio transmitters of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, using the formal LSA process;
  • At the Department of Industrial Engineering, the introduction of post-graduate course in Engineering Logistics. Restructuring the 4th year industrial engineering course in production;
  • At the Department of Engineering and Technology Management, introducing the systems approach in operations management in both the Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) and the Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Received the award for the most value-adding course on the MBA at the GSM in 2001. Receives an education innovation award during September 2004 for innovative use of WebCT in support of subjects taught;
  • Receiving the best external lecturer award on the GIBS MBA at the 2008 and 2009 graduation ceremonies;
  • Received various certificates by MBA student groups for recognising teaching excellence;
  • Veteran of more than 110 short courses since 1990; and
  • Started and completed 14 Argus Cycle Tours.
Contact Details

Email : pieter.pretorius@absamail.co.za

ORCID : orcid.org/0000-0002-4543-676X

Qualifications
  • B.Eng (Industrial) (University of Pretoria)
  • CPIM (APICS)
  • MBA (University of Pretoria)
  • Ph.D (Engineering) ( University of Pretoria)
Fields of Interest
  • System thinking and constraints management application in the business environment. Special interests in the following areas of system thinking:
    • System dynamics and measurement systems;
    • Systems thinking in operations management (including logistics);
    • Operations strategy development; and
    • Critical chain project management.
Professional Memberships
  • Engineering Council of South Africa
    Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering
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