Pieter Pretorius

Dr Pieter Pretorius
Dr Pieter Pretorius
Profile
After completing his undergraduate engineering studies, Pieter was appointed at Lyttelton Engineering Works. His appointment included project management and the design of logistic support systems in the manufacturing industry.

In 1989 Pieter joined Plessey where he was responsibile for the establishment of a logistics systems engineering function within the company. He however left after seven months to start his own consulting business, where he continued to serve Plessey and others, in the development of logistic support systems.  This afforded him experience in formal system analysis and design methods, and the use of CASE tools to support the information system design process. Pieter applied this experience with his logistics, operations and projects background to develop a commercial software application supporting the integrated product definition approach, with the emphasis on logistics support analysis. 

He joined the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP) in 1991, responsible for teaching production management and IT system design to 4th year industrial engineering students. During his time in the department, he introduced a new post-graduate course in logistics engineering. In 1998 he moved across to the Department of Engineering and Technology Management to teach operations management on the UP MBA and Engineering Management programmes. He also taught extensively on UP's continuous education programmes in operations management and operations strategy, logistics engineering and project management. During his tenure at UP (until 2007) he acted as study leader for more than 65 Master level research projects and dissertations. He is the author of 12 peer-reviewed journal articles, the most recent in 2019. He has participated in a number of local and international conferences. In 2002, he presented a number of guest lectures on operations management at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

His involvement with GIBS goes back to 2006, first as contract- and then as adjunct faculty member.  From 2011 to 2016 Pieter was appointed a a full-time faculty member.  Since June 2016, Pieter stepped back to being an adjunct faculty member.  

During the period 2008-2016, he served the Graduate School of Technology Management, CE@UP (Corporate Enterprises at the University of Pretoria) and the Business School of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Since 2018 Pieter has been a visiting professor to the Rotterdam School of Management teaching operations management on their Executive MBA programme. 

His focus is on operations and project management using the systems/constraint management approach. He has consulted Atlas Copco Secoroc, Columbus Stainless, DCD Dorbyl, Sasol, Furmann Glass, Aerospace Monitoring Systems, Futuristix Wonderware, Barloworld Logistics, York Timber, PBMR, Public Display Technologies, Rocketmine and Fortuna Foods. 

He is married to Mariana, an industrial psychologist, and father to Thandi (born in 1992) and Pieter-Jan (born in 2002). His leisure activities include motor biking, mountain biking, tinkering in his workshop, choir music and overlanding. Some of his friends might consider him a Pink Floyd fanatic.





Responsibilities
  • Operations management (PDBA, PGDip, company and open programmes)
  • Critical chain project management (Company and open programmes)



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


Fourie, L. J., & Pretorius, P. J. (2005). A call for the radical restructuring of the mini-bus taxi industry in South Africa. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 16(1), 1-12.


MacMillan, S., & Pretorius, P. J. (2005). Back to basics: A systems approach to making better decisions. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 16(1), 69-82.


Pretorius, P. J. (2005). Long term decision-making using throughput accounting. The Transactions of the SA Institute of Electrical Engineers, 96(3), 190-195.


Smith, M., & Pretorius, P. J. (2003). Application of the TOC thinking processes to challenging assumptions of profit and cost centre performance measurement. The International Journal of Production Research. 41(4), 819-828.


Smith, M., & Pretorius, P. J. (2003). Common problems in the performance measurement of profit and cost centres. SAIEE Transactions: Research Journal of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, 94(3), 34-38.


Smith, M., & Pretorius, P. J. (2002). Applying TOC to increase EVA - Theory. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 13(1) 69-80.


Smith, M., & Pretorius, P. J. (2002). Applying TOC to increase EVA - Application. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 13(2), 71-80.

Smith, M, & Pretorius, P. J. (2001). Exposing the false paradigm in management decision making. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 12(1), 27-50.


Rottier, J., Kruger, P. S., & Pretorius, P. J. (2001). Business design in the enterprise life-cycle. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 12(1, 119-133.

Pretorius, P. J. (1997). How integrated is integrated logistics? South African Journal of Industrial Engineering, 8(2), 11-16.



Conference papers

 

Pretorius, P. J. (2004, October). Getting back to basics: Productivity revisited. International Engineering Management Conference, Singapore.


Pretorius, P. J. (2004, September). Long term decision-making using throughput accounting. IEEE Africon Conference, Gabarone.


Smith, M., & Pretorius, P. J. (2002, October). Common problems in the performance measurement of profit and cost centres. Paper presented at the 6th IEEE Africon Conference in Africa, George.


Pretorius, P. J. (1994, August). How integrated is integrated logistics? Paper presented at the SA Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference, Cape Town.


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


Pretorius, P. J. (1988, August). Geïntegreerde logistieke steun ontwikkeling in perspektief. Paper presented at the SA Institute of Industrial Engineering Annual Conference, Sun City.
Consulting Involvement
  • ISCOR - consulting to IFCON, a new steel-making technology development of ISCOR, on the support design of the system.
  • Atlas Copco Secoroc - a mining drill-bit manufacturer, on constraint management, decision making, measurements and project management.
  • Polifin - on constraint management and measurements.
  • Columbus Stainless - a large stainless-steel manufacturer, on product mix optimisation.
  • DCD Dorbyl - consulting top-management on the implementation of constraint management and throughput accounting in production.
  • Furmann Glass - consulting top-management on the implementation of constraint management and throughput accounting within the production system.
  • Aerospace Monitoring Systems - facilitation of a AMS/SAAB integration strategy session.
  • Futuristix Wonderware - facilitation of a strategic planning session with the view to integrate operations with market requirements.
  • Umndeni Circon (Barloworld) - facilitation of a turnaround strategy and implementation within production.
  • PBMR (Pty) Ltd - development of a logistic support analysis record specification and high level integrated logistic support process map.
  • Pragma - faciliation of a day session on developing maintenance strategies. 
  • SA Leisure - faciliation of a turnaround strategy to improve profitability.
  • York Timbers (Pty) Ltd - improvement of a sawmill and plywood factory and business including operations and project management training. Member of their risk and innovation committee to make decisions on expansion and capital projects.
  • Public Display Technologies and Rocketmine - advisor to the board of these two companies on strategic and operational issues. 
  • Fortuna Foods -  advisor to improve capacity management by exploiting and elevating constraints.



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;
  • Recognised for the introduction of post-graduate course in Engineering Logistics at the Department of Industrial Engineering and restructuring the 4th year industrial engineering course in production;
  • Recognised for introducing the systems approach in operations management in both the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) and the MBA at the Department of Engineering and Technology Management;
  • Received the award for the most value-adding course on the MBA at the UP Graduate School of Management in 2001.
  • Received an education innovation award during September 2004 for innovative use of WebCT in support of subjects taught;
  • Receiving GIBS MBA teaching excellence awards in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015;
  • Veteran of more than 110 short courses since 1990; 
  • Started and completed 14 Argus Cycle Tours;
  • Visiting professor at the Rotterdam School of Management since 2018.
Contact Details

Email : beheng.pjp@gmail.com

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

Qualifications
  • B.Eng (Industrial) (UP)
  • MBA (UP)
  • Ph.D (Engineering) (UP)
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

  • Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering 

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