Dr Charlene Lew

Doctor Charlene Lew 
Dr Charlene Lew

Dr. Charlene Lew is a Senior Lecturer at GIBS. She teaches on the doctorate, MBA and corporate education programmes in the areas of Strategic Leadership Decision-Making, Organisational Behaviour and related subjects such as Creativity and Lateral Thinking, Senior Team Effectiveness, Change Leadership and the like.

Charlene supervises doctoral and MBA research, focusing the research of her students on managerial psychology – especially on the intersection where strategic leadership decision-making and organisational outcomes meet. She is passionate about the intra- and inter-psychological processes which drive behaviour at work, and holds a Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on adult career development. In her teaching or consulting she has worked with clients such as Bowman Gilfillan, BMW, Distell, First Rand, Imperial Group, Mondi, Nedbank, SAB and Vodacom to mention a few.

Charlene has been employed at GIBS for more than 10 years, previously as Senior Programme Manager. During this time she worked across several industries and her work with Unicef resulted in programmes delivered in countries such as Argentina, Bangkok, Canada, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Kenya and the Czech Republic.

Prior to joining GIBS Charlene was the Dean of the Damelin International College of Postgraduate Business Sciences.

She has published several articles both in accredited academic as well as popular management publications on subjects such as change management, adult career concerns, career resilience, entrepreneurial latency and liquidity, value-based management and strategic business leadership in Africa.


Charlene lectures on strategic leadership decision-making, leadership and management, senior team effectiveness.

Published Research

Journal articles

De Bruin, G. P., & Lew, C. C. (2006). Canonical correlation analysis of the career attitudes and strategies inventory and the adult career concerns inventory. South African Journal of Industrial Psychology, 32(3), 43-48.

This study investigated the relationships between the scales of the Adult Career Concerns Inventory (ACCI) and those of the Career Attitudes and Strategies Inventory (CASI). The scores of 202 South African adults for the two inventories were subjected to a canonical correlation analysis. Two canonical variates made statistically significant contributions to the explanation of the relationships between the two sets of variables. Inspection of the correlations of the original variables with the first canonical variate suggested that a high level of career concerns in general, as measured by the ACCI, is associated with high levels of career worries, more geographical barriers, a low risk-taking style and a non-dominant interpersonal style, as measured by the CASI. The second canonical variate suggested that concerns with career exploration and advancement of one’s career is associated with low job satisfaction, low family commitment, high work involvement, and a dominant style at work.

Nortje, J., Potgieter, C., & Lew, C. (2004). A creative solution to the hospitality training dilemma through the use of strategic alliances. Damelin Journal of Business Science, 1(1), 35-46.

Jones, S. L., & Lew, C. (2004). Entrepreneurial latency and liquidity constraints in a developing economy: Evidence from the South African national lottery. Damelin Journal of Business Science, 1(1), 28-34.

Grotius, G., &  Lew, C. (2004). Gaining competitive advantage as a small or medium enterprise. Damelin Journal of Business Science, 1 (1), 8-12.

Lew, C., & Barnard, M. (2004). Overcoming the problem of value based management. Management Today, 20(10), 20-21.

Lew, C. (2004). Transparency and organisation climate. Management Today, 20(9), 20.

Lew, C., Steyn, C. (2004). Leadership and creativity. Management Today, 20(8), 16-17.

Lew, C. (2004). MBA: The value to the employer. Management Today, 20(7), 16-17.

Lew, C., & Swart, A. (2004, May). Why a brand should deliver on a promise. Management Today, 39-40.

Lew, C. (2004, February). Building relationship in the African market place. Management Today, 34-35.

Lew, C., Barnard, M. (2003, October). Crossing the African divide: Huge challenges ahead. Management Today, 18-19.

Lew, C., & Barnard, M. (2003, September). Strategic business leadership in Africa: Blueprint for opportunities. Management Today, 10-11.

Lew, C. (2003, February). Science and the MBA: Finding the missing link. Management Today.

De Bruin, G. P., & Lew, C. C. (2002). Construct validity of the career resilience questionnaire. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 28(1), 67-69.

The construct validity of the Career Resilience Questionnaire (Fourie & VanVuuren, 1998) was investigated by means of an oblique multiple groups factor analysis.The highest factor structure coefficients of several of the items did not coincide with the respective factors that the items were postulated to measure. In addition, the correlations among the factors cast doubt on the independence of some of the constructs.

Book chapters

Lew, C. (2013). Adcock Ingram: Decisions and motives that steer acquisitions. In W. G. Rowe L. Guerrero (Eds.), Cases in leadership (3rd ed., pp. 6-20). Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.

Charlene has also authored and published a book on developing emotional intelligence in babies and young children.

Case studies

Lew, C. (2017). Awethu project: Values-driven decisions for profit and social impact (Case Study No. 9B17C018). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.

Lew, C. (2014). CFR Pharmaceuticals: Potential synergies in Africa. (Case Study No. 9B14C049). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.

Lew, C. (2010). Adcock Ingram: Decisions and motives that steer acquisitions. (Case Study No. 9B10C008). Ontario: Ivey Publishing. 

Conference papers


Lew, C., & Small, C. (2017). Virtue ethics and mindfulness for responsible leadership: towards a holistic approach. Paper presented at the Alfred Luthuli Conference on Responsible Leadership, GIBS, Johannesburg.

Lew, C. C., De Bruin, G. P. & Nel, Z. J. (2003, June). Adult career concerns and vocational adjustment: Canonical analysis of the adult career concerns inventory and the career att​itudes and strategy inventory.​ Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference, Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa, Sandton, South Africa.

Potgieter, B.C., Botha, J. H. & ew, C. (2004) Evidence that use of the ITIL framework is effective. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, New Zealand, 160-167.

Consulting Involvement
  • Organisational Culture (assessment and intervention)
  • Senior team effectiveness (decision-making etc)
  • Individual career coaching
Contact Details

Tel : +27 11 771 4284

Email : lewc@gibs.co.za

ORCID : orcid.org/0000-0001-5701-5121

  • Doctor Litt et Phil (Psychology)
  • MA (Psychology)
  • BA (Hons) Psychology
  • BA (Psychology, Philosophy and French majors)
Fields of Interest
  • Strategic leadership
  • Decision-making
  • Managerial psychology (including behavioural economics)
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