Prof Albert Wöcke

Professor Albert Wöcke
Prof Albert Wöcke
Profile

Albert is a professor and permanent faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has been on the GIBS faculty since 2000, where he joined after a career as a trade union official. As the assistant general secretary: collective bargaining, he headed up the collective bargaining functions of the union and was a founding member of the Public Service Bargaining Council and represented the labour movement in the public finance and Monetary Policy Chamber of Nedlac (the National Economic Development and Labour Advisory Council).


Albert is a recognised researcher with a National Research Foundation (NRF rating of C3) and has published academic and other articles in South Africa and internationally. He is a member of the American Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business and the South African Institute of People Management. He regularly reviews for international and local academic journals.


Since joining GIBS, Albert has taught in the areas of international business srategy and human resources, strategy and organisational behaviour. His current research interests include the process and strategies of emerging market firms going global, the design and impact of HR strategy in multi-national corporations and talent management in emerging markets. He has had papers presented at the American Academy of Management and the Royal Geographic Society and he has taught in Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, the UAE, Hong Kong and Namibia. He consults widely and clients have included MTN, UTI, South African Revenue Services, Zurich Reinsurance, PPC and government departments including Foreign Affairs and Forestry and Water.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty and lecturer

Published Research

Journal articles​


Wöcke, A., Grosse, R., Stacey, A., & Brits, N. (2018). Social identity in MNCs based on language and nationality. Thunderbird International Business Review, 60(4), 661-673. doi: 10.1002/tie.21953


Goldman, M., Chadwick, S., Funk, D., & Wöcke, A. (2016). I am distinctive when I belong: Meeting the need for optimal distinctiveness through team identification. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 16(3/4/5/6), 198-219.


Wöcke, A., & Marais, J. (2016). The use of external perceived injustices by AMCU in the South African platinum mining industry. South African Journal of Labour Relations, 40(1), 108-120.


Seopa, N., Wöcke, A., & Leeds, C. (2015). The impact on the psychological contract of differentiating employees into talent pools. Career Deveplopment International, 20(7), 717-732.


Wöcke, A., & Moodley, T. (2015). Corporate political strategy and liability of foreignness: Similarities and differences between local and foreign firms in the South African Health Sector. International Business Review, 24(4), 700-709.


Wöcke, A. (2014). Review of Frege, Carola and Kelly (Eds), Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. Global Labour Journal, (5)1, 88-90.


Pillay, D., Hofmeyr, K., & Wöcke, A. (2014). Mission attachment and job embeddedness in the trade union sector in South Africa. South African Journal of Labour Relations, 38(1), 31-52.


Wöcke, A. (2014). Trade unions: Declinging membership increasing militancy. Acumen (8), 28-30.


Wöcke, A., & Heymann, M. (2012). The impact of demographic variable on voluntary labour turnover in South Africa. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(16), 3479-3494.


Wöcke, A., & Klein, S. (2009). The protective incubator and the growth of South African multinationals. Thunderbird International Business Review, 51(4), 341-354.


Wöcke, A., & Leeds, C. (2009). Methods to reduce the referral of frivolous cases to the CCMA. South African Journal of Labour Relations, 33(1), 28-44.


Wöcke, A., & Sutherland, M. (2008). The impact of employment equity regulations on psychological contracts in South Africa. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19(4), 528-542.


Wöcke, A., & Von Ketelhodt, A. (2008). The impact of electricity crises on the consumption behaviour of small and medium enterprises. Journal of Energy for Southern Africa, 19(1), 4-12.


Wöcke, A., Bendixen, M., & Rijamampianina, R. (2007). Building flexibility into multi-national human resource strategy: a study tour of four South African multi-national enterprises. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(5), 829-844.


Wöcke, A., & Klein, S. (2007). Emerging global contenders: the South African experience. Journal of International Management, 13(3), 319-337.


Wöcke, A., & Van der Merwe, M. (2007). An investigation into responsible tourism practices in the South African hotel industry.  South African Journal of Business Management, 38(2), 1-15.


Wöcke, A. (2006, August). Do you really have an HR strategy?  HR Future, 16-18.


Wöcke, A. (2005, July). Is the vitality curve damaging your business? People Dynamics.


Wöcke, A. (2003).  Jobs reserved: why South Africa’s skills migration policy is bad for business.  People Dynamics, 21(8), 10-17.


Wöcke, A., & Van der Spuy, M. (2003).The effectiveness of technology based (interactive) distance learning methods in a large South African financial services organisation. South African Journal of Business Management, 34(2), 1-10.


Wöcke, A., & Klein, S. (2002). The implications of South Africas skills migration policy for country competitiveness. Development Southern Africa, 19(4), 441-454.



Book chapters


Wöcke, A., & Sing, L. (2013). South Africa: Inward FDI and its policy context, 2013. In K. P. Sauvant, P. Mallampally & G. McAllister (Eds.), Inward and outward FDI country profiles (2nd ed., pp. 1044-1065). Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment.  Columbia Unversity: New York.

Klein, S., & Wöcke, A. (2012) Netcare’s international expansion. In P. Beamish, & J. Lawrence (Eds.), Globally responsible leadership: Managing according to the UN Global Compact (pp. 235-260).  California: SAGE Publications.


Wöcke, A., & Bendixen, M. (2008). Building flexibility into multi-national human resource strategy: a study of four South African multi-national enterprises. In C. Rowley & M. Warner (Eds.) Globalising international human resource management (pp. 113-128). New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.


Wöcke, A. (2004). International business strategies and international human capital management. In I. Boninelli & T. N. A. Meyer (Eds.), Building human capital: South African perspectives. Randburg: Know Res Publishing.


Case studies


Wocke, A., & Beamish, P. W. (2017). MTN and the Nigerian fine (Case No. 9B17M031). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Wöcke, A. (2015). Donovan Marks: Shifting entrepreneur motivations (Case No. 9B15M001). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Wöcke, A. (2013). Hello Healthcare: Taking a cooperative business into Africa (Case No. 9B13M076). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Wöcke, A., & Grosse, R. (2011). Platmin mining: Managing your stakeholders in developing economies (Case No. 9B11C012). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Wöcke, A. (2010). Ebio: What value are social partnerships in South Africa? (Case No. 9B10M059). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Wöcke, A., Klein, S. (2009). Netcare’s international expansion (Case No. 9B09M005). Ontario: Ivey Publishing.


Conference papers

Wocke, A., & Morgado, M. (2017, July). Tension between MNEs and indigenized local firms in the Mozambique Petroleum and Gas industry. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, Dubai.

Grosse, R., & Wöcke, A. (2016, June). Competitiveness of South African firms: New theory or new application? Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, New Orleans.

Mudekunye, T., & Wöcke, A. (2016, June). Industry context and modes of entry: South African financial services MNEs in Africa. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, New Orleans.

Grosse, R., Wöcke, A., Fonseca, A., & Brits, N. (2014, June). The influence of language on relationships between subsidiaries and headquarters. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Annual General Meeting, Vancouver. Abstract retrieved from https://aib.msu.edu/events/2014/pdfs/AIB2014_Proceedings.pdf

Goldman, M. M., Chadwick, S., Funk, D. C., & Wocke, A. (2014, May). I am different when I belong: The function of team indentity in seeking optimal psychological distinctiveness. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Wöcke, A., & Grosse, R.  (2012, June) Government business relations and financial crises. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Annual General Meeting, Washington DC, June. Abstract retrieved from https://aib.msu.edu/events/2012/AIB2012_ConferenceProceedings.pdf

Wöcke, A., Klein, S., & Ridgeway, T. (2009, June). A study of multinational property investment companies’ international strategies. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Businessg, San Diego. Abstract retrieved from https://aib.msu.edu/events/2009/AIB_2009_Proceedings.pdf

Nightingale, D., Wöcke, A., & Klein, S. (2008, July). Implementing MNC strategy in emerging market subsidiaries: A comparative study of South Africa, Turkey, Morocco and Nigeria.  Paper presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business, Milan. Abstract retrieved from https://aib.msu.edu/events/2008/AIB2008_Proceedings.pdf

Van Der Merwe, M., & Wöcke, A. (2006). Implementation of responsible tourism practices in the hotel industry in South Africa. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Geographic Society, London.

Wöcke, A. (2005, August). The configuration of corporate human resource strategies in multinational enterprises: A study of four South African MNEs. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu.

Consulting Involvement

Extensive consulting in all areas of international business including modes of entry, matrix structures in MNEs and the management of subsidiaries and affiliates.

 

Human resources management including talent management and performance management. Industrial relations and collective bargaining, including trade union recognition, dispute management. strategy formulation and execution.

Qualifications
  • BA (Hons) (cum laude)
  • MA (Political Science)
  • MBA (Wits)
  • PhD (UP)
Fields of Interest
  • International business strategy
  • Human resources
  • Strategy
  • Organisational behavior
Professional Memberships
  • Academy of International Business
  • Academy of Management
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