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Understanding Contemporary HR : The Case Study Conference

How can HR managers become more strategic with a technologically focused workforce?

Panel Discussion:

Engage with a panel of top HR directors in a strategic conversation about talent management, employee engagement, workforce planning and organisational development. Learn more about how they perfect their broader human capital plan.

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Alan Hosking CEO: Osgard Publisher:  HR Future magazine
  • Suren Naidoo, head of human resources, OUTsurance
  • Dolores Mashishi, human resources director, Altron


Get a professional consultant's perspective on culture, technology and the future world of work.


  • Barry Vorster, partner, HR Technology, Culture, Future of Work, PwC

Case Studies:

Using case studies is an exciting method of teaching used at GIBS on our MBA and executive programmes. They provide learnings on global best practice in a real-life context.

Explore 3 case studies to gain an in-depth understanding of the contemporary world of HR. You will be provided with models and frameworks that can be applied directly to your organisation.

Case Study 1: The Unilever Case Study- The Future of Recruitment

Through the analysis of the Unilever and Hirevue case study, explore how Unilever “finds top talent faster” and the impact of AI has had on reducing recruitment time, saving costs, and increasing diversity in the Unilever Future Leaders graduate programme.  


  • Hayley Pearson, GIBS faculty in leadership, organisation behaviour and human resources

Case Study Respondents:

Write Yourself into the Future HR Trends in Technology

Dr Roze Phillips, group chief people officer, Absa Group

Lerato Semenya, managing executive, talentCRU Pty Ltd

Case Study 2: The KPMG Case Study- Performance Management, Reputation, Stakeholder Engagement for Senior Level Professionals

Organisations continue to face mounting accountability pressures and expectations. Grapple with the case of KMPG, which dissects the complexities of performance management and behaviours at a senior level. 


  • Dr Morris Mthombeni, executive director GIBS Faculty in the area of Corporate Governance and Strategy

Case Study 3: The Medupi Power Station Case Study- Dealing with Large Workforces and Conflict Management

Learn about building complex solutions at the intersection between technology and people.  This case study also teaches conflict management and dealing with community pressure, social unrest/activism and managing stakeholders/social license/social labour plans.


  • Prof Albert Wőcke, GIBS faculty in areas of international business strategy;  human resources, strategy and organisational behaviour.

Click here for programme agenda. 


Discount of 20% for bookings of 5 or more.

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  • Hayley Pearson is the Executive Director: Faculty, a permanent faculty member and the Director of the MBA Programme at GIBS. Hayley lectures in the areas of Human Resources and Organisation Behaviour, with a specific focus on individual level accountability within an organisational context. Prior to joining academia full time, Hayley was a Specialist Project Manager, the AACSB Accreditation Manager and the Assurance of Learning Manager at GIBS. She 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, she 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 is currently completing her PhD in Personal and Professional Leadership with a focus in the subject of accountability. She is a Crucial Conversations facilitator, a qualified Restorative Justice Practitioner and holds a certificate in Solution Focused Therapy.  Hayley sits on the Advisory Board of the Human Edge and the GIBS NPC.  


    • PhD (In progress - ABD) (UJ)
    • MBA (cum laude) (GIBS) 
    • PGCE (cum laude) (UNISA) 
    • BSc (RU) 



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