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27 Jul: Raymond Toga: DaVinci Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate

Don’t underestimate or relegate those that are academic to ‘just academia’, writes Raymond Toga – DaVinci Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate   The writer is of the notion that it should be considered that not every researcher is destined for academia. In fact, with a combination of Mode 2 knowledge production ushered in the 4th Industrial Revolution and is still relevant as we go into the 5th Industrial Revolution, coupled with the double helix Innovation system that establishes a mutually beneficial relationship between academia and industry, there is indeed evidence that the academics who are developed in this type of learning environment (such as the one we have at The DaVinci Business School) are able to utilise their knowledge in situated contexts and enhance business performance in many cases. This is because this type of knowledge production ensures a focus on the creation of knowledge that is transdisciplinary in nature,…

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20 Jul: Dr Dzingai Katsamba: Overcoming The Fear Factor

Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean: Innovation and Technology, reflects on overcoming the fear factor and views such as a human barrier to innovation…   With all the pandemics, economic hardships and the rapid changes in technological growth and implementation – concerns about failure, criticism, and career impact have been holding back many people from embracing innovation. Thus, the discussions below outlines some of the ways to create a culture that accounts for the human side of innovation.   There is a story that I read about Alex Honnold. The story says that about five years ago, Alex Honnold ascended and braved the sheer face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan escarpment alone and with no ropes, and he was the only known person to have achieved such a great feat. Great skill and discipline were key to Honnold, but he is also endowed with a special brain. It was proven through an…

7 June 2022

06 Jun: Anthony Letsoalo-Mphogo: The need for agility

The need for agility in building a sustainable culture of business innovation, writes Anthony Letsoalo-Mphogo, DaVinci’s Business Development Manager Apart from its disastrous effects, the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically influenced a number of organisations to recognise the importance of embracing agility. This being a crucial ingredient if organisations are to start developing a sustainable culture of innovation. For some organisations, innovation may have been a relatively daunting concept to tap into. While for others, it may have been mentioned in passing without being strategically and purposefully implemented or advanced to its fullest capacity. Yet, over the last two and a half years, organisations and people have had few options but to embrace the discovery of new ways of being, doing, and leading. Therefore, allowing for innovation to gain a foothold in more novel and creative ways that may have a greater impact on organisational growth, sustainability, and operational efficiency. Clearly…

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12 Apr: Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean: Technology and Innovation, On Creativity as being the crucible of sustainable innovation

Creativity, the crucible of sustainable innovation   Organisations have been grappling with applied innovation, yet the starting point is managing creativity. Without creativity, ideas cannot be generated, and the term innovation itself becomes just another buzzword devoid of practical solutions to the growth and sustainability of any organisation. It is, therefore, within the bounds of creativity that ideas are generated, and if incubated, can become implementable solutions that can be commercialised. Creativity can be viewed from the perspectives of creative confidence, creative risk-taking, and creative action, which allow for the emergence of creative outcomes. It is in the creative outcomes that the crucible of sustainable innovation is found.   Creative Confidence Confidence remains one of the greatest abilities to apply when thinking and generating ideas to solve a crisis. Confidence has been seen to play an important role in migrating from creative potential to creative action. Belief in confidence also…

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04 Apr: Dr Heather Goode: Some practical suggestions for working adult learners

How can you make the most of extra time during a break, with extra public holidays, or when work is somewhat quieter than usual?     The last two or so years consolidate a challenging and hectic period for most of us due to the complexities of Covid-19. This is even more so for someone who has been (or still is) juggling studies in tandem with full-time or part-time work. A question that then crosses the mind is: how can you make the most of extra time during a break, with extra public holidays, or when work is somewhat quieter than usual?   Rest, Recharge and Re-connect We now live and work in an environment where we need to constantly improve and often stay in contact 24/7. And yet, while it may sound counter-intuitive, disconnecting from your studies and work is critical for productivity. Rest and adequate sleep fuels problem…

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19 Mar: Davincians Reflect on Human Rights Day

On Human Rights Day, we celebrate the attainment of democracy but also commemorate the massive sacrifice made for South Africa’s freedom.     On 21 March 1960 ordinary South Africans took to the dusty streets of the township of Sharpeville, near Vereeniging, in the then Transvaal, and went on to the local police station in protest against inhumane Apartheid pass laws. The protest ended in bloodshed. A substantial number of people died on that fateful day, and others got injured by a brutal police force.  Remembered as the Sharpeville Massacre in the new democratic dispensation, it was a day when the people – in the noble pursuit of proclaiming their rights as equal citizens in their nation, were met with contempt. That scorn was to become entrenched in our memories and got inserted as a segment in the nation’s unequal past. This is the reason today we commemorate this day,…

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09 Mar: Professor Paul Singh shares his thoughts on plagiarism

Professor Paul Singh, Academic & Supervisor at The Da Vinci Institute, shares his thoughts on plagiarism and shares some tips to avoiding it… The magical words of the famous author, J.K. Rowling are so applicable to all students and researchers, especially regarding acknowledging their sources when submitting assignments and research: “There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, the responsibility lies with you”.   What is plagiarism? Simply put, plagiarism is taking someone else’s work, ideas, thoughts, pictures, charts, music, graphics, videos, etc.) and passing it off as your own. There is too much information on almost any topic available electronically, and many students feel tempted to cut and paste content without acknowledging the source. This usually happens when students refer to the internet, blogs, websites, movies, or any other media. Sometimes…

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17 Nov: Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic

Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic: Reflections by our Dean of Innovation and Technology, and Head Adjudicator of the tt100 Business Awards, Dr. Dzingai Katsamba.   The Covid-19 pandemic has left many companies seeking to adopt new ways of working at speed. Executives are also interested in transforming to flatter, non-hierarchical structures, assuming more radical approaches to decision making and ways of executing work. The old norm of waiting around for best practices to emerge can no longer yield any results. Business leaders recognise the compelling need to shift from adrenaline-based speed during COVID-19 to speed by design and for long-term survival. The real winners are now experimenting boldly. Outlined below are eight actions to unleash sustainable speed through organisational innovation. Delegate decision making with agility The pandemic has demonstrated that it is possible to make decisions faster without destroying the business. This, therefore, compels leaders to…

24 September 2021

24 Sep: We celebrate our Heritage Day

The month of September, a period where we tilt in the direction of our cultural heritage in South Africa has arrived. It is further signified by our celebration of the actual day of heritage (September 24), which serves as a part of the many values inculcated into South Africa’s public life by the democratic order. In the process, inevitably implying unity amongst all people. This is a time when the cultural quintessence that forms as a part of our rainbow nation – its unique eleven official languages, ethnic diversity, thus varied traditions and celebrations – reverberate in remarkability. In such a propitious time as this for culture, we appreciate the diverse lexicon of dialects that South Africa is enriched with, as such is arguably intelligible beyond South African borders. Think of Setswana from Botswana, Sesotho from Lesotho, or Swazi from Eswatini (and other languages such as Ndebele). Crossing, as it…

30 September 2021

23 Sep: What does it mean to have an agile mindset…?

Some reflections by our Executive Dean Academic: Dr Franzél du Plooy-Cilliers   In the current epoch in which we find ourselves, there have been multiple realities we have had to navigate. The global pandemic and the resulting socio-economic crisis that the world is facing, has seen a quagmire of disruptions to the micro-, meso-, macro- and exo systems of the entire eco-system. In some instances, individuals and organisations faced many challenges that threatened their survival, and many people are experiencing additional stress and even threats to their livelihoods. However, in other cases, some very innovative entrepreneurial endeavours have emerged, and several companies came up with creative solutions to some of the challenge that they were facing that changed the way in which they do business. Regardless of the circumstance, it has certainly been a time of evolution, deep reflection and a time of self-reflection. One of the things that I…