SA business schools say they need more donor support if they are to match the ground-breaking research capacity of their overseas counterparts. While research from SA schools has often proved outstanding, the sector does not have access to the overall scale of funding available in Europe, North America and Asia. Armstrong says the chair will "provide a platform for a new wave of digital research", with the emphasis on Africa but also contributing to global knowledge. Imraan Valodia, dean of Wits University’s faculty of commerce, law & management, which governs WBS, says: "All schools need to be doing things that are innovative and speak to the challenges in Africa and society." Others to put their hands deep into their pockets include the Allan Gray financial services group, which sponsors research into ethical and values-based leadership by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and the Bertha Centre, which partners the same school in the study and practice of s...

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