A contribution to scientific knowledge
It is an undisputed fact that the great business schools of the world are those institutions that not only transmit knowledge, but also create knowledge through academic research and disseminate the newly acquired knowledge to their stakeholders. A working paper series is one way of disseminating knowledge at an early stage of inception and of providing a test-bed for new ideas, work in progress or simply academic debate which has not yet reached full maturity. It is a means of allowing stakeholders to keep their 'fingers on the pulse' of current academic activity in an academic institution. I trust that this new initiative of Professor Hein Oosthuizen, head of the Doctoral Programme at the USB, will receive the support that it deserves as a showcase of the intellectual debate in the School and that stakeholders will not only benefit from the debate, but will become active participants in progressive business thinking.