The application of strategic merger principles in South African post-school institutions in the Western Cape

Lombard, Christoffel Nicolaas (2004-03)

Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2004.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The study has dealt with the application of strategic management principles in South-African post-school institutions in the Western Cape, starting with a comprehensive overview of the post- school sector in the Western Cape and the motivations for the mergers. A literature study reviewed recent merger experience in commerce and education both internationally and in the South African context from which a generic merger strategy was distilled. A measuring instrument was compiled, based on the generic merger strategy and applied to post-school and higher education institutions in the Western Cape. Responses were evaluated in terms of defined hypotheses. Respondents to the study indicated that merger best practice strategy was not followed in the Western Cape, that there were no significant differences between the experiences of the Higher Education Institutions (HEls) and Further Education and Training Colleges (FETs), that HEls do not take cognisance of the external environment whilst FETs do take cognisance of the external environment relating to competition, and that a generic merger strategy is viable when used in conjunction with consultants, sharing experiences with others and following an ad hoc approach.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die studie handel oor die toepassing van strategiese bestuursbeginsels in die Suid-Afrikaanse naskoolse instansies van die Wes-Kaap, beginnende met 'n omvattende oorsig van die na-skoolse sektor in die Wes-Kaap asook die motivering vir die samesmeltings. In 'n literatuurstudie is onlangse samesmeltings in beide die handels- en onderwyssektore, beide internasionaal en in die Suid-Afrikaanse konteks ondersoek waaruit 'n generiese samesmeltingstrategie ontwikkel is. 'n Meetinstrument is saamgestel uit die generiese samesmeltingsstrategie en aan responente in die na-skoolse en hoër onderwysinstansies in die Wes-Kaap' versprei. Response is be-oordeel aan die hand van gedefinieerde hipoteses. Respondente het aangedui dat beste praktyk samesmeltingstrategie nie in die Wes-Kaap gevolg is nie, dat daar geen beduidende verskille bestaan tussen die ervaring van Hoër Ondewys en Verdere Onderwys nie, dat Hoêr Onderwys nie ag slaan op die eksterne omgewing nie terwyl die Verdere Onderwys dit wel doen ten opsigte van kompetisie, en dat 'n generiese samesmeltingstrategie lewensvatbaar is so lank dit gebruik word in kombinasie met 'n konsultant, die uitruil van ervaring met ander en die volg van 'n ad hoc benadering.

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