The New Work Order in Corporate South Africa from the Perspective of Black African Managers

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00
Location: Hörsaal 24 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Jacques DE WET, University of Cape Town, South Africa
This paper seeks to lay out the ways in which one of the largest multi-national companies in South Africa is a working example of the New Work Order in this time of New Capitalism. The paper does this by examining some of the main characteristics of the New Work Order - such as the dispersal of centralised authority and the use of sociotechnical engineering - and discusses these using evidence from company documentation and staff interviews. The main objective here is to consider the dominant discourses of the New Work Order that potentially impact both the identities of black African managers who work for this multi-national company and their cross cultural workplace experiences.