Career Development Model For South Africa: Addressing Inequality of the Black Workforce

It is with great pleasure that Monarch Business School Switzerland announces the approval of the research plan by Doctoral Candidate Ms. Vumile Msweli. The contemplated research is entitled, “A New Career Development Model For South Africa: Addressing Inequality of the Black Workforce”. The research will completed over the following 24 to 36 months. The school looks forward to the completion of the research which should prove useful in the attempt to create a more equitable workforce in the country.

The Research

It is argued that the Black employee career experience and development is different from that of their Caucasian counterparts due to their socio-economic background in South Africa (Watson & Stead, 2001). This experience results from the emerging Black workforce being subject to the ramifications of historical inequities (De Beer, Rothmann Jr, & Pienaar, 2016). These historical inequities influence various areas of career development such as education, skills development and social networks.

The contemplated research examines the above by analysing seminal literature from Employee Wellness Theory, Social Justice Theory and Human Resources Development Theory. The research aims to construct a new conceptual framework that better integrates theory with praxis. In particular, the research examines the influence of historical inequities on employee career development in South Africa through a triangulation research approach, including existing literature review, content analysis of company and government data combined with interviewing selected experts from private sector companies. The envisaged framework may provide a basis for debate, discussion, and support to promote further research in the future.

The Researcher

Ms. Vumile Msweli is a Doctor of Leadership and Coaching Candidate. She holds a B.Comm. in Accounting from the University of Pretoria and a B.Comm. in Finance from the University of Johannesburg. She also holds an MBA from the University of London. She has also completed the International Executive Development Program at the New York University & GIBS South Africa. Professionally, Ms. Msweli is an Executive with experience in finance and telecommunications.