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Herman van Niekerk, PhD

Dr. Herman van Niekerk is the Associate Dean of Instruction for Business Doctoral Programs at the School of Advance Studies. His areas of subject matter expertise include knowledge management, organisational learning and intelligence, information management, strategy and critical thinking. He holds a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch where his research focused how different theories of knowledge impact on the creation of organisational knowledge and competitiveness. He has been for more than 15 years involved in action learning and management development programmes. He has an in-depth knowledge of what action learning is and how it develops leaders and organizations. Until joining SAS as a permanent faculty Herman was a practicing consultant specialising in the strategic drivers which are shaping the knowledge society. These include how information and collaborative technology enable competitive strategic advantage. He serves as an external examiner and board member to a number of universities and private business schools. He is also a regular speaker at conferences on thought leadership issues related to the strategic development of organizations. Herman’s research interests include the strategic and organizational development of organisations and their leadership and how emerging issues such as social networks, information optimization and knowledge creation and business foresight capabilities will enable organizations to face the emerging challenges of the new world of work.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Primary College or School: 
College of Doctoral Studies