The Sebata Group: Doing Business the African Way

Author :

Dr Zanele Ndaba & Alsion Gaylard

Pages :

19 pages

Product Type :

Case

Reference # :

WBS-2014-3

Teaching Note :

not available

Institute:

Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand

Setting:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Year:

2014

Keywords:

Organisational design, Leadership, Human resources, Cross-cultural management

Summary/Abstract:

Matome Modipa, executive chairman and founder of the Sebata Group of technical engineering and management consultants, enjoyed coming to work. His offices in Midrand, near Johannesburg, had an open and friendly feel, and the pervading ethos reflected the African philosophies of ubuntu and letsema that he had worked hard to instil in the organisation. Sebata had enjoyed steady growth since its inception in 2006. Now, in October 2013, the company was on the cusp of further expansion, and Modipa wondered how he was going to keep these philosophies alive at Sebata.