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Education Innovation Summit
29 May 2019


Prof. Kobus Visser (PhD)

Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Finance (SBF) University of the Western Cape

Prof. Kobus Visser (PhD)

Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Finance (SBF) University of the Western Cape


Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences until his retirement on 31 January 2018 and appointed as Emeritus Professor on 12 December 2017.
As from 01 February 2018 Kobus reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic. Kobus is the recipient of the Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Program which he completed at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA in 2010 with the research theme: “Challenges and opportunities of social entrepreneurship as a change phenomenon – application and replication for developing countries.”

He is the Professor in Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium Enterprise Management in the School of Business and Finance. Teaches graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Ethics and Leadership. Supervises doctoral and master’s candidates. His research interests are in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, leadership. Member of an international team teaching Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in South-east Asia.

Visiting Professor at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Visiting Professor at Department of Business, Uppsala University (Gotland Campus), Sweden.
Visiting Professor, Hsuiping University of Technology, Dali City, Republic of China.

Supervisor of completed Doctoral theses: 

Lekhanya, L.M. 2017. Determinants of survival and growth of small and medium enterprises in rural KwaZulu-Natal. PhD thesis (Supervisor).

Habte, A. 2016. The Impact of Microfinance on Household Livelihoods: Evidence from Rural Eritrea. PhD thesis (Supervisor).

Omer, N. 2016. Factors influence growth rates of small, medium and micro enterprises in South Africa. PhD thesis (Co-supervisor).

Kalityani, V. 2015. The relationship between socio-cultural aspects of students and their level of interest in entrepreneurship programme at university level. PhD thesis (Supervisor).

Brijlal, P. 2013. Financial capital and business growth among entrepreneurs in a developing nation, with specific reference to South Africa. PhD thesis (Supervisor)