Dr Lindiwe Kunene

Dr Lindiwe Kunene
M Block, M1-113 1st floor
Management and Entrepreneurship


Dr Lindiwe Kunene popularly known as Malindi, brings almost two decades of knowledge and skill in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She lectures and researches Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, and Creative Industries Business Strategy and Innovation Strategy.

Dr Kunene has published her research both nationally and internationally. Most of her publications relate her field to the development economics context of Africa. As such, she has become part of various advisory voices in numerous spaces in government structures on SMME development.

With almost two decades in Higher Education, Dr Kunene has researched and been part of engagements on Higher Education student development challenges in her field, inside and outside the classroom.

Dr Kunene mentors entrepreneurs at different stages of their ventures. With her extensive knowledge of Enterprise Supplier Development within BBBEE legislation in practice and theory, she has been able to guide organisations and assist entrepreneurs through it and continues to do so.

 She is a former Convener for Students’ Entrepreneurship Development at EDHE (Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education), a national entrepreneurship development initiative for students in South African Higher Education institutions. She is an active member of the Student Entrepreneurship Committee at UKZN, which operates under the leadership of the Research and Innovation DVC to develop and support student businesses. She is skilled in organisational governance leadership; she serves on various Boards.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSocSci (Management & Marketing)
  • BCom Hons (Marketing)
  • MCom (Marketing & Entrepreneurship
  • PhD (Entrepreneurship & Marketing)

Research Interests

  • African Entrepreneurship
  • SMME Development
  • Development Economics and Enterprise Development
  • BBBEE & Enterprise Supply Development
  • Creative Industries Enterprise Development
  • Technology & Innovation Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship & Technology Strategy Curricula Design

Publications and Papers

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4284-643X
Google ID : https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RlwUrw4AAAAJ&hl=en
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lindiwe-Kunene-3
  • Ngubane, N. A., Phiri, M.A & Kunene, L.N (2022). Causes and effects of delays in the implementation phase of infrastructure construction projects: Umgeni Water Case Study. August 2022 Conference: Mbali International Conference At: Richards Bay
  • Kunene, L.N., Mbhele, T.P. & Mthembu, P.S. (2021). Dimensional Objectives for E-Commerce in Africa: The Case of Company Z. Alternation- Special Edition. Global Trends in Management, IT and Governance in an E-World (E-MIG 2019 International. Chapter 5, 130-151.
  • Kunene, L.N. (2021). Teaching and Learning Curricula Design for Entrepreneurship Development: The Case of the Management Major at UKZN (South Africa). In Reshaping Entrepreneurship Education With Strategy and Innovation, Chapter 14, 293-320. IGI Global.
  • Machele, T., Kunene, L. M., & Mbhele, T. P. (2019). Challenges of Management Performance in Managing a Professional Team: A Case of X Football Club. African Journal of Business and Economic Research, 14(4), 81-103.
  • Lamb, B., Kunene, L. N., & Dyili, N. F. (2019). Lessons from Foreign Owned Spaza Shops in South African. Journal of Reviews on Global Economics, 8, 1351-1362.
  • Mthembu, P.S., Kunene, L.N. & Mbhele T.P. (2018).Barriers to E-commerce adoption in African countries. A qualitative insight from Company Z. Volume 15: Special Edition: Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Dlamini, S.; Kunene, L. N. & Nzimakwe, T. I (2018). Challenges of Operating Entrepreneurial Businesses in Restituted Land: The Case of KwaZulu-Natal. 5th Business Management Conference. Edwards Hotel. Durban. 23-24 August.
  • Kunene, LN; Gonese, G; Chasaya, W; Nnambooze, B (2018). Is the BCom Management Major Offered at UKZN Designed to Benefit Entrepreneurship Development? 5th Business Management Conference. Edwards Hotel. Durban. 23-24 August.
  • Machi, S.P. & Kunene, L.N (2018). Use of Ubuntu Principles of Management to Successfully Operate Informal Businesses in Umlazi Township (South Africa). 6th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. University of the District of Colombia. Washington DC. 5-6 March.
  • Kunene, L.N & Phiri, M.A (2017). Brand Naming Behaviour Defining SMMEs in eThekwini. Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies. Vol 9(4)
  • Kunene, L.N. & Fields, Z (2017). Government Interventions in Youth Entrepreneurship: Examining Strategies and Policies. 1st International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development. Free State.
  • Somhlahlo, N., Mbhele, T.P & Kunene, L.N (2016) Antecedents of Agrarian Cooperative Growth Prospects within the Social Capital Networks. Environmental Economics Vol 7.
  • Kunene, L.N & Dyili, N.F (2014). Socio-Economic Viability of the Protex Business Hive Infrastructure for the KwaDabeka Township in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. XXIX, (2).
  • Kunene, L.N.; Govender, R. & Kwibuka, J.A. (2014). Impact of Student Attendance on Performance for Commerce Undergraduate Students at UKZN: A Case of Technology Management. UTLO. Durban
  • Kunene, L. N & Gumbi, N (2011). From Newspapers to Online news: A Study of the EThekwini Youths News Consumption Patterns; IJAS Conference Aux Provence France.

Additional Information

  • UKZN Student Entrepreneurship Committee Member
  • Entrepreneurship Development & Enterprise Supply Development Consultant
  • SME Strategy and Governance Expert