Dr Lindiwe Kunene

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


Dr Lindiwe Kunene, popularly known as ‘Malindi’,  is an academic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship & Management.  This is where she lectures and does research in Small, Medium, Micro Enterprises (SMMEs), Entrepreneurship, Business strategy and Innovation strategy. She has published her research both nationally and internationally. Dr Kunene, mentors entrepreneurs at different stages of their ventures. She has specifically assisted and continues to assist entrepreneurs within the Enterprise Supplier Development space, which forms part of the countries BBBEE legislation. Currently she serves as a Convener for Students’ Entrepreneurship Development at EDHE (DoHET) which is a national initiative in Higher Education. She serves on the Board and is Chair for KUMISA, an NGO on economic development of the music industry in KZN. She also serves on the Board of the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust an NGO that promotes Rural Economic Development, Elephants, Rhinos and People programmes. She is also part of UKZN’s Discovery Medical Aid Scheme Board of Trustees.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD UZKN (Entrepreneurship  & Marketing)
  • MComm (Management & Entrepreneurship)
  • BComHons (Marketing)
  • BSocSci(Marketing & Management)

Research Interests

  • SMME Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology/Innovation Strategy
  • Development economics & Entrepreneurship
  • African business environment.

Research Publications & Presentations

Peer Reviewed
  • Kunene, L.N. (2021). Dimensional Objectives for E-Commerce in Africa: The Case of Company Z. Global Trends in Management, IT and Governance in an E-World (E-MIG 2019 International) Alternation African Scholarship Book Series Volume #07. © CSSALL Publishers (Pty) Ltd. Editors: Upasana G. Singh, Purshottama S. Reddy, Maxwell W. Phiri, Perienen Appavoo
  • 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.