A new book titled Global Trends in Management, IT and Governance in an e-World has been published by UKZN academics Dr Upasana Singh, Professor Purshottama Reddy and Professor Maxwell Phiri of the School of Management Information Technology and Governance (SMIG) together with the Head of Research at the Open University of Mauritius (OU), Dr Perienen Appavoo.
The work contains research delivered at an extremely successful conference in Mauritius which was co-hosted by the OU and UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies.
According to the editors, the principal aim of the multidisciplinary international conference was to secure a gathering of academics from a variety of disciplines and to provide a forum to reflect on and interrogate global trends in an e-World ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All the papers accepted for publication in the book underwent a rigorous review process.
The Director General of the OU, Dr KS Sukon, said: ‘Precisely a year ago, at the same time the novel Coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, chapters in this book were delivered as papers with the authors unaware that their contribution to building the e-World would be highly sought after. In turn, conference organisers were unaware that the findings of the gathering would prove helpful to everyone wanting to adopt technological advancement to carry out their tasks.’
Said co-publisher Singh: ‘The book includes wide coverage of research topics which have even more significance in this pandemic era, with the forced move to digital platforms. The book synthesises a range of themes drawing on essential elements of the e-World such as the challenges in the application of privacy laws in mobile application design, ICT adoption in the small business sector, e-Citizenship and e-Commerce, and service delivery in e-Governance as well as Higher Education sector research.’
UKZN contributors to the book include Dr Dusty-Lee Donelly of the School of Law; SMIG’s Dr Paul Kauriki, Dr Thokozani Mbhele, Ms Lindiwe Kunene, Mr Mpho Mzingelwa, Dr Lizzy Ofusori, Dr Anisha Ramsaroop, and Dr Devika Pillay; and Master of Commerce alumnus graduate Ms Sinegugu Mthembu.
The book is available here.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga