NUST staff awarded for cross-cultural research

From left to right: Dr Hylton Villet and Dr Sulaiman Atiku.

From left to right: Dr Hylton Villet and Dr Sulaiman Atiku.

The Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB) participated in the Global Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness (GLOBE) 2020 Project, marking the first time that Namibia participated in the prestigious study.

The GLOBE 2020 Project is a unique large-scale research study. It looks into cultural practices, leadership ideals, and generalised and interpersonal trust in more than 170 countries in collaboration with over 500 researchers. It has become one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of its kind in the social sciences. This initiative is the extension of over two decades of collaborative work undertaken by the GLOBE research team, and examines the relationships among societal culture, leadership and organisational practices.

The 2020 iteration of the project was the first time that Namibia formed part of the GLOBE network through the participation of Country Co-Investigators, HP-GSB Director, Dr Hylton Villet, and HP-GSB Senior Lecturer in Strategic Human Resource Management, Dr Sulaiman Atiku. The pair played a key role in collecting data from individuals occupying leadership positions in public and private sector organisations throughout Namibia.

They worked alongside leading academics from across the world, contributing cultural information that will ultimately allow more nuanced cross-comparative research. “It is a privilege for us to work alongside renowned academics and distinguished professors, and we feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to this global research study,” Dr Villet said. In addition, Dr Atiku said that; “It was important to gather data locally and thereby contribute to the research project as it will allow for a much deeper understanding of how culture, leadership and social practices affect one another, both globally and in Namibia.”

Both Dr Villet and Dr Atiku were each awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Cross-Cultural Research for their outstanding contributions to the Project.