Dr Cobus Oosthuizen
Dean: Business School
(BCom, MBA, PhD)
Cobus is the Dean of Milpark Business School, situated in Melville, Johannesburg. His areas of specialisation are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy, with keen interests extending into the areas of technology, innovation, complexity, philosophy, artificial intelligence, futures studies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Due to his diverse interests and ecosystemic orientation, he considers himself somewhat of a “transdisciplinarian.” Cobus’ current research focus is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its influence on strategy, leadership, management practice and the world of work. He believes that we are not captives to a pre-determined set of choices, but that the future offers many possible outcomes, and that business schools should create pathways that enable the enactment of individual and social events to shape a preferred future in which all stakeholders will benefit.
He contributes regularly to popular press, has presented papers at academic conferences, published refereed journal articles, contributed book chapters, and acts is reviewer for a number of academic journals. Cobus is a keen blogger and often expresses views related to his fields of interest via his personal blog and LinkedIn. He also supervises master's and doctoral students, and serves as external examiner for master's and doctoral dissertations, and PhD proposal defence panel-member for various South African universities.
Cobus is a member of the Southern Africa Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS), the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA), and serves as the Organising Director of the International Business Conference (IBC).