Dr. Christiaan Maasdorp

Program Director

Christiaan Maasdorp is full time lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University and director of the postgraduate programmes in knowledge management, namely the Postgraduate Diploma in Knowledge and Information Systems Management and the Masters in Information and Knowledge Management.

His MPhil thesis concerned conceptions of tacit knowledge in knowledge management and organization theory and his PhD  dissertation investigated organizational sensemaking theory from the perspective of philosophical hermeneutics.

He serves on the advisory panel of the Southern African Knowledge Management Summit and is a programme committee member for the annual conference of the International Institute of Applied Knowledge Management.


Delak, B. & Maasdorp. C. (2019). A measurable approach for risk justification of ex- plicit and tacit knowledge assessment, Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management, 7 (1), 67–85.

Maasdorp. C (2017) Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Bank Participation in Multi-stakeholder Agreements: A Formal Concept Analysis. In S. O. Kuznetsov & B. W. Watson (Eds.), Proceedings of International Workshop on Formal Concept Analysis for Knowledge Discovery (FCA4KD 2017), Moscow, Russia, June 1, 2017, pp. 34-42.

Gronau, N. & Maasdorp, C. (Eds.) (2016) Modeling of Organizational Knowledge and Information: Analyzing Knowledge-Intensive Business Processes with KMDL®. GITO Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

Koen, L. & Maasdorp, C. (2012) Between Networks and Communities: Challenges for an Optimal Innovation Structure. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, 11 (4), 1250027.

Maasdorp, C. & Müller, H.P. (2011) The data, information, and knowledge hierarchy and its ability to convince. Fifth IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science Proceedings, 1-6.


He supervised 50 full research Masters theses (180 credits at NQF 9) on Organization and Knowledge Management topics. Find a list of projects here.

Prof. Johann Kinghorn

Johann Kinghorn studied at the Universities of South Africa, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Tübingen (Germany) and holds a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch. Courtesy in 1974 of a German Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) and in 1989/90 of an Alexander von Humboldt ResearchStipend, he and his family lived in Germany for two and a half years. In 1986 and 1988 he was invited by the USA International Visitor’s Program.
Over a period of 30 years he has built up and still actively maintains a network of academic and business contacts spanning most parts of the globe. His interest in global dynamics is reflected in his participation in the World Economic Forum for Africa in the capacity as Convener of the Associate Academic Fellows between 1998 and 2006. He is a member of the International Symposium on the Management of Industrial and Corporate Knowledge (ISMICK), the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machines (ACM).

During his academic career he has produced 10 books as editor and/or author, 29 articles or chapters in books, 27 editions of an international journal as chief editor, and 12 publications as editor of the series Stellenbosch Economic Project. He has delivered 17 papers at international and 14 at national conferences.

He has supervised to completion 7 doctoral and 75 full thesis masters students.

From 1983 he was deeply involved with the academic and practical struggle in favour of the democratisation of South Africa. Two of his books from this period have since been taken up in the Africana Library of Stellenbosch University. From 1990 to 1996 he co-chaired the Stellenbosch Economic Project, funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The Project contributed to the content and philosophical foundations of the economic policies adopted by the democratic government of South Africa since 1994. Starting in 1993 he participated in the design of the Programme in Value and Policy Studies and from 1995 to 2004 he was the director of the Programme.

In 2001 he became the first Chair of the newly established Department of Information Systems – Centre for Knowledge Dynamics and Decision-making. In 2003 he assumed the directorship of the Masters Programme in Information and Knowledge Management (MIKM) and the various Programmes in Socio-Informatics.

He teaches meta-level theory of Knowledge, Organisational Knowledge Systems, Sense-making, and theory of the Knowledge Economy.

Dr. Daniel le Roux

Daniel le Roux completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria before working as software analyst and developer in the UK. He returned to South Africa in 2005 to complete his post-graduate studies at Stellenbosch University where he conducted research on the interplay between human actors and digital artefacts in organisational settings. More recently, his research has focussed on the implications of chronic media multitasking behaviour for cognitive control ability. He established and heads up the Cognition and Technology Research Group at the Department of Information Science. For a list of his recent research outputs, view his research profile at Google Scholar.

Prof. Arina Brits

Arina Britz is the Stellenbosch University representative of the CSIR Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR), a national research venture of the CSIR in collaboration with a number of universities. The position is at the level of Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at SU, and was established in 2015. Prior to this, Arina worked for eight years as Principal Researcher at the CSIR Meraka Institute, a research unit of the CSIR, and held a number of academic positions in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa. Her formal background and primary research field is the study of logical form and semantic structures for knowledge acquisition, representation and reasoning. Within this context, her research focus is on formal modelling of reasoning with uncertainty in logics for Artificial Intelligence. She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Mr. Dewald Blaauw

Dewald obtained a BA Degree and post-graduate teacher’s diploma at the University of the Western Cape. He then took up a teaching post while completing IT qualifications. From 2001 to 2008 he worked in the United Kingdom as an ICT coordinator, where he devised and led key IT initiatives for a Global Trust with an interest in developing curriculum plans, training and the provision of IT and educational consultancy. During this time he completed an MSc in Information Systems Management at the University of Liverpool.

His key areas of interest are E-learning Management, Computer Security, E-commerce, Information Technology Project Management and Computer Forensics.

When not at work, Dewald enjoys cycling, walking and playing chess.

Mr. Molupe Thelejane

Molupe Thelejane matriculated from one of South Africa’s best known schools in Kwazulu Natal and went on to qualify as a chemical engineer from the University of Cape Town. His further studies include a BTech and the MIKM.

Initially he worked as a process engineer in the Tongaat-Hulett Group until he joined SAPPI in 2000 in the same capacity. In 2003 he became the Business and Technology Development Manager at the head office in Braamfontein, Gauteng. In 2005 he took up a senior management position at the Umkomaas mill and overseawes a major capex project for SAPPI.Thereafter he returned to the Braamfontein head office and as the Group Manager: Risk Management. Molupe is currently the General Manager: Health, Safety and Wellness at Arcelor Mittal South Africa and is a member of the senior management team.

Molupe brings to the MIKM programme not only his intellectual knowledge but also experience in matters such as senior decision-making processes, risk management, Black Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and short and long-term trends within the pulp and paper industry, the South African economy and world markets. Extramurally Molupe excelled as assistant coach of the South African men’s basketball team that participated in the African Men’s Championships in Dakar, Senegal in 1999 and more recently was the head coach of the Souuth African men’s tertiary institution team that participated in the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.

Prof. Meir Russ

Prof. Meir Russ graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a founder of a high-tech company in Israel and consulted on strategy and knowledge management domestically and internationally. While in Israel, Meir was a farmer and an HR director as a member of an Israeli Kibbutz, and spend a year participating in developing an Industrial Policy as a member of a Research Institute in Jerusalem.

Following his doctoral studies at OSU, Meir joined the MBA program at Franklin University in Columbus, OH and later the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, from where he retired in December 2018. He also taught undergraduate and graduate classes and delivered doctoral and graduate seminars at Semester at Sea, Shenzhen University, Sichuan University, The University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, University of Łódz, Poland, KEDGE-Bordeaux School of Management, the University of Pisa’s, GSA Master program, NORD University, Norway; Master of Knowledge Management program, Tecnológico de Monterrey, EGADE School of Business, Mexico and at Roma-Tre, Rome, Italy the Ph.D. program as well as at the Doctorate in “Economia Aziendale e Management” program at the University of Pisa.

Prof. Russ is the Chief Editor of Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM). He was the founding Chief Editor of the International Journal of Management and Business (IJMB). Meir was named the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business in 2009 and the Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professor in Business in 2014.

His current research interests include human capital valuation methods, knowledge-based strategies and the new-knowledge based economic development among others. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and an editor of seven books. He received the Lifetime Academic Achievement Award in 2016 and the Excellence in Leadership Award in 2020, both from the International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management. Meir was granted the prestigious Professor Emeritus honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, in January 2020.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Gronau

Norbert Gronau studied Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin) in Germany. He got his Ph.D. in 1994 from the faculty of Computer Science of TU Berlin. From 1994 to 2000 he was head of the research and teaching group  Manufacturing-oriented Information Systems. In 2000 he finished his habilitation thesis covering the  topic „Changeable Architectures of Industrial Information system in times of change” for business information systems.

Between 2000 and 2004 he was full professor of Business Information Systems at the faculty of Computer Science in Oldenburg, Germany. Since 2004 he is chair of Business Information Systems at Potsdam University, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. His research interests are in the areas of  business processes, knowledge management and changeable information systems.

Prof. Gronau is editor-in-chief of ERP Management, the German journal of Business Information Systems and  Scientific Director of the Potsdam based Center for Enterprise Research (CER). He is co-editor of the Scientific journals Industrie 4.0 Management  (journal of industrial processes) and  Fabriksoftware (factory software). Prof. Dr. Gronau is author of more than 200 scientific publications and author of books on ERP, knowledge management and business process management. He regularly teaches knowledge management and information systems in South Africa.

Since 2007 Prof. Gronau is an ordinary member of the German Academy of Technical Sciences (ACATECH). His consulting business Potsdam Consulting Advisory helps companies all over the world to successfully complete complex reorganization and IT projects.

 Selected publications

Kluge, A., Gronau, N.: Intentional Forgetting in Organizations: The Importance of Eliminating Retrieval Cues for Implementing New Routines. In: Frontiers in Psychology, 2018 (9), DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00051 

 Gronau, N., Ullrich, A., Teichmann, M.: Development of the Industrial IoT Competences in the Areas of Organization, Process, and Interaction based on theLearning Factory Concept. In: Procedia  Manufacturing    9   ( 2017 )   254  –  261, DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2017.04.029

Gronau, N., Grum, M.: Integration of Augmented Reality Technologies in Process Modeling – The Augmentation of Real World Scenarios With the KMDL. In: 7. Int Conf. on Business Modeling and Software Development, January 2017, DOI: 10.5220/0006529102060215

Gronau, N., Theuer, H.: Determination of the Optimal Degree of Autonomy in a Cyber-Physical Production System.  In: Procedia  CIRP   57   ( 2016 )   110  –  115, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.020

Gronau, N., Vogel-Heuer, B. et al.: Modellability of System Characteristics – Using Formal Mark-up Languages for Change Capability by Design. In:  Procedia CIRP    52   ( 2016 )  118  –  123, DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.07.074

Bahrs, J., Vladova, G., Gronau. N.: To Share or Not to Share? Risks and Benefits of the External Knowledge Transfer, 2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS),DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2013.552

Sultanow, E., Xingxing, Z.: Gronau, N., Cox, S.: Modeling of Processes, Systems and Knowledge: a Multi-Dimensional Comparison of 13 Chosen Methods. In: International Review on Computers and Software 7 (6) (2012): 3309-3319

Prof. Paul Iske

Paul Iske is professor at the School of Business and Economics, University Maastricht, Netherlands, focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. Special topic: Combinatoric Innovation (Innovation by Combination). He is member of the Advisory Board of the Service Science Factory and he is on the Board of the and the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship and Network of Social Innovation.

As of September 2015, Paul is Chief Dialogues Officer at PNA Group, a company that has developed a world standard for knowledge modelling, supporting organisations to enter the era of ‘Intelligent Business’.
From 1997-2015, Paul Iske had various functions at ABN AMRO Bank. His last position was Chief Dialogues Officer and Director of the Dialogues Incubator at ABN AMRO Bank. In these roles he was responsible for open, radical, social and sustainable innovation. Furthermore, he was initiator and director of the Dialogues House, ABN AMRO’s center for outside-in and future-proof thinking. The holistic approach taken by Dialogues has been awarded the Banking and Finance Innovation Award for 2008. In 2014, he was nominated as ‘Corporate Innovator of the Year’ in the Accenture Innovation competition.

Paul is founder and CFO (Chief Failure Officer) of the Institute of Brilliant Failures, an approach to get acceptance for failing as an inevitable part of our complex lives and in particular in the innovation process. In this capacity he is chairman of the jury for annual ‘Brilliant Failure Award” in various sectors, including Development Aid’. As of 2014, also the annual ‘Brilliant Failure Award in Healthcare’ has been issued. He also works with small and large organisations to enable them to accept and learn from innovative and entrepreneurial activities that didn’t achieve the desired or anticipated outcome. He featured in various TV-shows, radio programs and many presentations, including three TEDx-talks.

Paul has a special interest in designing environments (combination of physical, virtual and social/organizational components), supporting the development and application of Intellectual, Social and/or Economic Capital. On a free-lance basis, Paul acts as an independent consultant on Knowledge-conscious Management and supports organisations in the development and implementation of programs focusing on leveraging knowledge as a strategic production factor. Furthermore, he acts as a board-room consultant on issues related to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent speaker on international conferences and workshops focusing on Knowledge Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is teaching on topics related to New Business Developments at universities in various countries, including the Netherlands (Rotterdam), South Africa (Stellenbosch), South Korea (Seoul), Norway (Bergen) and Oman.

Since 2014, Paul is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dutch Heart Foundation and member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 2017, Paul is also member of the International team of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, a global community consisting of thought leaders from the fields of behavior design, innovation, persuasive and social technologies and finance, with the aim to increase positive peace via real world interventions as well as urban-scale innovations.

Nanette Watson-Saes is an independent consultant in international business communications. She holds a Master’s in International Business Communications from Radboud University Nijmegenin the Netherlands, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Translation. Her expertise is in the field ofgroup decision support systems(GDSS) and international communications, in particular the use of GDSS for creative problem solving in international and multi-cultural settings. The use of GDSS dates back to her Master’s research and degree in this subject. Nanette has subsequently worked in the field of international communications, facilitating creative collaboration in various (international) organizations, contexts and industries, and has been involved in the development of different types of knowledge management systems for various clients. She regularly gives lectures and facilitates workshops in the field of GDSS.

Prior to becoming a full-time consultant in 2010, Nanette held senior management positions, in various parts of the world. She started out her career as a GDSS consultant and facilitator at a management consultancy in the Netherlands in 1993. In 1995, she worked as a marketing communications manager for a software startup in Canada, and from 1999 to 2002 managed the South African subsidiary of a Dutch company in the development of knowledge management systems based on the (Open Text) Livelink platform. During her career at international communication and marketing agency Hunterskil Howard in the Netherlands, from 2002 through 2009, she worked as an interactive marketing consultant for international companies such as Nestlé, Philips, Yamaha Motor Europe, Adecco and Boston Consulting Group on various integrated communications projects, and spearheaded the development of the agency’s marketing resource management system.