PhD Research Explores Transformation of HR from a Fourth Industrial Revolution Perspective

Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) academic Dr Trevor Mtetwa graduated with a PhD in Leadership Studies.

His study, titled: Human Resource Transformation as a strategy for addressing Talent Management Challenges at Eswatini Electricity Company, explored the nature of HR transformation to determine the impact it has in addressing talent management challenges. The study was supervised by Dr Emmanuel Mutambara.

As a lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Mtetwa is conscious that the fourth industrial revolution is redefining the world of work and hopes that his research will highlight the importance of HR being well prepared for this transformation.

‘The HR function cannot be found wanting. Transformation should be a holistic and carefully planned process. Organisational transformation is required and HR practices – from recruitment to retention – must respond to these environmental changes. It’s also very important to understand the business environment and evolving trends and involve all stakeholders in planning and implementation,’ said Mtetwa.

Looking to the future, Mtetwa is excited about using his qualification to explore a range of opportunities.

‘I did my Masters in Industrial Psychology and am hence very passionate about human capital behaviour and management in the workplace. The PhD has not only equipped me with expert knowledge in my field but will also expose me to a wide range of opportunities both academic and non-academic,’ he said.

Words: Thandi Jumo
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan