Graduate School of Business
and Leadership


Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches

Associate Professor

Telephone: +27 31 260 8318
Campus: Westville
Building & Room: GSB&L – Room 60, Ground Floor


Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership. She is involved in lecturing at the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level in Leadership Studies. Her PhD examined the use of systems methodologies to investigate social complexity in a sugar milling area in KZN. Her research, supervisory and consulting interests include leadership, change management, and organisational behaviour.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Leadership Studies) (UKZN)
  • MCom (Leadership Studies) (UKZN)
  • BCom Hons (Industrial & Organisational Psychology) (NMMU)
  • BCom (UPE)

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Change Management, Training and Development
  • Systems Thinking
  • Complexity Theory
  • Action Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Simulation and Gaming
  • Local Economic Development
  • Organisational behaviour

Recent journal articles

  • Gerwel Proches, C.N. & Bodhanya, S. (2015). An Application of Soft Systems Methodology in the Sugar Industry. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14: 1-15.
  • Shangase, N. & Gerwel Proches, C.N. (2014). Leadership challenges facing female employees in the telecommunications industry. Gender & Behaviour, 12(2): 6275-6285.
  • Gerwel Proches, C.N. & Bodhanya, S. (2014). Using a change management framework to examine the effect of a Marine Resource Policy on the stakeholders in the fisheries sector, South Africa. Journal of Human Ecology, 46(2): 235-247.
  • Mabuza, P.F. & Gerwel Proches, C.N. (2014). Retaining core, critical and scarce skills in the Energy Industry. The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(4): 635-648.
  • Gerwel Proches, C.N. & Bodhanya, S. (2013). An analysis of multi-stakeholder interactions in the sugar industry using a social complexity framework. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 11(4): 77-85.
  • Maseko, B. & Gerwel Proches, C.N. (2013). Leadership styles deployed by women project managers. Gender & Behaviour, 11(2): 5663-5672.
  • Pade-Khene C., Luton, R., Jordaan, T., Hildbrand, S., Gerwel Proches, C., Sitshaluza, A., Dominy, J., Ntshinga, W. & Moloto, N. (2013). Complexity of stakeholder interaction in applied research. Ecology & Society, 18(2): 243-252.
  • Gerwel Proches, C., Bodhanya, S. & Hardman, S. (2012). The challenges of service provision and economic development in South Africa. Amfiteatru Economic, XIV(6): 580-599.
  • Gerwel Proches, C.N. & Bodhanya, S. (2012). Interactive simulation for promoting transdisciplinary understanding: a case study of the Western Cape fisheries, South Africa. The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 8(1): 16-29.
  • Gerwel, C. & Bodhanya, S. (2012). Rabbit-Venture. Simulation & Gaming, 43(5): 686-707.
  • Gerwel, C. & Bodhanya, S. (2011). An orientation and roadmap to simulation and gaming. Alternation, Special Edition (4): 30-47.
  • Gerwel, C. (2011). Practitioner research as a means of developing the LED practitioner. Skills@Work: Theory and Practice, 4: 20-29.

Chapters in edited books

  • Bodhanya, S. & Gerwel, C.N. (2012). MSD: a simulation to understand social complexity. In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney and E. Leigh (Eds.) (2012). Simulations, Games and Role Play in University Education, Faringdon, Oxfordshire: Libri Publishing Ltd, Ch. 12, 207-222.

Graduated students

  • Gumbi, N. MCom. Challenges faced by small businesses in registering companies in rural KZN. Graduated April 2015. Cum Laude.
  • Jumbe, M. MCom. Exploring the impact of Eskom’s institutional culture on its change initiatives. Graduated April 2015.
  • Kumkani, E. MCLS. Coaching as an enabling intervention for the systemic development of strategic leadership in organisations. Graduated April 2015.
  • Moola, S. MBA. Factors influencing motivation in the Toyota Finance Division. Graduated April 2015.
  • Mtshali, Z. MCLS. Impact of talent management on career development at Eskom. Graduated April 2015.
  • Ngubane, P. MBA. Perceptions of the National Credit Act: A Case Study of Woolworths Hillcrest. Graduated April 2015.
  • Poulton, C. MCom. The impact of value systems on the development of effective leadership. Graduated April 2015.
  • Ramodula, T. MCLS. Assessing the extent of the application of strategic thinking at Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. Graduated April 2015.
  • Wenlock, D. MBA. Identifying leadership styles for managing employees at a Durban architectural firm. Graduated April 2015.
  • Govender, S. MCom. The role of leadership in healthcare service delivery at Addington Hospital. Graduated April 2014. Cum Laude.
  • Gqaji, A. MCom. Investigating perceptions of the impact of public sector leadership on road infrastructure delivery. Graduated April 2014.
  • Maphanga, F.K. MBA. Attitude and perception of recycling in Cato Crest, Durban. Graduated April 2014.
  • Zincume, N.L. MBA. The impact of South African police promotion policy on organisational commitment of forensic analysts. Graduated April 2013.
  • Mabuza, P.F. MCLS. (Co-supervision with Prof Kriben Pillay). An enquiry into the retention of core, critical and scarce skills in IARC. Graduated April 2013.
  • Hadebe, D.P. MCLS. (Co-supervision with Prof Kriben Pillay). An inquiry into Eskom Transmission’s New Lifecycle Model application and its impact on organisational effectiveness. Graduated April 2012.
  • Maseko, B.M. M-Comp. (Co-supervision with Prof Kriben Pillay). Leadership styles deployed by women project managers at Eskom Enterprise Division. Graduated April 2012.
  • Shangase, N.P. MCLS. (Co-supervision with Prof Kriben Pillay). Exploration into leadership challenges facing female employees at Telkom Head Office in Pretoria. Graduated April 2012.