Dean and Head of School

 Designation Acting Dean and Head of the GSB&L
 Telephone +27 31 260 7172 /1493
 Campus Westville
 Building & Room GSB&L Room 108, 1st Floor
 Professor Ana Martins  
    Personal Assistant Mrs Kiru Naidoo
+27 31 260 7564


Professor Martins is an Associate Professor at the GSB&L with a wealth of scholarly and academic experience in leadership, human resources management, communication science and business management gathered from working in diverse countries including China, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Middle East.  Professor Martins has held teaching positions at a number of Universities, including more recently the Gaziantep University (Turkey), Xi-an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and the University of South Wales (UK).She was appointed at UKZN in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership in August 2016.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science (UNISA), a Competent Manager Diploma from the Open University (UK) and a PhD (University of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal). In terms of research endeavours, Professor Martins was a member of the Research Centre for Population Economy and Society Studies based at the University of Porto, Portugal from 2003 to 2017 and the team leader in Wales of a 30 country Research Project ‘Meaning of Values Across Cultures’, from 2010 to 2015. Currently, she serves as an Integrated Member of CIP – Centre for Research in Psychology at Autonomous University of Lisbon (UAL) CIP – Centro de Investigação em Psicologia, Lisbon, Portugal.  She is also a DBA Thesis online supervisor at the University of Liverpool.

Professor Martins has served as a member of International Business School Suzhou’s Subcommittee for Evaluation of International Credentials in 2011 to 2013 and was a member of the University of Liverpool’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and Ethnography Knowledge Platforms. She was also a member of the Faculty Research Programmes Committee in 2008 to 2011 and was Global Manager of the Internationalization Committee of the University of South Wales (UK). Her professional body and editorial body membership includes being a member of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society, the Institute of People Management (South Africa), the International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJeC) and the International Journal of Adult Vocational Education.  She is also a dedicated reviewer for various other International Scientific Journals.


Appointment Designation:
Associate Professor

Academic Qualifications:
PhD (University Fernando Pessoa); Competent Manager Dip (Open University); BA (UNISA)

  • Emerging concerns for humanising organisations and Leadership
  • Developing human capital
  • nurturing spiritual and emotional capitals
  • trust and tacit knowledge
  • Harnessing communities of practice
  • social capital
  • innovation and creativity in teams.

  • Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES)
  • Executive Professional Member, Institute of People Management, South Africa (IPMEP)


Selected Journal Articles:

  • Martins, A., & Martins, I. (2017). Trust and emotions energise organisational performance. Eurasian Journal of Business and Management, EJBM, 5(1), 35-40, doi: 10.15604/ejbm.2017.05.01.004
  •  Martins A., Martins, I., & Liu, X. (2014). Employability and talent development in the knowledge economy. What’s going on? The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, 9(3), 23-36,, ISSN: 2325-1115,doi:
  •  Martins, A., Kein, L., & Martins, I. (2014). Exploring the link between leadership and emotional intelligence. Culture as an interface between BRIC members. Organizational Cultures, An International Journal, 13(2), 15-24, Organizational Cultures: An International Journal,, ISSN: 2327-8013, doi:
  •  Martins, A., Martins, I., & Pak, D. (2013). Communication and leadership – dialectical tensions in virtual communities of practice. Management. Journal for Theory and Practice Management, 18(68), 23-30. ISSN 1820-0222. doi:10.7595/management.fon.2013.0021, UDC: 005.57: 007:004.451.6; 05.94:004.9
  •  Earney, S., & Martins, A. (2009). Job rotation at Cardiff University library service. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 41(4), December, 213-226, ISSN 0961-006, doi: 10.1177/0961000609345089

Selected Books and Book Chapters

  • Martins, A., Martins, I., & Pereira, O. (2018). Learning – performance relationship: a new holistic, dynamic and strategic organisational approach. In L. dall’Acqua, & D. Lukose (Ed.) Improving Business Performance through Effective Managerial Training Initiatives (pp. 46-68). Hershey, PA: IGI Global publisher of the Business Science Reference, doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3906-3.ch003
  • Martins, A., Martins, I., & Pereira, O. (2018). Holistic education as the conduit to humanizing the economy. In Victor C. Wang (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Program Development and Assessment Methodologies in K-20 Education Encyclopaedia. (pp. 179-219). IGI Global publisher of the Business Science Reference, Hershey, PA: IGI Global publisher of the Business Science Reference, doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3132-6.ch010, ISBN13: 9781522531326, ISBN10: 1522531327, EISBN13: 9781522531333
  • Martins, A., Martins, I., & Pereira, O. (2017). Feedback and feedforward dynamics: nexus of organizatıonal learning and leadership self-efficacy. In Victor C. X. Wang (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Strategic Leadership and Management (pp. 207-232) Hershey, PA: IGI Global, publisher of the Business Science Reference, doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1049-9.ch016, ISBN 9781522510499
  • Martins, A., Lopes, A., Martins, I., & Petiz, O. (2015). Paths to success: leveraging culture, leadership, and learning strategies. In N. Erbe, & A. Normore (Eds.) Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Leadership in Modern Organizations (pp. 236-254). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8376-1.ch014

Selected Conference Proceedings:

  • Martins, I., Martins, A., & Pereira, O. Communities of practice: Nexus of innovation and creativity. Proceedings for the 2nd Organizational Creativity and Sustainability International Conference, 14-16 September 2017, Nancy, France
  • Martins, I., Martins, A., & Pereira, O. Unlearning and forgetting – the key for unleashing innovation in HEIs. Proceedings for the 9th European Conference on Intellectual Capital, 6-7 April 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Martins, A., & Martins, I. Shared leadership and ambidextrous learning in universities – the nexus for innovative environments? Proceedings for the 2016, International Conference on Research in Education and Science (ICRES), May 19-22, Bodrum, Turkey
  • Martins, A., Martins, I., & Pereira, O. Spiritual Capital: the new challenge to enhance social and organizational performance. Proceedings for the 13th EBES Conference,June 05-07, 2014, at Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Martins, A., Martins, I., Pereira, O. P., & Brown, K. High performance working practices: the new frameworks for nurturing sustainability? Proceedings for the 2011, October 14-15, International Conference on Social Sciences and Society (ICSSS 2011), Shanghai, China
  • Martins, A., Thomas, B., Morse. L., & Miller, C. How does a human resource management (HRM) function ‘fit’ into the small business environment? Proceedings of the 29th Conference – ISBE, 31 October- 2 November, 2006, Cardiff, UK

Editorial Boards

  • 2018 – International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJeC)
  • 2017 to date – International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (IJAVET)
  • 2016 to date – International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD);
  • 2008 to date – Western Journal of HRM