A well-deserved NRF rating upgrade for UFH Business Management Professor

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In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Business Management research, Prof Willie Chinyamurindi, a distinguished scholar at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) has recently been upgraded from a Y2 to a C2-Rated Researcher by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

This plausible achievement comes just a few months after delivering his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, marking another significant milestone in his illustrious academic career.

According to the NRF, the rating system is a key driver in the foundation’s objective to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa and is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of SA researchers against the best in the world.

The ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers.

C-ratings are granted to established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who their peers recognise as having:

  1. Produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field.
  2. Demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods to investigate them.

For a C2, the applicant may, but need not, enjoy some international recognition for the quality and impact of his/her recent research outputs.

Renowned for his pan-Africanist perspective and commitment to promoting development ideals, Prof Chinyamurindi has dedicated his research endeavors to exploring various aspects of human and organizational capabilities.

His work covers a wide range of themes, including Human Resources Development (HRD) and Organisational Psychology, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, and interpretivist research methods within the management sciences.

At the core of his research lies a deep interest in enhancing teaching practices and fostering a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between humans, technology, and socio-economic systems.

Prof Chinyamurindi's prolific research output has gained recognition both locally and internationally, with his work being published in esteemed journals and featured in various newspapers across the country and the continent.

Furthermore, his dedication to advancing knowledge has been reinforced by receiving research funds from prestigious organizations such as the NRF, South African Medical Research Council, and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, among others.

In addition to his scholarly achievements, Prof Chinyamurindi actively contributes to professional societies, holding memberships with esteemed organizations including the South African Board for People Practices, Health Professions Council of South Africa, and Psychological Society of South Africa, among others.

He is also the recipient of the 2021 Vice-Chencellor's Senior Researcher Award. 

In his inaugural Professorial Lecture in October last year titled: Quo Vadis - The Future of Work? Navigating between Reality and Utopia for Human and Organisational Capability Development, Prof Chinyamurindi positioned what utopia could look like within a re-imagined world of work for the theory, policy and practitioner press.

Prof Chinyamurindi’s elevation of his NRF rating to C2 underlines his unwavering dedication to academic excellence.