Prof. Josef Wieland joins the GIBS International Research Advisory Board

LEIZ is thrilled to announce that our Director Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland has been awarded the distinguished honour to join the International Research Advisory Board of the prestigious Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, South Africa. The GGIBS this year again was voted among the top Business School ranked by the Financial Times, with some programs among the top 30 worldwide.

The International Research Advisory Board was newly established and will play a vital role guiding the research agenda of GIBS under Dean Prof. Morris Mthombeni. It aims to address both African-specific business challenges and contribute meaningfully to the broader global conversation on these topics.


The Board is assembling a prestigious group of scholars recognized for their impactful research on critical business issues shaping Africa and the global landscape. The specific research areas focus on African Markets & Management, Entrepreneurship in Africa, Leadership & Performance in Africa, and Ethical Business in Complex Contexts.

Prof. Wieland will participate in virtual meetings twice a year to discuss research progress, share best practices, and chart future directions for impactful business research. Through this way he contributes to the mission of producing and disseminating world-class research within GIBS and through international partnerships, ultimately increasing knowledge, skills, and impact in the global business landscape. Furthermore Prof. Wieland can offer strategic advice on research priorities, fostering a bridge between African and international business contexts. He also provides external guidance and support for the research initiatives of GIBS, including informing the Director of Research on procedural matters, ultimately enhancing GIBS´ research programmes.

We are optimistic about the vibrant collaboration between the Leadership Excellence Institute and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. The international academic exchange will advance the research on African-specific business topics meaningful.

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