Decolonizing The Management Curriculum - A Conversation with Dr. Shaun Ruggunan, Durban South Africa
Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Dr. Shaun Ruggunan is an associate professor of Human Resources Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He has researched and published on maritime human resources. More recently, Shaun’s research has focused on what it means to decolonise management studies in a South African context. He has written about teaching human resources management for social change. Together with Gavin Jack, Nimurji Prasad and Alex Faria, Shaun hosted a paper development workshop in Durban, South Africa on decolonising management and organisational knowledge for the journal Organization. His most recent book with R. Sooryamoorthy explores the trajectory of management studies in South Africa using a bibliometric methodology.
This book shows what the patterns are in knowledge production in management studies in South Africa and how these patterns shape scholarship in the area. Crucially the book demonstrates how management studies was very much an apprentice to the Apartheid state’s policies on labour and work.
Our conversation focuses on Shaun's research and his praxis in decolonizing his HRM course; and the broader transformations occurring in post-apartheid South Africa including those of building a new management education that recuperates and centres on African knowledges, values and concerns.