Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
Kobus is the recipient of the Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Program at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA with the research theme: “Challenges and opportunities of social entrepreneurship as a change phenomenon – application and replication for developing countries.”
He is the Professor in Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium Enterprise Management in the School of Business and Finance. Teaches graduate courses in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Ethics and Leadership. Supervises doctoral and master's candidates.
His research interests are in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, leadership. Member of an international team teaching Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management in South-east Asia.
Visiting Professor at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Visiting Professor at Department of Business, Uppsala University (Gotland Campus), Sweden.
Visiting Professor, Hsuiping University of Technology, Dali City, Republic of China.
Supervisor of completed Doctoral theses:
Lekhanya, L.M. 2017. Determinants of survival and growth of small and medium enterprises in rural KwaZulu-Natal. PhD thesis (Supervisor).
Habte, A. 2016. The Impact of Microfinance on Household Livelihoods: Evidence from Rural Eritrea. PhD thesis (Supervisor).
Omer, N. 2016. Factors influence growth rates of small, medium and micro enterprises in South Africa. PhD thesis (Co-supervisor).
Kalityani, V. 2015. The relationship between socio-cultural aspects of students and their level of interest in entrepreneurship programme at university level. PhD thesis (Supervisor).
Brijlal, P. 2013. Financial capital and business growth among entrepreneurs in a developing nation, with specific reference to South Africa. PhD thesis (Supervisor)
L.M., Visser. K. 2016. Critical environmental dynamics: barriers restraining
business growth in rural areas of Southern region of KwaZulu-Natal province. Problems and Perspectives in Management.
Issue 4, pp. 33-40.
Lekhanya, L.M., Visser. K. 2016.
Risks and factors contributing towards rural entrepreneurial orientation growth
of business in an emerging economy, Risk
Governance & Control: financial markets & institutions. Volume 6,
Issue 4, Fall 2016.
Lekhanya, L.M., Visser. K. 2016.
Business characteristics of small and medium enterprises in rural areas: a case
study on southern region of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Problems
and Perspectives in Management. Issue 3, pp. 108-114.
Kalitanyi, V., Visser, K. 2016. Social values as determinants of entrepreneurial intentions among university students in Cape Town-South Africa Problems and Perspectives in Management. Accepted for publication. Volume #3 forthcoming. ISSN 1727-7051
Visser, K. 2011. Reviewing social entrepreneurship in South Africa: context, relevance and extent. Industry & Higher Education. Entrepreneurship in Africa. 25(4):233-247.
Omer, N., Van Burg, E., Peters, R.M., Visser, K. 2014. Internationalization as a way to overcome local constraints to Small and Medium Enterprise growth in South Africa. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development.
Craffert, L., Ungerer, M., Visser, K., Morrison, J., Claassen, W. 2014. Strategies, Practices and Skills for Competitiveness in the Digital Economy: A perspective on large companies in South Africa. Bellville: UWC. (ISBN: 978-0-86808-751-1).
Kalitanyi, V., Visser, K. 2014. Migration And Migrants Entrepreneurial Skills In South Africa: Assets Or Liabilities? Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. 5(14):147-159. July.
Craffert, L., Visser, K., Breytenbach, J. 2014. Social Media and Open Innovation – a Systemic Approach to Commercialisation of Socio‐economic Solutions. In: Asher Rospigliosi, A., Greener, S. (Eds.). 2014. Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Media. University of Brighton. UK. 10-11 July. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd. 103-110.(ISBN: 978‐1‐910309‐28‐5).
Kalitanyi, V., Visser, K. 2010. African immigrants in South Africa: Job takers or job creators? South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences. 13(4):376-390.
Brundin, E., Wigren, C., Isaacs, E., Visser, K. 2009. Ethnic entrepreneurship in a multicultural context: regional development and the unintended lock-in effects. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 8(4):447-472.
Brundin, E., Wigren, C., Isaacs, E., Friedrich, C., Visser, K. 2008. Triple Helix Networks in a Multi-Cultural Context: Triggers and Barriers for Fostering Growth and Sustainability. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. 13(1):77-98.
Isaacs, E., Visser, K., Friedrich, C. 2007. Entrepreneurship education and training at the Further Education and Training (FET) level in South Africa. South African Journal for Higher Education. 27(4): 613 – 629.
Brundin, E., Isaacs, E., Visser, K. and Wigren, C. 2005. Ten Years Down the Road of a New Economy - The Role of Social Entrepreneurship. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. 1(3):88-103.
Visser, K., De Coning, T.J., Smit, E. 2005. The relationship between the characteristics of the transformational leader and the entrepreneur in South African SMEs. South African Journal of Business Management. 36(3):51-63 (September).
Friedrich, C., Visser, K., Isaacs, E., May, C., Stoltz, A., Brijlal, P., Solomons, G. 2005. Research Report on leading small, medium and micro enterprise service providers in South Africa. UWC/ Umsobomvu Youth Fund. ISBN: 1-86808-601-1.
King, K., McGrath, S., Rogerson, C., Visser, K. 2002. Learning-led competitiveness: A challenge for South African development. Insight. 32(4):28-35.
King, K., McGrath, S., Rogerson, C., Visser, K. 2002. Enterprise Learning and Competitiveness: South African Education, Training and Enterprise Development. Ntsika Small Business Development Issues. Pretoria: Ntiska and DFID, UK. 01/2002:1-52.
King, K., McGrath, S., Rogerson, C., Visser, K. 2002. Learning, Enterprise and Competitiveness: South African Education, Training and Enterprise. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, Centre for African Studies.
King, K., McGrath, S., Rogerson, C., Visser, K. 2001. Learning to Compete in South Africa: An Incomplete Transformation. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh, Centre for African Studies.
Afenyadu, D., King, K., McGrath, S., Oketch, H., Rogerson, C., Visser, K. 1999. Learning to Compete: Education, Training & Enterprise in Ghana, Kenya & South Africa. Education Research Paper No. 42, 1999. London: Department for International Development.
Visser, K. 1999. The export and growth potential of small and medium-sized enterprises in the South African clothing industry. Papers in Education, Training and Enterprise No. 15. University of Edinburgh, Centre of African Studies.
Visser, K. 1999. Subcontracting and outsourcing between large and small enterprise establishing business linkages. Papers in Education, Training and Enterprise No. 24. University of Edinburgh, Centre of African Studies.
Visser, K. 1999. Learning in small enterprises: reflections from South Africa. Papers in Education, Training and Enterprise No. 25. of Edinburgh University, Centre of African Studies.
Visser, K. 1997. Enterprise Education in South Africa. Papers in Education, Training and Enterprise No. 8, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.
Louw, W.J., Visser, K. 1997. Building economic capacity in the Karoo: A feasibility study into the establishment of mini-markets. UWC, Institute for Social Development. ISBN: 1-86808-372-1
Visser, K. 1993. Report on a survey of crafters in the Western Cape. UWC, Institute for Small Business.
Huckle, R.G., Visser, K. 1993. Sourcing from small business - do supplier directories help? Southern African Journal for Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 5(2):33-41.
Visser, K., Hesketh, M. 1992. A survey of the policies towards small business of the major political movements in South Africa. Economics Research Unit, University of Natal.
Visser, K., Huckle, R., Isaacs, E. 1992. Report on a 1992 survey of Business Economics teachers. UWC, Institute for Small Business.
Visser, K., Huckle, R.G. 1991. "Access to success" - a business simulation for high school pupils. Southern African Journal for Entrepreneurship and Small Business. 3(1):25-30.
Counselling by university students has advantages for everyone. 1992. Enterprise: A special supplement commemorating the ICSB - SA Conference, Johannesburg, June 25.
Botha, S., Musengi, S. (eds.). 2012. Introduction to Business Management: Fresh Perspectives. Cape Town: Pearson Education. (Ch. 3, 9).
Botha, M., Bates, B., Booysen, K., De Vries, C., De Vries, L., Visser, D.J., Lotz, O., Botha, P.S., Botha, D., Krause, R.C. 2009. Business Management. Cape Town: Pearson Education (Midrand Graduate Institute Custom Publication). (Ch. 7).
Bosch, A., Botha, S., Booysen, K., Cunningham, P., Lotz, O., Stewart-Smith, A., Visser, K., Williams, O. 2007. Management – Fresh Perspectives. Cape Town: PearsonEd. (Ch. 5).
Co, J. Groenewald, J., Mitchell, B., Musengi, S., Nayager, T., Van Zyl, J., Visser, K. 2006. Entrepreneurship for South African students. Cape Town: Pearson Education. (Ch. 1, 2, 6).
Co, J. Groenewald, J., Mitchell, B., Musengi, S., Nayager, T., Van Zyl, J., Visser, K. 2006. Entrepreneurship X-Kit. Cape Town: Pearson Education. (Ch. 1, 2, 6).
Friedrich, C., Visser, K. (Eds.). 2005. South African Entrepreneurship Education and Training. De Doorns: Leap Publishing.
Leibold, M., Visser D.J., Isaacs, E.B.H. 1985. How to do business in the Western Cape. Cape Town: HAUM.
Textbooks (chapter contributor):
Westover, J. 2013. Social Entrepreneurship and Microfinance. Champaign, Illinois, USA: Common Ground. Chapter 13: The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa. pp. 149-171. Ethel Brundin, Eslyn Isaacs, Kobus Visser, and Caroline Wigren.
Brundin, E., Visser, K., Isaacs, E., Wigren, C. Indigenous entrepreneurship in a South African context. In: Dana, L. (Ed.). 2007. International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship. 2007. Camberley, Surrey: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Friedrich, C., Visser, K. Building human capital in difficult environments: an empirical study of entrepreneurship education, self-esteem, and achievement in South Africa (Chapter 18). In: Galbraith, C., Stiles, C.H. (Eds.). 2006. Developmental Entrepreneurship: Adversity, Neglect, and Institutions under Stress. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers.
Brundin, E., Isaacs, E., Visser, K. and Wigren, C. 'Ethnic Entrepreneurship: The Paradox of Cultural Embeddedness.' In: Anderson, R. B. (Ed.). 2005. Handbook of Research on Ethnic Entrepreneurs. Camberley, Surrey: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Visser, K. National Small Business Act. In: Mitchell, L. (Ed.). 1997-2009. Business Blue Book of South Africa. Cape Town: National Publishers.
Van Steekelenburg, G., Lauw, M., Frese, M., Visser, K. Problems and Coping, Strategies and Initiative in Microbusiness Owners in South Africa. In: Frese, M. (Ed.). 2000. Success and Failure of Microbusiness Owners in Africa: A Psychological Approach. London: Quorum.
Klandt, H., Müller-Böling, D. (Eds.). 1993. Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education and Training. Köln-Dortmund, Germany: Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung. Research Monographs. Band 5. Chapter 41.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Scholar: Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden
Uppsala University (Gotland Campus), Sweden
Institute of Applied Entrepreneurship (IAE), Coventry University Technology Park, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) — is a global applied research initiative that establishes learning partnerships between academics and business families in order to explore the entrepreneurial process in the family form of business organisation (Affiliation with Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden).
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership (MCNL), Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri - Kansas Cit