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 Dr. Marieta Du Plessis

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Department of Industrial Psychology
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: PhD Industrial Psychology (University of the Western Cape)
BA, BA (Hons) Industrial Psychology, MA Industrial Psychology (University of Stellenbosch), PhD Industrial Psychology (UWC), Registered Industrial Psychologist (HPCSA)
Tel: 021 959 3175
Fax: 021 959 3906
Email: mduplessis@uwc.ac.za
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Biography

 Marieta is a Registered Industrial Psychologist with more than 10 years of consulting and educational experience.  With a passion for helping individuals, teams and businesses grow she has dedicated her time to creating healthy Human Resource practices in organisations and facilitated numerous hours of individual discussions with clients to assist them in reaching their next level of success. 
Her specific areas of teaching and research are Organisational Behaviour and Psychology, Leadership, Positive Organisational Scholarship and Occupational Counselling. She has also successfully supervised 6 Masters dissertations in Industrial Psychology.
In 2014, Marieta was awarded a Thuthuka research grant by the National Research Foundation of South Africa for the completion of her PhD.

Masters in Human Resource Management (Stellenbosch University)

• The relationship between servant leadership, emotional intelligence, trust in the immediate supervisor and meaning in life: An exploratory study
Supervisor: Dr Z Dannhauser

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Stellenbosch University)

Awards, Distinctions and Fellowships
Dean’s Award: Lecturer of the Year 2014, Economic and Management Sciences Faculty (Category: 5 years or less in Academia)

Research Interests / Research Profile
Marieta’s area of interest falls within the ambit of Positive Psychology with a focus on Positive Organisational Psychology.  She is interested in improving the wellbeing and flourishing of individuals in organisations and the antecedents of such wellbeing.

Publications

Publications in accredited peer-reviewed journals:
Du Plessis, M., Wakelin, Z., & Nel, P. (2015). The influence of emotional intelligence and trust on servant leadership. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde, 41(1), Art. #1133, 9 pages. http://dx/doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v41i1.1133

Nel, P., Du Plessis, M., & Bosman, L. (2015). Comparing different versions of the Rahim EI questionnaire in a South African context: A confirmatory factor analysis approach. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde, 41(1), Art. #1220, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v41i1.1220

Conference proceedings:
2011, September 15-16.  The relationship between servant leadership, emotional intelligence, trust and meaning in life.  ICCB (International Conference on Contemporary Business) Research Symposium. Curtin University School of Management: Perth, Australia.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings:
Du Plessis, M., & Wakelin-Dannhauser, Z. (2013, July). Servant leadership and its correlates. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychologists of South Africa (SIOPSA) conference, Pretoria, South Africa.

James, L. J., & Du Plessis, M. (2013, July). The relationship between organizational support and workplace trust. Poster presented at the 15th Annual SIOPSA conference, Pretoria, South Africa.
•    This poster was presented with one of my Masters students

Du Plessis, M., Boshoff, A.B., & Bosman, L.A. (2014, July). Socio-demographic characteristics of employees with different levels of psychological capital. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Du Plessis, M., Boshoff, A.B., & Bosman, L.A. (2014, July). The value of authentic leadership and psychological capital in explaining work engagement. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Du Plessis, M. & Boshoff, A. B. (2016, July). The value of authentic leadership in explaining desirable and undesirable workplace outcomes. In M. du Plessis (Chair), Authentic leadership: Contemporary research within South Africa. Symposium conducted at the 18th Annual SIOPSA conference, Pretoria, South Africa.

Van Heerden, J. & Du Plessis, M. (2016, July). The impact of job resources on work engagement and turnover intentions within the Information Technology (IT) division of a South African bank. In M. du Plessis (Chair), Positive Organisational Psychology: A collection of current South African research. Symposium conducted at the 18th Annual SIOPSA conference, Pretoria, South Africa.

Publications in accredited, peer-reviewed journals
Du Plessis, M., Wakelin-Dannhauser, Z., & Nel, P. (in press). The influence of emotional intelligence and trust on servant leadership. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology. 

Peer-reviewed conference contributions:
Du Plessis, M., & Wakelin-Dannhauser, Z. (2013, July). Servant leadership and its correlates. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychologists of South Africa (SIOPSA) conference, Pretoria, South Africa.

James, L. J., & Du Plessis, M. (2013, July). The relationship between organizational support and workplace trust. Poster presented at the 15th Annual SIOPSA conference, Pretoria, South Africa.

Du Plessis, M, Boshoff, A.B., & Bosman, L.A. (2014, July). Socio-demographic characteristics of employees with different levels of psychological capital. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Du Plessis, M, Boshoff, A.B., & Bosman, L.A. (2014, July). The value of authentic leadership and psychological capital in explaining work engagement. Poster presented at the 7th European Conference on positive psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dissertation:
Du Plessis, M. (2014). The relationship between authentic leadership, psychological capital, followership and work engagement (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.​​​
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Networks

 Research Experience
Marieta currently supervises a number of Masters and Doctoral students.  Since her appointment at UWC in 2011, more than 10 Masters students under Marieta’s supervision has graduated (two of them Cum Laude).

Involvement with academic journals:
• Section Editor for South African Journal of Industrial Psychology
• Reviewer for South African Journal of Industrial Psychology
• Reviewer for South African Journal of Human Resource Management
• Reviewer for the European Business Review
• Reviewer of NRF funding and rating applications


Lecturer:
Lecturing at the Department of Industrial Psychology (since January 2011):
1st year (IPS131): Introduction to Psychology in the Workplace
2nd year (IPS233): Human Resource Management
3rd year (IPS331): Organisational Behaviour
Honours (BPS701): Positive Organisational Psychology
Masters (BPS813): Occupational Counselling

Professional Involvement
Marieta is the Chairperson of the Positive Organisational Psychology Interest Group that has been created within SIOPSA (Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychologists of South Africa). The interest group was officially  launched at the SIOPSA conference in July 2016.  One of the major aims of this interest group is to co-author articles and books, as well as fostering relationships with international Positive Organisational Psychology networks. This will lead to further knowledge sharing and expansion of the topic.


* Registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
* Full member of SIOPSA (Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychologists of South Africa)
* Member of the Positive Organisational Scholarship associate network of South Africa

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