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The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Driehoek tragedy – NWU expert emphasizes the need for professional trauma counselling

On Friday, 1 February 2019, the country was shocked by the news of a walkway collapse at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark. Learners were leaving the morning assembly to go to their respective class rooms when tragedy stru...Read article

Fourth industrial revolution necessitates leadership overhaul

The fourth industrial revolution suggests a fundamental change in the way we live, work and relate to one another. It also charts a new course in business leadership. With unparalleled change at the order of the day, the question ...Read article

Prof. Gert Jan Hofstede presented his inaugural lecture at Wageningen University

On 17 January 2019, Prof. Gert Jan Hofstede presented his inaugural lecture as a personal professor to a packed Auditorium at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Prof. Hofstede, and extraordinary professor at Optentia focuse...Read article

Stats Camp is coming to Africa!

Analytical competence is of great importance to conduct social and psychological research. The Optentia Research Focus Area, in collaboration with two international experts on statistical analysis (Prof. Todd D Little and Prof. Re...Read article

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January 2019

Respect in intergenerational relationships: Young adult women’s motivations.

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

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Optentia Scientific Committee
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February

Proposals: Enhancing Risk Culture
09:00-14:00; Optentia Indaba, Building 7, NWU Vaal

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March

Proposals: Enhancing Risk Culture
09:00-14:00; Optentia Indaba, Building 7, NWU Vaal

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