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Professor Ralph Hamann

Professor at the GSB

Title & Qualifications

Professor and ACDI Research Chair

PhD (University of East Anglia, UK); MSc (UCT, South Africa); BSc (Hons) (UCT, South Africa); BSc (UCT, South Africa) 

Areas of expertise

Corporate citizenship and social responsibility, Cross-sector collaboration, Governance and society, Government-business relations in South Africa, Institutional shifts related to social and environmental sustainability, Qualitative Methods, Research Methodology, Responsible and Sustainable investment, Social entrepreneurship, Social innovation, Sustainable enterprise

Contact

Email: ralph.hamann@gsb.uct.ac.za
Tel: (021) 406 1503


    Ralph Hamann is Professor and Research Director at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and he holds a Research Chair at the UCT African Climate and Development Initiative. He teaches on business sustainability, social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration, and he is an executive editor of Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development. Among his other roles, Ralph is founder and academic director of the Network for Business Sustainability (South Africa). He is also co-founder and chair of the Southern Africa Food Lab, for which he received UCT’s Distinguished Social Responsiveness Award.

    Ralph has been a visiting researcher, teacher, or consultant at a range of organisations in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including diverse business schools and universities, listed and unlisted companies, governments, and international agencies such as the World Bank and GIZ. Much of Ralph’s tertiary training was in environmental science at UCT, and he has a PhD on corporate responsibility in the South African mining sector from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. He grew up in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has travelled widely, including a sailboat crossing of the South Atlantic.

    2017
    Hamann, R. and Faccer, K.: Mind the transformation gap: Knowledge exchange, interests, and identity in research-practice collaboration. In J.M. Bartunek and J. McKenzie (eds), Academic practitioner research partnerships: Developments, complexities and opportunities. Routledge.
    Hamann, R., Hoenke, J., and O’Riordan, T.: Environmental and resources governance in areas of limited statehood. In T. Risse, T.A. Börzel, and A. Draude (eds), Oxford Handbook of Governance and Limited Statehood. Oxford.

    2016
    Hamann, R.: Our food, our future: Editorial for special edition on the South African food system. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 58(4): 2-3.
    Reddy, C. and Hamann, R.: Distance makes the (committed) heart grow colder: MNEs’ responses to the state logic in African variants of CSR. Business & Society, 56(7).

    2015
    Bitzer, V. and Hamann, R.: ‘Introduction’, in Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., and Nwosu, E. (eds.): The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Frontiers in Research and Practice in Africa. Berlin: Springer and Cape Town: UCT Press.
    Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., and Nwosu, E. (eds.): The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Frontiers in Research and Practice in Africa. Berlin: Springer and Cape Town: UCT Press.
    Bland, C. and Hamann, R.: ‘Obstacles to firms’ adoption of socially embedded approaches to BOP markets’, in Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., and Nwosu, E. (eds.): The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Frontiers in Research and Practice in Africa. Berlin: Springer and Cape Town: UCT Press.
    Hamann, R., Smith, J., Tashman, P., and Marshall, R.S., 2015: Why do SMEs go green? An analysis of wine firms in South Africa. Business & Society, 56(1), doi: 10.1177/0007650315575106.
    Methner, N., Hamann, R., and Nilsson, W.: ‘The evolution of a sustainability leader: The development of strategic and boundary spanning organizational innovation capabilities in Woolworths’, in Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., and Nwosu, E. (eds.): The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Frontiers in Research and Practice in Africa. Berlin: Springer and Cape Town: UCT Press.
    McLachlan, M., Hamann, R., Sayers, V., Kelly, C., and Drimie, S.: ‘Fostering innovation for sustainable food security: The Southern Africa Food Lab’, in Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., and Nwosu, E. (eds.): The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: Frontiers in Research and Practice in Africa. Berlin: Springer and Cape Town: UCT Press.
    O'Riordan, T., McGowan, A., Hamann, R., Lahsen, M., & Zhang, L.: The Legacy of the Papal Encyclical. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 57(6), 2-5.
    Reddy, C. D., Hamann, R., & Urban, B.: Country-level entrepreneurship: Crowding out the population’s need for autonomy. Acta Commercii, 15(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ ac.v15i1.292

    2014
    Hamann, R.: ‘Cross-sector partnerships in areas of limited statehood,’ pp. 60-78, in M.M. Seitanidi and A. Crane (eds.), Social Partnerships and Responsible Business: A Research Handbook. London: Routledge.
    Hamann, R.: ‘Partnerships Are Not Forever: The limits to collaborative governance in diamond mining in Namaqualand, South Africa,’ in M. Sowman and R. Wynberg (eds.) Governance for Justice and Environmental Sustainability – Lessons across Natural Resources Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford: Earthscan.
    Hamann, R.: Patient dialogue between mining companies and communities is tougher and scarcer than imagined: a response to Hodge. Journal of Cleaner Production, 84: 35-36.
    Hamann, R., Bonnici, F., Nwosu, E., and Holt, D.: ‘Sustainability Entrepreneurship,’ in Urban B. (ed), Entrepreneurship and Society. Pearson Education South Africa (Pty) Ltd: Cape Town.
    Ziervogel, G., New, M., Archer van Garderen, E., Midgley, G., Taylor, A., Hamann, R., Stuart-Hill, S., Myers, J. and Warburton, M.: Climate change impacts and adaptation in South Africa. WIREs Climate Change, doi: 10.1002/wcc.295.

    2013
    Börzel, T.A. and Hamann, R. (eds.): Business Contributions to Climate Change Governance: South Africa in comparative perspective. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Börzel, T.A. and Hamann, R.: ‘Conclusions,’ in Börzel, T.A. and Hamann, R. (eds.): Business Contributions to Climate Change Governance: South Africa in comparative perspective. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Hamann, R. and Börzel, T.A.: ‘Business Contributions to Climate Change Governance: Introduction,’ in Börzel, T.A. and Hamann, R. (eds.): Business Contributions to Climate Change Governance: South Africa in comparative perspective. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan.
    Hamann, R. and April, K.: On the role and capabilities of collaborative intermediary organisations in urban sustainability transition. Journal of Cleaner Production, 50: 12-21.
    Moldvay, J., Hamann, R., and Fay, J.: Assessing opportunities and constraints related to different models for supplying wind turbines. Development Southern Africa, 30(3): 315-331.

    2012
    Farrell, L., Hamann, R. and Mackres, E.: A clash of cultures (and lawyers): Anglo Platinum and mine-affected communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Resources Policy, 37(2): 194-204.
    Hamann, R.: The Business of Development: Revisiting strategies for a sustainable future. Environment: Linking Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 54(2), 18-29.

    2011
    Hamann, R., Giamporcaro, S., Johnston, D. and Yachkaschi, S.: The role of business and cross-sector collaboration in addressing the ‘wicked problem’ of food insecurity. Development Southern Africa, 28(4), 579-594.
    Hamann, R., Kapelus, P. and O'Keefe, E.: ‘Mining Companies and Governance in Africa’, pp. 260-276, in J. Sagebien and N. M. Lindsay, eds., Governance Ecosystems: CSR in the Latin American Mining Sector. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    McLachlan, M. and Hamann, R. (eds.): Food security in Southern Africa: Responses to the problem of hunger. Special edition of Development Southern Africa (28(4)).

    2010
    Hamann, R.: ‘Opening spaces for the sociology of corporate responsibility’, in L. Heinecken and H. Prozesky (eds.), Society in Focus: Change, Challenge and Resistance. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars.
    Hamann, R., Kapelus, P. and Ndlovu, N.: ‘Sustainable organisation’ in L. Louw and P. Venter (eds.) Strategic Management: Winning in the Southern African Workplace. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
    Marshall, R.S, Akoorie, M.E.M., Hamann, R. and Sinha, P.: Environmental Practices in the Wine Industry: An Empirical Application of the Theory of Reasoned Action and Stakeholder Theory in the United States and New Zealand. Journal of World Business, 45(4): 405-414.

    2009
    Hamann, R.: ‘An academic’s perspective on the role of academics in corporate responsibility’ in Idowu, S.O. and Filho, W.L. (eds.) Professionals’ Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility. Berlin: Springer.
    Hamann, R: ‘CSR in South Africa: On the role of history, the government, and local context,’ in Idowu, S.O. and Filho, W.L. (eds.) Global Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility. Berlin: Springer.
    Hamann, R.: ‘Who takes responsibility for the informal settlements? Mining companies in South Africa and the challenge of local collaboration,’ in E. Raufflet and A.J. Mills (eds.) The Dark Side: Critical Cases on the Downside of Business. Sheffield: Greenleaf. ¹
    Hamann, R., Sinha, P., Kapfudzaruwa, F. and Schild, C.: Business and Human Rights in South Africa: An analysis of antecedents of human rights due diligence. Journal of Business Ethics, 87(s2): 453-473.
    Kapelus, P., Hamann, R. and O’Keefe, E.: Doing business with integrity in weak governance zones: Learning from the experience of AngloGold Ashanti in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. International Social Science Journal, 57(s1): 119-130.


    ¹ Note that this is a reprint of the journal article that appeared in 2004 and the book chapter that appeared in 2008.

    2008
    Eccles, N., Hamann, R. and de Jongh, D.: ‘Corporate Accountability in South Africa,’ in P. Utting (ed.) Taming Corporate Capitalism: New Perspectives on Business Regulation for Sustainable Development. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
    Hamann, R.: ‘Introducing corporate citizenship,’ in R. Hamann et al (eds), The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press / Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
    Hamann, R.: ‘Who is responsible for the squatter camps? Mining companies in South Africa and the challenge of local collaboration,’ in R. Hamann et al (eds), The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press / Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
    Hamann, R. and Boulogne, F.: ‘Partnerships and collaboration,’ in R. Hamann et al (eds), The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press / Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
    Hamann, R., Kambalame, D., de Cleene, S., and Ndlovu, N.: Towards collective business action and cross-sector collaboration in responsible competitiveness clusters in southern Africa. Development Southern Africa, 25(1): 95-113
    Hamann, R., Khagram, S., and Rohan, S.: South Africa’s charter approach to socio-economic transformation: Collaborative governance or hardball bargaining? Journal of Southern African Studies, 34(1): 21-37.
    Hamann, R., Woolman, S. and Sprague, C. (eds): The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press / Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
    Kapelus, P., Hamann, R. and O’Keefe, E.: ‘Learning from the experience of AngloGold Ashanti in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,’ in R. Hamann et al (eds), The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, and Alternative Business Models. Pretoria: Unisa Press / Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

    2007
    Bezuidenhout, A., Fig, D., Hamann, R. and Omar, R.: ‘A political economy of corporate social and environmental responsibility in South Africa’ in D. Fig (ed.), Staking their Claim: Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
    Hamann, R.: Is Corporate Citizenship Making a Difference? Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 28: 15-29. ² 
    Hamann, R. and Bezuidenhout, A.: ‘Corporate social responsibility in the South African mining sector’ in D. Fig (ed.), Staking their Claim: Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
    Hamann, R., Khagram, S., and Opondo, M. (eds.): Is corporate citizenship making a difference? Special edition of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship (28).
    Rieth, L., Zimmer, M., Hamann, R., and Hanks, J.: The UN Global Compact in Sub-Sahara Africa: Decentralisation and Effectiveness. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 28: 99-112.


    ² Note that this article is an introduction to a special edition of the journal and hence did not go through double-blind peer review, but it was nevertheless accepted for accreditation purposes.

    2006
    Appels, C., Van Duin, L., and Hamann, R.: Institutionalising corporate citizenship: The case of Barloworld and its ‘Employee Value Creation’ process. Development Southern Africa, 23(2): 241-250.
    Hamann, R.: Corporate citizenship in Africa. Special edition of Development Southern Africa (23(2)).
    Hamann, R.: Can business make decisive contributions to development?  Towards a research agenda on corporate citizenship and beyond. Development Southern Africa, 23(2): 175-195. ³
    Hamann, R., van Duin, L., Appels, C., Taylor, E., Akor, E.: Corporate citizenship in South African business education. South African Journal of Business Management, 37(2): 1-9.
    Sonnenberg, D. and Hamann, R.: The JSE Socially Responsible Investment Index and the state of sustainability reporting in South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 23(2): 305-320.
    Tustin, D and Hamann, R.: South African Metropolitan Consumers’ Perceptions of Corporate Citizenship and Ethical Purchasing Behaviour. Pretoria: Bureau for Market Research.


    ³ As in footnote 2 above.

    2005
    Hamann, R. and De Cleene, S.: Promoting South African companies’ corporate responsibility in the rest of Africa. South African Journal of International Affairs, 12(2): 127-142.
    Hamann, R., Azagbue, T., Kapelus, P., Hein, A.: Universalising corporate social responsibility?  South African challenges to the International Organization for Standardization's new social responsibility standard. Business and Society Review, 110(1): 1-19.
    Hamann, R., Sonnenberg, D., Mackenzie, A., Kapelus, P., and Hollesen, P.: Local governance as complex system: Lessons from mining in South Africa, Mali, and Zambia. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 18: 61-73.

    2004
    Acutt, N., Hamann, R., Carter, A., and Kapelus, P.: ‘Towards Evidence of the Costs and Benefits of Partnerships’ in M. Warner and R. Sullivan (eds.), Putting Partnerships to Work: Strategic Alliances for Development Between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
    Hamann, R.: Corporate social responsibility, partnerships, and institutional change: The case of mining companies in South Africa. Natural Resources Forum, 28(4): 278-290.
    Hamann, R.: ‘Mining companies’ role in sustainable development: the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of corporate social responsibility from a business perspective’ in T. Clarke (ed), Corporate Governance: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management. London: Routledge. 4
    Hamann, R.: ‘Kelian Equatorial Mining, Indonesia: Mine Closure’ in M. Warner and R. Sullivan (eds.), Putting Partnerships to Work: Strategic Alliances for Development Between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society, Sheffield: Greenleaf.
    Hamann, R., Acutt, N., and Carter,A.: ‘Partnerships and Local Corporate Foundations’ in M. Warner and R. Sullivan (eds.), Putting Partnerships to Work: Strategic Alliances for Development Between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society, Sheffield: Greenleaf.
    Hamann, R. and Kapelus, P:  Corporate social responsibility in mining in southern Africa: Fair accountability or just greenwash? Development, 47(3), 85-93.
    Tull, J., Garcia Larralde, E., Mansutti, A., Porto, S., Acutt, N., Hamann, R., and Warner M.: ‘Placer Dome and Corporación Venezolana de Guayana (Minera Las Cristinas CA, Venezuela): Healthcare Partnership’ in M. Warner and R. Sullivan (eds.), Putting Partnerships to Work: Strategic Alliances for Development Between Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society, Sheffield: Greenleaf.


    4 Note that this is a reprint of the article that appeared in 2004.

    2003
    Hamann, R.: Mining companies’ role in sustainable development: the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of corporate social responsibility from a business perspective. Development Southern Africa, 20(2), 237-254.
    Hamann, R.: South African challenges to the theory and practice of public participation in environmental assessment. South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, 10(1), 21-37.
    Hamann, R. and Acutt, N:  How should civil society (and the government) respond to ‘corporate social responsibility’? A critique of business motivations and the potential for partnerships. Development Southern Africa, 20(2), 255-270.
    Hamann, R., Acutt, N., and Kapelus, P.  Responsibility vs. Accountability? Interpreting the World Summit on Sustainable Development for a Synthesis Model of Corporate Citizenship. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 9, 20-36.

    2002 and before
    Hamann, R., Patel, Z., and Pressend, M., 2002. Competing Visions and Conflicting Strategies: A Southern African Perspective on the World Summit. Environment, 44(6), 8-21.
    Hamann, R., Booth, L., and O’Riordan, T., 2000. South African environmental policy on the move. South African Geographical Journal, 82(2), 11-22.
    Hamann, R., Booth, L., Smith, N., O’Riordan, T., 2000. Resource management in South Africa. South African Geographical Journal, 82(2), 23-34.
    Hamann, R. and Butcher, S., 1997. Towards a marine Geographic Information System for coastal research and management in Saldanha Bay. South African Journal of Geo-Information, 17(4), 105-111.
    O’Riordan, T., Preston-Whyte, R., Hamann, R., and Manqele, M., 2000. The transition to sustainability: A South African perspective. South African Geographical Journal, 82(2), 1-10.