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Michael Herrington

Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the GSB

Michael Herrington


MBA (University of Cape Town), PhD ( London)

Areas of expertise

New Venture Planning,  Raising Funds in South Africa, Internationalisation of Businesses & SMME Entrepreneurship Research especially in Africa  


Tel: +27(0) 21-406 1470

Mike Herrington currently holds the position of Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) which is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) and is the Team Leader for GEM South Africa. He is currently based at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Mike was involved with a number of Southern African companies in the 1970’s and 1980’s including Nedlor Investments in Zimbabwe in the 1970’s and then as General Manager of Southern Paper Industries in South Africa.  He then became joint Managing Director and shareholder of Classic Holdings in the Western Cape, the latter being a company which manufactures and markets by direct sales a range of up-market stainless steel cookware both in South Africa and several overseas countries. He helped start several new Divisions within the Group. 

In the mid 1980’s he moved to New Zealand to take up the position of General Manager of a cosmetic company and whilst there started his own cosmetic company which he later sold.  This company is still operating and employees over 250 people.

He returned to South Africa in 1989 and started a ladies hosiery company which he and a partner built-up to one employing several thousand people and dominating over 85% of the South African market.  They eventually sold out to the American company, Sara-Lee Corporation, after which Mike continued to stay with the company for a further number of years, before "retiring" in 1999.

He was then asked to join the Business School in 2001.  Mike obtained an MBA from Cape Town University and a PhD from London.  He is currently involved in teaching MBA students specializing in New Venture Planning and Entrepreneurship as well as teaching in Customized Academic Learning and Executive Education Programmes.  His activities revolve around teaching, research and business creation both in the high-tech, high-potential sector as well as with SMME’s. He is involved in a number of SMME initiatives and has done research on SMME’s and entrepreneurship and is the South African Team leader for the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Monitor which is an International project incorporating 99 countries. In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of GEM and then subsequently in July 2011 became the Executive Director of the worldwide organization. He has managed to find a balance between theory and practice.