Prof Hamieda Parker
Professor Hamieda Parker lectures the Operations Management core course and the Global Supply Chain Management elective course on the MBA programme. She also lectures the Operations and Innovation Management Course on the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice programme.
She is an active researcher having completed research in diverse environments, from examining multinationals in developed countries to small micro businesses in developing country contexts. Her current research is closely linked to her interest in improving the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and the development of innovation capabilities in firms. Her doctoral research examined collaborative new product development involving new technology-based firms and she completed the empirical work for this study as a Sainsbury Fellow based at Oxford University. As a Harvard-Mandela Fellow, she conducted research on entrepreneurship amongst the Afro-American and Immigrant communities based around Harvard University.
She previously worked as a process and product development engineer and successfully developed a number of innovative products and coordinated multifunctional teams for the resolution of production and operations related problems. Parker holds a Chemical Engineering degree from UCT and an MBA from UCT GSB. Following her MBA, she was selected to go to the Wharton School of Business as a business consultant at the Wharton Entrepreneurship Centre. While at Wharton she lectured on the basic Business Planning Course and provided strategic, operational and marketing consulting services to a portfolio of companies ranging from start-up to $10 million in sales.