Prof Noel Pearse

PhD(Rhodes), MSocSci(UCT)

Noel Pearse is a professor in the Rhodes Business School at Rhodes University, functioning as the Research Co-ordinator. He lectures in Leadership, People Management, Strategy Implementation, Change Management and Research Design on the MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management programmes, as well as on various executive short courses.  

His research interests currently lie mainly in the areas of leadership and its development, stakeholder theory, social entrepreneurship, and deductive approaches to qualitative research. 

He has authored and co-authored 25 journal articles, 7 Books and chapters in Books, and 44 Conference papers. He has successfully supervised and graduated five Doctoral Candidates, four Master of Commerce candidates [full thesis], 2 Master of Pharmacy candidates [full thesis] and 45 MBA candidates. His Google Scholar profile is available at

He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees while studying full time at the University of Cape Town, graduating with a B Bus Sc (Personnel Management), a B A (Hons), and a M Soc Sc (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) degree.  He completed part time studies at Rhodes University, where he graduated with a PhD (Education) degree in 2006.  

He is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Professional Board of Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa.  Prior to joining Rhodes University, he practised as an Industrial Psychologist and internal consultant in the South African Medical Services.  He has consulted to, and conducted training on behalf of National Parliament, various government departments, NGO’s and private companies, including extensive work in the automotive industry.

More recently, he has been focusing on educational and health leadership. He is involved with the Rhodes University Consortium on Holistic Wellness, which conducts programmes and research related to Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being. As part of the Vice Chancellor's Education Initiative for schools in the Grahamstown/Makhanda area, he has also been involved in the design, coordination and delivery of the Certificate and School Leadership, for Principals, Deputy Principals and Heads of Department.

The title of his Inaugural Lecture delivered on 21 August 2019 was: “The Scholarship of Leadership: An illustration of the integration of Research, Teaching & Learning and Community Engagement”. Click here for a copy of the supporting presentation.


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