Growth in varsity sport and competitions inspires pioneering doctoral study Growth in varsity sport and competitions inspires pioneering doctoral study
Hard work and dedication paid off for seasoned academic and popular Director of Sport and Recreation at the Tshwane University of Technology, Shadrack Nthangeni,... Growth in varsity sport and competitions inspires pioneering doctoral study

Hard work and dedication paid off for seasoned academic and popular Director of Sport and Recreation at the Tshwane University of Technology, Shadrack Nthangeni, who received a Doctor Technologiae in organisational leadership, during the University’s recent virtual spring graduations. 

His study, the first of its kind on the African Continent, was titled The organisational change management in varsity sports and cup competitions among universities in the Gauteng province.

Dr Nthangeni explained that, among others, the study looked at the strategic analysis of amateurism and professionalism. The tremendous growth of varsity sports and cup competitions inspired his study, which indicated that most universities appeared not well prepared for the changes associated with the organisation of these tournaments. 

His research outlined information that could assist stakeholders to respond effectively to new challenges of organisational change management associated with the hosting and participation in Varsity Sports and Cup tournaments. 

The success of a doctoral study also depends on the quality of supervision. Dr Nthangeni thanked his team of supervisors, led by Professors Abel Toriola, Yvonne Paul and Vinessa Naidoo, for the exceptional support and guidance, as well as  Dr Kubayi for the statistical support.

Dr Nthangeni has worked as a lecturer from 2001 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2013 as Academic Section Head for Marketing, Logistics and Sport Management at TUT. He successfully graduated a master’s degree student in tourism Cum-Laude as a Co-Supervisor. He has published extensively in journal articles and presented papers at international conferences. 

Since his appointment as Director of Sport and Recreation, TUT, under his leadership, has won several championships in USSA and Varsity sport. 

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