MRD People

The MRD research team consists of a cocktail of experienced change management and research consultants with proven expertise in change management consulting, conducting workplace-based studies, research design, data collection, data analysis, report writing and publications. Some members/associates of MRD are armed with PhD degrees from leading universities nationally and internationally. MRD strongly believes in ploughing back to the South African society by building change management and research capacity by involving university research students and relevant employees of our clients wherever possible in the consultancy work we provide for our clients.

  • Dr Sizwe Timothy Phakathi (PhD/DPhil, Oxford) – Founder/Chairman and Change Management Consultant
  • Ms Sandra Peterson (MA, Wits) – Project Manager
  • Ms Sizekile Hlongwe – Administrative Officer
  • Dr Matseliso Molapo (PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, US) – Strategy and Policy Associate
  • Mr Julius Sikhuza (Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Johannesburg) – Change Management and Strategy Associate
  • Dr Paul Stewart (PhD, Wits) – Management Consulting and Research Associate
  • Mr Crispen Chinguno (PhD Candidate, Wits) – Management Consulting and Research Associate
  • Mr Musa Malabela (MA, Wits) – Research Associate
  • Mr Meshack Masondo (MA, University of Free State) – Management Consulting and Research Associate
  • Mr Thapelo Shadrack Sebone – Organisational Safety and Risk Management Research Associate
  • Mr Nkululeko Ngubane - Business Strategy and Marketing Associate


Dear Dr Phakathi

Congratulations, your paper ““Getting on” and “getting by” underground: Gold miners’ informal working practice of making a plan (planisa)” published in Journal of Organizational Ethnography has been selected by the journal’s Editorial Team as the Outstanding Paper of 2013.

We aim to increase dissemination of such a high quality article as much as possible and aim to promote your paper by making it freely available for one year. I will contact you again with further details once the paper is freely available.

The Outstanding Paper award also gives us a chance to promote your article via social media, marketing campaigns and at conferences. You may also wish to spread the news of your success by letting your friends and colleagues know, or perhaps mentioning it in your e-mail signature. More tips on how to promote your work are available on our website:

As an Outstanding Paper winner you will receive a certificate. Where possible, we like to organise for you to be presented with your certificate in person. We will be in touch with you shortly in the hope that we can organise a presentation soon.

Again, many congratulations on your award. We will be in touch with you regarding our plans to promote and present your award very soon.

Best wishes,


Emma Hollindrake

Academic Relations Assistant | Emerald Group Publishing Limited