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Alternation Special Edition 22,1 of 2015 forms a continuation of on-going research in the fields of Management, Business Leadership, Informatics, and Governance at a number of South African universities. This issue contains nineteen contributions from authors in South Africa, Britain and New Zealand. Contributions vary from the nature of transformational leadership, integrity in research and organisational management, and the ubiquitous role of informatics in the present-day digitally hyper-connected world in which we all now live. In one way or another, these nineteen contributions all focus on, relate to, or depend on Informatics as organisational management and communication backbone.
The image of the front page of this is a blend of a painting in my possession, painted by my former colleague and friend Jan Zaal who is now deceased, which I photographed and which I overlaid with a simulated threedimensional image of digital information code. Jan Zaal’s painting is of a display window of the former Stuttafords in West Street Durban. Having witnessed the various phases that the painting went through, and having had privilege of discussing them with Jan Zaal, it is worth mentioning that he took over 700 photographs of the display window at various times of the day in different seasons over a nine month period and that his painting is a composite image, capturing the essential spirit of that display window.
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