The world is evolving or to a large extend has evolved into a digital age that requires
organisations to re-evaluate their strategies, business models, systems, process and
competences to adapt in a changing business environment. Public organisations (which
include SOEs) are facing disruption to their core tasks due to new developments, but
they are slow to react and it is questioned if these organisations are flexible enough to
survive these new developments in the market.
This study explores the leadership environment, the leadership roles and the leadership
skills in SOEs in the context of digital transformation. Thirteen qualitative, in-depth, semistructured
interviews were conducted with executive leaders in South African stateowned
enterprises (SOEs) to collect research data for analysis. The study found that the
SOE business environment as it pertains to strategy, business models, culture,
processes and structure will undergo significant change in a digitally transformed
environment and further identifies the role that leaders must play as well as the skills
they must attain for a digitally transformed business environment.
Key findings from the study was summarised in a conceptual framework of digital
leadership that may enable SOE leaders to prepare for and lead in a digitally transformed
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2019.