Advisory Board

Professor Chris Adendorff

Chris Adendorff, Ph.D. is Adjunct Professor at NMMU Business School, South Africa. He is also Director at Club Travel Port Elizabeth, Director at Proud Afrique trading 0004 (PTY) LTD, Owner at Powerhouse Strategies, and Director at Alfresco Graphics and Signs.
Chris is involved in lecturing, promoting, and researching Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and Research Methodology at the NMMU Business School. He was awarded his Ph.D. for his study entitled, “The development of a cultural family business model of good governance for Greek family businesses in South Africa”. Further qualifications include a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in Boston (USA) and an Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching from the Institute for Life Coaching (UK). He recently complemented his academic and entrepreneurial careers with a M.Phil degree in Futures Research Studies at Stellenbosch University.
He has a passion for the management of family owned businesses, especially in the areas of strategic planning, governance and turnaround strategies. He has published numerous articles on Family Business, Technological Entrepreneurship, Culture, and Governance in national and international journals. He further serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UK) as well as Inderscience Publishers Ltd (UK). Amongst other affiliations, he is an Associate Researcher at the NMMU Business School, and a member of the Family Firm Institute (USA), the Family Business Network (UK), and the International Family Enterprise Research Association (IFERA).
Apart from his academic competencies, Chris has, together with his architect wife Gillian, built a highly successful family business empire. He is actively involved in the management of his businesses, both nationally and internationally.
Chris earned his M.Comm. in Commerce at Rhodes University, South Africa in 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in Commerce at Rhodes University in 2004 and his M.Phil. (Cum Laude) in Future Studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2011.
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