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Disruptive Innovations

2019 Annual Seminar of the Southern African Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AISSAC)

Monday 16 September 2019
Venue: Nombolo Mdluli Conference Centre, Skukuza
Registration: 8:00-8:30


Digital Transformation relates to the use of digital solutions and innovations to solve traditional problems and change how businesses operate. Through digital transformation, cultures and customer experiences evolve in response to changing business needs and market requirements.

Digital Transformation and Disruptive Innovation are trending and relevant phenomena within the Information Systems discipline and has implications for practitioners, researchers and educators.

Please join us for the 2019 AISSAC annual seminar. We will provide a platform for academics to explore various facets of Disruptive innovation. Key topics to be addressed include:

• Disruptive Innovation “platforms”

• Disruptive Innovation platforms: evidence in the industry

• A critical perspective of disruptive innovation

• Disruptive Innovation and the implication on teaching and learning in Africa

• Innovative approaches in teaching and learning: UP MakerSpace




Event Speaker
08:30 – 08:45 Opening & Welcome

Prof Maureen Tanner


08:45 – 09:30


Disruptive Innovation


Prof Robert Winter


09:30 – 09:45

Q&A (15mins)


09:45 – 10:15 Disruptive Innovation “platforms”

Prof Aurona Gerber


10:15 – 10:45



10:45 – 11:15

Disruptive Innovation platforms: evidence in the industry


Mr Isak Marais


11:15 – 11:25

 Q&A (10mins)


11:25 – 11:55

A Critical Perspective of Disruptive Innovation


Prof Kirstin Krauss


11:55 – 12:05

Q&A (10mins)


12:05 – 12:35

Disruptive Innovation and the implication on teaching and learning in Africa


Prof Machdel Matthee


12:35 – 12:45

Q&A (10mins)


12:45 – 13:30



13:30 – 15:15

Innovative approaches in teaching and learning: UP MakerSpace


Mr Sean Kruger


15:15 – 15:30 Workshop closing

Prof Maureen Tanner


15:30 – 16:00



16:00 – 17:30 AISSAC AGM

Prof Maureen Tanner



Prof. Robert Winter
University of St. Gallen

Keynote Speaker: Disruptive Innovation


Robert Winter is Professor of Business Informatics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Director of the Institute for Business Informatics at the HSG. He was the founding director of the Executive Master of Business Engineering at the HSG and the academic director of the PhD program in Management at the HSG School of Management. After twelve years as a research associate and chairperson at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, he teaches and researches since 1996 at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to basic research on the methodology of design-oriented research, he works mainly in the areas of enterprise architecture management and control of large (transformation and IT) projects.

He is the author or publisher of more than 20 books and more than 300 scientific publications in German and English. He is and has been active in the editorial board of several leading scientific journals, such as the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) or Business & Information Systems Engineering.

Professor Winter studied economics, business administration and business education at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1989 (Dr.rer.pol.) and where in 1995 he was awarded the venia legendi in business administration.

Prof. Aurona Gerber
University of Pretoria

Talk: Disruptive Innovation “platforms”


Aurona Gerber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics and Information Systems at the University of Pretoria.

She obtained her electronic engineering degree (Bing) at the University of Pretoria, a MIng at WITS and completed a PhD in Computer Science on Semantic Web technologies at Unisa. She worked in industry and the CSIR for several years, and developed and managed software and systems that ranged from firmware for speech encoding/decoding, switching algorithms and programs for parallel computing, as well as one of the first internet database applications in South Africa. Her primary interest is research in the development and use of advanced conceptual and formal models within all aspects of Information Systems, including enterprise architecture & engineering, as well as disruptive innovation given complex operating environments and disruptive technologies such as Big Data. She also investigates how the technological advances in ICT will impact society and organisations.

Isak Marais
CEO of Bramhope Group

Talk: Disruptive Innovation Platforms: Evidence in the Industry


Isak Marais is the founder and CEO of Bramhope Group, a specialist supplier of MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Operations) management services, software and an importer, supplier, wholesaler and distributor of more than 150 000 industrial supply goods as well as specialised goods for the outdoor & leisure market, including the exclusive National Geographic range of products. Isak holds a MBA degree from Henley Management College and is the director of several partner companies and author of industry-specific technical articles. He is regularly invited to address audiences at conferences where he shares awe-inspiring insights into the future of inventory management. Isak enthuses with his high level of drive and desire to achieve excellence and he is also a well-known opinion leader in the industry.

Isak is an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and empowerment – a strategist and a visionary business leader who applies creativity in all aspects of business growth.  Isak has successfully led Bramhope Group to become a leader in the industry and has recently founded the award-winning concept: the Bramhope International School of Innovation (BISI). Recently he has embarked on the mission to digitally transform Bramhope to be a platform business.

The Bramhope Group was announced the winner of the 2017 Accenture Innovation Index Award in the category Master Innovator for businesses under R35 million in turnover. Looking to recognise the innovation of all companies in South Africa, Accenture established its annual Innovation Index. The Index not only provides an in-depth analysis of the country’s current state of innovation, but rewards its most dynamic and forward-thinking businesses – those innovative market players who are disrupting and remaking their industries. The Bramhope Group also made the Top 3 list in the category Innovation Concept for Small Enterprises for its BISI (Bramhope International School of Innovation) concept.

Prof. Kirstin E.M. Krauss
University of South Africa

Talk: Disruptive Innovation and the Implication on Teaching and Learning in Africa


Kirstin E.M. Krauss is a Professor and Higher-Degrees Chair in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Kirstin holds a PhD in Informatics from the University Pretoria, South Africa. His papers have appeared in Information Technology for Development, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, The African Journal of Information Systems, and the South African Computer Journal. He also served as Education Chair for the AIS Special Interest Group on Global Development. Kirstin holds a South African National Research Foundation Y2-Rating, in the Information Systems sub-areas of Critical Social Theory and ICT for Development. Kirstin has done editorial work a number of journals and the IDIA 2018 conference.

Sean Kruger
University of Pretoria

Talk: Innovative Approaches in Teaching and Learning: UP MakerSpace


Sean Kruger acts as the MakerSpace Coordinator in Strategic Innovation at the University of Pretoria. Being in a strategic innovation environment, Sean has the experience and privilege to manage change at all levels of the organisation, and drives innovation projects and entrepreneurial endeavours. This has built his experience across multiple disciplines as well as skill set; this includes technology application, rapid prototyping, strategy development, product management, IT systems and user experience design with a key interest in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sean carries two masters degrees, one in financial management, the second in information technology, and uses this knowledge daily to drive innovation in business and research.


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