Ms Lindiwe Kunene

+27 31 260 7152

Campus Westville
Building & Room
MBlock-M113, 1st Floor


Lindiwe Kunene is an academic at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a Masters degree in Commerce from UKZN and is currently reading for her PhD. She is within the Discipline of Management and Entrepreneurship where she lectures and does research in Small, Medium, Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). Her research mostly concentrates on branding models suitable to the South African small business environment. She does however work on the relationship between development economics and entrepreneurship; Social entrepreneurship and the development of creative industries. She serves on the board for KUMISA, an NGO on economic development of the music industry in KZN. She also serves on the board of the P.E.A.C.E Foundation Trust an NGO that promotes Rural Economic Development and Elephants, Rhinos and People programmes and recently appointed to the UKZN Discovery Medical Aid Scheme. She is one of the researchers in the UN-Universities and the African Development Bank initiative called Youth Entrepreneurship Society for Africa’s Industrialisation.

Appointment Designation:
  • Lecturer
Academic Qualifications:
  • MComm (SMME Development & Marketing)
  • BComm(Hons) (Marketing)
  • BSocSci (Marketing & Management) 
Undergraduate Courses Currently Teaching:
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership 
  • Technology Management 
Research Interests:
  • SMME Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Community Entrepreneurship
  •  Business Strategy, Business Communication
  • Operations Management
  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Technology & Innovation Management
Recent Publications:
  •  Kunene L. & Dyili, N. (2014). Socio-Economic Viability of the Protex Business Hive Infrastructure for the KwaDabeka Township in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa . Loyola Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. XXIX, No.2, July-Dec 2014
Recent Papers Delivered:
  •  2014: Co-presented a conference paper with N. Somhlahlo titled: Perceptions of second-tiers cooperative potential by Sicabazini farming cooperatives. BMC Conference, Durban (first author)
  • 2014: Co-presented a conference paper with Ruvania Govender and Josh Aokoa Kwibuka titled: Impact of Student Attendance on Performance for Commerce Undergraduate Students at UKZN: A Case of Technology Management. (first author)

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