“Fit for Purpose” will benefit all people who are running organisations irrespective of their size, scope or field of operation.
Students will find the book useful as reference material in their management and organisational development studies.
Employers and those who are in politics and are concerned with socio-economic and development issues will derive value from the book.
It will help frame strategic questions and conversations, throughout the entire organisation, in order to achieve commonality of purpose and to ensure that the organisation is “Fit for Purpose” over the course of its life cycle.
The book was inspired by the experiential reality that the core challenges impacting the growth and success of organisations are – the failure to understand the changes in the dynamic operating context and the need to adapt and respond in a way that ensures sustainability and success.
The book also tackles the organisational structure of the governing party, The African National Congress (ANC), and proposes a thesis that, due to conflicting ideological principles and perceptions within its Tripartite Alliance structure, it is not ideally organised for the purpose of governing in the post-apartheid era. It has long surpassed its contextual relevance and utility in facing and meeting the country’s contemporary developmental challenges and aspirations.
Since 2009, I have published several opinion contributions that discuss these topics in greater detail. The leadership challenge for organisations and governments alike is to reflect on whether their institutions are indeed “Fit for Purpose”, at all times.