Marius Meyer of the Department of Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University has received an honorary doctoral degree from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT). The award was part of the spring graduation of the Faculty of Management Sciences held at the VUT campus in Vanderbijlpark on 11 September.
Dr Meyer, a well-known human resources (HR) thought leader, has been a human resource development practitioner, consultant, academic, board member and manager for the past 24 years. As the former chief executive of the professional body for HR practitioners, the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), he was responsible for the quality assurance of 82 learning providers, as well as the HR accreditation of all universities in South Africa.
“I have a passion for leadership, strategy, governance, change management and people development," Dr Meyer said. He recently received a life-time achievement award from the SABPP board, and was subsequently retained as HR Standards Thought Leader for SABPP.
Dr Meyer previously lectured at the Universities of South Africa and Johannesburg and is still involved in academic work for North-West University and the Midrand Graduate Institute. He was an advisory board member of the African Society for Talent Development and a founding member of Talent Talks, South Africa's first talent management platform and magazine. He also facilitated training and consulting interventions for more than 200 companies.
His most recent output is South Africa's first national HR governance framework, which includes the first national set of human capital metrics for companies. The framework serves as a blueprint for HR directors in order to add value to boards, councils and other governing bodies of organisations.