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DBL (Unisa), MA Clin Psych (cum Laude) (UJ), MA Psych (cum laude) (UP), MA Crim (cum laude) (UP) Hons Psych (UP), Hons Crim (UP), BA (UP)
Dr Lize Booysen is currently professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Antioch University (USA) teaching on the PhD program in Leadership and Change. She does research and consults in the fields of leadership, culture and diversity, and has published numerous articles and chapters nationally and internationally. Lize holds an MA in Clinical Psychology cum laude (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), an MA in Research Psychology cum laude, and an MA in Criminology cum laude (University of Pretoria, South Africa). She completed her Doctorate in Business Leadership at University of South Africa in 1999 on The influences of race and gender on leadership attributes of South African managers. Lize is registered as both a Clinical and a Research Psychologist and has extensive practical experience.
Dr Booysen is also adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as researcher and executive coach. Lize is Chair elect for the Business Leadership Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association (ILA). She has been involved in the 12 nation Leadership Across Differences (LAD) research project steered by the CCL, since 2003 and a LAD visiting scholar at the CCL in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. She participated in the GLOBE 65-nations research project on leadership, national culture and organizational practices, during 1994 - 2003 steered by Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her positions at Antioch University and the CCL, Lize was full professor at the School of Business Leadership (SBL), University of South Africa, where she has been lecturing since 1992 to MBA and DBA students. She also has held several management positions at the SBL. She served on the SBL Board of directors from 1999 to 2006, she held the portfolios Director Human Resources Development, and Academic Director. She was the Research Manager at the SBL in 2007 to 2008, and the Editor of the South African Journal of Labor Relations from 2006 - 2008.
Some of the national and international awards she has received for her work include the Globe Research Award, 1997 for her contribution to social science study of International Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, Best paper award, at the 25th Organisational Behaviour Teaching Conference, 10-13 June, 1998. La Verne University, California. USA, SBL Researcher of the year 1999, and merit awards 2000 and 2007. Best paper award, at the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists 12th Annual Conference, Africa’s Century: 31 October - 2 November, 2000, Unisa, and nomination for Shoprite/Checkers SABC TV2 Woman of the year, 2001. She is included as one of 50 role models for South African women and as leadership expert in the book Inspirational Women @ Work, (2003). Lize is the joint recipient, with Stella Nkomo, of the Best academic career achievement at Unisa awarded during the Unisa 150 year celebrations honouring its women, August, 2004. Excellent Teamwork Award: Global Leadership & Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research project (GLOBE) (2005) for the publication Culture Leadership & Organizations: The GLOBE study of 62 Societies, which was awarded the 2005 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace, conferred by The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The second GLOBE book, of which Lize was a chapter author, received the 2008 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award award. Lize also has won the 2010 Best Professor In Organizational Behavior Award conferred at the World HRD Congress & Innovation Summit, Mumbai, 16 February, 2011, and the Emerald Publishing Group Award: Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011, awarded at the Academy of Management Conference, 2011, for a publication she co-authored.
Lize serves as external examiner at masters and doctoral level for most South African Business Schools, and Economic and Management Faculties. She is a member of review panels of numerous scholarly journals and panels, and serves currently on the editorial board of the SA Business Review, SA Journal of Labour Relations and Management Today. Lize started her career in 1983 as a researcher in the field of human behavior at the Human Sciences Research Council. After completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology she worked at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital as a consultant psychologist and part-time lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pretoria. She then joined the SA Police Service's Institute of Behavioral Sciences, in a management position and held the rank of Captain. During this time Lize was also in private practice on a part-time basis at the Centre for Child and Adult Guidance at the HSRC, for five years.
ADDRESS: 4536 Peeples Road

Oak Ridge


North Carolina

TELEPHONE: +1 336 543 8088 (cell)

+ 1 336 285 8757 (w)

EMAIL ADDRESS: abooysen@antioch.edu
DATE OF BIRTH: 14 May 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH: Pretoria (South African Citizen)
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced - 1 daughter (Born 26 May 1995)

Matriculated: Rustenburg High school 1978 (Rustenburg). Matric exemption, 2 distinctions.

  • School prefect and head girl of girls hostel - 1978.

1 Bachelors Artium (BA, UP) - 1981 Cum Laude.
2 Bachelors Honores in Psychology (BA Hons Psych, UP) - 1982.
3 Bachelors Honores in Criminology (BA Hons Crim. UP) - 1984.
4 Magister Artium in Psychology (MA Psych, UP) -15.09.1988 Cum Laude.Dissertation: The relationship between personality aspects and reckless and negligent driving.

5 Magister Artium in Criminology (MA Crim, UP) – 15.09.1988 Cum Laude.Dissertation: An idiographic analysis of the causative factors in six homogenous drug addicts: a criminological investigation.

6 Magister Artium in Clinical Psychology (MA Clin Psych, RAU) – 24.04.1991 Cum Laude. Dissertation: Thematic apperceptions, therapist description and client report: A Constructionistic fit.

7 Doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL, UNISA): 6.10.1999:

Part 1: Selected courses in Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) - 1997: Completed cum laude.

Lize had to do two MBL final year courses in order to comply with the DBL acceptance criteria.

  • Advanced Strategic management - 76%

  • Organisational Change and Transformation - 78%

Part 2: DBL Research Thesis: An examination of race and gender influences on the leadership

attributes of South African managers


  • Academic honourary colours UP - 1988-09-01.

  • The first person to receive two Magister degrees at one graduation ceremony, both received with distinction from UP.

  • Merit bursaries received for each study year, Univ Pretoria, RAU and UNISA.

  • HSRC merit bursaries received for:

  • Hons. Psychology

  • MA. Clinical Psychology

  • DBL

  • HSRC employee merit bursaries received for:

  • MA Research Psychology

  • Hons Criminology

  • MA Criminology


Registered at the Health Profession Council of South Africa:

  • Psychometrist since 1983-01-05 / PMT 351

  • Clinical Psychologist since 1991-02-07 / PS 3082

  • Research Psychologist since 1991-07-05 / PS 3082

  • Clinical Psychologist Practice number: Pr 8618682

Member of the Psychological Association of South Africa (PsySA)

  • Categories: Research Psychology - 1987

  • Clinical Psychology - 1991

  • Industrial Psychology - 1994


1983-10-01 / 1986-12-31: Assistant Researcher
Assistant Researcher at the Traffic Research Department of IPER (Institute for Psychological and Edumetric Research) of the HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council).
1987-01-01 / 1989-01-31: Researcher
Researcher at the Personality Psychology Department at the IPER of the HSRC.
Reason for leaving: Further studies.
1989-02-01 / 1989-10-31: Psychometrist (registered from 1983-01-05 - PMT 315)
Part-time Psychometrist at the Centre for Child and Adult Guidance (CCAG) of the HSRC. Further training and experience in psychometry at RAU during MA (Clin Psych) 1.
Training and experience in all the psychometric tests generally used in clinical, guidance, industrial and research psychological practice. This training covers the intelligence, aptitude, personality and motivational tests and questionnaires.
1990-01-01 / 1990-04-31: Intern Clinical Psychologist: Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital

1990-05-01 / 1990-12-31: Intern Clinical Psychologist: Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital
Reason for leaving: Completed studies.
Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pretoria.
Duties included inter alia:
Psychological evaluation of psychiatric patients

Therapeutic interventions for patients and family members

Lecturing to M.Med Psych, MBchB IV and nursing students
Reason for leaving: Head hunted to South African Police Service.
South African Police: Institute for Behavioural Sciences: Centre for Academic and Research Psychology
Duties included inter alia:
Supervision, consultation and management

Research and development of training material and actual training

Therapeutic intervention and psychological evaluation
Reason for leaving: Head hunted to Graduate School for Business Leadership (SBL), University of South Africa (UNISA)
Private Practice at home 1991-04-01 to 1991-07-31; from 1991-08-01 part-time in private practice with the Centre for Child and Adult Guidance (CCAG) attached to Group: Education of the HSRC.
Duties included all facets of psychotherapy and clinical work, covering the entire spectrum of patients, as well as limited research inputs. A required 30 hours per month completed after hours. Started work at SBL, while still in part time practice. Left practice because of responsibilities at SBL.
6 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AFRICA: 1992-05 - 2009-06:

1992- 05- 01 - 1999- 08- 01: SENIOR LECTURER
1999- 08- 01 - 2001-12- 31: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Duties include inter alia lecturing, research, community work, consulting and management.

  • Lectures Organisational Behaviour, Diversity Management, Leadership and Change management and transformation on the MBL, public management programmes, as well as Executive Programmes. Also responsible for course and curriculum development, assignments and exams.

  • Study leader for MBL final year research reports, working papers and scripts.

  • External examiner for Masters scripts and Doctoral theses for other RSA universities

  • Regular guest Lecturer at other national and international Universities and Business Schools

  • Running of public and in house seminars on personal and leadership development for women managers, diversity management, change management and transformation.

  • Executive Education

1.1 Invited international lecturing:
Apart from regular international conference and symposium invitations, Lize Booysen has been invited to formally lecture at the following international Universities and institutions during the past five years:

  • Invited by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to develop a gender workshop for the East African Association for Accountant Generals (ESAAG) to be presented bi-annually. Also to be involved in gender analysis research in the 11 African countries of ESAAG. Workshops presented: 17-19 April, 2002; 7 - 8 November 2002 and 6 -7 October, 2003.

  • Invited by Prof Willem Koot to lecture on Afrocentric-Eurocentric leadership to the Doctoral students working in the field of leadership in their Faculty of Culture and Management, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 6 December 2002. The title of the presentation was: The Afrocentric/Eurocentric duality in South African leadership: Management implications.

  • Invited by Prof Yvonne Benschop to do a 3 hour workshop as a guest lecturer at Nijmegen School of Management, Nijmegen, The Netherlands to their MBA students, 11 December 2002: The title of the presentation to the students was: The Afrocentric/Eurocentric duality in South African leadership.

  • Invited by Prof Yvonne Benschop to do guest lecture at Nijmegen School of Management, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to some invited guests of the Centre for Women's Studies, 13 December 2002: The Title of the research seminar was: The influence of Gender on South African leadership: Does race make a difference?.

  • Invited, by Proffs Bernardo Ferdman and Herb Baker, School for Organisational Studies, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA to develop and presented a 5 week Summer School during 12 July - 25 August 2004, for PhD's in Organisational Consulting. Forty contact hours, 10 x 4 hour sessions. The Course Title: Building Competencies for International Multicultural Practice. Course description: An advanced seminar on practical applications and international best practices in dealing with the complex dynamics of multiculturalism in organisations. Specific focus was put on the nature and the rationale for organisational change efforts, practical approaches to diversity management interventions, and cultural influences on Ieadership-followership-exchanges. Attention was paid to developing students’ preparation for applied practice.

  • Invited back both to the School for Organisational Studies, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA, and Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, in June – August and October-November, 2005.

  • Visiting Professor at the Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 1 September - 1 November, 2004. Participated in research, internal and public lecturing on leadership across differences.

  • Invited back as visiting Professor at the Centre for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North

Carolina, USA, October, 2005, January 2006 and 2008. Participated in research on leadership

across differences.

  • Present 2 hour seminar on PhD in Change Leadership Program at Antioch University, LA, USA: Social Identity Salience and Change Leadership, 27 March, 2008.

  • Develop one week long International Executive MBA seminar: Building Leadership Competencies for International Muliticultural Practice, 7 -11 April, 2008 Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración, Barcelona, Spain.

  • Appointed as consultant on PhD in Change Leadership Program at Antioch University, , USA from 1 May, 2008. Will take up a visiting full professor core faculty appointment at Antioch, 1 January 2009 – 30 June, 2010.

Ongoing research and study guidance to MBL and DBL students:

2.1 Institutional Collaborative Leadership Research
2.2.1 International Collaborative Leadership research Completed projects:
i) The Global Organizational Effectiveness Study (GLOBE): 1993 – 2007 (steered by Prof. Robert House, the principal investigator, of Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania.)
GLOBE is a long-term program designed to conceptualize, operationalize, test, and validate a cross-level integrated theory of the relationship between culture and societal, organizational, and leadership effectiveness. A team of 170 scholars worked together since 1994 to study societal culture, organizational culture, and attributes of effective leadership in 62 cultures. The research is based on the results of the survey of over 17 000 middle managers in three industries: financial services, food processing, and telecommunications, as well as archival measures of country economic prosperity and the physical and psychological well-being of the cultures studies.

GLOBE has several distinguishing features. First, it is truly a cross-cultural research program. The constructs were defined, conceptualized, and operationalized by the multicultural team of researchers. Second, the industries were selected through a polling of the country investigators, and the instruments were designed with the full participation of the researchers representing the different cultures. Finally, the data in each country were collected by investigators who were either natives of the cultures studied or had extensive knowledge and experience in that culture.

Lize Booysen, was one of two country co-investigators for the GLOBE-project and collected and helped interpreted the data for:

  • South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia

As part of this project Lize Booysen collaborated on one multiple award winning specialist book (2004), one monograph, one accredited article, and co-authored one book chapter (2007), as listed in section 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3. She also delivered one national and one international paper on project GLOBE.

Funds for this project were jointly allocated by Wharton Business School, the HSRC, NRF and Research and Bursaries Committee of UNISA.
The Globe gave impetus to Lize's own pioneering Doctoral research on race and gender influences on Leadership in South Africa - (1996 - 1999).
ii) Schwartz Gobal Values: Project : 2007
A SA cultural value study, in collaboration with the Hebrew University, Israel, Univ of Pretoria, Univ of Stellenbosch, Univ of the Western Cape, Univ of North West, Work well unit, Nelson Mandela University and Cape Technikon,

2) National Diversity Research
i) Diversity and Equity Interventions in South Africa (DEISA): Towards setting standards: Steered by UCT - Dr Melissa Steyn: 2004 – 2008
SANPAD funded research, a collaboration between UCT, The Univ of the Amsterdam, Unisa, SBL and Univ of Kwa Zulu Natal. Lize is one of six South African principal investigators on an international team of eight investigators
The aim of DEISA is to establish the nature and perceived efficacy of the diversity interventions taking place in South African organisations, as well as the orientation and approach of these interventions, and to theorise guidelines for best practice strategies on the basis of the findings. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are being employed.
Received UNISA and SANPAD funding for this project. Delivered one Conference Symposium published one paper proceeding, and two books.

2.2 Individual Research
2.2.1 Completed: National Research
i) Doctorate in Business Leadership: 1996 –1999
A pioneering study in Leadership and cross cultural psychology: An Examination of Race and Gender Influences on the Leadership Attributes of South African Managers: University Of South Africa.
As part of this project Lize Booysen authored 5 accredited articles and two book chapters, co-authored one accredited article and one book chapter and authored 10 non-accredited and co-authored 2 non-accredited articles. She also delivered 5 national (of which 3 were keynote addresses) and 8 (of which two were invited) international papers/symposia on her DBL research, as listed in the previous sections. She also received and are still receiving numerous invitation to corporate presentations, training workshops and conferences as presenter or facilitator.

Acting programme manager: Diploma in Labour Relations: 1994

Academic Head: Leadership and Development Area: 1996-1999

Programme manager: Short Course in Deal Making (Iscor) 1998

Manager: SBL Research: 1999

Sub editor of Southern African Business Review: 1999

Director: Administration: 1999 – 2000 (Admin component of 60)

Director: Human Resource Development: 2001 – 2003 (Staff component of 90)

Member of SBL Council: 2001 - 2003

Director: Academic: 2006 (Faculty of 30)

Member of SBL Board: 2006

Editor of the SA Journal of Labour Relations: 2006 - 2008

RESEARCH OFFICE HEAD: Unisa School of Business Leadership (SBL): 2007 - 2008
The purpose of this position is to develop, build and execute a well-coordinated research programme, aligned with UNISA policy and that complements the mission of the SBL. Additionally, the position is responsible for fostering a vibrant research and intellectual culture at the SBL as well as providing leadership for the identification and creation of institutional research themes.
Role and responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the SBL research policy and processes in line with UNISA policies

  • Align SBL’s research strategy with the SBL’s vision and mission and research objectives and national research imperatives

  • Formulate strategies for increasing research output

  • Manage and monitor research output funds

  • Manage the SBL research budget

  • Monitor the research subsidy for the SBL

  • Ensure a viable research infrastructure to support academic research

  • Work with academic staff to identify institutional research themes

  • Stimulate, support and encourage individual and institutional research activities

  • Update academic staff on research related matters

  • Manage MBL III research processes to ensure high standards and timeous completion

  • Develop and manage a publication strategy of MBL III research outputs

  • Manage and monitor the National Research Foundation processes and applications at the SBL

  • Review and approve academic applications for conference funding etc.

  • Manage SBL researcher of the year and faculty research awards processes

  • Review and recommend R&D leave

  • Manage SBL’s shared responsibility for The Southern African Business Review and Southern African Journal of Labour relations (Technical aspects of the review and publishing functions will remain the respective Journal editors’ responsibility)

  • Chair the SBL research committee

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