SPARK Schools: Kindling Innovation in South Africa's Primary Schools
(8 pages of text)
In response to the education crisis in South Africa, two young MBA graduates start SPARK Schools, a network of low-fee, private primary schools; however, teacher candidates often lack the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in this innovative schooling system. SPARK Schools has implemented a range of human resource practices that show how an integrated, intensive, systemic approach to human resource policies and practices can help to optimize teachers’ performance. The two leaders wonder whether their human resource practices are suitable for scaling up their social entrepreneurship organization from four schools to 60 in their effort to make a positive national impact on education.
This case is suitable for courses on human resource strategy, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, organizational behaviour and performance management. The content is appropriate for MBA students, executives, human resource managers and social entrepreneurship scholars.
Students will gain a better understanding of the following:
- The wide range of human resource practices needed to maximize staff performance.
- The relationship between human resource practices and the operating environment.
- The need to holistically and systematically integrate key human resource principles.
- How to cultivate and drive organizational culture.
- Social entrepreneurship leadership competencies.
- From the perspectives of human resources, the challenges associated with scaling-up entrepreneurial endeavours.
South Africa, Small, 2015
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