Dissertation: Socially Responsible Digital Leadership: A Framework For Digital Organizations

  • Publisher: UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland
  • Publication Type: Dissertation
  • Authors: Dr. Francois Volschenk, PhD, DBA, MPhil.,
  • Keywords:
    • Socially Responsible Digital Leadership, Digital Social Dynamic Equilibrium, Social Capital, Leadership, Digital Leadership, Social Leadership, Social Innovation, Digital Forces, Societal Forces
  • Link: Socially Responsible Digital Leadership: A Framework For Digital Organizations


Digital innovation that disrupted various industries has characterized the start of the 21st-century. The reliance on digital technology is exacerbated by the impact and influence of a plethora of applications that are used daily by billions of users. The digital agenda involves digital organizations that influence individuals, and importantly, the collective unit of individuals are influenced in society through digital technologies. The level of interdependencies and integration for the new work environment requires leadership in the digital era to develop and create long-term deliverables by challenging current leadership theories and models in the context of Digital Social Disequilibrium. The research posits that digital leaders in organizations should act responsibly in the application, management and leadership of digital disruption.

The present research examines the characteristics of a new Socially Responsible Digital Leadership framework that assists in explaining the influences and relationships of digital leadership, social leadership, social innovation and social capital on reaching “Digital Social Dynamic Equilibrium”. The research defines that Digital Social Dynamic Equilibrium “involves the complex interaction of digital and societal forces in a constantly changing world to reach a dynamic equilibrium to maximize socio-economic value”.

The conceptual framework developed from this research can be used by various stakeholders of digital leadership, to redesign or align company policies and strategies by incorporating the digital and societal forces to expedite efforts to reach Digital Social Dynamic Equilibrium. From a societal perspective, the people influenced by digital innovation can collectively use the framework as an advocacy tool to leverage more co-operation between digital organizations and the stakeholders in society to contribute to increased socio-economic value.

About The Author:

Dr. Francois Volschenk is a Dual PhD/DBA program graduate. He holds a B. Comm. in Actuarial Science with distinction from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he also holds an B.Comm. (Honours) in Econometrics with distinction. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School (UK) as well as an M.Phil. in Business Research from Monarch. At present, he holds the position of CEO of Gx Technologies in South Africa. Previously, he has held positions in other managerial positions within technology companies. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Pretoria while doing his Master of Commerce degree.