I have been privileged to supervise or mentor many doctoral and masters students over the years. Being a supervisor to a postgraduate student is the most rewarding part of an academic/research career. Walking along a student in their journey towards obtaining a post-graduate research qualification is an amazing experience. Below are some of the students who allowed me to be part of their journey, either as supervisor or co-supervisor, and who I have seen grown into incredible people over the years.
Dr Ntsako Baloyi:
- Thesis title: A data privacy framework for cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things for information technology professionals, University of Pretoria, 2019.
- What Ntsako said in his acknowledgement: Professor Paula Kotzé – you have been my lighthouse throughout this journey. You were my sense of direction and source of inspiration. I am fortunate to have been mentored by such a legend. To you I say baie dankie.
Dr Dina Jacobs:
- Thesis title: An approach to assist managers of SMEs to benefit from business process management, North-West University, 2016.
- What Dina said in her acknowledgement: From an academic perspective, I want to Thank Prof Paula Kotzé for her supervision and doing far more than expected.
Dr Funmi (T F) Adebesin:
- Thesis title: A method for the selection of e-health standards to support interoperability in healthcare information systems, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 2015
- What Funmi said in her acknowledgement: I am extremely grateful to my promoter, Prof Paula Kotzé. Your guidance, mentorship and academic support over the years means a lot to me.
Dr Sonja Gilliland:
- Thesis Title: Towards a framework for managing enterprise architecture acceptance, North-West University, 2015
- What Sonja said in her acknowledgement: Prof Paula Kotzé. Thank you for your professional guidance and support. I have learned a lot from you.
Dr Jan (J C) Mentz:
- Thesis title: Enterprise architectonics as a conceptual device to support a fundamental understanding of enterprise architecture, Unisa, 2015.
- What Jan said in his acknowledgement: Prof Paula Kotzé – I remember our first meeting very well, and still marvel at your patience with my “I am not a scientist” opinion. You did not reject my first (and subsequent) clumsy attempts at scholarly work, and for that I am grateful. I thought of stopping my PhD studies many times, but I found your door and attitude towards me open and accepting. You allowed me to go my own way, while guiding and challenging me in subtle ways. I still have a lot to learn from you.
Dr Motse (M P) Tsogang:
- Thesis title: A framework for creating patterns and pattern languages for enterprise architecture, Unisa, 2014.
- What Motse said in his acknowledgement: Prof Paula Kotzé, for enthusiastic support and dedication in advising me throughout this research work, and for ensuring that I stay focused on the goals of the research. Many thanks for all the hard work.
Dr Indira Padayachee:
- Thesis title: A Model representing the factors that influence virtual learning system usage in Higher Education, Unisa, 2014.
- What Indira said in her acknowledgement: My sincere thanks to my supervisors Prof Alta van Der Merwe and Prof Paula Kotzé for their advice, guidance and continued support.
Prof Hanlie ( J L) Smuts:
- Thesis title: A Knowledge Framework for Information Systems Outsourcing, Unisa, 2013.
- What Hanlie said in her acknowledgement: I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to my co-supervisor, Prof Paula Kotze, from whom I have learnt so much, for her absolute focus on quality work and for her unfailing support – even when travelling overseas.
Dr Mariana Carroll:
- Thesis title: A Risk and Control Framework for Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Unisa, 2012.
- What Mariana said in her acknowledgement: Prof Paula Kotzé and Prof Alta van der Merwe: Thank you for your guidance and support throughout this study. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and expertise with me and applying it to this thesis. I am so grateful to have had you as my study leaders.
Prof Darelle van Greunen:
- Thesis title: A Framework for the User Interface Design of Business Process Management Tools, Unisa, 2010.
- What Darelle said in her acknowledgement: Prof. Paula Kotzé – Thank you for your guiding supervision and enthusiastic support during this study. A study with you is not about the destination, but about the journey and ensuring the journey remains a pleasant experience in reaching new heights within oneself. It has been a privilege to learn from you.
Prof Judy (J A) van Biljon:
- Thesis title: A model representing the motivational and cultural factors that influence mobile phone usage variety, Unisa, 2009.
- What Judy said in her acknowledgement: I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Paula Kotzé for her unfailing support, supervision and dedication to quality.
Prof Helene (J H) Gelderblom:
- Thesis title: Designing technology for young children: guidelines grounded in a literature investigation on child development and children’s technology, Unisa, 2008.
- What Helene said in her acknowledgement: I wish to thank Professor Paula Kotzé, my supervisor, for providing me with the necessary guidance and academic support when needed.
Prof Alta (A J) van der Merwe:
- Thesis title: Towards a reusable process model structure for higher education institutions, Unisa, 2005.
- What Alta said in her acknowledgement: Prof. Paula Kotzé – Thank you for listening to my unorganized ideas and bringing order to chaos. You are a brilliant study leader.
Prof John Andrew van der Poll:
- Thesis title: Automated Support for Set–Theoretic Specifications, Unisa, 2004.
- Dr Funmi (T F) Adebesin, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2010, (Cum Laude). Dissertation: Usability and accessibility evaluation of the digital doorway.
- Mr G Siller, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2012.Topic: Platform for Collaborative Software Development
- Ms Rubina Adam, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2010), (Cum Laude). Dissertation: Exploring the acceptance of enterprise resource planning systems by small manufacturing enterprises.
- Mrs Dina (D E) Jacobs, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2008. Dissertation: Towards a business process model warehouse framework.
- Dr Shawren Singh, MSc Information Systems, Unisa , 2008. Dissertation: E-commerce usability.
- Mrs Gaby Ford, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2004, (Cum Laude). Dissertation: researching the effects of culture on usability.
- Mrs Ingrid (I H M) van Coppenhagen, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 2003. Dissertation: “From Specification through Refinement to Implementation: A Comparative Study.
- Mr Tobie (T J) van Dyk, MSc Information Systems, Unisa, 1999, (Cum Laude). Dissertation: Usability and Internet Banking
- Dr Karen (K V) Renaud, MSc, Unisa, 1996, (Cum Laude). Dissertation: A comparative study of transaction management services in multidatabase heterogeneous systems.
- Prof Ruth (M R) de Villiers, MSc, Unisa, 1995, (Cum Laude). Dissertation: Integrating a software engineering approach and instructional factors in instructional software development–illustrated by a prototype in theoretical computer science.
- Dr Lizette de Wet, MSc Information Systems, Unisa 2004. Dissertation: Comparison of the Usability Properties of Character-based and Graphical-based User Interfaces.