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Heinz Prekel - Founder

Heinz is a retired management consultant in the areas of quantitative management, decision-making techniques and innovation. Heinz used to facilitate innovation and change workshops but now concentrates on statistical analyses of research data, management and administrative aspects, such as reports, proposals and Powerpoint presentations.

Heinz was professor of quantitative management at the Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) of the University of South Africa for 18 years, where he taught and consulted on: Computer simulation of business processes and Multi-criteria decision-making - a computer-aided technique to facilitate selection among several alternatives on the basis of ill-defined and often conflicting criteria, and use of business statistics and tools such as decision trees and linear programming to improve risk management and quality of business decisions and products, . He has also taught on the ABSA Growth Network MBA programme, presented country-wide by interactive satellite television.

Before joining the SBL, Heinz was manager and executive board member of Metrication in South Africa, where he was responsible for managing the country's transition to the metric system - one of the largest change programmes initiated in South Africa. He has also advised several other countries on the management of similar change processes.

He holds an Engineering Diploma from Pretoria Technical College, a B Sc. in Mathematics and Physics, an M Sc. in Physics and a D Sc. in Metal Physics from the University of Pretoria, and a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA. Other career experience includes lecturing engineering physics at Pretoria University; being research associate in physical metallurgy at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, USA; a visiting professorship at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, USA; guest professorship at WITS Graduate School of Business, and visiting researcher and consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, Germany. His main areas of expertise and interest, in which he both trained and consulted, are:

  • Creative problem-solving and innovation using the highly effective SynNovation approach to achieve effective change with high levels of collaboration.
  • Computer simulation of business processes and Multi-criteria decision-making - a computer-aided technique to facilitate selection among several alternatives on the basis of ill-defined and often conflicting criteria.
  • Use of business statistics and tools such as decision trees and linear programming to improve risk management and quality of business decisions and products.