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School of Accountancy: CIMA Hons 2022

Group 1

Commodity trading – analyses of the risk and management of hedging

Suggested keywords:  

  • "commodity trading" AND "hedging risk"
  • "commodity hedging" AND risk
  • "hedging risk" AND commodities 

Group 2

The environmental sustainability impact of MyBrew and similar SME’s

Suggested keywords: 

  • "environmental sustainability" AND companies
  • (SMEs OR "small and medium enterprises") AND "environmental sustainability"
  • "coffee industry" AND "environmental sustainability"
  • "coffee companies" AND "environmental sustainability"
  • "coffee industry" AND sustainability 

Group 3

The intricacies of corporate culture in a management buy-out

Suggested keywords:

  • "employee efficiency" AND "corporate culture"
  • "employee morale" AND (pandemic OR covid-19)
  • employee AND company AND take-overs 

Group 4

Strategic Management of inventory levels on hand in times of uncertainty

Suggested keywords:

  • "strategic inventory management systems"
  • "intelligent inventory management systems"
  • "integrated inventory management systems"
  • "optimal inventory levels" AND factors"
  • supply AND demand AND uncertainty 
  • "obsolete inventory" 
  • "obsolete inventory" AND factors
  • ("inventory wastage" OR "raw material wastage") AND limiting
  • (EOQ OR "economic ordering quantity") AND "inventory levels"
  • "inventory levels" AND challenges 
  • (buffer OR safety) AND "inventory strategy"
  • "supply chain redundancy"
  • (JIT OR just-in-time) AND "supply chain disruption" 
  • (JIT OR just-in-time) AND uncertainty 
  • (JIT OR just-in-time) AND "supply chain dependence"
  • "inventory management" AND techniques 
  • bull-whip AND effects AND "supply chain"
  • "chip shortage" AND effects AND manufacturers 

Group 5

Evaluating Distell’s reaction to changing of consumer perceptions

Suggested keywords:

  • "changing consumer behaviour" OR "changing consumer behavior" 
  • "responsible alcohol consumption"
  • "low-alcohol alternatives"
  • "consumer perceptions" AND "alcohol use"
  • consumer AND "alcohol use" AND (behaviour OR behavior)

Group 6

How to adapt competitive strategies as a small business to remain relevant?

Suggested keywords:

  • "competitive strategy" AND "small business"
  • ("brand loyalty" OR "customer loyalty" OR "customer satisfaction") AND "small business" 
  • ("brand loyalty" OR "customer loyalty" OR "customer satisfaction") AND ("coffee shop" OR "coffee roastery")

Group 7

Assessing the accuracy of earning yield of the citrus farm Bernol Farming

Suggested keywords:

  • "earnings yield"
  • "citrus farming"
  • "investment decision"
  • "South Africa" AND "citrus yield"

Group 8

Embracing AI – The use of Chatbots in Business

Suggested keywords:

  • "artificial intelligence" AND chatbots
  • "artificial intelligence AND "strategic framework"
  • "robotic process automation" 

Group 9

Implementing financial ratio analysis in Methys Digital.

Suggested keywords:

  • "financial ratio analysis"
  • technology AND "financial ratio analysis"
  • ("tech industry" OR "technology industry") AND "financial ratio analysis"
  • "ratio analysis" AND "decision making" 
  • "budgeting techniques" AND "information communication technology")
  • "budgeting techniques" AND "IT industry"

Evaluating information - CRAAP Test


Suggested Databases

Google Scholar
Google (for industry & company information)
Sabinet African Journals

EBSCO Host (Academic Search Premier, Africa-Wide Information, Business Source Premier & EconLit)
Marketline Advantage (industry research reports)
Fitch Connect (company financials and industry research reports)

IRESS (For Company Financials, reports, market reports, company documents etc.)

SAGE Research Methods Online (for specific research methods and more information such as Literature Reviews, Academic Writing etc.)

See the Stellenbosch University Library A-Z database list for more.

Suggested Scholarly sources: Links to Journals, Encyclopedias etc

Economist ( Weekly newsmagazine: world politics and current affairs, business, finance and science)

Harvard Business Review   ( Journal: Presents analysis of management problems and helpful commentary on advanced thinking and practice in all fields of management and administration)

Newspapers eg Business Day  (Newspaper )

MIT Sloan  Management Review  (Journal: Refereed articles, commentary and reviews by management academics, consultants and practitioners on what's most useful in current management theory and practice and cross-functional perspectives on management issues written for professional managers)

Long Range Planning  (Journal: Original articles in the field of strategic planning, which aims to focus the attention of senior managers, administrators and academics on the concepts and techniques involved in the development and implementation of strategy and plans)

New Palgrave dictionary of Economics (Scholarly Reference work :classic and foundational articles of enduring importance ,includes entries on topical issues including gender and economics, recent economic crises in the European Union and beyond, health economics and the economics of the Internet)

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Use the Stellenbosch Harvard Style to ensure you are referencing correctly. 

A few referencing tips:

  • Know the Referencing Style that you are using.
  • Make sure what you are referencing, different material types are displayed differently in the bibliography
  • Makes sure that your in-text citations match your bibliography
  • Most important, be CONSISTENT

For more information on Mendeley, have a look at the Mendeley guide


Plagiarism is the act of taking others' work and presenting it as your own. It can be deliberate or unintentional. To avoid plagiarism, it is important to reference the sources that you are using for your assignments. Read more on Plagiarism.