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Academic Background

Hannes completed his PhD degree at the North-West University. His Doctoral thesis, The Antecedents and Outcomes of Happiness of Managers in the Agricultural Sector in South Africa, reflects on the essential role of managing antecedents in the workplace to relate to organisational outcomes such as organisation citizenship behaviour, organisational commitment and turnover intention. However the mediating effect of three fundamental issues within each manager i.e. the needs for autonomy, relatedness and competence must be equally assessed and managed. His results were presented at the European Conference of Positive Psychology in Moscow in 2012 as well as the International Conference of Psychology in Cape Town in 2012.


Three publications had thus followed from this research i.e. Authentic happiness of managers, and individual and organisational outcomes, Subjective Well-being of Managers : The Effects of Psychological Need Satisfaction and Manager relations, psychological need satisfaction and intention to leave.

Professional Experience

As a result of the fact that Hannes obtained all of his qualifications on a part-time basis, he has been actively involved in the field of human resource management since 1981. Hannes has been employed at various well-known South African organisations such as Sasol, Boland Bank, Cape Technikon and most recently Kaap Agri in the position of Senior Human Resources Manager where he was also appointed as the Head of Training and Development as well as Labour Relations.

Hannes is extensively involved in personal injury litigation and provides consulting services to various clients in the agricultural, manufacturing and education sectors with regards to recruitment and selection, career counselling, group dynamics, organisational development and executive coaching.

Dr Hannes Swart

B.Econ, Hons. B.Econ - Industrial Psychology (University of Stellenbosch)

M.Com - Industrial Psychology


PhD - Industrial Psychology


Professional Affiliations

Registered Industrial Psychologist – Health Professions Council of South Africa (1988)
Registered Personnel Practitioner – SA Board of Personnel Practitioners
Diploma – Labour Relations (University of Stellenbosch)

Member of Tygerberg Forum for Industrial Psychologists

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