LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
The leadership course critically examines the concept of leadership in organisations, explores major theoretical developments in how leadership is understood and provides opportunities for managers to reflect on real-life leadership issues. The course then considers key developments in leadership theories and how they apply to modern organisations. The course ends by considering how leaders and leadership can be developed and provides insights into current trends and future directions.
The course focuses on understanding individual differences, how these differences affect group dynamics and how organisational factors affect individual behaviour. At its core, the course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact on individual, team, and organisational performance in a variety of dynamic organisational contexts. The course examines a range of ideas that provide insights into how
people behave at work and provide managers with the opportunity to apply theoretical principles to real life organisational issues.
FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING
The course provides a practical approach to the crucial accounting and nance issues that a ect organisations in today’s business environment. First, to contextualise, the course describes ‘the nancial landscape’. The course then examines the application of Financial and management accounting ‘tools’ relevant to critical nancial decisions,including key performance indicators, breakeven analysis, working capital management techniques and the budgeting process. This is followed by a consideration of nancial management and the decisions faced by organisations on investment (what projects),finance (what type of nance) and dividend (pay or retain) and how an organisation analyses and takes action on each of those decisions. The course concludes with an introduction to exchange rate and interest rate risk management.
This course provides tools ad concepts for identifying the key drivers of superior performance and using that understanding to address a range of strategy formulation and implementation problems. This course covers the basic frameworks and tools of strategic analysis which lay the foundations of current strategic thinking, and which have been shaped by the more dominant strategy theories developed over the last two decades. The distinctive contribution of this course is that it integrates different perspectives and allows you to apply these perspectives to complex and realistic general management situations (thus the use of the case method and managerial simulations, in this class).
CONTEMPORARY PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The course focuses on delivering Successful Projects and it is cra ed to equip students with the necessary innovative skills to conceive, plan, control and deliver projects, for enabling successful realization of business objectives, through the use of the practical framework of project management.The course equips managers and business professionals with knowledge, understanding and skills to manage projects using integrative concepts, tools, and techniques.
The aim of the Economics for Business course is to develop in students a systematic approach to decision-making and the ability to recognize, use and interpret economic information from both within the organization and the wider environment. The course provides managers with an overview of relevant economic issues in a business context. The course starts by outlining fundamental economic concepts and examining the workings of the market system. Different market structures and their impact on organizations are reviewed and the role of government in the economy is examined.
Relevant aspects of the macro economy are introduced with a focus on business impact and decision-making. This is followed by an exposition of international economic issues. The course ends with a research activity that will pull all the strands of the course together and prepare students fully for the assessment.
MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN
The course will cover the principles of organizational design, the core features of management functions, the fundamental principles of organizational action, the ways in which rms’ strategies and goals are shaped by the external environment, and how the activities that organizations conduct are controlled and coordinated within different types of structures.
The course introduces students to the origins and early development of Taylorism and Human Relations, the tensions at the core of processes of coordination and control of labour, explores contemporary empirical trends in the core issues of work organization, and the development of CSR and ethical approaches.
CORPORATE LAW AND GOVERNANCE
The course aims to make managers more aware of the circumstances in which the law impacts on their business environment and their decisions as managers, and to give an awareness of how legal risks can be minimized.
BUSINESS INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP
This course is designed to assist students in identifying and exploring potential opportunities which can be exploited in an entrepreneurial manner – in the different entrepreneurial settings.
Strategic marketing can be de ned as “Obtaining, marshalling, deploying, controlling and assessing the effciency and effectiveness of organisational marketing resources to deliver the organisational mission, vision, values and objectives in its chosen product/markets’’. The philosophy underlying this course is that marketing-oriented companies put customers first, are geared for long term success and that this orientation must be championed by top management and infused throughout the whole organisation.
Mastering the concepts, practices, and technologies of digital transformation is a critical skill for line managers in any area of business. Furthermore, the global dimension is becoming more critical as digital technologies and broadband networks change the speed and global reach by which enterprises can provide their services, partner with others, source their products, and enter remote markets. This course also designed to prepare business leaders to operate successfully in such a global digital world, and to create stakeholder value and competitive advantage.
DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA
This course provides a context for business in the African economic and political environ- ment. Beginning with an overview of both the South African economy and African situation, the module will examine aspects such as infrastructure, funding, nance, and telecommunications, and enrolling the market at the Boom of the Pyramid. The purpose of the lecture sessions is to deepen the course participants’ understanding of the African business environment and to explore strategies and approaches that could be implemented by businesses/entrepreneurs to exploit Africa’s vast economic opportunities. The lecture sessions will conclude with a high-prole expert panel discussion that will reect on and synthesize the core themes ofthe course, drawing key lessons and charting the
DOING BUSINESS IN EUROPE
This course aims to provide a comprehensive and integrated coverage of the European Union (EU) and the Pan-European market. In order to beer understand how to conduct business in Europe, the course will start with oering a global view on Europe: its historical background, dierences in culture dimensions among European countries, and the evolution towards European integration.
Overall, this course will help you to understand how to conduct business in the EU and negotiate your way through the multiple challenges of cultures and nations in Europe. The learning about business in Europe will also increase students’ hands-on knowledge about constructive communication practices and negotiation techniques used in a cross- cultural context.