MBA -Master of Business Administration

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Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Business is often regarded as a series of activities conducted for the singular pursuit of profit. As long as organisations operate within the confines of the law and make sustainable returns, they are seen as fulfilling their purpose.

However, organisations also need to maintain ethical standards. Corporate governance is broadly defined as the regulations and controls that determine how a company is run. In this module you will study what these regulations and controls are and how they relate to business ethics. This course also covers risk management.

Competitive Strategy

An organisation’s results are, in part, the consequence of the decisions made by its leaders. The purpose of competitive strategy is to build a distinctive and sustainable competitive advantage over the organisation’s rivals.

Many strategies are implicit in that they evolve over time, rather than as a result of a process of explicit thought and planning. This course will walk you through developing competitive strategy through understanding your environment, your capabilities, envisioning your future organisation, plotting your path to it, and managing the changes needed to get you there.

Economics

Economics is a core component of the MBA programme. The broad purpose of this course, which covers macroeconomics, microeconomics, international trade, monetary economics, economic policy analysis and econometrics, is to facilitate your understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts and processes of economics, and the relationships between the many parts of the economy.

This module will familiarise you with demand and supply, elasticity, total income, aspects of the South African labour market, the monetary and foreign sectors, inflation, capital budgeting and the impact of globalisation.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is the practice of starting new business ventures or internally revitalising mature companies through intrapreneurship. It is an essential feature of thriving economies. Mastering its processes ensures an understanding of how businesses can be launched or reinvigorated.

This course will introduce you to the theory of entrepreneurship, the mindset of the entrepreneur, feasibility analysis, funding, relevant legislation and ethics.

Strategic Financial Management

Financial management is central to the processes of resource transformation and the creation of shareholder value. This course will prepare you to steer your organisation through the uncertainties of the economy, which is constantly in flux as legislation changes, exchange rates fluctuate and myriad other external events affect the broader environment.

This course will familiarise you with risk and return concepts and principles, evaluation techniques, how to deal with long- and short-term investment decisions, and provide an overview of mergers and international managerial finance requirements.

Strategic Human Resource Management

"At the end of the day you bet on people, not strategies." (Larry Bossidy)

Strategic human resource management uses people most wisely with respect to the strategic needs of the organisation.

The aim of this module is to focus your attention on strategic human asset management, a "distinctive approach to employment management which seeks to achieve competitive advantage through the strategic deployment of a highly committed and capable workforce using an array of cultural, structural and personal techniques," (Storey in Salaman, Storey and Billsberry, 2005).

Information and Communications Technology This module focuses on the essential concepts of information and communication technology and management information systems management best practices.
Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Intelligence

This course will challenge your beliefs and your understanding of leadership. While you will look at leadership theories, you will also have to apply your theoretical knowledge to your workplace to see what methods are most effective for you and your environment.

You will examine your current understanding of leadership, how you came to this, how you might change your approach to leadership, and how these changes can influence an organisation. You will look at emotional and spiritual intelligence, and should emerge from this part of the course with a comprehensive understanding of the individual (whether it is someone working with you or yourself). The latest leadership trends will also be discussed.
Strategic Marketing Management

Strategic marketing requires the ability "to innovate, discover and break rules to create sustainable value for customers" (Jooste, Strydom, Berndt and du Plessis, 2012).

In this course you will examine how to formulate and co-ordinate the implementation of an integrated, market-driven strategy that considers corporate strategy and long-term implications in constantly changing and highly competitive environments. You should emerge from this module with an understanding the corporate mission and its strategic objectives, equipped to analyse markets and customer segments, ready to devise a customer-driven marketing strategy that positions products (goods and services) to meet needs better than your competitors.

Organisational Behaviour and Development

Organisational development values collaborative and participative processes to achieve improved and sustainable performance. It is based on respect for people as responsible, conscientious and caring, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

This course will help you develop your understanding and use of the concepts of organisational development and the discipline’s models and processes. It will walk you through what is required to build an open and supportive organisational climate in which problems are confronted in a healthy way, and in which growth is nurtured.

Project Management

This course analyses and evaluates the processes and techniques required to select and manage projects to meet the strategic objectives of an organisation. It will heighten your awareness for the need for control and flexibility, and the inherent leadership challenges associated with both. Project managers must be adept at delegating responsibility, reprogramming schedules for the least incremental cost, and must use creative and innovative ways to meet seemingly impossible demands.

In short, project managers must be able to solve both technical (controlled) and adaptive (uncontrolled) problems. This module not only focuses on the current body of technical project management knowledge but also places a strong emphasis on leadership, team dynamics and stakeholder management.

Research Methodology

This module provides a sound basis for research in both your personal and work life.

It will help you navigate through research philosophies, methodology, design, and conducting and analysing data to produce meaningful information. It provides an essential foundation for the production of your dissertation.

Comparative Management Trends

What is management and what do managers do?

This course discusses concepts, theories and trends in management and leadership, and explores the challenges of managing multinational organisations within the context of the diverse, multicultural, and increasingly globalised workplace.

International Management

Many organisations operate internationally; executives find themselves managing resources in increasingly complex and dynamic environments. Political and economic risk, cultural and sociological influences, regulatory issues, continuous technological change and human resource challenges affect every facet of international management decision-making.

A thorough understanding of strategic and cross-cultural management is essential for anyone managing transborder operations. This module is aimed not only at developing your knowledge of globalisation and the complex and dynamic environments it has produced, but also at equipping you with analytical tools, enabling you to develop strategies to resource and work with people around the world to ensure sustained competitive advantage and the maximisation of shareholder wealth.

Innovation Management

Innovation is essential for the success of a business, the economy and for future generations.

This course considers the typologies of innovation, including new forms such as frugal innovation. It explores innovation frameworks, how to deal with challenges and risk through strategy, structure, culture, and systems; knowledge management; and approaches to product innovation.

Knowledge Management

Knowledge is power! All organisations have knowledge assets …  experiences, skills, expertise and opinions of employees, and the lessons learnt, best practices, patents, policies, standards, procedures and guidelines of the organisation. Knowledge management ensures that your knowledge assets are managed effectively, underpinning innovation and competitive advantage.

Mergers and Acquisitions

The mergers and acquisitions environment is inevitably complex. This course interrogates the importance and value of synergy in potential mergers and acquisitions, and discusses success and failure factors.

You will evaluate merger tools, tactics and techniques, along with legal considerations. You will also review the due diligence process, look at how banks approach mergers, and examine the role of culture, strategy, customers and suppliers in delivering a merger.

Mentoring and Coaching

This course will take you on an exciting journey to the very heart of effective leadership.

You will evaluate merger tools, tactics and techniques, along with legal considerations. You will also review the due diligence process, look at how banks approach mergers, and examine the role of culture, strategy, customers and suppliers in delivering a merger.

Performance Management

The future is not like the past or the present – the world is not predictable. Managers and their employees are increasingly challenged by change. Change brings with it new organisational structures that have consequences for performance management – structures that are not bound by place, in which teams are formed, dissolved, and reformed based on changing business needs. How do performance systems continue to function under these conditions?

They must continue to align the work of individuals and teams with the organisation's strategic objectives. This course explores performance management from several viewpoints, including a systems approach; measurement approaches; and examines a range of corporate performance management systems and their implications for human resources.