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Dr Catherine Duggan


"The UCT GSB is uniquely placed to lead some of the most important critical conversations about the future of business that are going on in Africa and around the world. 

Our faculty have tremendous expertise on issues such as social innovation, diversity and inequality, environmental sustainability, the role of business and society, and values-based leadership—very much including leadership under conditions of crisis and uncertainty."

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Ideas Exchange

Learning & Development

Top tips to ensure employees can still learn from one another in a hybrid world

Two-thirds of professionals fear that a hybrid workplace will damage their ability to learn from colleagues – global survey

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Posted on 24 January 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Hamida Parker Poor quality food control
Management Fundamentals

Poor quality control leaves a bad taste in consumers’ mouths

The recent spate of food quality failures going back to the country’s deadly listeriosis outbreak in 2018 reveals the damaging health consequences and reputational damage that can flow from a single ‘bad batch’.

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Posted on 17 January 2022 by Hamieda Parker
Hamida Parker How Toyota’s approach to making cars
Management Fundamentals

How Toyota’s approach to making cars can aid vaccine production in Africa

As African countries seek to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines, they are running into several obstacles including supply chain and quality control issues. Could Lean Thinking, a manufacturing ethos developed in car factories, help local vaccine manufacturers up their game at this critical time?

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Posted on 3 December 2021 by Hamieda Parker
Thanti Mthanti - SA’s fiscal policy and macro-econ
Leadership & Ethics

SA’s fiscal policy and macro-economic framework hang in the balance as parties jostle for power

The political balance of power is shifting to the poor majority, making pro-poor human capital investment more likely.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 by Thanti Mthanti
Petra Pavlovic It’s all about relationships
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

It’s all about relationships, brew

According to one report, almost 43% of small businesses in South Africa were forced to shut down in 2020 due to COVID-19. But the story of one Cape Town artisanal coffee roastery offers a ray of hope to those wondering how to survive these troubled times.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Poetic licence to lead through challenging times
Leadership & Ethics

Poetic licence to lead through challenging times

With employees stressed, business leaders worried, and mental health challenges skyrocketing, conventional approaches to preparing leaders for the business world may not be enough. The foundational role of the leader as communicator is more important than ever – and poetry could unlock the deeper self-awareness and connection needed to lead through ambiguity.

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Posted on 21 November 2021 by Babar Dharani
Dr Kutwlano Ramaboa
Learning & Development

Responding to the demand for sustainability in business

The UCT GSB recently ranked 22nd in the world for its MBA programme out of 147 programmes on the Corporate Knights’ 2021 Better World MBA list of the top 40 global business schools. We spoke to UCT GSB Deputy Director, Dr Kutwlano Ramaboa about how the UCT GSB incorporates sustainability into its programmes.

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Posted on 17 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Francois Bonnici and Cynthia Rayner - langa
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Social change is messy and non-linear – we need approaches that speak to that

The thinking that created many of our deep-rooted social and environmental problems will not get us out of the mess we’re in. If there’s to be any hope of a brighter future for all, we need a new way of thinking about systems change.

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Posted on 17 November 2021 by Francois Bonnici
The hidden ‘systems work’ that is changing the wor
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The hidden ‘systems work’ that is changing the world

Imagine a world where former gangsters and informal workers become social leaders and women living with HIV are pioneering healthcare workers. A new generation of social-change leaders are doing just this, showing us a new way to overcome systemic and structural barriers at scale.

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Posted on 16 November 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Professor Mignon Reyneke - How local retailers can
Management Fundamentals

How local retailers can reap the most from the e-commerce boom

When COVID-19 hit, many South African companies without an online presence were not equipped to deal with the closing of retail stores. Those now scrambling to catch up will need to put customers at the heart of their e-commerce strategy.

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Posted on 15 September 2021 by Mignon Reyneke



CEMS MIM Info Session Webinar

 28 February 2022
 14:00 (GMT+2)

An information session webinar about the UCT GSB's Master of Management Specialising in International Management (MIM) offered in association with CEMS - a global alliance of the world’s finest students, schools, alumni, corporate and social partners.

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