Five courses and a minor dissertation
Technical skill alone is no longer enough for those at the top. The Executive MBA programme at the UCT GSB works with emerging areas of scholarship to equip leaders and executives with the necessary soft skills and organising principles to enable you to build resilience and make better decisions.
The interactive nature of the programme requires you to attend all contact courses and contribute to the collective experience.
Systemic Executive Practice
This first course enables you to start the construction of a conceptual framework for systemic management practice, which subsequent courses will develop further. The learning processes and projects are designed to introduce and embed systemic practices in your own management practice.
Managing for Shareholder Value
In this course you will explore opportunities for future value creation. The course integrates key concepts from the fields of economics, finance, globalisation and entrepreneurship into a game plan. It guides the establishment of a strategic intent and identifies and organises the activities, resources, capabilities, structures and processes needed to realise this.
Managing for Customer Value
Focusing on operations, this course gives you in-depth understanding of how internal and external customer value is created in terms of quality, cost, volume and timing. The course aims to construct a cybernetic conceptual model of operations and shows you how to apply this to the value chain of the organisation and its different functions.
Designing Sustainable Business Models
This course focuses on enabling you to develop a new way of being in strategic management and leadership. By allowing you to reflect on particular experiences using relevant theoretical concepts, as well as through trying out various heuristics and thought experiments, you will begin to experiment with different ways of being that unlock new competence, agility and resilience in the workplace.
Managing for Societal Value
In this course, you broaden your focus to take in the wider socio-economic context in which business and other institutions operate. It is designed to instil an appreciation that an organisation is only as viable as the socio-economic system of which it is a part.
The dissertation marks the final phase of your Executive MBA. You will be required to write a 25 000-word research report on a topic of relevance to your organisation or context that demonstrates your understanding of the research process and your ability to apply this.