EMBA Curriculum

Technical skill alone is no longer enough for those at the top. The EMBA at the UCT GSB works with emerging areas of scholarship to equip leaders and executives with the necessary soft skills and organising principles that will enable them to build resilience and make better decisions.

The EMBA curriculum comprises five contact Courses, plus a dissertation. The interactive nature of the programme requires that you must attend all contact Courses and contribute to the collective experience.

Course 1: Systemic Executive Practice

This first Course will enable you to start the construction of a conceptual framework for systemic management practice, which all other Courses will develop further. The learning processes and projects are designed to introduce and embed systemic practices in your own management practice.

Course 2: 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 strategic framework. It guides the establishment of a strategic intent and identifies and organises the activities, resources, capabilities, structures and processes needed to realise this.

Course 3: Managing for Customer Value

Focusing on operations, this Course will give you an 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 to apply this to the value chain of the organisation and its different functions.

Course 4: Designing Sustainable Business Models

The Course will focus on enabling you to develop a new way of being in strategic management and leadership. By allowing you to dwell on and 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 will unlock new competence, agility and resilience in the workplace.

Course 5: Managing for Societal Value

In this Course, you will 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.

Course 6: Minor Dissertation

The dissertation marks the final phase of your EMBA. 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.

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