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The UCT GSB Executive Development Programme is a high-impact short course designed to equip senior leaders with the strategic thinking, innovative mind-set and values-based leadership needed to ensure long-term competitive advantage for their organisations.

On this course, delegates will gain: 

  • The ability to manage complexity and change
  • An awareness and understanding of leadership in an emerging market
  • Greater creativity and innovation in leadership


Discover New Ways of Thinking

Rather than focusing on traditional functional and personal development therefore, the Executive Development Programme takes a novel approach to learning and un-learning. You will be required to shed mental models that are no longer effective and develop new ways of thinking, acting and being. 

Faculty: Beverly Shrand

Meet the Course Convenor

Dr Beverly Celia Shrand

Beverly began her corporate career at Reader’s Digest South Africa, where she held various management positions including circulation manager for the flagship magazine. After a brief sabbatical overseas, Beverly became marketing manager at HomeChoice, a leading South African catalogue retailer. Later, at DirectAxis (a subsidiary of FirstRand Bank Limited), Beverly implemented a financial services joint venture with WesBank, also a subsidiary of FirstRand Bank Limited, that continues to be successful today.

After completing her MBA in 2006, Beverly commenced her academic career, whilst simultaneously consulting in the private sector. She joined the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) as permanent faculty in 2010. Since completing her PhD in 2018, she has published conference papers and academic journal articles in the field of HRM and Organisational Psychology. Beverly launched UCT GSB’s Master’s in International Management programme as Academic Director of the programme. Currently she is Programme Director of UCT GSB’s flagship Executive Development Programme, one of several (accredited and non-accredited) management development programmes she convenes.

Beverly is a highly experienced course convenor, programme designer, facilitator and action learning coach, utilising applied Systems Thinking for improving team effectiveness, change agility, and collective problem-solving. She delivers numerous workshops and interactive classroom sessions, across all sectors and managerial levels,  at UCT GSB, Henley Business School, GIBS, and in the private sector. 


15% for 3 - 6 applicants (bulk discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (bulk discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses



You will benefit highly from this course if you:

  • Are a seasoned management professional operating at senior management or executive level within an existing corporate business or high-growth greenfield development
  • Have proven management and leadership talent
  • Lead a company, division, international subsidiary, business unit or major function
  • Are looking for a learning experience that will stimulate, challenge and develop self-reliance and keep you on the cutting edge of global leadership

Delegates on the Executive Development Programme will gain:

  • Greater insight into strategy, results-based leadership and values-based leadership
  • The ability to manage complexity and change
  • Access to best leadership practices and the latest strategies for sustaining a competitive edge
  • An awareness and understanding of leadership in an emerging market
  • Greater creativity and innovation in leadership
  • An understanding of reputation management and the ability to guide the concept in the workplace
  • An opportunity to expand your network

The Executive Development Programme provides an important opportunity to learn from other leaders, across industries, through lectures, case studies, syndicate discussions, as well as interaction with faculty, other participants and guest speakers. Delegates will broaden and deepen their understanding of an ever-changing South African, African, and global economy.

Course content includes:

  • The dynamic business environment
  • Results-based leadership
  • Globalisation of business
  • New perspectives on strategy
  • Building successful strategic alliances
  • Creating the markets of tomorrow
  • Innovation for competitive advantage
  • Unlocking the power of reputation management

The UCT Graduate School of Business takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society. 

Our degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders. 

Our programmes are mostly offered at our vibrant Cape Town Breakwater Campus, at the heart of the city's most popular tourist attraction, the V&A Waterfront. 

The campus is equipped with modern lecture theatres, a library and syndicate rooms for group study, as well as restaurants and the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge that offers special rates for students. 

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