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Our approach combines academic rigour, societal relevance, innovation and thought leadership to help leaders and organisations thrive in complex environments.

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OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The health, safety and well-being of the UCT GSB community is our top priority. 

We are monitoring the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and related travel restrictions,
and adjusting plans for programmes and initiatives as events warrant.

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Dr Catherine Duggan

UCT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS DIRECTOR

"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.1"

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Ideas Exchange

 
Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and
Emerging Market Business

Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and informal economies

Government alone will not be able to bridge the gaping chasm between South Africa’s formal and informal economies. There are innovative intermediaries better suited to the task – but government must play a key enabling role to allow them to do what they do best.

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Posted on 12 May 2022 by John Luiz
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Posted on 26 April 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
John Luiz - The war in Ukraine and its broader imp
Emerging Market Business

The war in Ukraine and its broader implications for the international green energy transition

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the importance of energy politics in international relations and resulted in calls to accelerate the green transition to reduce fossil fuel dependencies. However, the strategic importance of Ukraine's natural resource wealth, particularly as it relates to Europe's energy- and resource-independence in coming decades, is being overlooked both as a potential contributory factor to the war in Ukraine and in terms of its long-term implications.

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Posted on 21 April 2022 by John Luiz
This concern manifests differently in different re
Emerging Market Business

Why inequality persists: How institutions and organizations reproduce inequality

The continued institutional reproduction of inequality is a matter of growing concern in vast parts of the world.

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Posted on 14 April 2022 by John Luiz
Three top tips for acing the GMAT test
Learning & Development

Three top tips for acing the GMAT test

There is no shortage of advice on how to prepare for the GMAT exam – the often daunting test that opens the door to the most prestigious MBA programmes around the world – but taking advice from someone who’s cracked it themselves is a good place to start.

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Posted on 11 April 2022 by Shivani Ghai
Trust and Governance: why trust is key to economic
Leadership & Ethics

Trust and Governance: why trust is key to economic performance

Trust greatly reduces transaction costs within an economy and society. Just as a functional health care system will produce healthy citizens, trustworthy governing officials help to create trustworthy citizens.

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Posted on 31 March 2022 by Thomas Koelble
Patra Sumari
Learning & Development

How the UCT GSB helped me start my own business

For Patra Sumari, one of the biggest advantages of doing the PGDip course at the UCT GSB, was that it gave her the confidence and the final push to set up her own HR company in Tanzania.

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Posted on 29 March 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
BONGIWE BONGIWE
Learning & Development

Credible data is key for successful development in Africa

Southern African Region Community Champion of the Global Shapers Community – an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) – and one of the SADC Top 100 young leaders of 2018, Bongiwe Beja-Ntsiko wants to see economic and social prosperity in Africa. But to achieve better developmental outcomes, she believes the barriers to digital transformation on the continent must be overcome.

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Posted on 29 March 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Diane Moalem
Learning & Development

How to climb the ladder to the top – and fast

MBA alumna Diane Moalem holds a top job as Group Head of Operations at African tech organisation, ROAM Africa – which operates in six countries with 12 different brands– just eight years after entering the workforce.

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Posted on 29 March 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Sophia Campello
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

International alumnus remains hopeful for change in South Africa

Despite challenges, South Africa continues to be an innovation hub with the capacity to develop the next generation of change makers. The UCT GSB's MBA programme attracts students from all walks of life that want ‘in’ on this journey.

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Posted on 29 March 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
UCT GSB partners
Emerging Market Business

UCT GSB partners with 6 other institutions in energy to launch the African School of Regulation (ASR) initiative.

The initiative to create the African School of Regulation (ASR) has been launched via a scientific knowledge partnership agreement among the European University Institute (EUI), the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), the Enel Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), and the Energy Nexus Network (TENN).

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Posted on 25 February 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
ADDRESSING THE LACK OF JEDI IN THE WORKPLACE
Leadership & Ethics

Addressing the lack of JEDI in the workplace

The South African workplace remains a very complex space. To bring about a change in workplace culture and organisational orientations, we may need to consider new approaches. Recent research from the UCT GSB has highlighted several practices that organisations can implement to help address the lack of justice, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Posted on 10 February 2022 by Kurt April
Azvir R
Management Fundamentals

More purpose, more flexibility, more empathy – what’s really driving ‘The Great Resignation’?

The record number of people leaving their jobs in 2021, mainly in the US, has given rise to the term ‘The Great Resignation’ or ‘The Big Quit’. We asked the UCT GSB's Azvir Rampursad and Rayner Canning for their insights into this trend.

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Posted on 10 February 2022 by Azvir Rampursad
Here’s why black Millennial women are leaving 2
Leadership & Ethics

Here’s why black millennial women are leaving your organisation

New research digs into the deep frustration causing many African millennial women to call it a day at the office.

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Posted on 8 February 2022 by Kurt April
Three essential provocations for leaders
Learning & Development

Three essential provocations for leaders in business and government today

Executive MBA transforms executives and equips them to focus on solving the complex problems of our times by putting them into a better relationship with their lived experience.

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Posted on 3 February 2022 by UCT GSB Press Office
Sean Gossel - Never mind a wealth tax 2
Emerging Market Business

Never mind a wealth tax, South Africa needs a corruption tax on companies that collude in State Capture

Without private sector collusion, South Africa’s numerous corruption scandals would have been near impossible. A corruption tax on private sector companies complicit in corrupt activities should be introduced.

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Posted on 31 January 2022 by Sean Gossel
EMPLOYEES CAN STILL LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER IN A HY
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

UCT GSB EVENTS

 

BOOK LAUNCH: Sounding the Depths of Leadership - Assoc Prof Kosheek Sewchurran

 26 May 2022
 17:30 (GMT+2)

This book launch event explores the ways in which organisations world-over appear to be lacking leadership that can get stakeholders to commit to their most ambitious and noble purpose. This sets the scene for a discussion between Dr Reuel Khoza and Assoc Prof Kosheek Sewchurran on the aims of the forthcoming book, Sounding the Depths of Leadership, that provides a practical process to embark on the journey to foster an original relationship with leadership, in the ongoing present. To arrive at a point of self-prescribing Ubuntu to oneself as Dr Khoza identified as needed for ethical leadership.

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EMBA Information Session

 30 May 2022
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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EMBA Information Session

 29 June 2022
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business

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EMBA Information Session

 20 July 2022
 17:30 (GMT+2)

Join us for an information session webinar about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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