ARTICLES ON Management Fundamentals
How to ensure the success of the hybrid working model
After more than a year of remote working, many organisations recognise its benefits, but are also conscious of its challenges. What can organisations do to ensure the hybrid working model is a success?Read Article
It is time we leave the VUCA-world behind
At the risk of drying up the book royalties of hundreds of business authors who have built their careers around it, VUCA is on its way out and a new framework has emerged to replace it.Read Article
Are women more likely to be vulnerable consumers?
World Consumer Rights Day is commemorated on 15 March. Since it’s also International Women’s Day in March, we asked the UCT GSB’s Associate Professor Mignon Reyneke, to share some insights into some of the consumer issues associated specifically with women.Read Article
Bold measures necessary to make up for women’s losses during COVID-19
As the world commemorates International Women’s Day on 8 March — this year hashtagged #ChooseToChallenge — countries must take stock of the setbacks working women have suffered over the COVID-19 pandemic, and imagine new ways forward.Read Article
Making teams stronger and more productive in difficult times
Fear is rising in workplaces around the world - both for those working from home and in offices. A recent study shows 63% of South Africans are concerned they may lose their jobs in the next 12 months.Read Article
What's your people strategy for 2021?
Remember the days when you shook hands enthusiastically with clients and colleagues just before sitting down together at the meeting table? Sharing pens to scribble down ideas during a brainstorming or team building session?Read Article
Remote work has built — rather than broken — trust among colleagues. Here’s how
The COVID-19 crisis has forced a massive shift towards remote work. What are the implications of this shift for trust in the workplace? Such trust plays a crucial role in how we coordinate, cooperate, reciprocate, and respond to risk and uncertainty.Read Article
It’s only small talk - but losing it may cost businesses big time
As lockdowns prevent teams from having their organic face-to-face interactions and ‘water-cooler’ conversations, critical skills are being lost with knock-on effects for productivity and employee wellbeing. Here are four ways managers and leaders can counteract the trend.Read Article
Transparency and integrity go a long way, especially in a crisis
It is Kirby Gordon’s job to convince people it is OK to fly again, one many challenges he’s had to tackle in the past few months, which have seen him draw on the skills he gained during his MBA a decade ago.Read Article
How to network and create impact in a virtual world
How can graduates entering the workforce in the midst of a global pandemic, position themselves to make connections and create impact in order to ensure career mobility or enhance their employability?Read Article
Will remote working become the norm after COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost all industries. The future worker and workspace has evolved considerable and there may be no going back. What should companies be doing to prepare for the new normal? What are the key trends and skills that are going to be in high demand? Accelerate CEO Ryan Ravens spoke to Kieno Kammies.Read Article
What should companies be doing to ensure that they can manage employee well-being?
Research shows that promoting employee well-being and health can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive.Read Article
Five top tips for first time managers
Moving into a managerial role can be stressful and many new managers feel overwhelmed and unsure of themselves. But there five simple things they can do to boost their confidence and thrive.Read Article
Addressing culture and context to successfully do business in Africa
Standard Bank teamed up with the UCT GSB to co-create a powerful learning partnership that helps its managers across Africa build stronger client relationships and foster long-term profitability.Read Article
How to get women into the boardroom faster
While breaking into the male-dominated world of senior management is tough, there are a few things women can do to make it easier for themselves while climbing the corporate ladder — all the way to the top.Read Article
Can Integrated Reporting bridge the widening trust gap between business and society?
Integrated reporting is taking off globally and is giving corporations a framework within which to rethink their models for value creation and rebuild dwindling trust with stakeholders.Read Article
Professional women inch forward in the fight for gender equality
More women are reaching senior levels of management in business than ever before, with the pay gap between men and women also shrinking, but this does not mean that the struggle women face in getting to the top is over.Read Article
Soft skills rule in the 'hard' world of finance - Kelly de Kock (MBA)
Kelly de Kock (MBA 2011) has forged a high-flying career in the financial services industry and her current role as Chief Operating Officer for Private Client Securities, Treasury, and Fiduciary Services at Old Mutual Wealth combines her love of solving technical challenges with a finely-tuned ability to manage people skilfully.Read Article
Branding is simply another word for reputation
Woolworths’ 2019 Valentine’s Day gaffe was a textbook case in how not to manage a brand. A brand is essentially an extension of an organisation’s reputation, and this needs to be managed carefully and with consistency from day one.Read Article