ARTICLES ON Business acumen

Hamida Parker How Toyota’s approach to making cars
Management Fundamentals

How Toyota’s approach to making cars can aid vaccine production in Africa

As African countries seek to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines, they are running into several obstacles including supply chain and quality control issues. Could Lean Thinking, a manufacturing ethos developed in car factories, help local vaccine manufacturers up their game at this critical time?

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Posted on 3 December 2021 by Hamieda Parker
Kumeshnee West five tips for leaders in knowledge
Management Fundamentals

Five tips for business leaders in the COVID-accelerated knowledge economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a business environment that demands a different kind of leader to ensure organisations are able to adapt and thrive.

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Posted on 24 September 2021 by Kumeshnee West
Jonathan Steyn - Business of Wine
Learning & Development

Pandemic exposes fault lines in South Africa’s strained wine sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably altered the field of South African wine, surfacing existing fault lines under immense strain. Bold leadership could not be more pressing.

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Posted on 3 June 2021 by Jonathan Steyn
David Venter - Negotiation skill
Management Fundamentals

Negotiation should be seen as an opportunity for both sides to win

To avoid a shutdown over wage negotiations, we need to find what both parties value.

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Posted on 12 May 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Geoff Bick -franchise
Management Fundamentals

Trust and support key to whether franchises thrive or perish

COVID-19 has decimated SMEs in South Africa, can the lessons of past successes of franchises help them to rebuild?

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Posted on 10 May 2021 by Geoff Bick
Jody Delichte  - Freedom and Democracy
Leadership & Ethics

Becoming a businessperson is not a straightforward journey for all

Building business skills to improve livelihoods is increasingly being recognised as a mechanism to lift communities out of extreme poverty. But in many survivalist communities, the principles of business can clash with the existing values of the community.

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Posted on 20 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Mignon Reyneke - Q&A
Management Fundamentals

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.

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Posted on 3 March 2021 by Mignon Reyneke
Building an agile hospitality industry - Media
Management Fundamentals

Building an agile hospitality industry

As local tourism begins to pick up, the hospitality industry is feeling some relief from the massive blow it sustained during lockdown. Some might even be feeling that things are returning to how we knew them to be. And while we should savour this little bit of hope, the truth is things have changed forever and we must change along with them.

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Posted on 15 September 2020 by Jonathan Steyn
SA film industry - media
Emerging Market Business

UCT GSB teaching case study on SA film industry wins top international award

Researchers from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) have taken top honours in a prestigious international case writing competition, for their teaching case on the challenges of financing digital entertainment.

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Posted on 26 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
yuppechief - media video
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

SA company rises to the challenge of business evolution in the time of COVID-19

In 2019, online retailer Yuppiechef, made the unusual decision of opening physical shops; a move from clicks to bricks. This story, captured in a UCT GSB case study published last year, surfaced a business model that is supple in finding solutions and deeply customer-centric

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Posted on 20 May 2020 by Tim London
Mehluli_profile - Media
COVID-19

Strong leadership in times of crisis

Taking the reins of Zimbabwe’s largest building society during the Covid-19 pandemic has certainly been challenging, but GSB alumnus Mehluli Mpofu believes that his leadership philosophy built on team work and problem-solving will help steer the institution he leads through these trying times.

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Posted on 14 April 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
HOW ARE COMPANIES ADAPTING - Media
COVID-19

Video interview - How are companies adapting their businesses to cope with COVID-19?

Dr Tim London spoke with Mignon Reyneke, an associate professor of Digital Marketing at the UCT GSB, about some of the companies that are trying to deal with the fallout of COVID-19 by doing things differently.

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Posted on 14 April 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
STB
Management Fundamentals

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.

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Posted on 11 March 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Social Megatrends Media
Management Fundamentals

Three social megatrends that are shaping the future of tourism

SA tourism must work to capitalise on the social megatrends that are influencing how and why people travel, and what they look for when they do.

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Posted on 22 January 2020 by Sabine Lehmann
 Can Integrated Reporting Media
Management Fundamentals

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.

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Posted on 22 August 2019 by Mark Graham
Where will you be Media
Management Fundamentals

Where will you be when an AI machine is sitting on the Board?

Industry 4.0 is redefining business and restructuring organisations; so what skills do you need to have as a manager to stay relevant?

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Posted on 20 March 2019 by Kumeshnee West