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Sharron McPherson Promises and Perils of Africa's
Emerging Market Business

The promises and perils of Africa's digital revolution

Exponential digital advancement across Africa, spurred on by the COVID-19 crisis, is indeed a game changer. But its impact – the good and the bad – requires a more nuanced and intelligent analysis if we really are to build back better.

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Posted on 15 September 2021 by Sharron McPherson
society and economy - MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

SA is running out of time to fix its society and economy

Freedom Day celebrations ring hollow when the vast majority of black people in this country remain economically and socially marginalised. To unlock our future, we must invest in our people — and fast — to build a new culture of innovation, proactiveness, and risk-taking.

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Posted on 29 April 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
democracy in SA - MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Is support for democracy in SA waning?

On 27 April each year South Africans celebrate Freedom Day in commemoration of the first democratic elections in 1994. We asked UCT GSB Professor Thomas Koelble to give us his thoughts on whether support for democracy in the country is waning, and how this system is being affected by globalisation.

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Posted on 27 April 2021 by Thomas Koelble
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
KURTAPRIL2021- MEDIA
Emerging Market Business

Social justice in South Africa is as much business’ crisis as it is government’s

Busisiwe Mavuso (CEO at Business Leadership SA) was the speaker at the quarterly Allan Gray Speaker Series event, hosted virtually by the UCT GSB in March. We asked Professor Kurt April, who led the discussion, to share some of the key takeouts.

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Posted on 29 March 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Ricardo Perez - media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Is design thinking an endangered species in the future of work?

With the loss of shared spaces due to the pandemic and a shift toward remote working, the practice of design thinking will need to adapt so that we can continue to harness its power to co-create and solve problems.

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Posted on 13 January 2021 by UCT GSB Press Office
Cape Talk
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Power and privilege in the social justice sector

Social justice organisations play a vital role in addressing the many challenges South African citizens face. But what happens when the focus on external inequalities and injustices in society causes the same problems within these organisations to be overlooked? MBA alumni Ella Scheepers and Shamillah Wilson spoke to Kieno Kammies about their work in this sector.

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Posted on 7 December 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
 CAREER PROGRESSION - MEDIA
Learning & Development

How will the lack of face-to-face interaction affect career progression?

Will the lack of face-to-face interaction negatively impact people’s careers? We asked Dr Christina Swart-Opperman, senior lecturer at the UCT GSB's AGVBL, and PhD Candidate Ella Scheepers, to share their insights.

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Posted on 25 November 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
system case method - media
Learning & Development

Our world needs empathetic intervention - not heroes

As the world battles big systemic challenges, it’s clear that no single person has the answer. Instead, companies, organisations and individuals need to look at processes informed by many different perspectives to point the way forward.

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Posted on 11 November 2020 by Ncedisa Nkonyeni
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION - mEDIA
Learning & Development

International recognition for Bertha Centre (UCT GSB) researchers

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is developing a new teaching case method - incorporating multiple perspectives for the complex issues of our time - which they have been invited to present at the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) 2020 Conference.

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Posted on 28 September 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Cape Talk
Learning & Development

UCT GSB's new programme prepares students to lead internationally

Dr Beverly Shrand, spoke with Cape Talk about the UCT GSB's new programme, the CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management (MIM).

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Posted on 10 August 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
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
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Emerging Market Business

New coal and nuclear power proposals undermine prospects of a post-Covid-19 economic recovery

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s attachment to ‘clean coal’ and new nuclear as immediate options for a post-Covid-19 economic recovery would be comical if they were not financially ruinous. Their fixation on these non-competitive, non-commercial technologies is now wasting scarce public resources.

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Posted on 17 June 2020 by Anton Eberhard
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Political Economy

Let’s tap into the defiant optimism of our young people this Youth Day

As protests around structural inequality and racism rage across the world, we need to re-ignite efforts to give young people a voice at all levels of society, but especially as leaders.

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Posted on 15 June 2020 by Camaren Peter
Drone image - media
Learning & Development

The future of work: implications for management education

Does management education need to change to equip graduates for the future of work?

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Posted on 11 June 2020 by Kurt April
WHAT’S BREWING DURING LOCKDOWN? - Media
COVID-19

What’s Brewing During Lockdown?

The South African craft beer market could be very different post lockdown.

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Posted on 25 May 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
barry standish - media
COVID-19

Webinar: The broader economic implications of COVID-19

Former UCT GSB economist, Barry Standish, hosted a free webinar in April for UCT GSB alumni on the broader financial and economic implications of COVID-19.

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Posted on 7 May 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
inequality - Media
COVID-19

This Freedom Day let’s commit to the change that enhances the freedom for all

On Freedom Day this year, the national lockdown and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are holding up a mirror to society and forcing us to confront our faults and weaknesses.

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Posted on 28 April 2020 by Athol Williams
War lost - Media
COVID-19

We are not at war with COVID-19

The rhetoric of war, and the unfortunate term ‘lockdown’ are even more misplaced in this crisis because it takes people to change a society, not simply putting stringent rules or regulations in place and enforcing them through the barrel of a gun.

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Posted on 14 April 2020 by Camaren Peter
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
Cape Talk logo - Media
COVID-19

How investors can support small businesses through the COVID-19 lockdown

The Bertha Centre’s Natasha Dinham spoke with Kieno Kammies at Cape Talk, about how investors can help small businesses through these challenging times.

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Posted on 9 April 2020 by Natasha Dinham
social echeosion - Media
COVID-19

Could the Covid-19 crisis offer us a window of opportunity to build social cohesion?

A national disaster declared on top of a technical recession and a standoff between the ANC and its alliance partners means that we can expect the SA economy will remain in a downward cycle for the foreseeable future — our only hope lies in building social cohesion in the face of crisis.

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Posted on 25 March 2020 by Sean Gossel
globalisation- Media
COVID-19

The globalisation of an epidemic and the epidemic of globalisation

COVID-19 respects no borders and has laid bare some of the vulnerabilities of globalisation. Going forward, we need to look more deeply at how to build a world that protects global supply chains more effectively — and the all people that depend upon them.

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Posted on 25 March 2020 by John Luiz
Remote Working - Media
COVID-19

COVID-19 has made remote working the new normal - why this might be good for productivity

SA lags behind the working-from-home curve, but the combination of coronavirus and loadshedding may be changing that. Fortunately, studies show it can improve productivity and protect the bottom line.

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Posted on 19 March 2020 by Sharron McPherson
NGOs today: Competing - Media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

NGOs today: competing for resources, power and agency

NGOs play a critical role in advancing social change and transformation, but their current funding model needs to be addressed for them make a sustainable impact in South Africa.

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Posted on 18 March 2020 by Ncedisa Nkonyeni
Cape Talk logo - Media
COVID-19

Q&A with Tim London on the impact of COVID-19 on education

As the coronavirus continues to play a prominent role in our lives, we are forced to do things differently. With schools closing this week, this is making online learning very much a reality for the immediate future. But is South Africa ready for this?

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Posted on 18 March 2020 by Tim London
ramphosa
Political Economy

More broken promises and unmet plans will not deliver the country we need

Ramaphosa has little room to manoeuvre, it’s true. But without bold leadership at this juncture, SA is on the road to nowhere.

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Posted on 17 February 2020 by Athol Williams