MBA ELECTIVES

In addition to the core curriculum, students must select a total of 20 credits from the choices listed below. These vary to keep the course relevant and in the past have included:

Advance your competence in the area of corporate finance. This case study-driven course builds on the foundations laid in the core MBA Finance curriculum. It provides a deep dive into the valuation process and covers three key areas of activity in corporate finance – Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBEEE). 

Gain adaptable personal and organisational leadership competencies, which reflect ethical decision-making. This course explores the existential idea of leadership freedom and focuses on the inner conditions that prevent us from being free – as people and as leaders. The course is based on theory as well as reflection on personal context.

Go a bit deeper. This course seeks to grow you as a leader through growing you as a person. You will reflect on the fundamental assumptions about your humanity, the nature of personal "imperfection", and the impact of our conditioning on what we believe is possible and what we deserve. 

Learn to set and maintain the course for change in your organisation. This elective focuses on the various facets of change management, including theoretical frameworks, organisational change factors, and challenges. It will help you think more innovatively and prepare you to anticipate and cope with the repercussions of change. 

Develop a practical level of proficiency in executive coaching – a compelling new competency for the 21st century. This course explores the evolution of executive coaching and gives you the practical expertise to know when to coach, how to apply the practice of coaching, and how to creatively conduct a coaching conversation to unlock potential in others.

Learn the fundamental concepts of corporate finance and valuation. This course covers the key principles of corporate finance including NPF, discounted cash flow mathematics and more. It will give you the grounding you need to cut through the jargon and specious rhetoric to form clear, rational and informed opinions based on the principles of value creation.

Get ahead of digital disruption. This course provides everything you need to know about applying digital methods to market-making. You will explore case studies on firms ranging from Amazon and Netflix to start-ups born on the Web, and identify the issues and frameworks needed to build resilient digital platform business models.

Gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively within an Integrated Reporting environment. This course explores and develops a number of concepts, from the evolution of integrated thinking and integrated reporting to value creation and the concept of the six capitals, while honing your critical thinking skills. 

This course reinforces Lean Thinking and the broader idea of operational excellence, first introduced in the core MBA Operations Management course. Lean Thinking approaches and tools are engaged with and compared and contrasted with broader operational excellence options. Then the focus shifts to a more integrated understanding of issues related to the successful implementation of Lean Thinking and sustaining operational excellence in the long term. 

Design, implement and use financial management control systems (MCS) with confidence. This course builds on the principles covered in the Finance and Accounting courses of the MBA programme and will improve your ability to identify, conceptualise, design, and implement methods of financial performance measurement and management, with an emphasis on long-term value creation.

Achieve success in a complex global economy by learning to negotiate with confidence. This course will empower you with proven knowledge, skills, and the confidence to successfully apply the key determinants of principled, value-maximising negotiation. Negotiation not only enhances effectiveness and efficiency in all spheres of business, but also translates to the community and personal spheres.

The Venture Launch elective is appropriate for students, that have or want to, develop both for-profit and non-profit scale-ups. By the end of the course, teams will have developed, prototyped, and verified a novel product or service which could be developed further into a high impact firm. This is a demanding course that pushes students but provides the resources to help them navigate the challenges of implementing an early-stage scale-up idea. The course is also part of the e-track and gives you access to investors, office space and expert partners within law, investments and strategy. Even individuals/teams that decide not to continue with their ventures after the course will learn critical and broadly applicable techniques about starting and launching a venture.

Explore the synergy between strategic brand building and business leadership. The brand is the vessel of value and a brand strategy guides leadership and management in building sustainable stakeholder relationships. The course will apply industry models and tools to current global and local brand scenarios and will hone your strategic and critical thinking in relation to building brand equity.

Gain an overview of the African innovative finance space. This course examines the evolving roles of multiple stakeholders in developing and applying new financial vehicles and structures to allocate capital in a way that includes the measurement of social and environmental impact.

Immerse yourself in the field of social innovation. This interactive course is structured as a lab – it emphasises application of concepts and frameworks in real-world contexts. You will be immersed in the world of designing creative, sustainable processes towards social change using multiple learning strategies that can be customised for your learning journey. 

Timetabling logistics and limited class sizes prevent unrestricted access to all electives and, in common with business schools internationally, a voting system may be used to finalise elective choices.



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