Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

Enjoy screening incredible feedback about real value creation that some students agreed to share publicly.

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Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Marketing management

09.2020

My visit to Israel will always stand as one of the most life changing experiences in my life.

For me the one thing that stood out the most was the Israeli people, they all have an identical state of mind, they speak the same language and they all want the best for their country and their people. The interactive meetings we had with the business community cleared the misconception I had of it being mostly a religious country.

From the leaders in business to the young soldiers on the street that we met,  everyone's DNA is wired to solve problems through mind boggling innovations regardless of the environment and circumstances they live in. Coming from a country with serious water quality and shortage issue, the WaterGen Technology blew my mind and as an engineer my intellect was challenged. This was one of the biggest take home lesson for me. The business environment will never be perfect but the wheel of innovation must keep rolling, so that the lives of people around us keep improving and not deteriorate.

Like someone said the "IBR MBA is not just a qualification IT IS a self actualization programme."

Every residential stretches your thinking and you always come out with a different and unique way of doing business. Professor Abramovich was more than amazing, critiquing our marketing strategies until we came up with the best of the best ideas. The experience was indeed enriching, and I'm truly grateful.
Residential Period : Marketing
Wayne Mahachi
Wayne Mahachi, Financial Controller at Save The Children international Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Marketing management

09.2020

I visited Israel for the marketing residential. The experience was very amazing, and to date remains the one of those experiences i will treasure for ever.  

It was my first time to visit the holy land, and IBR organised a tour of the holy land for us for the first 2 days before the residential started. As a christian that was the most inspiring experiences - to see for real where it all happenned.

Then the residential itself was well planned, so motivating. We toured many organisations and met experts who helped us understand the source of Israel's greatness: the hardwork,the positive energy to believe that all life challenges are actually a motivation to innovate and come up with solutions. We were taken through various innovations  that were really mind boggling.

The residential was very personalised in that one had to come up with a marketing strategy for his/her own organisation, and being critiqued by Professor Ibrahimovich and classmates.

For me the tour is something i will do again if given the opportunity!
Residential Period : Marketing
Tokozana Dhliwayo
Tokozana Dhliwayo, Finance Director at ZETDC, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tokozana Dhliwayo

Marketing management

09.2020

My Israel tour was life changing.

The exposure to Israel as a successful start up nation, technology hub and safe destination was something I will treasure for a very long time. The tour of the old city of Jerusalem is a must visit for every Christian. Thank you so much IBR for this combination of academic, business and religious tour.

The presentations by Professor Abramovich were so practical and relevant. I am no longer afraid to fail. Failure gives me the energy to start afresh, better and more determined the next time. I was able to appreciate the hard work, determination and unity of purpose of the Israelis.

The marketing residential gives you more than your expectations
Residential Period : Marketing
Nataliya Kot
Nataliya Kot, Project Manager at Loxoft, Kiev, Ukraine
Linkedin: Nataliya Kot

Financial management

09.2020

This assignment is my first step in financial analysis.

Before the start of the study course Financial Accounting I can say that I didn’t know anything from financial prospective. I didn’t know anything about Income Statement, Balance sheet, Cash flow statement and Ratio Analysis. Now I can read financial statements, can calculate financial ratios. And hope that I am able to perform the analysis and make conclusions. And after working on this assignment I really would like to say that I opened new interesting and very useful area in my professional activity.
Financial Accounting
Paulus Mulunga
Paulus Mulunga, Managing Member at Light Systems Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Human resource management

09.2020

It is very important to train staff members of the organization. The employees come in with certain skills, but it is important for them to improve on these skills as the environment in which they operate is constantly changing.

This assignment helped me to understand the various strategies one can use to improve learning and development. In addition, I understood the importance of constructive communication in the form of “Supportive Communication”.

This assignment has added a lot of value in my understanding of training employees.
Learning and employee development
Paulus Mulunga
Paulus Mulunga, Managing Member at Light Systems Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Human resource management

08.2020

It is a challenging task to select the right candidate for the right job. Plenty a time one recruits someone that you know without going through the proper methods of Recruitment to ensure you have the right candidate.

As a manager of an SME, this assignment taught me the importance of following the right procedures to get the right people to do the job right.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Operations management

08.2020

The assignment brought out a lot of foundational issues that need to be addressed going forward. The pandemic gave our company a wakeup call as meeting after meeting highlighted the need to start a vigorous marketing campaign. However, in order to have a successful marketing campaign, we first needed to know what the customer wants/needs/expects. In our operations there has never been a formal portal where clients gave feedback on every job done. Everyone just assumed what the client expected with no formal basis.

This is what I suggested to the leadership as a result of writing my assignment: change is required in our operations to ensure we always hear the voice of the customer every step of the way. In the end, the company agreed to change the “job close out form” so that its structured in a way we can ask customers if they are satisfied with the job, and if not possibly give reasons why. This will greatly improve our marketing strategy because focus will be on the client and not necessarily on the mandatory service that we offer.

Writing the assignment raised questions about the vision, mission, business plan of the company. Through interviews it came to light that the company operates with none. Without a common vision, operations will never be efficient because everyone is just doing their own thing.

Through the assignment, and the MBA as a whole, I have managed to convince the partners about the importance of a solid business strategy, else the business is doomed to collapse.
Operations Processes
Paulus Mulunga
Paulus Mulunga, Managing Member at Light Systems Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Financial management

08.2020

This course has been very valuable to me. It enabled me to understand financial statements. I was able to use the tools fr om the reading material to analyze the financial position of Light Systems Namibia.

I found the analysis helpful as it enabled me to see where the company is performing well, and wh ere improvements need to be made. With this knowledge, I am able to analyze the financial performance of other companies.

This course is useful to me in that I can be a better entrepreneur with a sound understanding of financial management and its importance in a business.
Financial Accounting
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Operations management

07.2020

Due to my nature of my business, although I have a lot of experience working in a project setting, I do not have a lot of experience optimizing operational process. Whilst I may not have been aware of the principles and techniques that I was naturally adopting within these projects, which was very interesting to learn, I had a basic understanding of the processes and procedures involved in lean process organizational development/six sigma processes and thus was able to effectively navigate my through this assignment.

For me it was very interesting to critically analyze what I deemed to be a successful project, to analyze its successes and failing and understand how I could further improve moving forward.
Operations Processes
Phillip Mafarachisi
Phillip Mafarachisi, Business Development Executive at FIRST MUTUAL HOLDINGS, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Phillip Mafarachisi

Operations management

07.2020

In my working live I have come across companies that have failed and yet had what I considered good strategies.

This course has brought to the fore what was missing in those companies and this is the alignment of all company operations to the strategy. The strategy map and balanced scorecard introduced in this course are excellent tools to align operations to strategy and really operationalize the strategy to make sure that the customer needs are met which in turn allow companies meet their financial objectives.

I am going to use this new gained knowledge in all my future work as a manager and also transfer this new knowledge to colleagues and subordinates alike.
Strategic performance management
Brian Chizodza
Brian Chizodza, Senior SAP Business Solution Consultant at Baraka Technology Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Brian Chizodza

Competitiveness and IT

07.2020

Studying this course has significantly provided a vivid picture of the effects of digital technology from a globalisation point of view.

It has become clear to me how globalisation, developments in technology and new business models are changing the way products and services are conceived, designed and produced/ delivered. I also learnt that globalisation compounded by digitalisation has brought in ever changing value networks, competitive advantages of participating reside dynamically at control points that are the positions of greatest value.
Competitiveness and IT
Tawanda Nyandimu
Tawanda Nyandimu, MEDICAL DIRECTOR at MBUYA DORCAS HOSPITAL, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tawanda Nyandimu

Operations management

07.2020

I have learnt very valuable lessons from this course which include:

The importance of involving all stakeholders in all the stages starting from the planning stage of a project until it is done. This in my view forms the foundation to every project and makes work a lot easier.

The importance of being a good leader when one is a project manager so that work is not only achieved properly but also enjoyed by all parties involved.

The importance of having a cost-schedule-time equilibrium in check when assessing how successful a project is. This concept was totally alien to me and now I have parameters I will use to manage future projects I did not possess before.
Project Management
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Competitiveness and IT

07.2020

This assignment to me has shown the gaps that our company has in regard to its approach in the use of information technology to reach, engage and retain customers.

There is a whole market segment that can be tapped into by using IT. I was able to bring this to the point that being successful in technology can result in growth of revenues for my employer and particularly growth in foreign arrivals into the group. However, there is need for a shift in mind-set within the executive management.
IT and Organisational Applications
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Operations management

06.2020

Due to my nature of my business, I have a lot of experience working in a project setting. Whilst I may not have been aware of the principles and techniques that I was naturally adopting within these projects, which was very interesting to learn, I had a basic understanding of the processes and procedures involved in defining, planning and implementing a project.

For me it was very interesting to critically analyze what I deemed to be a successful project, to analyze its successes and failing and understand how I could further improve moving forward.
Project Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Competitiveness and IT

06.2020

The value gained from this assignment is fresh insight about digital technology that we are missing today in reaching, engaging and retaining our customers.

Furthermore, it came as a surprise that in many cases we have access to these digital technologies. In many cases it is only a question of redefining existing processes and systems. In this instance, the assignment was most helpful.  
IT and Organisational Applications
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Human resource management

06.2020

I never thought I would enjoy learning so much, however this assignment literally had me gripped from start to finish. I feel that I am learning so much, not just about management, myself and my own self develop, however I have also noticed an improvement in my soft skills. I see that the fluidity of writing and my ability to articulate myself have massively improved….

As this is the last assignment, I will undertake for you, Professor Stout, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making this MBA come alive for me. Prior to undertaking this module, I was just going through the motions and was not really engaged, however although we have never met or spoken in person, you somehow managed to inspire me to being better than what I had envisioned for myself.

In closing, once again, thank you for all your support and mentoring, you have made more of an impact on my life than you could ever fathom.
Development of Management Skills
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Human resource management

05.2020

This assignment has helped me to retrospect as a manager and see how best I can change in order become an effective leader. It has shown me that I can also mold myself to becoming like any one of the great leaders I admire, only if I take time to sharpen the management principles of leading positive change as highlighted in the course.
Development of Management Skills
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Competitiveness and IT

05.2020

This assignment has made me question the viability of my employer’s business model in the future, despite the group making profits in the current there is a risk that the future profit potential may become obsolete.

This assignment has forced me to look at the business from a future point of view with the aim of establishing how technology can and will affect the business operations of the group as well as how it can and will define the needs of the customer in the future. This is what Nokia failed to anticipate and it resulted the collapse of a company that was once that largest market share holder in its industry.  
Competitiveness and IT
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Operations management

05.2020

The exercise of evaluating the entire supply chain taking a systematic approach was fantastic; I know that one of the outcomes of this course will lead to increase trust levels with our partners. As a result, the relationships within our supply chain considerably improve.
Supply chain management
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Entrepreneurship

05.2020

Managing myself as executive and my workplace effectively is a high value.

This course was of utmost value to me and clearly showed me where I can improve being more effective. The beauty of the course is that I can immediately implement the learning, in my personal and professional life.
Principles of Effective Management