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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Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Competitiveness and IT

05.2020

I’m very fortunate to work and operate daily in the telecommunication sector it forces me to ensure I am constantly updated on new developments. Innovation drives our industry. If we miss something new today, we might lose out on a future revenue stream. I really thought I’m clued up on digital technologies.

However, this assignment taught me something different. It really came as an eye opener what we might miss out in this technology race.
Competitiveness and IT
Racheal Makore
Racheal Makore at Queens Rest Farm Enterprise, Nairobi, Kenya

Financial management

04.2020

This course has been of great value on an individual basis and as a manager.

On an individual basis, l feel empowered to carry out my own financial planning such as cash budgeting.  With all financial techniques learnt in this course, l am able to interpret the financial performance of the business on my own. What a change! Also, our financial plans will be closer to reality as we have a tool (TARI) to monitor actual performance against this plan at any time.
Financial planning 2
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Operations management

04.2020

This was indeed a difficult and tough assignment. I had to get our executive perspective to ensure I’m aligning the 4 perspectives correctly and that it will speak to the organizations strategic drive. The reading material was a bit overwhelming and at certain instances I felt I’m lost.

However, the many online IBR tutoring videos were most helpful. The one message that was clear: to ensure simplicity of the objectives, measures and targets. My intend in writing this assignment was that everyone in my company would immediately understand the concept behind the strategic map and the balance score card.
Strategic performance management
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Operations management

04.2020

Strategic performance management has been a challenging assignment as it has taken me out of my comfort zone and has also forced me to look at the organization from a holistic perspective.

When working on the assignment it turned out to be an eye-opener seeing the importance of cause and effect relationships between the four perspectives. I have experienced the importance to constantly refer to the strategy map when making decisions. It was a great exercise to discover the creation of value from intangible assets and how that provides a competitive advantage over competition.

Operations management has been a very beneficial module to me as it has allowed me widen my scope and train of thought.
Strategic performance management
Victor Pea
Victor Pea, Chief Executive Officer at Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Linkedin: Victor Pea

Operations management

04.2020

The course supply chain management has forced me to consider how our supply chain is managed, as is the main way in which the company generates its revenue as well as to fulfil its mandate of making fish accessible to the community.  It has allowed me to evaluate the inventory turnover and cash conversion cycle, which were two technical terms that I have learn and clearly applicable to the company in its inventory management.  

I am now able to ask the Operations Manager relevant questions when it comes to the stock management.  It will also assist me in concluding harvesting agreements which will benefit the company both in terms of fish supply and diversification of fish products.  
Lastly, the course has added to my belief that the current manager of operations lacks the necessary academic knowledge and the skills to effectively manage stock, thus require formal training or replacement altogether.  

I will therefore see to it that supply chain received the necessary attention and support to make it more organized than it is at the moment.
Supply chain management
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Human resource management

04.2020

Through the implementation of this assignment, my perspective of the MBA course as a whole has completely changed from me simply gaining knowledge of theoretical tools, practices and technics to something which I have immersed myself into completely to the point wh ere is it is changing me on personal level.

Theoretically I do not think I learnt anything from this assignment, however personally I feel that this assignment has helped me to grow tremendously and has made me a better manager and person.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Operations management

04.2020

During this assignment I realized how my department – Retail and Customer Service – depends on our supply chain process. Also, it was a big eye opener that in some of these processes my department is not even involved in. Yet a well-defined supply chain process determines my departments success.

Thus, the most valuable lesson I take away fr om this assignment is that we need integrated management solutions wh ere a forum of managers can sit and plan issues that impact the business as a whole.
Supply chain management
Racheal Makore
Racheal Makore at Queens Rest Farm Enterprise, Nairobi, Kenya

Financial management

03.2020

This course has been valuable by introducing my company to Activity Based Management financial analysis. With this course, we have set realistic daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly sales targets and ensure that for every unit we sell, we achieve our desired benchmark (TARI) of R0.79 per unit.

Before we were introduced to TARI, financial statements caught all of us by surprise at the end of reporting periods. Now, after having studied this course, we find assurance in attaining our target gross profit. No surprises anymore.
Financial Planning 1
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Operations management

03.2020

This has been a very intriguing assignment as it has opened my eyes to a whole new arena that is Supply Chain Management.

From a marketing perspective this assignment has allowed me to see the effect of the supply chain on the perceived value that the guests receive from our company. When writing the assignment, it became obvious that the supply chain works is the life blood of the organization and the combination of the supply chain and the transformation process is the key in creating customer satisfaction and giving value to our customers.
Supply chain management
Alwyn Dzinamarira
Alwyn Dzinamarira, Finance Manager & Projects Co-ordinator at Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Marketing management

03.2020

This assignment has helped me look at our company’s marketing efforts in a different way. The current situation is that communications efforts are fragmented and discorded. Efforts will be made to recommend more coordinated efforts.

This assignment has given me an opportunity to reflect on my own personal communication competencies and identify areas that I need to improve on. With this in mind I have generated valuable lessons from some of the best practices that I can immediately implement at my workplace with a lot of potential to improve on.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Operations management

03.2020

DMAIC has allowed me to delve deeper into the art of problem solving and optimising existing processes at my workplace. The tendency has been to try and solve problems as they arise however, this only results solving surface problems rather than addressing the root cause of the problem.

Instead of constantly fire-fighting the application of six sigma in my assignment has allowed me to take a holistic approach to designing and implementing transformation processes.
Operations Processes
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Entrepreneurship

03.2020

Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed undertaking this assignment as it taught me a lot about my own personal management style and gave me pointers as to where I could personally improve and develop my skills, unfortunately I do not think that it is suitable for my current employer, this is primarily due to the fact that the organization has no vision or objectives.

Personally, I will take these lessons to heart and hopefully will have a chance to implement these within my next organisation.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Operations management

03.2020

I was fortunate that this assignment was due whilst I was busy in the middle of a larger project. Hence, writing this assignment became a part of the project that I was anyway working for, so it was very timely.
Operations Processes
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Human resource management

01.2020

Seems like we forgot Germany/UK, obviously I did not make enough of an impression, I shall try to do better next time.

All jokes aside, I was truly honored to have met Prof Jannie and my future business partners. I had an amazing time, full of fun and laughter, we also learnt some stuff about Human Resource Management in between the jokes. Prof Jannie is a very inspirational leader and mentor. He has a very effective teaching style by which he is able to simplify a very complex topic and make it relative not just to our careers but also to our personal lives. I feel truly blessed to have met him and look forward with anticipation to returning home and implementing these life lessons and improving myself not just as a manager but also as a father.

Thank you for everything. Leon
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Human resource management

01.2020

Thank you Prof Jannie for the insightful week. As all the other residential this was again a life experience not just the subject in question. Thank you for sharing some of your own life experiences from which I could learn.

Thank you IBR
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Pride Gwaze
Pride Gwaze, Group Financial Manager at Vunani Limited, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Pride Gwaze

Human resource management

01.2020

The HRM residential was an eye-opener, the way Prof Jannie delivered the theory coupled with the videos helped me understand and remember things easily. Thank you Prof Jannie for taking us on an insightful, informative and very practical course. I have learnt lessons to guide me not only in my professional but to improve my personal life as well. From Leadership with possibility, driven by ROWE, realising the importance of the first followers and self-management (leadership starts with self-motivation).

To the team: it was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you for being such an inspiring and dedicated team. Till we meet again in Germany!!
Residential Period: Human Resource Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Human resource management

01.2020

For the better part of 15 years I’ve been in a management role. Working on this assignment, I noticed to my regret that we tend to neglect our greatest resources: the people that we work with or for. This course shifted my management priorities back to the importance of constant management development.

The value I’m taking away is inclusivity, mentoring, empowerment and team building. With my management and future projects this is the change I want to see and implement the most.
Development of Management Skills
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Human resource management

01.2020

This assignment has highlighted for me the need to develop sound management skills.

I have realised that for me to be effective as a manager, I have to be able to drive the team towards set goals and objectives as required by the company. I also realised that it is just not a matter of managing through instruction, but I get more output from my team if I learn to get their trust and I also empower them to reach heights that they are capable of, keeping sight of the overall strategic objectives that need to be achieved.
Development of Management Skills
Tangeni Erkana
Tangeni Erkana, Project Leader: E-Commerce at Namibia Post Limited, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Tangeni Erkana

Human resource management

01.2020

I found the reading material to be insightful, easy reading and practical.

I was encouraged to see that we are closely aligned to the recommended recruitment, selection and placement components which probably explains why we have been surveyed in the top three best companies to work for. It also explains why our annual culture survey results are generally good with no major areas of concern or high entropy levels.

Should we address the identified shortcomings then I would anticipate that our staff turnover levels would decrease.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Tangeni Erkana
Tangeni Erkana, Project Leader: E-Commerce at Namibia Post Limited, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Tangeni Erkana

Operations management

01.2020

I initially struggled with determining our supply chain as I had also associated supply chains and supply chain management with manufacturing.

It was eye opening to discover that servicing industries also have supply chains that if managed as actively as manufacturing companies can generate significant savings and better service delivery. These benefits can then be cascaded to the customer via lower or stable pricing or enhanced benefits.  
Supply chain management