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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Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Digital leadership and transformation

06.2019

It is amazing how IT and digitalization is fast becoming a key component into companies quest in their strategy for survival. The high amount of traffic/viewership makes it an attractive platform for business to showcase their products and service offering.

Whilst going through this assignment, I got to research more on web-based marketing, distinguishing between B2C and B2B marketplaces. Through the research, I carried out, I got to know more information on the IT platforms and strategies used by our organization.
Competitiveness and IT
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

The personal value created in this assignment was the focus placed on the future profit potential. It challenged me to discover possible future threats as the market changes over time. Traditional strategic management talks about this, but the application in the real world is rather theoretical.

I appreciated the down-to-earth approach to plan strategically and to also monitor our activities against plans set.
Strategic management
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

By comparing our existing mission statement with the one I developed in this assignment, I realised that a mission statement has to mean something. I realised that some of the strength we had identified, were not going to be strengths in the future. I have also learnt that these have to lead my company into achieving potential profitability.

My company benefits from this assignment as we now have a clearly defined mission statement and be able to formulate strategies and implement them.
Strategic management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Human resource management

06.2019

This assignment has introduced me to a hitherto entirely new concept of continuous performance management with performance agreements. It may seem like an obvious concept to an expert but as a lay person in human resources management, the content of the reading materials was very relatable and I could clearly see where we have been getting it wrong and the steps we need to take to redress the situation.

The value created will be for the benefit of our law firm where I cannot wait to introduce this concept to my fellow partners when we meet for our mid-year partnership meeting next week. Other than being of high pragmatic value, this was also a most enjoyable course.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

International business

06.2019

This paper was very challenging to me as it was a completely new topic and as a result, I had to undertake a lot of wider reading.

With all that being said, to date this has been the most interesting assignment, this assignment challenge my normal thinking process and as I result, I believe that this is the best assignment I have produced due to the fact that I was relying on research as opposed to experience.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment.
International Business Law
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Digital leadership and transformation

05.2019

This course was a refreshing exercise for the writer. I got the opportunity and platform to analyze how digitalization affects our current and future profit potential. The most interesting part was going through the analysis using Porter’s five forces model and value chain analysis but looking at digital technology. Indeed, digitalization can make or break businesses in this day and age.
Competitiveness and IT
Takunda Togarepi
Takunda Togarepi, General Manager at Growmax Agrifertilizer (Pty) Ltd, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Linkedin: Takunda Togarepi

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

Reviewing this assignment, I realise the principles of effective management, whilst some of them not entirely new, were not fully understood in the depth and magnitude as suggested and recommended.

Whilst I applied some of the elements in my workplace, particularly in this project, I realised I had not fully applied them, and as a result used good management principles poorly, reducing my efficiency and effectiveness. I would say this also adversely affected the performance and outcome of my work during the period of this project.

Thanks to working on this assignment, I was able to find ways how to use good management principles well that will improve my efficiency and effectiveness
Principles of Effective Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

International business

05.2019

It was an eye opener how cultural norms can influence business and subsequently doing business successfully in other parts of the world.

I was amazed how interlinked our legal and tax systems are. Searching for positives that will make my country attractive to foreign direct investment, I realized how tough the international economic environments are. I also noticed how easy it is if your country is politically stable and the rule of law applies. Investors see the immediate benefit of doing business in such a country. This is equally true for developing countries.
International Business Law
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

By analysing my performance, I realised that there are quite a lot of things I take for granted that can actually help me improve my effectiveness and efficiency.

Becoming an effective manager, I can actually add more value than I did last year for my company and client. I will apply the learning this year and compare the value I will potentially add with what I did last year.
Tasks and Tools of Effective Management
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

International business

05.2019

While reading the mandatory readings for this course and later applying it to my own life I made me realized, how quickly we can judge across cultural lines.  While it is our human nature that justifies our behavior, this model made me realize how dangerous it is to judge because of a lack of knowledge.

Having studies this course, I see how international business negotiations can be won: don’t be judgmental, know the culture of who you are dealing with and how they operate and want to be treated.
Cross-cultural Management
Noreen  Muchena
Noreen Muchena, Company Secretary and Legal Advisor at Microcred Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Noreen  Muchena

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

All the principles learnt during this course were quite new to me.

This course enlightened me to management principles that are often ignored yet valuable. I shall definitely be making use of them in my upcoming projects.
Principles of Effective Management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Operations management

05.2019

This course has been eye-opening for me in many ways as I had hitherto thought that issues of processes management were just for businesses in the manufacturing sector or those who produce goods. I initially struggled to apply some of the principles of operations processes to service industry but thankfully, mandatory readings dedicated a lot of content to how operations management applies to businesses in the service industry, including professional services like ours.  

Even though it was not within the direct purview of this assignment, my largest take-aways from this course are content on core capabilities and quality dimensions. This resonated well with me in the professional services industry because it is often difficult to differentiate our service offering from that of our competitors who have the same level of expertise as we do but when looking at the service quality dimensions in the mandatory course readings such as responsiveness, aesthetics, humanity, flexibility, options etcetera, I got ideas of the precise features we need to include in our service offering in order to differentiate ourselves and give us a competitive edge over our competitors who have the same skill and ethical reputation as we do.

It may seem elementary to a skilled mind but to me, the light bulbs turned on quite bright and I am now working on coming up with a list of  service features that are aligned to our core capabilities which can help us define our competitive advantage and how our service is differentiated from that of our competitors – something which we have hitherto struggled to clearly define.  
Operations Processes
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Entrepreneurship

05.2019

This concept of analysis of management as a profession was a new concept to me. I have never viewed management like this. All I have known is to try my best and do my work as is expected without realising that I can have a long-term plan that will not change regardless of whatever element comes my way.

I will take the learning gained and try build on them and get them to help me add value.
Principles of Effective Management
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

Human resource management

04.2019

The main value I have derived from this course is that is, strangely enough, not in the form of gaining new insights and knowledge on human resource management skills.

Whilst I have discovered a great and useful tool in the ongoing PMI that I will no doubt readily implement to improve my communication and relations with my subordinates, the greatest value creation has been in the form of self-introspection and stepping back to view the person I have become and how I have treated those subordinate to me. My biggest regret is that I perpetuated the treatment I had abhorred whilst I was on the receiving end of it onto those who were entrusted to me to facilitate their learning and development.

With due respect to those who trained me, the famous passage in George Orwell’s Animal Farm rings true: “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which.” It is indeed sobering to realize how easily one can exude the same traits the abhor in others.

This assignment was on improving my own performance in facilitating the training of others but perhaps I need to start by working on what kind of person I want to be because the disposition of that person will inform the kind of manager I will be.
Learning and employee development
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Operations management

04.2019

This assignment has been great in helping me put to use some of the Six Sigma tools that I have known to exist but had never put them to use. It also has helped me to introspect on how I can make a difference in the process efficiencies daily.
Operations Processes
Ndapewa Ganes (nee Hangula)
Ndapewa Ganes (nee Hangula), Senior Manager: Strategy Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Ndapewa Ganes (nee Hangula)

Financial management

04.2019

This course was particularly challenging for me, as it has shown me another way of financial planning for organizations through the introduction of TARI.

Gaining financial planning is vital for any leader that wishes to understand their business performance, and I believe this course has equipped me with skills that I can use in both personal and professional life. As a senior manager at my workplace, we are required to set targets and assess how our teams are performing based on the set targets.

This course has given me a better appreciation for financial planning for my team and future roles.
Financial planning 2
Henry  Hoveka
Henry Hoveka, Managing Director at Multi-Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Henry  Hoveka

Operations management

04.2019

The IBR operations processes module has been the most difficult to comprehend at the onset as it was the first time I was ever introduced to this subject matter.

Until after the tutorial session, most of the self-learning did not make sense at all. The Tutorial presentations, whose recording I listened to a few times now, opened my eyes and the guidance receive fr om Professor Eli Dorfman was most enlightening.  Subsequently, challenges I experienced in our company and to which I wondered where to get solutions from had a sudden answer.

Thank your Professor Eli, I am most empowered and doing this assignment was very challenging and also enriching.
Operations Processes
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

International business

04.2019

As an Operational Manager in the commercial department the journey through this module assisted me in discovering impacts of globalisation on what we do today and will do tomorrow. Project planning and ad-hoc commercial projects is part of my KPA’s.

The course opened my eyes to the importance of globalization in our industry. Furthermore, I feel empowered to approach challenges and decision taken in our weekly Commercial Committee meetings with a globalization mindset.
The Nature of International Business
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

International business

04.2019

This course was valuable – especially for dealing with international partners.

This is not limited to an international investor who may want to invest in our company but also for me looking to invest in another country…. Completing this course also showed me that there are a number of logical steps to undertake in doing business internationally … which makes it all less daunting.

Through completing this assignment, I realized that attracting investors from abroad may not seem so far-fetched.
International Business Law
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

International business

04.2019

This assignment successfully integrated concepts of nature of international business, cultural aspects in business and the international business law in such a way that gave me a broader understanding and appreciation of international business.

My company also benefited through an introspection of the current form and how to successfully convince a potential investor into the business, especially given the drive and expansion that has been targeted for this year in order to increase profitability.
International Business Law