Leadership in the Growing Business: Getting started (5 credits)
You will learn about yourself and improve your self-leadership. You will learn to manage teams more effectively and to maximise your contribution to a team. You will be challenged to start thinking about your purpose and philosophy. On completion of this module, you will have set your goals for what you want to achieve in the MBA.
Leadership in the Growing Business B (5 credits)
This module draws on and brings together the learnings from the other modules on the MBA. You will be challenged to consolidate the purpose and philosophy of your personal leadership style. By doing this, you will be able to influence your followers to achieve the goals of the business.
Contemporary Management – A (5 credits)
Presented at the start of the MBA, this module encourages you to tackle and debate current and relevant issues. A good example of the kinds of issues that are tackled would be the pandemic.
Contemporary Management – B (5 credits)
This module follows on Contemporary Management: A. Here you are expected to tackle and debate current and relevant issues that arose during your first year of studies.
Innovative Marketing (10 credits)
Marketing has changed dramatically in the past five years, and this module covers how to market in a connected and digital world. Included in this module are the basics of market research, identifying target customers and designing digital marketing campaigns.
Competitive Strategy: Winning in the Market Place (10 credits)
Planning and implementing a strategy is the focus of the module. You will be guided through the processes necessary to assess the economy and competitors to formulate a winning strategy. Strategy without implementation is futile, therefore there is a strong emphasis on the steps necessary for the effective implementation of the strategy.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the 4th Industrial Revolution (10 credits)
The starting point for this module is to clarify and demystify entrepreneurship and innovation. Once having done this, we look at the opportunities that exist in a world that has moved to the 4th Industrial Revolution. A distinction that is also drawn in the module, is the difference between entrepreneurship and intrepreneurship, the latter being the “entrepreneurial mindset” in an organisation.
People Management (10 credits)
People Management is a make or break issue in small and medium-sized businesses. We will focus on how people management practices need to respond to the Volatile Uncertain Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world in which we operate. You will be challenged to evaluate your assumptions about how to select great employees, foster collaboration, and achieve outstanding performance.
Business in Society (5 credits)
This module attempts to answer the question “what is the purpose of business?” A number of different approaches to doing business are examined, including the model of “shared value”. The long-term sustainable benefits of ethical business are also explored. We also cover the codes related to business ethics in South Africa.
Business Ethics (5 credits)
We will explore the long-term sustainable benefits of ethical business, and the codes related to business ethics in South Africa.
Accounting (5 credits)
We start with the basics of accounting and assume that you do not have any background on the subject. Here you will learn how to interpret financial statements.
Financial Management (5 credits)
This module covers the basics of Financial Management and assumes that you do not have any background on the subject. You will learn how to understand the use of financial numbers to control and manage the business. Another aspect is the financing of businesses, and examples will be given of how one should approach financial institutions to raise funds.
ICT Driven Decision-Making in the 4th Industrial Revolution (10 credits)
In this module, you will learn about the use of technology and the role of digital business in small and medium-sized businesses. The use of big data and data analytics will also be explored.
Operations and Supply Chain Management (10 credits)
You will learn how to maximise the operations of a business whether it be for products or services. The theory of constraints will be used to explain how organisations can maximise their performance. In addition, we will explore how to establish and maintain an effective supply chain.
Economics and International Business (10 credits)
At the core of this module, is understanding economics, and the impact of economics and financial policy on businesses. It starts with the basics of economics and students are not required to have studied economics before. In the second part of the module, we will look at understanding international business and the opportunities and threats that exist. Case studies will be presented from different countries and we will look at how their economies developed in comparison to South Africa.
Capstone Consultancy Project
The Capstone Consultancy Project is the major project for the MBA and requires the student to identify a business dilemma, preferably in their own business. They will conduct a literature review on the identified dilemma, investigate the dilemma, and propose a solution.
Project Concept (5 credits)
Identify a concept
Project Proposal (5 credits)
A proposal outlining the dilemma
Project Milestone 1 (5 credits)
Project Milestone 2 (5 credits)
Project Report (30 credits)
Consulting report presenting the analysis of the problem and the solution. Students will be allocated a supervisor for this project.
Electives 1, 2 and 3 (10 credits each)
Students must select three electives, the list of what will be offered is determined at the start of the second year of study. Not all electives on the list will be offered.
Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups
If you are contemplating starting a business or have recently started a business, this one is for you. Opportunity identification, target markets, sources of finance and business models form part of the learning journey. Students should leave this elective having completed a realistic appraisal of their business idea.
Management Accounting for Decision-Making
This elective builds on the core module, Accounting and Financial Management, and focusses on accounting systems that support the management of the organisation. The evaluation of software accounting packages for small and medium-sized businesses is explored, as is the design of accounting systems that support the purpose of the business.
Contemporary Issues in Business Leadership (Leaders who get results)
This elective builds on the core module, Leadership in the Growing Business, and presents a number of case studies on South African and global business leaders to allow you to formulate your own specific leadership approach to run your business. This would include how to set a vision for the business, how to create an inclusive culture and how to engage employees to deliver superior performance.
Contemporary Issues in Costing and Pricing Models (Pricing for profit)
Here we help businesses with one of the most troublesome dilemmas that they face, which is how to price their goods or services. A number of pricing models will be investigated both for goods and services. The starting point of effective pricing is to understand your costs; therefore, this elective explores various methods to cost goods and services.
Contemporary Issues in Digital Marketing (Social media marketing)
In this elective, we cover the challenges of marketing in a connected world. We focus on how to market effectively using the internet and mobile marketing methods. The elective is very practical and will take the students through a step-by-step approach to design and implement social media marketing for both a product and a service.
Contemporary Issues in Digitalising Operations (Technology to facilitate operations)
We explore the role of a number of software packages that can be used to streamline operations and supply chain. The pros and cons of each are examined. Once again, the issue of effective implementation forms the vital part of the elective.
Contemporary Issues in International Business (Marketing beyond South Africa)
In this elective, a range of countries will be selected and the business opportunities for South African businesses explored. Factors such as the “ease” of doing business, country risk and logistics will all form part of the elective.
Global elective – international study tour (Optional)
Students may elect to undertake a global study tour arranged by JBS as one of their electives. Destinations such as India, China, Argentina and Ethiopia/Kenya are typical destinations for these electives. The cost of this optional elective is between $2,500 and $5,500.