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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Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Marketing management

04.2021

I think the reason why I really enjoyed working on this course is due to the potential value that it will bring to my employer. This was the first course where I actually involved key members of my company from the concept stage. Approximately half of the organisation provided their input into the course and in addition to this, this course has sparked a train a thought and initiatives which has created a buzz within the organisation.

Off the back of this course outcome, the CEO has personally created an organisation wide strategy meeting during the first week of April 2021 to discuss this product, this course outcome and to create initiatives which will hopefully lead to its implementation.

In general, I feel that my thinking and writing skills have become a lot more analytical and strategic in nature which is all in all moulding me to becoming a better director and leader.
Marketing Research
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Digital leadership and transformation

04.2021

This course has opened my understanding as to the critical role of IT and Digital Technology to the improvement of the company’s performance and competitiveness. LMC has always looked at IT as supports of emails and company network only. The role of IT is broader and quite significant if properly utilised. The company has come up with many short terms and long-term strategies but have never looked at how we are failing to compete in the modern world due to our manual system. IT is very important if LMC wants to be competitive in the modern-day world.
Managing IT and strategy
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Digital leadership and transformation

03.2021

4.0. industrial revolution, plus Covid-19 has allowed me to research on possible digital options available that will keep Ishecon in business for the coming decade.  These are simple tools that management is willing to try out, and when it works it will potentially retain our market position as a business in this industry.

Personally, this course has opened my eyes to new possibilities, the training program that I will carry out will use AR technology. It has always been fascinating for me and I am sure it will be for the generation Z of professionals that I will be training.
Competitiveness and IT
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

International business

03.2021

The assignment has afforded me an opportunity to do some introspection on some of the cross border transactions I have worked on with my partners. At the time of the transactions, my partners and I would have just brushed the issues aside. However, this assignment gives us opportunity to consider those cross cultural differences which could have been deal breakers and how best we can manage those.
Cross-cultural Management
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Marketing management

03.2021

As I am a sales specialist and marketing activities are very closely aligned to sales activities. I assumed that this course would be very easy for me to complete, hence my justifications to leaving it until the end.

However, this course really challenged my thinking and forced me to think on a strategic level and outside of the box. I had never heard of Lateral Marketing, prior to commencing with this course, however I thoroughly enjoyed working through it and expanding my knowledge and skills within this area.
Strategic Marketing
Japhet Zoraunye
Japhet Zoraunye, Senior Process Engineer at Sasol, Sandton, South African Republic
Linkedin: Japhet Zoraunye

International business

03.2021

The course and the research was valuable to me in that I was able to get awareness of the several global trends that affect the fertilizer and agricultural industry. I learnt a lot of new things especially with regards to analysis of external factors that affect business. The PESTEL framework was new to me and I was able to gain insight on how this tool can help in identifying threats and opportunities to any business. I am looking forward to using this tool to analyses other business sectors besides the fertilizer sector.

I am convinced that this research and its recommendations if implemented at ZFC will be able to result in a transformed business that is able to face the challenges of tomorrow and be a market leader in fertilizers in the region with high customer satisfaction.
The Nature of International Business
Cosmas  Zvikaramba
Cosmas Zvikaramba, Market and Operational Risk Manager at ZB Financial Holdings, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Cosmas  Zvikaramba

International business

03.2021

This course gave me an opportunity to analyse things from a global perspective and also to view the Group in the global arena. Coming from a developing world country and coupled with being in the financial services industry, during this course the most outstanding global trends were on the ecological environment and technology environment.

How serious is the issue of climate change and how fintechs are transforming the banking industry. I learnt new things on climate change, how it is a threat to the environment, as well as how international banks have responded to growth of fintechs. After going through such a course, one’s mind will be inclined to solve individual or work related problems with a Global mind-set and not only the local environment.
The Nature of International Business
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Digital leadership and transformation

03.2021

This course has been particularly challenging however, it has allowed me to look at strategy in a holistic view. Technology presents a world of endless opportunities but not every technology is right for the business.

I have learnt how to evaluate appropriate technology and ensure that it is working towards fulfilling the organizations strategic objectives. This has been a very good learning experience.
Managing IT and strategy
Brian Chizodza
Brian Chizodza, Senior SAP Business Solution Consultant at Baraka Technology Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Brian Chizodza

Digital leadership and transformation

03.2021

Studying this course was a blessing in disguise. The topic actually touches on issues that are affecting our SAP Consulting Industry at the moment. This assignment enabled me to look at the issues in a more pragmatic manner.

I feel the urge to present this topic to the Partners based on the guidelines set on this assignment as it will vividly express the need for a change in strategy since we are an IT company, we need to set an example and follow what the industry demands of us for survival.
IT and Organisational Applications
Victor Pea
Victor Pea, Chief Executive Officer at Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Linkedin: Victor Pea

Digital leadership and transformation

02.2021

This course has provided an opportunity for me to take time to consider how digital technology may assist the Trust to reach, engage and retain customers in the most cost-effective and direct way.  This further build on the knowledge and awareness created by the course Competitiveness and IT which will assist me in setting performance targets for the marketing and IT division in our quest to digitalise most of the operations around marketing and communication. This course and module on IT would enable me to provide guidance from an enlighten stand point, and trust that it will be of great help as we embark upon the journey to strengthen technological capability of the Trust.

The study material will come in handy as we have discussions around IT infrastructure and other platforms and solutions that the Trust can employ and capitalize on in order be responsive to customer concerns and retain its customers.
IT and Organisational Applications
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Digital leadership and transformation

02.2021

The biggest learning curve for me was the adaption of my thinking to not only focus on present day products and solutions and understand the value that they can bring to organizations today but to also evaluate organizations and the market in general to foresee what future products and solutions could be available on the market and understand how these could affect the future profit potential of businesses.

On the whole, I believe that this evolution in my thinking will be extremely valuable to my customers and will empower me to take my organization to new heights that I never fathomed.
Competitiveness and IT
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Regional Executive Director at Grandpak Pharmacies, For All Medical Society, Make Children and Women Count, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

International business

02.2021

What a course! This course provided a great start to this Global MBA program. As I read through the chapters provided as reference material, I identified opportunities which the company can tap into. Most interesting was the Chapter on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Porter’s Theory of Competitive Advantage (the diamond). There were some business initiatives that I had put on hold, because I was not fully aware of the opportunities and value in synergizing efforts with other international organizations.

While I gained theoretical knowledge, I resuscitated those discussions again. Merging theory and practice provides huge gains.
The Nature of International Business
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

Digital leadership and transformation

12.2020

Personal – the greatest value for me that was derived from this course was the need for me to start using digital technology for personal branding.

As a consultant, I need to put my name out there so that potential clients across Africa can know who I am and the services I can offer under Ishecon. There are many opportunities for personal branding e.g. creating a personal professional blog, or writing articles on relevant websites that have potential to bring clients and improve my client portfolio.

I have only been a consultant for a little over a year and the course has opened my eyes to digital opportunities that will help me start getting my own clients.
IT and Organisational Applications
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Marketing management

12.2020

Once again I must compliment the reading material selected for this course, it was simple straight to the point and content that can be taken fr om theory directly to the implementations in the market.
This is my first exposure to Market research over the course of my career I’ve been involved in allot of new campaigns and product launches and even projects introducing and starting with new projects.

It was an eye opener where the building blocks started and how to build on that momentum especially the drive where most of business can be generated as indicated by the research proposal.

This is a point I would like to emphasis we usually hear of market research in the company and then we launch a product but the epi centers in never shared and this can be a major contributor as to wh ere to launch products.
Marketing Research
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Marketing management

12.2020

Being a marketing professional, this course has been very insightful as it has shown given me a new dimension.

I can now look at the marketing communication process in a holistic approach and align it to the strategic objectives of the organization.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Hasting Tjipueja
Hasting Tjipueja, Senior Client Manager at Dimension Data Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Hasting Tjipueja

Digital leadership and transformation

12.2020

I knew from the past that IT is expected to be a business enabler, but never had the knowledge of the “how”. I was not able to explain how the IT function is expected to be positioned as a business enabler.

Through this course, I learnt that such an approach would be easier to start from the strategic planning perspective and take it through to the planning and implementation session of the IT strategy.  

Thank you for the continuous encouraging feedback and comments I get on the assignments I submitted on this module.  
Managing IT and strategy
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

Marketing management

10.2020

Being a marketing professional, this module has been very insightful as it has shown me a number of loopholes within my department and the way we plan. I believe that there will be a significant improvement in the performance of the department in the coming year and in particular the way it relates to other departments in the planning process.
Strategic Marketing
Brian Chizodza
Brian Chizodza, Senior SAP Business Solution Consultant at Baraka Technology Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Brian Chizodza

Marketing management

10.2020

Our company will benefit immensely from the knowledge I have acquired through this course in that I will be a resource person in marketing communications. I will be able to offer advice to both management and marketing department on issues concerning marketing communications, for example, I will be able to analyse, criticise and offer advice on any marketing communications done by the company. This will be done at no extra cost.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Operations management

10.2020

IBR Global MBA has brought a refreshing perspective on how learning should be done.

The Germany Operations Management residential brought to life all the principles learnt in theory and showed that it is possible to excel in industry. Value is created by continuously looking at our systems and making them relevant in order to meet customer needs.

Thank you IBR for this program!
Residential period: operations management
Hasting Tjipueja
Hasting Tjipueja, Senior Client Manager at Dimension Data Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Hasting Tjipueja

Operations management

10.2020

During the Operations Management residential program, we were glanced in how and why Germany's productivity growth comparatively highest in EU.

The program was an eye-opener in understanding that every every business require to excel in their internal elementary processes, that in return create value to their customers. We were given an opportunity to visit two SME’s in different sectors, and the take-home from these visits was that the strategic implementation can only be sustained with the involvement of top management team. Unlike in the East and most Western markets, these business in Germany are not compromising on quality, and they center their excellence on innovation and continuous improvement methodologies.

If I am given opportunity again for a similar program, I will not hesitate to accept it.
Residential period: operations management

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