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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Tawanda Nyandimu
Tawanda Nyandimu, MEDICAL DIRECTOR at MBUYA DORCAS HOSPITAL, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tawanda Nyandimu

Financial management

09.2019

Of significant personal importance, the invoice analysis process has equipped me with knowledge on how to assess productivity more intricately and help to improve efficiency by both human resources and other resources employed in the business.

The fact that this process can be done more on a regular basis allows me to intervene on the needs of the business rather than waiting for the infrequent financial statements which lack this information for decision making.
Financial Planning 1
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

Financial management

09.2019

As this analysis was for the company I work for, I found it very helpful as I usually rely on our finance team to look at data and make recommendations to me.

However, from now on, I am able to analyze financial statements on my own. I will also be able to question what the finance team gives to me. I have also understood that because the financial statements measure historical data, there is a need to further analyze financial information about our company in order to come up with solutions in real time and make sure we meet our goals.
Financial Accounting
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Financial management

09.2019

This was my first encounter with financial planning. The biggest surprise for me was how cheap we sell data/MB. It was also an eye opener to discover geographical areas and technologies with the highest usage of data/MB.  

I’m involved with many commercial campaigns and projects as part of my key performance areas. We usually start with a project or business plan and plan towards a number of sales bases on the return on the investment we want. The analysis method introduced in the Global MBA (TARI) is a great tool. It is equal to trouble shooting and bringing to light with regards to pricing or operations, in short discovering areas that we can we fix.
Financial Planning 1
Prosper Rugube
Prosper Rugube, Process Operations Manager at MINOPEX, Tete, Mozambique
Linkedin: Prosper Rugube

Competitiveness and IT

09.2019

In doing this course, the writer realized how critical it is to consider information capital portfolio during strategy mapping. Many at times, this aspect is overlooked during strategy formulation and mapping. Having considered, information capital, the revised strategy for our company looked much better in the writer’s opinion.

The other interesting aspect of the exercise was the amalgamation of concepts from financial management, IT, Operations Management and Entrepreneurship. It has been an enlightening and enjoyable exercise.  
Managing IT and strategy
Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore, Human Capital OD Manager at Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Jessica Moore

Operations management

09.2019

In conclusion, this assignment was tough to say the least. I think I worked on this for 5 months easily. I read the book a few times, and every time I thought I had it, I was confused again. But I wanted to commit myself to understand it, and really try to apply it. It forced me to source information from senior executives in the company that also had no clue as to what the strategy really is or how to explain it.

So, I am really proud of knowledge I gained, and can now understand, even though it might seem like not significant on paper, behind each target, and process was hours of working through what the most important area would be. I definitely gained a wealth of information and knowledge.
Strategic performance management
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Financial management

09.2019

This course has been very useful to me and my growth as a manager.

It helped me plan my work by looking at a larger picture in comparison to what I am doing currently. Now I know that whatever decisions I will make in my department have a bigger impact on the company performance as a whole.

Previously, I never really did pay much attention to financial books, but this course has made it easier for me to interpret and understand.
Financial Accounting
Tawanda Nyandimu
Tawanda Nyandimu, MEDICAL DIRECTOR at MBUYA DORCAS HOSPITAL, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tawanda Nyandimu

Financial management

08.2019

I now possess better knowledge of financial statements and am more confident in interpreting and analyzing a company’s Balance Sheet which basically shows the financial position of a company. I now know that a Balance Sheet reports on a company's assets and its financing structure i.e. its liabilities and ownership equity at a given point in time. This will help when making personal investment decisions as I will have the ability to identify a company with a good financial position to invest in.

I now have knowledge to analyze company trends in terms of profitability by analyzing its Income statement and that profitability on paper does not mean that a business is liquid as its cash may be tied up in debtors. Meaning that a business can actually struggle to cover its creditors and operations when on paper it is said to be profitable. This was very mind boggling and a huge eye opener to me!

Before studying the Financial Accounting course, I was not confident to comment on our performance whenever we had Financial Subcommittee Board meetings. But now I am more confident and can now contribute better in our financial planning and am more confident even to make personal financial investments as mentioned above.
Financial Accounting
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Financial management

08.2019

This was my first encounter with Financial Accounting.

I finally understand the most important elements of profit and loss statements, balance sheets and income statements. In the past, when I looked at a company or evaluated its performance I only concentrated on revenue, income and dividends declared, especially those companies I hold share in.

This course thought me the value of the ratio’s and the interpretation of these ratios.
Financial Accounting
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Financial management

08.2019

This assignment was very beneficial to me: I learned how to read financial statements and interpret the results when the certain ratios are calculated.

I appreciate to have some more in-depth understanding of my company and the ability to help analyzing financial results. In this regard I value the gained understanding that the calculated ratios can be misleading when they are not compared.
Financial Accounting
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

International business

08.2019

This assignment has given me a clear understanding on how to deal across cultural borders.

From a sales point of view, it is important to research, understand and adapt to the cultures of the target market that I am dealing with. By applying the lessons learnt I have experienced that there are varying degrees to which a culture is relationship or deal focused, it’s not a one size fits all situation.
Cross-cultural Management
Perseverance Chavunduka
Perseverance Chavunduka, Production Superintendent at Bindura Nickel Corporation, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Perseverance Chavunduka

Operations management

08.2019

This assignment has been great in helping me reflect on my company’s supply chain and in the process my understanding of certain aspects has improved. As a production person, I can now contribute sensibly in matters relating to supply chain management as a result of going through this module.
Supply chain management
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Senior Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Secunda, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

Marketing management

07.2019

This is what I experienced in writing this assignment: also, we as engineers can follow a systematic approach to better communicate with the market. Further, I discovered how many real opportunities are waiting for us in the larger market.

It also helped me to think wider, which is eye-opening.
Marketing Decisions and Managing Activities
Alan Krohne
Alan Krohne, Manager: Retail Infrastructure and Development at Mobile Telecommunications Ltd, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Alan Krohne

Entrepreneurship

07.2019

The strategic management residential period and finalizing this assignment coincided with our company’s yearly budget preparation for the new financial year.  Budget preparation and presentations will be complemented with attending of a strategic management workshop for middle management (of which I’m part off) and the executive committee.

This assignment comes at the right time and equips me to be prepared for our discussions on strategy.
Strategic management
Vincent Bosha
Vincent Bosha, Sales Executive at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Vincent Bosha

International business

07.2019

This assignment has created value for me by changing my perception and allowing me to view my organization in a global light.

It has allowed me to see how different events that happen across the world can have a direct impact on our day to day operations. I have learnt that there is no blanket approach to conducting operations in more than one physical location, the organization needs to account for cultural differences when coming up with strategies for each market.
The Nature of International Business
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Plant Manager at ChromTech Holdings, Thabazimbi, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

Marketing management

07.2019

This assignment proved to be quite helpful for myself as it gave me a new perspective of analysing a problem.

When our sales were lower, we concentrated mainly on reducing unit costs of production in order to offset poor sales. We never conducted a marketing research in order to determine why our sales dwindled. As result we missed out on a chance to properly understand the problem ….

The outcome of this assignment will benefit my company in solving problems and actually using this as a predictive tool for opportunities and threats we might meet now and in the future.
Marketing Research
Lerato Mphelo
Lerato Mphelo, Strategic Programme Manager at Absa Group, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Lerato Mphelo

Operations management

07.2019

The biggest value add for me is simply by virtue that while at my workplace I am in contact Lean and Six Sigma engineers on a daily basis, I have never been exposed to it as content. This course made me have an even deeper understanding of Six Sigma and Lean and enabled me to even see the opportunity and possibility of applying it not only at my workplace but also in my private business.
Operations Processes
Takunda Togarepi
Takunda Togarepi, General Manager at Growmax Agrifertilizer (Pty) Ltd, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Linkedin: Takunda Togarepi

Entrepreneurship

07.2019

In conducting this assignment, I managed to realise how deficient the mission statement for our company was.

The existing mission did not include any strengths, needs and beliefs in the current context, let alone to address the future needs of the customer and technology applicable to address the needs. This exercise managed to develop an excellent path for the development of a proper business mission statement which then assisted in formulating strategies to improve the future profit potential of the company into the future. The mission statement will be an important tool against which all. Future decisions will be made.

The developed strategies will be aimed at developing strengths, which are necessary to meet the future customer needs. Implementing such strategies will enable the company to be competitive and position itself well in the future profit context.
Strategic management
Nataliya Kot
Nataliya Kot, Project Manager at Loxoft, Kiev, Ukraine
Linkedin: Nataliya Kot

Human resource management

06.2019

This assignment helped me to take a fresh look at existing performance appraisal process in our company.   From one side we already have established process, but from other side we have got issues with implementation on the ground.  It was great opportunity for me to identify, understand our shortcomings and think about ways for improving existing processes.

People are our main value. Performance appraisal should help us developing and motivating them. Having finished this course, performance appraisal for me won’t be only a formal procedure but a way to develop the capacity of people to meet and exceed expectations and to achieve their full potential to the benefit of themselves and the organization.
Appraisal and Performance of HR
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

This assignment was a real eye opener for me.

As a leader in my organisation, I have been focusing our strategy on what our competitors are doing and what we can do to increase revenues. I now realise that the most important thing in business is meeting the needs of our customers. The harmony between our strengths and beliefs and the needs of our customers will result in success in business.

Our strategy sessions will never be the same again.
Strategic management
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, Chief Sales Officer at IoT Analytics GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

Entrepreneurship

06.2019

This assignment was very challenging and yet inspiring for me as it touched on some personal issues and forced me to analyse my failures and set recommendations for the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed working through this assignment, I have often reflected on my mistakes from the past however, the beauty of this assignment allowed me to put a theorical framework behind these failings in order to provide me with some greater clarity.
Principles of Effective Management