Global MBA Testimonials

The process of creating value through work-integrated learning is extraordinary. It shifts the primary learning experience from the confines of academic institutions to the actual workplaces of our students. This transformation leads to an unparalleled sense of purpose, as it transitions skills training from theoretical teaching to the invaluable experience gained on the job.

Additionally, work-integration redirects the traditional focus of study from analysis to practical implementation. It is the act of implementation that has the power to bring about real change in the world. This new approach enables students to realize their potential in effecting positive changes within their work environments.

We invite you to explore the remarkable feedback from some of our students who have been willing to openly share their experiences of creating genuine value in their workplaces.

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Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Metallurgical Manager at Eastplats, Brits, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

02.2022

This course unit has been an eye opener as to how technology and digitalization in the concept of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has improved the performance of other organizations into very effective and profitable businesses. Whilst, as Africa, we might cry at the influence of other external forces on our growth and resources, making us lag behind, I have also learnt that the world will not pause and wait for us to catch up.  

As the futurist Brett King said, the first principles of design and rethinking should be applied in order to make implementation of technology into the business more effective, as it will be based more on fulfilling the needs and requirements of our customers. This I feel, is very good advice and it gives a clear direction to what needs to be done to achieve this, rather than just implementing technology and digitalization without a clear customer-oriented goal.
Operations Residential
Tatenda-Jane Mangere
Tatenda-Jane Mangere, Project Accountant at Albarrie Canada Limited, Barrie, Canada

01.2022

Having reflected on my new position at Albarrie Canada and my role as Project Accountant while doing this assignment, I saw an angle I had not seen before. I had not seen myself in a position of leading change and had just been working to fulfill a role. I now have a clear understanding of what I need to do to be more effective at my role and be able to lead the change needed effectively.
Development of Management Skills
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

01.2022

This course allowed me to realise that whilst sometimes we may be quick to blame other people for causing us to fail. A true leader has to possess knowledge and the wits to bulldoze through rough terrains and lead teams successfully.

I also realised the importance of people finding you credible, without this one will have a challenge leading change successfully as it will be a daunting task to have people buy what you are trying to convince them to do.

I also realised the importance of the change in language when signaling change. Statements like , things are changing around here, can create a readiness for change and as a result it becomes easy to convince people. Repeating the Vision as well is important in personalising the vision and allowing it to be part of those whom we lead. I realised it is critical to ask for one in cases where you are tasked to lead. It will help as a point of reference as well as communicating a common goal.
Development of Management Skills
Martha Bhunu
Martha Bhunu, Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linkedin: Martha Bhunu

12.2021

This residential put a whole new meaning to strategic Management. It is true that the most important thing is value creation. Focusing on future profit potential is critical for organizations who seek to plan strategically instead of being fixated on past achievements. Thank you Prof Kelling for the well thought out and informative residential
Strategic Management
Farayi Maringazuva
Farayi Maringazuva, Independent Consultant at Comprehensive Consulting, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Farayi Maringazuva

12.2021

Great interactions, group discussions, cross-pollination of ideas, network creation, and most of all the knowledge acquisition.

Interesting angle on strategic management, eye-opening will help to improve career progression and strategy formulation for our teams and small organizations giving them a fair chance in this challenging environment. Thank you IBR Institute of International Business Relations and Dr Andreas Kelling for a well-structured program.
Strategy Intensive
Mmakgomo Maubane
Mmakgomo Maubane, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer - Africa & Middle East at Zutari South Africa, Mahikeng, South African Republic
Linkedin: Mmakgomo Maubane

12.2021

Great Global MBA experience, thank you Dr Andreas Kelling for an extremely well packaged five-day online session on Strategic Management.

Enjoyed learning from authors who pioneered modern- day thinking on strategy and why businesses exist. Great hearing from chief executives and entrepreneurs of companies in diverse industries, too. Connecting with fellow students was the cherry on top.
Strategy Intensive
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

12.2021

An informative and insightful mentorship session. There is no doubt that businesses should continously design strategies and interventions using a customer needs lens, of course maximising their strengths and belief system. This way, even as changes continue to rock our business world, it is most likely that businesses remain relevant coupled with a strong utility function.

Having used human centered design approaches in addressing public health challenges, I found these interlinkages on defining and aligning customer needs with business missions very informative and so exciting. And to top it off, the Malik Gaelweiler Strategy Map, is a powerful tool to minimise the risk of making detrimental business decisions. IBR Institute of International Business Relations, thanks so much.

Dr Andreas Kelling - my future profit potential, you were spot on...Looking forward to the next session..
Strategy Intensive
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

12.2021

With the current global changes, most organizations will now require revolutionary management teams to steer their business's into the future. This past week's discussions with Dr Andreas Kelling and the IBR Global MBA students definitely set the tone for us to introspect on our strategies in our various organizations. Thank you to IBR Institute of International Business Relations for the practical lessons.
Strategy Intensive
Japhet Zoraunye
Japhet Zoraunye, Research And Development Engineer at Stamicarbon, Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands
Linkedin: Japhet Zoraunye

12.2021

Eye opening discussions on strategy map, customer value creation and future profit potential vs current profit potential. Good insights from Prof Andreas Kelling and the IBR Institute of International Business Relations team
Strategy Intensive
Thembelihle Ndlovu
Thembelihle Ndlovu, Financial Controller at MASCA Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Thembelihle Ndlovu

12.2021

A big thank you to IBR Institute of International Business Relations and Professor Andreas Kelling for such an insightful and value adding online learning experience.

The lessons around the importance of creating value over merely making money; as well as listening, seeing beyond today and evolving with the needs of your clients definitely struck a chord and provoked a change in our approach to business strategy. Also, the use of technology to encourage informal interactions in between the sessions was absolutely amazing.
Strategy Intensive
Franzelle de Klerk
Franzelle de Klerk, Industrial Engineer at Fischer Consulting Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Franzelle de Klerk

12.2021

Future profit potential! Not just a buzzword anymore. Now its a clear concept ready to be applied in any setup. Thank Prof. Kelling! To my fellow classmates, Zipporah, Miranda, Japhet, Martha, Cosmas, Pricilla, Linda, Mike, Farai, Manners, Lindelwe, Tatenda, and Thembi. The journey was better with you there.
Strategy Intensive
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

12.2021

Great week of learning, eye opening and practical approach to applying strategic management effectively. Many thanks to Professor Andreas Kelling, for walking us through the journey from Financial planning to Strategic Management. Looking forward to applying everything I learnt.
Strategy Intensive
Mmakgomo Maubane
Mmakgomo Maubane, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer - Africa & Middle East at Zutari South Africa, Mahikeng, South African Republic
Linkedin: Mmakgomo Maubane

12.2021

As an Executive I have derived a lot of value through this assignment at a personal level. I will give much consideration to preparing for the performance management and review discussion with my direct reports. My leadership and management will change as I will begin to have on-going performance discussions in my weekly meetings with them and provide feedback on the job and not wait for a meeting.

For the organization I believe this new system of reviewing managing performance and development of employees will position the company as world class and enable it to achieve the status of the best place to work at giving it advantage over competitors.
Appraisal and Performance of Human Resources
Mmakgomo Maubane
Mmakgomo Maubane, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer - Africa & Middle East at Zutari South Africa, Mahikeng, South African Republic
Linkedin: Mmakgomo Maubane

11.2021

This assignment has delivered immeasurable value to me as an executive.

I will be able to engage meaningfully and challenge HR and Recruitment specialists on the weaknesses and strengths of their recruitment, selection and placement strategies when discussing roles and vacancies to be filled in my department.

I certainly believe the induction programme will deliver value for the business in its objectives of being an employer of choice and retain talent to pursue research and development to own its IP.
Recruitment, Selection and Placement of HR
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

10.2021

This was an intensive financial accounting and planning module. I benefited a lot from key concepts on how to measure productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the company using standard financial accounting and planning tools. I didn’t think that I would see the three modules through, but here I am. Thank you for the opportunity to knit the 3 assignments together in one assignment. I could follow the stages and depth of financial management.
Advanced Financial Planning
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

10.2021

The Residential period was enjoyable, informative, superb, and conducted in a relaxed manner. I enjoyed most the wealth of experiences and examples shared from a broad range of topics by Prof Jannie LeRoux .... from religion to different work spaces. The method of delivering key points was so refreshing - it was not the typical HR learning I am used to.

What was most impactful on my mindset were concepts such as performance appraisal, productive paranoia and empirical creativity. The discussions around these changed my view about many business issues and decisions. Hence, I really had a great time.
Human Resources Intensive
Lindelwe  Manyawu
Lindelwe Manyawu, Executive Assistant to the Chairman at The Vumba Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Lindelwe  Manyawu

09.2021

This assignment has been very valuable in many ways both as a manager for the company and at an individual level. It has taught me that when doing financial planning it is critical to first and foremost ascertain our existing operational capacity utilization level. Once this is established it can then be used to set a target for the coming year(s) and should consider desired net profit(s) to establish required productivity levels per month, week or day.

The assignment has also taught me ways l can prepare forecast financial statements (Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Budget) that are helpful in not only forming a vision of what is likely to happen in the future but providing tools that can be used to monitor actual performance against set targets. As a result of this assignment, l am also now able to calculate the Break-Even-Point, an important cost management tool that indicates the point where a company makes neither a profit nor loss. The BEP can be reduced by reducing and controlling fixed costs and or increasing sales margin per unit.

Before doing this assignment, l thought a percentage increase in cost of sales would reduce gross and net profit by the similar percentage only to discover that this is not the case. In this assignment, a 5% increase in cost of sales reduced the net profit by a drastic 73%.
Advanced Financial Planning
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

09.2021

What a way to learn. This assignment took me the longest time to complete, as I had to grasp the basic concepts first of TDABC and CBA. Some concepts seemed simple during the Residential period and Tutorial, but it was not so when going through the exercises.

Management was surprised with invoice analysis and capacity at which the company is operating. As new orders continue to come in, many discussions and decisions are being made on effective strategies to improve efficiency and manage outsourcing costs. The assumption was that the company is overwhelmed, and yet this analysis reveals some critical areas which can be strengthened for optimum capacity.

Thank you, Professor Janos, for bringing valuable solutions to our doorstep!!
Financial Planning
Charles Stols
Charles Stols, Engineering Manager at MegChem, Cape Town, South African Republic
Linkedin: Charles Stols

08.2021

This assignment provided me with incredible insight. I found the importance to ensure proper alignment between the ICP and strategy map very valuable. Working on this assignment allowed me to discover how we - working in the real world - can save time and money by allocating effectively resources to most relevant tasks and activities.

It has been an eyeopener that the option to not implement digital technology provides an enormous risk for companies to become obsolete.  Digital technology is a necessity to stay competitive and improves effectiveness when implemented correctly, as demonstrated in my assignment.
Managing IT and Strategy
Martha Bhunu
Martha Bhunu, Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linkedin: Martha Bhunu

08.2021

When I embarked on my MBA journey, I had no idea how the decision would change my life. I honestly thought it would be all books and research but I wasn’t prepared for how the program would get me thinking about things I thought I knew and take me along the path of rethinking my interaction with stakeholders as I conduct Assurance Reviews.

As a Reviewer covering many different markets it never really dawned on me that despite working in the same organisation with review subjects, the behaviour and understanding of things may differ as these are deeply rooted in how each culture understands and relates to the world we live in. The course on cross cultural management highlighted these issues in a fascinating yet educative way
Cross-cultural Management