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Welcome to the School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department in the Faculty of Commerce. Originally established in 1964 along with the Bachelor of Business Science degree, the department was initially created as the Department of Business Science, taking primary responsibility for the convening and development of this prestigious 4-year degree.

Three decades later, in 1994, this successful and expanding department was re-named the School of Management Studies, incorporating several academic disciplines in a variety of sections. Each section is involved in a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and courses. While enjoying close and collegial alignment and integration under the banner of the School, the diverse sections have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own affairs, both administrative and academic. As can be seen below, it is this very diversity that makes the School unique in the tertiary educational landscape of South Africa and is one of its core strengths. Read more ...

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Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Business Communication
12 July, 2016

Are you interested in a business and corporate communication career? Whether as a campaign, media, HR or PR manager, company spokesperson, negotiator or communication strategist, you need the ability to curate, manage, present and disseminate information in engaging, relevant and appropriate ways! With new digital career paths reshaping our world, job opportunities are accelerating at an exponential rate.

This new diploma is unique in that it provides a solid managerial base, common to all the existing one-year postgraduate diplomas in the School of Management Studies (SMS), coupled with an array of business communication specialisations.


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New professors share journeys and reflections
29 June, 2016

How long does it take to become a professor? Following UCT’s recent ad hominem promotions and as the university works to transform its academic cohort, this question is a moot point. Ten candidates share their journeys …

The often cited statement that it takes 20 years to grow a professor has come under scrutiny at a time when the university is working hard to transform its senior academic cohort.

There’s no cookie-cutter method, says Ulrike Rivett, the Department of Information Systems’ newest and first woman full professor and one of the 25 new professors named after UCT’s latest round of ad hominem promotions. It depends on when you do your PhD and when you start on the first of four rungs to the top: lecturer level.


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Joel is a prof in the making
23 June, 2016

A senior lecturer in the Marketing section of Management Studies, Dr Joel Chigada, has been identified as part of the next generation of professoriate in Commerce.

The reason for his selection is not hard to see, according to Dr Kanshukan Rajaratnam, Strategic Projects Manager in Commerce.

He said: “Joel joined the Marketing Section with a wealth of both industry and academic experience. Soon after joining UCT, he was asked to lead the Marketing Section. Marketing is a discipline where students have asked for more contextualizing of class examples and case studies to the South African and African setting. He has the knowledge and leadership skills to make this happen. For example, he has already developed case studies involving Nandos and MTN.”


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