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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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Balance and blend – the new dean of commerce
23 March, 2016

When Ingrid Woolard threw her hat into the ring for the position as dean of commerce towards the end of 2015, it was with some hesitancy. The selection process had already gone two rounds and there was her research to think about – a body of work that has earned her a formidable reputation in government policy circles, but also has a good measure of personal significance.

As pro vice-chancellor for poverty and inequality, Professor Murray Leibbrandt, says, she is “without a peer as a producer of survey data and a top-cited economic researcher.”

Woolard cut her teeth as a data manager on the country’s first national living standards measurement survey in 1994, which the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) produced with the World Bank at the request of the ANC.


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Business communicators gather at UCT
06 January, 2016

Business communicators from 24 countries are gathered at UCT for an international conference on how to keep ahead of the curve in a fast-changing world.

Titled ‘Figuratively speaking’, the first Association of Business Communication (ABC) conference in Africa has brought together close to 150 delegates from 24 countries, representing every continent in the world.

Hosted by the Professional Communication Unit in the School of Management Studies in the Commerce Faculty, the ABC conference was set to focus on a variety of issues, not least the impact of social media on reputation management.


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Appointment of new Dean of Commerce
31 December, 2015

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dr Max Price, has announced the appointment of the first women dean of Commerce – Professor Ingrid Woolard from the School of Economics. For his letter to colleagues and students

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