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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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17 July, 2018


School of Economics
Faculty of Commerce

The School of Economics in the Faculty of Commerce under the auspices of the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) funded by the Department of Higher Education is seeking to make a permanent appointment of a black South African at the Lecturer level in the field of Economic Development. This appointment will be made in terms of the purposes expressed in the Staffing South African Universities Framework (SSAUF). For more information on the nGAP programme see

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Decent work a driver for sustainable lives
14 June, 2018

The new South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chair in Creation of Decent Work and Sustainable Livelihood has been awarded to organisational psychologist Associate Professor Ines Meyer. Her work takes a ‘humanomics’ view of a living wage in society.

One of three holders of a SARChI Chair in the Faculty of Commerce, Meyer’s new position will support the National Development Plan Priority Areas.For the past three and a half years Meyer’s research has explored the living wage as a means of fulfilling United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Decent Work Agenda.

The ILO first developed a normative concept of decent work in their 1999 Decent Work Agenda. The concept was defined along four pillars: Rights at Work, Fostering Employment, Social Protection and Social Dialogue. Plainly put, decent work is generally accepted as work which respects human dignity, secures an adequate livelihood, supports individuals and their families to fully develop their capacities and talents, and is a unifying interest shared globally.

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Summer Institute in Computational Social Science
16 April, 2018

A Summer Institute in Computational Social Science will be held at the University of Cape Town from 18-29 June 2018. The purpose of the Summer Institute in Cape Town is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The organizer and principal faculty of the Summer Institute in Cape Town is Dr Visseho Adjiwanou. It is supported by the University of Cape Town, Russel Sage Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Cape Town satellite, together with five other satellites in the US and Finland are organized with the support of the Summer Institute organised at Duke.

To access the Cape Town schedule, please click read more.

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