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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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Researching affirmative action at UCT
06 March, 2018

A study by researchers from the University of Cape Town on the hotly debated issue of affirmative action has shown that the university’s policies have a substantial impact on the racial distribution of who is offered a place at the university.

The paper, titled “Estimating the size and impact of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at the University of Cape Town”, was recently published in the South African Journal of Economics.

Lead researcher Andrew Kerr from DataFirst in the Faculty of Commerce; Patrizio Piraino, associate professor at UCT’s School of Economics; and Vimal Ranchhod, the deputy director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) looked into various sources of data to estimate the extent and targeting of affirmative action at UCT.

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Entrepreneurship convener launches a book explaining the creative process
19 February, 2018

David Priilaid, an Associate Professor in the School of Management Studies and convener of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, is launching a book entitled Creativity Explained – from Music and Art to Innovation in Business. The book officially launches on 18 April 2018.

Priilaid has a PhD in non-linear econometrics and publishes mostly in the field of wine and economic psychology, though some of his poetry has appeared in print. He was a resident DJ on UCT’s campus radio from 1987 to 1990, and his formative experience in the arts provided fertile ground for the genesis of this book.

“My book follows on the back of “Creativity in Business” (BUS4090F), a course which I initiated in 2012, says David Priilaid, who also teaches a course in start-up strategy. “As an English major, a dabbler in poetry, and DJ rooted in music of the 60’s and 70’s I have always been fascinated in the lives of my musical and literary heroes.

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Blockchain hackathon winners
16 February, 2018

Blockchain technology isn’t just about trading cryptocurrencies – it can make everyday life better. The winners at Unlock the Block – the continent’s largest blockchain hackathon – proved this, delivering solutions that can facilitate cattle trading, improve governance in companies and more.

Unlock the Block was hosted by Linum Labs and the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM). Culminating in Cape Town’s first ever blockchain symposium, the 10-day event saw almost 80 participants from around the world attending.

The first five days were dedicated to a digital “boot camp”, during which participants were exposed to the blockchain tools needed to develop decentralised applications and protocols. At the end of the hackathon, participants were given three days to develop their own blockchain applications.

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