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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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UCT Lockdown Letters: Art, my creative response to a pandemic
07 May, 2020

Dr Catriona Towriss, a senior lecturer from the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARE) in the School of Management Studies shares the deep need of her community during lockdown with a sequence of four artworks she created to echo their voices.

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UCT alumnus makes Forbes Africa 30 under 30 list
30 April, 2020

The 28-year-old founder and managing director of CapeCrops – a supplier of South African fruit and vegetables to roughly 25 countries around the world – was named one of the people who is “forging ahead with incredible, creative and profound strategies to shape our tomorrow”.

Essack, who described himself as a “born entrepreneur”, graduated with a BCom in Management Studies from UCT’s Faculty of Commerce in 2017.


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Anatomy of a transformation
02 December, 2019

Associate Professor Suki Goodman and her team in the marketing section of the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have won the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation award. It took gritty determination, said Goodman, who is head of the school. She spoke with the newsroom’s Helen Swingler.

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