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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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Marketing lecturer scoops excellence in teaching award at The Experiential Classroom XIX
05 October, 2018

Raeesah Chohan, a lecturer at the School of Management Studies, teaches Digital Marketing and Services Marketing to final year Bachelor of Business Science and Postgraduate Diploma students at UCT. She received a partial scholarship from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) to attend the Experiential Classroom Workshop XIX; an initiative by the University of Florida's Warrington School of Business.

The 4-day workshop was held at the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Tampa. It comprised seminars by renowned professors in the field of Entrepreneurship and the teaching thereof, with particular attention to the experiential learning and case study methods.


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Commerce Researchers captivate in TED-style talks
05 October, 2018

Six dynamic researchers have reflected the diversity of the university’s Faculty of Commerce in Ted-style talks. They revealed their newly published research to an audience of alumni, staff and students in the Commerce Alumni Lecture Series 2018.

The researchers were challenged to unpack their research in an accessible way within 15-minute time slots.

Acting Deputy Dean: Research, Dr Sure Mataramvura, said the series aimed to stimulate research and showcase the work of the faculty. A thread of engaged research and transformation wove through all six presentations.

The series was prompted by a member of UCT’s Cape Town Alumni Chapter, Laurence Gawronsky (BBusSc, 1979), who was keen to hear more about the work of his alma mater.

“There is excellent work being done in the faculty, but it’s a bit of a secret. This is a way for alumni to be more actively engaged in the life of the university,” said Gawronsky.

First up to deliver her 15-minute lecture was Associate Professor Ines Meyer. Drawing on her work in Organisational Psychology, Meyer reflected on the changing nature of work.


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Decolonization discourse and the transformation of the programme evaluation curriculum
06 September, 2018

Management Studies Postdoctoral Fellow participates in panel discussion on decolonisation of the African Evaluation curriculum

On the 17th of August 2018, Dr Nombeko Mbava, a postdoctoral fellow specializing in Africa-centric evaluation approaches within the School of Management Studies, contributed to a stimulating event at the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results, Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Dr Mbava joined a high level panel of experts convened to critically discuss the “decolonization of the African evaluation curriculum”, within the broader debate of the indigenisation of evaluation practice on the African continent.

Stakeholders interrogate pluralistic evaluation methods and knowledge that could potentially further our understanding of evaluating what (and how) social programmes and policies work in the African context.


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