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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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‘Force of nature’ wins Vice-Chancellor’s Award
19 October, 2018

Third-year Bachelor of Commerce Management Studies student Sarina Mpharalala was hailed as “a force of nature” as University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng named her the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award at the 15th Student Leadership Awards on 17 October.

The Department of Student Affairs awards event, in partnership with Investec Corporate Social Investment, is held annually to acknowledge individual students as well as student teams for their leadership contributions in respect of community, social justice, entrepreneurship and media.

Phakeng said of Mpharalala that she has a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship, empowerment and social impact, and has managed to maintain academic excellence while serving UCT as part of initiatives and organisations that have put her skills and capabilities to positive use.


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Doves, dragons and diplomats – ‘avatars’ for a new dean
19 October, 2018

There are many guide books for new academic deans and, as an award-winning teacher and researcher, Associate Professor Linda Ronnie did her homework when she applied for the job as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dean of Commerce.

It was Allan Tucker and Robert A Bryant’s book The Academic Dean: Dove, Dragon and Diplomat that she singled out, the trio of “avatars” suggesting just how adaptive deans must be as managers, especially in crisis.“I know which I’m likely to be,” Ronnie quipped.Those who know her will recognise the forthrightness and self-effacing humour.

Ronnie is the first Dean of Commerce among the last four incumbents who is not an economist or accountant. She brings a background in organisational psychology and human behaviour in management and education, along with a wealth of institutional knowledge after more than 15 years at the Graduate School of Business.


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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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