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GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy: Building Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa

Publish date:2017-09-13

University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) was the first academic institution in South Africa to tackle the amorphous topic of social entrepreneurship, starting with a series of colloquiums in 2003 building up to the first fully-fledged year-long programme in 2009.

The Social Entrepreneurship Programme has continued to grow with a class intake of 70 per year, as students work through the dynamics of developing hybrid businesses, in the highly constrained South African environment. South Africa’s inequality is well documented, vying with Brazil for top spot on the Gini Index. But it is our youth bubble, and high unemployment put at 50% for young people where the constraints are deeply felt. 



Can outcomes-based financing catalyse early-stage investments in Green Small and Growing Businesses?

Publish date:2017-08-23

More than 600 million people across the African continent lack access to clean, safe and affordable energy. According to the Africa Progress Panel, it will take until 2080 for every African to have access to electricity if we keep doing what we are doing. In spite of this rather gloomy prediction, lights are switching on across the continent, thanks to the ingenuity of energy entrepreneurs. But the green economy is also about more than access to energy, it’s about the innovative entrepreneurs building worm farms and turning waste oil from restaurants into bio-diesel and fertilizer. According to almost all of them, access to finance and mentorship are the two main impediments to growth.



The IBC - A Decade of Excellence

Publish date:2017-07-17

Since its inception a decade ago, the International Business Conference (IBC) has become a well-established academic conference, despite its humble beginnings in 2007.

In 2005 three South African business schools, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School, Potchefstroom Business School and the Business School of Tshwane University of Technology, met in Port Elizabeth to discuss collaboration between them. The business schools were represented by Prof Kobus Jonker, Prof Tommy du Plessis and Prof Sonja Swanepoel respectively. 



UGBS Makes it to the Top 20 of the CFO Competition

Publish date:2017-07-17
The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) has progressed to the next stage of The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Case Study Competition. The event, which is an international multi-round business management and leadership-focused competition is organised annually by The Charter Quest Institute of South Africa.



HEM Business School Reflects on 30 Years of Success

Publish date:2017-07-17

A question is always asked,''who is the real and final client of a Business School?''

What better recognition for HEM Business School, which is about to celebrate its 30 years, than to be ranked THE Number 1 Private Business School in Morocco? And by whom? By the HR Directors.

The appreciation of the business world remains, in fact, the most relevant for a management school.



Strathmore Leads the Way in Data Revolution

Publish date:2017-07-17

Strathmore University is soon set to host one of Africa’s largest Open Data Source Center, through a consortium of global partners. Strathmore University is the first institution in Kenya to join the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Data Development. 



IMF Ghana Representative Speaks On Regional Economic Outlook For Sub-Saharan Africa at UGBS

Publish date:2017-07-17

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative for Ghana, Dr. Natalia Koliadina, on Thursday 15th June, 2017, delivered a lecture on the topic “Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa” at the Graduate Building of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS). The lecture was to give students of the Master of Science (MSc.) Accounting and Finance class the opportunity to engage with industry practitioners.



WUN GAG Holds Group Launch and Inaugural Strategic Research Workshop at UGBS

Publish date:2017-07-17
A two-day workshop was organised by the Worldwide University Network (WUN) Global Africa Group (GAG) to formally launch the group’s inaugural strategic research workshop at the Graduate Building of the University ofGhana Business School (UGBS).



The Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Publish date:2017-07-17
The 4th industrial revolution is upon us. This new wave of technological advance is changing the way in which we live, work and play. But what does this mean to the average person on the street. Well, for most of us it means that we can look forward to better products and services tailored to our personal needs. Since the start of this revolution, we have already seen some of its impact on our daily lives.



"Legal runs this place now!"

Publish date:2017-07-17
James White, in an article, "The Challenge of Ethical Leadership", uses the above exclamation to express the frustration of some managers with the burden of compliance being placed due to regulatory intervention, codes of conduct and judicial decisions. Regulations and codes can be accommodated more easily in the management processes, as knowledge thereof and its content are well known in advance. 



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