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SABSA aims not only to improve the recognition of the organisation as a representative of SA business schools with government and regulatory bodies, but also to strengthen ties with the business fraternity.

SABSA members all offer MBA or MBL programmes accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). Eighteen member business schools are spread geographically around South Africa offering full-time, part-time, modular or executive MBA programmes.  A broad range of Executive Education short courses are also offered.

Visit the members section to locate a school to meet your needs.   


SABSA'S Executive Committee 2016 -2018

 Dr Millard Arnold     Prof Nicola Kleyn  Ahmed ShaikDr Randall Jonas

CEO: Dr Millard Arnold                          President: Prof Nicola Kleyn              Vice President: Mr Ahmed Shaik   Vice President: Dr Randall Jonas                                                                                   


   

MBA Entry Requirements

1. A four year Bachelor’s degree or 

2. A post-graduate Diploma (Business Administraion) at Level 8 or

3. An applicable Honours degree or

4. A RPL process (candidates admitted according to a RPL process cannot comprise more than 10% per intake) 

5. Any additional admission requirements set by the individual business school.

 

 

MILLARD ARNOLD: Are business schools still relevant?

In some part, this is due to the metamorphosis of the workplace. The World Economic Forum predicts that "by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will comprise skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today".

Last year Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain & Company, wrote in the Harvard Review that "innovations will change the basis of competition in many markets and alter the sources of advantage for most companies. Business-critical roles — jobs that are central to differentiating a company from its competitors and successfully executing strategy — will also change."

Critically, he adds, "companies will be forced to rethink the talent they will need to play these business-critical roles in the future".

For business schools, the implications are huge. If these changes are to take place in less than a decade, the challenge for business schools is to develop courses, programmes and initiatives that will align with business needs.

With 18 diverse member schools with varying strengths, objectives and approaches, the SA Business Schools Association (Sabsa) commissioned a study, "Alternative Futures for Business Schools in SA". It sifted through a range of concerns, from SA’s stagnant economic environment, rising social expectations and fluctuating ideological shifts in the political space. Throw in changes in student demands, technological advances and a cumbersome regulatory environment, and it’s clear that business schools are hard-pressed to structure a coherent formula to address all of this.

It is easy to understand why those unaware of these complexities are quick to say that business schools are in decline.

SA business schools offer insights into transformation and the unique demands of emerging economies

But it is no easy task to develop courses that adapt for these rapidly changing demands, while offering a quality MBA endorsed by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Just getting the CHE’s approval (as you must) can take years. And business schools are doing this, while having to predict the needs of business years from now.

Other challenges include more "commoditisation" of management education through "MicroMasters" designed to address specific needs, understanding artificial intelli-gence, the future of work, edutourism as a potentially lucrative revenue stream, and creating flexible options for working students.

Winning strategy

The Sabsa study suggests that unless business schools manage costs in a leaner way, adopt tech-enabled alternative delivery models and form strategic collaborations, they will find it harder to fashion a winning strategy to address the long-term needs of business.

More importantly, the study also found that a concentrated, coherent and thoughtful engagement with society and the business community could yield favourable results.

"By positioning themselves as a partner for inclusive development," the report says, "business schools are able to enhance their social licence among citizens and societal stakeholders ... [while] the business community views schools as beacons of excellence, opening avenues to relevant, game-changing ways of doing business."

Despite the naysayers, SA business schools are extremely competitive. They offer insights into transformation, issues of inequality and the unique demands of emerging economies that few others can match, globally.

Change is inevitable, but the fact is that SA business schools have energetically and aggressively squared up to the challenge.

Expect the face of business schools to look very different indeed by 2028.

• Arnold is CEO of the SA Business Schools Association

PUBLISHED IN THE FINANCIAL MAIL 28 JUNE 2018

 

 

COMMENT

Past President of SABSA: 2014-2016

Prof Owen Skae @OwenSkae

“South Africa can be justifiably proud of its Business Schools, which continue to contribute to the development of leaders and managers in commerce and industry, the public sector and civil society. We have world class institutions that provide the relevant context to prepare leaders and managers for the work challenges and opportunities that confront them. The added advantage of having a diverse grouping of Business Schools, means that any potential MBA candidate can find the school that best fits their needs and aspirations. 

 

“There is no doubt in my mind that that MBA is still the premier business qualification today. It is widely acknowledged that South Africa’s economic growth is not at a level that is required to create jobs and provide meaningful opportunities for as many of our citizens as possible, particularly the youth. This means that we have to find new ways of meeting the leadership and management challenges of today. The status quo is not working and hence it is critical that South Africa and Africa produces more MBA graduates and probably doubling the number we have, is still not enough.   

“An MBA exposes you to a variety of disciplines, requires you to engage critically with them, provides you with access to a network that is unsurpassed and there is no doubt enhances your career prospects. But most importantly of all, it provides you with an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the development of our country and continent by creating the potential for you to be a more effective leader and manager. This means creating and implementing strategies that make our organisations sustainable, competitive and resilient. This is what we desperately need if our continent is to fulfil its potential. There is no other qualification that provides the means for you to achieve that.”   

Upcoming Events

Deans and Directors meeting 2

The second Deans and Directors meeting of 2018 will be held at Milpark Education
Location:Milpark Education, 2 Landau Terrace, Richmond
Date: 2018-09-05
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