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The Fantastic Five: Meet Our New Digital Programmes

If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is that the adaptable will survive.

The world of business is unpredictable and ever-changing, and those who cannot rise to meet new challenges will be left in the dust.

With this in mind, we have developed five brand new programmes with a focus on business technology and strategic operations – everything you need to keep ahead of the competition.

All courses are now open for registration, and will commence on 7 July 2020.

AI A PRATICAL APPROACH

AI in Business

Led by: Dr Manoj Chiba

This topical course unpacks the business potential of AI by examining the what, why and how of artificial intelligence. You will learn exactly what AI is, the importance of the relationship between AI, data and analytics, and how you can utilise AI technology to add value to your business and gain a competitive edge. Content is taught through a combination of theory, case studies, peer discussions and practical assignments. The highlight of the course is the Chatbot Application Assignment, in which students will need to conceptualise an AI project and design, and develop and deploy an AI-powered chatbot. No matter what technological experience you may have or where you fall in an organisation, this course will allow you to expand your skill-set and develop an understanding of one of the most important technologies of the present and future.

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly Commitment: 6 hours

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STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

Led by: Professor Caren Scheepers

Today’s volatile and fast-paced business world demands leaders who are decisive, innovative and bold. This programme aims to equip you with the skills, techniques and information that you need to become a leader of both today and tomorrow. Through a comprehensive and multifaceted curriculum, we will look at the importance of interdependence and interconnectedness in effective leadership; the challenges of internationalism; and key theories, tools, models and methods of leadership. The aim of the programme is to build you into a self-empowered, confident leader who can create intersectional and interdepartmental networks within your organisation in order to analyse business issues, implement solutions, and capitalise on strategic opportunities to advance your business and your own career path.

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly Commitment: 6 hours

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NEGOTIATION SKILLS

Led by: Lisa Botes

The ability to negotiate effectively and confidently is essential for satisfaction and success in both our private and professional lives – however, negotiation is often intimidating, and many of us end up walking away from the deal without the outcome we were hoping for. This programme seeks to build your confidence, self-awareness and interpersonal skills through the teaching of tried-and-tested negotiation approaches, tools and processes. Much of the course content is focused on refining your own emotional intelligence, personal strengths, empathy, non-verbal communication, and understanding of the psychology of negotiation. By the end of the programme you will be able to develop a comprehensive negotiation plan for mutual benefit. This will allow you to maximise your chance of achieving your desired outcome, while still promoting and preserving good business relations.

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly Commitment: 6 hours

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FINTECH: AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISRUPT

Led by: Dr Morris Mthombeni

The development of disruptive FinTech has changed the world of business forever, and it has become apparent that its capacity to help or hinder organisations is largely determined by the approach and decisions of individual business leaders. We will be unpacking the multifaceted impact of technological disruption on the financial service industry by looking at the history of FinTech; the role of AI and machine learning; the strategies used by BigTech players; the issues surrounding the regulation of FinTech; and much more. By the end of the course you will be able to evaluate new and existing technologies to determine their impact on your industry and organisation, and thus decide how best to incorporate them into your corporate strategy.

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly Commitment: 6 hours

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A PRACTICAL STRATEGY

Digital Transformation: A Practical Strategy

Led by: Nishan Pillay

Technological development is advancing at an astronomical rate, and it’s getting harder and harder to stay ahead of the game. Businesses and industries all over the world are vulnerable to disruption due to technological, economic, social and political volatility, and it is essential to prepare yourself and your organisation for the changes that will inevitably come. This programme focuses on equipping you with the skills and knowledge that you need to formulate and implement a customer-centric digital strategy that will lead your organisation through periods of disruption, while simultaneously sharpening your competitive edge. We will also explore the vital relationship between people, data and technology, and the debates surrounding digital ethics. It’s the perfect programme for leaders and managers of all levels who are responsible for implementing innovative and transformative business strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks

Weekly Commitment: 6 hours

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