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University of Stellenbosch Business School. EMBA 21 – 28 September 2013. Theme for programme at USB: Doing Business in South Africa Context : macro and transactional environment Strategic architecture: Business models, operating models, distribution Innovation The market environment

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EMBA 21 – 28 September 2013

Theme for programme at USB:

Doing Business in South Africa

  • Context: macro and transactional environment
  • Strategic architecture: Business models, operating models, distribution
  • Innovation
  • The market environment
  • Sustainability challenges
objectives for programme
Objectives for programme:

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The economic and socio-political issues of Africa and South Africa
  • Using scenarios to understand and scope the future
  • Develop and innovate business models
  • The market and segmentation techniques in South Africa
  • Innovating value chains/operating models, and the role of ICT in the process, as well as the status of such innovation in Africa
  • The sustainability challenges for South Africa and Africa
methods used on this programme
Methods used on this programme:

The objectives of the EMBA International Week will be achieved by utilizing the following methods:

  • Lectures by expert faculty
  • Case studies in class
  • Company visits to appropriate companies that will enhance the learning addressed during lectures
module schedule saturday
Module Schedule: Saturday

Saturday, September 21st: Program Presentation

Facilitator: Johan Burger

(USB Director of International Programmes)

Afternoon (17h00)

  • Welcome reception
  • Ice breaking
  • Programme overview

Evening program (18h00)

  • Welcome dinner
module schedule sunday
Module Schedule: Sunday

Sunday, September 22nd : City tour

Depart 09h00

  • 09h30 Red bus city tour (departs V&A Waterfront)
  • 11h00 Table Mountain
  • Lunch at V&A Waterfront
  • Free time until 22h00
module schedule monday
Module Schedule: Monday

Monday, September 23rd:

The Business Context of Africa and South Africa


  • A general overview of the economic, social and political characteristics of the regional, national and continental context
  • Doing business in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities – a macro view
  • Facilitators: Prof Andre Roux, Prof Wolfgang Thomas


  • Company Visit: Sanlam Emerging Market (financial services subsidiary of Sanlam)
  • Issues: Serving the bottom-end of the market; growing into Africa and India
module schedule tuesday
Module Schedule: Tuesday

Tuesday, September 24th: Dealing with the Future -

Scenarios & Business Models


  • Dealing with future uncertainty: Developing Scenarios (Facilitator: Prof Andre Roux)
  • Designing and developing Business Models for Africa & South Africa (Facilitator: Johan Burger)


  • Company Visit to Backsberg, a family wine estate
  • Issues: Sustainability, operating model optimization, corporate social responsibility, business model innovation
module schedule wednesday
Module Schedule: Wednesday

Wednesday, September 25th:

Developing and Expanding into New Markets


  • Market Development & Branding in Africa
  • Segmentation tools relevant in South Africa
  • Facilitator: Dr MarlizeTerblanche-Smit


  • Company Visit to Shoprite (Food Retail Company)
  • Issues: Expansion drivers (mature market, global competition), SCM
module schedule thursday
Module Schedule: Thursday

Thursday, September 26th:

Operating Models, ICT & Innovation


  • Frameworks and tools for value chains & operating models
  • Operations, ICT & Innovation
  • Facilitator: Martin Butler


  • Company visit to SABMiller (global beer brewer)
  • Issues: Developing people, optimizing operating models, drivers of global expansion
module schedule friday
Module Schedule: Friday

Friday, September 27th:

Business in Society


  • Company Visit to Vodacom – a South African leader in mobile telephony
  • Issues: Growing business amidst strong competition and strong regulatory pressure; expanding into Africa


  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Facilitator: Dr Arnold Smit

Evening program

  • Dinner at Moyo’s (Spier Wine Estate) - African theme restaurant
module schedule saturday1
Module Schedule: Saturday

Saturday, September 28th:

Integration and Conclusion

Morning – Finger breakfast 08:30 – 10:00

  • Conclusion and Integration
  • Certificate function
  • Facilitators: Faculty Director, Prof Eon Smit & Johan Burger


  • Free time