Testimonials

Value creation through work-integrated learning is phenomenal. It transfers the main learning experience from the ivory tower to our students' workplace. This creates unprecedented meaning. It releases skills training from being taught theoretically to the most valuable experience that happens on-the-job.

Also, work-integration shifts the traditional study focus from analysis to implementation. It is implementation that changes the world. This new dispensation allows students to experience that they are able to change their worlds at work.

Enjoy screening incredible feedback about real value creation that some students agreed to share publicly.

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Tinashe Murwisi
Tinashe Murwisi, Maintenance Superintendant at Cimentos Da Beira, Beira, Mozambique
Linkedin: Tinashe Murwisi

International business

03.2018

I  was quite intrigued by this course which made me discover that it is actually possible to define how and explain why cultural differences exist! This helped me understand exactly why certain people behave and in a particular way. I used to think that the way people think and behave is so diverse, random and inexplainable to such an extent that one can never systematically understand human behaviour. 

There are peculiar behavioural traits that I observed in foreigners I interacted with, which I could not decode their meaning. But now through this course I have learnt how to interpret human behaviour much better and I now know how to respond properly.
Cross-cultural Management
Samantha  Kachikira
Samantha Kachikira, Process safety engineer at Ishecon cc, Johannesburg, South African Republic
Linkedin: Samantha  Kachikira

International business

03.2018

This course has really opened my eyes and given me a lot of understanding and explanation to some of the challenges I have been meeting in executing my job effectively.

Having an engineering background and working in a business / marketing environment it is like learning a new profession altogether. So, the course has given me enlightenment and understanding.
Cross-cultural Management
Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore, Human Capital OD Manager at Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Jessica Moore

Operations management

03.2018

I’m busy planning for my next project which will be a very big Organizational Review Project and I can already see that I’m thinking ahead and planning for the risks in my mind, and more than that, how I will execute so that all impacted stakeholders feel positive about the project.
Project Management
Tinashe Murwisi
Tinashe Murwisi, Maintenance Superintendant at Cimentos Da Beira, Beira, Mozambique
Linkedin: Tinashe Murwisi

International business

03.2018

I was greatly surprised by my limited view and understanding on globalisation, which was inclined to the simple belief that we are living in a world that is fast developing. I had an impression that everything was happening in the developed world, and African businesses weren’t really impacted by it. 

The course helped me realise how much impact globalisation has on my own company, and even myself on a personal level. As for my company Cimentos da Beira, it turned out to be a very resourceful exercise that helped us look at areas we are not doing very well.

My colleague (Production Supervisor) whom I was working with on this assignment was perplexed to see how my studies remained relevant and beneficial to our own work, throughout! He thought he was going to spend five minutes with me, until we found ourselves working through almost half of the assignment together, sharing ideas.
The Nature of International Business
Vander Mutenga
Vander Mutenga, Finance Director at BancABC, Harare, Zimbabwe

International business

03.2018

This was indeed a helpful course as it took me through the cultural differences of various nations. I learnt about the differences in what various cultures value and what they don’t. What I thought was standard across the world, including observing time, which we do in monochronic cultures turned out not to be standard as some nations don’t respect that. I also thought some non-verbal gestures were standard like nodding one’s head up and down when in agreement but again I was proven wrong. Considering my job and the cultural diversity of the organisation I work for, I benefited a lot from this course and I will certainly implement what I have under my personal recommendations and will influence the implementation of recommendations for the organisation.
Cross-cultural Management
Rufaro Muzamhindo
Rufaro Muzamhindo, Sales Manager at Rainbow Tourism Group, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Rufaro Muzamhindo

International business

02.2018

The course created value for me as I learnt the different business forms one can consider and how they differ from each other. The repatriation of funds by investors was also a new aspect for me that I learnt is crucial to investors and will determine if they can spend their money in your country.

The assignment also created value for my company as they have started looking for investors to help with the expansion of the hotels in Victoria Falls rather than looking for Bank loans which was proving to be expensive.
The Nature of International Business
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

International business

02.2018

This course could not have come at a more opportune time.

In our last strategy session, the issue of globalization, particularly the impending competition from international law firms was raised but not properly dealt with as it appeared none of us had fully exercised our minds on the matter. The course has therefore presented the opportunity to delve into the global trends that threaten our survival and the course will undoubtedly result in more meaningful discussions and strategies of dealing with such global trends.

I have also come to learn that the global trends studied in this course present an opportunity for us to lead our own industry by adopting some of the trends especially in technology and learning Chinese business etiquette as we are signing on more and more Chinese companies as our clients.
The Nature of International Business
Shepherd Nhondova
Shepherd Nhondova, Partner at PNA Chartered Accountants, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Shepherd Nhondova

Operations management

02.2018

IBR’s Global MBA is continually exposing me to good facets of running a better PNA Chartered Accountants.  The relevance of this program is shedding more light module by module. This position is compounded by the fact that I ventured into entrepreneurship at an early stage with limited managerial exposure.

My appreciation goes not only to knowing the existence of the transformation system for the first time but more importantly recognising its contributory role to the acquisition of the competitive advantage space is worth my uttermost recognition.
Operations Processes
Shepherd Nhondova
Shepherd Nhondova, Partner at PNA Chartered Accountants, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Shepherd Nhondova

Operations management

12.2017

This module continues to justify why I must shoulder on with IBR’s Global MBA as each module is proving to be a window of value addition to my firm and my family as well. The program’s relevance continues to soar positively to me as someone who ventured into entrepreneurship at an early stage with limited managerial exposure.
Project Management
Yuna Mukandatsama
Yuna Mukandatsama, Human Resources Manager at PG Industries Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Yuna Mukandatsama

Digital leadership and transformation

10.2017

Studying this course was a real eye opener.

Before studying the course, I had limited understanding of how IT can influence the attainment of an organisation’s strategy. It was my view that IT would only provide support services. Now, there is a realisation that IT actually can shape the life of an organisation. IT can influence revenue generation and cost containment which impacts survival of an organisation.

This is a new area for me and this assignment has opened my understanding of this subject.
Managing IT and strategy
Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore, Human Capital OD Manager at Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Jessica Moore

Digital leadership and transformation

09.2017

The assignment added great value in that it forced me once again to take a closer look at the industry I work in and even get answers to some of the tough questions which it seems that even the people in the company are struggling with answering. The knowledge I am gaining also allows me to have conversations on a level I never thought I would understand, which I am so grateful for.
Competitiveness and IT
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly, Managing Director at Copier Kings (Pvt) Ltd, Graniteside, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ryan Kelly

Digital leadership and transformation

08.2017

I am quite excited to be considering hiring a software developer. We have for too long left ourselves at the mercy of our current system providers, who are dragging their feet in implementing changes that we require. This will allow us to take back control of the software, and develop it perfectly in line with our needs, not those of a software developer who has several clients to consider.

I believe that this will make a significant difference to our operations, and for a relatively low cost.
Managing IT and strategy
Yuna Mukandatsama
Yuna Mukandatsama, Human Resources Manager at PG Industries Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Yuna Mukandatsama

Digital leadership and transformation

08.2017

Studying this course was a real eye opener.

Before studying the course, I had no interest at all in IT issues and how business can change by either harnessing IT or lagging behind on the same. I used to view social media especially face book and twitter as more of fun channels but as not channels that can be used for business. To me Facebook was very informal and had little value.

However, after studying this course, I have a totally different view of Facebook and twitter, which channels our company can benefit from in reaching and engaging customers.
IT and Organisational Applications
Yuna Mukandatsama
Yuna Mukandatsama, Human Resources Manager at PG Industries Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Yuna Mukandatsama

Digital leadership and transformation

07.2017

Studying this course has significantly changed the way I view IT in relation to business.

Before studying the course, I was one of the people that viewed IT as something that have no significant impact on how a company conducts business. I realise now that if our company plays a blind eye to IT and how it’s quickly changing business models, the company might find itself out of business.  
Competitiveness and IT
Taurai Chitsiga
Taurai Chitsiga, Senior SAP P2P Business Consultant EMEA at EOH, Berdfordview, South African Republic
Linkedin: Taurai Chitsiga

Digital leadership and transformation

07.2017

Digital technology is my personal area of interest and this couldn’t have come at any time better than this where there are currently many opportunities to utilize digital technology to offer services to people. While studying this course I realized many opportunities and avenues to build startups.

The course also showed me that companies should always revisit their business models as these can become obsolete with time. A business model that worked in 2000 cannot fully help a company twenty years down the line thus a business model cannot be static.
IT and Organisational Applications
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly, Managing Director at Copier Kings (Pvt) Ltd, Graniteside, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ryan Kelly

Digital leadership and transformation

07.2017

I have been playing with the idea of hiring a software developer for some time now, and one thing or another has always seen the project put on the back shelf. Analysing the potential benefits of this step has highlighted what a no-brainer this is, and we will be following this course of action in the very near future. Our advantage lies in our swift and efficient service, and we are not making the most of the potential advantages that are available to us.

This assignment has brought this into stark reality.
IT and Organisational Applications
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly, Managing Director at Copier Kings (Pvt) Ltd, Graniteside, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ryan Kelly

Digital leadership and transformation

06.2017

This has been a very interesting assignment. It is easy in Zimbabwe to get bogged down in the day-to-day minutiae and problems and forget that outside our borders, the world is advancing apace. Looking outward at industry developments has reminded me of the importance of doing so.

Of significant value was the realisation that the software we are developing needs to be controlled, to maintain our competitive advantage. We are greatly improving their product for them through our recommendations, and I am okay with that, as we are also benefitting from the improvements; we do not want to hand that on a plate to our rivals.

Although there are many competing workshop management systems, and each has their own disadvantages and advantages, we are slowly streamlining this current system to be exactly what we want for our local market. We need to protect that, and this assignment has brought that starkly to the fore.
Competitiveness and IT
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly, Managing Director at Copier Kings (Pvt) Ltd, Graniteside, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ryan Kelly

Human resource management

06.2017

This has been an extremely interesting assignment that I have personally taken a significant interest in completing. Our company is a family-owned operation, and the peculiar dynamics of working under my father have led me to not fully realise the leadership position I have taken on as managing director.

Working on this assignment has made me realise that people are looking to me, not to my father, who is semi-retired, for leadership. I have been considerably more aware of how my actions are viewed through employees’ eyes, and in the short period I have been operating with this different viewpoint, I am able to see tangible benefits. I am more cognisant of being looked at as an example, which in turn has made me more deliberate in both my thoughts and actions whilst at work, and, strangely enough, at home as well.

I believe this has been a very valuable assignment and will be going through the course text again when time permits to ensure that this material is absorbed and put to use.
Development of Management Skills
Yuna Mukandatsama
Yuna Mukandatsama, Human Resources Manager at PG Industries Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Yuna Mukandatsama

Operations management

05.2017

This course brought the realization that Supply Chain Management is about identifying opportunities, building up relationships and systems that support efficient and effective processes, accessing resources, tools, and assets obtainable in order to position the company for long-range supply guarantee, prices of products/cost advantage as well as innovation entree.

Supply Chain Management is also about seeing the bigger picture from the original conception of products / services right through to obtaining and using them all the way to acquiring them. Before studying this course, I did not have this understanding, I thought supply chain was more to do with procurement than any other function.

I now also know that Supply Chains are nest eggs, processes, and streams of goods that are intended to meet the needs of customers or consumers.
Yuna Mukandatsama
Yuna Mukandatsama, Human Resources Manager at PG Industries Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Yuna Mukandatsama

Operations management

04.2017

I have gained great insights on the Balanced Scorecard whilst studying this course. I had limited understanding of the Balanced Scorecard and the concept of the strategy maps was completely new to me. My employer will greatly benefit from the knowledge that I have acquired whilst writing my assignment and applying theory to the real world.

Firstly, I will be a resource person for future BSC projects at no cost. Secondly, because of the vast knowledge that I now have, I can train people on the fundamentals of Balanced Scorecard. This will increase the chances of achieving success.
Strategic performance management