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Management and Entrepreneurship Honours Students Prepare for Academic Journey

2014/03/19 02:59:50 PM

The School of Management, Information Technology and Governance laid the foundation for entrepreneurial and managerial thinking for honours students during the postgraduate Orientation gathering held at UKZN’s Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

The aim of the information sharing session was for academics in the Discipline of Management and Entrepreneurship to equip students with knowledge vital for success in their postgraduate studies.

Management and Entrepreneurship honours students together with School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academics.Management and Entrepreneurship honours students together with School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academics.

The information shared included conducting research and research methodologies, student expectations and also featured talks from the business sector on the value of a postgraduate qualification in the competitive career world.

Academic Leader and Lecturer:  Management and Entrepreneurship, Dr Ziska Fields and Lecturer, Mr Nigel Chiweshe, informed the students about a new initiative facilitated by the Discipline known as the eZone.

The eZone is a website for postgraduate students and academics to create a platform to write informative and practical articles to develop entrepreneurial and managerial thinking and competencies. The overall aim of the site is to get students and academics involved in sharing their academic knowledge with their communities and with each other, in an effort to enhance and stimulate entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking, next generation managerial thinking as well as to build collaborative efforts between students, communities and academics.

The School’s priority is to enforce responsible management education and development of competent and ethical leaders and managers in large and small businesses.

Project Management Lecturer Dr Vannie Naidoo gave students guidance on how to go about their research, collect data for their research and balance their studies.

‘You must learn to open your mind to different modes of thinking out of the box when it comes to your research. Don’t only point to a problem you have identified, tell us how you came to that observation and what your recommendations are. The key to unlocking opportunities is to develop a style of critical thinking and writing,’ she said.

Dr Maxwell Phiri shared his experiences about entrepreneurship and management from his sabbatical during which he had the opportunity to travel to South Korea, while local entrepreneur and BCom Honours in Small Business Management graduate, Mr Bright Shange, shared with the students how the wealth of knowledge he acquired from his postgraduate qualification helped him succeed in the business world.

Business Partners representatives Ms Janeesha Perumal and Mr Eston Naidoo (a former student of UKZN) gave a presentation on financing small to medium enterprises. They told students the basis upon which they provide the capital and the general industries they focus on, and emphasised the concept of innovation in business, as their company was more likely to provide funding for such ventures.

Eston further shared his experiences from doing one of the Entrepreneurship modules as an elective and how the module was of benefit to him in his new career. Janeesha and Eston concluded their presentation by encouraging the students to adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set in order for them to come up with innovations that could be funded to create successful ventures.

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