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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Ruvimbo Mabaudi
Ruvimbo Mabaudi, Chief Financial Officer at Nurture Capital Agri Holdings Limited, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Ruvimbo Mabaudi

04.2022

What is both sad and joyful to me, is that there are people in the world like Richard Gesteland who have successfully studied human behaviour to this degree in order to help those yet in the know. However, due to ignorance, I still went ahead blindly trying to forge relations without having come across such a gem.

I am thankful for this exposure, and the opportunity not to repeat mistakes other people and myself have made. This assignment has helped me craft the type of export market we will endeavour to have our products move to.
Cross-Cultural Management
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

03.2022

This course has been particularly helpful for me as it focused on the practical application of marketing research in our business. Having studied a research module before, it was always difficult to use the concept in the context of everyday business. However, looking at marketing research from the perspective of offering value to a board of directors who need to make critical decisions about the business has opened my eyes. The reading material has also shown me that there are many ways to conduct market research all being dependent on what the objectives of the market research are. I have enjoyed studying this course.

Having also been appointed to sit on two boards of directors recently, I have also seen how market research will help to solve problems in a business more efficiently as you can base your decisions on results and not just on general assumptions.
Marketing Research
Chido Boka
Chido Boka, Managing Director at Boka Floors Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Chido Boka

03.2022

The idea of lateral marketing was the most difficult for me to understand while I was studying this course, however, once I grasped the concept, I realised how some ideas that we usually throw out as being completely ridiculous may be the very ideas that drive innovation and can give true competitive advantage.

I also learnt that the marketing planning process is not just for the marketing department but for the whole organisation and as such it should be given a lot of attention.
Strategic Marketing
Leon Whyte
Leon Whyte, CSO/Co-Founder at Service Management Consultancy Ltd, Hamburg, Germany
Linkedin: Leon Whyte

03.2022

I really enjoyed this assignment! As an organization we have been struggling to achieve this production target since 2018, believing that our only solution was to increase revenue and hire more resources. However, during the construction of this assignment, I was forced to step out of my operational position and assess this business from a strategic standpoint and was amazed by the results. This assignment has really opened my eyes to the potential value that digital technology can bring to any organization, if strategized and implemented properly.
Managing IT and strategy
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Metallurgical Manager at Eastplats, Brits, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

03.2022

The most critical thing in this assignment is how it links up with other concepts from other modules. This showed me the fluidity of the MBA program and the practical side of it. This also showed me that there is no concept that is isolated form the others and that market entry whether domestic or foreign, requires thorough research and understanding before implementation.
Export Market Entry Strategies
Lincoln Taruvinga
Lincoln Taruvinga, Director at Linfix Investments (Pvt) Ltd T/A Quickfix Hardware, Harare, Zimbabwe

03.2022

This has been an immense learning experience for me while studying this course. I have reflected and seen a lot of missed potential that would add value to the organisation if we were to compartmentalise and adapt new age transformation. It has outlined that for any business to be successful it has to continuously be looking t the macro environment as it plays a huge factor in the operations of any business. Continuous scanning of this environment will help move the organisation forward and always help me be aware of the opportunities outside and threats that may be turned into positives.
The Nature of International Business
Linda Israel
Linda Israel, Project manager at Masa Israel Journey, Beer Sheva, Israel

03.2022

Thanks to the current study, the company has been enriched with a wide range of concrete and real-life actions to reorganize its structures in anticipation of an era of transformation.

In addition, the results of my research helped me understand the vast opportunities that are gradually opening for us thanks to technological developments, using which we can even more effectively serve our customers and grow as a company with values and a mission.
The Nature of International Business
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

02.2022

In many ways, this particular assignment had me reflecting on most of the preceding modules right from strategic management, financial planning, strategic marketing, human resources management and operations management. It is a befitting final course to the IBR MBA before the electives because, just like the revised strategy map we worked on as part of the assignment, the course integrates and aligns prior learnings and weaves them together to once again show that everything we have been learning thus far is linked and must be aligned and integrated for effective management of business administration.

One could say, the whole program has been about integrating the key themes of customer value proposition, evolving customer needs, technology, and the strategic management of key activities such as marketing, HR and financial planning as determinants of an organization’s current and future profit potential.

In reminding me of what I have learnt since beginning the program, it was wonderful to see how far I have come, how much I have learnt and to take stock of how much of it I have managed to apply to the organizations I have worked with during the tenure of this MBA program. There is truly no better way to learn!
Managing IT and strategy
Sharon  Bwanya
Sharon Bwanya, Chief Operating Officer at Nurture Invest, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Sharon  Bwanya

02.2022

This course was eye-opening and insightful as it called for a lot of self-introspection. Before this course, if I had to explain the challenges with the implementation of the process and system changes that I was leading for the ISO 9001 certification, I would give most of the blame to COVID-19 and to needlessly resistant, stubborn and lazy team members who could not see the bigger picture. My own shortcomings as a manager (many of which I was hitherto unaware of) may have only been mentioned to a lesser extent. Now the assignment tells of a different story, and I believe I can only be a better manager from this self-reflection as there will, no doubt be many more times of change in which my leadership will be called upon.

When I came up with the Positive Change Agenda plan for my team as part of the implementation plan for this assignment, I also came up with plans for my spouse and child respectively. The same principles of more compassion, focusing on developing strengths, complimenting small successes, volunteering emotional support, empowerment, seem to apply equally to these social settings. The exercises from the mandatory readings were particularly engaging, practical and insightful as well and I will be sharing them with my colleagues for their information. On reflection, this has been a constant with this program, it does not only develop me as a manager/leader, but at a personal level as a wife and mother and the value spills over to my colleagues with whom I share the learnings and who are beneficiaries of the programs initiated from the implementation plans in these assignments.
Development of Management Skills
Kelvin Mukuku
Kelvin Mukuku, Metallurgical Manager at Eastplats, Brits, South African Republic
Linkedin: Kelvin Mukuku

02.2022

This course unit has been an eye opener as to how technology and digitalization in the concept of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has improved the performance of other organizations into very effective and profitable businesses. Whilst, as Africa, we might cry at the influence of other external forces on our growth and resources, making us lag behind, I have also learnt that the world will not pause and wait for us to catch up.  

As the futurist Brett King said, the first principles of design and rethinking should be applied in order to make implementation of technology into the business more effective, as it will be based more on fulfilling the needs and requirements of our customers. This I feel, is very good advice and it gives a clear direction to what needs to be done to achieve this, rather than just implementing technology and digitalization without a clear customer-oriented goal.
Operations Intensive
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

01.2022

This course allowed me to realise that whilst sometimes we may be quick to blame other people for causing us to fail. A true leader has to possess knowledge and the wits to bulldoze through rough terrains and lead teams successfully.

I also realised the importance of people finding you credible, without this one will have a challenge leading change successfully as it will be a daunting task to have people buy what you are trying to convince them to do.

I also realised the importance of the change in language when signaling change. Statements like , things are changing around here, can create a readiness for change and as a result it becomes easy to convince people. Repeating the Vision as well is important in personalising the vision and allowing it to be part of those whom we lead. I realised it is critical to ask for one in cases where you are tasked to lead. It will help as a point of reference as well as communicating a common goal.
Development of Management Skills
Martha Bhunu
Martha Bhunu, Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linkedin: Martha Bhunu

12.2021

This residential put a whole new meaning to strategic Management. It is true that the most important thing is value creation. Focusing on future profit potential is critical for organizations who seek to plan strategically instead of being fixated on past achievements. Thank you Prof Kelling for the well thought out and informative residential
Strategic Management
Farayi Maringazuva
Farayi Maringazuva, Independent Consultant at Comprehensive Consulting, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Farayi Maringazuva

12.2021

Great interactions, group discussions, cross-pollination of ideas, network creation, and most of all the knowledge acquisition.

Interesting angle on strategic management, eye-opening will help to improve career progression and strategy formulation for our teams and small organizations giving them a fair chance in this challenging environment. Thank you IBR Institute of International Business Relations and Dr Andreas Kelling for a well-structured program.
Strategy Intensive
Mmakgomo Maubane
Mmakgomo Maubane, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer - Africa & Middle East at Zutari South Africa, Mahikeng, South African Republic
Linkedin: Mmakgomo Maubane

12.2021

Great Global MBA experience, thank you Dr Andreas Kelling for an extremely well packaged five-day online session on Strategic Management.

Enjoyed learning from authors who pioneered modern- day thinking on strategy and why businesses exist. Great hearing from chief executives and entrepreneurs of companies in diverse industries, too. Connecting with fellow students was the cherry on top.
Strategy Intensive
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena
Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena, Communication for Development Specialist at UNICEF, Abuja, Nigeria
Linkedin: Dr Priscilla Madzinga-Kusena

12.2021

An informative and insightful mentorship session. There is no doubt that businesses should continously design strategies and interventions using a customer needs lens, of course maximising their strengths and belief system. This way, even as changes continue to rock our business world, it is most likely that businesses remain relevant coupled with a strong utility function.

Having used human centered design approaches in addressing public health challenges, I found these interlinkages on defining and aligning customer needs with business missions very informative and so exciting. And to top it off, the Malik Gaelweiler Strategy Map, is a powerful tool to minimise the risk of making detrimental business decisions. IBR Institute of International Business Relations, thanks so much.

Dr Andreas Kelling - my future profit potential, you were spot on...Looking forward to the next session..
Strategy Intensive
Miranda Khumalo
Miranda Khumalo, PARTNER at Atherstone and Cook, HARARE, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Miranda Khumalo

12.2021

With the current global changes, most organizations will now require revolutionary management teams to steer their business's into the future. This past week's discussions with Dr Andreas Kelling and the IBR Global MBA students definitely set the tone for us to introspect on our strategies in our various organizations. Thank you to IBR Institute of International Business Relations for the practical lessons.
Strategy Intensive
Japhet Zoraunye
Japhet Zoraunye, Research And Development Engineer at Stamicarbon, Waalre, North Brabant, Netherlands
Linkedin: Japhet Zoraunye

12.2021

Eye opening discussions on strategy map, customer value creation and future profit potential vs current profit potential. Good insights from Prof Andreas Kelling and the IBR Institute of International Business Relations team
Strategy Intensive
Thembelihle Ndlovu
Thembelihle Ndlovu, Financial Controller at MASCA Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Thembelihle Ndlovu

12.2021

A big thank you to IBR Institute of International Business Relations and Professor Andreas Kelling for such an insightful and value adding online learning experience.

The lessons around the importance of creating value over merely making money; as well as listening, seeing beyond today and evolving with the needs of your clients definitely struck a chord and provoked a change in our approach to business strategy. Also, the use of technology to encourage informal interactions in between the sessions was absolutely amazing.
Strategy Intensive
Franzelle de Klerk
Franzelle de Klerk, Industrial Engineer at Fischer Consulting Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Linkedin: Franzelle de Klerk

12.2021

Future profit potential! Not just a buzzword anymore. Now its a clear concept ready to be applied in any setup. Thank Prof. Kelling! To my fellow classmates, Zipporah, Miranda, Japhet, Martha, Cosmas, Pricilla, Linda, Mike, Farai, Manners, Lindelwe, Tatenda, and Thembi. The journey was better with you there.
Strategy Intensive
Tatenda Makuni
Tatenda Makuni, Executive Director at Introcane Enterprises, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linkedin: Tatenda Makuni

12.2021

Great week of learning, eye opening and practical approach to applying strategic management effectively. Many thanks to Professor Andreas Kelling, for walking us through the journey from Financial planning to Strategic Management. Looking forward to applying everything I learnt.
Strategy Intensive

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