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Entrepreneurship expert visits the Department of Business Management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 30 May 2014

The Department of Business Management was privileged to host Prof Benson Honig, a highly influential and well published entrepreneurship and business incubation scholar and professor at the DeGroote School of Business of the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada during May 2014.

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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa’s ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy empowers students at the University of Pretoria
Department of Business Management
Posted on 22 Apr 2014

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics South Africa joined forces with the Department of Business Management to invest in the 21st century ‘knowledge’ currency through their ‘#MoreWithLess’ shared value strategy. This investment is aimed at empowering ten BCom (Business Management) e-business students who presented highly innovative and creative social media initiatives with bursaries and internships for the next academic year at the University of Pretoria, thereby producing world-class graduates.

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Mpumalanga government officials trained in supply chain management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 10 Jan 2014

A total of 33 Mpumalanga government officials received certificates of competence in supply chain management during a certification ceremony held at the Mbombela Stadium. The certificates were awarded by the Continuing Education at University of Pretoria Trust and the Department of Business Management.

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Expert reflects on sustainable logistics
Department of Business Management
Posted on 12 Dec 2013

The Master Programme in Supply Chain Management, offered by the Department of Business Management, focuses on some of the most essential business processes affecting the profitability of corporations.

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Sports and Tourism Exchange Conference highlights importance of relevant research and education
Department of Business Management
Posted on 26 Nov 2013

During the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange Conference, which took place in Durban, some challenges and opportunities were highlighted regarding South Africa’s future sports and events tourism strategy, centred around undertaking relevant research, education and capacity building in the sports tourism sphere. These are all areas where the University of Pretoria is already contributing in various ways.

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Business Management Prof receives best qualitative paper award
Department of Business Management
Posted on 11 Oct 2013

A study about the competencies required by business rescue practitioners, earned Prof Marius Pretorius of the Department of Business Management the best qualitative paper award at the annual Southern Africa Institute for Management Scientists (SAIMS) Conference 2013.

The theme of the conference was "Celebrating 25 years of Management Resilience" and was held at the North-West University in Potchefstroom from 15 to 17 September 2013.

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Contributing to Tourism Month celebrations in the Eastern Cape
Department of Business Management
Posted on 09 Oct 2013

Various projects that can add value to the Eastern Cape’s future sustainable tourism competitiveness, have already been undertaken at the University of Pretoria, including a project on scientific, academic, volunteer and education (SAVE) tourism and the strategic role of e-marketing to enhance rural tourism competitiveness.

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Academics are architects behind the Nedbank National Small Business Index
Department of Business Management
Posted on 20 Sep 2013

Limited information exists on the status quo, progress and performance of the critically important small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) sector, firstly as a convincing contributor to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and secondly as one of the only sectors that positively provide in much-needed job creation.

The SMME is a pertinent socio-economic role-player and because of the limited information, a National Small Business Index was proposed by Nedbank, to commence in February 2014 with the first quarter of reporting.

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Business Management students gain practical experience
Department of Business Management
Posted on 02 Sep 2013

As part of the module, Integrated Logistics Management, the BComHons (Business Management) students visited the Shoprite Distribution Centre in Centurion and Caterpillar’s Johannesburg Distribution Centre (JDC) in Isando.

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Prominent thinker and practitioner lectures at the University of Pretoria
Department of Business Management
Posted on 29 Aug 2013

Dr Jeroen van den Berg, a prominent thinker and practitioner in the field of warehouse management and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), recently visited the Department of Business Management. During his visit he shared his knowledge an insight with students registered for the Master Certificate Programme in Supply Chain Management, which is presented jointly by the Department and Continuing Education at UP.

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Entrepreneurship Network Evening
Department of Business Management
Posted on 14 Aug 2013

You are cordially invited to a entrepreneurship Network Evening hosted by the UP Business Incubator and the Mamelodi Business Clinic.

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A career in Supply Chain Management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 06 Aug 2013

The Chair in Logistics, seated in the Department of Business Management, hosted an annual career day for the BCom option Supply Chain Management and BCom Honours in Business Management students.

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Another 185 degrees conferred
Department of Business Management
Posted on 29 May 2013

The Department of Business Management conferred 185 degrees during the University of Pretoria’s Autumn Graduation Ceremony that took place on 4 April 2013.

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International specialists visit the Department of Business Management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 22 May 2013

Mr Anne Staal and Mr Marius van der Woude from the Hanze University Groningen in the Netherlands recently visited the Department of Business Management. Hanze University Groningen is the largest university of applied science in the northern part of the Netherlands.

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Sharing knowledge in East Africa
Department of Business Management
Posted on 22 Apr 2013

Prof Ernie Heath from the Department of Business Management was recently invited by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the African Council for Touring & Automobile (ACTA) to facilitate a two-day Learnership Programme in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The key focus of the event was to strategically explore practical and innovative ways to develop and promote drive-tourism in East and Southern Africa. Countries that were represented, included Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

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Supply Chain Management students visit South African Breweries
Department of Business Management
Posted on 17 Apr 2013

During April 2013 the second-year BCom option: Supply Chain Management students visited South African Breweries’ (SAB) Alrode brewery in Alberton. The purpose of this visit was to expose students to a real-life manufacturing plant where they had the opportunity to see how beverages are brewed, packaged and handled, with all being linked to supply chain management and logistics.

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Dr Antonites makes waves in entrepreneurship
Emma-Louise Shaw
Posted on 16 Apr 2013

Dr Alex Antonites, Chair in Entrepreneurship, facilitates an undergraduate entrepreneurship course focused on creativity and innovation, as well as the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and the MPhil (Entrepreneurship) and is involved in a postgraduate MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

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New Head for the Department of Business Management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 20 Feb 2013

Prof Anske Grobler has been appointed as Head of the Department of Business Management with effect from March 2013.

Prof Grobler obtained a PhD (Marketing Communication) degree in 1986 and has been actively involved in teaching and research at tertiary education institutions since 1980. She held lecturing positions at the University of the Free State and the University of Johannesburg before joining the University of Pretoria.

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CIPS receives professional certification from SAQA
Department of Business Management
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) Africa recently received formal recognition by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as the professional body for the procurement and supply profession in South Africa.

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Bridging the gap between theory and practise – Supply Chain Challenge 2012
Department of Business Management
Posted on 16 Nov 2012

On 10 and 11 October 2012, BCom Option: Supply Chain Management students participated in the annual Supply Chain Challenge, which is a computerised supply chain management simulation that spans over two days.

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Expert lectures in Master Certificate Programme
Department of Business Management
Posted on 04 Sep 2012

Dr Jeroen van den Berg visited the Department of Business Management in August 2012 to teach in the Master Certificate Programme in Supply Chain Management offered by the Department and Continuing Education at the University of Pretoria.

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BCom option Supply Chain Management students visit Woolworths Distribution
Department of Business Management
Posted on 29 Aug 2012

During August 2012, 27 enthusiastic final year BCom Supply Chain Management students had the privilege to visit the Woolworths Distribution Centre (DC) in Midrand.

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Hands-on experience of the supply chain
Gert Brits
Posted on 14 Aug 2012

The Business Management honours class visited the Mercedes-Benz spare part distribution facility and Caterpillar’s Johannesburg Distribution Centre (JDC) in Isando on 3 August 2012 as part of their module Integrated Logistics Management (GLB 780).

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Staff served as judges at the annual SAPICS Supply Chain Education Excellence Awards
Denise Lourens
Posted on 14 Aug 2012

Recent leadership studies argue that the practice of instilling a sense of power is at the root of organisational effectiveness and that the most empowering leaders reward the achievement of their staff or associates by expressing praise in highly visible and confidence-building ways.

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3rd Annual Supply Chain Management & Logistics Career Day
Gert Brits
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

The Department of Business Management's Unit for Supply Chain Management and the Graduate Career Office of the University of Pretoria hosted a career preparation seminar for second- and third-year BCom option Supply Chain Management and BCom Honours Business Management students in the Sanlam Auditorium on UP’s Hatfield Campus on Friday, 27 July 2012.

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International visitors to the Department of Business Management
Department of Business Management
Posted on 10 Aug 2012

Mr Anne Staal and Mr Marius van der Woude from the Hanze University Groningen in the Netherlands recently visited the Department of Business Management. Hanze University Groningen is the largest university of applied science in the northern part of the Netherlands.

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Best Presenter Award
Department of Business Management
Posted on 16 May 2012

Dr Alex Antonites of the Department of Business Management and Head of the Business Incubator, attended the annual Economics, Finance and International Business Conference in Miami, USA

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BCom Supply Chain Management
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 04 Apr 2012

The BCom(Option: Supply Chain Management) second-year students visited the South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery in Alberton on Friday, 30 March 2012, as part of the module Supply Chain Management 216.

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Tshwane Enterprise Development Programme (TEDP) makes positive contribution
Prof Jurie van Vuuren
Posted on 03 Apr 2012

In 2009 the City of Tshwane initiated a programme to enhance entrepreneurship within the city by providing a training and mentorship opportunity to entrepreneurs that operate on different levels within the city, with the University of Pretoria as the service provider.

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Conference on Entrepreneurship in the Healthcare Industry
Department of Business Management
Posted on 28 Mar 2012

The Department of Business Management co-hosted a conference with the Oklahoma State University (OSU) on entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry during the week of 6 March 2012.

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Guest lecture by a former Prime Minister
Dr Johan Vögel
Posted on 28 Mar 2012

On Wednesday, 29 February 2012, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, delivered a guest lecture to the Business Management 359 (International Business) students in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

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CIPS SA joins hands with the University of Pretoria
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 24 Feb 2012

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply Southern Africa (CIPS SA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Pretoria to further professionalise the procurement and supply chain profession.

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Motivation with a difference
Department of Business Management
Posted on 16 Feb 2012

The Department of Business Management organised a pre-graduation ceremony for the 2012 first-year students during their orientation week. The purpose of the ceremony was to encourage the students to make a commitment to graduate in the year 2015.

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A visitor from Georgia State University to the Mamelodi Business Clinic
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 12 Dec 2011

On Thursday, 24 November 2011, Prof Fenwick Huss from Georgia State University (GSU) in the United States of America visited the Mamelodi Business Clinic.

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Warehousing and materials handling expert visits the Department of Business Management
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 18 Nov 2011

Prof René de Koster, who is world-renowned for his research in warehousing and operations management, visited the Department of Business Management of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria during September 2011.

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Prof Sander de Leeuw visits the Department of Business Management
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 18 Nov 2011

Professor Sander de Leeuw from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in the Netherlands recently visited the Department of Business Management.

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Supply Chain Challenge 2011
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 18 Nov 2011

The Department of Business Management hosted the Supply Chain Challenge on 13 and 14 October 2011. This annual event is presented to the honours students in Business Management since 2003.

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Site visit to the Mercedes-Benz cross dock facility and Caterpillar’s distribution centre
Maxine Bolt
Posted on 22 Sep 2011

The Business Management honours class visited the Mercedes-Benz spare part facility and Caterpillar’s Johannesburg Distribution Centre in Isando recently as part of the module Integrated Logistics Management (GLB 780).

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Business Clinic opens its doors
Posted on 29 Jul 2011

The Business Clinic of the University of Pretoria was officially launched on the Mamelodi Campus of the University in July 2011.

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New Large Class Pedagogy
Posted on 21 Feb 2011

Dr Ingrid le Roux, from the Department of Business Management, presented a paper at the 3rd World Conference on Educational Science at the Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, during February.

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Supply Chain Challenge 2010 - A student's perspective
Chante Southwood
Posted on 12 Nov 2010

"All the students in the BCom Honours in Business Management class of 2010 thought it would be easy to survive the Supply Chain Challenge 2010 as we'd overcome so many challenges during the previous nine months. Little did we know that two days would change our perspective on what Supply Chain Management really is......

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Supply Chain practitioners complete training programme
Posted on 05 Nov 2010

The Mpumalanga Department of Finance recently held a certificate ceremony for delegates who successfully completed the Certificate Programme in Supply Chain Management during 2009/10.

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BCom Entrepreneurship - Sneaker project
Posted on 20 Sep 2010

As part of their training, BCom (Entrepreneurship) students had to do a project where they used the theoretical background that they receive in class and their own experience to create and make shoes from recycled material. The students worked in groups of five members each.

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UP Business Incubator: NEW START UP!
Alex Antonites
Posted on 04 Aug 2010

Some really good news out of the office of the UP Business Incubator! One of our top entrepreneurs (incubatees) have launched her business this month. Her name is Maxine Bolt and the company: Student Book Trader.

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Supply Chain Management & Logistics Career Preparation Seminar
Andrea van Staden
Posted on 02 Aug 2010

The Department of Business Management's Chair in Logistics hosted a career preparation seminar for second and third year BCom option Supply Chain Management and BCom Honours (Business Management) students on Friday 23 July 2010 in the Sanlam Auditorium on the main campus of the University of Pretoria (UP).

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Launch of a mentorship programme for BCom option Supply Chain Management students
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 24 May 2010

The Department of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of Pretoria and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) launched a mentorship programme on Monday 17 May 2010. The programme is aimed at second and third year BCom option Supply Chain Management students.

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UP students attended Logistics Achiever Awards Seminar
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 28 Apr 2010

During April 2010, Andrea van Staden, Anna Sivetshe, Zane de Beer and Karen Terblanche, four BCom option Supply Chain Management students had the opportunity to attend the Logistics News - Logistics Achievers Awards (LAA) seminar at Emperors Palace. During the seminar, various presentations based on how a company achieved its success, were delivered. LAA 2009 awards were given to the best presentations delivered.

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Supply Chain Management students attend CIPS conference
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 28 Apr 2010

The annual Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) conference took place from the during April 2010 at the Emperors Palace convention centre in Johannesburg.

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Programmes in International Freight Management and Administration.
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 16 Mar 2010

The Department of Business Management of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and Continuing Education at the University of Pretoria is extending its continuing education offerings in the field of international freight management and administration.

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As published in 'Rapport se bylaag, Loopbane van 7 Februarie 2010.'
Dr Francois van Pletsen
Posted on 15 Feb 2010

Daar is baie geleenthede in Suid- Afrika om kleinsakekonsultasie as 'n volwaardige en volhoubare beroep te beoefen as 'n mens bereid is om die eiesoortige Suid-Afrikaanse veranderlikes te konfronteer. Aan die woord is prof Jurie van Vuuren, koordineerder van die Leerstoel in Entrepreneurskap, in die Departement Ondernemingsbe stuur aan die Universiteit van Pretoria.

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The Department of Business Management signs MOU with CILTSA
Mnr Wesley Niemann
Posted on 10 Dec 2009

The Department of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences of the University of Pretoria and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport South Africa (CILTSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 December 2009.

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UP business incubator
Dr Francois van Pletsen
Posted on 11 Nov 2009

The UP business incubator opened its support doors in January 2008.
Softstart BTI (on behalf of SEDA TP) provided the initial seed funding and
operational assistance.

The incubator is a satellite unit with a direct link with SBTI. A strong
focus is placed on ICT orientated entrepreneurs but also open to any student
enrolled at the University of Pretoria with a business idea. It consequently
endeavours to channel "idea to market" processes and establish a direct
pipeline with external stakeholders in the entrepreneurship enabling
environment.

The UP Business Incubator, situated in the Department of Business
Management, provides much needed infrastructure and specialised coaching to
aspirant entrepreneurs based on the fundamentals of the entrepreneurial
process.

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Supply Chain Challenge 2009
Wesley Niemann
Posted on 20 Oct 2009

On 9 and 10 October 2009, the Unit for Supply Chain Management in the Department of Business Management of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, presented a two-day computerised supply chain management simulation game for the BCom Honours Business Management class of 2009 as part of the compulsory honours module, Integrated Logistics Management.

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Honorary Professor is a properly qualified logistician
Sonja van der Waldt
Posted on 16 Sep 2009

Prof Gerard de Villiers has been appointed as Honorary Professor in the Department of Business Management of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

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