• Duration: One year
  • Level: NQF 9
  • Study mode: Full time – Block Release Five to seven days per block per course

Master of Management in the field of Digital Business

 

This Master’s degree programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to guide their organisations through the complexities of digital transformation.

Digitalisation is fast becoming the driving force in business. It is giving every organisation, both private and public, the chance to be more agile, more transparent, more innovative and more customer-centric. The organisations that embrace the digital revolution will outperform those that don’t, and this is creating a demand for people with the qualifications to manage the whole process.

Coursework classes take place on weekdays including Saturdays from 08h00 – 16h00, from mid-January 2019 until the end of September. The independent study (research) component runs concurrently with the coursework with a final research report due in January 2020.

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Core Courses

Business Strategy for a Digital World

This course consists of a selection of primary and secondary topics on business strategy in a digital age. It builds on and extends business strategy as historically taught and practised, and extends this to new business models and concepts, the impact of so-called “exponential” effects, and considerations of sustainability and the digital divide.

Digital Technology Fundamentals

This course introduces candidates to key concepts around the technologies which underpin what is termed the “digital revolution”. It provides a working knowledge of the current state of the art, taxonomy of the field; current and future applications of these technologies, and anticipated medium term future developments. This course lays an important foundation for business people across all spheres of leadership and management who are expected to lead organisations into the future.

Marketing for Digital Business

This course explores the nature of the changing customer, changing ways of engaging customers and the implications for marketing in general, and for digital e-marketing in particular.

Digitalising Operations Management

This course introduces candidates to the fundamental concepts and tools to digitalise the operations of modern businesses. This includes digital supply chain management; automation of industrial production; automation of process industries, and automation of knowledge work, including robotic process automation.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Digital Business

This course is designed to equip the candidate with insight into how to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. It explores ways to facilitate and sustain intrapreneurship in larger, more established companies seeking to transform digitally, as well as for individuals or small enterprise entrepreneurs running innovative tech start-up ventures.

Digital Readiness, Transformation and Change Management

This course equips candidates to manage digital transformation in business and government. It asserts that digital transformation as a new business strategy is inevitable and essential, and counteracts the view that digital transformation and preparedness in the 21st century is purely a technology or IT issue, and thus also emphasises the dimension of creating the right digital culture through change management.

Elective Courses

Systems thinking in the Digital Economy

This course provides candidates with an overview of systems thinking within digital environments that requires candidates to see and make connections between solutions, systems and society. It provides candidates with an integrative approach to systems thinking theory, complexity theory, design thinking and systems engineering.

Applied Big Data and Analytics

This course introduces the basic concepts of big data, methodologies for analysing structured and unstructured data, and emphasises the relationship between data management and business needs. It enables candidates to develop an understanding of big data analysis, adapt to the changing role of information sciences and bring solutions to tackle the challenges that arise in modern business. This course does not require candidates to have a strong mathematics or computer science background.

Cybersecurity and Risk Management

The course provides candidates with the concepts and tools for the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security within an organisation. The course aims to develop strategic thinkers who understand the cyber threat to an organisation/digital business and its resources, and are able to build and support secure systems and practices that support the strategic growth of a business.

Digital Financial Services

This course consists of a selection of primary and secondary topics on the deployment and adoption of Fintech in South Africa, the rest of Africa and selected global comparisons. It assists candidates in learning a taxonomy of Fintech and developing insight into the financial services landscape in South Africa, including the unbanked and underbanked segments.

Digital Government

This course provides candidates with applicable knowledge of the use of digital practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government, and deliver public services to citizens, in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Digital Commerce

This course is designed to equip the candidate with knowledge of the context and opportunities emerging in the area of e-Commerce in South Africa, the continent, as well as worldwide.

Core Courses

Business Strategy For a Digital World

This course consists of a selection of primary and secondary topics on business strategy in a digital age. It builds on and extends business strategy as historically taught and practised, and extends this to new business models and concepts, the impact of so-called “exponential” effects, and considerations of sustainability and the digital divide.

Digital Technology Fundamentals

This course introduces candidates to key concepts around the technologies which underpin what is termed the “digital revolution”. It provides a working knowledge of the current state of the art, taxonomy of the field; current and future applications of these technologies, and anticipated medium term future developments. This course lays an important foundation for business people across all spheres of leadership and management who are expected to lead organisations into the future.

Marketing for Digital Business

This course explores the nature of the changing customer, changing ways of engaging customers and the implications for marketing in general, and for digital e-marketing in particular.

Digitalising Operations Management

This course introduces candidates to the fundamental concepts and tools to digitalise the operations of modern businesses. This includes digital supply chain management; automation of industrial production; automation of process industries, and automation of knowledge work, including robotic process automation.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Digital Business

This course is designed to equip the candidate with insight into how to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. It explores ways to facilitate and sustain intrapreneurship in larger, more established companies seeking to transform digitally, as well as for individuals or small enterprise entrepreneurs running innovative tech start-up ventures.

Digital Readiness, Transformation and Change Management

This course equips candidates to manage digital transformation in business and government. It asserts that digital transformation as a new business strategy is inevitable and essential, and counteracts the view that digital transformation and preparedness in the 21st century is purely a technology or IT issue, and thus also emphasises the dimension of creating the right digital culture through change management.

Elective Courses

Systems thinking in the Digital Economy

This course provides candidates with an overview of systems thinking within digital environments that requires candidates to see and make connections between solutions, systems and society. It provides candidates with an integrative approach to systems thinking theory, complexity theory, design thinking and systems engineering.

Applied Big Data and Analytics

This course introduces the basic concepts of big data, methodologies for analysing structured and unstructured data, and emphasises the relationship between data management and business needs. It enables candidates to develop an understanding of big data analysis, adapt to the changing role of information sciences and bring solutions to tackle the challenges that arise in modern business. This course does not require candidates to have a strong mathematics or computer science background.

Cybersecurity and Risk Management

The course provides candidates with the concepts and tools for the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security within an organisation. The course aims to develop strategic thinkers who understand the cyber threat to an organisation/digital business and its resources, and are able to build and support secure systems and practices that support the strategic growth of a business.

Digital Financial Services

This course consists of a selection of primary and secondary topics on the deployment and adoption of Fintech in South Africa, the rest of Africa and selected global comparisons. It assists candidates in learning a taxonomy of Fintech and developing insight into the financial services landscape in South Africa, including the unbanked and underbanked segments.

Digital Government

This course provides candidates with applicable knowledge of the use of digital practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government, and deliver public services to citizens, in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Digital Commerce

This course is designed to equip the candidate with knowledge of the context and opportunities emerging in the area of e-Commerce in South Africa, the continent, as well as worldwide.

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Research Report

This is the independent study portion of the curriculum in which all Master’s degree candidates must undertake academic research and produce a mini-thesis. In line with the Chair, the areas of research include Business Management, Economic and Social Impact, Digital Business Applications, Policy, Law & Ethics of Digital Business and Corporate Governance and Business Leadership.

This can take the form of one of the following:

  • academic research report
  • social entrepreneurship project
  • business venture proposal
  • consultancy project

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Entry Requirements

First degree and postgraduate (NQF 8) studies (preferably an Honours degree but a good Bachelor’s degree with a recognised and accredited postgraduate degree or diploma is also recognised). Recognition of prior learning will be considered (please see on the right).

You will need to complete and submit a Faculty of Management Part III form. You can download this form on the WBS website: http://www.wbs.ac.za/media/wits-business-school/content-assets/documents/-degree-programmes/Management-Part-3-Word-Format.doc

You will need to complete and achieve an acceptable level in the Wits University APIL test. For the APIL test, please book via email at testbookings.wbs@wits.ac.za or contact Helen Preston on 011 717 3928. Information on the APIL test is available at www.wbs.ac.za/academic-programmes/admissions-testing/

Three to five years’ work experience. If the applicant seeks exemption from this requirement, a letter of motivation must be included.

Candidates may also be required to attend an interview with WBS.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Applicants who fall outside of the normal admissions process but who demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university that they have experiential- or work-based learning which has taken the learner to an equivalent level of a qualification specified above (under Entry Requirements), may be considered for admission on the basis of recognition of prior accredited and/or prior experiential learning.

Applications

  • Only online applications will be accepted. Please go to http://www.wits.ac.za/applications/
  • Please ensure that all information is correct and that you have uploaded everything on the check list (see below).
  • Deadline for applications: 31 October, 2018

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Checklist

  • Online application form
  • Faculty of Management Part III form
  • Copies of all degree certificates
  • Academic transcripts in English
  • SAQA Evaluation certificate (for international students)
  • SAQA Help desk: 012 431-5070 or go to: http://www.saqa.org.za
  • CV including places of work to substantiate work experience. Please include:

+ Name of employer

+ Dates of employment; from / to

+ Contact details of superior/s at place of employment

+ Position held o Main responsibilities in that position

  • Letter of motivation in support of application
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Non-refundable fee of R200
  • Study Permit if studying in South Africa for more than 90 days, or Visitor’s Permit if studying in South Africa for less than 90 days.