Custom Programmes

​​​​​​​Since 2000, the GIBS Custom Programmes unit has been consistently ranked as one of the Financial Times' top global business schools.

Each year, more than 60 leading global and South African organisations from the private, public and non-government sectors, partner with GIBS to design and deliver tailor-made interventions to develop their existing and potential leaders.

Programmes are designed to have a measurable impact on an organisation's ability to deliver on its business strategy and make its human capital a source of competitive advantage. Run with the professionalism of a streamlined business and enjoying long-term partnerships, GIBS Custom Programmes assures impact through a clear assessment of organisational and individual needs, innovative learning design and rigorous measurement of business impact. The 40-strong team of professional designers, programme directors, managers and learning co-ordinators are constantly searching for and generating new approaches to customised executive education to ensure organisational impact and personal transformation.


The GIBS Custom Programmes unit collaborates with partner organisations to ensure programmes that are characterised by design co-creation, executive engagement and professional delivery. Delivery teams work closely with client teams to remain true to programme aims and the desired impact. GIBS partners with organisations – in some cases for periods of up to 10 years – to meet the learning needs of managers year-on-year.

The primary value of good partnership is deep customisation to organisational context, needs and goals. The GIBS Custom Programmes unit has been highly ranked for its flexibility and constant improvement in partnering through customisation. Services include custom programmes, customised conference, customised strategic discussion series and bespoke one-off events such as team alignment and creativity sessions.

Active Learning

To engage participants intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically, GIBS designers and faculty craft learning processes which are varied and address a range of learning styles. Site visits, experiential immersions, company visits, business improvement projects, role plays, case studies, leader dialogues, boardroom presentations, scenarios and simulations, are just a few of the ways GIBS Custom Programmes bring learning to life.

Impact Assured

Using a range of measurement approaches and instruments, GIBS Custom Programmes holds itself accountable for individual, team and/or organisational impact. Whether new managers need accelerated development to support the leadership of the firm, or senior executives call for a change in focus to sustain the organisational strategy, GIBS Custom Programmes promises a measurable impact.


GIBS Custom Programmes deliver 120-130 programmes for 65-75 clients each year. For references please contact the Custom Programmes Director.

Where we work

GIBS Custom Programmes is proud to have grown internationally with our partner companies. Our globally focused faculty and the internationalisation of executive development have allowed us to work with clients in many locations around the world.

In line with our partners' needs, we have the ability to deliver programmes abroad through delivery teams and GIBS faculty in any destination in the world. We also partner with other major global business schools in the desired destination.

​​Globally focused tailored executive development programmes

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