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Strategy, Innovation and Design Thinking Programme

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Re-frame the strategic challenges that face your organisation by linking design thinking with innovation to achieve responsive and competitive strategies that are ideal for a disruptive world. 

This leadership-level course helps you to uncover new ways of driving growth and competitiveness in your organisation. You will be able to scan the landscape for external changes and, equipped with the latest tools and techniques for that context, respond optimally as a leader, manager, and participantIn a simulation-based learning environment, you will work on your own customer/client challenges; learning to respond in ways that accelerate innovation and entrench business relevance. 

"I must honestly state that I personally learned substantially over the past few days attending the programme.
Having been involved in various national boards and having had the opportunity to also attend some courses at Oxford, you are truly unique Abdullah. Your approach and ability are unique and I pray that you will continue to share this knowledge of yours. Your personal life story is very humbling and I was also brought up in a shoe repair family."
Roshan Morar, Morar Incorporated (2021)

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Application Dates

Applications Open 

20 June 2022

Applications Close

21 October 2022

Admission is based on professional requirements to attain new or enhance your skills.

Minimum Requirements
  • This programme is ideal for executives, directors, managers, heads of strategy, heads of innovation, business unit heads and entrepreneurs. 

No formal education qualifications are required.


Total Tuition Fee 

R17 900

GIBS does not charge VAT on tuition fees and all prices are subject to change.

Please click here for a quote/proforma invoice.

Note: These are the tentative schedules and the confirmed schedules will be sent to all accepted students closer to the start date of the programme. These formats are subject to change and applicants will be notified of any changes timeously.

Special Requirements

Special Needs: If you have a special need or disability, GIBS will look into accommodating this. However, it is a requirement that the student will need to provide medical certificates and supporting documentation as requested by the GIBS Admissions Office. We recommend you contact before you complete your application. Religious Observance: Observant students must contact the GIBS Admissions Office before you start your application to ascertain if or how your specific needs may be accommodated. 

Admission Process
Step 1

Complete your online application form. Please refer to the top right corner of the webpage to apply.

Step 2

Submit your online application. 

Step 3

Application is processed and you will receive a reference number after your application is successfully received.

Step 4

Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance. 

Step 5

The invoice will be issued and payment is to be made. 

Please ensure the billing details are correct when completing the application form as any request to make amendments will delay your application. Ensure you have the VAT number should your company be funding the tuition fees.


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Who should attend?

This programme is ideal for executives, directors, managers, heads of strategy, heads of innovation, business unit heads and entrepreneurs. 

How you will benefit

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand the interplay between strategy, innovation, and design thinking;

  • Tackle disruption and disintermediation in an array of sectors;

  • Scan, understand, and respond to changes in the business environment;

  • Build competitive advantage in a complex and discontinuous landscape;

  • See innovation as a key enabler for disruptive thinking in an organisation;

  • Use strategy tools, experiential learning, and elements of design thinking to address specific challenges;

  • Leverage frameworks for developing and managing strategy and innovation;

  • Understand the true impact of COVID-19 on South Africa and various sectors.   

Key focus areas:

  • The interplay between strategy, innovation, and the local context;

  • Dissecting the new normal: disruption and disintermediation;

  • Principles of design thinking;

  • Practicing design thinking through. curated experiential learning; and

  • Ideation sprint:  addressing specific organisational challenges. 

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