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MPhil Open Evening February

Gain a deeper understanding through the GIBS Master of Philosophy degree.

The Master of Philosophy degree offered at GIBS is aimed at business leaders that wish to develop a deeper knowledge and become an expert in either International Business or Corporate Strategy. These focused Masters programmes are a combination of courses taught by local and international experts together with an in-depth academic research project into an area of International Business or Corporate Strategy that you are particularly interested in. The core courses will prepare you for the thesis by exposing you to the latest research. You will then be guided in choosing from over 40 electives, which will enable you to expand your knowledge in areas that are particularly important to your career. 

Join us at our upcoming MPhil open evening to learn more about the programme as well as meet and interact with the faculty members. 

Please see event details below.

Date:    07 February 2019
Time:   17:30 registration, session starts at 18:00 till 19:00
Venue: GIBS (Classroom 1), 26 Melville Road, Illovo

Seats are limited. 

#NB - This event is free of charge. Should the form ask you for billing details, please select ''Self'' and enter your email address then press submit.

Should you require further information please contact Mpho Mashele.

If you have any admissions related queries please contact the admissions office at or on 011 771 4184 or 011 771 4331.

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  • Doctor Morris Mthombeni
    Dr Morris Mthombeni joined the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (“GIBS”) in 2014 and was appointed executive director of faculty in 2017. On academic programmes, he is a lecturer on the DBA, MPhil, and MBA in areas of Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance, Environment of Business, Management Consulting and Dynamic Innovation. On the executive education programmes, he is a lecturer to senior managers and executives on Corporate Governance, Corporate Strategy, and Strategic Leadership. To this end, he lecturers on the flagship GIBS’ Global Executive Development Programme, Board Leadership Programme, and the Harvard Senior Executive Leadership Programme.

    Prior to GIBS, Dr Mthombeni had acquired extensive experience in the financial services industry. Cumulatively, he has more than 28 years of experience in financial service organisations, with 20 years at top management and boards of banks, insurance companies, asset management companies, state owned entities, industry and regulatory bodies. In addition to his role at GIBS, Dr Mthombeni is a consultant, and director of companies. He provides strategic leadership consulting to select clients in private and public sector. He serves as a director on boards of public sector entities, private companies and not for profit organisations.

    In addition to South Africa, Dr Mthombeni has had teaching, research, corporate governance assignments in Botswana, England, Germany, Holland, Mozambique, Nigeria, Poland, Rwanda, Russia, Swaziland, Sweden, USA, and Zimbabwe.
  • Professor Helena Barnard

    Helena Barnard is a full professor at GIBS and responsible for the GIBS doctoral programme. She was on the organising committee for the Academy of Management Africa conference at GIBS in 2013, and is the Academy of International Business (AIB) Vice President for Administration for 2017 to 2020. She is a 2018-2019 Dunning Fellow at the John H Dunning Centre for International Business at Henley Business School.

    She is an area editor for the newly launched Journal of International Business Policy, the sister journal of the well-regarded Journal of International Business Studies, and the deputy editor in charge of Africa for the journal Management and Organizational Review. She is on the editorial review board of Global Strategy Journal, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management and Academy of Management Perspectives.

    Before she started her academic career, she worked at Home Depot in the USA from 1999 to 2004, first in Instructional Design and then in Logistics. Her first career was in the field of Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET).


    Helena has been an invited speaker on emerging market multinationals at inter alia Aalborg University in Denmark (February 2006), Northeastern University in Boston (August 2012), the COST Action Group at the European International Business Academy in Sussex, UK (December 2012) and at NYU at a conference organised by Phankaj Ghemawat (September 2016).


    From 2008 to 2010 she, together with the University of Lund (Sweden) conducted a cross-national project on innovation in the automotive and ICT industries in South Africa, India and China. Helena served on the executive and scientific committee of an EU-funded FP7 project on global innovation networks (2009 – 2011). She also developed the proposal leading to Academy of Management, the leading professional organisation for management scholars, conducting its first-ever conference outside of North America at GIBS in Johannesburg in January 2013.


    She is involved with ongoing projects with the University of Strasbourg (France) and Maastricht University (Netherlands) on global academic collaborations and with the Oxford Internet Institute on how online markets are changing business across borders. She is a fellow at the CEIBS Center for Emerging Market Studies and the DIODE network (Development Impacts Of Digital Economies) at Manchester University. She has been rated as an internationally recognised scholar by the South African National Research Foundation.

  • Professor Albert Wöcke

    Albert is a professor and permanent faculty member at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has been on the GIBS faculty since 2000, where he joined after a career as a trade union official. As the assistant general secretary: collective bargaining, he headed up the collective bargaining functions of the union and was a founding member of the Public Service Bargaining Council and represented the labour movement in the public finance and Monetary Policy Chamber of Nedlac (the National Economic Development and Labour Advisory Council).

    Albert is a recognised researcher with a National Research Foundation (NRF rating of C3) and has published academic and other articles in South Africa and internationally. He is a member of the American Academy of Management and the Academy of International Business and the South African Institute of People Management. He regularly reviews for international and local academic journals.

    Since joining GIBS, Albert has taught in the areas of international business strategy and human resources, strategy and organisational behaviour. His current research interests include the process and strategies of emerging market firms going global, the design and impact of HR strategy in multi-national corporations and talent management in emerging markets. He has had papers presented at the American Academy of Management and the Royal Geographic Society and he has taught in Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, the UAE, Hong Kong and Namibia. He consults widely and clients have included MTN, UTI, South African Revenue Services, Zurich Reinsurance, PPC and government departments including Foreign Affairs and Forestry and Water.

  • Professor Nick Binedell


    Nick Binedell is the Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a Business School situated in Illovo, Johannesburg and established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria.

    After an initial career in the industry in the Mining and Manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Nick has focused his career for the past 20 years in the area of business education.

    In 1998 he was invited to establish a new business school focused on meeting the individual and corporate needs of business in South Africa.

    The school has rapidly established itself as a leading business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. It was recently ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.

    Nick is a determined traveler and explorer. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was ten he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa and Britain. He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has traveled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, Lagos as well as European and American cities.

    His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe and Australia.
  • Professor Louise Whittaker

    I am an expert on strategy, governance and ethics, particularly in relation to organisations and information systems. Governance cannot be meaningful without ethics, and both are essential to successful strategies and projects.


    I also have extensive experience and interest in qualitative and phenomenological research.

    As such, I have supervised 3 completed PhDs and over 100 MBA research reports, many of them in these areas, as well as conducting my own published research, and strategic consultancy work. I am an associate editor for the Information Systems Journal, a major international journal.

    I have managed a multi-disciplinary team of academics and administrators in the delivery of an academic programme comprising multiple postgraduate degrees and diplomas, delivered to hundreds of students. working directly with Deans and Directors at senior levels in an internationally-accredited academic institution. I have extensive experience with curriculum design and international accreditation processes for business schools.

    In summary, my specialties are information systems strategy, governance, ethics and organisational effects; research supervision; qualitative research; phenomenology; applied ethics.

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