Programme for Management Development (PMD)

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Enhance your career by improving your business knowledge and management skills

​​​​​The GIBS Programme for Management Development (PMD) is an innovative and stimulating learning experience. Both the content and design of this intensive programme have been based on a needs analysis conducted with South African business leaders.

Applications for the PMD 2018 courses are now open.

Objectives of the GIBS PMD:

  • Help managers better understand the current and future global economic and social environment with a special emphasis on the new economy;
  • Develop leadership and management skills for non-traditional approaches to the role of the manager in organisations;
  • Help managers to accelerate the rate of change in their organisations;
  • Give a clear understanding of the current and emerging methods for evaluating organisational performance;
  • Change perceptions of how organisations develop and deliver their products and services;
  • Build management effectiveness in the operational management of organisations operating in the new economy;
  • Better equip managers to work with and through their people as individuals and teams;
  • Understand how to optimise their use of information and knowledge to sustain competitive advantage; and
  • Enable managers to unlock their creativity in the process of bringing about change in organisations, teams and individuals.
​Special Features

Partnering for High Performance

A special feature of the GIBS learning experience is that you will be working in a syndicate group. Each syndicate group will be structured so that there is a balance of skills and backgrounds in the team and each team will be required to assist each other with the necessary syndicate assignments. ​​​


Company-based mentors are an important feature of the programme. You will need to identify someone in your organisation who will act as a coach or mentor during your studies. He or she will be required to give you advice as needed, provide support and assist with finding information or opening doors in the company where company-related tasks are set by the lecturers. Should you be unsure about the steps to follow in appointing a mentor, you can contact the programme management team via email at p​

PMD Timetable 2018

PMD 50 Timetable 2018 (modular)

PMD 51 Timetable 2018 (evening)

 PMD 52 Timetable 2018 (Block Hybrid)

Who should attend?

Have you been working for at least five years and are feeling the pressure of change in the workplace? Although you are motivated and competent, you feel that you do not have sufficient tools to make as much of a difference in your company as you know you can. You know that your career will benefit from management education and you are ready to stretch yourself to achieve success.

How you will benefit

As you develop in your career, you often find that experience alone is not enough to provide all the answers. Our aim at GIBS is to provide you with education to supplement your experience. We have established the GIBS PMD to give managers in the private, public or non-governmental sectors several advantages.​

Additional information

As a student on the GIBS PMD you will be required to attend a number of on-campus learning experiences that combine discussions, case studies, debates and simulations. Each session will require preparation that you will undertake individually or in groups. For the remainder of the programme you will be preparing, studying, undertaking syndicate work and conducting your own research. You will also be involved with assignments relevant to the module you are studying and application of the knowledge in your own organisation’s situation.​​

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