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Advanced Management

Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP)

  • Price from: R57 500 incl VAT
Course modalities & Duration:
  • Remote - 15 days over 6 months
  • Blended - 15 days over 6 months



As a cutting-edge senior management programme, the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) broadens managers’ worldviews, cultivating an empowered resilience for dynamic business environments. The SMDP equips you with a design mindset to explore strategic management concepts around innovation, collaboration, organisational change and business agility in a complex world, assisting you to reach your potential.

Who is this course for?

Best suited for senior managers from any industry, the SMDP is especially for those in management positions who are interested in developing a strategic leadership mindset and acquiring the ability to sense and respond to new business models.

Why choose this course?

In a rapidly changing environment, organiszations are being exposed to a completely new way of working. Over the course of 6 months, the training within the SMDP empowers you with the tools to:

  • Develop leadership thinking
  • Explore strategic concepts and integrative strategy
  • Evaluate new frameworks and tools to support sustainable business
  • Interpret the challenges of globalisation and its effect on business
  • Assess and report on the financial viability of organisations
  • Assess and report on the financial viability of organisations
  • Determine the importance of changing business models
  • Formulate strategies for customer value creation using design thinking
  • Apply project management tools and techniques to plan and execute projects efficiently and effectively
  • Interpret and demonstrate the relationship between various strategic, operational and leadership themes

Admission requirements

  • English language competence at NQF level 4 or equivalent.
  • Foundational knowledge of management and business
  • 3 - 5 years experience in a middle to senior management role

What our learning partners had to say

I have found the SMDP to be a program geared to develop and nurture the inner being at a personal level while simultaneously strengthening one’s strategic resolve professionally. I completed the program a totally transformed individual who had developed an inherent ability to deal with the eventualities of the different environments different businesses operate under. Such is my exciting SMDP experience, my career testifies for me.

Francis Zhangazha

The SMDP was more than an academic programme for me, I went into it thinking that it would be great to have this post graduate qualification under my belt however not realising the much greater impact it would have on me. Personally and professionally the SMDP by far contributed to my personal development, it challenged my way of looking at the world but more important how I viewed myself. It taught me to accept my strengths but not use it to overpower anyone and work on my weaknesses. I was not in control of everything and that was okay, the biggest learnings came from the journey and not the end grade or result. I learnt so many things about myself and my life is so much richer for having gone through The SMDP.

Devendri Adari

I had a lot of fun (and) I have seen a lot of improvement on my report writing. In respect of strategy for my business unit, I have taken a lot of ownership in terms of updating our strategy and presentations.

Lungisani Mthethwa

It enabled me to operate at a senior management level by removing me from the day-to-day operations of my team. I got to use the time in class - away from the office - to reflect on my immediate role and on the organisation as a whole through learning from faculty and peers.

Langa Manqele

The SMDP has given me a more complete view of the workplace and provided me with a better understanding of how the many different components come together to create the best synergy. It added a great deal of personal value to me by developing my strategic thinking – the programme requirements forced me to consider new challenges and situations through a different lens. The programme provided various challenges that developed and honed my management and leadership skills for the better. It encouraged me to explore more opportunities outside my current scope of influence, become a critical thinker and be a lifetime learner.

Deon Smit

Before this programme, many people had always told me that it takes strategic thinking to grow through the ranks in a corporate structure. I would always ask - How do I do that? How do I think strategically? This programme answered that question for me.

Themba Zondi
Pioneer Foods

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