UP Business Management

UP Business Management

UP Business Management, The Department of Business Management began in 1927 and is the second oldest business management department in the country. It is a leading department in this subject.

Message from the HOD

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
–  John Dewey
The Department of Business management commenced its formal academic activities in 1927 and since evolved into offering diverse and comprehensive components within the broader domain of business management studies. Our value proposition includes education and concomitant research in the integrated sub-fields of:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management and strategy
  • International management
  • Supply chain management (international accreditation  ELA – European Logistics Association.)
  • Responsible leadership
  • Turnaround and rescue
This department is a high volume undergraduate provider, servicing circa 8000 students per annum in the mentioned fields. Our enhanced post-graduate focus shows huge potential in becoming the leading Southern African academic unit in the broader field of business and management, not only in volume but more so in quality research impact.
Community engagement forms our third component supporting our rich value proposition. We lead the South African entrepreneurship enabling space (within the academic sphere) by offering two levels of business incubation, firstly the UP Business Incubator (UPBI) and secondly the Mamelodi Business Clinic (MBC). The UPBI is a student entrepreneurship development unit inducing and channelling pre-start up idea-to-market, available to all registered students at UP. The MBC is a key role-player in assisting rural and micro entrepreneurs operating the informal sector. Both these entities follow a freemium model with absolutely no cost to potential and nascent entrepreneurs. Our undergraduate students are directly involved via service learning in both these offerings. The department is also a leading service provider to Enterprises and generate substantial additional income to sustain several key academic and support activities.
The Department of Business management endeavours to apply the key principles of innovation management, resulting in a number of market leading technology driven service options, ranging from internal operational efficiency to catalysing enhanced teaching and learning of one of our key stakeholders, the student.
A new operating business model was initiated since May 2017 with some radical and incremental changes as to how a business management department will be managed for the future.


The Department of Business Management offers numerous undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management.  A wide variety of short courses are also offered by the department.

Undergraduate Programmes

An undergraduate degree (also called bachelor’s degree) is an academic degree taken by a person who has completed undergraduate courses. It is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a university.

Postgraduate Programmes

A postgraduate degree is an academic degree on three levels: honours, masters and doctorate undertaken at a tertiary institution. A postgraduate degree can only be undertaken if a student has completed an undergraduate degree. Postgraduate degrees can be coursework or research based or a combination thereof.

Short Courses

Current short courses offered by the Department of Business Management
Business Management and Entrepreneurship Courses:
  • Advanced Course in Bioentrepreneurship
  • Advanced Programme in Event Management
  • Bioentrepreneurship
  • Business Rescue Decision Making
  • Certified Rescue Analyst Programme
  • Communication and Sales Toolkit for Start-Up Companies
  • Contract Management
  • Effective Evaluation of Policies, Programmes and Projects
  • Effective Risk Management
  • Event Management
  • Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement
  • Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Outcomes-based Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation
  • Practical Team Management Toolkit for First-Level Managers and Supervisors
  • Programme in Office Management and Secretarial Development
  • Seminar on Decoding the Protection of Personal Information Act
  • Soft Skills for First-Line Managers
  • Supervisory Management Skills
  • Total Quality Management
  • Online Course in Business Management

Turnaround Management and Business Rescue

  • Certified Rescue Analyst Programme (6 months)
  • Business Rescue Decision Making – Simulation (3 days)
  • Business Rescue for Small Business (2 days)
General Management and Responsible Leadership Courses:
  • Advanced GROW Coaching
  • Change Management and Leadership to Ensure Successful Change
  • Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiations
  • Contract Management
  • Keys to Strategic Alignment
  • Leadership for Strategic Alignment
  • Leadership in Four Dimensions
  • Management Development Programme
  • Outcomes-based Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation
  • Practical Strategic Performance Management
  • Programme in Leadership Development for Junior Managers
  • Responsible Leadership in Climate Change
  • Soft Skills for First-Line Managers
  • Strategic Management Principles
  • Supervisory Management Skills
  • The Whole Brain® Manager
  • Total Quality Management
  • Online Course: Thinking Accelerator for Personal Development
Supply Chain Management and Logistics Courses:
  • Advanced Programme in Supply Chain Management for Senior Practitioners
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Contract Management
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Executive Programme in Supply Chain Management for Master Practitioners
  • Fleet Management
  • Hands-on Supply Chain Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • PFMA Supply Chain Management Bid Committees Course
  • Programme in Supply Chain Management for Junior Practitioners
  • Supervisory Management Skills
  • Online Course: Supply Chain Management in the Public Sector
Project and Risk Management Courses:
  • Advanced Programme in Project Leadership
  • Advanced Programme in Project Management
  • Advanced Programme in Project Management (Weekend Offering)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) Preparatory Workshop
  • Construction Contracts
  • Intermediate Course in MS Project
  • Introductory Course in MS Project
  • Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Programme in Project Management
  • Project Management Principles and Practices in Organisations
  • Project Estimating and Procurement
  • Project Management for the Mining and Industrial Industries
  • Project Management Principles and Practices
  • Project Management Principles and Practices with MS Project
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam Preparation Workshop
  • Project Quality, Risk and Time Management
  • Online Course: Introduction to Project Management
  • Online Course in the Principles of Project Management
  • Online Programme in IT Project Management
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To be the leading and most innovative Business Management department in Southern Africa in teaching, research and community service.

Mission Statement

The Department of Business Management strives towards excellence in:

  • the creation dissemination and application of knowledge in business management;
  • growth and development of its staff;
  • innovative teaching;
  • delivering skilled and knowledgeable candidate managers and management scientists to the business world and broad community.

Our competitive advantage is:

  • the qualifications are in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework objectives and philosophy;
  • all lecturers are highly qualified and have research experience;
  • lecturers are often required to provide advice and training programmes by trade and industry.


Contact us

Undergraduate inquiries
OBS help desk: Tel: 012 420 3454
Postgraduate inquiries
Honours: honours_BM@up.ac.za
Masters: MPhil_BM@up.ac.za
Doctoral: phd_BM@up.ac.za
Departmental Administrator
Tel: +27 (0)12 420 4349
E-mail:  dorah.mashiyane@up.ac.za
Physical Address
Economic and Management Sciences Building
University of Pretoria
Cnr Lynnwood and University Roads
Client Service Centre
Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 3111
Fax:  +27 (0)12 362 5168/362 5190
E-mail: ssc@up.ac.za
Department of Business Management
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