Welcome to the Graduate School of Business and Leadership

The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) offers its flagship programme the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies degree (MCom), and the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PGDLM). Other programmes include the Management Development Programme (MDP) and an array of executive programmes for companies. 

The disciplines of the GSB&L relates to Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.  The School is served by 15 full time academics and a host of practitioners who work in industry. This combination of academics and practitioners ensures a perfect blend of theory and practice which enhances the learning experience of our students. 

The GSB&L is located on the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 8 kilometres away from the Durban and Pinetown CBDs. Located within an environmental conservancy, the Westville Campus combines state of the art infrastructure with beautiful natural surroundings. The GSB&L blends into the rich cultural and economic tapestry of the province by being involved in the activities of the city and supporting the initiatives of the province.

 

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • (DBA) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MCom (Leadership Studies) by Research
  • MCom(Leadership Studies) by Coursework & Dissertation 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
  • Master of Commerce, LED specialisation (coursework)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (LED specialisation)
  • Master of Commerce by research (RLED focus)



Professor Theuns Pelser
     

Professor Theuns Pelser was appointed at UKZN from 1 April 2015 as the Dean and Head of School for the Graduate School of Business and Leadership. Prior to his appointment he was the Director of the Graduate School of Business and Government Leadership, North-West University, South Africa. Before that he was the Head of Regenesys Business School (RBS) and Strategy Manager at Sasol. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Potchefstroom University, which he obtained in 2001. His academic interest is strategic management, within the fields of strategic marketing and small business development, especially within the context of technology and innovation management. Prof. Pelser had published more than 42 academic peer reviewed papers in the last four years and supervised 12 MBA and doctoral students that graduated successfully.



  News
  • UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN

    UKZN’s GSB&L claims Third Place in PMR Ranking

    [17 August, 2017] The University of KwaZulu-Natal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), the agency tasked with promoting KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination.

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  • PhD Candidate’s Research Focuses on Solar Power Feasibility in KZN

    UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN

    [28 August, 2017] A PhD candidate at UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership is currently working on a project for Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal involving solar power being attainable in KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN

    UKZN Secures Research Collaboration with TIKZN

    [17 August, 2017] The University of KwaZulu-Natal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), the agency tasked with promoting KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination.

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  • UKZN Economics Group Contributes to Improving Writing Skills of Postgrad Students

    UKZN Economics Group Contributes to Improving Writing Skills of Postgrad Students

    [14 August, 2017] The College of Law and Management Studies, in partnership with the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, recently hosted the annual Employers’ Career Exhibition on the Pietermaritzburg, Westville and Howard College campuses.

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  • UKZN Signs Agreement with International Business School

    From left: Ms Tasmeera Singh, Dr Dhananjay Keskar, Professor Brian McArthur and Dr Upasana Singh.
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    [25 May, 2017] A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UKZN and an international education institution based in Mauritius, Amity Business School, has been finalised.

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  • SA has Potential to Rise Above Junk Status – Reserve Bank Governor

    South African Reserve Bank Governor, Mr Lesetja Kganyago.

    [05 May, 2017] South Africa has the potential to get rid of its newly-acquired junk status so long as it deals with all the concerns of the international rating agencies, according to the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Mr Lesetja Kganyago.

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  • Essence of Good Leadership Explored at Public Lecture

    Professor Niels Van Quaquebeke engaging with GSB&L students.

    [26 April, 2017]How to communicate as a leader was the focus of a lecture delivered by Leadership and Organizational Behaviour expert Professor Niels Van Quaquebeke.

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  • Volatile Economy and Rising Operational Costs Focus of PhD Research

    Dr Katombe Madi.

    [19 April, 2017]The Quest for Process Operations’ Variability Reduction in Manufacturing Firms in South Africa, was the title of research by Business Administration doctoral graduate, Dr Katombe Madi.

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  • Research Explores Role of Human Resources in Greening Efforts and Natural Resource Conservation

    Dr Vuyokazi Mtembu.

    [29 April, 2017]Global challenges associated with the depletion of natural resources and ecological degradation are what motivated doctoral graduate and Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic Dr Vuyokazi Mtembu to research the role of the HR division in greening efforts and natural resource conservation.

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  • Distinguished Teachers’ Award Recipient in a League of Her Own

    Distinguished Teachers’ Award Recipient Dr Cecile Gerwel-Proches celebrating her achievement with her students.

    [19 April, 2017]Lecturer, masters and doctoral candidate supervisor, researcher and author as well as Leadership Studies Programme Co-ordinator, multi-talented Dr Cecile Gerwel-Proches, received a UKZN Distinguished Teachers’ Award during this year’s Graduation ceremonies for her outstanding contribution to Teaching and Learning.

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  • Doctor of Business Administration Qualification to Strengthen Graduate’s Academic Career

    From left: Dr Shamim Bodhanya, Professor Cristina Trois, and Dr Rudi Kimmie.

    [19 April, 2017]Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic Dr Joy Ndlovu wants to use her Doctor of Business Administration qualification to strengthen and develop her academic career.

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  • Afrihub Business Breakfast Hits the Spot.

    From left: Dr Shamim Bodhanya, Professor Cristina Trois, and Dr Rudi Kimmie.

    [24 March, 2017]A successful dialogue breakfast was hosted at UKZN’s UNITE Building by the Manager of Afrihub, Dr Rudi Kimmie, and the Leadership Dialogue.

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  • UKZN GSB&L’s Dean and Head Professor Theuns Pelser appointed as SABSA’s Vice President

    Professor Theuns Pelser

    [17 March, 2017]University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s Dean and Head Professor Theuns Pelser has been appointed as Vice-President of The South African Business Schools Association (SABSA).

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  • Achieving Success in Business during Challenging Times Analysed at GSB&L Breakfast Forum

    Nedbank GSB&L Breakfast Forum

    [02 Nov, 2016]The Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L), in partnership with Nedbank, hosted a business breakfast themed: “Running a successful business in a world of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) requires agility, speed and sound leadership as part of their ongoing strategy of shaping visionary future leaders”.

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  • NEW BOOK BY UKZN RESEARCH FELLOW

    Research Fellow Dr Shamim Bodhanya’s new book

    [22 Sep, 2016] Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) Research Fellow Dr Shamim Bodhanya’s book titled:Large Scale Systemic Change, Theories, Modelling and Practices,draws on interdisciplinary research to offer solutions to complex systematic challenges faced by humanity and society..

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  • UKZN GSB&L among Top Five Business Schools in SA

    GSB&L ranked among the top five in South Africa, according to the Professional Market Research (PMR) annual survey.

    [22 Sep, 2016] The Graduate School of Business and Leadership is ranked among the top five in South Africa, according to the Professional Market Research (PMR) annual survey of Accredited Business Schools in the country.

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  • GSB&L Academic a Panellist at Women Economic Empowerment Summit

    Ms Xioliswa Majola.

    [15 Sep, 2016]“Creating necessary capacity and skills among women entrepreneurs and executives to build the economy of the future” was the title of Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) academic and PhD candidate, Ms Xoliswa Majozi at the recent Women Economic Empowerment Summit. 

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  • GSB&L Business Breakfast Celebrates Women in Leadership

    Business breakfast panellists and GSB&L academics.

    [19 Aug, 2016] Leadership development in the workplace, women leaders innovating the global space and women equality and the gender gap were some of the issues discussed at the recent Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) Business Forum aimed at celebrating women in leadership.

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  • MBA Students Benefit from a Guest Lecture on Strategic Management

    Godraj South Africa CEO, Mr Kapil Dev Pillai (seated, left) engaging with MBA students.

    [15 Aug, 2016] Shaping future leaders is one of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s strongest philosophy. In an effort to achieve this vision, the CEO of Godraj South Africa - a leading emerging markets company, Mr Kapil Dev Pillai shared the company’s business approach with the MBA students.

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  Events
  Programmes
   
  • Doctoral Studies (DBA OR PhD) The choice of a doctoral degree programme should be based on an individual's research interests and the approach one wishes to apply to that research. The GSB&L offers the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) or Doctor of Philosophy(PhD).They provide candidates with the flexibility to apply a broad range of research methods to their chosen managerial discipline

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  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) primary purpose is to educate and train graduates who can contribute to the development of knowledge such that they are prepared for advanced and specialised professional employment, with the capacity for critically aware and innovative leadership in a particular field.

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  • Postgraduate Studies in RLED Postgraduate Studies in Regional and Local Economic Development
    Postgraduate Programmes Offered :
    Master of Commerce, LED specialisation (coursework)
    Postgraduate Diploma (LED specialisation)
    Master of Commerce by research (RLED focus)

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  • Master of Commerce (MCom) in Leadership Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies by Research or Coursework and Dissertation

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    School of Applied Human Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management is to equip candidates with broad-based theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the field of management. It will enhance their capacity for lifelong learning, which will improve their decision making potential. Deep reflection and awareness of the socio-economic and environmental context of business underpins all the programme modules.

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    School of Applied Human Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership The programme aims to develop students academically and professionally so that they can make a positive contribution to the South African economy and the continent’s prosperity. The programme will also serve as a bridging programme to the Masters of Commerce in Leadership studies and related management fields.

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    School of Applied Human Sciences
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