Executive Short Courses

TWIMS offers a range of executive short courses. All our courses are delivered in-house, while we also offer a selection of GIBS Executive Development Programmes.


TWIMS Manufacturing Courses

TWIMS has developed a range of manufacturing short courses to support leadership development; the pinnacle of which are six Executive Development Programmes (EDPs) focusing on Future Manufacturing, Green Manufacturing, Lean Operations Management, Lean Supply Chain Management, Women as Manufacturing Leaders and African Trade and Industrialisation. Each is covered below:

Future Manufacturing

17, 18, 25 and 26 March 2020

The Future Manufacturing course starts with an interrogation of strategic tools required to engage with potentially highly disruptive market, social and technology forces likely to re-frame the manufacturing sector. We then explore the rise of mass customization, additive manufacturing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). On the second day we explore the development of advanced new materials, new forms of work organization, the use of big data, and the rapid rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and its major disruptive consequences for every facet of manufacturing. These two days give rise to a project week where participants are placed in syndicated teams and tasked with preparing board presentations advocating for company resource deployment in one of the disruptors unpacked. The third day of the course comprises engagement with each of the board presentations and further discussion on the strategic consequences of the material covered. The final day then shifts to real-world examples of engagement with Future Manufacturing challenges. Leading industry practitioners provide inputs on their company responses to future manufacturing challenges, followed by an interrogation of lessons learnt and linkages back to the material covered over the course.

Green Manufacturing

29 and 30 April, 7 and 8 May 2020

The business case for Green Manufacturing is explored in Day One. Consideration is given to market developments, environmental shifts and associated legislation, and the way firms are embracing rapidly developing Green market requirements and emerging technologies for competitive advantage. Firm-level and broader value chain elements are focused on. On the second day, we explore the various facets of Green manufacturing in more detail, including the drive for waste minimization, closed-loop production systems, clean energy supply, the use of Green materials, and associated packaging and logistics changes. A project week follows, with course participants completing syndicate-based assignments covering Green manufacturing developments. These assignments are reviewed and discussed on Day Three. The final day grounds course learnings through a visit to a successful Green Manufacturing production site within eThekwini, followed by a discussion session focusing on practical learnings from the site visit and associated linkages to content covered in the course.

African Trade and Industrialisation

21, 22, 29 and 30 July 2020

The course explores the potential role of the private sector in African market and production development, as well as associated relationship dynamics with government policy (at multilateral and country-specific levels). The first day of the course concentrates on African market developments, government policies relating to trade and industrial development, and the consequences for developing advanced production capabilities on the continent. The second day considers specific global, regional, and bilateral trade policies impacting on African trade development and the associated consequences for South African manufacturers. It then interrogates the national government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and its associated objectives and implementation challenges. These two days lead to a short project week where participants are expected to work in syndicated teams exploring specific African industrial and trade policy opportunities. These syndicated presentations are presented and discussed over the course of the third day of the course. On the final day, industry experts speak on the practical challenges associated with African market, production, and trade development in the form a morning panel discussion, followed by a detailed interrogation of lessons shared and their link to the course material covered.

Lean Operations Management

11, 12, 19 and 20 August 2020

The course starts with a review of the attributes of lean leadership. The underlying culture and value systems imbued within lean operations management are explored, followed by an exploration of lean execution case studies and examples from across the globe. It then unpacks the mechanics of lean operations management and the core dimensions underpinning successful lean management implementation. These two days give rise to a project week where participants are placed in syndicated teams and tasked with resolving a lean operations management challenge. These challenges become the content for the third day of the course, where projects are presented and discussed in detail. The final day shifts to a real-world example, where a leading manufacturer in eThekwini is visited and its lean culture and operating methodologies assessed by course participants.

Lean Supply Chain Management

15, 16, 22 and 23 September 2020

The Lean Supply Chain Management course focuses on the extension of lean manufacturing capabilities through complex value chains. The course starts by exploring the value stream within which firms operate, and then uses case studies and real-world examples to explore how firms have successfully supported lean development within their supply and customer bases – for mutual competitiveness benefit. These two days give rise to a project week where participants are placed in syndicated teams and tasked with resolving a lean supply chain management challenge. These challenges become the content for the third day of the course, where projects are presented and discussed in detail. The final day shifts to a set of real-world examples: A leading eThekwini manufacturer is visited, and its purchasing and logistics processes critically reviewed, followed by a visit to one of its major suppliers to ascertain how its lean culture and operating methodologies have been transferred to optimises lean performance within the broader value chain.

Women As Manufacturing Leaders

4,5 and 6 August 2020

Manufacturing battles to attract and retain women in leadership positions. With advanced technology changing the future skills set required in the industry, manufacturers need to tap the largest talent pool possible. Research has shown that women in leadership positions can provide greater diversity of perspectives, innovation and a more balanced approach to management. Yet women leaders still experience significant challenges and contradictions in influencing their male-dominated organisations. Join us on the Women as Manufacturing Leaders course as we  explore the specific gender challenges experienced in the manufacturing context, both from a leadership and blue-collar worker perspective,  how to develop your authentic and distinctive leadership qualities to impact the culture of your organisation. 

GIBS Short Courses

Through our partnership with GIBS, four GIBS short courses are to be run at TWIMS in 2019. These are Finance for Non-Financial Manager; Strategy, Innovation and Design Thinking Programme; Women as Leaders; and The Art of Negotiation. Each is covered below.

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

24 – 27 March 2020

Decisions employees make daily in business often have a notable impact on the organisation’s financial standing. However, many people do not understand the importance of assessing how their decisions impact the organisation’s bottom-line. Not being able to interpret financial statements fuels this lack of understanding. This four-day programme is for those who want to improve their understanding of the financial ramifications of their decisions – whether these relate to an impact on the income statement, balance sheet or cash-flow statement. Through a mixture of classroom lectures, practical exercises and interpretation of financial statements, this course will help delegates to ‘lift the veil’ surrounding financial data.

Strategy, Innovation and Design Thinking Programme

10 – 11 June 2020

The strategy and innovation landscape has been significantly impacted by the global and local environment of business, and particularly by change, disruption and digitalisation. These factors influence an organisation’s ability to remain relevant, competitive and grow. This programme provides innovation and design thinking tools to allow you and your organisation to effectively scan, understand and respond to the changes ushered in by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Women as Leaders

4 – 6 August 2020

This course provides dynamic female leaders with the tools needed to further build their leadership and management competencies to thrive in a world of gender equity challenges. It further provides female leaders with an opportunity to exchange views and network with women leaders from diverse sectors of government and business.

The Art of Negotiation

6 – 8 October 2020

With executives spending over 80% of their day negotiating, honing negotiation skills has become an imperative for all professionals. In addition, the return-on-investment for negotiating skills training is almost immediate. New brain research has also made this negotiation course simpler and more powerful as a tool for improving organisational growth and effectiveness. By concentrating on a few big discoveries, neuroscience has enabled the course to focus on an innovative approach that produces a negotiating system that is intuitive and easier to implement.

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