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 seven Executive Short Courses (ESCs) focusing on Future Manufacturing, Green Manufacturing, Lean Operations Management, Learn Supply Chain Management, Women as Manufacturing Leaders, African Industrialisation and Sustainable Finance. Each is covered below:

Future Manufacturing

1st – 4th March 2022  |  R20 000 ex VAT

The Future of Manufacturing course focuses on applying a range of strategic tools to interrogate and engage with potentially highly disruptive market, social and technology forces that are re-framing the manufacturing sector’s development trajectory. Over the course of the first two days we explore the rapid rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial IOT, and the use of “big data” that will have major disruptive consequences for manufacturing. We also analyse additive manufacturing, new material developments, and the rapid advancement of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and self-adapting robotics. We reflect on the consequences of these technology disruptions for markets and Global Value Chains; and how they are challenging the way manufacturing is organised. Are new business models likely to emerge? Is South African manufacturing closeted from these developments, or will changes occur domestically in the same manner as being observed internationally?

Course Lead: Prof. Justin Barnes

Green Manufacturing

5th – 8th April 2022  |  R20 000 ex VAT

The Green Manufacturing Executive Short Course considers the pertinent issues surrounding the green economy debate and why they are critical to the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is a key contributor to the world’s environmental problems. The technologies it has deployed, the materials it uses, and the complex inbound and outbound value chains it has created all have significant global environmental impacts. The course focuses on the different green discourses potentially shaping the future development trajectory of manufacturing, while also providing an analysis of the key interventions and strategies that are relevant to green manufacturing.

Course lead: Liesel Kassier

Lean Operations Management

24th – 27th 2022  |  R20 000 ex VAT

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. Both lean successes and failures are explored. The various elements of lean operations management are then systematically unpacked; from waste identification to Just In Time, quality assurance, total productive maintenance, and continuous improvement processes. These learnings are consolidated through a factory-based exercise, with this exercise leading to a learning and reflection day where participants present their lean improvement ideas from the factory visit in syndicated teams. Using the insights developed over the duration of the course, lean operations management processes are reviewed and scrutinized, thereby providing course participants with interrogation skills that can be taken back into their own organisations for honing and further development.

Course Lead: Khavitha Singh

Women As Manufacturing Leaders

6th – 9th of June 2022  |  R20 000 ex VAT

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. 

Course Lead: Dr. Lisa Kinnear

African Industrialisation

4th – 7th of July 2022  |  R20 000 ex VAT

The course explores the key role of African trade and industrial development for the future of South African based manufacturers; and prepares course participants to take advantage of emerging regional opportunities through the application of a selection of strategic approaches to African expansion. It starts with a focus on continental economic and market developments, as well as industrial and trade policy experiences in Africa and South Africa post 1994. Specific attention is given to multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements that dominate international trade, and their strategic implications for different types of manufacturers. Specific opportunities and threats associated with South Africa’s present industrial and trade policies are considered, as is the emerging role of China in African manufacturing.

Course Lead: Mbongeni Ndlovu

Lean Supply Chain Management

16th – 19th August 2022  |  R20 000 ex Vat

The Lean Supply Chain Management course focuses on the leadership and operations management challenges of extending lean manufacturing capabilities through supply chains. It explores the global value stream within which firms operate, and then uses case studies and real-world examples to explore how leading firms within complex value streams have successfully supported lean development within their supply and customer bases – for mutual competitiveness benefit. The modalities of lean supply chain management are explored in the course, including supply chain measurement, value chain waste identification, Just In Time processes, Supplier Quality Assurance, delivery reliability, and continuous improvement. The course includes a guest lecture by a leading manufacturing executive who will share their experience of lean supply chain development, and the completion of an enterprise-level Value Stream Mapping exercise.

Course Lead: Khavitha Singh

Sustainable Finance

11th – 14th October 2022 |  R15 000 ex VAT

Globally organisations are being forced to disclose and report extensively on their triple bottom line which has given rise to the ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) reporting frameworks. This framework is based on the ideology of organisations that prioritise sustainability being more resilient in the long term. The Sustainable Finance Executive Short Course explores the role of sustainable finance in transitioning organisations to becoming resilient operations. For this to occur business operations and financial management at all levels of an organisation need to be reconstructed and rethought. This course adds to the sustainability discourse by examining theories around investment principles, ESG, finance metrics and shareholder return timeframes. This course allows participants to engage critically with sustainable finance tools and metrics as well as green taxonomies. The purpose of the course is to create the space for executives to explore sustainable finance principles and multidisciplinary frameworks which may be relevant to their organisations. The course will provide participants with theoretical and practical tools to allow them to critically engage with sustainable finance constructs particularly pertaining to sustainable business and investment analysis.

Course lead: Liesel Kassier

African Short Course Scholarship

In recognition of the costs associated with travel and our eagerness to create an environment where all our neighbouring countries are represented and provide valuable insight, we will be making two free seats available on each of our seven Executive Short Courses in 2021, to African citizens. Our courses are between three and four days duration each and the savings on each course will range from R15,000 to R20,000, depending on the length of each course.

Our Executive Short Courses have a broad African application and our African Short Course Scholarship Programme (ASCSP) will ensure that our courses are made more accessible to our African compatriots looking to improve their manufacturing management skills.

Any African citizen presently filling a management position in a manufacturing or manufacturing support organisation outside of South Africa is eligible to apply for the ASCSP. This can be done through the link below. You will need to submit a short motivation letter and a brief CV. Applications will be adjudicated three weeks before the start of each course, and the two successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance immediately thereafter.

GIBS Short Courses

Through our partnership with GIBS, four GIBS short courses are to be run at TWIMS in 2021. 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.

Women as Leaders


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


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.

Finance for Non-Financial Managers


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


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.

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