MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE FUELS FAMILY BUSINESS ACUMEN

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE FUELS FAMILY BUSINESS ACUMEN

Deputy Head of Electricity at eThekwini Municipality, Mr Veer Ramnarain, is evidence that an MBA qualification from UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) can benefit more than just the student.

Ramnarain, who graduated with an MBA in 2010, said his studies included participation in a marketing management group assignment based on the jewellery industry, in particular the franchise, Natal Wholesale Jewellers (NWJ).

Using positive aspects highlighted in the research as her foundation, Ramnarain’s wife, Sharona, opened two successful NWJ franchises in Durban.

‘The success of my wife's businesses based on my MBA studies should hopefully dispel the myth that the qualification is a “divorce course” and encourage people to see it as a worthy qualification to have for themselves and their family,’ said Ramnarain

As an Engineer, Ramnarain also reaped the rewards of his MBA degree after being appointed KwaZulu-Natal Regional Field Services Manager in Eskom within a year of starting his studies.  It was a position he was very comfortable with as he had conducted research on the topic: “Consumer Response to Power Conservation Programme” based on national load shedding and Eskom’s medium-term strategy towards nationwide energy efficiency, for his MBA presentation.

Ramnarain attributes his career success to the critical discussions, group presentations and case study analysis offered by the programme.

‘I maximised the benefit of the contact learning and completed the dissertation in six months.  However, I must attribute this to having adhered to the guidance from my supervisor and the expert wealth of knowledge gathered from my lectures,’ said Ramnarain.

In an effort to improve postgraduate enrolments at the College of Law and Management Studies, the GSB&L this year offered two Masters programmes: Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and Masters in Leadership (MIL) under block-release and a range of customised education programmes. For more information on these programmes visit: http://gsbl.ukzn.ac.za/Programmes/Masters/MBA


author email : jumo@ukzn.ac.za