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The section is affiliated with the Institute of Applied
Statistics, a non-profit organisation that supports the
development of postgraduate students in the field of
Applied Statistics.
The Finance Section (Ms S. Ramjee and Prof. C.
Correia) provides undergraduate courses in corporate
finance, investments and international finance.
Students receive training which allows them to enter
either the financial services industry or the field of
corporate financial management. Research at the
postgraduate level is strongly encouraged. Many
graduates of the courses taught by this section go on
eventually to fill key management position in business
both locally and abroad.
The Organisational Psychology Section (Dr S. Goodman)
provides undergraduate courses in organisational
psychology. At the postgraduate level it offers an
organisational psychology Honours programme
focusing on change management. The Section provides
a master’s degree in Organisational Psychology, which
is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South
Africa for the professional training of organisational
psychologists. The Section also offers a master’s
programme in programme evaluation. The Section has
PhD students working in the areas of talent retention,
work-family studies, organisational health and safety
and programme evaluation. In 2011 the Section was
reviewed and re-accredited by the South African Board
for People Practices.
The Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation (Prof. J.
Louw-Potgieter) was established within the School of
Management Studies at the beginning of 2007. Its main
goal is to improve the theory and practice of monitoring
and programme evaluation in Africa. The IME presents
short courses, does programme evaluation research and
offers a consulting service in monitoring and evaluation. It
has become one of the foremost providers of programme
evaluation short courses in South Africa.
The Marketing Section (Mr G. Human) provides
undergraduate courses in marketing management,
which includes advanced courses in consumer
behaviour, industrial marketing, services marketing,
internat ional market ing, market ing research
(including research in marketing), E-marketing
and tourism marketing. At a postgraduate level
research is encouraged at the honours, master’s
and doctoral levels. The UCT Unilever Institute of
Strategic Marketing is also aligned with the Marketing
Section and its main purpose is to develop marketing
theory and information for the uniquely South African
market place. This has become a critical source of
marketing intelligence for South African marketers
and is widely used by corporates, market research
houses, advertising agencies and academics.
The Professional Communication Unit (Ms T. Grant) also
falls under the auspices of the School of Management
Studies. The PCU has the responsibility for teaching
career-based communication practices across the
faculty at both under- and postgraduate level. The PCU
also offers its services to other faculties and institutions in
both the public and private sector. Since 2010, when the
local actuarial qualification was introduced locally under
the auspices of the Actuarial Society of South Africa
(ASSA), the PCU has played a national role in examining
the professional communication exemption examination
and providing curriculum advice.
Research Fields and Staff
Dr Shannon Kendal
Measuring and managing retirement product risk; taxation
of retirement funds; living annuities, defined benefit
valuation bases,
Emeritus Professor John Simpson
Consumer behaviour; retailing; strategic marketing;
management in sport; teaching methodology.
Professor Rob Dorrington (CARe)
Demography; mortality; migration; HIV/AIDS modelling;
population estimation and projection.
Professor Joha Louw-Potgieter
Programme evaluation; human resource management.
Professor Paul van Rensburg
Explaining the cross section of equity returns in local and
international markets.
Professor Jeffrey Bagraim
Theory and management of workplace attitudes;
organisation commitment; commitment to change; work-
family conflict; organisational culture.
Adjunct AssociateProfessorDaniel Polakow
Financial derivatives; investment strategy; risk-budgeting;
stochastic recurrence models; biostatistics.
Associate Professor Iain MacDonald
Applied probability; new time series models (especially
hidden Markov models); mathematical finance.
Associate Professor Tom Moultrie (CARe)
Demography, especially the analysis of fertility patterns
and trends; analysis of census and survey data; modelling
of birth intervals; contraceptive use and adoption; HIV/
Associate Professor Anton Schlechter
Talent management and employee retention; leadership;
positive organisational behaviour.