Opportunities for growth are waiting to be unlocked

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Above: Special guests, course leaders, fields experts and other academics at the combined GSTM and GIBS certificate ceremony at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) has recently kicked of its first round of certificate ceremonies for 2018 to acknowledge those delegates who have put in the hard work and dedication to successfully complete their training programmes and short courses for the 2017/2018 season. The first ceremony took place on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria with delegates, family and friends celebrating their successes.

The evening was opened by Professor Elma van der Lingen, HOD: Graduate School of Technology Management, as she reflected on delegates’ achievements and also further congratulated by Professor Mike Ward, course leader on the Executive Education Programmes presented in collaboration with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Apart from the course leaders, course presenters and other academics and experts involved in presenting these programmes, they were joined by special guest speaker, Ms Palesa Ramashala, Managing Director of Excellence Business Consulting and certified Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) practitioner.

“With developments taking place in South Africa and across the globe, South Africa is facing a new era in which we need to continue growing and this is an opportunity for you to make a contribution through the knowledge you have acquired,” Ms Ramashala encouraged all the delegates.

“I hope this is a path that you continue on as education is a way to empower yourself to grow and remain relevant in an environment that is rife with change. We need to improve our competitiveness as a nation, and for this we need new ideas that will position us as a growing economy.”

Ms Ramashala also described how she believes that as a nation, we are more than capable of developing new technologies and commercialising them in order to develop new industries. There are new business models that have emerged that all lead to different ways of doing business, thereby creating opportunities for careers that do not even exist today.

The programmes that were represented during the ceremony included:

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all the delegates who have completed the road in knowledge transfer, commending them for the commitment and time they have sacrificed in taking their career journeys to new heights.

In the words of Ms Ramashala, “My plea to you is that you should be on the lookout for opportunities. To do things differently or better. The ideas you have are valuable – share them so that we can build something phenomenal together.”

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Further recognition for the PPM

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Since its inception in 1997, the PPM (Programme in Project Management) course has made very significant contributions:  With thousands of people who have attended one of the 160 times that this 20-day programme has been presented, it is arguably the best-known project management training available in South Africa.

Section 13 (a, b, c) of the Project and Construction Management Act (Act No. 48 of 2000), mandates the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) to accredit project and construction management educational programs within any department, school or faculty in institutions of higher learning.

One of the latest recognitions of the PPM skills training course of the University of Pretoria is its validation by the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP).

In a letter dated 28 May 2018 from Mrs Mohajane, the Coordinator: Programme Accreditation & CPD of the SACPCMP, Enterprises University of Pretoria has been informed about the validation of the course.

The CPD Points, earned by people who complete their studies towards the PPM successfully, will be loaded on the CPC calendar of the SACPCMP.

A maximum of 96 CPD credits / hours are awarded, 12 for each of the following modules:

  • Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling
  • The People-Side of Project Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  • Financial Aspects and Project Cost Management
  • Project Management in the Business Context

 In addition, people completing the PPM successfully can also claim 5 CPD points form ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa)

According to Prof Herman Steyn, this recognition by the SACPCMP is of value many project managers, especially to project managers in the construction industry where accredited training courses are increasingly becoming important.

On successful completion of this course, and an endorsement from University of Pretoria, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognised professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

Inhibitors to the transfer of knowledge generated on projects: a case study within a construction company

Authors: R Louw, H Steyn & C van Waveren

Abstract

Several studies indicate the value of knowledge management in improving organisational performance. While the benefits of effective knowledge management are undeniable, literature suggests that, due to the temporary nature of project teams, knowledge is generally not managed efficiently by project-based organisations.

This article explores the main inhibitors to effective knowledge transfer in a South African construction company. Implementation of knowledge management systems was lacking, but corporate culture and human factors had the greatest effect on knowledge transfer, and hence on project performance. In addition to inhibitors of knowledge transfer mentioned in literature, some additional inhibitors were identified and the effect that lack of knowledge transfer investigated.

Key phrases

Project management, construction projects; corporate culture; inhibitors; knowledge management; project performance.

Reference: Louw, R., Steyn, H. & Van Waveren, C. C. 2017. Inhibitors to the Transfer of Knowledge Generated on Projects: A Case Study within a Construction Company. Journal of Contemporary Management. 14. pp 986-1010.

The GSTM joins forces with the PMI South Africa Chapter to promote the art and science of project management

The Graduate School of Technology Management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Project Management Institute South Africa Chapter to promote the advancement of the art, science and benefit of project management as a profession. The collaboration will support the professional growth of the GSTM’s Project Management alumni and the development of the project management profession in South Africa. As a PMI registered education provider the GSTM regularly offers professional development courses in project management through Enterprises at UP. Most notably, international certification courses for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). The GSTM looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with PMI SA.

Twenty years of developing practical project managers – and ‘business as usual’ not an option

On Friday 31 August, a function was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Programme in Project Management (PPM) – a continuing education course to develop practical project managers. A number of clients that regularly send their employees on the course, and several other stakeholders attended.

The course is a joint venture between the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria and Enterprises University of Pretoria. These two organizational units also celebrated the two decades of successfully collaborating on the course.

After welcoming drinks and starters, the Programme Manager Ms Bontle More, introduced Prof Birgit Kuschke, one of the lecturers who has been teaching this course since 1997. Prof Kuschke gave a historic overview of the programme: 20 years, 154 intakes and more than 7000 students/delegates.  She acknowledged the lecturers as seasoned practitioners with sound academic credentials. She also explained the role that the PPM played in the establishment of the Masters’ in Project Management (MPM) at the University and how the MPM, in turn, led to several PhDs and subsequently to the publication of several project management papers.  She also gave a light-hearted description of the different types of students that are to be found in every class.

The Head of the Academy of one of the leading construction and engineering companies, Group 5, Mr Jacques le Roux reflected on the ten years that a tailored version of the Programme in Project Management has been presented in-house at Group 5. He told how, towards the end of 2006, the Academy was instructed by the executive to invest a million Rand on project management training in order to achieve on-site improvements, and how the PPM was selected.  He elaborated on how what is taught on the programme, is applied in practice. He also highlighted the positive role that the Group 5 Executive plays in the successful application of what is taught and in the continuing collaboration with the University.

On each intake, the student with the highest average marks receive – in addition to the customary certificate – a ‘best student’ award.  Mr Tlholohelo Lesetla, one of the students who received this award in 2006 explained how what is taught on the course relates to his work and career.

In the concluding remarks, Prof Herman Steyn said that, “…in moving into the third decade of this programme, business as usual is no longer an option; …we have to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution as an opportunity to stay ahead of the pack, and will have to innovate at various fronts.” He however added, “…we will not change for the sake of change – if it ain’t broken, we’re not going to fix it”.  He thanked a variety of team members and other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the programme over the past two decades; including the backing of three Deans and three Heads of Department (HODs.) Prof Tinus Pretorius was HOD for 16 of the 20 years. He praised the excellent service of Schoongezicht as one of the things that “ain’t broken”.

Ms Bontle More handed a small token of appreciation to Ms Anita van Wyk of Schoongezicht. The main course, desert (including the birthday cake – courtesy of Schoongezicht) was enjoyed and later on everybody left the Schoongezicht venue with complimentary bottles of wine, hallmarked with the Enterprises corporate image and “20 years of developing practical project managers”.  

 

Accreditation

On successful completion of this course, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognised professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

The PPM is presented under the auspices of the University of Pretoria that is accredited with the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) as a higher education provider. The PPM is registered with the PMI (USA) and earn PDU's. The PPM is registered with ECSA and earns CPD points...

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