The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) new School of Management, within the College of Business and Economics (CBE), is set to elevate commerce professions in South Africa.
The School, under the leadership of recognised business strategist, Professor Adri Drotskie, is combing the innovation strengths of the Department of Business Management, the Department of Financial and Investment Management, the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management and the Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management.
Says Prof Drotskie: “There is a critical need for management skills across all sectors in South Africa. The very uncertain and challenging world we live in asks for strong management and leadership Management, within its various spheres, is a specialist field that provides a structured approach for supporting the set objectives. The School has advanced a professional ‘body of knowledge’ for the discipline of management. Through this ‘body of knowledge’ we are set to identify relevant issues or challenges in South Africa and use our joint expertise to dive into them.”
Prof Drotskie brings to UJ an avalanche of experience, following her successful stints at Henley Business School, gaining international exposure as MBA Director and Head of Research and Faculty Development. As an academic, she specialises in Strategy, International Business and Strategic Marketing. She also has years of experience in the corporate world in management and leadership in the areas of Strategy and Marketing.
As a strategist by profession, Prof Drotskie has eight years’ experience in the transport industry, 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry and 12 years’ experience in academia in teaching and learning, research and programme directing on a Master’s level (MCom and MBA). Her combination of industry and academic experience led to competencies such as strategic thinking, managing teams, facilitation, action learning methodology, programme and project planning, strategy development and strategy translation from both a process and systemic point of view and sharing of knowledge.
Prof Drotskie concludes: “I am extremely privileged to have joined the UJ family and thankful to have this opportunity to design and continuously innovate a sustainable learning and research platform and experience in management skills where learners and faculty can feel safe, creative and connected through real-time value creation through education.”