And, they’re off! This week IE Brown Cohort 2018 reconvenes in Cape Town, South Africa. This immersion experience allows students to combine – in a real-world business setting – frameworks learned in traditional business and entrepreneurship courses with their understanding of the importance of historical, economic, cultural, social and political context.
Situating fieldwork in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha, one of the largest and fastest growing townships in South Africa, provides students the added opportunity to gain insights into the development of business opportunities in complex, developing world regions, and in multifaceted nuanced environments.
At the heart of this session is the course, Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Developing Countries taught by Professor Angus Kingon. This course is the portal for the curriculum components that together provide insight into entrepreneurial management and decision-making. It makes the scholarly connections between economics (taught in Managerial Economics) and the complementary subject of human judgment and decision-making (taught in the leadership area). It extends this learning to innovation and opportunity-driven entrepreneurial action for new business creation.
The course utilizes team-based experiential learning methods for the further development of skills in business opportunity creation. It builds upon the courses Entrepreneurial Management for Executives and Ethnographic Research Methods to investigate fieldwork projects, focused on:
- Early Childhood Development Centers
- Energy solutions for the townships
- Addressing the financing needs of township businesses
- Extending the value of Stokvels through the provision of digital tools
- Surveying the community
Since 2015, IE Brown cohorts have been building a knowledge base in these areas.
Globalization and the Arts with Professor Daniel Herwitz also meets during this session for the first-time face-to-face. At the core of this course lies the assumption that at moments of profound social, political and economic change, both the humanities and the arts provide a means of exploring new forms of human subjectivity.
The course examines the evolving production of these windows into society in South Africa – formerly a racist colony and state that was steeped in Eurocentric models of society and culture. It does so, in part, through analysis of the success of the Opera School at the University of Cape Town in recruiting, educating, and training young South African singers for careers in the global opera world.
How do formerly European and colonial forms like opera, visual arts, and even film “become” South African, in global times when South Africa is itself rapidly globalizing and its knowledge and skill come from all quarters of the world?
Supplemental talks and discussions during this session include topics such as the economic, business and regulatory environment of South Africa; cultural and ethnic diversity; healthcare policy and HIV/AIDs; and social and income stratification.