Ex­ec­u­tive ed­u­ca­tion taken to busi­ness

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THE GIMT SCHOOL FOR BUSI­NESS is a niche CHE ac­cred­ited and De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion reg­is­tered in­sti­tu­tion that’s com­bined man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment with a con­sult­ing process, thus de­sign­ing truly cus­tomised so­lu­tions.

“It was a strate­gic de­ci­sion in 2002 to con­verge ed­u­ca­tion and con­sult­ing,” says CEO Belinda Knight. “The tar­get mar­ket is pri­mar­ily be­ing a busi­ness part­ner – in-house – to or­gan­i­sa­tions in terms of their man­age­ment and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment.”

A pi­o­neer in out­comes-based ac­tion and in-house learn­ing, GIMT as a vir­tual in-com­pany di­vi­sion was es­tab­lished in 1993 by Pro­fes­sor Andy An­drews.

Says Knight: “There are three main ar­eas of fo­cus that are core to GIMT: man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions, from NQF level 3-7; GIMT has a dif­fer­en­tia­tor in OD con­sult­ing and be­havioural lead­er­ship in­ter­ven­tions, in as­so­ci­a­tion with The Vil­lage; and in the niche mar­ket of­fers di­ag­nos­tic tools to as­sist or­gan­i­sa­tions with cul­ture and fo­cus for de­vel­op­ment.”

The GIMT team re­searches each or­gan­i­sa­tional in­ter­ven­tion, a needs anal­y­sis is com­pleted in part­ner­ship with the or­gan­i­sa­tion and a so­lu­tion is de­bated and de­signed to meet the out­come of the anal­y­sis across the three main fo­cus ar­eas of di­vi­sion. In­ter­ven­tions have led to re­struc­tur­ing by or­gan­i­sa­tions in some in­stances.

GIMT also has a phi­los­o­phy of be­ing able to mea­sure re­turn on in­vest­ment (ROI). “For or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­vest in de­vel­op­ment they should de­mand to see im­me­di­ate re­turn. The GIMT de­liv­ery process has been de­signed to prove ROI.”

“GIMT has the aca­demic ex­perts and the peo­ple in the com­pa­nies are the or­gan­i­sa­tional ex­perts,” says Knight. “The two com­ple­ment each other per­fectly and it’s that team ef­fort that en­sures high im­pact learn­ing.”

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