The focus is the management of organisations primarily viewed through the lens of knowledge and information flows and the associated technologies that mediate such flows. This distinguishes the KISM and MIKM from other management programmes (e.g. the MBA) that view organisations through the lens of finance. Unlike most other management programs, the KISM and MIKM are focused on understanding the dynamics of organisational knowledge. According to the view taken in our programmes, knowledge is not merely one of the resources of an organisation, it is the basis for organisations’ capability to use their resources productively and to navigate future changes successfully.
We offer Southern and Eastern African students, postgraduate programmes aimed at developing management insight and skills based on an understanding of how the dynamics of knowledge and information technologies permeates and shapes the life of organisations. Postgraduate programmes focus on the development of academic skills and therefore the KISM introduces students to fundamental theory regarding organisational knowledge and requires of students that certain conceptual and argumentative skills are mastered. In addition, being a management programme, it is crucial that students learn to apply their acquired insights in the context of organisational praxis. Therefore, parallel to the study of advanced theory, assignments are set that require the application of theory to the organisational setting that the student is familiar with.
Lecturing takes place in a face-to-face setting during intensive contact sessions. From these sessions flow assignments that students complete at home and submit electronically. This part-time nature makes it possible to set assignments that interface theory with the organizational context.