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AABS Teaching Master Class 2014

This program is designed for business schools in Africa who have already attended the AABS Teaching the Practice of Management Workshop or have been teaching at a Post Graduate level for more than 5 years.

6/29/2014 to 7/3/2014
When: 6/29/2014
Where: University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
Cape Town
South Africa
Contact: AABS Secretariat
0027 11 771 4382

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Workshop Overview

In the 21stCentury, the ability to think creatively and innovatively is an essential skill for MBA’s to develop. The "Design Thinking and Innovation” (DTI) course is designed to give students a framework for understanding the innovation process and a series of tools for thinking creatively. Importantly, the course is built around the assumption thatinnovative problem solving, design thinking, and creativity can be learned through repeated practice. The DTI curriculum is highly interactive and activity-based to give students the opportunity to practice and develop these skills.

This workshop is designed to prepare you to teach the "Design Thinking and Innovation” course at your home institution, using materials developed by Professor Datar and adapted to the African context. Professor Datar will provide you with the materials you will need to offer the course. This will be a highly interactive—and fun—workshop. You will leave very comfortable with the course content and confident in your abilities to facilitate the course for your own students.

Course Topics:
Innovation Through Understanding
Learning to Look & Design Research
Problem Framing
Systematic Inventive Thinking
Ideation (Approaches)
Ideation (Tools)
Concept Development
Managing Innovation


Professor Srikant Datar
Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting
Srikant M. Datar is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting at Harvard University. A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, he received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants in India. A Chartered Accountant, he holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Genesis of the Design Thinking and Innovation Course

The "Design Thinking and Innovation” (DTI) course emerged from Prof. Datar’s work with fellow Harvard Business School professor David Garvin and researcher Patrick Cullen to identify the challenges facing the future of management education. The work, which lasted from 2007 to 2009 and included interviews of hundreds of executives, deans, and recruiters, led to publication of Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads (Harvard Business Press: Boston, MA, 2010). Among other things, the book identified the deficit of innovative thinking and creativity among MBAs as a major problem for companies competing in a world of rapidly evolving product and business models and ever increasing complexity. The DTI course is an extension of the AABS work, Rethinking the MBA, intended to move from prescription to action.

Although the original work focused primarily on U.S. and European educational institutions, employers, and alumni, Professor Datar has since gone on to do follow up studies in India, Africa, and Latin America. The need for innovative and creative thinking in these resource-constrained environments is, perhaps, equally if not more important.

This program is designed for business schools in Africa who have already attended the AABS Teaching the Practice of Management Workshop or have been teaching at a Post Graduate level for more than 5 years.

 Program Fees 


Registration Until 13 June 2014

AABS Member & Pipeline Schools

R11000.00/+-USD1100.00 per delegate

Non AABS Members

R13000.00/+-USD 1300.00 per delegate


The workshop fee includes all workshop materials and workshop lunches.

All airfare, visas, transfers to and from the airport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner outside of workshop, travel and personal items insurance as well as other sundry expenses are for the delegate's own account.

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