If there’s one programme synonymous with business schools across the globe, it’s the MBA. The degree was originally developed to support the needs of business leaders in the early parts of the last century to professionalise management. Though always seen as a generalist degree, the focus areas of the MBA have shifted alongside the changing needs of business as it’s evolved over time. As business schools engage with alumni and employers to ensure that MBAs accelerate performance in ways that are aligned to a rapidly changing world of work, identifying the essence of the knowledge and skills that students need to develop is paramount. We already know the broad direction of the skills trajectory required. Multiple sources tell us that the critical skills of tomorrow include not only problem-solving and creativity, but also innovation, design thinking, adaptability and communication skills — not to mention high levels of personal accountability. As an African business school, we also k...

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