Business School Netherlands’ International Branch in South Africa hosted a very successful DBA conference and workshop series in the beautiful Cape town from the 25th to the 29th of November 2019


We strongly believe in supporting our students before, during and after their studies. The conference was aimed at enriching our DBA students and re-energising them for the rest of their course.

Several countries were represented at the conference, including South Africa, Germany, Nigeria, Egypt and the United States.

The conference week began at our office in Plattekloof, Cape Town, where the students met Professors Billie Coop and Bernie van Zijl. These sessions focused on the principles and application of Action Learning, and the attendees had the opportunity to share their backgrounds and experiences with regards to business strategy, problem solving and more.

The conference then moved to the stunning Linga Longa guesthouse for the remainder of the week and sessions.


Professor Marius Leibold

Professor Marius Leibold, author of Digital Rebirth: How Smart Companies Recreate Themselves in the Digital Era, facilitated a fascinating 2 days of deep-thinking workshops dealing with how companies are adjusting to the rapidly changing world and the digital demands placed on how they do business. Many lively discussions took place and the students shared how each topic applies to them and their organisations.

Other topics included how business leaders can recreate their businesses to become more adaptable to the digital revolution and how to move closer to the customer and away from dying business models.

As part of their preparations for the rest of their DBA course, the students also attended 2 additional workshops on quantitative and qualitative research, hosted by Professors Elsa Thirion-Venter and John van Breda respectively.

Feedback from our students was overwhelmingly positive and the case seems strong for BSN to host more conferences in the future.



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