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Building Leadership in Regional Economic Development
11 Nov 2012 - 14:00
The School’s latest executive course, Building Leadership in Regional Economic Development, ran in early November in Cape Town and generated great debate and interest. Regional Economic Development (as in sub-national regions) is growing in importance in South Africa.
It requires a different approach compared with how one leads and manages in the more defined spaces and organizational contexts (cities or provinces, for example) we usually operate in.The regional space is less defined and more creative. It is a space where influence is more important than authority, where boundaries are fluid and where the task is about creating the right climate for action. Some valuable international comparative inputs came from our guest speaker, Professor Michael Enright, from Hong Kong. A more unusual highlight was listening to jazz musicians demonstrating and explaining the core principals of collaboration and improvisation.
Participants were drawn from the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal from both the public and private sectors, and from national government. We have already received many requests for the course to be offered more widely. In collaboration with our partners for this course, the Economies of Regions Learning Network and National Treasury’s Technical Assistance Unit, we hope to cover several regions within South Africa, while we could consider offering it beyond our borders too. The course was made possible by the support of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.