[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”About Us” tab_id=”1469616246646-a3c21767-e5fe”][vc_column_text]About us

We like to welcome you to the Department of Business Management and wish you all the best with your studies. The department was established in 1985.

The BCom (Business Management) programs as well as the modules of these programs, are accredited by SAQA. The contents of these modules, as well as the standard of evaluation, are comparable with that of other universities. Therefore, hard work will be required in order to achieve success in these programs.

The Department of Business Management aims to equip learners with essential knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs and/or business managers in a variety of retail and service businesses. Students could also specialise in careers like purchasing/supply chain management and marketing management.


The development and training of business managers and entrepreneurs through inter-disciplinary programs of academic excellence, research, linkages and community outreach in order to generate socio-economic growth and wealth creation in Southern Africa.

Strategic Objectives

  • To produce well qualified entrepreneurs/business managers, new venture creation, innovation, creativity and a culture of entrepreneurship.
  • To achieve outstanding academic (and administrative) standards at all levels of teaching with pedagogical excellence based on unit standards.
  • To undertake fundamental and applied research and to serve the community.
  • To enhance the development of SMMEs in order to create new employment opportunities, regional economic development and upliftment to achieve the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP).
  • The establishment of linkages with tertiary institutions, NGOs, governmental institutions, trade and industry, etc.
  • Staff development and capacity building to ensure the optimum utilization of human resources.

For more information, please contact the Head of Department:

Dr R Shambare
Tel: 015 962 8457
E-mail address: richard.shambare@univen.ac.za[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Programmes” tab_id=”1469616246703-b31148fb-9e5d”][vc_column_text]The following are offered by the Department of Business Management:

  • BCom (Business Management)

Program Specific Requirements

The four subjects for admission must include Business Studies with achievement level of at least 4 (50 – 59%) plus any two of the following 20 credit subjects: Accounting, Economics, Mathematics and Information Technology with an achievement level of at least 3 (40 – 49%).

If accepted with Mathematical Literacy, the student has to do Business Mathematics (MAT 0544) which results in having a 4-year study instead of 3-year study.



Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 NQF Level
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 7


ACC1541(12) BMA1541(12) COL1541(12) ECO1541(12) ECS1541(10) MAT1545(12) or STA1548(12) ACC1641(12) BMA1641(12) COL1642(12) ECO1641(12) ECS1643(10) MAT1645(12) or STA1648(12) ACC2541(15) BMA2541(15) COL2541(15) ECO2541(15) ACC2641(15) BIS1641(12) BMA2641(15) COL2641(15) ECO2641(15) BMA3541(15) BMA3542(15) BMA3543(15) One from: ACC3541(15) ACC3542(15) ECO3541(15) TAX3541(15) BMA3641(15) BMA3642(15) BMA3643(15) One from: ACC3641(15) ACC3642(15) ECO3641(15) TAX3641(15)
70 70 60 72 60 60



  • Business Management as a science
  • Entrepreneurship and business planning
  • The establishment of a business
  • The business environment
  • Management principles
  • Public Relations

Credits: 12


  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Management

Credits: 12


  • The purchasing function in perspective
  • The purchasing procedure
  • The managerial tasks of purchasing management
  • The management of quality
  • Price determination
  • Timing of purchasing
  • Supplier selection and evaluation
  • Inventory management

Credits: 15


  • The management of people
  • Human resources planning and staffing
  • Managing employee performance
  • Compensation
  • Developing and maintaining employees
  • Leadership and organizational change
  • Talent Management
  • Managing labour relations

Credits: 15


  • The fundamentals of marketing management
  • The marketing environment
  • Consumer behavior and market segmentation
  • Marketing information systems
  • Product strategy
  • Distribution strategy
  • Marketing communication strategy
  • Price strategy
  • Strategic marketing
  • Marketing Plan

Credits: 15


  • Introduction to management
  • Planning
  • Strategic management
  • Organising
  • Leading
  • Control

Credits: 15


  • The nature and development of entrepreneurship
  • The entrepreneur
  • Creativity and business opportunity
  • The window of opportunity
  • Entering the family business
  • Buying a franchise
  • The business buyout
  • Managing growth and growth strategies
  • Intrapreneurship

Credits: 15


  • Resource requirements and legal aspects
  • Getting started
  • Financing an entrepreneurial venture
  • Networking and support
  • E-commerce opportunities
  • Business failure and turnaround measures
  • Harvesting and exiting the venture
  • Business plan preparation
  • Compilation of own business plan

Credits: 15

BMA 3542 (Project Management) and BMA 3642 (E-Commerce)

Consult webpage of the Department of Business Information Systems for detail.

  • BCom Honours (Business Management)

Admission requirements:

The minimum requirement for the consideration of an applicant for admission to this honours program is an average of 65% for the third year modules in BCom (Business Management).

This is a one-year full-time program. The syllabus consists of nine written 3-hour papers and a research project. Each paper carries an equal weight for examination purposes. A class attendance of at least 80% is required.

Failure to pass a paper in any one semester will have no bearing on papers already passed or papers taken simultaneously with such a course. However, credit will be retained for papers passed for a maximum of two years. Papers must be selected from the following list in consultation with the Head of Department.


Compulsory Module

BMA5521 Research Methodology

Elective Modules (Choose FOUR modules from the following)

  • BMA5522   Strategic Marketing and Strategic Analysis
  • BMA5523   Marketing Research Process and Implementation
  • BMA5524   Marketing Communication Management Process
  • BMA5525   Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • BMA5526   Principles of Sales Management
  • BMA5527   Managing Purchasing and Supply Activities
  • BMA5528   Management Fundamentals
  • BMA5529   Tourism Management Fundamentals



Compulsory Module

BMA5611 Research Project

Elective Modules (Choose FOUR modules from the following)

  • BMA5622   Market/Marketing Strategies and Implementation
  • BMA5623   Areas of Marketing Research
  • BMA5624   Marketing Communication Mix
  • BMA5625   Business Planning
  • BMA5626   Sales Management Process
  • BMA5627   Instruments of Purchasing and Supply Management
  • BMA5628   Strategic Management
  • BMA5629   Tourism Strategy and Policy
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Fumani, F.D., Ngirande, H., & Shambare R. (2016). The relationship between perceived organisational support and organisational commitment among academics: the mediating effect of job satisfaction. Investment Management and Financial Innovations, 13(3): 267-273.

Mati, K. & Shambare, R. (2016). Developing lifelong customers in the mobile market: a South African case study. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, 8(1):52-60.

Lebambo, M.M. & Shambare, R. (2016). Governance and regulation of the tourism industry: an Internet marketing perspective. Risk, Governance & Control: Financial Markets & Institutions, 6(2): 7-13.

Shambare, R. & Shambare, K. (2016). The Adoption of Tablet Pcs by South African College Students: An Application of the Technology Acceptance Model. Problems & Perspectives of Management, 14(1):23-29.

Shambare, R. (2016). Consumer Adoption of E-government in South Africa: Barriers, Solutions, and Implications. in “Consumerism and Buying Behavior in Developing Nations.” Editor: A. Gbadamosi.

Nkondo L.G. Local Economic Development and social responsibility of micro-business in Thulamela Local Municipality.  49(4):2014, Journal of Public Administration.

Nkondo L.G. Marketing communication strategies-tools to increase the consumption of indigenous products. AJPHERD 2015 Special ed.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Staff” tab_id=”1469616371399-b4052819-a518″][persons name=”Dr. R Shambare” job=”HOD”]Qualifications: AS Bus. Admin (Reinhardt), PGDME (UZ), M Tech OL (TUT), D Tech BA (TUT)

Tel: +27 15 962 8457

Email: Richard.shambare@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”NT Khohomela” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: BCom(Hons) (Univen), Cert in CSM(Unisa), Cert in BBF(Unisa),MBA(Regent Business School) UED

Tel: +27 15 962 8177

Email: khohomelat@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”TR Netshilinganedza” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: BA,BA(Hons), BCom, BCom(Hons), MBL(Unisa) Dip in Education Mngt, JSTC(VECO)

Tel: +27 15 962 8198

Email: Tendani.Netshilinganedza@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”LG Nkondo” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: BCom (Hons) (Univen), MBA (North West), HED (UNISA)

Tel: +27 15 962 8360

Email: livhuwani.nkondo@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”N.G. Ramavhona” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: BA, BA(Hons), MA, UED, (Univen)

Tel: +27 15 962 8058

Email: GraceRamavhona@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”TR Musetsho” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: BCom(Hons),Dipl in Education Mngt,UED (Univen), MBA (UL Turfloop)

Tel: +27 15 962 8367

Email: takalani.musetsho@univen.ac.za

Office:[/persons][persons name=”S. Zindiye” job=”Lecturer”]Qualifications: MCom (UFH); PGDIHE (UKZN)

Tel: +27 15 962 8055

Email: stanislous.zindiye@univen.ac.za

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