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As mentioned, DMC Process Management is a full research associate of The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, and as faculty is responsible for research and development in the domain Supervisory Management.


Da Vinci Company Profile
A Centre of Excellence in the management of Technology, Innovation and People, empowering organisations and individuals to realise their full potential.

Introduction
The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd has established itself as a leader in South Africa in the provision of customized learning development programmes. All Da Vinci programmes are based on action learning principles, including formal interventions, work experiences, portfolios and the assessment and recognition of prior learning.
In South Africa our experience base is varied and includes both private and public sector operations including regional government and para-statal operations. Based on a return on training rands invested, our South African client base is recording significant benefits. (Telkom SA, Eskom, BHP Billiton, Anglo Platinum). The programmes have produced a cadre of managers in South Africa who are truly empowered and who are imbued with a set of skills which has enabled them to make significant contributions to their organisations.
The Da Vinci Institute is a business-to-business operation which prides itself in being in partnership with a number of private and public sector operations. Accent is placed on the notion of a partnership in which The Institute and its partners co-develop educational and learning interventions which are customised to meet the specific requirements of the client.


The Da Vinci company
The Da Vinci Institute is a Centre of Excellence in the field of managing technology, innovation and people (MOTIP). By virtue of its collaborators and industrial, research and academic associates, the Institute provides a spectrum of best of breed offerings to operations that are striving to be globally competitive. The Institute has a reputation for state of the art thinking in all aspects of MOTIP and acts as a catalyst for both government and leading industrialists through high-level think tanks. Through its South African and international partners, the Institute offers a spectrum of educational programmes, and in so doing, facilitates the creation of a cadre of managers who will have the competence to lead their organisations to greater heights, particularly through their understanding of MOTIP.

The Da Vinci Institute is registered with the Department of Education as a Private Higher Education Provider. Currently Da Vinci offers short courses in MOTIP, and Certificate, Diploma, Masters and PhD programmes. The positioning of the Da Vinci offerings in MOTIP is a conscious decision to develop a competence profile in South Africa which goes way beyond the traditional management and leadership development approach in which operational and business decisions are justified from predominantly a sales, marketing, operations and financial base.


The Da Vinci offerings are based on a contextual framework underpinned by a competitiveness model. This model has been based on extensive research undertaken by Da Vinci in its role as the owner and adjudicator of the Technology Top 100 Awards programme.
The model suggests that in any operation there are at least 5 major stages in the leadership and management process which need to be navigated in order to align resources to meet the desired output. These include:

Understanding the internal and external environment – systems thinking
Liberating the best in people
Building interpersonal connections
Enhance insight
Transforming leadership
Leading change
 
The Da Vinci positioning
Built on its philosophical platform of pragmatics, Da Vinci has positioned itself as a leader in the disciplines of synergistic human and technology interfaces.

 

The Da Vinci offerings are based on a contextual framework underpinned by a competitiveness model. This model has been based on extensive research undertaken by Da Vinci in its role as the owner and adjudicator of the Technology Top 100 Awards programme.
The model suggests that in any operation there are at least 5 major stages in the leadership and management process which need to be navigated in order to align resources to meet the desired output. These include:

   
Understanding the internal and external environment – systems thinking
Liberating the best in people
Building interpersonal connections
Enhance insight
Transforming leadership
Leading change

The Da Vinci positioning
Built on its philosophical platform of pragmatics, Da Vinci has positioned itself as a leader in the disciplines of synergistic human and technology interfaces.

 

Throughout the world managers in governments and businesses are facing one common challenge:

The unrelenting imperative to achieve more with less under conditions of ever more stringent scrutiny and accountability!

   
Da Vinci response

The Da Vinci response to leading organisations in an environment characterised by complexity and continuous change, primarily driven by technological advances, suggests that there is an inextricable link between 4 key determinants (innovation, people, technology and the system):

   
Innovation

The ability to create an environment in which new ideas and thinking are translated into tangible bottom line benefits.

   
Social Capital Formation

The degree to which a human community is sustainably productive as a result of the prevailing levels of mutual trust, confidence and respect. It also involves an understanding of the potential tension between regulation and radical change.

   
Systems thinking

Developing an understanding of the “as is state” versus the “as it should be” state and asking embedding questions as to why orgnisations are doing what they are doing, and what will be the consequence if they continue doing what they are doing now.

   
Enabling Technologies

The ability to understand the pervasive impact which technology has on any organisation. To align such technologies, and in doing so, making appropriate decisions which will ensure competitive advantage.

Da Vinci response

What is the philosophy of PRAGMATICS that underpins the Da Vinci approach? Over the past 25 years the business world has become increasingly fatigued and disenchanted by a constant stream of new models emanating from business schools, the training community and consulting firms. Each has reported to offer some sort of panacean solution to organisation woes. Most, however have failed largely in consequence of their inability to translate effectively into prevailing organisation cultures and idiom.

 
The Da Vinci philosophy of PRAGMATICS ensures that all our product and service offerings are governed by the guiding imperative of meeting the actual real-world needs of busy and often overtaxed people.
 

An appropriate understanding of innovation, systems, social capital formation and enabling technologies is a necessary pre-condition, to ensure that an organisation is appropriately positioned to meet the challenges of the knowledge age as well as to capitalise on new opportunities.
The challenge facing any leadership team is how to master these 4 critical attributes and to exploit the dynamic tension between them.

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Da Vinci Qualifications
In terms of the accreditation accorded to Da Vinci by the Council on Higher education (CHE) the following qualifications are offered by Da Vinci:
PhD (NQF level 8+ )
MSc (NQF level 8 )
Diploma (NQF level 6 )
 
“We are all technologists, every one of us who knows how to do something in a certain way and uses tools to do it, be they pencils or personal computers, machine tools or video screens. Teachers, auto designers, builders of factories or financial plans, whether we use language labs or lasers to do whatever we do, we participate in the technology of our age.”

 


The pervasive role which technology plays on every operation be it a private sector or public sector organisation is such that it is now recognised that leaders irrespective of their basic training, the position which they hold in the operation or even the nature of the delivery from that operation, needs to be able to manage technology.
 
This does not mean that they need to understand the intimate details of the technology itself, but rather they need to be able to understand that there are a number of complex interactive decision-making hurdles of which financial issues are just one component.
The Da Vinci brand of technology management stems from extensive research in South Africa.
The pre-requisite for any effective leadership development programme in this context is that it should be:

   
Fully aligned with the objectives of the business
Designed to be fully integrated within the operations of the business itself.
By definition, a globally competitive company uniquely positions itself by developing its only
  real competitive weapon – its people.

 

Da Vinci has been fortunate to work on a large number of customised learning development programmes. Some of which enabled participants the opportunity to be awarded a formal qualification, other allowing formal credits towards these qualifications. The success of these projects has been the result of an active partnership between Da Vinci and its client base. The partnership model is based on taking joint responsibility for the customization and delivery of the various interventions. In particular, the group has been responsible for the design and implementation of the following programmes:

   
Bankseta Womens Development Programme – this leadership programme was designed
  and implemented, as the banking sector identified that there was a need to develop the
  leadership competence of women in the work place and furthermore to develop and enable
  a pool of suitably qualified and experienced women to move into senior management
  positions in the sector
   
BHP Billiton Southern African Development Programme – The programme has been
  co-designed between BHP Billiton and Da Vinci and is focussed on developing a new cadre
  of leaders for various BHP Billiton Operations.
   
The IDC Professional & Senior Womens Development Programme – two programmes
  were designed and implemented for professional and senior women within the organisation
  to develop a strong and broad skills base for the economy, and in particular, to enable
   
The Tshwane Metropolitan Council Executive Development – This executive development
  programme has been customised to expose senior managers to a spectrumof key
  leadership and strategic tools.
   
The Gauteng Department of Public Works, Project Manager Development Programme
  Da Vinci in partnership with Dornier Consulting of Germany has designed a project manager
  development programme focussing on all elements of large scale infrastructure
  development projects
   
The Eskom Project Manager Development Programme – In partnership with Eskom
  a completely new approach to the development of people with project management skills
  has been implemented. Using the Eskom/Da Vinci Emulated Learning™ process an
  has been implemented. Using the Eskom/Da Vinci Emulated Learning™ process an
   
CPSI Executive Development Programme – Da Vinci in partnership with the Centre for Public
  Service Innovation have designed and implemented an executive leadership development
  programme aimed at inculcating innovation management skills amongst senior executives
  from private and public sectors operations.
   
Agriculture Research Council (ARC) – Da Vinci has been awarded a contract for the design
  and development and delivery of an executive development programme for the
  Agriculture Research Council.
   
Development Bank of Southern Africa Women Development– Da Vinci was awarded the
  contract for the full design of a Women’s Development programme. . The contract included
  an extensive corporate wide survey into the needs of women development in DBSA
  and the subsequent design of the DBSA Learning Continuum.
   
Telkom ICT General Manager Development Programme – Da Vinci was awarded a contract
  for the design and implementation of a senior management development programme for
  Telkom. The programme which has been co-designed by Telkom and Da Vinci lead to the
  award of a masters degree in the management of technology, innovation and people.
  By virtue of some of the specialist technologies deployed by Telkom, Da Vinci entered
  into a partnership with the Centre for Telecom Management at the Marshall School of
  Business at the University of Southern California
   
Discovery Health Leadership Development Programme – Da Vinci entered into a partnership
  with Discovery Health for the implementation of a suite of leadership interventions for
  middle and senior managers. The offerings have been tailored to meet the needs of a highly
  innovative organisation.
   
MTN Academy – Design and implementation of the first fully accredited blended learning
  and education offering in South Africa. The programme provided for the face-to-face
  development of junior, middle and executive managers within the MTN operations..
   
The International Women’s Forum– Da Vinci was awarded the contract for the establishment
  of the IWF executive development programme. The first programme was implemented
  in 2002
   
Women in Mining – Da Vinci in partnership with Impala Platinum, De Beers and the Minister
  and Energy launched an 18 month women in mining programme. The programme has been
  designed to develop a cadre of women mining managers who will be specifically deployed
  in mining operations. In addition to a very intensive orientation programme, the candidates
  will be exposed to formal management training. Over 50% of the course materials are
  focussed on issues relating to mining operations.
   
The Eskom CEO Programme – this programme was designed and delivered to develop
  a cadre of women technology managers in Eskom. The programme was designed as a
  joint venture between Da Vinci (Warwick Institute) and Eskom and the University of Warwick
  A full Learning Continuum was established resulting in full Accreditation by the University of Warwick towards a masters degree. Four Eskom specific modules were locally designed and delivered.



The Da Vinci faculty
Da Vinci is privileged to have a number of highly skilled academics and business leaders who have a deep commitment to work with South African companies who are dedicated to the development of human capital.
The following is a profile of the people who apart from the international faculty will from time to time participate in the delivery of programmes:

   
Faculty Area of specialisation
Professor Roy Marcus Systems thinking, project management, International Joint ventures, Strategic management
Professor Ben Anderson Leadership development, strategy and processes, human behaviour
Dr Elsbeth Dixon Management of technology, knowledge management, managing innovation, executive development
Dr Rica Viljoen Leadership development, coaching and performance management
Ms Vanida Lennon Research and environmental management, sustainability and legal issues.
Mrs Belinda Goddard Learning specialist
Dr Alan Nurick Manufacturing and engineering systems
Dr Leona Craffert Knowledge management, research techniques, questionnaire design, human/technical interfaces,
Dr Mohammed Jeenah Strategic Techniques, foresighting, AIDS awareness,
Mr Neil Lilford Strategic marketing, customer service, quality of delivery systems, call centre management
Ms Ella Romanowska ICT specialist, Systems thinking, Innovation and technology Management, Sustainability
Mr Richard Pike Financial management, corporate strategies, asset management, developing mission and visioning for operations.
Ms Audrey Verhaeghe Innovation strategy and management, Sustainability
Dr Jan Venter Organisational performance
Ms Thelma Ngcobo Human resource specialist
Mr Arvid Huss Strategy, Project management, Thinking Skills
Dr Dennis Laxton Finance, project management, ICT , Strategy and business planning
Mr Ted Black Business metrics, action projects, quality management
Mr Thabo Ndabeni Service Delivery, Project Management, Policy development
Mr Alan Barnard Theory of constraints
Mr Martin Burridge Globalisation, Automotive Industry and Strategy
Ms Lebogang Gwangwa Strategy, Work Place skills
Ms Caryn Myers Company law, Employment equity,

 

Champlain College USA
Dornier Consulting
Product One
Yokogawa Japan
Shaffer Consulting USA
The Global Learning Forum

 

 


Da Vinci BEE status
The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd has been constituted as a 26% historically disadvantaged owned operation. The shareholding arrangements consist of the following shareholders:

 

Corporate social responsibility
Da Vinci has identified a number of key projects in which it believes it can make a meaningful contribution to people and organisations.

   
Kids for Kids: Da Vinci has joined forces with the University of JHB
  and Kids for Kids International to create partnerships between Canadian
  Schools and South African Schools in deprived areas. Selected senior
  scholars at each school are given instruction on developing collages.
  The process includes a detailed interaction on HIV and AIDS awareness.
  The scholars interpret their feelings on the impact of AIDS through the artwork. Selected pieces of art are then printed and sold. All the proceeds are donated to NGO’s in South Africa who have dedicated themselves to working with mothers and children afflicted by AIDS.
   
Business Against Crime: The group has adopted the Booysens Police
  Station as part of the Business against crime initiative. Currently 3 senior officers are officially registered for the masters degree.
   
Women in Science Programme: The group provides a scholarship to one
  of the finalists of the government Women in Science Programme to study for a masters degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation.
   
Dibanisani Craft Centre: The group provides consulting and marketing
  services for this innovative centre in the Eastern Cape which provides unique employment and business opportunities for the Cwili community.
   
Ministry of Minerals and Energy – Da Vinci fully sponsors two candidates
  from the Ministry of Minerals and Energy to attend the Women in Mining programme.
   
De Wildt Cheetah and Wild Life Trust – Da Vinci fully sponsors two animals
  at De Wildt. Da Vinci is working with De Wildt on a programme aimed at using the Cheetah as a great example to instil hope for the future amongst South African youth.

 

 

 


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