New business course for senior managers - Daily Nation

New business course for senior managers

Friday January 13 2006

By Nation Correspondent

A section of the private sector has requested the Government to have civil servants trained in business management skills.

Kenya Airways managing director Titus Naikuni said although there were many educated civil servants, the Government had failed to deliver services because its employees lacked business skills. 

"One challenge we face in the private sector is we can't ignore the civil service, but we need a service that can perform," he said. However, Mr Naikuni called on the private sector to find ways of embracing civil servants.

His views were echoed by former British foreign minister for Africa Baroness Linda Chalker. 

She said like other African countries, Kenya lacked managerial skills in government.

They were speaking at the Nairobi Serena Hotel during the launch of Strathmore Business School's Advanced Management Programme on Wednesday evening. Mr Naikuni and Ms Chalker sit on the school's advisory board.

The school has offered three slots for civil servants to train under the programme. 

The school's vice-chancellor Prof John Odhiambo said the programme was of international standards. To achieve this, he said the school had partnered with IESE Business School of Spain, which works in collaboration with Havard Business School of United States and other universities.

Its partnership with IESE involves mentoring, training and exchange of academic and professional staff. The school has started recruiting an international team of staff.

The course comprising four modules starts in March at a fee of US$ 11,000 (Sh797,500). 

Prof Odhiambo said the programme was based on independent research and keen understanding of qualities that bring out the full potential of business leaders.

Students will be exposed to business case studies around the world. This will assist business people to know what rely goes wrong in companies, Ms Chalker said.

"I am a great supporter of case-study learning and use of information technology to solve business problems," she added.