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Module 4: Introduction to General Business Skills edit

Introduction edit

In a fast changing business environment, many business managers often seek to have a more "generalist" knowledge of business and business principles. This module aims to introducing some general business skills which learners can use to help them establish solid business foundations and understand the various leadership styles they may cultivate to ensure a cooperative structure within their business entities. The module also highlights organizational structuring and concludes with the significance of tenders, contracts and procurement. Components of business management skills, financing ICT/FOSS-SMEs, business skills and service provision, writing a FOSS business plan, and FOSS proposal contracts are the major modules covered in this module.

The module builds on already established FOSS concepts covered in Module 1. It makes use of the relevant FOSS business experiences covered in the case studies in Module 2, and the communicating FOSS skills and knowledge developed in Module 3. Equipped with introductory business skills in these modules, participants will then be able the have specific FOSS business skills (in Module 5) which may be appropriate for establishing FOSS business in their specific countries or regions.

Learning Objectives edit

  1. To understand how to establish a solid business foundation.
  2. To know the various leadership styles of an effective businesses.
  3. To develop knowledge in key areas such as management, sales, and accounting.
  4. To understand the significance of tenders, contracts and procurement.

'Authors and Trainers:'Pool of African ict@innovation expert trainers

Name Module Name
Module 4 Introduction to General Business Skills Kofi Kwarko

Derek Lakudzala

More Trainers per country in full Pool of Trainers


Main contributors

Module 4 Sulayman K. Sowe (Facilitator), Arnold Pietersen, James Wire Lunghabo, Foibe Kalipi, Kim Tucker, Glenn McKnight, Derek Lakudzala, Alex Gakuru

Additional material for Module 4: INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL BUSINESS SKILLS (presentations, tests, evaluation forms, pool of trainers, derived material) is available online at:


Sessions and Timetable edit

The entire content in this module is estimated to be delivered in 1 day, with some variations within the modules. For instructional purpose, the content of this module can be delivered as proposed in the summarized table below.

9:00 – 10:30 * Starting a business

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 * Business Plan

12:15- 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 * SWOT Analysis
  • Market

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 - 17:00 * Leadership
  • Organizational Structuring

Next day
9:00 – 10:30 * FLOSS Proposals Contracts
  • Corporate Profile
  • End of Module Evaluation

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 * Start Module 5, where appropriate

Notes edit

  1. Note: Depending on the speed of delivery and response from participants, delivery of the content of this module may extend into the next day. In that case, the lecturer/presenter may deliver this module in conjuction with Module 5.

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