A seed enterprise, like any other business must be properly managed to realize the required benefits to the investor and to customers. Sound quality management entails following sound business practices that permit sustainable and viable businesses that are financially sound and beneficial to society. Many well-financed and designed seed enterprises have collapsed in sub-Saharan Africa due to lack of good business management. Therefore, there is a need to train entrepreneurs in business management skills that are critical to the success of their businesses. Seed business management training encompasses all aspects of business from planning to marketing with emphasis on the value of critical thinking in both financial and human capital. Of special importance is the need for team building to ensure the various stakeholders in the value chain carry out their responsibilities efficiently and effectively. This course has been designed to allow the participants to acquire general management, human and financial skills that will enable them develop sustainable competitive advantage.
2 Objectives of the course:
The overall objective of the course is to expose participants to knowledge of sound business practices which will enable them to build healthy and sustainable seed enterprises.
The specific objectives are:
2.1 To create awareness on the components and functions of seed value chains
2.2 To learn how to develop and implement strategic and business plans
2.3 To develop essential critical thinking skills which will enable them to solve business management problems as they arise;
2.4 To gain strong exposure to the critical financial skills needed to run and grow a business;
2.5 To Build and motivate a strong team to assist in running and expanding a seed business.
3 The participants will acquire:
3.1 Strong critical thinking skills in general, financial, and human resources management in seed business
3.2 Fundamental seed business financial planning, record-keeping, and analysis skills
3.3 Knowledge in building and managing teams to carry out the essential seed business responsibilities
3.4 Strong working knowledge of the critical success factors for a seed enterprise, and how to achieve them
4 Admission requirements
4.1 The common regulations governing short courses in the University of Nairobi shall apply
4.2 At least Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent
5 Course structure and duration
The short course in seed business management shall be offered on full time basis as follows:
5.1 The course shall have three course units of face-to-face lectures, guest speakers in motivational and business management issues, group discussions and presentations
5.2 The course shall cover a period of six days.
5.3 Lectures shall constitute 60% and guest speakers, assignments and presentations shall constitute 40% of the course time
5.4 Assessment shall be by assignments and end-of-course evaluation.
On successful completion of the course the participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.
7 Course Outline
Code Course Title Hours
ABM 1 General Seed Business Management ……………………….. 12
ABM 2 Human Resource Management in Seed Business …………12
ABM 3 Accounting and Financial Management in Seed Business….11
TOTAL ………………………………… 35
8 Course Description
ABM 1: General Seed Business Management
Seed enterprise overview: strategic management for seed enterprises, leadership, management of change, implementation challenges, key success factors in seed business, managerial skills, habits of strong seed company managers;; critical thinking approaches and skills; entrepreneurship business growth, corporate governance, managing business operations, time management, forms of business organizations (sole proprietorship, partnerships, limited companies); elements of a good partnership; trust and ethics in the seed business;
AMB 2: Human Resource Management in Seed Business
Identifying the skills required by a seed enterprise; organizational design; job description; job specifications: recruitment, selection, placement; leadership; coaching/mentoring and delegating; performance management; employee motivation; training and employee development; team formation and management; learning platforms; employee maintenance; employee separation.
ABM 3: Accounting and Financial Management in Seed Business
Overview of the Accounting and Financial Management function; Financial Reporting: Financial statements overview: statement of comprehensive income, statements of changes in equity, statement of financial position, statement of cash-flows: Understanding Financial Statement Numbers; the most common Profitability and Cash flow problems and solutions; Management accounting: Budgeting and Budgetary control; Financial Management: financial planning and forecasting; investment decisions; financing decisions; working capital management; evaluation of business performance.
For further information please contact:
Florence Kiwunja;Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Bigirwa: Email: email@example.com