Welcome to the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership

What we do












Our guidelines of practice are to:

  • Develop a practice of disruptive innovation
  • Apply situated learning, problem probing and decision making as critical constructs
  • Embed transdisciplinarity
  • Be socially accountable
  • Actively promote diversity and heterogeneity
  • Promote and manage quality in innovative and meaningful  ways
  • Appreciate where we are before exploring where we want to go
  • Acknowledge the world as a set of interdependent systems (systemic thinking)
  • Be relevant and remarkable

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (PTY) Ltd (Da Vinci), situated in Modderfontein, Johannesburg is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a Private Higher Education provider under the Higher Education Act 1997, registration no. 2004/HE07/003. The Institute was founded in 2004 and offers higher education qualifications in the distance mode of delivery, accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

The Institute is focused on the creation of knowledge that is trans-disciplinary in nature, socially relevant, actively promotes diversity and heterogeneity, and of which the intent is to apply situated learning, problem probing and decision making as critical constructs to solve work-based problems. In doing such, The Institute intends to contribute towards the professional development of the people involved.

The Institute derives its passion from preparing entrepreneurs, prospective managers and business leaders to take control of their working environments and lead their teams to facilitate socio-economic development, thereby influencing the co-creation of sustainable societies. The Institute offers a Higher Certificate in the Management of Technology and Innovation, a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Leadership, a Master of Management in Technology and Innovation, and a Doctor of Management in Technology and Innovation, thus offering a spectrum of learning solutions that include aspects related to, amongst other, entrepreneurship, business management, innovation management, systems thinking and business leadership. Students engage in small groups, affording them the opportunity to reflect on their own learning and to integrate such with that of people who represent a wide range of cultural backgrounds and organisational realities.

By integrating a framework into our programmes called the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework (that contributes to the overarching field of Business Leadership), The Institute is able to promote the agility, alignment and engagement of people at work and truly facilitate a Mode 2 learning experience for students and sponsors alike, thus, meeting ever-changing organisational performance needs.


Influence the co-creation of sustainable societies


Growing agile, aligned and engaged leaders


Co-creating realities


To strengthen the growth of agile, aligned and engaged leaders, who co-create innovative ecosystems and sustainable transformational societies


  • Being curious
  • Seeking truth
  • Leveraging interconnectedness
  • Awakening the senses
  • Taking responsibility for crafting just and dynamic societies
  • Embracing holism and living harmoniously
  • Appreciating the shadow
  • Mastering balance with integrity