Units of Study
In the initial part of the course, you will complete online primers and commence work on a strategic project. The majority of the program then takes place in five 14-day residential blocks of face-to-face classes, held approximately every 4 months, over a period of 18 months. You will be required to undertake self-directed preparation prior to each unit of study. This pre-course work is an achievable amount of study for busy professionals.
During the Global Executive MBA, participants submit assessment tasks for each unit of study in the program, ranging from multimedia presentations to reflective essays that capture the key messages of the unit of study. In the three offshore locations, participants are assessed on team projects, which are presented to their host companies. The contribution of participants to seminars and scheduled events, also forms part of the course assessment.
Executive MBA Online Primers
You'll undertake a series of primers, covering the baseline knowledge areas of financial statements, microeconomics, statistics and Excel spreadsheets. As part of the program you will access one of the world's leading distance learning systems developed for these areas and designed to refresh prior learning. You will be tested, instructed, and then re-tested at your own pace to determine any knowledge gaps, ensuring a similar level of expertise among the cohort. The online primers will be available from January with a completion date of the start of EMBA6003 Integrated Management in May.
Executive MBA Report
The Executive MBA Report is a strategic project designed by you in consultation with the Executive MBA Program Director and your company (or equivalent). The project lasts 18 months and can be for your organisation or company, another organisation; or a new product, service or business. It will require you to draw upon what you learn during your studies. At the conclusion of the program, you will present your work to your senior executive group (or equivalent), which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate firsthand, your abilities as a future leader.
For the first face-to-face unit of study, the concept of leadership is explored from a wide range of intellectual perspectives beyond the boundaries of traditional business and economic disciplines. A military perspective on leadership is introduced providing an understanding of the use of military models in business. The political perspective examines how political leaders lead, the role of rhetoric and managing power relations. The philosophical perspective looks at critical reasoning and what philosophy reveals about leadership. The dramaturgical perspective explores the importance of stories, performance and media in leadership, while the ethical perspective focuses on integrity and implementing ethical principles. Finally, the musical perspective on leadership explores critical listening and teamwork. These approaches develop a critical appreciation of different leadership styles and the application to business in a range of situations.
This unit of study will strengthen your knowledge base in the functional disciplines that 21st century managers need: accounting; finance; marketing and consumer behaviour; organisational behaviour and human resources; operations and supply chain management; and corporate governance. The focus is on providing practical insights from the latest leading-edge research. You will develop integration skills needed to forge business solutions and the ability to work in teams. The study plan incorporates interactive online primers specifically developed for the Global Executive MBA and access to an extensive database of management knowledge.
Creating and Developing New Opportunities
Further developing your ability to identify new business opportunities, form and implement new strategies, overcome the challenges of starting operations in different countries and manage people and projects across diverse cultures, will be the key focus of this unit of study.
As part of a team project, requiring independent research and onsite fieldwork, you will work in Bangalore, the fourth largest business hub in India. Here, you will develop a business entry strategy for the fast growing Indian market. In the first week, you'll stay at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, attending seminars on Indian culture, the introduction of foreign capabilities into India, local business strategy and financial modelling.
The second week is held at Infosys Technologies, one of the largest IT service companies on the subcontinent. Components include: seminars on alliances and partnerships, planning in extreme uncertainty, IP management in developing economies and presenting funding proposals to an expert panel. You will also complete a team project and present a business plan to your host firm.
With world-renowned businesses and academic institutions, Silicon Valley provides a fitting environment for the exploration of growth management. During this unit of study, you will develop skills to identify opportunities for expansion, how to harness strategic resources, improve corporate decision-making and avoid the potential pitfalls of growth.
This unit of study includes a team project for a major IT company, completed under the mentorship of a growth specialist, which you will present to your host firm. You will also attend seminars on a range of topics including: the ecologies of Silicon Valley, a finance forum with industry experts, strategic growth opportunities for a local manufacturer, performance management, non-market strategy, channel expansion, innovation and managerial decision-making.
Turning Around Mature Businesses
Managing corporate renewal and turning around a business, is the focus of the final unit of study which provides you with the skills to diagnose performance bottlenecks and prescribe remedial solutions for businesses competing in mature industries. Set in the French wine growing region of Languedoc in the south of France, this unit of study analyses the classic wine growing industry, which after centuries of dominance, is losing market share and is in need of renewal.
The tradition bound Languedoc, one of the oldest vineyard regions in the world, presents a complex challenge, and you will be tasked with developing a turnaround strategy for a wine-related business in the region as part of a team project. The first three days are spent in London focusing on the demand side of the market. You will visit buyers and retailers of wine and explore the business decline. You will then travel to Languedoc to examine the supply market, visit wine producers, distributors and sellers and attend briefings on the local wine industry.
Seminars on the analysis of industries and customers, corporate renewal, and the future of management and the French wine industry, will be presented. Meanwhile, you will continue to work on team projects, which are then presented to host firms at the conclusion of the unit of study.