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 2-week 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 organisations.
Executive MBA Online Primers (EMBA6000)
You'll undertake a series of primers, covering the baseline knowledge areas of financial statements, microeconomics, marketing, operations management 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 EMBA6004 Thriving in New Markets in September.
Executive MBA Report (EMBA6001)
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.
Reframing Leadership (EMBA6002)
For the first face-to-face unit of study, the concept of leadership is explored from a wide range of intellectual perspectives that go beyond the boundaries of traditional business disciplines. For example, we use a military perspective on leadership to see the difference between commanding an organisation and establishing the commander’s intent. We use a political perspective to examine the role of rhetoric and managing power relations. We look at critical reasoning and what philosophy reveals about leadership through the philosophical perspective. The dramaturgical perspective explores the importance of storytelling, performance and media in creating a leadership persona. With the ethical perspective, we focus on integrity and implementing ethical principles. As well, we use the musical perspective to explore critical listening and teamwork. These approaches develop a critical appreciation of different leadership styles. We also use mindfulness and discussions of health and fitness to explore how a leader maintains their capability to lead in times of stress.
Managing Connected Enterprises (EMBA6003)
This unit of study will use a real business to examine the connected enterprise. Today, organisations have supply chain links, customer links, employee connections, connections to others within and adjacent to its own market, as well as connections to government and international markets. We strengthen your knowledge base in the functional disciplines of accounting; finance; marketing and consumer behaviour; organisational behaviour and human resources; operations and supply chain management; and corporate governance. We do this in the context of an agribusiness – one of the top 5 growth areas for Australia identified by Deloitte. In addition, we examine how the market for food has shifted, what the latest thinking is on the connections between food and health, and on sustainability – do we have sufficient land and water resources to feed ourselves into the next decades – and what are the implications for businesses today? We also develop team skills through the projects for businesses in the food supply chain.
Thriving in New Markets (EMBA6004)
To thrive in business, you need to be able to identify new markets and find a way to capture the value in those markets. We know that business is truly global today, but we don’t all have the advantage of having the experience of starting a new business in a new market. This module will take you to a developing market to help you learn how to identify market opportunities, form and implement new strategies, overcome the challenges of starting operations in different countries and manage people and projects across diverse cultures. You will work in Bangalore, the fourth largest business hub in India, scoping out a new market opportunity. You will canvas customer demand and 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 Indian consumer, the Indian economy, local business strategy and financial modelling. In the second week, you will continue your project work, but shift to a leading Indian hotel in Bangalore to experience the full range of the diversity of Indian society.
Finding Opportunity in Disruptive Technology (EMBA6005)
California has some of the most innovative companies in the world, whether in Silicon Valley in the north or in the film industry in southern California. In this module, we visit both northern and southern California to examine how disruptive technology can shift; how consumers interact with your product or service; how well-established companies continue to grow; and how companies that were disruptive can themselves be disrupted. During this unit of study, you will develop skills to identify opportunities for expansion, harness strategic resources, improve corporate decision-making and avoid the potential pitfalls of growth. We will be based at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for the first part of the module and then in San Francisco for the second half. We will hear from venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and leaders in established businesses to improve your understanding of technology and business.
Challenging Business Models (EMBA6006)
This final unit brings together everything we have learned about disruption adaptability. We start out at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, looking at disruption, innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK. The UK perspective is unique and interesting because the UK economy sits on the doorstep of one of the largest established market places in the world – the European Union. Businesses the world over are seeing their business model being challenged – from French cab drivers striking over Uber, to German technologists recreating how manufacturing operates with the use of robots. We look at challenges to the business model to see how to respond when you are challenged, and indeed how to be the challenger. The second half of the model will be conducted in a European country such as France, Germany or Italy, to examine close up how businesses can and have responded to disruption.