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Business School to expand leadership oriented MBA program in 2014

16 Jan 2014

The University of Sydney Business School's innovative MBA program is to be expanded this year with two new core units and four elective subjects designed to equip the next generation of creative business leaders with cutting edge management skills.

The flagship degree was launched in March 2013 with a mix of core units and electives built around leadership development as well as more traditional and technical management areas of strategy, accounting, finance, data analytics, marketing, HR and organisational behaviour.

In keeping with the program's leadership theme, the core units to be introduced in March include 'Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership' and 'Managing People and Organisations'.

"These additions complete our suite of core units," said the Business School's Associate Dean, Management Education, Professor Richard Hall. "These new units cover important aspects of leadership and strategy as well as developing vital personal, interpersonal and communications skills."

"It is critical that managers in the future are able to think creatively, are innovative and are able to communicate across a variety of media," Professor Hall said.

He explained that 'Critical Analysis and Thought Leadership' will equip students with the ability to critically analyse contemporary business issues and effectively communicate fresh perspectives.

"Managing People and Organisations will move beyond traditional HR operations and engage with the key issues around effectively managing diversity - a massive issue for managers in virtually all sectors," Professor Hall said.

The new elective subjects also reflect the Business School's strong commitment to experiential or "learning by doing" and cover the practical application of new techniques in operations management, decision making and the use of social technology.

"The success of our first year demonstrates that our ground-breaking focus on leadership was the right strategy," said Professor Hall. "Our first cohort of highly talented managers are acquiring the ability to quickly and effectively adapt to our rapidly changing world and deploy the personal skills to motivate and influence others."

"I am now looking forward to 2014 and to delivering an expanded MBA program that offers students the opportunity to accelerate down their chosen career path with an industry-oriented learning program coupled with practical business experience."

The MBA program is currently offered on a part-time basis to students with at least three years business experience. Classes are held in the Business School's new CBD campus at 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, which has been purpose designed to facilitate interactive learning.