MBA – Executive
· MANAGING CORPORATE FINANCE
Financial issues continue to dominate the news bulletins emphasising the need for business practitioners to have a sound understanding of key finance concepts. Corporate Economic Management should be about developing, exploring and above all applying key concepts and techniques to a broad range of contemporary management and business policy concerns.
This module will build upon the issues and concepts explored in previous accounting related modules. The module will emphasise the integration of the finance function within the context of managerial decision-making and corporate planning, and to the wider external environment. The module will seek to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate theory and practice.
· RESEARCH METHODS
The purpose of this module is to prepare students with a broad understanding of research methodologies and research methods. Whilst focusing on methods that may be adopted students will be introduced to epistemology and ontology to justify their philosophical approach to research. This module introduces students to different research methodologies that they can use within their major project.
· STRATEGIC MARKETING (MBA Executive)
This module introduces the main marketing principles as applied in consumer, industrial and service organizations. It seeks to explain the value of a marketing focus to both customer and supplier, and analyzes what marketing can and does contribute to both individual and organizational users.
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the challenges associated with marketing in today’s business environment. It explores the marketing process and the issues firms face in gaining sustainable competitive advantage by adopting a marketing orientation
A key consideration to marketing and consumption practices is also the notion of sustainability. In this course, we will consider the ethics surrounding marketing practices and its relationship to sustainable environments. Finally, this module helps students understand how organizations use data and what this means in various aspects of companies, (such as advertising, supply chain, and budgets) and how this relates to specific job titles.
· BUSINESS STRATEGY
The module seeks to equip students with the skills in understanding the development of corporate strategy within international market places. In achieving this objective, the unit will utilize key concepts within the strategic toolbox to develop an analytical framework through which firm strategies will be assessed. In addition, students will develop an awareness of the key theories that have developed around the internationalization process notably regarding the emergence of Multi-national companies. Key to the learning process will be the utilization of case studies to explore the practical application of key theoretical concepts and strategic techniques.
The strategy module is intended to support students in the development of creative solutions to complex strategic questions with multiple options and possibilities – how and where an organization presently stands in its market, where it is going in the future and which methods will it use to get there.
· LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
Excellent organisations have leaders who shape the future and make it happen, acting as role models for its values and ethics and inspiring trust always. They are flexible, enabling the organisation to anticipate and react intimely manner to ensure the ongoing success of the organisation. Leaders are the drivers of business improvement. This module will provide students with an understanding of the elements of leadership and equip them with the requisite skills of leadership. The module aims to enable the students to synthesise and critically evaluate empowering leadership and management theory within their practice and in different sectors.
Overall the module will (a) critically appraises the interrelationship between the concepts of management and leadership;(b) explore traditional and more contemporary leadership theories;(c) support students in their development as leaders through critical self-evaluation and the formulation of strategies for self-development.
· STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
This module uses Problem Based Learning to explore the multi-dimensional nature of the integration of people management with the organization’s strategy - popularized by the concept of Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM). Students are required to engage with and undertake a critical examination of practice within the traditional theoretical SHRM frameworks. In doing so students develop creative solutions to tackle emerging issues in the field such as: internationalization, outsourcing, strategy formulation, value adding, sustainability and knowledge management, which go beyond the expected functional literature prescribed as indicative background reading.
The aim of this module is to enable students to conduct substantial research study on a relevant research topic selected by the student in consultation with the module convenor and a specific supervisor.
The dissertation is the primary integrating piece of work demonstrating the graduates can address a management problem. The dissertation module builds up on the Research Methods module where the students get familiar with the research methods available. Accordingly, a high standard of achievement is expected, and the dissertation should draw on the intellectual and analytical skills and knowledge developed during the course. It will also provide an opportunity for students to develop their interests in an area and demonstrate an ability to undertake individual research.