Over the course of your MBA, you will study a total of 7 modules. See below for the modules which you will study.
Strategic Management in a Global Context
The module focuses on the managerial, multi-business, multi-industry, multicultural, and multinational complexities of achieving and sustaining competitive advantage. The overarching goal of the module is to have students demonstrate their capacity to develop and execute organisational strategies in actual or simulated business situations.
A key feature of this module will be the use of a business simulation as a problem based learning vehicle for student cognitive development.
International Marketing, Innovation & E-Commerce
The Module has three main strands. These strands form the basis for the critical investigation of new marketing strategies designed to return organisational performance to levels that make businesses economically and commercially viable in the future.
International Marketing develops a critical awareness of changing international markets, the key management aspects of global marketing strategy in the context of an intensively competitive and changing market, together with cultural and cross-cultural marketing activities.
Innovation explores competitive advantage through innovation. Participants will examine tools and techniques for product and service design and development. The Module uses contemporary case studies, projects and speakers.
E-Commerce examines the range of different business models being implemented through the internet. The transition to e-business continues to grow, supported by advanced levels of marketing communications. Synchronous online feedback from consumers and customers can influence corporate reputation and organisation profitability, as well as targeted distribution services.
International Leadership and Entrepreneurship
This module will examine and explore the complex global environment in which organisations now operate, requiring leaders in all sectors to act as entrepreneurs, rather than traditional managers. The module will consider how technology has created a new dynamic of unpredictable volatility in the world from business innovation to political and cultural change, requiring leaders to develop an increased international awareness and an ability to lead across international, cultural and ideological boundaries. The module will consider a variety of theories and concepts relating to the increasing need for entrepreneurial leaders to embrace positive disruption and ‘chaos’ in the marketplace in order to innovate and remain competitive and relevant in a complex environment.
Managing Finance and Operations
This module is designed to meet the needs of business executives with limited knowledge and understanding of applied financial pressures within a corporate environment. Module participants with more extensive practical experience will be encouraged to share their experiences with the group and will be expected to reflect upon our class debates and critically compare to those practices witnessed in their work environment.
Rather than focus upon the financial reports, so hence profit performance, of companies this module will consider the financial sustainability of companies through appropriate funding of the business’ activities.
Information Systems and Data Management
Today’s management of information systems are associated with databases, the Internet, mobile technologies, and server rooms. However, “information management” has been around since before the invention of these tools. Management Information Systems (MIS) is a formal discipline within business education that bridges the gap between computer science and the well-known business disciplines of finance, marketing, and management.
International Human Resource Management and Change
This module encourages the manager to recognise the role played by Human Resource Management in the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation nationally, internationally and globally. It explores the range of HRM functions and practices and the location of the responsibility for such activities within the management hierarchy. The role that managers need to play in the application of sustainable and strategic HRM in supporting the development of strategic management is identified and evaluated. The importance of effective HRM in the management of change, organisational development, ethics, corporate social responsibility, global citizenship and sustainability is identified and analysed, as is the process of internationalisation and the management of human resources in different organisational and national cultures.
This Module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master’s level research project. The project will address a real-life business related question (probably from the student’s own work place) and also enable students to demonstrate the features associated with academic mastery.
Throughout this module students are expected to demonstrate significant capacity in areas including individual research, application of academic understanding and thought to real-life business issues and problems, the application of logical argument and the ability to communicate through the written word.
A key focus of the dissertation is to ensure that students have an international focus to their research work. This would include discussion and consideration of the cultural aspects of any recommendations made. Similarly, every student will also be required to directly consider the sustainability of their findings and recommendations in both a global and business-specific context.
Every student will be allocated a supervisor who will assist them in formulating their research questions, research methodology and methods. Every student will also be required to attend research methodology classes prior to their completion and submission of a Research Proposal, which will detail the research question(s), outline literature review and chosen methodological approach.