AMP Course Descriptions
The Context of Decisions Module
course explores the fiduciary responsibilities of business executives
and the responsibilities of business firms towards their main
Economic Analysis for Decision Makers
course develops essential concepts and methods which will enable the
executive to understand the global and local macroeconomic environment
in which his company moves and factor it into his business decisions.
Social and Political Environment of Business
clear understanding of the environment of the firm, especially of the
political economic milieu, the relationship between government, business
and society, and trends in national strategy within the context of
international political economy trends, is an imperative for the
strategically-minded general manager.
The unit is designed to
help managers identify a broad range of stakeholders in the environment
of the firm with a view to enhancing the capacity for managing
relationships with these stakeholders.
Basic Management Disciplines Module
objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the basic
elements in marketing strategy such as product planning, market
selection, distribution and pricing. In addition it also studies how to
integrate all these elements in a coherent marketing mix.
are introduced to the frameworks, key concepts and tools needed to
design, implement, control and improve the value chain of operating
systems. The relationship between operations and other management
functions as well as the contributions of the operations junction to the
overall business strategy of the firm will be discussed.
Issues in Human Resources Management
covers topics of personnel administration like human resources
planning, recruitment, appraisal, compensation, training and
development. Labour relations are also examined in this course.
Corporate Financial Accounting
will look at the development and use of financial and other
quantitative data as an aid to business decision making. Major topic
areas include financial reporting, cost accounting and budgetary and
Management of Information Systems
section of the course is expected to provide the participant with a
good understanding of the financial environment and of how financial
decisions impact on various aspects of a company's operations. It covers
topics such as Investment Analysis; Financing Decisions and Alternative
Sources of Funds; as well as Financial Management of Assets and
unit addresses the management issues arising from the use of computing
equipment and emphasizes ways in which existing and new technologies can
be deployed to support the information needs of managers. The IT unit
also includes an overview of leading information technology
Integrating Approaches Module
is both an art and a science. Through case studies and role plays,
participants will be actively engaged in negotiation exercises in a
Business Process Re-Engineering
BPR really necessary or is the fancy footwork of TQM enough? Several
companies and consulting outfits have been promising radical
transformation and changes through BPR but the results are not mush to
justify the cost and time spent on the exercise. Is effective BPR
realizable in developing countries where the rules of competition are
still not quite up to date? How much can you leap in front of your
competition, contain cost and still add value to your organisation?
a rapidly changing world, the ability to stay alive and continue to
grow is largely a function of organisational climate that allows the
rate of learning in the firm that is equal to or greater than the pace
of change in the environment. The sessions consider these culture issues
and the ladders of human development in firms.
strategy session using the case study approach emphasize the unique
leadership role (often referred to as the helicopter view) of the chief
executive as the strategist with practical examples of situations where
the strategy process is either planned and directed or contingent and
emergent. Concepts and tools will be presented for industry analysis and
for configuring the firm's resources to achieve a unique position and
sustainable competitive advantage. For the sake of breadth and
versatility, generic strategy adaptations to specific settings will be
explored alongside the functional integration and other organisational
implications of strategy formation.
Overall, the participant
will be exposed to a combination of rational and insightful approaches
to creating some sense of the future (vision) and for generating
competitive advantage to superior firm performance with greater levels
of confidence into the long term.
The Integrated Simulation Business Strategy Game
Business Strategy Game is a hands-on learning exercise that will give
you valuable decision-making practice and develop your powers of
business judgment. The game will enable you and your co-managers to
assess changing industry and competitive conditions, diagnose the
strategies of competitors and anticipate their next moves, pursue ways
to secure competitive advantage, evaluate different courses of action,
chart strategic course for your company to take, and adjust plans in
response to changing conditions.
The game will also enable you
gain a stronger understanding of how the different functional pieces of a
business fit together, thus integrating the knowledge from other
business courses you have taken.
Leading People Module
team work makes for greater flexibility, speed and quality of customer
service. It is becoming more and more important for today's senior
executive to have a good understanding of team building processes,
starting with the top management team and reaching the whole
is an inevitable reality, yet people and organisations tend to resist
change. The consequence is that such firms become unable to compete. The
sessions consider the reasons why people resist change and what the
generic approaches to proactively change are.
section will help participants reach a thorough understanding of the
impact of top management communication style on employee attitude and
performance, and know how to design communication strategies appropriate
to their purpose.
leadership course for AMP stresses the importance of multilevel
leadership in organisations. The case study features an enterprise in
which a turn around was achieved largely because middle management
personnel exercised their skills and determination to initiate strategic
thrusts that were then adopted by their bosses. Participants are led to
identify the issues that make for leadership effectiveness, and to
assess their own leadership performance on the basis of those issues.
Economic Environment of Business
rising tendency for economic considerations to dominate managerial
decisions places greater demands of economic literacy on all business
executives. The course is designed to enable advanced managers be
capable of assessing the actual and expected levels of risks in their
business environment and relate them to business plans.
Corporate Financial Accounting
is the language of business. Business executives, whether as preparers
or users of financial statement, need the knowledge and skill in order
to communicate or understand a company and it's business. This course is
designed to equip the executive with knowledge and skill in corporate
financial accounting, reporting and analysis.
The principal aim
is to help the executive understand and use financial statements
companies produce for external users. The course content revolves around
the annual report and accounts ranging from the content, preparation,
presentation, interpretation and use of the three financial statement
and other non- financial information companies normally present in the
annual report and accounts.
Oral Presentation Skills
sessions on oral presentation skills are designed to enhance
participants' ability to project a positive image as they address an
audience. Each participant will make one short-videotaped presentation
(prepared in advance of the session). Feedback and recommendations from
facilitator and fellow participants will provide valuable insights to
foster further skill development.
Branding through Corporate Responsibility Practices
is increasingly recognized as a valuable asset to companies. To this
extent, more and more investment is poured into building and sustaining
these brands. In building these brands, some companies may not factor in
the importance of having a good reputation arising from corporate
The aim of this course is to assist
participants develop a clear line of sight between their brands and good
corporate practices. The course lays a background of what good
corporate practices are and assists participants to understand how to
run their companies as good corporate citizens.
Organisational Benefits of Work-Life Balance
the family has traditionally been a stable and revered institution in
Nigeria, the pressures of modern life are weighing heavily on it. In the
past 20 years there have been noticeable increases in incidences of
divorce, juvenile delinquency, armed robbery, examination malpractice,
embezzlement of funds, bribery and corruption. The suggestion of a link
between the quality of children's upbringing, their comportment as
adolescents and their behaviour in the work place is not a far-fetched
notion. At last it has very recently been expressly acknowledged by
Nigerians in the business press (Business Day, 01-03 February 2008, pp.
12-13). If today's work force registers a marked deficit in ethical
principles and work values, it may well be that their family environment
was inadequate. Most grew up in dual-earner families unable to strike a
balance between their work and their home life.
On the other
hand, while the family is important, so is profitable business. We
operate in a highly competitive environment. Hence some important
questions: Does it pay to become a family-responsible employer in
Nigeria? What evidence is there in support? And if it pays indeed, what
steps should an organization take to join the rank of profitable and
In this module, Prof. Chantal Epie
will answer these questions, presenting the findings of her research
among 11 companies in 4 business sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Social Skills for Business Performance
the world of business today, acceptable manners mean knowing how to
address, greet and introduce people, how to dress and be groomed
appropriately for all occasions, how to get your table manners right,
how to make small talk, and a lot more. All these skills are essential
to you as a professional at the very top rung of your career ladder.
module intends to impart those etiquette skills that will help you
project the right image to your customers, clients, professional
colleagues, local and foreign partners, the public: skills that will
give you that professional polish, poise and panache, because, "image is
Managing the Health of Executives
Here the need for executives to be conscious of and maintain their health and manage stress is looked at.
Business Continuity/Disaster Management
the globe companies experience events which may disrupt their
activities. Ranging from internal and external fraud, fire, building
collapse to death of key staff, these events, depending on severity
could threaten the foundation on which affected businesses are built.
planning for an unprecedented disaster cannot be over emphasized -
hence the need for the institution of a Business Continuity Programme
(BCP). Put simply, business continuity ensures that an organization can
survive an event that causes interruption to normal business processes.
Inherent therein is a disaster recovery plan.
The objective of
disaster recovery planning is to enable an organization to recommence
normal functions as quickly and as effectively as possible following a
disaster or disruption to infrastructure or service. This course affords
an appreciation of the need for business continuity planning and the
requirements of effective implementation.
Speed Reading for Executives
very busy executives, we have so much to do and very little time to
accomplish all we need to do, yet there are always documents to read,
articles, publications, journal and even novels to refresh our minds and
keep the brain active and alive. The ability to go through materials
quickly without necessarily going through the entire document becomes a
very valuable skill.
This module will help participants to acquire this skill.