The Context of Decisions Module
This course explores the fiduciary responsibilities of business executives and the responsibilities of business firms towards their main stakeholders.
Social and Political Environment of Business
A 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.
Managing Economic Risks
Executives are under constant pressure to determine the implications of economic developments for their operations and manage the exposure of their companies accordingly. The course will focus on analysis of economic risks, with emphasis on policies for coping with shocks from economic fluctuations
Analysis of Business Problems
Enhance judgement skills and see beyond the immediate aspects of a decision point. Critically and analytically evaluate information underlying decisions and gain a broader perspective of organisational decision-making. Incorporate ethical sensitivity into critical thinking and the problem-solving process.
Understand better the legal environment and legal challenges of business. Recognise corporate criminality situations in order to avoid them. Strategically build social capital by adhering to the legal framework of the society in which the company operates.
Cost and Budgeting
Managing the cost of doing business and striking the right balance between cost and revenue is one of the major concerns of top executives and budget controllers. The principal aim is to provide participants with knowledge and understanding of their costs and revenue, and how to manage them to create sustainable competitive advantage.
Having an entrepreneurial mindset is a critical prerequisite for success for top executives. The course helps the executive to take firm control of his division or unit and run it with the same passion and sense of ownership as would an entrepreneur.
Deepen understanding of sustainability as a 3-dimensional concept – social, environmental, and economic (or people, planet and profit). Grasp that the business entity must take into consideration its impact on people and environment as well as their profitability – discuss fairness and equity concerns, especially social equity. Set personal and corporate sustainability goals and make plans to achieve them.
Develop an understanding of the basic elements in marketing strategy such as product planning, market selection, distribution and pricing. In addition, learn how to integrate all these elements in a coherent marketing mix.
Operations Management and Business Strategy
Know 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 function to the overall business strategy of the firm.
Human Resource Management
This covers human resources planning, recruitment, appraisal, compensation, training and development. Labour relations are also examined in this course.
Have a good understanding of the financial environment and of how financial decisions impact on various aspects of a company's operations. Topics such as Investment Analysis; Financing Decisions and Alternative Sources of Funds; as well as Financial Management of Assets and Liabilities will be discussed.
Management of Information Systems
This session addresses the management issues arising from the information systems space and how new technologies can be deployed to support the information needs of managers.
Negotiation is both an art and a science. Through case studies and role plays, participants will be actively engaged in negotiation exercises in a business context.
Business Process Re-Engineering
Is effective Business Process Re-engineering realisable 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?
In 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.
The Integrated Simulation Business Strategy Game
The 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 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.
Proper 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 organisation.
Change 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.
The leadership course stresses the importance of multilevel leadership in organisations. 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
The 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
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 its business. The principal aim is to help the executive understand and use financial statements companies produce for external users.
Social Skills for Business Performance
In the world of business today there are acceptable manners essential for professionals at the very top rung of their career ladder. This 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 everything."
Speed Reading for Executives
As 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.