You and many executives have chosen to invest your time and financial resources in an MBA. However, over time, the world of management changes and develops new concepts, so you have probably wondered how you can bring your MBA up to date and protect your investment.

Most professional qualifications have frequent update programmes. MDCI now provides you with the opportunity to keep your MBA investment up to date with the latest business thinking!

MDCI and a team of highly experienced MBA tutors from UK Universities have developed a programme that will meet your needs.

The Goals

In General

The MBA Top-Up programme aims to provide MBA graduates in the Gulf with a series of linked workshops designed to update your business academic and practical knowledge. Furthermore it aims to reinforce the investment you have made in the face of a rapidly changing business environment.

Specifically

The programme uses an interactive teaching format which makes a significant use of case study analysis and role play techniques

In addition the programme utilises blended learning techniques and material such as mini Study Guides, webinars and podcasts which will be used to enhance the depth and extent of the learning process

The Process

  • The Programme comprises four, one-day modules. The modules are offered in two groups of 2 days, separated by a period designed for reflection and private study, supported by blended learning materials and techniques.
  • Each day will be a combination of taught and focussed discussion led by expert University teachers.
  • Weeks one and two will take place two weeks apart, in May and June 2014. Participants will be provided with materials for Further Reading and Self Reflection between the weeks of teaching.Who will benefit from the MBA Top-Up?
  • Graduates of most MBA programme, studied more than 4 years previously but the programme provides a refresher for more recent graduates wishing to keep on top of their game.
  • Those Executives who would like to maintain their MBA “edge” in the face of new management science developments, and based on the fundamentals learned in their original programme.
  • Executives from all sectors in the Gulf region; the private sector, the public sector, not for profit organisations.

The Modules

Day 1: Financial Engineering & Innovation 

  •  Financial engineering is a body of knowledge encompassing conceptualization and implementation of financial innovation.
  • Using tools and knowledge from the fields of computer science, statistics, economics and applied mathematics to address current financial issues as well as to devise new and innovative financial products.
  • Techniques and efficient resource allocation in the economy.
  • The context of managerial decisions and solving vexing problems of investment management and corporate finance.
  • The innovation and use of recent structured securities such as collateral mortgage obligations (CMOs), interest rate swaps, trust structures, and dynamic hedging strategies for portfolio insurance.
  • Frameworks for evaluating key risks and performance characteristics of structured financial products will be introduced.
  • Characteristics of structured derivatives transactions will be discussed, ie lack of regulation, borderless international transactions, uniquely tailored and customized, liquidity, off balance sheet accounting, and financial leverage.

Day 2: Leadership in a changing world

  • Key theoretical models leadership
  • The elements involved in effective leadership
  • The impact of national culture of leadership
  • To what extent are leaders born or can they be made
  • Empirical research on effective HRM
  • Trends in convergence / pergence in leadership practices

Day 3: The Global Value Chain

  •  A value chain is “a ‘string’ of companies working together to satisfy market demands”.
  • The value chain typically consists of one or a few primary value (product or service) suppliers and many other suppliers that add value to the primary value that is ultimately presented to the end-user purchaser.
  • Added Value for Customers – Performance, Cost, and/or Time Based
  • Mobilizing, managing, and using resources rather than at formally acquiring and necessarily owning resources.
  • The New Economy Approach to Creating a Business Model
  • The Future Value Chain – Performance, Time and Cost –new dimensions

Day 4: The manager as an entrepreneur

  • What is involved in entrepreneurship
  • What are the key stages in starting a new business
  • The behaviours new business owners need to practice
  • The impact of national culture of new business operation
  • The importance of rules and regulations in new business start-ups

MTC provides guidance for efficient, effective improvement across multiple process disciplines in an organization. It benefits both the organization and the individual by providing a common, integrated vision of improvement. The ultimate benefit is improved performance that means decreased cost, improved on time delivery, productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction.

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