London – Curriculum
The program comprises of 10 courses and 12 workshops, spread across 50+ days through the year, leading a total of 500+ hours of classroom based sessions. The modular and flexible structure ensures that participants are able to follow through the program and are able to accommodate the required work within their business work and travel schedules.
Business Mathematics and Statistics
The online course is designed has been designed by Harvard Publishing to level the playing field among MBA students, regardless of prior professional or academic background. The course reviews the key mathematics concepts students should be familiar with in order to solve quantitative problems in the MBA curriculum. The complete course includes the following sections: Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Probability, and Finance. The course engages students by using the storyline of several families operating small businesses in a fictional suburb of Las Vegas. Narrated animations, videos, and over 150 “do-it-yourself” exercises help students grasp difficult concepts quickly. At the end of each topic, students work through self-correcting exercises to check their mastery of the topic. Many exercises also include Excel 2007 functionality, in combination with interactive features, to further enhance understanding of essential mathematics concepts.
Strategy in Practice
This course focuses on understanding and demystifying the discipline of strategic management and the process through which strategic decisions are formulated and implemented. After discussion of key concepts related to the topic such as industry analysis, corporate or business unit strategy, competitive analysis, creation or reinforcement of competitive advantage, emerging markets and developed markets, etc. the students are placed in the role of key decision makers as part of case studies and asked to address important questions. We conclude by addressing the development of firm-specific capabilities, including the role of knowledge that contributes to a firm’s competitive advantage.
Global and Macro Economics
The course focuses on creating awareness of global issues affecting business and application of economics fundamentals to understand and analyze as well as solve these challenges. The students identify key relevant global economic factors, and analyze the impact of these global economic factors and their interactions with domestic macroeconomic policies. They also learn about how macroeconomic shocks affects businesses and develop a perspective that is supported with relevant information and integrative thinking as well as draw and assess conclusions.
Principles of Marketing
This course aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of marketing and give students a broad understanding of consumers and the marketing behaviour of firms. It allows students to explore the relevance of other academic disciplines to marketing and encourages students to question the limitations of marketing management and to suggest ways of overcoming its many problems. Finally, it develops students practical skills by applying learned theories to real-world organisational problems.
Financial and Management Accounting
The primary focus of the course is to develop a familiarity for students with the use of accounting data and other related information in decision-making, planning and control. It covers the basic vocabulary and mechanics of accounting through text, problems and cases. A significant portion of the class discussions will focus on the basis of financial and managerial accounting techniques and standards in use as well as the associated problems and limitations.
Corporate Finance and Valuation
This course develops tools for deciding which investments a firm should make (capital budgeting and valuation) and how these investments should be financed (financial structure). We look at issues relating to asset allocation, long-term rates of return of different asset classes, different financial ratios and their application in conducting financial analysis of firms. We will take the students through DCF approach to value securities – equity and debt and examine issues related to optimal capital structure. We will also compare and contrast DCF approaches to valuation – WACC, APV and Flow to Equity.
Operations management is focused on service industries and is concerned with design, planning and control of an organization’s processes with the objective of creating and delivering products and services to customers, and creating a sustained competitive advantage. The course will highlight the importance of execution and of systems and processes as a key-differentiating factor between successful businesses. This will provide students with a critical understanding of operations management concepts that yield a competitive advantage through operational excellence.
Human Resource Management
This course is about Human Resource Management (HRM) strategies, policies and practices. It examines the approach taken by commercial firms and other organizations to recruit, retain and motivate their employees. This includes everything from recruitment and selection techniques (which initiate the relationship between firm and employee), to the formal and informal institutions that determine how employees are managed, and all the way to policies on separation (which determine whether, and in what circumstances, employees are to be let go). The course looks at the subject from an organizational point of view, as well as acknowledging the wide range of factors which shape HRM strategies, policies and practices, including government and regulatory frameworks.
Business and Management in a Global Context
This course aims to give a research based grounding in the context of international business including globalizing trends, formal and informal institutions, the political, economic, social, technological and legal issues and the resultant diversity of international business. It discusses the cultural, ethical and social issues for international business and suggest policies of corporate social responsibility. It also provides an introduction to and develops an ability to assess international trade and investment, multilateral organizations and regional integration and the global financial system. Finally, it prepares the student for developing international business, marketing and R&D strategies, enter markets and alliances, and operate and manage on the global stage.
Leading a Business (Intra-preneurship and Entrepreneurship)
Leading a Business is aimed at developing and honing the skills required for starting new organizations or revitalizing mature organizations, particularly new businesses, and generally in response to identified opportunities. This course requires participants to build a business plan from scratch, in teams and brings together the various aspects learned throughout the program and puts them into actual use in a give situation. It also discusses various successful and failed startup ventures, both Indian and international to evaluate and understand the factors which contributed and draw learning’s from them which are transferable across industries and geographies.
Core Management Concepts
The course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the key management sub-disciplines, provide an overview of the development of these disciplines and to illustrate the disciplinary anchors of these disciplines in sociology, psychology and economics. It looks at the pre-industrial roots of thinking about management and leadership, and shows the longevity of certain management practices and the emergence of two important schools in the history of management science.
Enhance your career
This online course delves into how to make effective decisions about your future career and how to take control your professional development by honing your critical thinking and employability skills. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the drivers behind your career preferences and choices
- Identify the skills which you can offer and know your current skills gaps
- Recognise opportunities for your career enhancement both within and beyond your current employer
- Summarise your achievements and skills in appropriate formats for future employers or academic institutions
- Perform effectively in a face-to-face encounter such as an interview or during a presentation
- Extend and make most effective use of your professional network both on and off line
Participants also undertake the following workshops as part of the program:
- CV/ resume building and projecting your professional image
- Business Case Analysis
- Business Presentation, Business Writing and Technical Skills such as using Excel
- Communication skills
- Primary research and survey development skills
- Personality enhancement, Business and Social Etiquette
- Time management
- Career enhancement and interviewing skills
- Business Negotiations and Difficult communications
- Project Management & Business Analytics
- Leading people and teams effectively
- Inspirational & Ethical leadership