Contemporary business leaders must be able to operate effectively in a dynamic and interconnected business world. They not only need to understand the fundamentals of managing a business (strategy, business models, marketing, accounting, finance, operations, human resource management) but also how to do so in a world with high levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In this second foundational module of the EMBA, students work in teams on projects that address 'live' strategic issues for a partner organisation from the agribusiness (or similar) sector, to provide them with an experiential base for learning about business fundamentals. The module also develops students' understanding of how rich networks of connections both inside and outside an enterprise shape its activities and outcomes, and hence the importance of managing these connections to ensure alignment or 'fit'. Students also learn that achieving strategic fit of an organisation with its environment requires managerial attention not simply to economic considerations but to social and ecological ones as well, in order to deliver on its responsibilities, meet stakeholders' expectations, and ensure long-term sustainability. The projects give students the opportunity to continue to develop their team building and leadership skills as introduced in EMBA6002 Reframing Leadership, while mastering business fundamentals.
2-week residential block intensive in May.
interim team project presentation (10%), final team project presentation (40%), response to client comments on presentation (10%), reflective report (40%)
Only students enrolled in the degree Executive Master of Business Administration, are permitted to enrol in this unit of study