Electives

Electives allow you to customise your MBA to your interests and career objectives.

You will choose six electives on the Weekend MBA, developing your expertise with your future career objectives in mind.
Supported by our experienced faculty, many of the electives include guest lecturers from industry and other academic institutions who impart their unique insights and real-world experience to the class.

There is a wide range of elective options, from which approximately 20 are run each year depending on student interest. Many electives focus on the development of skills and cross-industry expertise, while others focus on the application of ideas to sector-specific opportunities.

Electives are shared across the MBA programme portfolio and include students from the Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA, Weekend MBA and Global Online MBA cohorts. This offers you the chance to expand your network and to specialise and work with new classmates that closely mirror the cross-cultural teams that are found in any modern business.  Many of the electives are also available online.

I’m studying Brand Management, Consumer Behaviour and Digital Marketing for my electives. I’m able to implement a lot of what I’m learning on the MBA directly into my work and come up with fresh ideas because it’s something I’m currently studying. This practical experience will help when I finish the MBA.

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Finance

This module addresses the value creation process and examines the validity and limits of value creation in the context of corporate restructuring. It examines valuation models and assesses different pricing frameworks in valuing a number of entities with different investment and financing characteristics.

This module covers corporate financial decision-making to enable you to apply the concepts and methods to make financial decisions in real-life cases. Specifically, it provides an overview of corporate financial policy, and address financial forecasting, financing decisions, corporate investment decisions and valuation, and mergers and acquisitions.

This module will cover the major types of activities and risks faced by intermediaries operating in credit markets. We will layout the important functions performed by banks and risks involved in banking. Subsequently, we will discuss how new financial technologies are disrupting the traditional banking markets and the challenges ahead.

The module is designed to introduce students to the issues raised by corporate mergers and acquisitions. It draws on knowledge gained earlier in the programme in areas such as accounting & finance, strategic management and organisational behaviour.

The purpose of this module is to provide a strong theoretical framework, practical applications and tools relating to private equity finance. The elective looks into areas such as raising equity and debt finance, growth capital finance, leveraged buyout finance, distress, and project and infrastructure finance.

This module is an advanced elective in investments and portfolio management. We will discuss the key trading strategies used by hedge funds and demystify the secret world of active investing. The module combines the latest research with real-world examples to show how certain trading strategies make money–and why they sometimes don’t. We will look at how market price of stocks and bonds can differ from the model prices, leading to new perspectives on the relationship between trading results and finance theory. We will explore several different strategies in depth, including fundamental tools for investment management, dynamic portfolio choice, equity strategies, macro strategies, yield curve logic and arbitrage strategies.

The goal of this module is to understand the decision-making process with respect to screening and selecting of business proposals, negotiating and structuring the deal, following up on investments, and exiting.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This module will introduce participants to design thinking and practice. It will provide you with concepts and tools to improve your capacity to manage the collaboration with designers in the development of new products and services.

The Internet, together with other information and communication technologies (ICTs), continues to revolutionise industries. E-commerce is now a given in many industries, but many incumbent firms rooted in traditional business models struggle to figure out the new terms of competition. By examining the experience of earlier industry transformations we attempt to shed light on what may lie ahead for industries currently undergoing upheaval (software, telecommunications, music, and other forms of digital content and services).

The Entrepreneurial Journey is an optional module that can be taken instead of two electives. It is a live entrepreneurial experience that provides insights into the challenges of introducing products and services to market.

This one-week block module is designed to help current and emerging leaders and owners of family business understand the special challenges of Family Enterprises and manage the strategic and personal challenges that are ever present in this form of business entity. Through a serious of lectures, case studies, activities, interactive presentations and discussions with a number of visiting family business owners sharing their experiences, you will have a rich experience in understanding the “how to” and the “how not to” of Family Enterprise.

This module explores the brave new world of social innovation and how businesses can tackle social problems through social innovation. While achieving business success and creating social welfare have often been seen as oppositional, a new generation is challenging this by trying to use business as a force for good. These social innovators tackle social problems in two main ways: by becoming social entrepreneurs who lead social enterprises (businesses that seek to fulfill a social mission), or by becoming social intrapreneurs who seek to achieve social change within the for-profit firms that employ them. Through this module you will be equipped with the tools to become a social innovator.

Idea SMARTCamp focuses on teaching practical methods and skills that help aspiring intrapreneurs to build business cases that challenge the companies they work for and inspire them to extend their current businesses to adjacent markets and technologies.

We focus on how to develop compelling business cases, i.e. rationales why a business should be built, and on how to marshal sufficient resources for building robust venture structures that allow pursuing that business case but also adjust the start-up activities if necessary.

This SMARTcamp is primarily aimed at growth-oriented and ambitious future intrepreneurs. You may come with an idea for an innovative product or service (for your company or even for starting your own company) or you can team up with idea owners to then further develop that idea. The SMARTcamp is also suitable for students who intend to take the Entrepreneurial Journey as it can serve to develop an initial idea that they can then use for developing a business plan. The SMARTcamp emphasizes aspiration, willingness to learn and dedication to process.

Strategic Management

This module will help you develop a more complex and nuanced view of strategy. It will look into critical concepts in competitive strategy, strategy frameworks for internal and external analysis and the key issues in competitive strategy formation and implementation in various contexts.

Breakout strategy is a state of mind and a managerial framework for proactively pursuing growth-oriented strategic objectives. This elective introduces the concept and technique of this type of strategy and explores the essential strategy practices and types of breakout.

The study of leadership is about how to better manage the challenges we face motivating and inspiring people. This module will introduce you to new skills useful in dealing with common leadership challenges and dilemmas. It will also help you become more aware of your personality and other traits in order to become more effective through diagnosis, insight and self-development.

This module will develop your understanding of the principles, strategies, and tactics of effective negotiation and professional relationship management.

Today’s leaders face the challenge of having to cope with uncertain and dynamic environments when managing their businesses. Unpredictable shifts in customer preferences, technologies, regulations, competitive landscapes, social environments and political environments often threaten key organisational goals. While such conditions force some firms to switch to survival mode, others seem to persistently turn the odds to their favour and outperform their peers. In this module, we explore how to capitalise on opportunities in uncertain environments and mitigate challenges. Specifically, we disentangle different dimensions in today’s dynamic environments and look at how volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) shape effective strategies and determine business outcomes.

This course will provide you with a systematic presentation of the factors that need to be considered when setting prices, and will show you how pricing alternatives can be developed. The course will constantly integrate the pricing decision back into the marketing mix, and evaluate its effectiveness in achieving broader managerial objectives.

This module covers modern project management techniques that are relevant to practicing professionals.

The competitiveness of organisations does not exclusively depend on the financial and human capital at their disposal, but also on their social capital: the strategic value of the network relationships they hold. Although most will agree that networks within and between organisations matter somehow, it is much less self-evident how the potential of networks can best be leveraged, and how the most effective networks are built. This module focuses on how networks may help individuals, entrepreneurs, and organisations to create value. More specifically, it aims to generate insights into the role of interpersonal and inter-organizational interaction in the achievement of creative outcomes, innovative performance, organisational change and competitive advantage.

The goal of this module is to teach you the fundamental skills of strategic problem solving. You will learn how to approach a business problem in a structured and efficient way that is based on the problem-solving techniques of the top tier consulting firms.

This module will address the topic of sustainability from a strategic perspective, with a particular emphasis on decision-making and trade-offs. The class will be involved in an engaging debate that will cover different perspectives on the topics discussed, including the economic, environmental and social perspectives. At the end, you will have a comprehensive understanding of sustainability issues, the relevance for policy makers, the role of corporations and the implications for decision-making.

Sector-specific

We take an in-depth look at rapidly evolving global energy markets with a specific focus on low-carbon and renewable energy technologies.

Given the importance that climate change is going to have in shaping both the policy and business environment for the decades to come, this elective has been designed to give students the tools to analyse different situations, understand the links between different issues, and have a perspective from a variety of sectors. You will develop a scientific knowledge of climate change and the technologies and policies it relates to, hear from corporates to understand the risks and opportunities it presents for business, and explore the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in climate change solutions and adaptation.

Marketing

This course is concerned with building, measuring and managing brands over time. It looks into how to leverage advertising and the other elements of the marketing communications mix to build and strengthen brand equity.

This elective explores consumer psychology and how consumer behaviour can be shaped. It examines consumer psychology theories and current findings to learn how to apply these to develop marketing techniques that cut through the noise, shape or alter consumer behaviour, and help build and sustain consumer loyalty.

This module deals with the major issues faced by companies in international business. In an increasingly globalised world, most managers will have to deal with issues of international business at some stage of their careers. This module aims to prepare you for this role and to help you understand the differences between doing business in emerging markets and in developed markets.

Final Project

The final project elective is an independent report on a relevant theme, where you will demonstrate that you are able to address a specific theme in an autonomous way and bring together your learning across different subjects. This project will be your ‘business card’ with any company, investor or others to whom you are interested to show that you are able to provide a valuable and holistic view of a topical theme.