Module
descriptions

for MA Management

Core modules

Leadership

This module will enable you to have a greater understanding of leadership and people management in today’s turbulent business environment. Using evidence from current issues including in leadership and consultancy you will reflect on your own learning, skills and behaviour to understand the demands of leadership in the global business world. This module will review and build upon basic knowledge of leadership by expanding the scope and depth of your knowledge of leadership theories.

Managing Complexity

This module will develop your knowledge in managing complexity of contemporary management challenges and allow you to build your own personal perspectives within business and life essential skills. You will also acquire the people skills to organise and deploy effective performance management strategies, manage strategic information and strengthen your communication skills to develop action-oriented solutions.

Organisational Dynamics

This module examines the dynamic interplay within an organisation’s key functions, specifically strategy, marketing, human resources, accounting and production and considers how to maximise competitive advantage and minimise risk. This module aims to provide you with the skills to make informed organisational decisions and comprehend or anticipate the issues that may arise as a consequence of their proposed action. You will consider a range of dynamics that are typically encountered in management, including strategy implementation, marketing principles, planning and resourcing, performance management, financial management, supply chain and production. The module considers both how they are interdependent and yet have their own individual and pertinent dynamics that need to be managed.

Research Methods

Managers in organisations often need to rely on research-based information to make decisions. In order to make proper use of such material and to ensure that any decisions made on the basis of research findings are soundly based, it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and techniques used to collect and analyse such information. This module will explore the wide range of possible approaches to conducting research or consultancy studies which vary in terms of the kinds of questions they seek to answer and the methods used.

Strategy and Decision-Making

This module aims to provide you with an insight into a complex and often contradictory subject area where the perspectives are as diverse as there are writers on the subject. You will develop awareness on the significance of the dynamic and ever-changing international business environments and the strategic challenges confronting organisations. You will learn relevant frameworks for analysing the external macro and competitive dynamics as well as the internal organisational environments and the strategic decision-making techniques used to successfully formulate, evaluate, select (from options) and implement appropriate strategies.

Dissertation

The Dissertation is a major research-based activity. It should demonstrate your ability to identify an area or topic, or areas, suitable for research. The Masters level dissertation is distinguished from other forms of writing by its attempt to analyse situations in terms of the ‘bigger picture’. Instead it seeks answers, explanations, makes comparisons and arrives at generalisations which can be used to extend theory.

Business Project

This module focuses on applying business and research skills and knowledge to a ‘live’ business project. This module requires you to learn and apply a wide range of skills to find, shape and implement a business project and effectively present it both orally and in writing. The Business Project module will involve elements of challenges that enable you to reflect on areas of management and business that they learn through the MA Management programme. 

Business Start-Up

This module aims to equip you with business and life skills that will enable you to think proactively and be able to tackle unforeseen problems creatively. The aim of this module is to understand the different steps needed to start businesses and gain access to financing. You will identify contemporary business issues, create a feasibility study to ascertain the projects viability and create a business plan to develop the structure of the business. To develop your presentation skills you will also pitch the business to a panel.

Elective modules

Business Analytics

Business analytics has become an imperative strategic tool for organisations of all sizes in identifying market trends and patterns, and optimising business processes and decision-making. This module is designed to develop your business-level understanding of the key technologies involved in managing business information needed for the decision-making process. This module will equip you with the ability to interpret, conceptualise and convert Big Data into useful information that improves an organisation’s performance.

Coaching

This module has been designed to provide you with the basic tools and techniques to be able to “make a difference” to other people’s lives. If you gain personal and professional satisfaction from helping others reach their goals, then coaching is for you. You will be able to tackle diverse issues such as financial matters to even family, health or personal issues.

Creative Processes

All organisations confront increasingly complex challenges. New businesses need to invent a myriad of elements, and established businesses need to be in a continual considered process of re-invention to remain current and competitive. This module will enable you to gain critical insights as to the role creative processes play within contemporary organisations.

Emerging Economy Enterprise

This module is designed to enable you to develop conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial opportunities offered by the emerging economies in the context of economic, political, legal, institutional and business issues where decision making is taking place in complex and unpredictable situations. You will be able to utilise knowledge gained from other modules to recognise the key global measuring indicators as essential tools of exploitation and management of opportunities.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This module combines ideas and concepts from the fields of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create a learning environment that allows you to deconstruct taken-for- granted tools, theories and practices by thinking out of the box, to create proactive solutions to contemporary business problems as well as develop the ability to stretch boundaries in an attempt to identify innovative entrepreneurial solutions. 

Family Business

The global economy is dominated by family businesses, which generate most of the world’s economic output and wealth. In some regions, family companies virtually control the economy. This module explores the leadership, succession planning, management, family, career and personal issues found in family-owned and managed companies. You will gain a thorough understanding of family issues and the associated management challenges, learning how family members can best work together and be successful business partners. Additionally in this module you are encouraged to examine how different values and cultures impact on the ways in which global family businesses are led and managed.

International Business and Economic Policy

This module will define the international business framework within which MNEs are born and grow, as well as provide analytical tools for dissecting varying motivations for MNE behaviour. You will also learn to identify ways in which companies seek to gain international competitive advantage and apply current research to interpretations of international business strategies.

International Negotiation

Although negotiation can be defined in different ways, from a simple process of bargaining over price to a more complex process of negotiating roles and positions in a merger or joint venture, it is clear that it is a skill that lies at the heart of international business. This module will show you that negotiation is not simply about a win-win or win-lose outcome. Through an intensive exploration of different attitudes and perspectives and a highly practical simulation activity, you will develop understanding and skills as future negotiators on the international stage.

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Venture Capital and Private Equity (PE) seem opaque with complicated legal structures and a particularly alienating jargon. An understanding of the way things work, why they are structured in a particular way and how to talk about them properly is a goal of this module. This module focuses on the clarification and justification of the legal and business structure in Private Equity/Venture Capital. It also incorporates the additional layer of complexity and contextual factors arising from the ‘hands-on’ financial aspects.

Transnational Marketing Seminar

This module aims at expanding your understanding of cutting edge knowledge and challenges businesses face in international markets while enhancing your application of theory and practice in international marketing.  You will learn to evaluate and critically understand concepts such as transnationality, globalisation and cosmopolitanism, and understand their relevance for marketing practice and scholarship.