This module aims to develop the background and understanding that managers and leaders need in terms of financial applications. The module will cover the basis of financial and management accounting, introducing concepts which lead to the development of a more competent understanding of the budgeting and other associated resource allocation problems.
Financial accounting is introduced as separate from management accounting, to enable an understanding of the financial reporting statements which firms must produce to be compliant with the regulations of their company structures. Beyond this we review some financial analysis, including trend identification and concepts or issues that firms face from their funding choices. This can lead to a greater understanding of the financial consequences of the decisions which management choose.
This module examines corporate governance, developing key skills to support good governance, risk management, control, and stakeholder dialogue throughout an organisation. It provides an overview of the role of boards and directors in corporate governance and aims to develop an understanding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in governance worldwide.
The module aims to develop students who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond financial information and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies sustain long-term success. It also evaluates techniques to manage cybersecurity risks within the student's own organisation and the wider environment.
This module has a strong focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, leading to the development of a strategic plan which can enable an organisation to move forward.
There will be consideration of the innovative and creative process, both at individual and corporate level. Corporate entrepreneurship is not only a desired result of a company’s strategy but also as a precondition of strategic success in a responsible environment. It creates and sustains a competitive advantage. In a similar role to that of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs seek to provide solutions to problems, for example low productivity, waste, poor quality, and low morale. As well as identifying the potential business benefits of intrapreneurship, there will be consideration of strategies to encourage, nurture, and lead intrapreneurship within an organisation.
Students can produce a strategic plan for a work-based project which can enable the implementation of an innovative solution to an agreed business problem, and the identification of appropriate research methods for the project.
This module focuses on knowledge and strategies for developing, and leading, collaborative networks. It also examines how to build collaborative relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders, both within their own organisation and across external political environments.
In order to develop skills to lead beyond the graduate's own area of control and authority, there will be opportunities to develop influencing, negotiation and advocacy skills. This can help to build reputation and promote effective collaboration and ways of dealing with conflict.
This module focuses on leading and developing individuals and high performance teams within an organisational culture. Consideration will also be given to workforce planning including talent management, learning organisations, workforce design, succession planning, as well as diversity and inclusion. Leadership theory and practice, communication, and decision-making will be explored, and the impact on strategic workforce planning. There will also be an appraisal of the student's own role and capacity in these areas.
This module focuses on leading and managing change within broader economic, political, and social contexts, as well as barriers to change and the strategies to overcome these.
There will be consideration of organisational change theories, models and frameworks, and different approaches for managing change. The module also examines new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, and culture, to promote effective leading of organisational change.
This module aims to equip students with a critical appreciation of how organisations can enhance competitiveness through stakeholder engagement. The module introduces marketing management to students whose previous studies and current occupations may be very diverse. It emphasises the need for a critical and analytical perspective and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.
Marketing within a global environment is examined alongside a consideration of how the impact of environmental trends and customer demands shapes companies marketing strategies. The module aims to establish a sound foundation of core marketing concepts that can be built upon in subsequent modules.
The Negotiated Learning Project forms the final part of the MBA Leadership and allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of business management and leadership in a ‘capstone’ project for an organisation. It is an individual and independent project where students can use their learning to help solve a chosen business problem or challenge. The project provides students with the opportunity as leaders in an organisation to initiate, lead and drive change within a company.
The project is undertaken in an area chosen by the student and is supervised by a member of the School. Students on the MBA Leadership as part of the degree apprenticeship route will normally undertake a project based on an agreed business problem that forms part of their role and agree the project title and support arrangements with their employer and tutor.
This modules relies on concepts of strategic decision-making to explore how strategy is conceived by integrating theory, practice and experience. The module explores how strategy affects organisations and how an organisation can be designed to realise its strategy efficiently and effectively, given the understanding of the internal structures, processes and culture, and the external conditions.
Students can explore how mission, vision, and values are shaped in an organisation. The module will cover topics related to organisational structures, business models and how the external environment (political, economical, social, technological, environmental, and legal) impacts on current and new strategies.
This module is designed to build a student's skills and strategic decision-making, in terms of assessment, information and resources, conceptualisation of strategies, implementation, and monitoring of the results.
Within this module, reasonable people, with different experiences, specialised skills and functional perspectives, will have different views. Strategy involves making sense together, through an innovative and creative process. Students will be asked to perform research based on complex information and constructs, analyse real life business situations challenging the status quo, and reflect on their own practice.