1 Cardiff Business School MBA (Part Time)
2 01 MBA (Part Time) Introduction Cardiff Business School is widely recognised as one of the leading business and management schools in the UK. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the School was ranked fourth in the UK for the quality of its research. The School has a faculty of over 270 academics, including 54 professors. The School attracts the best students from across the globe, with faculty members from 25 countries and students from over 60 countries. The School undertakes research that is designed to enhance business decision making and policy formulation: research partners have included Tesco, Nestle, Hewlett Packard, the Royal Mint, Imperial Logistics, the Welsh Government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, the International Labour Organisation, Proctor and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson. Three reasons to study the MBA (Part Time) 1. Knowledge transfer through working with managers from a variety of other organisations. 2. A practitioner based approach to learning and teaching. 3. Access to business networks, events and guest speakers. What type of applicant would benefit from this programme? If you re a manager who wants to adopt strategies and gain expertise to build and sustain business effectiveness in a competitive global market place, then Cardiff Business School s MBA (Part Time) is for you. The programme offers participants the opportunity to apply their managerial experiences to theory and practical situations. The programme provides: Interaction with researchers and business scholars, many of whom produce world-leading research. The flexibility to manage a full-time career and study a widely recognised business qualification. The opportunity to share experiences with members of your cohort. The development of practical skills for management. The opportunity to network with members of the Cardiff Business School Alumni Association and to attend talks given by high-profile speakers. Extra-curricular activities will be scheduled for students throughout the programme, including talks from eminent business people and academics. Extensive support will be provided for part-time students including a dedicated programme administrator.
3 3 MBA (Part Time) The new MBA (Part Time) at Cardiff Business School is an exciting addition to our School. The programme is aimed at managers who want to take the next step in their careers. It will allow them to build on their experience to frame and enhance their knowledge and expertise. The Programme Professor Zoe Radnor Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning Modules: The range of modules has been chosen to reflect those expected within a general MBA programme. Core Modules: Corporate Finance Operations Management Marketing Strategic Management Human Resource Management Leadership and Entrepreneurship International Business Business Economics Sustainable Business Management Organisational Behaviour The programme is taught in three day blocks to enable managers to engage with University life but also to continue in their employment. The MBA (Part Time) at Cardiff Business School consists of ten core modules, elective modules and a dissertation. The programme is of 28 months duration (4 taught semesters and a dissertation). The MBA (Part Time) has been designed to meet the needs of experienced middle managers looking for ways to develop their understanding and knowledge of business. Corporate Finance The globalisation of the world s economy together with advances in financial engineering, the recent financial crisis and changes in regulation have collectively created an increase in demand for analytical ability and specialist knowledge in finance. In this practically focused module, we offer students the opportunity to develop an understanding of and confidence in two major types of decisions facing managers: how to make investment decisions and how to finance viable projects. The module will be taught using a combination of lectures, readings and in-class case studies, and drawing on financial databases such as Datastream. Operations Management Increased global competition, recessionary pressure to control cost and customer demand for improved quality is driving many manufacturing and service organisations (including Public Sector) to manage their operations effectively to gain competitive advantage. The module is designed to impart the knowledge that organisations may need to compete successfully in business. The range of topics, from process design, service design to Lean Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management will be explored using a mixed delivery mode of seminars, group discussions, workshops, simulation games, and quizzes. This will facilitate in expanding your knowledge domain and develop better understanding of how organisations can be more efficient and effective by doing better with less (rather than doing more with less ). Marketing In today s highly competitive markets the success or failure of a product/service may be determined by the marketing decisions you take. This course will help you develop and apply the analytical and decision-making skills required by Senior Managers in any industry. It will enable you to analyse and critically evaluate marketing problems and opportunities by exploring and applying the latest thinking in marketing. Using a combination of lectures, readings and in-class case studies, you will be exposed to the fundamental approaches in product/market selection, new product development, sales management, communications management, pricing and profit planning, management of channels of distribution and marketing research. Strategic Management This module will teach you to analyse a company s business environment, select a strategy, and construct an organisation necessary to put it into action. We will explore latest thinking and apply tools to arrive at insights that are both applicable in the business world, yet deeply rooted in a robust academic understanding. Carefully selected cases and in-class exercises will put you in a senior management position (e.g. CEO, Director) where you will have to make decisions in relation to designing and implementing appropriate competitive strategies that enable firms to achieve and sustain positional competitive advantage. Human Resource Management People are our most important asset is a commonly heard phrase. For many organisations it seems obvious that treating employees well will lead to a happier workforce, and that this in turn will have a positive effect on productivity - but is this really the case? In this module we will take a critical look at the world of HR management and help you to decide which processes may work in your organisation. Through a mix of lectures, exercises and plenty of case studies we will examine processes such as reward, performance management, training and selection and help you make decisions based on academic research and professional judgement.
4 4 MBA (Part Time) 5 MBA (Part Time) Modules continued Leadership & Entrepreneurship Leadership is seen as fundamental to shaping difficult and often contested organisational futures. Whether you are new to this role or already have some experience of leading others, this module will help you work through the dilemmas, complexity and tensions of the entrepreneurial opportunities you face. We will undertake a critical review of both traditional and contemporary perspectives on leadership, and consider a range of tools to help you develop a more sophisticated understanding of how leadership works within your own organisation. You will be helped to analyse your own assumptions, behaviours and practice of leadership, and with feedback from your peers, will be supported to develop and grow in the role. International Business Business is increasingly organised across national boundaries. Successful managers must understand the dynamics of the international business environment and at the same time have the skills to leverage the potential of cross-cultural teams that may span the globe. This core module will introduce students to key topics and concepts in international business management. Themes addressed include the dynamics of globalisation and its impact on business organisation, the structuring of contemporary multinational corporations including new challengers from emerging economies, international corporate strategy, and business ethics and corporate social responsibility in the international environment. Business Economics The content and activities included in the Business Economics module will equip students with the theoretical knowledge that enables an understanding of organisations and individual motivations, and the contexts within which their objectives are pursued. Following this theoretical underpinning, the module will examine case studies that illustrate the pull and push of economic desires and limitations, and with a number of these having local relevance. Activities will include traditional lectures but also a significant element of discursive and peer-to-peer learning. The module will be designed to enable students to complete the substantial, self-directed and largely self-chosen piece of written work that comprises the module s assessment. Sustainable Business Management An alternative title for this module could be Global crisis: a survivors manual. The challenges of the modern era are immense. From economic meltdown to global warming, and from burgeoning populations to resource depletion, management must be prepared to confront issues of unprecedented scale and complexity. Starting with mega-trends and scenarios, this module will explore how sustainable business might be constructed and defined. There are no simple answers, but the quest for greater sustainability is both vital and exhilarating, and you can make a contribution. Theoretically informed but absolutely grounded in reality, this module mixes lectures, group work, individual assignments and open discussion to provide a stimulating and provocative learning experience. Organisational Behaviour It may be a cliché but it is also an inescapable fact that people are the main resource of any organisation. Moreover, just about everything that you do and experience in the world involves organisations. This module builds on real life examples to explore organisations as they really are: social and emotional, complex and messy, controlling and political, sexual and liberating. We will be exploring such questions as: how can we change organisational cultures? ; what motivates people at work? ; why might resistance to change be encouraged? ; and how do we make ethical decisions?. Stimulating, analytical, critical, and practical, this module uses case studies, organisation simulations, lectures, and small group work to gain a deep understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Elective Modules: Business Analysis Financial Analysis and Reporting Lean Thinking Marketing Research Management Consulting Government and Policy in the Public Sector Business Analysis Business analysis is a significant activity within modern business practice and many careers are now built upon such practice. The business analysis module provides a theory-driven introduction to the discipline of business analysis. Business analysis is the process of engaging in collective sense-making between organisational actors and the business analyst, with the aim of building better organisations. A number of integrated concepts and techniques are provided to the student within the teaching block that can be used to build such sense-making. This toolkit is imparted though twelve practical units and a number of workshops. Students are encouraged to unpack a number of business cases provided within the module, both as individual and group work. The coursework involves the student in applying some aspect of business analysis to a small part of an organisation with which they are familiar. Financial Analysis and Reporting With future convergence of UK Financial Reporting Standards (FRS) to those of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), it is key that Senior Managers understand the preparation and reporting of a company s performance for accurate appraisal and decision making. You will be guided through the world of Financial Statement preparation to develop your knowledge in key areas while introducing you to current academic thinking. With this, accounting based valuation techniques will be introduced to enable you, as senior decision makers, to estimate a company s fundamental value. Lean Thinking The lean thinking module will focus on the key components of a lean business system and will describe how it can create strategic, process and functional excellence for organisations. It will discuss how an effective lean strategy can release productive capacity and enable organisations to focus on activities that are valuable to customers and stakeholders, promote effective flow and engender a culture of continuous improvement and engagement. The module will have a strong practical focus that will enable managers to implement the latest techniques in their organisations.
5 6 MBA (Part Time) 7 MBA (Part Time) Elective Modules continued Programme Delivery Marketing Research In today s complex business environment, it is crucial that your managerial decisions are based on sound intelligence about your customers, your competition, and other aspects of your market. This module will give you the tools you need to effectively design, implement and evaluate marketing research projects. It covers both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and is delivered through lectures, seminars, and small group work. Whether you commission market research or conduct your own research in-house, this module will enable you to benefit from the latest knowledge, skills and techniques to acquire the market intelligence your business needs. Management Consulting Management consultancy has been one of the most successful professions in recent times, increasing its revenues by over 10,000 per cent in the last thirty years. This module seeks to introduce participants to the consulting practice, thinking, projects and careers. It will use real-life cases based upon the lecturer s own experience and research to: Examine how consultants approach and solve business problems. Understand how consultancy businesses, and internal consultancies, are started and managed. Show how clients can best identify, select, manage and use consultants for maximum efficiency. Illustrate how consultancy projects are sold, structured and managed successfully. Governance & Policy in the Public Sector Against the back drop of multi-level system of governance - embracing European, UK wide and devolved institutions this module will develop an appreciation of the effects and the effectiveness of different policy instruments. From traditional hierarchical interventions through to markets and partnership to contemporary notions of nudge and think we will consider the pros and cons of different types of public management. Dissertation All MBA (Part Time) students are required to complete a research project ending in a dissertation. For the project, students work individually with supervision from a member of Cardiff Business School faculty. The faculty member will have expertise in the chosen research topic. At the end of the research project, students must submit a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words describing the methods and results of the research undertaken. MBA (Part Time) students will be expected to conduct their investigation on a topic relevant to their own place of work or on an organisation or industry known to them. The dissertation is designed to test the student s ability to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MBA (Part Time) to a particular business issue or problem. Our programme has been designed to fit around work commitments. The programme is of 28 months duration (4 taught semesters and a dissertation), with modules delivered in twelve weekday blocks of three days. Intellectual skills are promoted within teaching blocks through presentations, the examination of case studies, group discussion, debate and assignment. The case study sessions will enable students to apply the theoretical concepts taught in the lectures to real-world contexts. The MBA (Part Time) will provide you with: The competence and the confidence to apply new knowledge to key areas of business and management. The ability to solve practical management problems by turning theory into practice. An understanding of working in an international, global, multicultural, diverse environment. Developed communication, self-management and time management skills.
6 8 MBA (Part Time) 9 MBA (Part Time) Staff at Cardiff Business School Staff at Cardiff Business School regularly lead programmes and help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through their external engagement and involvement in knowledge based research and teaching. We are a knowledgebased institution and our academic staff build relationships with government, industry and other academic institutions both nationally and globally. Meet the Faculty Professor Constantine Andriopoulos Costas Andriopoulos is a Professor of Strategy and the Head of the Marketing and Strategy Section at Cardiff Business School. His research on organisational ambidexterity and innovation has been featured in Organisation Science, Human Relations and Long Range Planning, amongst other international journals. Costas leads MBA and Executive Education modules in strategy. He has acted as a consultant and advisor to firms from different sectors in Europe, USA and the Middle East. Dr Richard Baylis Richard started his academic career in experimental physics completing his PhD in the field of bio-nanotechnology in He then joined the mid-tier firm Grant Thornton where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 within the Audit department. During his time at Grant Thornton, he had a wide range of client s from large owner managed businesses with turnovers in excess of 300m, AIM listed companies, large charities and more recently, local authorities and NHS trusts. He currently teaches Financial Reporting and Financial Accounting with research interests in the Audit Market and Audit Quality. Professor Paul Beynon-Davies Paul Beynon-Davies is currently Professor of Business Informatics at Cardiff Business School. Before taking up an academic post, Professor Beynon-Davies worked for several years in the Informatics industry in the UK both in the public and private sectors. He still regularly acts as a consultant to the public and private sector particularly in the area of ICT and its impact on organisational performance. He has published widely in the field having 11 books and over seventy academic papers to his name. He was seconded part-time to the National Assembly for Wales (NAfW) as an evaluator of its Cymru-ar-Lein/Information Age strategy for Wales and was director of the ecommerce Innovation Centre at Cardiff University from Dr Alpa Dhanani Alpa Dhanani is a Senior Lecturer in the Accounting and Finance Section at Cardiff Business School. She has taught on specialist undergraduate finance modules such as Business Finance and International Corporate Finance for a number of years. Her research into financial risk management and dividend policy has featured in journals such as the Accounting and Business Research and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Mr Simon Elias Simon Elias is Director, Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) and Module Coordinator of the Lean Thinking Elective. LERC is a world renowned lean thinking authority, dedicated to researching, communicating and applying lean thinking. It has been at the forefront of the development and application of lean thinking through its projects, activities and publications and has a particular strength in industry engagement. Simon Elias s industrial background is in strategic marketing management, new product development, product management, market research and planning in several multi-national companies, including The Automobile Association, Johnson Controls Inc, Grand Metropolitan and Thorn EMI. Dr Tom Entwistle Tom s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of local governance, central-local relations, the policy process and partnership. In recent years he has undertaken research projects on local government policy for the Welsh Government; place shaping for the Lyons Review, Local Public Service Agreements for the Countryside Agency and Best Value for the UK Government. Tom s research has been published in key refereed journals including: Urban Studies, Public Administration, Environment and Planning and Policy and Politics. With Rachel Ashworth and George Boyne, he is the Editor of Public Service Improvement: Theories and Evidence, published by Oxford University Press in Dr Sarah Hurlow Dr. Sarah Hurlow is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Cardiff Business School. Her research interests lie in the areas of leadership, leadership development and management education, especially focusing on a critical interrogation of the constitutive role of language. Previous research projects include exploring the role of leadership as part of the agenda to modernise local government, and examining the current popularity of emotional intelligence. She has previously been involved in running in-company leadership development programmes on behalf of the University, and a range of consultancy and training projects concerned with the development of a learning organisation, teambuilding and leadership in a lean environment. Dr Calvin Jones Dr Calvin Jones has lectured at Cardiff Business School since 1998, teaching business economics on the full time MBA and at undergraduate level. He holds a PhD in the Economics of Tourism and of Major Events. He is a member of the Welsh Economy Research Unit and as such is intimately involved in regional economic debates, regularly advising and working with the Welsh Government, NGOs, private companies and others, particularly with reference to recent research on energy issues. Dr Maneesh Kumar Maneesh Kumar is a Lecturer at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His current research is primarily concerned with the application of different process improvement and cost reduction strategies such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Agile in the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Public Sector, and financial services organizations. He has been involved in delivering Lean Six Sigma training up to Black Belt level and delivered several workshops on Lean Six Sigma application in different types and size of industries including Kwik-Fit Insurance Services, Standard Life, Bakkavor Group, Norbert Dentressangle, NHS Grampian, NHS Sheltand, Edinburgh City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Tata Motors, and more than 60 SMEs in the UK. Dr Joe O Mahoney During his PhD, Joe performed consultancy work for several clients and on passing his viva, moved into the consulting industry where he specialised in change management. His projects included process re-engineering, culture change, IT implementation and strategy work for BAE, Barclays, Energis and the Bank of Scotland. He then ran an internal consultancy team designing Europe s largest startup company, Three. After helping launch Three, Joe started his own manufacturing company in conjunction with an old school friend and returned to academia where, after two years at Lancaster University he settled in Cardiff. Professor Zoe Radnor Zoe Radnor is a Professor of Operations Management at Cardiff Business School. Her area of interest is in performance and process improvement in public services. Zoe is currently a Management Practice Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Fellow considering sustainability of Lean in public services. Previously, she has been Project Manager of a research project for the Scottish Executive which evaluated how lean techniques were and could be used in the public sector. She has also led evaluations of the implementation of Lean and associated techniques in HM Revenue and Customs, HM Court Services and in HealthCare organisations. She is currently leading a research project SLIM which aims to develop a Strategic Lean Implementation Methodology for Hospitals.
7 11 MBA (Part Time) Staff at Cardiff Business School Dr Stephanie Slater Dr Stephanie Slater is a Senior Lecturer in International Marketing, Strategy and Business at Cardiff University. She is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Management. Her research focuses on the role of culture in international marketing, strategy and business and the central issues include the determinants of relationship quality in international business strategy, and exploration of the effects of culture and trust-based relationships on management style and infrastructure. Dr Slater has published in international journals such as International Business Review, Management Decision, International Marketing Review, Journal of Marketing Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Business Administration and Multinational Business Review. Professor Robyn Thomas Robyn Thomas is Professor of Management and a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM). Robyn s research focuses on the social and political processes of organisational change. She publishes on these topics in leading international journals such as Organisation Science, Organisation Studies, Organisation, Public Administration and the British Journal of Management. Robyn is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Organization. Robyn has advised both private and public sector organisations as well as the UK government on the management of change, for example, on cultural change in global telecoms, leading change in education and on policing performance and cultural change for the UK Home Office. Dr Peter Wells Peter Wells is a Reader at Cardiff Business School, and a founder member of BRASS (the ESRC-funded Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society), and of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research. With respect to academic disciplines and theory his work has ranged across spatial industrial development, economics, organisational theory, industrial ecology, life cycle analysis, transitions theory, business models and others. The unifying theme is progress towards more sustainable industry and products. Dr Wells has over 650 publications reaching academia, industry, policy and stakeholder audiences. He has provided strategy workshops on business model innovation for Nissan, VW Group, Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Bosch, Schaeffler, and others, and is a regular contributor to industry conferences and events. Professor Keith Whitfield Keith Whitfield is Professor of Human Resource Management and Economics. He has published widely on HRM issues, particularly performance-related pay, employee involvement, organisational performance and employee well-being. He has recently been the coordinator of the Economic and Social Research Council s (ESRC) research project on well-being and working life and was principal investigator of the ESRC-funded project on the evolution of the modern British workplace. Keith works extensively as an advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council and was their consultant for the 2004 British Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Ms Rachel Williams Rachel Williams is a lecturer in Human Resource Management and teaches on the MSc in Human Resource Management. She is an HR Consultant and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is responsible for the Business School s links with the CIPD. Before moving into a teaching role, Rachel was Head of HRM for a large legal practice in Cardiff and has experience of developing and implementing HR strategy in both public and private sector organisations.
8 13 MBA (Part Time) Assessments The assessment of the programme is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet the needs of experienced managers. Assessment patterns will vary across modules in the curriculum, tailored to the needs of the particular module content. Assessment methods will include online class tests, examination or pieces of coursework on completion of the module. Students will be assessed in terms of a dissertation of no more than 20,000 words, which will be submitted no later than the January following the end of year 2. The dissertation will be worth 60 credits. Fees The MBA (Part Time) will cost a total of 14,000 ( 7k per annum) for the entry session A number of scholarships will be made available to support the most able participating candidates. Entry Requirements Entry requirements will normally consist of a minimum of a second class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university. It is also recognised that appropriate work experience is an important component in deciding on the student s suitability for admission. Therefore, applicants will normally be required to have a minimum of three years relevant managerial experience. Applicants with substantial managerial experience but without a first degree may be considered for entry on a case by case basis. How to Apply The submission of an early application is advisable, preferably before the 31st July of the year of entry. Applications can be made online by visiting: We strongly recommend that you apply online if possible, which gives you the opportunity to track the progress of your application. However, it is possible to apply by post. To apply by post, please visit: and download the application forms or request these by post. Completed application forms should be sent to: Admissions Registry Cardiff University Newport Road PO Box 927 Cardiff CF24 0DE UK For help with your application form please contact the University s Admissions team: Tel: +44 (0) For further information please visit our website at: business.cf.ac.uk
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