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GLOBAL CURRICULUM, ASIAN INSIGHTS

In the Asian century, it is not just a new kind of leader that we will need to see in Asia, but new global leaders too. With The NUS Executive MBA, you will get a unique opportunity to grow your knowledge and understanding of global business in a changing world. Your curriculum is designed to be dynamic with intense exposure and immersion. You will obtain an unmatched understanding of the nuances and practices that are particular to the region and its countries.
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LEAD: LEADERSHIP: EXPLORATION, ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT.

The module allows you to explore, assess and develop your skills and disposition, with the help of top-notch professional coaches. It is designed in a way where you will first gain key insights into who you are as a person and a leader and then through feedback and insights from experts, you will learn how you can optimize your leadership effectiveness. The development and understanding of self and the impact on others is important in being a successful leader in a globalized environment. Through interactive class activities, peer learning groups, team discussions and exercises, you will be able to identify and clarify your development needs and enable you to become more mission-focused.
The module allows you to explore, assess and develop your skills and disposition, with the help of top-notch professional coaches. It is designed in a way where you will first gain key insights into who you are as a person and a leader and then through feedback and insights from experts, you will learn how you can optimize your leadership effectiveness. The development and understanding of self and the impact on others is important in being a successful leader in a globalized environment. Through interactive class activities, peer learning groups, team discussions and exercises, you will be able to identify and clarify your development needs and enable you to become more mission-focused.
This module aims to help you manage individuals and groups for high performance by increasing your understanding of individual and interpersonal behaviour. It also provides you with conceptual knowledge on group dynamics, thereby helping you understand the challenges of leading and changing organisations.
All organisations are able to create an innovative environment by rightly harnessing the entrepreneurial drive and creative energies of their employees. This module examines the key challenges of organising for innovation, the trade-offs between different organisational approaches and the critical roles in the innovation process. In particular, the module also explores the role of the entrepreneurial champion who undertakes the risk of turning opportunities and ideas into reality.
This module promotes a scientific paradigm for complex managerial decisions such as problem formulation, model building and selection of analytical tools and formulation of managerial initiatives. It equips you to be more proficient and better in managing business analyses independently, as well as evaluating work undertaken by specialists, analysts and consultants.
In view of the globalisation of markets capital, technology, products and talent, clear views on how corporations are and should be governed and which principles are to guide such governance become very important for executives as well as those shaping public policy. This module integrates theory and practice relevant for business firms of all shapes and sizes. The objective of this module is to provide a solid understanding of Corporate Governance from an international perspective – with focus on Asia – drawing from insights of academia, regulators and practitioners.
This module aims to help you analyse the economic environments in which business entities operate. You will be able to develop insights into how managerial decisions may vary under different economic situations in pursuit of business and organisational goals. Main focus of this module: analyse how markets function and understand the economic behaviour and implications of the consumer, organisations and other economic agents.
This module integrates theory and practice from the core disciplines of marketing strategy, cross-cultural consumer behaviour and branding. The approach to learning is experiential and driven by in-depth case studies and examples from Asia and the world, as well as participant-driven generated projects. This module is conducted overseas to enhance appreciation of marketing dynamics and execution challenges at different stages of economic development.
This module concentrates on the skills and actions required of the general manager for the development, communication and implementation of strategic organisational choices in the context of complex business situations. It focuses on the concept, development and implementation of business strategy in organisations, and also covers the framework and tools of strategic analysis. These will deepen your foundation of strategic thinking challenged by the dominant strategy theories developed over the last two decades.
This module aims to provide an appreciation and understanding of the unique challenges inherent in marketing, managing, and delivering service excellence at a profit. You will be introduced to, and have the opportunity to work with tools and strategies that address these challenges whilst developing an understanding of the ‘state of the art’ of services management thinking and promote a customer service-oriented mind-set.
The module presents an overview of the principles of accounting and financial management. It also provides you and those who may not possess prior accounting or financial training with an understanding of valuation and capital budgeting, capital structure and the cost of capital, knowledge of financial resource management, understanding financial markets and the environment in which businesses operate.
The module imparts an understanding of how legal considerations and implications affect the conduct of business across national boundaries. It gives essential exposure to commercial contracts and international sales as the agreed basis of doing business and a vehicle for business planning and dispute resolution. It also helps identify the applicable law and forum for cross-border disputes and the most expedient and cost effective ways of resolving them. Intellectual property, international trade, competition law and market regulations are also included.
This module highlights components of an effective negotiation. The module is largely experiential, providing you with the opportunity to develop your skills by participating in negotiations and integrating your experiences with the principles presented.
This module introduces the analytical tools of macroeconomics and international finance, and demonstrates the application to real life case studies with emphasis on Asia. It covers the analysis of business cycle dynamics, the role of stabilisation policy and open economy with trade and capital flows. Key issues include the determination of exchange rate, the hedging of currency risk, the international effect of economic “shocks” and the role of policy.
This module will provide a strong conceptual foundation for finance. The main objective of this module is to understand the ways in which firms create value for their shareholders by applying appropriate financial strategies. Towards this purpose, financial theory will be used to solve practical problems faced by financial managers using a series of examples and cases. Topics include discounted cash flow models, risk and return, valuation of stocks and projects, payout policy and capital structure.
This module opens you to the functional areas of operations and logistics management, its current relevance and strategic significance in any given enterprise, especially in the Asian context.
Creating a new business is a challenging and complex task. The road to entrepreneurial success is long, winding and strewn with pitfalls, obstacles and blind turns. The risks of starting a new business are high. However, as is always the case, the rewards are commensurate with the risk. This module helps you to understand the process, challenges, risks and rewards of starting up a new business, equip you with the tools required to start your own business and improve your chances of successfully starting your own business.
Strategic thinking is about proactively visualising your organisation’s plausible futures in addition to coping with its present exigencies. This thinking process will sensitise you to the importance of prioritising corporate direction while at the same time assessing its competitiveness against uncertain and complex environments. You will learn to build plausible scenarios by focusing on key questions and issues which are uncertain and beyond the “comfort zones” of your organisations.
This module helps you examine how considerations pertaining to global, national and corporate sustainability can have an effect on your organisation and the external environment in which it operates. This module also further provides insights on the strategic issues of managing sustainability, including corporate governance and organisation, investor and employee relations, public engagement and sustainability reporting, product design and supply chain management.
In today’s intensely competitive environment, the development and execution of market strategy is more critical than ever before. This course provides a framework for creativity and strategic thinking in a competitive setting that enhances your management and leadership abilities.
The NUS Executive MBA provided me with the tools to re-organize professionally. The academic perspectives enabled me to perform exceptionally, even after 15 years of professional experience.
IKUE KOMINE
Japan
Manager
Japan Management Association, Japan