Our Global Executive MBA program comprises a mix of self-directed online primers, a major strategic project and 5 x 2 week face-to-face residential blocks held approximately every 4 months over an 18 month period, from February to July, currently undertaken in Australia, England, India, Israel and the United States.*
Units build cumulatively throughout the degree, with leadership at the core. Across the duration of the program, you will work on a change initiative to address a significant strategic issue confronting your organisation through the EMBA Report – the end result being a culmination of your discovery and learnings throughout the entire degree.
*Please note our module locations are under constant review to ensure we stay aligned with global leadership trends.
Pre-course primers +
During the first 12 months of the degree you will undertake a series of online modules covering the baseline knowledge areas of financial statements, economics, marketing, operations management and Excel spreadsheets.
You will access one of the world’s leading distance-learning systems developed for these areas, designed to refresh prior learning and broaden your technical skills and knowledge. You will be tested, instructed, then retested at your own pace to help fill any identified gaps in your core business knowledge.
Reframing Leadership +(Sydney, Australia – Year 1, February)
Seek new perspectives on leadership to become the leader you want to be.
In the first face-to-face unit of study we will engage with different leadership perspectives, including political, ethical, philosophical, military, and musical, and examine their application to business, government and social enterprises.
You will study approaches including adaptive, authentic and charismatic leadership, as well as specific leadership skills, such as self-reflection, critical reasoning, strategic thinking, reflective listening, identifying and managing power relationships, persuasiveness and ethical decision making.
Take part in a constructive 360-degree assessment of your leadership style, receive coaching and develop a plan for improving your capabilities.
Managing Connected Enterprises +(Sydney, Australia – Year 1, May)
Enhance your ability to lead across interconnected organisations.
Today’s business leaders need to be able to operate in an interconnected business world. Not only do they need to understand the fundamentals of business management (strategy, marketing, accounting, finance, operations, human resources and international business), they also need to understand how to operate in a world of uncertainty, ambiguity and complexity.
This module uses a project from a global growth area for Australia – currently agribusiness – as a basis for learning about business fundamentals within a context of disruption. You will develop your understanding of the importance of food, water and soil security in sustaining populations and the impact of food systems and income distribution on the health and wellbeing of various socioeconomic groups.
Thriving in New Markets +(Bangalore, India – Year 1, October)
Gain insight into developing new products by exploring cultural differences.
To thrive in business, you need to be able to identify new markets and find a way to capture the value in those markets. We know that business is truly global today, but we don’t all have the experience of starting a new business in a new market.
This module will take you to a developing market to help you learn how to identify market opportunities, form and implement new strategies, overcome the challenges of starting operations in different countries and manage people and projects across diverse cultures.
You will work in Bangalore, India’s fourth-largest business hub, scoping out a new market opportunity. You’ll canvass customer demand and develop an entry strategy for this fast-growing market. In the first week, you’ll stay at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, attending seminars on Indian culture, consumers, the economy, local business strategy and financial modelling.
In the second week, you will continue your project, but shift to a leading hotel in Bangalore to experience India’s great diversity.
Finding Opportunity in Disruptive Technology +(Los Angeles and San Francisco, United States – Year 2, January)
Learn to harness the power of technology.
Technology has disrupted every sector of business, from education to agriculture and manufacturing. In this module we will head to California, the home of both tech start-ups and well-established tech giants, to examine how technology creates new companies and changes existing businesses.
You will meet with entrepreneurs and academics who study entrepreneurial activity and develop skills to identify opportunities for expansion, harness strategic resources, improve corporate decision-making and avoid the potential pitfalls of growth.
You will also meet with academics who study the impact of diversity and social responsibility on business success, and continue your work from previous modules on how to lead a business and your teams in a global environment.
Challenging Business Models +(Cambridge, United Kingdom & Israel – Year 2 June)
Examine how organisations can turn challenges into opportunities by adapting their business models.
The biggest challenge most businesses face today is failing to anticipate market changes that fundamentally threaten the way they do what they do. This applies to corporations, government and not-for-profits alike.
How do businesses renew themselves to guard against becoming obsolete? This unit of study combines entering new markets, incorporating cutting edge technology and using leadership and management foundations to challenge existing business models.
We look at businesses that have succeeded in transforming themselves as well as those that haven’t, to determine what it takes to adapt to changing circumstances. We will consider a variety of technologies such as robotics, nanotechnology and wireless connectivity to see how they have evolved. And we will examine how to access, analyse and manage ‘big data’, as well as when to focus on the human element.
A major project on a progressive organisation will enable you to apply what you have learned to your organisation’s transformation.
Executive MBA Report +(August Year 1 – July Year 2)
Address a significant strategic issue your organisation is confronting.
The Executive MBA Report is a strategic project designed by you in consultation with the Executive MBA Program Director and your company (or equivalent). The project lasts 12 months and can be for your organisation or company, another organisation; or a new product, service or business. It will require you to draw upon what you learn during your studies.
At the conclusion of the program, you will present your work to your senior executive group (or equivalent), which will provide an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate first-hand your abilities as a strategic thinker and leader.
Course assessment +
You will submit assessment tasks for each unit of study in the program, ranging from multimedia presentations to reflective reports that capture key messages and personal insights. In one Australia-based module and the three overseas locations, you will be assessed on team projects that you will present to client organisations. You will also be required to undertake self‑directed preparation prior to each unit of study. This pre-course work is achievable for busy professionals.
Associate Professor Robin Stonecash
Robin has spent the last 15 years working with individuals from a variety of organisations to improve their leadership capabilities. Her expertise is in diagnosing the challenges that organisations face and designing development programs that build the capabilities individuals need to meet those challenges. She has designed executive development programs for organisations across a wide range of sectors.