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Welcome to a new way of learning

Our MBA favours street smarts over book smarts.

We’re doing away with conventional learning and introducing new and more relevant ways to give you the tools, understanding and experience you need to succeed.

So instead of burying yourself deep into textbooks, you’ll learn to manage and lead by getting hands-on and solving real-life business problems.

Developed by academics with extensive global business and research experience, our MBA will give you everything you need to take on the business world and thrive. Our MBA includes ten core subjects with the choice of two electives, and consists of three stages:

Stage One – DIAGNOSTICS

Here you’ll learn to diagnose issues in real organisations with a focus on marketing, talent management and accounting from a variety of perspectives. You’ll also develop communication, information and analytical skills while taking account of business ethics, regulatory governance and context-specific constraints.


Stage Two – EXPLORATION

Now it’s time to explore the latest thinking and practices from leading organisations and research worldwide, and evaluate emerging options in today’s business environment.
You’ll also get the chance to fine tune your skills in research, creative thinking and problem-solving, ethical decision making, communication and team work.


Stage Three – INTEGRATION & APPLICATION

In this final stage, you’ll develop your strategic decision-making skills by undertaking a real-world project. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to diagnosing the underlying issues and make strategic recommendations aimed at ensuring sustained success for the organisation and its stakeholders.
It’s also your chance to sharpen your personal leadership skills, reflecting on the application of your learning and your future career development.

DIAGNOSTICS

  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Responsible Talent Management Strategies
  • Accounting for Managerial Decision Making

EXPLORATION

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
  • Financial Strategy and Governance
  • Design Thinking and Business Transformation

INTEGRATION & APPLICATION

  • Decision Effectiveness in Strategic Management
  • Responsible Leadership Effectiveness
  • Strategic Business Project
  • Leading Edge Management Cases

ELECTIVE SUBJECTS

You can choose two electives to complement your MBA. The electives can be chosen from any other 900 level subjects offered by the Faculty of Business. This gives you the flexibility to tailor your MBA to suit your chosen career path. For example, add an elective in Project Management, Consumer Behaviour, International Business Strategies or even Supply Chain Management.

DIAGNOSTICS

Strategic Marketing Management

This subject critically evaluates theory and practice in the field of marketing management, providing practical concepts and tools in the areas within marketing such as marketing planning, marketing research, customer and competitive analysis and marketing strategy in a multichannel environment. It evaluates the effectiveness of marketing practices across varied contexts and covers the link between marketing budget and return on investment by considering how to strategically invest marketing dollars. The subject challenges students to evaluate social responsibility and other perspectives when making holistic marketing decisions.

Responsible Talent Management Strategies

This subject explores the trends and debates in employee and talent management strategies. Importantly, the subject critically evaluates the role and limitations of various talent management theories, frameworks and approaches. It identifies and critically evaluates key challenges to developing and maintaining effective talent management strategies in order to promote responsible and sustainable organisations. Finally, the subject provides an understanding of how technological developments offer new, smart and digital content for effective talent management practices.

Accounting for Managerial Decision-making

This subject informs managers on the role accounting plays in organisations and its contribution in achieving stated objectives. It exposes students to financial reports (legislated and internal) and guides them through the process of undertaking financial statement analysis to better support managerial decision-making. Students are introduced to the role and construction of internal budgets, performance reporting and internal controls which all contribute to effective and efficient operations within an organisation. Students develop their skills in communicating financial data to general and specific audiences. Ethics, governance and risk management and effective use of accounting data for managerial decision-making are emphasised.


EXPLORATION

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation

This subject provides a solid foundation in formulating and deploying commercialisation strategies for innovation projects that impact markets, economies and communities. Students experiment with contemporary approaches to innovation and collaboration in start-ups and existing organisations. They develop skills in evaluating ambitious ideas and opportunities by examining critical innovation and entrepreneurial challenges in order to create, communicate and capture value. The subject clarifies the interaction among innovation phases, patterns of market changes, competitive strategies, dynamic capabilities and justification related to innovation. Using case study methods, it provides experiential learning opportunities to link key conceptual frameworks to practical settings in various industries.

Financial Strategy‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ and Governance‬‬‬

This subject provides students with an understanding of the decisions made by firms and other businesses when raising capital, making investments and rewarding their investors and other stakeholders. Students develop their abilities to model financial decisions and strategies. They learn the main ideas of financial logic and how to apply them practically and ethically. This understanding helps students to better articulate business strategies and the results of financial modeling.

Design Thinking and Business Transformation

This subject gives students the tools to understand fundamental changes in how businesses are currently conducted. It explores business transformation with reference to operating faster, better and cheaper in environments where disruption within industries provides new and emerging opportunities – the organisational equivalent of evolution or revolution. Students’ mental models are challenged using systems-thinking skills to create tomorrow’s businesses and to think holistically in order to recognise the interdependencies in decisions and opportunities. Finally, students explore the capabilities and linkages between new technologies and markets.


INTEGRATION & APPLICATION

Decision Effectiveness in Strategic Management

This subject examines the lifecycle of strategic decision-making, allowing students to explore and analyse alternative strategic options from a range of stakeholder perspectives. Use of evidence such as data from Bloomberg on environmental, social and governance performance of companies is incorporated to allow students to acquire the required skills to make informed decisions. Current strategic decision-making practices from around the global are scrutinized to ascertain what is, and what is not, sustainable strategy.

Responsible Leadership Effectiveness

In this subject, students develop their personal effectiveness as a responsible leader. Reflecting on self-assessments, experiential leadership development exercises and feedback, they heighten their self-awareness, enhance their resilience and build on their strengths. They develop a repertoire of skills including coaching and mentoring, communication and negotiation which enables them to responsibly lead others in a rapidly changing world. Students are required to articulate their own vision of leadership and what it means to be a responsible leader in practice.

Strategic Business Project

This subject enables students to integrate learning from across the course, and apply the skills and insights learned to a real-world, contemporary workplace issue or opportunity facing an organisation. It acknowledges that to confidently manage in complex business environments, managers need to investigate issues and opportunities from multiple perspectives, execute projects by drawing on relevant research principles and methods, make appropriate business decisions, and communicate effectively to relevant target audiences. Thus students conduct applied business research and make a series of informed recommendations for addressing the issue or opportunity, delivering a written report and presentation.

Leading Edge Management Cases

This capstone subject applies the conceptual models and theory introduced throughout the MBA programme to real business cases. It involves Master classes where senior business executives share real life cases and examples from their organisations. It involves a one and half day conference where the executives present a series of challenges and opportunities from their respective organisations. Students are formed into teams in order to explore how these can be addressed drawing on their knowledge, and experience learned throughout their MBA and deliver a team presentation and report.

Associate Professor Grace McCarthy

"Our MBA will give you a holistic, strategic and responsible business point-of-view and the advanced leadership capabilities to ensure your organisation thrives in today’s fast moving competitive marketplace."

 

Associate Professor Grace McCarthy Dean, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
Professor Paul Gollan

"Our MBA will teach you the deep expertise and knowledge needed to drive practical productive value for organisations."

Professor Paul Gollan MBA Course Director
Ryan Hunt

The cost of the course and delivery format were what really sold me on UOW. Every six to eight weeks, I could do a three-day intensive learning block and that really suited my lifestyle.

Ryan Hunt MBA Alumni

This isn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill MBA

Not by a long shot.

This is an MBA created by academics with extensive global business and research experience to get you fit and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow’s business world.

This is an MBA where your classes will be combined with exclusive media events and Masterclasses giving you the chance to connect and learn from some of the sharpest and brightest minds in the industry.

So, are you ready to leave your mark on the business world?

Come and study your MBA with us at Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong.