Ashridge Business School

Part Time Executive Business Administration EMBA

Ashridge Business School
In Berkhamsted

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Typology MBA
Location Berkhamsted
Duration 2 Years
  • MBA
  • Berkhamsted
  • Duration:
    2 Years

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Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire)
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Ashridge, HP4 1NS


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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

Do you want to stay with your current organisation rather than take a year out to do a full time MBA degree? Have you reached a 'glass ceiling' where an MBA could help you move to the next level?

The EMBA course allows you to spread your MBA degree over two years so that you continue your career alongside the part time programme.

A series of one-week modules in the knowledge-rich environment of Ashridge combine with remote access to the Virtual Learning Resource Centre (VLRC) to make this a practical way to work, study and take advantage of Ashridge’s tremendous networking potential.

Your employer wins as well. Not only are you gaining advanced skills which will enhance your performance within the organisation, but in addition you will base your EMBA course assignments on your company’s current issues and develop practical solutions to resolve them.

You wouldn't learn surgery from a doctor who has never performed an operation, so why put your business education in any hands other than the best? The part time executive MBA degree is taught in small interactive groups by faculty who have proven their business acumen in the real world. There are no lecture theatres or classes packed with fresh-faced graduates and your fellow participants who, like you, have at least five and typically more than twelve years' industry experience.

The Ashridge part time executive MBA degree is a superb developmental opportunity for you and your organisation.

What will I learn?

Maximising Human Potential

Think about any business issue at work. It usually involves people.

People implement strategies, people envision the future, people get engaged and excited about their organisation, people lead others (and do it with character and virtue and inspiration), people sabotage our efforts, people require re-skilling, people follow processes, and people connect to customers. People generate business results!

HR has come a long way up the value chain from old-style personnel administration. Thought HR was about payslips? It’s now about human capital management.

In fact, HR is fast becoming one of the most powerful functions in an organisation. HR Managers (often referred to as organisational architects) can make a huge difference to sustainable competitive advantage, shareholder value and have the toolkit to smooth the way for organisational change.

So as a manager you need to know how to use it effectively.

In Year One you will establish the value and role of HR. Year Two looks at how to develop organisation capability and international, high performance HR.

Using case studies of organisations which have transformed themselves in terms of HR, you can expect some very lively debate!

This is your chance to:

  • See and discuss the current world class Performance Management programmes.
  • Gain an insight into how major multinationals use expatriation and repatriation as a strategic tool.
  • Find out how benefits and incentives can motivate individuals to deliver business objectives.

You will also study a company facing major HR issues. What would you do to turn the situation around?

Shaping Strategic Direction

Napoleon Bonaparte was widely regarded as a born strategist. But for those of us who don’t have strategy in our genes, there are other, more formal, tools to help us analyse our strategic path.

This topic will give you those tools, enabling you to understand your company and your competitors, building on your knowledge to make clear decisions regarding important strategies such as which markets to enter, which companies to buy and what to do about the competition.

Most of us have strengths in one area of business over another, such as finance, or operations, and so forth. Strategy, however, is the discipline where all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together. This module will therefore give you an integrative view of all the business disciplines.

The faculty in this subject area have strong academic and professional backgrounds. You can therefore expect to benefit from cutting-edge knowledge and stimulating classroom discussions. We also have some excellent case studies, which have been written by faculty as a result of their research, e.g. Michelin restaurant guides (strategic positioning), Hewlett Packard/Compaq merger (mergers and acquisitions).

How will I be Assessed?

Assessment on the Ashridge EMBA is divided into three parts: exams, assignments and the project. They are broken down into the following:

  • Formative exams at the end of year one
  • Six final exams at the end of year two
  • 12 assignments (six in year one and six in year two)
  • Optional electives
  • Live consultancy project or 10,000 word academic dissertation
  • Personal leadership development (You must pass the assessed elements of this module in order to graduate).

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