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The UCC Executive MBA Programme Provides Key to Unlocking Your Career Potential

By: Alan Drumm | Posted on: 29 Sep 2020

The UCC Executive MBA Programme Provides Key to Unlocking Your Career Potential

Commencing in January 2021, the UCC Executive MBA programme is designed to provide ambitious managers with the tools they need to take on senior leadership positions within global multinationals, Irish SMEs, financial services, healthcare, education and the not-for-profit sector. 

Headed up by Professor Matthias Beck, the UCC Executive MBA doesn’t just provide participants with a strong understanding of core organisational functions, it moves beyond that to provide an integrative, critical understanding of the foundations and practice of management and leadership. 

“Our MBA is designed to help managers become organisational innovators and leaders by enabling them to develop a complete understanding of how all aspects of a complex organisation interconnect, and an appreciation of the role each function must play in delivering on organisational goals. 

As this requires an understanding of functions and disciplines outside of their existing professional competence, our students look at organisational decision-making and strategy, as well as the associated key roles of operations management, organisational behaviour and human resources management.  

They also examine how financial analysis and performance frameworks are used, how business innovation and transformation happen, and how sustainability has become a core business plan imperative.” 

In order ensure that participants are exposed to a variety of professional expertise and career backgrounds, careful consideration is paid to classroom composition, which in turn contributes to the development of communication, negotiation and team-building skills. 

“Considerable emphasis is placed on creating an environment conducive to the peer-to-peer learning that we believe is vital to the UCC Executive MBA experience.” 

Modules on the programme are delivered by senior academics from Cork University Business School at UCC, while students are also exposed to insights from industry experts and teaching partners. 

The International Study Visit is an important element in the UCC Executive MBA experience. It is a chance for the class to travel and work together over the space of a week. In the past, the class has travelled to Barcelona, Bologna, Brussels and Helsinki, meeting and working with companies and their senior management teams in those cities. 

The study visit allows students to apply their programme learning within an international context and to critically analyse a given management challenge before formulating a solution. 

The student's development from manager to innovator to leader is structured by the Leadership Development Framework. 

“Through individual coaching sessions, workshops and reflective reporting, our students explore the scope and nature of their strategic thinking, define learning patterns that they will utilise throughout their career, and become innovative leaders, adaptive to change”. 

The UCC Executive MBA is structured to allow its students to work and study at the same time. It is delivered in four parts across two years, with lectures taking place on Fridays and Saturdays during semester time in the UCC Centre for Executive Education in Lapp's Quay.  

For further information visit the UCC Executive MBA website.