Aros Mini MBA is probably Denmark’s most ambitious Mini MBA, developed in close co-operation with Denmark’s leading expert on management, Steen Hildebrandt. You get introduced to the essential MBA subjects and the ongoing ideas of management today. In addition to this, we grant you a membership to the Aros Executive Club with access to select lectures, masterclasses and networking events after the courses.
The course will be tailored to your needs and adapted to how many of you want to participate.
Who should participate on the AROS Mini MBA?
Aros Mini MBA is for you who dare to reach the next level in your career. You are the type of person who always looks ahead, who thinks proactively. You have a drive; you have ambitions – both for you, your workplace and your colleagues
Aros Mini MBA is 100 % designed for you who want to become a better leader and manager – now or in the future. It is for you who yearn to become smarter; and for you who want your skills and competencies certified.
We know for a fact that you gain a lot of value by using leaders from different branches and management steps as your sparring partners. It is counterproductive for an education as this one to exclude participants based on age, experience, managerial level, or branch. Therefore, there is no official admission requirements for the Aros Mini MBA.
Professor Steen Hildebrandt is perhaps the biggest name in the Danish field of management. It is no coincidence that we have asked him to design the Aros Mini MBA.
Hildebrandt has built the foundation, selected the most important topics, and handpicked some of the country’s most competent instructors. Together, we have designed an ambitious education that not only gives you theoretical and practical knowledge on management, but also secures your personal development as a manager. And with the Aros Mini MBA you get the opportunity to meet Steen Hildebrandt when he opens the first day of courses with a lecture.
What is a Mini MBA?
A Mini MBA is your opportunity to broaden your perspective as a leader and manager through an introduction to the classical MBA-disciplines.
We have teamed up with one of the leading experts in management, Professor Steen Hildebrandt. He knows better than anyone, what you should rightly demand from an MBA. He has made sure that the core principles of the traditional MBA have been incorporated into our Mini MBA. Therefore, we can proudly claim that Aros Mini MBA meet the professional standards worthy of the MBA title.
Lectures, exercises, study groups, syllabus and exam – this is how the Aros Mini MBA is structured!
The Aros Mini MBA consists of 6 modules distributed across 6 full days of courses in 6 months (this means one module and one course day a month in 6 months). Prior to every course day you are required to read approximately 200-300 pages. And after each course day, you receive some individual exercises for your study group meeting (both exercises and study groups are optional). When you have completed all the courses, we wrap it up with a small exam. Read more about this on the bottom of this page (after the module descriptions).
You become a member of the select Aros Executive Club
As a participant on the Aros Mini MBA, you earn an exclusive membership of the Aros Executive Club. Here, we update you on the newest relevant topics even after your courses have ended. As a member of the Aros Executive Club you get free access to lectures and masterclasses with leading top executives and experts. You will be invited to exclusive management events with peers, and you will have the opportunity to network with the other members of the Aros Executive Club.
It is incredible how all the instructors at AROS are able to relate to and engage in other companies’ and employees’ challenges. They adapt their teaching to our exact needs.
Louise Bruun Christensen - Copenhagen Business School
Your Benefits from the Aros Mini MBA
You build a solid practical and theoretical foundation for your management qualities that you can use and reach back to in the remainder of your professional life.
You will receive a diploma documenting your completion of a recognized education in the classic MBA-subjects, designed and approved by the country’s most respected expert, Steen Hildebrandt.
The professional participant network you build throughout the education and maintains afterwards through the Aros Executive Club keeps you updated, challenged, and informed after you have finished your Aros Mini MBA.
Your Employer's Benefits
Your workplace yields an extremely competent manager with a broad foundation to stand on in his or her future management, with the capability to successfully manage your workplace or organization’s long and short term challenges.
With your acquired knowledge on innovative processes, disruption and change management, you become a sublime sparring partner to your top management.
The working environment in your organization gets a healthy boost through your new management qualities and team leading tools.
Mini MBA – Subject Area 1:
Strategic Management. Visions and Strategic Processes in a Turbulent and Changeable World. Management, and Sustainability in the Modern Organization
– Instructors: Anders Madsen Pedersen
Strategy isabout being forward-looking. Management is about connecting the present with the future. It is about understanding both the mission and the vision of the corporation, and developing strategies and plans to help bring the corporation into the future.
The strategic management is decisive for the future prospects of any corporation, and during this subject area, we focus on concepts and models key to this correlation.
In general, this module centers on the different complications regarding strategy and change in the scope of both national and global powers and relations. Corporations exist in very turbulent surroundings linked to the strategic situation and the management defining the given organization. What is the strategic situation of the corporation and agenda, how are strategic analyses carried out, and how is strategic decisions and initiatives implemented in the organization? The identity and mission of the corporation are key to this important work.
The themes discussed on the first course day (and in the assigned readings):
Mission, Vision, and Strategy
Strategic Planning and Strategic Management
Strategy and Organizational Structure
Surroundings and Stakeholders
Strategy and Business Development
Mini MBA – Subject Area 2:
From strategy and megatrends to the everyday: How can a leader create a platform for the development of the organization?
– Instructors: Claus Fadum Nissen
If strategy is a description of what you want to achieve with your organization, the business model is a description on how to do it. To put it differently; if strategy is something you work with once a year, your business model is what you use single day!
This is why the second module of the Mini MBA focusses on business models and how you use them as a leader. In all its simplicity, the aim of this module is to prepare you for this work! Therefore, we start with zooming out to review the megatrends that will influence your reality and your ability to reach your strategic goals for the organization. There exists a number of concrete factors that either will be affecting or already have affected your organization.
By taking a closer look at these factors, you will be able to stake out a clear direction for and with your colleagues. We introduce tools that enables you to systematically look at the individual components of your organization and the connections between them. As a leader you can use these tools to discuss challenges with your peers and create a platform that allows for involvement and communication. This makes your direction clear for the entire organization.
The themes discussed on the second course day (and in the assigned readings):
Megatrends and their influence on the world and you
Concrete effects of robots, individualization, digitalization etc.
Business models yesterday, today and tomorrow
Disruption – what is it, and how do you work with it?
Effects in different areas and sectors – private/public, big/small, global/national
How do I work with these thigs as a leader?
Mini MBA – Subject Area 3:
Personnel Management. The Human in the Modern Private and Public Organization. Organization Development, Team Management, Self-Management, Coaching
– Instructor: Mie Krog
Personnel Management and Human Resource Management focus on the management of people and the development of organizations. People are the center of any organization. People, competences, and culture along with technology, infrastructure, and so on, are the roots of all the different results the modern organization creates.
People are at the center of any organization. Naturally, many problems and models of solutions are designed to deal with people, whether as individuals, groups or the entire organization. HRM, leadership, followership, co-operation, and dialogue are all important factors of managing the people of the organization. The individual and the relations between people take center stage. This subject area deals with HRM as a concept and the aspects of measuring its practical execution entails.
The philosophies of man, organization and society are important themes. Group processes, conflicts, relations, etc. are the factors that characterizes the everyday of any organization. How do you manage the development of people and groups of people? How do you work with meetings, negotiations, conflicts, dialogues, managerial development, etc.?
The themes discussed on the thirdcourse day (and in the assigned readings):
Types of management
Management in different types of organizations
Management for better or worse
Mini MBA – Subject Area 4:
Changes. Management of Changes and Calculated Management of Resilience
– Instructor: Joachim Steenstrup
Change are a basic condition of the modern corporation. A few years back, the conversation was only on the desired changes of the given organization. Today, it is necessary to consider the changes appearing from outside the company – often as surprises and disruption. During this module, we focus on all kinds of changes, and we emphasize the understanding of people’s reactions to and engagement with changes.
Strategy and change are two sides of the same coin. Change is more a condition than the exception. Any organization (and its leaders) must be able to understand and deal with changes, when coming both from external and internal sources. Therefore, this subject area teaches you the actual concept of change – the physical, systemic, intellectual, and emotional aspects of change. How can we understand the interconnectedness of these different facets of change?
Risk management and technological management are also subjects we touch upon here. In closing, we will briefly discuss the concept of resilience in corporations and individuals.
The themes discussed on the course day (and in the assigned readings):
Innovation and Innovation Management
Change and Change Management
Resilience and Management of Resilience
The Burning Platform
Mini MBA – Subject Area 5:
Productivity. Economy. Measuring Results. Business Development
– Instructor: Henning Bröchner
Management and organizing is about creating results. In many situations, finance and numbers are key elements of leadership. Concepts from accounting control and financial management can prove essential in creating transparency and impact in the everyday.
Often, the term “business” is used to describe a corporation. But which business model and what kind of business thinking characterizes your organization? Sometimes, financial circumstances and management are viewed as two sides of the same coin, and in these circumstances financial statements, performance reviews, and the understanding of growth take center stage. By now, multiple other statements and reviews support the exclusively financial statement.
In this context, measuring is important: What should your company measure and how? And how do you communicate your results? Productivity, efficiency, and quality are three coherent and important concepts. How well does the organization utilize the necessary resources in order to create quality and satisfaction for clients, buyers, and users?
The themes discussed on the fifth course day (and in the assigned readings):
Financial Statements and Bottom Lines
Environmental Statements and Intellectual Capital Statement
Measuring, Management, and Control
Structure, Strategy and Measuring
Dimensions of Growth
Mini MBA – Subject Area 6:
The manager as person and ommunicator. Personal leadership, and communication. Strategic and personal impact, relations and management communication.
– Instructor: Kresten Schultz Jørgensen
Management and leadership. This subject area focusses on the personal leadership. The leader’s person and communication, your personal development, roles, and authenticity take center stage.
People perform management and leadership. Relations to people, organizations, and stakeholders are important aspects. An organization consists of relations between people and departments, and the organization in and of itself exists in complex networks. The personal, as well as the relational, is the center of this module, where we focus on the manager as a person and communicator.
Key terms are roles, personality types, communication and dialogue, knowledge sharing, and co-operation are key terms, along with the aspect of relations.
The themes discussed on the sixth course day (and in the assigned readings):
Theories on People and Organizations
The Manager as a Person
Leadership Roles and Personality Types
The Communication Processes of the Organization
Personal Communication: Knowledge, Body, Language, and Presence
Stress in the Organization – Crises and Change Management
Professionally Sound Syllabus
Before each of the Mini MBA’s six course days you will be assigned approximately 300 pages that you can read whenever you have the time during the month between each lecture. It might sound like a lot, but it is feasible, even if you are not used to reading a lot and are busy.
The syllabus consists solely of books, articles and excerpts written by renowned authors. Syllabus and materials are included in the course fee and will be delivered to you before the first course day with time for you to read it before you start. If you register for the MBA close to the first day and are worried that you might not receive it in time, please contact us via chat or email, and we will find a suitable solution for you.
Exercises Based on You!
To us, the Aros Mini MBA is about giving you a profound upgrade of your professional skills. A key element for you to receive this is actual concrete training. Therefore, we have planned different exercises between each course day. The exercises focus on relating the theories and the new tools to you as a manager (or manager-to-be) and to your workplace. In this way, both you and your employer benefit from your Aros Mini MBA. The exercises are not mandatory and it’s up to you how much work you put into them. The exercises lay the foundation for the meeting with your study group (also optional).
Get Plenty of Feedback in Your Study Group
We divide the students into study groups that meet 5-6 times during the education. The study groups give you the possibility to discuss the syllabus and the exercises – and to receive lots of feedback regarding your own situation and role as a leader. Your participation in the study group is voluntary and not mandatory for your education. But we recommend it, as the rewards will enhance the outcome of your learning.
”The action of study groups is really good. And the meetings with the study group may have doubled the outcome of my education” – Jacob Christiansen, Orkla Foods Danmark.
The Exam (recap and personal development)
The Exam on the Aros Mini MBA is twofold:
Case assignment of 6 pages (which you write at home and hand it in 3 weeks after the last module)
Multiple choice test of your knowledge and on the different tools you have been taught (this test you also do at home)
Your examiner will be one of the Mini MBA instructors.
You can choose to decline the exam and receive a diploma for participation on the Aros Mini MBA, should you wish to do so. If you take the exam and pass, you will receive an examination certificate for the Aros Mini MBA.
You can also replace the Mini MBA exam with an exam from the Diploma Program in Management (buy in). Read more above.
Potential option for payment via Gross Salary Agreement
If you have to pay for the Aros Mini MBA out of your own pocket while still being employed at a workplace, you might be eligible for the Gross Salary Agreement. It reduces your total costs (and is free for your employer as well). Call us at +45 70 278 279 or write us at email@example.com to learn more about the agreement.
Steen Hildebrandt is Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University, Adjunct Professor in Management at Copenhagen Business School and Adjunct Professor in Management at Aalborg University. He has authored more than 20 critically acclaimed books on management, and he is commonly held as Denmark’s number one expert on management.
Steen Hildebrandt is also the co-founder and partner of the private consultancy Hildebrandt and Brandi. The 35 consultants of Hildebrandt and Brandi advise the top managers of Denmark.
Since 1995, Claus Fadum Nissen has helped companies in Europe and North America meet their customers needs and helped them make money. He has done this from two sides of the table. In the first half of his carrier he worked as a manager in leading Danish companies like FLSmidth and LEGO and as a board member at Unicon Beton and Nyborg Plast.
In the second half, since 2005, Claus has worked as a management consultant at PA Consul.ng, KPMG, and Cognizant in Copenhagen and New York focussing on design and transforma.on of processes, organiza.ons, and business models in various branches like the public sector, transporta.on, energy, the legal profession, and pharmaceu.cals.
Henning has 25 years of CFO experience from companies such as TOP-TOY, Løgismose Meyers, KOMPAN and IC Group. Henning has been Group CFO of internationally operating companies with companies in all parts of the world. Henning also has experience from several forms of ownership; family ownership, private equity ownership and listed as well as switching between the various forms of ownership.
Henning has been involved in carrying out stock exchange listings, delistings and several acquisitions and mergers. Today he works as a professional board member and investor.
Kresten Schultz Jørgensen is the founder and managing partner of Lead Agency.
He is the former Managing Director of Dagbladet Aktuelt, secretary to the Danish Minister of Research, Director of Communiaction at Coca-Cola Nordic and Coca-Cola Hellenic Baltics, and the Director of Communication at the Royal Danish Theatre.
Kresten Schultz Jørgensen has authored a number of debate books. His latest book on direction of communication received 6 stars in Børsen. Furthermore, he works as External Lecturer at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School.
Anders Madsen Pedersen is the commercial director at Dahl Law Firm, and he is an expert in strategy and management.
He has a background as senior advisor for Hildebrandt and Brandi, advising executives in large and medium-sized companies.
Anders Madsen Pedersen has taught at MBA programs at Aarhus University, where he himself graduated with an MA of Science in International Economic Consulting, specializing in organization, strategy and management.
Joachim Steenstrup is Head of Communicaions at European Energy and former manager within the banking and energy businesses. He has extensive experience in the field of change management and corporate change communication. Throughout his career he has worked with change management in international and complex organizations.
Joachim Steenstrup holds an Executive Master in Corporate Communication and has completed additional leadership training with INSEAD. He also holds a degree in journalism.
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