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: Henrik Ørholst and Steen Hildebrandt
Strategy is about 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):
- Leading others
- Types of management
- Management in different types of organizations
- Management for better or worse
- Value-based management
- Performance-based management
- Diversity management
- Employee development
Mini MBA – Subject Area 4:
Changes. Management of Changes and Calculated Management of Resilience
– Instructor: Lars Frisk Rossen
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
- Organizational Relationships
- Resilience and Management of Resilience
- The Burning Platform
- Technological Changes
- Risk Management.
Mini MBA – Subject Area 5:
Productivity. Economy. Measuring Results. Business Development
– Instructor: Ulrik Hjort
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
- Managerial Reporting
- Structure, Strategy and Measuring
- Performance Management
- Dimensions of Growth
- Lean Management
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
- Personal Development
- 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)
Get the full overview of the Aros Mini MBA exam.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the agreement.
Mentions in Dagbladet Børsen
Read the article from Børsen on the launch of the Aros Mini MBA (Børsen subscription needed).
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