MBA 610 Operation Management
The objective of the course is to expose students to the theoretical and practical techniques used to tackle production and operations management issues in any organization. All organizations - private, public or NGOs - are involved in producing a product or service that has to be ‘sold’ or consumed by some customer. Operations Management is concerned with efficient and effective transformation of inputs – raw materials, personnel, machines, technology, capital, information, and other resources – into marketable and competitive outputs. The course will introduce students to the main principles, standards and methodologies of Operations Management. It will explore past and present topics in operations management that have had a significant impact in the management of manufacturing and service operations.
MBA 611 Business Research Methods
Business Research Methods course provides an introduction to research methods in social sciences in general and business administration in particular. The primary aim of the course is to equip the students with essential research techniques they would use in advanced specialized courses offered in the MBA program. The course will cover a range of topics, including in particular, research design, sampling theory, data collection tools, questionnaire development, and program evaluation methodology. The course will also cover statistical data analysis procedures using SPSS software involving both exploratory and hypotheses testing techniques. Students will be provided with statistical software SPSS (latest edition) to enable them to carry out statistical analyses.
MBA 612 International Business
The course focuses on the problems and opportunities of business in a global context. It examines economic, institutional, cultural, and legal issues faced by companies involved in international business. It further analyzes their effect on business decisions including: product design, production and marketing, human resources strategy, investment analysis, financial strategy and risk management. The aim of the course is to give students an advanced and practical understanding of why, when and how companies develop their international activities. This course is conceived as a continuation of the reflections from different fields of study, including strategy, international economics (i.e., trade theory, trade policy, etc), international finance, human resource management, operations management, and other related areas. The course content is positioned at the intersection of these studies. The course will use a number of analytical tools and concepts, and provide many real-world examples through various case studies.
MBA 613 Human Resource Management
The objective of the module is to expose students to theoretical (conceptual) and practical (problem-solving) techniques used to tackle human resources management issues in an organization, with an emphasis on the strategic aspects. The course will deal with different approaches to Human Resource Management in the UAE/GCC context. Many organizations are now beginning to realize and appreciate the importance of having any effective system of acquiring, mobilizing and managing the organization’s human assets. A number of recent developments – including rapid technological change, increased competition associated with globalization, demographic changes in the labor force, tighter labor markets, and introduction of new organizational systems – have raised the strategic role human resources play in international competitiveness. Good HRM policies and practices may be one of the remaining factors of production that provide sustainable competitive advantage, as they are difficult to imitate or replicate. The course will introduce students to the main principles, standards and methodologies of Human Resources Management. It will explore past and contemporary topics related to the management of human resources that have had a significant impact on organizational performance. The overall objective is to encourage students to start thinking systematically about achieving sustained competitive advantage through the effective management of human resources.
MBA 608 Accounting for Decision Making
Accounting for Decision Making is an essential tool that provides all users with the useful information for their relevant decisions. Financial reporting and analysis is one of the main requirements that protects the owners' rights and enhances managers' ability to make the correct decisions. It describes the conceptual framework of accounting, and financial statements, analysis and uses of financial reports.
MBA 609 Managerial Finance
Managerial Finance introduces corporate financial management and covers several topics such as: financial statements analysis, short-term and long-term financial planning, time value of money, valuation of future cash flows, and valuation of bonds and stocks. It also covers capital budgeting techniques and the risk-return relationship. The course focuses on fundamental concepts of financial management and emphasizes both a theoretical and practical perspectives. UAE context is emphasized wherever appropriate. The course supplies students with the basic tools they need to comprehend the fundamental objective of financial management which is the maximization of shareholder’s wealth. It also prepares students for taking higher-level, more specialized courses in finance.
MBA 616 Marketing Management
The main objective of the course is to expose the students to the concepts and techniques of marketing management. Students will also be exposed to the scope of contemporary marketing including manufacturing, institutional, reseller and government markets. The course will provide opportunities for the students to explore how business firms strategically respond to the opportunities in the marketing arena. It also aims to improve decision-making skills and stimulate strategic thinking using case studies. The course would also involve fieldwork in the UAE and the analysis of marketing strategies in use by the organizations operating in the country.
MBA 631 Managing Organizational Change
The objective of this course is to help students understand the main principles and techniques required to lead effective and lasting organizational change. The course will cover the conceptual and practical aspects of implementing organizational change, including the various facets and challenges associated with the transition period, with emphasis placed on the UAE and GCC region. Classic and emerging readings will be used to examine micro-level managerial actions as well as their strategic aspects.
MBA 632 Training and Development of Human Resources
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with information and insights into the training and development function in organizations. The training and development function will be viewed from a systems approach. Further the entire cycle of Training and Development of human resources will be examined in the context of the UAE/GCC. The training needs assessment plans will be reviewed to enable learners to appreciate organization’s training functions. The course will further evaluate the contribution of training of human resources to the success of organizations in the UAE/GCC. Specific training methods and techniques will be explored.
MBA 633 Organization Development
Organization Development (OD) is a conscious, planned process of developing organizations’ capabilities to attain and sustain optimum performance levels, measured by efficiency, effectiveness, and health. OD processes bring about successful change efforts in individuals, groups/teams, inter-groups, and organizations.
MBA 635 International Human Resource Management
In this course, students are to examine, from applied and theoretical perspectives, the impact of globalization and the effects of cross-national diversity on the processes and practices associated with managing human resources. Special emphasis will be placed on comparisons between cross-cultural management of organizations in the UAE and those in other countries.
MBA 617 Strategic Management
Strategic management course covers strategy analysis, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation. Strategic Management will also provide a broad overview of both strategic management theories and concepts, and their application within a dynamic competitive environment that surround today’s organizations. Students develop critical thinking/reasoning skills through various case studies and class discussions. This advanced course focuses on all aspects of strategic management process, including the analysis of the external competitive environment, examining the industry structure, value chain dynamics, and assessing how a firm can select the best position within its environment. This course will also give students a thorough understanding of the complexities of strategic formulation and evaluation processes, with special attention to capabilities and competencies of firms.