MBA Composition: Is the MBA Subject to Fashion Trends?

MBA Composition: Is the MBA Subject to Fashion Trends?

There can be fashion phenomena in the composition of an MBA, just like in other fields of education and business. These trends can be influenced by various factors, including technological developments, changes in employer expectations, student demands, economic trends and advances in management research.

Here are a few examples of fashion phenomena that can influence the composition of an MBA:

1. Specialisations in vogue

Some areas of study can gain in popularity due to emerging trends in the economy or in specific industries. For example, Big Data, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Sustainability are specialisations that have won in importance in the last few years.

2. Innovative learning formats

MBA programmes can adopt new learning formats, such as online classes, intensive workshops, practical internships, study trips abroad, or programs focused on action learning. These innovations can be motivated by student request or by technological progress facilitating new educational approaches.

3. Skills trends

Skills sought after by employers can evolve over time. For example, while skills in traditional management such as finance and marketing remain important, skills in leadership, in complex problem solving, intercultural communication and change management have gained in importance.

4. Focus on entrepreneurship and innovation

With the rise of startups and innovation, many MBA programmes have further emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation. Students are also encouraged to develop skills in financing of startups and growth strategies.

5. Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

More and more business schools are integrating modules on CSR in their MBA programs, in response to growing concerns regarding environmental and social issues.

These fashion trends can influence the way MBA programmes are structured, the subjects taught, and the opportunities offered to students. However, it is important for business schools to ensure that their programs remain relevant and balanced while taking into account both current trends and teaching fundamentals in management.

The key subjects in an MBA programme are generally those who provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the contemporary business world.

MBA topics list:

1. Business strategy

Understanding how to formulate, implement and evaluate strategies aimed at achieving long-term objectives.

2. Corporate Finance

Gaining knowledge of financial analysis, investment management, capital structuring and financial decisions.

3. Marketing

Studying the fundamental principles of marketing, including market segmentation, product development, marketing communications, and brand management.

4. Operations management

Learning to optimize operational processes to improve efficiency, quality and customer satisfaction.

5. Human Resources

Understanding human resources management practices such as recruitment, training, compensation, performance management and diversity in a working environment.

6. Leadership and management

Developing skills in leadership, team management and interpersonal communication to motivate and lead effectively an organization.

7. Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Examining the ethical issues in business and understanding the importance of CSR in commercial decision-making.

8. Technology and Innovation

Exploring the impact of emerging technologies on businesses and learning how to use innovation to drive growth and competitiveness.

9. Entrepreneurship

Studying concepts and skills necessary to create, manage and develop a new or existing business.

10. Data analysis and data-driven decision making

Acquiring skills in collection, analysis and interpretation of data to make informed strategic decisions.

I would argue that a microeconomics module has its place in an MBA programme. Microeconomics is a branch of economics that focuses on the behavior of individuals and businesses, as well as on the functioning of specific markets. Integrating a microeconomics module into an MBA programme allows students to acquire an economic perspective that complements their management skills and helps them understand the underlying forces that shape the business landscape in which they evolve.

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Written by Philippe Riewer,

GROUP CFO, Stafford Global

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