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Online MBA

Edinburgh Napier University

This globally-recognised Online MBA from Edinburgh Napier University UK will develop your business skills and give you the expertise to take on senior roles in any organisation. It’s a flexible course that will build on your work experience and enhance it with contemporary business theory.

The Online MBA curriculum is tailored for the dynamic contemporary global business environment, focusing on developing skills in leadership, and the application of conceptual management theories to current practice. Acquire competencies in innovative and creative problem solving, critical thinking and strategic reasoning.

For this Online MBA you can choose to focus on the general route or pursue one of our 13 MBA specialist routes which are,

This Online MBA will be enhanced with online discussions that supplement the study materials, case study analyses from diverse sectors and articles from leading academics and practising professionals.

Benefits of an Online MBA

The Online MBA from Edinburgh Napier University UK gives students the ability to study the MBA course at their own time, their own pace and in a study environment of their choosing.  The flexibility provided by this Online MBA means that working professionals do not need to stop working, take time off work or halt their career progress in order to earn a Masters degree from a top UK University.

On graduation you will join the Edinburgh Napier University MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future master classes and networking. On successful completion of this Online MBA programme you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to increase your employment prospects or attain a promotion to Manager, Director or C-level positions.

Career Path

Edinburgh Napier University Online MBA graduates gain successful employment in many different disciplines and have built careers in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Academic Progression

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above plus 2 years work experience.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

If English is not your first language, you may need to undertake an approved English language test. You can discuss the available options with your personal academic consultant.

Core Module

Building and Marketing High Performance Organisations

The module introduces a number of tools that can be used to measure the success, or otherwise, of an organisation – focusing on operations, supply chains and marketing strategy. Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard model will be the key model explored. This is a set of measures that gives a fast but comprehensive view of the business. The Balanced Scorecard endeavours to collate important elements that reflect a business’s strategic position e.g. product and service quality measures, product and service development time, customer satisfaction, productivity and so on.

Overall the module emphasises the concept of integrative nature of business across key areas and what matters most in the need and desire to build high performing organisations that can endure in the complex, global business environment.

Global Business Economics and Finance

The large majority of businesses today operate in a variety of economic environments and their leaders must make economic decisions taking into account market specific information. This module covers the most essential analytical tools required for economic decision making such as: the concepts of economic systems, profit and utility maximisation, demand elasticity, market equilibrium, market structures, macroeconomic objectives, government policies’ (monetary, fiscal and trade policies) tools and their impact on businesses etc.

Businesses also require funding from shareholders and lenders at the outset and subsequently need to profits and positive cash flows for investment. They are in competition with other businesses for funding, just as much as they are competition for labour and market share. On this course, you will learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages to the business of a range of sources of finance. You will also learn how managers’ report on the financial affairs and financial position of the business and how financial reports can be analysed to evaluate business performance.

Leading Strategic Decision Making

The module will cover the following topics:

  • Organisation Strategy and strategic Leadership
  • Determining the strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values
  • Strategic decision-making in Practice
  • Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence
  • The Leader-Follower Relationship
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic decision-making in Innovative Contexts
  • Creating Systemic Innovation
  • Authentic and Sustainable Leadership
  • Current Trends in strategic Leadership

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Examine and critique the underlying principles of key leadership theories
  • Critically review how effective leaders foster an innovation culture in organisations
  • Explore the dynamics underpinning the leader-follower relationship in organisations
  • Review and critically the strategic role of leaders within organisations

Management & Organisational Change

The material covered in the module relates to two broad areas of study: the examination of organisational behaviour, including attitudes, perception, motivation, groups, teams and leadership; and understanding managerial processes, and the development of skills important in the management of people and processes – such as corporate social responsibility. Change management is increasingly important and therefore you will examine the topic by looking at both incremental and transformational change, and the importance of power, politics and conflict.

Focusing on the behaviour of people in a work environment, the module places an emphasis on understanding the vital role and importance of people in the change management process. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment, specifically the significance of organisational culture. This in turn develops your ability to plan and carry forward sustainable system-wide change programmes.

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Apply organisational behaviour theory to the business context
  • Critically analyse the factors influencing individual behaviour in organisations
  • Evaluate the nature, role and tasks of people management and identify effective management practice and skills
  • Identify and analyse trends in transformational change management in organisations
  • Illustrate through analysis and synthesis a robust understanding of International Leadership, management theories and concepts

Research Skills for Managers

The content of this module is informed by the Chartered Management Institute’s ‘Chartered Manager skills’, as well as the academic requirements of the MBA programme. The focus of this module is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for a range of challenges in your academic and professional career.

Specifically, the emphasis is on developing research skills that will equip you with the expertise to undertake relevant and topical research allied to your MBA Project.

The core material covers:

  • Critiquing academic and practitioner research from a range of published sources,
  • Developing tools and techniques for writing a critical literature review,
  • Methodological considerations,
  • Research design,
  • Research ethics,
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection,
  • Manual and computer-based techniques of data analysis and,
  • Evaluating and communicating your research.

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critique a range of literature sources with the aim of developing a critical literature review for a selection of academic and management projects
  • Critically identify and evaluate research methodologies, together with relevant methods and techniques for the collection and analysis of data
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of your own practice in conducting a research study in terms of typical ethical, political and individual dimensions of business research

MBA project

This module contains no specific subject content, and therefore there is no formal delivery of any material. The individual and unique project topics selected by you will allow you to utilise the methods and techniques introduced in the Skills for Managers module to independently research and acquire detailed knowledge relating to your project. The emphasis is very much on individual development and demonstrating the critical research skills commensurate with postgraduate study. While you will receive supervision, the supervisor’s role is primarily one of facilitation and guidance, with you taking a pro-active stance to the assimilation and analysis of relevant literature, leading to the design and execution of appropriate research. The production of a project, critically reflecting on the research undertaken and presenting robust and evidence-based arguments, is the ultimate goal of this module. Although the project is subject-specific, the skills used within the project are transferable and relevant to a range of situations you may find yourself in, in your current or future organisation.

A number of exemplars will be available on the VLE to support you, and the guidelines for writing the project are given in the MBA Handbook.

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and design an MBA research project in a relevant business and management area which has the potential to make a contribution to subject discipline knowledge and improvements in organisational performance
  • Review and critique the relevant body of knowledge relating to your chosen topic, leading to set of robust and clearly-defined aims and objectives
  • Critically evaluate and defend the research approach adopted in the project research
  • Execute, analyse and interpret research data leading to well-argued conclusions and recommendations
  • Reflect on personal and professional development, as well as the approaches and outcomes of the research

Optional Module

Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management

The Role and Nature of strategic management; Analysing the External Environment: macro-environment, industry and competitor analysis; Analysing internal resources, capabilities and core competencies; Business level and corporate level strategy; international business strategy; strategic development: mergers and acquisitions, alliances and joint ventures; Strategy Implementation: Structure, Culture and Change.

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the frameworks, tools, and concepts required to analyse, formulate, implement and evaluate an organisation’s strategy
  • Apply theoretical concepts to practical business situations through the analysis and evaluation of published case studies; research on selected companies and where appropriate draw upon experience in current or prior work organisations
  • Develop and recommend creative solutions to strategic situations in different organisational contexts
  • Critically assess business performance from a holistic and integrative general management perspective

Managing Innovation

The module content can be divided into two main components. Firstly, a discussion of key concepts and why innovation management is crucial in most organisations. Secondly an examination of the leading practical theory related to innovation management, in particular, this will include an in depth discussion of a conceptual model of innovation management. This model will outline the main contextual elements (e.g. innovation strategy, organisation structure, etc.) that affect the process of innovation management and also the process itself. This examination and discussion of innovation management will utilise materials (e.g. examples, cases, etc.) dealing with different kinds of innovation (e.g. product, service, internal systems and procedures, etc.) in a variety of organisations.

Learning outcomes of the module

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain and critically reflect on innovation and why it is crucial to competitive advantage and organisational success
  • Conceptualise and critically explore the context and process of innovation management
  • Analyse the innovation management in a variety of organisations using examples from the world’s most innovative firms
  • Critically evaluate innovation management and provide recommendations for change demonstrating appropriate judgement

Course Features

Course FeeUSD 13,660
Stafford GrantUSD 1,000
Monthly FeeUSD 490
VATIf applicable
Start DateJan 2021
Application Deadline14 Dec 2020
Duration21-33 months
Study ModeOnline
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