Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master in Management track of the MSc in Business Administration is a 16 month, 90 ECTS programme, which consists of the following elements:

  • 60 ECTS towards the degree
  • 30 ECTS as foundation, which prepares students with bachelor qualifications in non-business subjects for master level business courses. The foundation is woven into the curriculum and usually appears as the first part of the course. No exemptions from it are possible.
  • Overview curriculum
    • The programme starts in an informal environment away from the school that allows participants to get to know one another. The opening module explores entrepreneurship and has a specific focus on how to identify opportunities and business development. Students will function as a team of advisers to real entrepreneurs as they seek to get their business ideas started.

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    • Corporate governance addresses the issues surrounding decision making by senior executives and the effects these decisions can have on corporations and their many stakeholders. This separation of decision making and exposure to its consequences creates agency problems. The legal and ethical consequences of conflicts of interest are explored, as is how business ethics practices can contribute to the societal performance of corporations. Students will form teams to make presentations as part of this course.

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    • Strategic management plays a crucial role for businesses in their pursuit of sustained competitive advantage. The impact of globalisation, deregulation, environmental concerns and rapid technological change mean that companies in every business sector are having to rethink their strategies and explore new ways of creating value. This course addresses the key challenges facing businesses today and provides students with an understanding of strategic management and the importance of matching strategy to organisational resources. On this course, students will develop academic papers as part of team assignments.

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    • This course provides an overview of the most important concepts in the field of marketing and includes: Consumer Behaviour, Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning. Key questions will be addressed, such as: what is marketing and how does it work? How can companies gain competitive advantage using marketing? Participants will also explore and discuss theoretical marketing concepts through the study of academic papers.

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    • Referred to as the language of business, accounting is the means by which all business activities can be measured. The course covers the fundamentals of accounting and explains the various ways financial and non-financial information is collected and communicated to decision makers. The differences between management accounting (used to aid in internal planning and control) and financial accounting (designed primarily to assist investors and creditors) are explored.

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    • Multiple factors such as globalisation and the internet have changed the international business landscape. Product life cycles are shorter and competition for market share and profits has intensified. For managers to be effective, they must be able to respond swiftly to market changes. The International Business Strategy course addresses these challenges. Case-based problem solving provide you as future managers the skills and knowledge that will enable you to successfully develop and maintain competitive advantage in international markets.

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    • Consisting of sessions held across both blocks in the first semester, students will learn the theories behind group processes and group dynamics. Themes include group formation and social processes such as group control and its impact on group effectiveness. Integrated into this module are experiential learning opportunities with an emphasis on leadership and cross-cultural awareness in teams.

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    • Covering both qualitative and quantitative research, this course will provide an overview and enable practical application of the methods and techniques most frequently used in management The qualitative research part focuses on the collection and analyses of qualitative data, specifically interview data. The quantitative research part covers the collection and analyses of quantitative data.

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    • Exploring the complex issues surrounding organisational stakeholders and the interaction between companies, governments, institutions and civil society, this course provides insight on normative, strategic, institutional and communications issues from a global perspective and reflects on the ethical implications.

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    • Based on academic insights, students will come to understand how people make decisions in business. Through workshops, participants will learn how to apply this knowledge and in doing so have the edge in business negotiations.

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    • Designed to acquaint students with the key concepts in capital budgeting and capital structures, the first part of the course deals with the investment risk and return decisions businesses must face. The second part of the course discusses debt to equity ratios and the optimal factors surrounding them.

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    • Disruptive innovations have allowed firms of any size and maturity to enter into a new market and, in a very short time, to conquer it. While disruptive innovations seem to be a tremendous opportunity to beat the competition, they also represent an important threat to incumbents that do not understand and prepare against such threats. In fact, producing or responding to disruptive innovations remains a major challenge for many firms, since it requires breaking with the past while maintaining the current business healthy. 

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    • Two central themes in human resource management are addressed in this course: 1) how to think systematically and strategically about the management of human assets, and 2) how to achieve competitive advantage through the successful implementation of human resource policies.

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    • Analytical modelling of business problems facing marketing, finance, production, and logistics managers is the focus here and includes models used in Decision Support Systems. Students will come away with an understanding of how these concepts can be of practical value in solving a wide range of business problems.

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    • Factors including globalisation, outsourcing, product proliferation and the rapid development of IT make the management of manufacturing and service processes a complex and challenging task. This course focuses on the systematic planning, design and operation of business processes that ensure the effective delivery of goods and services.

    • This course focuses on the study of organisations and the influence of information systems. The course comprises topics such as new business models based on ICT, new ways of working and new forms of cooperation within and between firms. Students will explore the function of information- and communications technology and the ways in which it affects how people and businesses communicate and cooperate.

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    • In this module, students working in teams will receive an invitation to analyse a very real problem faced by a company. Based on their analysis, students will develop potential solutions over a three-month period and present their findings to senior managers from the organisation.

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    • As a continuation of Entrepreneurial Challenge I this course will elaborate on how to stimulate and increase entrepreneurial behaviour within a corporate context. You will learn about the reason why entrepreneurial behaviour is necessary even (or especially) in big companies and what the critical success factors are facilitating and enabling entrepreneurial behaviour in corporations. Often change is necessary to implement new ideas in an organization. Therefore, you will also learn about change implementation.

    • This course which consists of irregular workshops will facilitate your step towards the labour market. The course lies the groundwork for a successful job search. Through discussion and exercises you’ll begin to get a picture of the characteristics which have been part of your personality. Next to this more introspective part you will also develop your skills related to job interviews (e.g. CV, cover letter, motivation letter) and communicative skills. Developing your networking skills and relationship building is another topic in this course.

    • As part of the process of developing their own thesis, students will work in teams to explore specific areas of research as defined by an experienced member of the RSM faculty who serves as coach. Students will have the opportunity to formulate their own research questions and answer them from a number of management perspectives. The output of this course is a thesis proposal.