The MBA Programme offered by the Cardiff School of Management, CSM, at UWIC is a success story that has largely gone unsung. Over the past decade it has grown form ten students to four hundred, making one of the largest in Europe. The full-time programme has proved an attraction to students from around the globe, with, in recent years. Its composition reflecting the thirst for state-of-the-art knowledge of management within Asia.
The MBA Programme emphasises the need for continued improvement and its faculty are strongly committed to practicing what they preach. Instead of resting on its laurels CSM is undertaking a major refurbishment of its MBA and how it is delivered. CSM’s mission is to offer programmes that embrace the challenges facing modern management an in a manner that emphasises practical application. This mission is what attracted Graham Hall, the new director of MBA Programme, to leave Manchester Business School, where he had launched on of its MBA Programmes.
MBA participants and expected to be exposed to the key issues confronting the core management disciplines. These will include how the inevitable desire for an improved quality of life that is common to all nationalities can be met against a backdrop of global warming, how methods of doing business may wary across cultures and how organisations can achieve the advantages from size without abandoning flexibility and creativity.
A popular ingredient of the Programme is a short overseas study tour which provides a vehicle to put management with an international context. Increasingly participants are being offered the opportunity to act as consultants on actual problems their clients are trying to manage. Examples would be a quality control audit carried out for an auto parts manufacturer and a human resource management project for a steel manufacturer.
What better way to put the theory into practice?