Before our first Campus week you are provided with readings and exercises to enhance your learning and reflection abilities. During the first Campus week, you will meet your fellow participants and discuss how different perspectives on learning can support you to work and learn as a team. The Learning Foundation module also introduce different approaches to knowledge creation, critical analysis and other tools that help you develop your interpretive skills.
Understanding and Managing the Business – Financial reporting, Analysis and Control
This course is based on the use and understanding of financial reports in order to run and evaluate businesses. You will study the language of accounting to understand the financial consequences of business activities. The focus is on reading and using accounting information to make effective decisions in a business context. The course is dedicated to the content and relationship between the financial reports, income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements to convey the strength of the setup as a basis for critical analyses. The next step is constructing key ratios as a condensed but effective way of structuring the data and valuating companies. The last part of the course takes the perspective of management control to evaluate investment opportunities and methods of costing.
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a strong understanding of the principles of business finance and an opportunity to apply these principles to practical and managerial decisions. You will learn to master fundamental concepts in the pricing of financial assets, such as idiosyncratic and systematic risk, diversification, and expected returns. The course Business Finance builds an understanding of the pros and cons of debt financing and how capital structure choices may affect the value of a firm. Course participants are introduced to various methods for valuing companies. Finally, the course introduces important financial transactions (such as mergers, initial public offerings, raising capital, and restructuring) and provides some institutional insights into the workings of debt and equity markets.
The Business Context
Business Law for the International Manager
In a dynamic economy, being able to navigate the legal environment and knowing how to enter and exit large-scale business transaction becomes essential. The course Business Law for the International Manager is intended to give the non-lawyer participants an orientation into the components of business law and to provide a legal lens and foundation to enable the identification and analysis of legal issues that will arise in the day-today operations of any business operation.
This course focuses on globalization, economic growth, and political risk. The rationale is that managers need to be aware of, and act upon, the challenges posed by the wider economic environment within which companies operate. The course investigates phenomena which in the short to medium term are given and cannot be influenced by individual economic agents, the nature and sources of economic growth, and the way economic policy has been designed to achieve growth. The consequences of operating in an open economy will also be brought up, as will the various types of risks to the profitability of business ventures that such an open setting implies.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business
Sustainable development is our time’s greatest challenge. As science frame it, we are living beyond our planetary means. Continued growth built on increasing consumption and “business as usual” is no longer a possibility. To achieve and sustain competitive advantage – within an increasingly global and resource constrained world – is one of contemporary businesses’ largest challenges. The aim of this course is to expose participants to an understanding of the area of responsibility and sustainability in contemporary business, as well as to reflect on how these issues impact business strategies and value creation in the future.
Corporate responsibility is defined as an organization’s obligation to consider the interests of their stakeholders such as customers, employees, shareholders, communities, and the environment. Corporate responsibility and sustainable business are of major strategic concern to all businesses and effective managerial action requires an understanding of global and local sustainability challenges, global norms and codes, boundaries of firm responsibility and sustainable business practices.
This course runs throughout the SSE MBA program and starts with exploring the purpose of companies and organizations in society. It introduces stakeholder perspectives and maps the expanding boundaries of corporate responsibility from a global norm perspective. Taking a corporate strategic view, using practical managerial tools from a wide range of disciplines, the course further introduces you to managing sustainable businesses based on best practice cases. Participants will experience the challenges and opportunities of integrating sustainability into corporate strategy and learn how diverse companies manage their corporate social performance in a wide variety of industries. Different ways of managing and implementing CSR, as well as their financial and societal outcomes will be explored. Environmental and human rights challenges of ever-expanding supply chains will also be addressed. Furthermore, the influence of the national and cultural differences in CSR approaches will be discussed.
Managing the Organization:
Managing and organizing are two of the most central activities in all organizations. Without good coordination and leadership, the organization will not function or reach its targets, regardless of how well each part inside the company, such as production, marketing, and finance, etc. works. As the world becomes increasingly complex, organizations also face new challenges that require them to rethink their internal work processes and leadership styles. In this course, you will develop your analytical skills and apply theoretically grounded models on real-life cases. You will learn how to optimize organizational structures and technologies, how to find and keep the “right” people, and how to navigate the political landscape and culture in your organization. You will also get insights into new types of organizations and the leadership styles they use. But perhaps most importantly, you will train your reframing skills – the ability to analyze complex situations from different perspectives and use the insights to define a suitable course of action.
Strategy is the long-term direction of an organization and includes both the deliberate, logical strategy and the more incremental, emergent patterns of strategy. Strategy needs to be managed and the aim of this course is to provide an understanding of fundamental concepts in Strategic Management. You will learn how to master industry and sector, as well as firm and organizational level strategy analysis. You will obtain an understanding of the foundations of competitive strategy, competitive advantage, and diverse business models. Based on these various strategy tools and frameworks the ambition is to develop the participants’ skills in analyzing as well as formulating, developing, and implementing strategies in their current and future business.
The course Operations strategy focuses on how firms and organizations can shape and develop their resources and processes to compete on global markets. No matter what sector, operation strategies have huge impact – not only in the short term, but also on an enduring basis. Operations strategy is relevant for all organizations as well as all functions of an organization. The course is designed to equip participants with frameworks and models for analyzing and developing operations strategies and covers such topics as Operation process laws, The nature of operations strategy, Operations excellence and competitive benefit, Operations strategy analysis, and the Impact of digitization on operations strategy.
Most companies need customers or users to value their offering enough for purchase or use of service. This course will teach you how to best convey your offering to target customers and users. The foundation of all marketing strategy is market analysis, and you will learn different approaches to market analysis covering both the role of marketing and marketers, and the various markets in which marketing activities are executed. We begin by diagnosing markets and whether they are established and stable, in state of rapid transformation, or under construction. Based on this analysis you will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate your marketing activities depending on the type of market and customer. The Marketing Strategy course also extends its focus to cover marketing analysis and activities on international markets, such as making informed decisions on firm readiness for international markets, which markets to target and options in international marketing strategy including branding and digital marketing strategies.
In today’s business environment, innovation constitutes a key driver of organizational growth and competitive advantage. However, developing new products, services and business models is a highly complex activity. Most radical innovation projects fail to meet cost, time, and quality objectives. Poor performance often stems from recurring syndromes such as scope creep, design loopbacks, firefighting, and overdesign. In this course we highlight that innovation processes need to be managed differently from "business-as-usual” due to uncertain and turbulent contexts, requiring managers to absorb and practice a different skillset. You will learn to master Design Thinking, Agile and Lean start-up principles, and methods, and consequently how to efficiently and effectively create innovation for real, by identifying and transforming opportunities, into ideas, concepts, prototypes and finally, new recipes for innovative products, services and business models.
GNAM electives period
During the first period participants in the SSE MBA Executive Format program will have the possibility to participate in one of the courses offered in the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Network week for EMBA students. GNAM includes 31 leading business schools from diverse regions, countries, cultures, and economies in different phases of development all over the world. SSE is the only school in the Nordics to be part of the network. The GNAM EMBA week gives you the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another network school, in a focused course that leverages the perspectives, programs, and faculty expertise of that school. Elective courses are changed each year but has previously included courses such as Social Innovation, Private Equity, Behavioural Science, Innovative China, Digital Transformation, Gender equity and Leadership, Understanding Emergent Markets, etc. You can also do the Global Network Week in Stockholm at SSE and take our Nordic Entrepreneurship course which can also be joined by other Executive MBA participants from the other GNAM member schools. Click here to find the different courses given for the Global Network Week for EMBA students June 2021, as examples of courses you might choose from.
SSE Elective period
The second electives period is an SSE inhouse period. In collaboration with our Executive MBA programs in Latvia and Russia we are offering a number of SSE electives such as specialized courses in Accounting and Finance, Branding and Digital Marketing, Service Design, Negotiations etc. The courses will be delivered on our campuses in Stockholm, Riga, Moscow and Saint Petersburg and taught by SSE faculty.
This module offers a comprehensive look at emerging markets, especially the ways in which they are integrated into the global economy. We offer a conceptual framework for analyzing emerging markets from multiple perspectives: that of indigenous entrepreneurs struggling to overcome constraints to build world-class businesses, that of multinationals from developed countries tapping into emerging markets for their next growth spurt, and that of domestic and foreign investors seeking to profit from investment opportunities in emerging markets.
Leading Global Business
For the program starting in December 2021, we are planning to go to Riga, Latvia, and our sister school SSE Riga, during campus week 2, in January 2022. The focus of the week will be International Economics and Business Law.
During the fall of 2022 one campus week is planned to be held in Asia. We work together with one of our partner schools in the region, and on-campus learning will be combined with company visits and guest speakers. The focus of the week is doing business in Asia, Business Strategy and developing skills for leading international companies and teams. Previous cohorts have visited Hong Kong/Shenzhen or Singapore.
We are planning for a third international field trip during the spring of 2023. This field trip will most likely go to the US and have a focus on disruptive industries, international marketing, business analytics and international career paths. Previous cohorts have visited Silicon Valley.
LeadershipLive takes into account different aspects of Leadership Development including: Academic Learning, Individual Coaching, Self-Leadership, Peer-To-Peer Coaching, Reflecting Teams and Team Effectiveness, Leadership Stories, and Your Leadership Brand.
During the LeadershipLive Program SSE Faculty in Management Studies will provide the theoretical background and the latest research to anchor the program, whereas our experienced leadership coaches, will work with you individually, in cohort sessions and through a peer-to-peer coaching program.