The program consists of modules, courses, live streams and skills seminars. A module is a collection of courses of varying size and length grouped together around a common theme. A course is a unit that often takes an academic sub-discipline as a starting point.
Preparation and Foundation - Module 1
To enable you to make the most of your participation in the SSE MBA program, you will be provided with readings and exercises before the program starts and before each module. Teachers will introduce their courses and may have pre-module exercises to guarantee a high level of interaction and all participants up to speed when they meet as a class. The first module is geared toward creating an effective learning environment. This intensive module puts every participant in a position to make the most of the MBA program. You meet your fellow participants and begin to discover how you can work and learn as a team. You are introduced to group dynamics, learning styles and study techniques. During this foundation week, you are also introduced to different approaches to knowledge creation, critical analysis and other tools that help you enrich your interpretive skills.
The Business Context - Module 2
Organizations are not isolated islands. They operate in global society shaped by norms and assumptions. They are embedded in a context of laws, rules, regulations, standards, cultures, traditions and ideologies. To develop an organization, managers need to understand, interpret and handle relationships with customers, suppliers, employees and competitors as well as with local opinion shapers, governmental regulators, non-governmental organizations and the media.
Course work includes:
- Corporations in Global Society
- Business Law
- Sustainability Management and Business Ethics
Accounting and Finance - Modules 3 and 4
This module provides participants with efficient tools to evaluate business performance and the interactions of businesses and financial markets. You will get a solid understanding of financial reporting and how to use financial reports to analyze a company's profitability, financial position and liquidity. You will learn how to employ managerial accounting methods and techniques to make better management decisions. You will study global asset markets and learn how stocks and bonds are priced, the relation between risk and return and the role of financial intermediaries. Building on that, you will examine how corporations are financed, and investigate the advantages of the main types of funding depending on the firm's size, age, industry and other characteristics. You will also learn how to use capital budgeting techniques to evaluate investment projects and assess major corporate decisions from an accounting and financial perspective.
Course work includes:
- Financial Accounting and Analysis
- Managerial Accounting
- Investments and Capital Markets
- Corporate Finance
Value Creation - Modules 5 and 6
The ultimate reason for engaging in organized activities is to produce stakeholder value. There is more than one way to understand an organization, and there is no single best way to manage one. In this module, you will learn about different ways of analyzing and managing organizations. This entails an exploration of power, politics and corporate culture, and you will improve your ability to identify, analyze and address organizational and managerial challenges. You will explore three areas for value creation - strategy, marketing and operations - each of which contributes to the development of the business. The emphasis these weeks is to equip you with tools and methods to drive your business forward. The overarching question addressed in the module is how organizations can align their internal resources with demands from the external environment.
Course work includes:
- Organizational Theory and Management
- Decision Making and the Limits of Rationality
- Strategic Management
Two Concentrations from which to Choose - Modules 7 and 8
Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Financial Management (see separate descriptions)
The Global Context - Module 9
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.
Capstone - Module 10
The final module of the MBA program focuses on the Capstone in order to integrate the various parts of the program, and also provide an opportunity to reflect on learning throughout the program, and to look forward and consider how to continue learning in the future. The module also provides a fundamental understanding of the communicative parts of management. A number of valuable communication tools are examined and put into practice. One such tool is communication through networks. Another tool is storytelling, as a way of learning and enriching knowledge, as well as means for producing and replicating an organizational culture. A third is the leader’s foremost tool – rhetoric. Here you will explore how language can be employed by leaders to promote change.
Throughout the SSE MBA program, some modules will be held off campus. These modules may be located in areas and/or countries that require permits or visas in order to enter. Since our participants come from many different countries it is solely the participant’s responsibility to find out what is required in their specific case, and if necessary to apply for and to undertake any actions needed in order to obtain such permits or visas.