Executive MBA

Core courses

BI has developed innovative learning techniques to ensure you complete the programme carrying a package of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills, each as beneficial as the other. Combining both practical and theoretical knowledge, the core courses are designed to equip you with the most forward-facing perspectives on strategic planning and decision-making in the workplace.

The core courses provide a framework for the entire programme. They provide both practical analysis and in-depth study of managerial issues. Below you will find short descriptions of the 11 core courses. 

  • Corporate Finance: How do organizations make financial decisions? The Corporate Finance course familiarises the participants with how organizations should make financial decisions such as: the real asset decision, investments in real productive assets, risk assessment, financing decisions, and financing of real assets. The participants will learn to evaluate the trade-off between risk and return in making financial decisions.
  • Financial Accounting: The set of financial accounts is usually the primary channel for reporting the financial affairs of any organization. A thorough understanding of such information is absolutely vital for any senior level manager involved in the discussion of a company's financial state of affairs. Students will obtain a thorough understanding of the financial accounting vocabulary, and be given an understanding of how to use accounting based information for corporate control and decision making.
  • Business Ethics in Practice:In a global perspective, companies can no longer operate successfully without understanding the role of ethics in management, and the importance of both personal and corporate integrity and accountability. Executives must be able to identify ethical issues in advance, and to present morally and financially viable decisions. The overall goal of the course is to strengthen participants' ability to understand, analyze and respond to a variety of ethical dilemmas in business.
  • Leadership: Being a successful leader depends on your ability to understand, and respond effectively to, your work context. The students will throughout the course receive guidance in creating their own, practically applicable model of leadership. Challenges leaders face today include leading organizations in such a way that they are capable of coping with rapid change and the greater complexity created by globalization and increased interconnectedness between organizations, the need to understand and shape organizational cultures and to motivate employees, and the the need to understand and manage politics and conflicts between individuals and organizational units.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovation is the engine that drives revenue and profit growth in most organizations. This course explores different models of innovation management, from those used by large Silicon Valley design firms to the ones employed by large industrial firms in other parts of the world. Participants will look at the way customers can be embedded in the design process, as well as the systems, tools and techniques used to successfully manage innovation and new venture creation
  • Intercultural Management: In today's global, highly interrelated and interdependent world, international leaders must be able to manage people from various nations and cultures effectively. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the most recent research on culture and management, intercultural communication, and negotiation. The course will help its participants understand and analyze the critical elements and processes in intercultural management.
  • Managerial Economics: Most business decisions will benefit from being evaluated with a firm grasp of the equilibrium response in the market. The Managerial Economics course seeks to develop in its students an intuitive and analytical feeling for the workings of the market mechanisms. The course focuses on how rational economic agents interact to determine price and output, and emphasis is placed on the strategic considerations of profit maximizing business firms.
  • Marketing: The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the main theoretical and managerial issues in the area of strategic marketing with an emphasis on B2B marketing. The course is structured around three main areas: Create Market Solutions, Explore Market Opportunities, and Meet Market Challenges.
  • Management Accounting: The Management Accounting function has recently undergone drastic changes, from "bean counter" to internal business consultant, acting as a translater of financial information into meaningful managerial decision alternatives. This course addresses the new characteristics of management accounting, and exposes tools and arguments against the backgrounds of strategic, organizational and marketing decisions.
  • Organizational Behaviour: Research has shown that human capital development is one of the most promising investment areas in our time. This course will review organizational behaviour theory in areas of communication, emotion, motivation, HRM, organizational culture, group dynamics, conflicts, stress, workplace bullying, change and resistance to change as well as individual differences like human personality and constructive and destructive leadership.
  • Strategy Analysis: The course gives you an understanding of how to conduct both external and internal strategy analyses, and how to use the insights gained to generate, evaluate and choose strategic alternatives. The course addresses strategy analysis and its role in dealing with rapid changes in the environment in virtually all industries.