In its two decades-long history, the ALBA MBA has always been a groundbreaking innovator, helping early to mid-career professionals take off their career to upper-level management or create their own ventures. At ALBA MBA the major question that drives are thoughts and actions is how can business leaders create financial and social value in an ever-increasingly paradoxical global environment. Balancing analysis with creativity is the answer and we are dedicated to helping you develop these two lifelong skills that employers want, societies appreciate and that you will definitely enjoy having. Entrepreneurial creativity, enabled by technical competency and leadership skills, is at the core of the ALBA MBA.
Are you ready to join more than 2,000 ambitious individuals who have so far trusted the ALBA MBA to fast-track their career? Are you ready to join a powerful ALBA alumni network (more than 60% hold senior positions) in more than 1,000 companies in 51 countries? Are you r eady to experience an accredited (AMBA) and awarded curriculum (AMBA MBA Innovation Award 2015) combined with immersive field experiences (consulting projects, mini projects, creativity assignments, international exchange programs) to boost your career. Stay ahead of the game with The ALBA MBA.
Key features of the program
The ALBA MBA is Designed for professionals with at least 3 years of solid work experience:
Unparalleled management curriculum and pedagogy
Sharpen your business acumen in core functional areas such as marketing, operations, finance, accounting, strategy. In our MBA classes, you do not memorize theories; you use theory to get in the shoes of a real firm manager and ask yourself "What would I do if I were in this position?".
Highly-Accessible World-Renowned Faculty
You will be taught by resident and visiting faculty dedicated to business relevant research and teaching excellence. We boast Professors with top publications (such as Journal of Finance, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Marketing), Academy of Management award winners, academic journal editors, and entrepreneurs. But what ALBA MBA alumni appreciate the most is our Professors' accessibility, extroversion and open-door mindset.
Being accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs, the highest standard earned only by the top 3% of MBAs globally) and the prestigious U.S. based New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the ALBA MBA has international credibility and status and enables access to networking opportunities to graduates of other accredited MBAs.
Unique, Awarded, Immersive Modules
A unique feature of the ALBA MBA is the inclusion of 5 multi-term courses (Entrepreneurship; Field Consulting Project, Management Acts: A Theatrical Integration; Leadership Development; Creativity and Innovation) which will help you nurture both analytical and creativity skills that employers and new business ventures require.
Intriguing Learning methods
Professors use (short) lectures, role-plays, engaging case-based learning, strategic business simulations, games, real-life projects with companies, coaching, guest-speakers from the industry and their own research to provide relevant and challenging learning environments. You will enrich your vitae with the most state-of-the-art business software and tools (e.g., SAP ERP software; Qualtrics, Marketing Engineering for Excel/Enginius; @Risk; Precision Trees).
Our Vision for our graduates
Driven by the rapid growth of global manufacturing and services, the management of global supply chains and logistics have become vital to business success for organisations around the world. This course gives you the knowledge and skills required to manage global supply chains and associated logistics.
This course is suitable for
Developed by academics with extensive research and consultancy experiences, the course covers strategies, management, technology and systems. You learn modern approaches to supply chain management such as lean, six-sigma and operations management which are integral elements of the course. SupplyChainGuru, an award winning modelling platform is used to demonstrate design and operation principles.
In modern supply chains, technology plays a critical role. For example, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now widely used to track shipments through supply chain. This course covers essential technologies required to operate global supply chains which also include warehouse automation and transportation.
Modern IT systems integrate different elements of supply chain to provide the total visibility and information required to drive supply chain operations. The course uses the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, SAP, to demonstrate how modern ERP systems are used to integrate supply chain operations.
As a member of the SAP University Alliance, we use SAP software modules to enhance your learning experience and the course includes a SAP training academy. You also can take examinations at extra cost, which lead to SAP qualifications in one of the world's leading business technologies.
The dissertation project enables you to apply what you learn on the course. The course team has extensive links with the industry, which means it is likely that you will be able to work with a company during your dissertation. It is also possible to work on on-going research projects which are managed by the course team.
You attend a series of guest lectures and industry visits to enhance your learning experience and to make you understand how theories and technologies are used in industry. Guest speakers include supply chain professionals from manufacturing, retail, health, food and pharmaceutical industries.
The courses enhances your career potential by improving your knowledge and skills in
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and offers full exemption from the education requirements for Chartered Membership for graduates achieving an overall average mark of 50% or more.
This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Learners who successfully complete this programme and meet the conditions specified may apply for MCIPS, the globally recognised standard for procurement and supply management professionals.
You gain the knowledge and experience to work as a logistics and supply chain management professional in a range of areas. Graduates of this course can find themselves working for companies such as
• Caterpillar – world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines
• Dematic – the market leader in innovative logistics automation systems
• NYK Logistics – delivers fully integrated logistics solutions tailored to the needs of their customers
• Tuffnells – leading parcel delivery company
Typical graduates roles are • logistics coordinator • supply chain analyst • solutions analyst • supply chain coordinator • demand analyst.
After five years’ experience you can typically move onto management roles in areas such as • warehouse operations • supply chain • inventory • logistics planning.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data. New technologies and ways of working are changing the way we make decisions.
This programme will take your career to the next level and develop your ability to confidently make high impact businesses decisions that are driven by data.
The programme focuses on two key areas: analysing business data, and solving business challenges analytically. Optional modules allow you to further specialise in areas such as the economic, managerial or finance aspects of the subject.
Furthermore, you will benefit from hands-on experience of a wide range of analytics software such as simulators and mathematical tools.
The programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Business analytics students often pursue careers as consultants, researchers, managers, and analysts.
You will get hands-on experience using a wide range of tools in the course. An indicative list of the software tools is as follows:
This programme is run in cooperation with IBM.
The programme’s aim is to provide a high quality education that is both intellectually rigorous and at the forefront of management science research, relevant for problem solving and decision making by managers.
It will respond to the emergent needs of corporations and academia for professionals who are able to work with analytical tools to generate value from available Information depots and take advantage of the vast amounts of data now provided by the modern ICT and ERP systems, which underlie the operations of modern corporations.
The programme will implant understanding of the theoretical base around knowledge management and knowledge work, practical skills and experience in using analytical software tools.
It will allow future professional managers and consultants to cope with an increasingly complex and global operational environment of the modern corporation.
Completion of the programme will provide a sound foundation for those considering continuing their academic development towards a PhD degree in the management disciplines.
The programme is structured in a way that would provide students with a choice between a more quantitative intensive track of modules or a qualitative analytic (business development track) which would reflect students’ personal strengths and preferences and match future career aspirations.
The compulsory modules provide a sound foundation which builds an analytical skillset using relevant statistical and management theories, and supports the development of practical hands-on experience applying the theoretical aspects using real-world data to address corporate challenges and find solutions to actual problems.
The readings in the module will build a sound basis which would allow students to access and understand the academic literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of decision modelling and business development.
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Information Management is a master programme allowing great career prospects such as IT manager, project manager and ERP consultant (e.g. SAP) often in global and international organisations. Through a challenging and exciting study you will be provided with professional qualifications that enable you to play a key role in a modern organisation and business.
You will be capable of participating creatively in the management of information resources and information technology (IT). You will be taught how to utilise IT to make businesses as well as their services and products more attractive and competitive. You will learn how to create and manage new IT systems that support business goals and strategies frequently international in scope. You will be able to participate in strategic planning, to formulate requirements for new IT systems and to implement such systems in businesses and organisations.
Working with information and IT requires the ability to perform multidisciplinary functions. This programme prepares you for this by focusing on a close dialogue and contact between students and teachers and by integrating project work and cooperation as tools in your learning process.
The programme offers great career prospects such as IT manager, project manager, change manager or consultant, often in global and international organisations. Through a challenging and exciting study, you will be provided with professional qualifications that enable you to play a key role in a modern organisation, working with digital transformation and digital innovation. Information systems and IT are enablers for innovation that transforms the economy and create value.
The programme has a duration of 2 years and consists of 4 semesters.
1st semester: Prerequisite courses
Information Systems Research Methods - This course focuses on the production of qualified and justified knowledge, meeting the requirements of scientific quality criteria. This is essential for any candidate in business economics, who wishes to make decisions on an informed background.
IS Development & Implementation in a Business Context - The student will be introduced to IS development and implementation in a business context. It focuses on the challenges that we face in practice and how to cope with the complexities. The course introduces a range of methods and techniques that can be used to understand, plan and execute the processes in which IS are developed, implemented, evaluated and modified, to enable the student to participate in the IS acquisition processes of the businesses.
Project Management: The Managerial Process including PRINCE2 - The aim of the course is to provide the student with knowledge about central topics related to working in projects. The course discusses several project types and relates tools and techniques and project management behaviour to different types of projects.
2nd semester: Specialisation courses
An insight to Digital innovation and Business Transformation will be one of the specialisation courses. The course centres on the impact of digital technologies on society in general and modern companies in particular. More specifically, the course focuses on the potential for innovation and business transformation in new and emerging digital technologies.
Moreover, the student will be introduced to IS Strategy and Management, which is a course that aims to provide the students with an understanding of IS strategic management and how IT resources can be managed within organisations in order to create long business opportunities and benefits.
Alongside the course of IS Enterprise Architecture introduces the students to strategic and technological aspects of Enterprise Architecture. IS Enterprise Architecture is one of today’s best performing tools to enable long term strategic advantage. Enterprise Architecture provides a long-term view of a company’s processes, systems and technologies that create and support the core capabilities of organisations.
3rd semester: Electives or study abroad
In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.
4th semester: Final thesis
The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.