You understand that the world is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.
You have at least three years of professional or managerial experience where you have held a position of responsibility and can share your experience with others.
You are aiming high and are prepared for a challenge – that’s why you’re reading this.
The Aspiring Director’s MBA
Born of Westminster Business School’s 30 years’ experience of delivering MBA programmes, the new Westminster MBA is designed to support your aspirations.
It prepares you to work with, for and on boards, as a professional and versatile director.
It prepares you to lead, to innovate, and collaborate.
You will experience -Being a strategist, steward and a change agent -Advocating for people, ideas and technologies -Being an entrepreneur and a mentor
By the time you graduate, you will understand your board-level strengths and know how and where you wish to apply them.
The Westminster MBA builds on your existing professional experience, skills and capabilities using self-directed and experiential learning. The programme incorporates action learning, and runs within our Directors’ Community: a physical board room and a virtual space where you interact with faculty, peers, real organisations and MBA alumni.
You will design your own learning journey using the learning and teaching formats offered by the MBA team in a way that best suits your learning style, your strengths, and your career needs.
You will experience four different roles on four shadow boards, working with different kinds of host organisation.
When you graduate you will be able to provide tangible evidence of your ability to perform as a professional board member.
[[The Westminster MBA process] The programme is divided into three components -Preparing for the Board: starter knowledge, skills and competencies -Route to the Board: a transformational pillar of support throughout the MBA which includes comprehensive action learning and reflexive research -Experiencing the Board: work with four different host organisations – international, corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit – in four different roles.
The three elements of the Westminster MBA are designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and competencies to: -Understand the scope of business and organisational problems -Reflect on and develop your own journey as leader and potential board member -Experience real organisational contexts and demonstrate you have what it takes to perform well.
Learning methods will include: -Seminars, practical sessions/workshops, masterclasses and lectures -Online resource-based learning journeys -Working with academic subject expert tutors and your supervisor -Regular contact with your university-based tutors/supervisor -Action learning sets and client meetings -Use of diagnostic tools -Short courses, conferences, other training and learning events relevant to your needs and negotiated as part of our programme -Self-managed inquiry research and journaling
“The programme enriched my knowledge of strategy and strategic thinking, and deepened my expertise of the business challenges that organisations face. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the programme was studying with the most amazing group of people, while enjoying each and every single aspect of it.”
As an experienced digital strategy consultant, Maria has a proven track record in creating innovative solutions for businesses in the retail, telecoms and media sectors, helping them to define their digital transformation and strategy. She is passionate about helping start-ups to reach their potential, and is a keen evangelist of digital themes within organisations.
Maria graduated with merit from Westminster Business School's MBA programme in 2012. "The degree was an important step in achieving my dream of joining the consultancy industry," says Maria.
Maria is currently a Consulting Manager for PwC Digital Practice, and is responsible for helping clients to define their digital vision, and meet the challenges digital brings around mobile, social media, analytics and the cloud. Her consulting engagements have included leading the innovation and mobile work streams in a digital transformation programme for a leading UK media company and a large retailer, and design enhancement solutions for data intelligence and publishing products.
Martin Bryant is a consumer insights professional with eight years' experience in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector.
Acting as an internal consultant to his marketing colleagues, Martin's passion is keeping his organisation at the forefront of the latest in market research thinking, and placing the consumer at the heart of everything his department does. Martin completed his part-time Executive MBA with distinction at Westminster Business School in January 2012.
Prior to that he graduated with First Class Honours from Durham University's School of Modern Languages, and was recognised by the German Department for topping his year in his German finals papers.
Martin has worked in commercial research for the healthcare sector, but is now firmly focused on the everyday consumer. In his current role at Energizer, he has broadened the scope of econometric modelling within the business for better ROI measurement, and has introduced behavioural economics and neuroscience research techniques.
He is about to change sector, joining Yum! Brands in October, where his remit will be to lead the adoption of new research methodologies to help KFC UK and Ireland develop a deeper understanding of its consumers.
A first degree (equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours or a US GPA of 3) or equivalent professional qualification; At least 3 years of significant work experience beyond graduation, in a managerial/professional capacity; Evidence of proficiency in the English language, either as a native speaker or demonstrated via an English language qualification; A GMAT score of 650 (where additional information is required about a candidates suitability for the MBA); Exceptional candidates without formal qualifications, but with considerable work experience amounting to a minimum of eight years in a managerial capacity may be considered as eligible.
Recipient: University of Westminster
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