The MBA is completed in two years and it is offered in Thessaloniki, Athens and Larissa. It comprises 14 subjects, that cover the complete range of activities of a business : marketing, sales, finance, accounting, production, human resources, computing, management, organisation, international activities, strategic management, research and decision making. The course in completed by a dissertation, which links the acquired knowledge and aids the student to put into practice what he or she was taught. During the first year (October – June), 7 subjects are taught, all of which have assignments. Assessment of every subject comes in the form of assignments and final examinations. While in the second year, 7 subjects are taken, followed by the dissertation. Classes are held fortnightly, on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Year 1 Year 2 Topics Information Technology Details The module is focused on quantitative data analysis, building up from basic statistical concepts to more advanced techniques which are widely used in business. The module covers also applications of statistical modeling for business and methods of analysis and presentation of quantitative data. Human Resources Management Details As human resources are almost inevitably central to the activities of any organisation, this module attempts to combine both relevant academic theory and practical utility by linking the strategic dimension of human resource management to the everyday role of line managers who are now increasingly seen as important - or even central - to effective employee performance. The sessions therefore touch upon corporate strategy to introduce the context for HRM theory, and then concentrate on the role(s) of the HR Department, Introductory Employment Law, Managing Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Performance Management, Change Management, and conclude on The Role of the Line Manager in an attempt to integrate and provide a comprehensive overview. Financial Management Details Financial Management is concerned with the financial performance and financial position of an organisation. It is also concerned with the financial decisions that an organisation may have to make such decisions will impact upon such issues as pricing and volume, financing and capital structure, cash management and dividend policy. The module is delivered in two parts. First, Financial Accounting which focuses on external reporting of past performance which is very rule based. Financial Accounting gives a model which can help understand how the business model works, this is principally illustrated through the use of ratio analysis. The second part is Management Accounting which has an internal focus looking to the future to help managers plan, control and make decisions here a large emphasis is placed on the appreciation of different costing systems, break even analysis and cost volume profit analysis. Operations Management Details The module introduces students to the principles of operations management with a bias towards service operations. The context of operations management within an organisation's business strategy is also explored. In addition, the module provides an introduction to project management, including the allocation of resources, using a practical approach through the application rather than the drawing of network diagrams. Core factual material is provided through case studies and interactive lecture sessions. Marketing Details This module introduces students to marketing, explaining the importance of a marketing orientation. The course takes students through the stages of developing, testing and implementing a marketing strategy, and aims to develop an understanding of the key marketing concepts and how these relate to organisational performance. Students will learn how to conduct detailed environment analysis, how to develop appropriate segmentation, targeting, and positioning strategies, and how to prepare marketing plans with appropriate mix activity and control mechanisms. The course includes the financial implications of marketing mix activity and the assessment of risk. Business Environment Details The module introduces the concept of business environment and how it could be analysed for strategic decision-making. It also trains students to apply appropriate models and frameworks to evaluate risks that affect organisations and their business portfolio. During the lectures students will examine the inter-relationships between key factors and evaluate the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational performance in advanced, emerging and transition economies. They will investigate the key issues associated with ideas of social responsibility, sustainability, corporate governance and the trade-offs between organisational stakeholders and organisational goals Strategic Management Details This module involves an appreciation of what is happening outside the organization (in terms of the environment/ industry/ market etc) as well as internally (culture, structure etc.) as well as how they might go about the process of managing change. A significant number of tools and techniques will be introduced, but the idea is that by the end of the module students will be able to combine the insights from a range of these techniques to give a multi-faceted view of the organization, its situation and what it should do. Topics Business Research Methods Details The modules aim is to introduce students to issues of securing knowledge about the human behaviours in work places through the design of research projects, collection and analysis of data, and presentation of results. The module focuses on skills and knowledge necessary for the successful completion of a research project. Leadership & Management Skills Details This module focuses on developing individual leadership skills with a particular emphasis on maximizing creativity at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Sessions will examine a range of current leadership theories, including transformational leadership, illustrated with examples and integrated with practical exercises. In addition to the theoretical foundations, there is a strong emphasis on personal development. Students will assess their own leadership style using established measures and use relevant theory to write an action plan to guide their own professional development. The assignment will require application of theory and critical analysis to aid development of leadership skills and style. Strategy for Sustainable Business Details The module explores strategy as a disputed field and emphasises the need to understand cultural, social and ethical issues as well as economic factors that underpin the development of strategy in organisations. It trains students to develop the ability to engage more fully with the strategic discourse of their own and other organisations. The module will provide critical examination of tools, models and concepts for implementing sustainability strategies and policies in businesses and organisations. It will review current and evolving ideas and concepts in the context of drivers for business change required in order to respond to pressing sustainability and responsibility challenges. The module will investigate practices, innovations and evolving ideas for embedding sustainability and will emphasize in developing sore competencies through Knowledge Management and Learning Organisation theories. Change Management Details Change is a defining feature in organisations and poses key challenges and questions for their members. To learn more about how organisations change, whether change is manageable at all, what people understand by change, and the complexities involved becomes an essential component in the study of organisation and the improvement of organisational activities and relationships among it’s members. All of these issues are explored in this module focusing on the epistemological and ontological aspect of change. The underlying principle is that change is “context-specific”, so there is no off-the-shelf package that can be applied successfully to all change situations. While the most important tools and techniques available to change agents are those that enable them to analyse and interpret the particular context within which they wish to implement change, they will also need to assess the appropriateness of different approaches to change and identify and manage potential barriers to effective implementation in specific change contexts. International Marketing Details This module would enable the students to appreciate that for many established organisations, the only significant growth opportunity is through international trade but that success in a domestic market does not guarantee success abroad. The module would also help them understand the breadth and depth of international marketing issues at both a strategic and operational levels and the full range of interdependent issues which have to be managed simultaneously. They would learn to apply appropriate international marketing approaches to a range of business issues/situations. Entrepreneurship & Innovation Details The module introduces students to the concepts and function of both entrepreneurship and innovation within organisations and nations today. Entrepreneurship is defined using the management approach as a characteristic pattern of management behaviour which has innovation outcomes. Entrepreneurship is a pattern of behaviour capable of application to all types of organisation – public sector, not-for-profit and commercial organisations. Every organisation requires innovation expressed as a need to introduce and “make new things happen” for one reason or another. It might be to create profit and wealth; alternatively it might involve social innovation of benefit to a particular community. Both are required by an economy to ensure the prosperity and well-being of its citizens. The module particularly addresses entrepreneurial capability and the development of enterprising skills and knowledge in the areas of creativity, information seeking and analysis, planning, and networking within the entrepreneurship arena or community. Business Ethics Details The module provides a critical review of the concepts of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and stakeholder management and enables students to analyse, evaluate, and formulate business decisions in the light of ethical and societal considerations. Particular emphasis is put on current corporate practice and recent regulatory developments in order to provide the students with an up – to- date understanding of the fast –moving field. The module draws on and engages with the ongoing debate concerning the role of business organisations as future generators of ‘sustainable value’ for business and society at large. This is then placed in the context of functional discipline areas through topics such as accounting standards, corporate governance, green marketing, social entrepreneurship, employee wellbeing, sustainable innovation and global supply-chain management. The implications of these principles for student’s own leadership practices are considered, introducing the concept of ‘responsible leadership’ from different organisational, national, cultural and ethical perspectives. Project Details The dissertation enables students to specialise in an area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to existing theories. The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.