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Programme structure

Please note that the timings and content of the programme referred to in the film are subject to change.

The Cambridge Executive MBA is a 20-month programme delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long sessions. It is designed so that you can continue working whilst earning a Cambridge degree. Between study periods in Cambridge, participants are fully supported and engaged in the programme through the Virtual Learning Environment.

Programme content

Pre-Term
Orientation

The orientation week is a very intensive introduction to all aspects of the Executive MBA. You will stay in one of the Cambridge colleges with the other Executive MBA participants, attend lectures throughout the week and experience formal college dinners.

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Term 1
Speaker Series (Leadership in Action/Practitioner Insights)

At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held each Friday the cohort is in Cambridge, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

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Coaching & Personal/Professional development

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Executive coaching has a positive, evidenced effect on organisational success and individual performance. The Executive MBA coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. The goal of executive coaching is to draw out your ideas, inspiration and unifying principles in a reflective manner.

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Financial Reporting & Analysis

Knowledge of accounting is essential for understanding the financial performance of any organisation. The course first focuses on building a foundation of knowledge for understanding accounting measurement and reporting. Accounting is in essence a model for recording and presenting economic information that is summarised in a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. The starting point is grasping how this model works and understanding its strengths and limitations. The course then focuses on developing skills to critically analyse and interpret accounting data for use in management decisions.

Microeconomics

Making sensible and informed decisions in an increasingly complex and uncertain business environment and then articulating the value proposition behind these decisions is a prime challenge for managers. The course brings together the rigour and discipline of a scientific modelling effort to bear to help you test your business intuition, your understanding of a complex issue and to gain new insight. The course also explores how simple models can be used effectively to communicate business insight and decisions to an organisation and its external stakeholders.

Management Science

Management science is a broad interdisciplinary study of problem-solving and decision-making in organisations. It uses various scientific research-based principles, strategies and analytical methods including mathematical modelling, statistics and numerical algorithms to enhance the effectiveness of an organisation to reach optimal or near optimal and effective solutions to complex decision problems. In short, management sciences help businesses to achieve goals using various scientific methods.

Corporate Finance

The role of the corporate finance function in an organisation is to make practical and effective financial and investment decisions. On the course you learn about financial concepts, models and techniques used by organisations. Basic insights of corporate finance theory are presented and linked to real business decisions. The course also addresses the present valuation of future cash flows, the treatment of risk and the impact of agency costs and asymmetric information on an organisation's choice of financing.

Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice. 'Management' we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. 'Praxis' refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of 'doing' management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Term 2
Speaker Series (Leadership in Action/Practitioner Insights)

At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held each Friday the cohort is in Cambridge, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

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Coaching & Personal/Professional development

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Executive coaching has a positive, evidenced effect on organisational success and individual performance. The Executive MBA coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. The goal of executive coaching is to draw out your ideas, inspiration and unifying principles in a reflective manner.

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International Business (delivered overseas)

International Business takes place in the form of an International Business Study Trip with all lectures for the course delivered during the trip. The course covers internationalisation strategies including why and how firms internationalise. You will meet local business leaders and government officials and visit leading domestic and international organisations to understand the varied responses to globalisation.

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Organisational Behaviour

Understanding how individuals behave and the relationship between individual and group behaviour and organisational performance are some of the most challenging issues for managers. The course is designed to increase your knowledge around people's behaviour within organisations and how it can be influenced and managed to maximise organisational performance.

Operations Management

Understanding operations means understanding processes. The course examines how processes work, what it takes to improve processes and how the process architecture enables (or restricts) the organisation's strategic positioning. As one of the major functions of a business, operations has a direct link to corporate strategy and ties, sometimes harmoniously and sometimes not, with other functions such as marketing, finance, accounting, engineering and product development.

Corporate Finance

The role of the corporate finance function in an organisation is to make practical and effective financial and investment decisions. On the course you learn about financial concepts, models and techniques used by organisations. Basic insights of corporate finance theory are presented and linked to real business decisions. The course also addresses the present valuation of future cash flows, the treatment of risk and the impact of agency costs and asymmetric information on an organisation's choice of financing.

Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice. 'Management' we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. 'Praxis' refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of 'doing' management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Term 3
Speaker Series (Leadership in Action/Practitioner Insights)

At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held each Friday the cohort is in Cambridge, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

Find out more

Coaching & Personal/Professional development

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Executive coaching has a positive, evidenced effect on organisational success and individual performance. The Executive MBA coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. The goal of executive coaching is to draw out your ideas, inspiration and unifying principles in a reflective manner.

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Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic. Participants' projects represent a contribution to new knowledge and some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences.

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Marketing Management

The main objective of the course is to help you understand how marketing contributes to business strategy and how marketing plans are developed, implemented and evaluated over time. The secondary objective is to help you develop the conceptual, technical and interpersonal skills required to communicate effectively about marketing strategy in the business world.

Macroeconomics

The course provides you with an introduction to macroeconomics with the aim of giving you sufficient background to make judgments about macroeconomic events and policies, their likely impact on organisations and the ability to follow and appreciate non-technical commentaries on the macroeconomy and macroeconomic policy.

Negotiation Skills

Relationships are key to business success, yet they are fragile. Good management, of one's life and professional career, requires a set of distinct 'relational' skills: the ability to distribute value, to spot opportunities for value creation, to deal effectively with differences, to circumvent or resolve conflict, to be seen as fair and objective and to manage difficult conversations. The course provides strategies and tactics to succeed in all types of negotiating environments; drawing on case studies, role playing and real world experiences to help develop the skills required to successfully and confidently manage the negotiation process.

Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice. 'Management' we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. 'Praxis' refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of 'doing' management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Term 4
Speaker Series (Leadership in Action/Practitioner Insights)

At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held each Friday the cohort is in Cambridge, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

Find out more

Coaching & Personal/Professional development

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Executive coaching has a positive, evidenced effect on organisational success and individual performance. The Executive MBA coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. The goal of executive coaching is to draw out your ideas, inspiration and unifying principles in a reflective manner.

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Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic. Participants' projects represent a contribution to new knowledge and some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences.

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Making Innovation Happen

The narrative around innovation is that it is sporadic and unsystematic, difficult to implement through organisational processes and has uncertain outcomes. These perceived difficulties discourage managers from pursuing innovation. The course shows you how to overcome these difficulties and create an organisational capability for innovation that provides value to the organisation. This is done through a set of building blocks that combine elements of process thinking with leverage points for intervening in the organisation.

Strategic Management

Strategic management is the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all that is necessary for an organisation to meet its goals and objectives. The course helps you understand the role of strategy in the success and failure of organisations and proceeds mainly through case studies from a range of industries. Each case or lecture will introduce new strategic concepts all of which come together to give an overall understanding of strategy.

Team Consulting Project

The Team Consulting Project is a core element of the Executive MBA programme. It is taken for credit but is not formally assessed by Cambridge Judge Business School. Instead, participants receive 'real' feedback from their project clients. The project requires you to work in groups as a consulting team for a client of your choice, applying your learning to a live business issue.

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Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice. 'Management' we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. 'Praxis' refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of 'doing' management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

Term 5
Speaker Series (Leadership in Action/Practitioner Insights)

At the Executive MBA dinners, which are held each Friday the cohort is in Cambridge, you hear from a guest speaker; either a Leadership in Action Speaker, who focuses on the challenges, triumphs and lessons of running organisations or a Practitioner Insight Speaker, who shares his or her experience of specific areas of business such as marketing or finance.

Find out more

Coaching & Personal/Professional development

Our Personal & Professional Development Programme is designed to give you regular opportunities to expand your self-awareness and develop your business skills. These may include business writing, presenting at a senior level, consultative selling, networking, and negotiation skills. Executive coaching has a positive, evidenced effect on organisational success and individual performance. The Executive MBA coaching programme offers you an opportunity to develop your performance and behaviour and to help you apply more wisdom in your work. The goal of executive coaching is to draw out your ideas, inspiration and unifying principles in a reflective manner.

Find out more

Individual Project

The Individual Project can be about any practical aspect of business or management. The project gives you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest and allows for a deeper, more critical and more reflective exploration of your chosen topic. Participants' projects represent a contribution to new knowledge and some are subsequently published as papers for academic, practitioner or policy audiences.

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Corporate Governance & Ethics

The course studies the role played by governance within organisations, to look at justifications for governance reforms and to consider ethical problems in the concrete setting of corporate governance issues, such as takeovers and mergers, restructurings, shareholder engagement and the auditing process.

Personality & Well-being

The course is designed to help you reflect on your personal and professional life and gain a deeper understanding of your personality, motivations and personal projects. The course increases awareness of the role of personality in the workplace, helps you explore your own behaviour and its potential impact on your well-being, equips you with some of the tools and strategies that mitigate the potential costs of acting out of character, and provides a practical understanding of your personal projects and how to advance them effectively.

Electives 1 & 2

Electives provide you with the ideal opportunity to broaden your experiences, focus on subjects of particular interest and tailor the Executive MBA to your specific needs. Subjects for the electives vary from year to year, and are chosen to best complement the interests of each cohort.

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Management Praxis

The focus of the course is on your conduct and its impact, both intended and unintended, on others and on your own effectiveness. The course does not teach techniques of how to manage, but rather creates opportunities for you to learn and develop more skilful practice. 'Management' we take to mean accomplishing tasks with and through others. 'Praxis' refers to the minute-by-minute challenges of 'doing' management and to the awareness of both the participants and others that this requires.

  • Pre-term courses
  • Core courses
  • Management Praxis course
  • Electives
  • Travel
  • Personal & professional development
  • Projects
  • Speaker series

Please note that the content of the programme is subject to change.