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Challenges and perspectives for future business leaders

Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos, Director of the MBA programmes, recently visited Nairobi to promote the Global MBA programme to educate leaders for the 21st Century at the Amity Global Institute.

Written by Lucy Bodenham |

Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos at Amity Global Institute Kenya
The business world is changing rapidly and there are more and more new challenges you need to do to retain a competitive edge in global markets.

We asked him to highlight some key perspectives for managers and leaders to consider in order to succeed in highly competitive business environments, and the areas where the University of London’s Global MBA programme can enhance your skills in this respect.

Dimitrios said successful organisations in the 21st century, will require managers and leaders that can design and manage flexible organisations as well as constantly reconfigure their capabilities and competencies so that they can maintain a competitive edge in a hypercompetitive and turbulent environment.

The Global MBA programme comprises a set of comprehensive modules that will contribute to the essential skills and knowledge needed to by future business leaders.

Managers and leaders cannot be created in the classroom. By attending the rich in content and spectrum of issues covered the leadership modules managers can substantially improve their capabilities by exploring leadership theories and use case studies to apply to the real world of organisations.

The programme places emphasis on international experience to enrich managers understanding on different cultures in the global landscape. The finance modules contain international perspectives but there is also a dedicated online forum, where learners connect with students across countries and industries to exchange knowledge and experience.

While learners  assimilate their leadership abilities through the application of theories, models and concepts, Dimitrios says it is vital to examine and reflect on your experiences in the organisation.

Another vital point is that learners should attempt to understand the nature of managerial work and not just the day-to-day functions, so they do need to look beyond ‘silos’ and departments. The negotiation and conflict management module will teach you highly practical skills that will make you a more effective leader.

You must be able to extend managerial education into your organisation, which means being able to relate and apply the learning to your workplace for impact. One way you can do that is with the strategic project on the programme and the Icarus project. It creates an experience of a simulated professional environment where you are challenged to make difficult decisions. You work in groups and assume different roles within the group and you observe the outcomes of your decisions and the impact these will have.

More information about the Global MBA

The Global MBA is a professionally accredited qualification designed for the next generation of global business leaders. With accreditation from professional bodies CMI and CIMA, you will have access to resources that will enhance your career prospects.

The programme has four start points a year in January, April, July and October to fit around your work and planning requirements. With five specialist pathways in Accountancy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Law, and Leadership, it suits a range of contemporary applications for international organisations. It enables you to tailor your studies to your own interests and career goals.

Not coming from a finance background I’ve enjoyed learning more about the factors that influence investment decisions. I already feel better equipped to understand my organisation, and I will put this to good use in my own role when evaluating opportunities with prospective partners.

Ibrahim El Mayet - current student