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Executive MBA

1.1 PREAMBLE
Locally, regionally and internationally,  there has been an increasing number of people holding managerial /leadership positions in organizations operating in an environment characterized by increase in technological use, high demand for quality goods and services, enhanced level of competition, and an increasingly assertive workforce. This development requires a tailor made programme that takes care of the executive needs without necessarily interrupting their work schedules, In addition because of ever increasing need to adapt to the ever changing business environment, it is necessary to continually revise and update developed programmes. In this regard, the school has revised its existing executive MBA (EMBA) programme. The programme is offered to business executives, who would like to further their professional and personal development in business. It is a one year programme whose duration is motivated by the diverse management and business skills of the targeted executives and senior managers expected to join the programme. The programme offers an ideal setting for exchange of ideas and experiences among fellow students and staff. Further the programme provides an opportunity for networking.

1.2 RATIONALE
Many executives in the public and private sectors need to be well prepared to handle the fast changing work and business environment characterized by increasing technological, economic and social sophistication. The challenges posed by these phenomena are further compounded by the rapid shift of pressure on the executive to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to remain relevant in the competitive environment. Locally, attempts at capturing the growing interest of executives for higher degrees to upgrade their knowledge and skills have been inhibited by existing policies on the mode of delivery, time and duration of programmes. The Executive MBA programme as proposed by the School of Business is aimed at addressing these issues.

1.3 VISION
The vision of the EMBA is to be the best business programme locally and internationally

1.4 MISSION
The purpose of the executive MBA is to enhance skills of executives through a programme characterized by a flexible mode of delivery, responsive timing and duration, and a good blend of theory and practice

1.5 TARGET GROUPS
The executive MBA programme is designed specifically for the following groups:
(a) Management consultants
(b) Executive and senior managers in any of the following but not limited to;
(i) Private sectors
(ii) Government departments
(iii) Parastatals
(iv) Foreign missions
(v) Faith based institutions
(vi) Local and international NGO’s
(vii) Educational institutions

1.6 OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the programme are:
(a) To provide higher education opportunities to executives in both the public and private sectors, through flexibility in timing and course delivery
(b) To broaden the learner’s appreciation of an integrated approach to the analysis of the public and private sector issues

1.7 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
(a) First degree from Kenyatta University or any other recognized institution.
(b) In addition the applicants must have served in a senior management position for at least two years.

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1.8 THE PROGRAMME STRUCTURE AND DURATION
(a) The programme is designed to take one academic year consisting of three semesters.
(b) A total of 16 units will be taken, consisting of 12 taught units and a project equivalent to 4 taught units.
(c) Students will be required to take 4 taught units per semester. During the third semester students will in addition be required to register for the project.

1.9 MODE OF STUDY
The mode of delivery is evening or weekends

2.0 EXAMINATION:
(a) Common Kenyatta University Examination regulations shall apply.
(b) University examinations shall be given at the end of each semester and shall contribute 60 percent of the total marks; continuous assessment shall constitute the remaining 40 percent.
(c) All examination papers shall be of 3-hour duration.
(d) The pass mark shall be 50 percent.
(e) A candidate who fails more than two units in the end of semester University examination in any one-semester shall be discontinued.
(f) For the purposes of evaluation, a research project shall be regarded as equivalent to four (4) units and shall be examined at the end of the third semester.

3.0 COURSE STRUCTURE

All the units for this programme are core, and are scheduled to be done in three semesters as shown below. The research project is equivalent to four taught units, while the students register for it in the second semester; it is expected to be completed in the third semester.

SEMESTER ONE


BME 500: Quantitative Methods for Managers
BBE 501: Dynamics of Management and Leadership
BME 502: Business Research Methods
BAE 503: Financial Reporting and Interpretation

SEMESTER TWO

BBE 504: Economics for Managerial Decisions
BBE 505: Human Resource Management
BBE 506: Strategic Marketing Management
BME 507: Operations Management.
BME 512 : Research Project

SEMESTER THREE

BME 508: Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Managers
BBE 509: Strategic Management & Organization change
BBE 510: Global Business
BAE 511: Finance for Managers.

4.0 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BME 500: Quantitative Methods for Managers

Set Theory; Functions and Equations; Differential and Integral Calculus; Matrix Algebra; Linear Programming and its applications; Network Analysis; Inventory Models; Simulation; Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion, peakedness; forecasting, Probability and Probability Distributions; Statistical Inference and Estimation; Functional Relationships.

BBE 501: Dynamics of Management and Leadership
Introduction and historical perspective of management; The organizational environment; Manager as a decision maker, Manager as a planner and strategist; Managing organization structure; Developing effective behavior for management and leadership; organizational staffing and control; Management of groups and teams; Organizational conflicts; Politics and change; Communication, culture, motivation and leadership; Management Information Systems and Technologies; Managing globally; Emerging issues in management.

BME 502: Business Research Methods

Introduction to Business Research; Scientific thinking, The Research Process, Ethics in Business Research. The Design of Research, Design Strategies, Measurement, Sampling Design. The Sources and Collection of Data, Survey Methods, Observational Studies, data collection instruments, Experimentation, Analysis and Presentation of Data; Data Preparation and Preliminary Analysis, Hypothesis Testing, data analysis, Presenting Results. Proposal writing guide.

BAE 503: Financial Reporting and Interpretation
Preparation of financial statements, interpretation of financial statements,
Financial planning and forecasting, distress analysis, wealth creation and enhancement of shareholders wealth, capital structure decisions, corporate payout policy, mergers and acquisitions, management of working capital and corporate growth. Corporate capital investments.

BBE 504: Economics for Managerial Decisions.
Nature and scope of Managerial economics. Optimization Techniques; Demand Theory; Theory of Production; Theory of Costs; Industrial Structure, Conduct and Performance; Market Structures and Pricing Practices; Decision Theory; Risk Analysis.

BBE 505: Human Resource Management

Evolution of HRM, Principles & functions of Human Resource Management, Human Resource policies, organizational structure & effectiveness, job design and manpower planning, training & development, performance management, rewards & compensation, labour laws and separation international management of Human Capital and emerging issues.

BBE 506: Strategic Marketing Management

Evolution of marketing, marketing mix strategies, customer relationship measurement, marketing communication, branding electronic and mobile commerce consumer behavior, industrial marketing, marketing planning and strategies, marketing research, global marketing, marketing segmentation & targeting, emerging issues in marketing management.

BME 507: Operations Management .
Operations management concepts, operations strategy and competitiveness, product and service design, supply chain strategy, purchasing, capacity planning, inventory control, material requirement planning, aggregate planning for decisions making, operations management in the contemporary world, quality management, outsourcing, global operations management, current issues in operations management, IT issues in OM, ethical issues in OM. Challenges in operations management, Case studies in OM.

BME 508: Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Managers.

Project management concepts, Project life cycle, organization and culture, planning, and controlling of projects., work breakdown structure, planning and scheduling techniques;Resource allocation, project teams management, project risk management, IT project management, project monitoring and evaluation process, Designing M&E Methods, Log frame, Request for project proposals, PM in the global context, ethical issues in PM, case studies in PM. Project management challenges.

BBE 509: Strategic Management & Organization Change
History and nature of strategic management, strategic thinking and behaviour, strategic planning, strategy formulation and implementation, models tools in strategic management, environmental influence in strategic choice, corporate business and functional strategies, strategic control and performance indicators, managing competition and collaborations, change models, types and level of change, management of strategic change, organization development, growth and learning organization and knowledge Management.

BBE 510: Global Business
Introduction to global business management, doing business abroad, globalization and internationalization of business, theories of international trade, export behaviour theories, environment of global business, models of entry into foreign markets, global strategies , managing global collaborative initiatives and regional groupings, marketing and production for global business, organizing international operations, managing technology and knowledge, managing people, controlling international strategies and operations, international standards and quality, negotiation making, emerging issues in global business.

BAE 511: Finance for Managers
Scope of Corporate Finance; Investment evaluation; Risk – Return Trade off; Advanced Capital Budgeting; Capital structure and payout policy; Financing strategies; Mergers and acquisitions; Futures and options; Financial risk management; International investment and financing; Strategic and operational financial planning; Value creation and management .

BME 512: Research Project

The student is required to carry out a research on topical issues relevant to business and management, with the guidance of the supervisors.

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