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BUSA502: Constructing and Communicating Effective Arguments

Develops skills in argument construction and communication that students will use throughout the MBA program. This intensive blended course focuses on extracting core concepts from class readings; applying course concepts for the purpose of analysis; supporting claims with appropriate evidence; and communicating effectively in writing.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA506: Strategy

Explores new mental models that foster a strategist perspective required by business practitioners responsible for crafting and executing an organization’s strategy. Students will explore and think critically about the core strategic notions, concepts, tools, models and theories required by managers to manage and lead their organizations in today’s challenging, turbulent ecosystem. The thread throughout the course will be a need for all organizations to reposition themselves to accommodate this new Internet of Everything Industrial Age.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA507: Foundations of Strategic Leadership

In this course, learners will examine the theories, models and practices associated with strategic leadership and apply their learning to their own practice. Emphasis is placed on modern thought and practice related to strategic leadership and the core competencies of successful leaders.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA508: Tools and Measures

The course is designed to assist managers to analyze accounting data for the dual purpose of strategic decision making and product costing. More emphasis will be placed on preparing students to be users rather than preparers of financial information. Key topics includes financial reporting and performance measures, cost behaviour & break-even analysis, pricing, budgeting, the use of incremental analysis in decision making and the balanced scorecard. At the end of the module, you would have learned how to critically evaluate financial information by aligning various costing systems to firm strategic goals.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA513: Delivering Customer Value

Takes a management-centered approach to thinking about operations by focusing on performance improvement and how operations can support organization strategy. While the course places a particular emphasis upon the lean management approach, key concepts and techniques of operations and supply chain management are discussed in the context of solving operational problems and looking for better ways to deliver customer value.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA514: Understanding Organizations Through People

Explores the nature of organizations through the perspectives of individuals, groups, organizations and society at large. Focuses on selected key issues in Organizational Behavior including: • Individual and organization values • Employee attitudes and behaviors • Ethical decision-making • Interpersonal and team conflict and management • Diversity and workplace tensions • Balance and resilience. Establishes a solid foundation for understanding the key aspects of the organizational context that can be drawn upon in other courses in the MBA curriculum.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA522: Creating Customer Value

Examines contemporary marketing theory and practice, building on what students have studied in prior courses, to examine the process of creating value for and capturing value from customers. Adopting a holistic customer-focused marketing process, students will integrate and use various strategic tools and analytical frameworks that assist organizations to choose, provide and communicate value that benefits the organization and its stakeholders.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA523: Corporate Finance

This course will develop your competence in important financial management concepts to understand that all business decisions involve some type of financial analysis. Coverage of the underlying principles required for an understanding of finance as it applies to business and corporations will be the focus. Key topics include time value of money, capital market theory, capital structure and capital budgeting.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA531: Environment of Management

Focuses on practical problems that shape the macro-environments of business, from both theoretical and applied perspectives. Discusses ways in which organizations deal with impact of globalization, shifting landscape in national power, and demands of diverse stakeholders. Examines how organizations exercise economic and political powers to shape macro environments, nationally and internationally, in order to achieve strategic goals.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA608: Change: Beyond the Boundaries of the Decision

Discusses the overarching importance of change, the realities of making and implementing change decisions, and the potential consequences on organizations, staff, a wide spectrum of internal and external stakeholders, and the ultimate effect on the bottom line. Learners will demonstrate the ability to analyze the effects of decisions to effect organizational change and the need to align strategic goals and outcomes. Learners will consider the effects of decisions beyond initial decisions to implement change and what mitigating strategies are necessary to achieve successful outcomes and sustain change; and demonstrate their understanding by creating a change proposal for their own organization.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA632: Understanding Economic Decision Making

Examines the process of decision making through the lens of managerial economics. Students will develop a critical appreciation of how to frame a "problem" or situation from an economic perspective to inform decisions making by organizations and individuals. In addition to the standard economic concepts (demand, supply, price, cost and market structure), students will gain an understanding of how concepts such as asymmetric information, risk and uncertainty influence strategic decision-making.
Course Credits: 3.0

BUSA650: Advanced Strategic Integrative Practice

This course integrates the outcomes of the MBA program through a student-led, problem-based learning exercise. Mentored by management consulting professionals and faculty, students synthesize and apply strategic concepts from prior courses to address a set of live, complex problems posed by an organization facing growth opportunities and challenges.
Course Credits: 6.0

BUSA696: Organizational Management Project

This course supports learners through the process of completing the Organizational Management Project (OMP), which is the integrative learning activity required to complete the MBA program at Royal Roads University. The OMP involves identifying a management issue within an organization, researching the current knowledge on the issue, conducting real world research relevant to that issue, and developing evidence based recommendations and an implementation plan for how the client or host organization can address the issue. The course includes: • a brief introduction to research methodology in the social sciences, and how to plan and conduct an empirical study; • how to conduct a review of the current management literature relative to the selected topic(s); • how to effectively present, analyze, and discuss research findings as they relate to the client/host organization’s context; • how to succinctly and convincingly develop evidence based recommendations and an implementation plan meeting the specific needs of the client/host organization.
Course Credits: 6.0

EXMN652: Building Sustainable Communities

Explores leadership in relation to building sustainable communities. Applies a broad brush to the topic, fostering a systems view of the challenges inherent in the course title. Grapples with the principles and practice of Community Development and Sustainability. Explores the values and paradoxes of individual and formal leadership in building communities that thrive in balance with their members, the broader community and the environment. Provides challenging opportunities to build learning and capability in specific areas of interest and relevance to the student.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN655: Leading a Global Workforce - A Human Resources Perspective

Explores the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of leading a global workforce toward organizational performance and productivity goals in large multi-national conglomerates and in small-scale operations. The course will deal with recognizing and developing core competencies for leading human resources talent on a worldwide scale. Emphasis will be placed on establishing and sustaining a global business strategy, comparative HR systems, leading cross-culturally, global workforce planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, and motivating and rewarding staff.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN658: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Explores the business imperativeness of leading with Emotional Intelligence (EI) as it applies to honing one’s personal style and approach to leadership, developing high performing teams, and positioning organizations for bottom-line success and long term viability. Through assessments and personal coaching sessions, students gain new insights into how they can use the EI competency framework and model to enhance their personal leadership, team capacity, and strategic organizational effectiveness.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN661: Management Consulting - Best Practices

Along with the companion course, EXMN 668, this course focuses on the needs of the consulting client with students developing expertise in the following ‘best practice’ areas: Effective Communication and Team work – with a focus on developing and maintaining a successful client relationship. Project Management – learners are provided with a fundamental knowledge of project management methodologies, tools and disciplines in the context of a management consulting assignment. Change Management, including tools and techniques related to assessing change readiness, understanding absorptive capacity and managing change. This course meets external education requirements of the CMC Canada providing a fast track to qualify for the prestigious CMC global designation.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN662: Leading Innovation

Prepares students to lead innovative teams by fostering awareness of their own and others’ default tendencies, as innovators, and by fostering the adoption of systemic creative problem-solving approaches. The course draws on Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking models to provide students with a three-stage process for leading innovation that blends theory and practice. Students will better understand processes of innovation and will apply these processes to complex problems. Final portion of class is dedicated to a practicum exercise, which students can choose to do in their own workplace or another context of their choice, in which students facilitate a Creative Problem Solving session.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN665: Asia Pacific Business Environment

Offers an overview of the economic, political and cultural aspects of major Asia Pacific countries, and an overview of Canada’s engagement in the Asia Pacific region. It explores multicultural dimensions within Asia and Canada, and highlights key issues related to culture and business practices that are important to successful business relationships with Asian companies and individuals. It highlights important regional trends and issues impacting businesses now and in the future. Co-requisites: EXMN 669 Asia Pacific Management and Strategy.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN668: Management Consulting - Essentials

Along with the companion course, EXMN 661, this course focuses on the needs of the consulting client; students develop expertise by performing comprehensive situation assessments which include the crafting of strategies for organizational growth and development. Students also learn how to deliver superior value to their internal or external management consulting clients through the completion of a team based Consulting Practice Review Summary where a boutique, specialized consulting practice model is developed and validated. This course meets external education requirements of the CMC Canada providing a fast track to qualify for the prestigious CMC global designation.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN669: Asia Pacific Management and Strategy

Focuses on key management practices and business relationships that are important to business success in a selected country or countries in the Asia Pacific Region. The course emphasizes underlying cultural and business practices to understand how they influence company management and strategy, and how they compare to Canadian practices. The region highlighted will change with each program offering, with a focus on the country/region where the field experience will take place. Co-requisites: EXMN 665 Asia Pacific Business Environment.
Course Credits: 3.0

EXMN675: Coaching for Performance

Examines the philosophies and approaches to coaching in the workplace. The course will deal with developing a coaching philosophy and skill set so that learners can support high performance cultures in organizations. Learners will develop an awareness of the nature, purpose and process of coaching in the business environment and of the value of coaching for improving personal commitment and professional productivity.
Course Credits: 3.0

GDB: Getting Down to Business

Course description not available.
Course Credits: 0.0