What and how you learn
1. The entire program is a result of meticulous preparations of representatives of SWPS University and its Partners, the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University.
Here is what you will have a pleasure to study (all courses are taught in English):
This course is designed to study the current models and methods for organizational change at the individual, group, and organizational levels in order to improve organizational performance. This includes an examination of planned change interventions on processes, culture, individuals, and strategies. Teaching techniques include lecture, class discussions, small group activities or projects, student-learning projects, oral presentations, written reflections and assignments, and scholarly dialogue.
Gravity point - determining the business location – rules & parameters, business experience vs. spatial analyses, map Intelligence.
Strategic Thinking - what is it, what to do? Strategic skills an tools, Strategic Planning Model.
Fundamental Cloud Computing:
- Basic Concepts and Terminology
- Business Drivers, Benefits
- Technology Innovations and Cloud Characteristics
Deployment & Delivery Models
Risks and Challenges
Cloud Concepts & Business Use Cases
Quality improvement and planning, SPC tools:
- A word on process capability and six sigma
- The management and planning tools
Data mining for business:
- Unsupervised learning, Supervised learning
- Data analysis by examples
Corporate Financial Analysis Definitions
Corporate Finance rules, Financial Market Structure, Time Value of Money Concept, Financial Planning, External Financing and Growth.
Working Capital and Short Term Planning, Working Capital, Cash Cycle, Inventory and Cash Management, Credit and Collection Management.
Individual Decision Making:
- Sources of motivation, Game theoretical approach
- Prospect theory, Irrationality vs. Rationality
Logical and Optimal Decisions
Group Decision Making
Introduction to Modeling and Positioning the Business
Positioning Products in Markets and Firms in Industries
Repositioning Capabilities of the Firm through Networks & Innovation
Change management, reengineering, & reimagining the firm to innovate and compete
Analyzing of the market, demand and supply determinants, market equilibrium, elasticity’s of demand and supply. Theory of consumption and production, economic unit in different market models.
Interpretation of national accounts and macroeconomic variables. Economic policy and situation of companies and households.
Innovation and Opportunity:
- What is innovation, Continuum of Innovation, What creates opportunities, Product Opportunity Gap
Technology and Idea Assessment
Business Model Canvas - Understanding the Canvas, Developing your Canvas, Preparing to move forward
Value Proposition Design:
- Understand Customer needs
- Develop proper value, Create significant FIT
Leadership in Business
Understanding Individual Differences
Motivating Behavior - How do needs affect behavior? How do people go about meeting their needs? How do leaders get employees motivated?
Leadership, Power and Influence - How is leadership different than management? How do leaders inspire followers?
Managing Groups and Teams - Roles, Norms, Diversity, Goals, Conflict. How do you diagnose and solve team problems?
Marketing and New Technologies
Digitalization, digital transformation, innovation in services and products are changing the way we market products and services. This course aims at providing students with an overview of theoretical models as well as the practical tools, needed to embrace marketing in a digital world. The course relies on both scholar publications and real life cases from well-known (digital) companies. Among the topics discussed are the following: Service Dominant Logic, Co-creation and the new consumer decision journey, Growth Hacking and a special case study.
Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)Introduction and context. The suite of management products of Cabinet Office and the place of MSP® in it. Context of Programme Management in Strategic and operational management. Principles, Processes and Governance Themes in MSP®. Identifying and defining the program processes. Corresponding governance Themes and principles.
Human Resource Management
The course discusses such topics as:
- Definitions of HRM and its history
- HRM and organizational strategy
- Theory X & Theory Y: Two Types of Managers
Staffing and Training & Development:
- Job specifications and job evaluations
- Hiring process & Recruitment methods
- Training needs in an organization
Performance Appraisals, Benefits and Compensation
- Trait, behavior, results
- 360 feedback, management by objective
- Job dissatisfaction
- Different types of international employees
- International Employment Law
- Developing Global Competencies
- Compensation Problems with a Global Workforce
Data and Systems Security
This course is designed to discuss data and systems security. The objective is to understand fundamentals and basic principles of information protection as well as recognize the need for data security. Topics in this class could be divided into four sections: general information security overview, risk management, compliance, and technical security aspects. Topic to be covered include but are not limited to:
malware, forensic, APT, risk assessment, cloud computing, cryptography, modern threats and vulnerabilities, wireless, data leakage prevention, BCP/DRP, compliance management, strategies and tactics for data and systems security, economical aspects of information security.
The class is concerned with the concept of data protection in business related systems - students should be conversant with all real life issues they could face during their work activities.
Business, Politics and Communication
Business and political communication: basic approaches. Psychology of communication.
Business and politics in ONE public sphere. Business leadership and communication in crisis situation. Communicating “brutal” decisions.
Communication and leadership in public sphere. Business success and communication failure how is it possible?
Global Business and Financial Institutions
Financial markets and institutions play an important role in the growth and development of economies and also progress and growth of global businesses. The course will examine the structure of international capital markets, the instruments traded in those markets, and the institutions that play key roles. Additionally, the course will explore functions of financial institutions and the type of services offered by financial institutions.
How to write the final MBA Business Project? What are the editorial requirements? What topics are encouraged? What are differences between descriptive projects, analytic ones and case-based projects? What is the most preferable timetable for writing an MBA Business Project? How is the Project defense organized? How much does the grade for the Project weigh in the overall grade? Consultations and analysis of individual projects.
Guest speaker series
Distinguished speakers from both business and academic circles are invited, including former ministers and international scholars and experts. Among topics that have been explored till now there have been subjects related to Artificial Intelligence, digital marketing, transhumanism and robots, data storage and business, globalization and economic growth, international labor market, trends in research and development departments of big companies, the future of cloud computing.
Total number of ECTS points: 60
2. Each course has a syllabus and reading materials. Both are sent in advance of a particular module so that the Participants have ample time to prepare. Quiet often additional literature is provided when the module is over to facilitate writing final assignments.
3. The postgraduate MBA studies end up with writing and defending a business project (20-40 pages). MBA seminars help the program participants choose, elaborate and develop into the final business projects topics they find most fascinating.
4. The format of studies is one of the most participant-friendly and efficient formats for part-time studies. You attend only two modules per semester. Each module lasts five days (Wednesday – Sunday) and teaches four courses.
5. Here are bio-notes of some lecturers teaching the program:
Professor Norman Wright - Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a PhD in Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focuses on cross-cultural management with additional research interests in business in and around protected areas and business education. This research has taken him from the ivy-covered halls of the United States to the islands of the Pacific and onto the wilds of Africa. He has also been privileged to serve as an academic administrator in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Further, he has taught MBA and undergraduate students in China, Brazil, the Middle East, and Africa. An active consulting and training agenda has found him working with organizations around the world such as HSBC, Dubai Municipality, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Valmont International, and Ajman University of Science and Technology.
Professor Jonathan Westover – Professor of Management in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He is also a human resource development and performance management consultant. He is passionate about teaching, loves to conduct research, and enjoys writing in all styles—from academic, to op-ed, to other creative writing projects. He also enjoys his involvement in various service assignments and activities, both on and off of campus.
Professor David McArthur – Chair of Department of Management at the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Holds the PhD degree from University of South Carolina. Member of Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and Founding Member of International Association for Chinese Management Research. Author of numerous publications.
Professor J. Kent Millington - Director of Technology Commercialization at Utah Valley University. Former consultant and President of IP Development Professionals, a company specializing in evaluation and commercialization of intellectual property. Former President and CEO of AccessData Corp. and Entrepreneur in Residence at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He is also a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Science and Technology of China and at Shanghai Normal University. He has received “Outstanding Professor” awards at two US universities.
Professor Jeff Peterson - Associate Professor of Business Management at Utah Valley University. He holds a PhD in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Organizational Behavior from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. His research and teaching focuses on organizational justice and the effective leading and managing of teams.
Professor Jennifer Schultz - Associate Professor in Human Resource Management (HRM) for the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She has 20+ years of experience in collegiate teaching, higher education administration, and business. She has held leadership positions in human resources, sales, marketing, and executive management; including strategic corporate leadership and profit/loss responsibilities at the Vice-President level. She was Program Chair (2013-14) and President (2014-15) for the Midwest Academy of Management. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Organization Management Journal and is an Executive Committee Member-at-large representative for the Academy of Management, Management Education Division, 2016-2018. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Professor Patrick Milligan – a member of the faculty of Utah Valley University since January of 2015. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Marketing for GameStop/Simply Mac. Mr. Milligan worked for Kraft Foods Global, Inc for more than 20 years in many important capacities including: Regional Vice President of Sales, Customer Service and Logistics, Vice President, Brand Marketing, Chair, Advisory Board for Biscuit Brands, Sr. Director of Sales and Marketing Strategy, Sr. Director for the Centers of Excellence. Mr. Milligan has extensive brand marketing experience in managing some of the world’s most well-known consumer products. As a senior executive in a number of Fortune 100 companies, he is uniquely qualified to advise industry leaders, teach students and train faculty. Having hired and managed thousands of employees, been responsible for literally billions in sales and managed massive P&L's, his experience provides a unique advantage to industry and university alike. Mr. Milligan also serves as committee member and paid consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group, Colemen Consulting Group, AlphaSights and others.
Professor Jacek Koronacki – former Director of the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Internationally renowned expert on statistical analysis and machine learning. He is an author of more than 60 publications including 6 books. He has held teaching positions in the USA, Australia and Argentina. Professor Koronacki has rich business experience being affiliated with various companies and organizations, e.g. Bank of America, Ford Motor Co. and PKN Orlen.
Dr. Dorota Raben – expert on logistics, supply chains and business project development. A trainer at the Brian Tracy International. The owner of Dorota Raben Consulting. Former Director of Sea Port Gdansk S.A. (2013-16). She has held positions with FM Logistic (from 2006 to 2010) as Corporate Transport Expertise Director, with Gefco (from 2004 to 2006) as Business Development Manager, with Promexim Ltd. (Royal Frans Maas Group) (from 2001 to 2004) as Traffic Manager & Operational Manager, and with Raben Group (from 1993 to 2001) as Director. The most renowned and valued woman in the European logistics and supply chain market. A visionary and a creator of new logistics in Poland and beyond its borders. You are all welcome to visit her web-site at http://dorotaraben.com/en/about-me.html
Robert Pająk - CISSP, CRISC, NGSEC CERT, AMBCI, CEH. Currently works as Head of Information Security for EMEA Region at Herbalife. He was CSO at INTERIA.PL - responsible for security, compliance and privacy in one of the largest Polish portals for over 14 years. Founder/co-founder/board member of various chapters of security organizations like OWASP/ISACA/ISSA. Mr. Pająk was also responsible for INTERIA.PL R&D team. Passionate about information security and technology. Active lecturer - speaking mostly regarding compliance issues and modern threats/vulnerabilities at universities, also commenting various events related to the subject of protecting information for radio/TV stations and newspapers.
Dr. Piotr Kotelnicki – graduate of the Main School of Planning and Statistics (Warsaw). Postgraduate studies at the Europe Institute (University of Amsterdam). Holder of a PhD degree in International Trade Relations. Postdoctoral Fulbright-Hays scholarship in the School of Business Administration at Michigan University. Scholarship holder of Salzburg Seminar. Former Vice President of the Polish Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Member of the governing board of Association for Managerial Education, Founder and President of the International School of Trade in Rynia (Poland), Director of Management Resource Centre - ICL Poland. Currently he occupies the position of CEO of CRM S.A. Accredited instructor in Program Management (MSP) and in P3O®.
Professor Andrzej Jacek Blikle – internationally renowned scholar at the Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the Academia Europaea. Speaker at Brian Tracy International. Expert on Total Quality Management. President of the managing board of „A.Blikle Sp. z o.o.”. Chairman of the Council of the Adam Smith Center. Member of the Civil development Forum founded by Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, President of the Board of Association “Initiative of Family Businesses”. Member of the group called Warsaw Ambassadors and many other organizations.
Magdalena Poradzka - Executive Career Vice Director, EDF Polska S.A. An expert in the field of HR with a more than fifteen year experience. She has been engaged with EDF Polska S.A. since 2010. She is a certified coach at the ACC level (Associate Certified Coach) in ICF and also works as an internal coach for top managers in her company. Before taking on her position at EDF Polska S.A. she held jobs at such internationals corporations as Nestlé Polska S.A., Grupa Żywiec or Avon Operations. She is interested in talent management, assessment of competencies and ways of developing one’s leadership skills.
Mateusz Stefański - Enterprise Architect, Microsoft. He is a graduate of the University of Economics in Cracow. He also holds an MBA from the Thames Valley University of London and the University of Management, Warsaw. He has a manager's Certificate in IT Service Management (ITIL), Associate Certificate in Project Management (PMI), and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). Mr. Stefanski is a manager with more than eighteen years of experience in IT management and implementation of projects in the largest Polish and International companies. His experience includes operational and project management in the fields of IT, business process re-engineering, outsourcing, accounting, telecommunications and customer service. He is also an expert in the design and adjustment for the company strategy IT solutions (corporate governance, architecture) and adequate design portfolio covering both business systems development and appropriate ICT infrastructure.