Manager Track Courses in (i) Leadership (ii) Business Strategy and (iii) Business Analysis

Admin     Posted On: 01 Mar, 2019

These online courses will be taught by Rice faculty using a blended approach that includes synchronous streaming video (live from Rice University) and asynchronous content. It will be supplemented and supported by local expert facilitators during weekly sessions to support the participants with their coursework. Each course is one month long.

Management course on “Strategy”

<p><strong>Objectives of the course: </strong></p> <p>The purpose of these lectures is to familiarize business leaders with some of the core principles in strategic management. This will help them recognize the underlying drivers of success in any business in general, and develop their skills to create strategies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage and growth in their own business or company in particular. The courses focus on key elements of strategy at the business and corporate level, respectively &ndash; in doing so, it will build participants&rsquo; ability to evaluate, develop, and implement value-creating strategies at each of these levels by using strategy concepts, techniques and frameworks that will be discussed in class.</p> <p><strong>Topics include:</strong></p> <p><em>Achieving and Sustaining Competitive Advantage</em></p> <p><em>Strategies for Growth</em></p> <p><em>Strategy Formulation to Execution</em></p> <p><em>Strategy Implementation</em></p> <p><strong>Pre-requisites: </strong>Not Applicable</p>

Management course on “Leadership”

<p><strong>Objectives of the course:</strong></p> <p>These lectures will serve as an overview of key concepts in leadership. Most organizations have developed competency models used to both define and appraise the attributes of leaders. Although we will refer throughout the lectures to various leadership competencies, our intent is to reconsider the practice of leadership and management. Rather than discuss the latest hot topic, recent popular book, or social media presence of your favorite leadership guru, I would like us to focus on the core of management&mdash;the habits that will allow you to excel in your careers. The lectures will progress with a focus on managing oneself, others, and teams.</p> <p><strong>Topics will either directly or indirectly include: </strong></p> <p><em>Leadership Styles</em></p> <p><em>Person-Culture Fit</em></p> <p><em>Understanding Individual Differences</em></p> <p><em>Employee Engagement</em></p> <p><em>Characteristics of Derailed Managers</em></p> <p><em>Talent Development</em></p> <p><em>Talent Development</em></p> <p><em>Career-Management</em></p> <p><em>Appraising Individual Performance</em></p> <p><em>Influencing Up-Down-Sideways</em></p> <p><strong>Pre-requisites: </strong>Not Applicable</p>

Management course on “Data Analysis”

<p><strong>Objectives of the course:</strong></p> <p>The purpose of these lectures is to give participants a working knowledge of the &lsquo;Linear Regression&rsquo; procedure which is a widely used statistical technique in the industry for purposes of <em>predictive analytics</em>, <em>making informed (data backed) business decisions</em>, <em>optimizing business processes</em> and <em>gaining new insights from data</em>.</p> <p>The topic would be introduced and applied to various application settings. We will walk through the entire process of discerning a &lsquo;need&rsquo; for such a procedure to the &lsquo;nuts and bolts&rsquo; of applying it and then &lsquo;managerially interpreting&rsquo; the results to gain business insights.</p> <p>At the end of the course participants should be comfortable in applying these techniques in their business environments.</p> <p><strong>Pre-requisites:</strong></p> <p>A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel</p> <p>A basic introduction to business statistics</p>