Friday, July 24, 2015

Studying MBA in Egypt (2-Curriculum & Courses)

The most amazing fact about getting master in business administration (MBA) is realizing the life flavor. I mean that MBA helps you to connect different aspects of business operations whether it is about finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, human resources, or management.

Since most of book references are made for or about US corporations (multinationals), it is important to join school where experienced professors can provide useful practical hints. It is really important to carefully apply MBA into small and medium enterprises that shape high percentage of Egyptian economy.
For example, it is not logic to separate business development role from sales role within small company (more here). MBA doesn't say that and as we know, management -by definition- is both art and science.
As personal view, I believe that connections are lost between business schools and business companies in terms of MBA projects cooperation for example. I tried to apply my MBA projects to the small family-owned hearing aids company that I was working for at that time (i.e. HR project).
However, government-funded organizations such as social fund for development in Egypt can really advance the sector of SMEs by applying cooperation with graduate schools of business.
From my own point of view, such link would benefit both sides plus employment rates and national economy.

In first post of this series, I highlighted class students role toward more benefit from MBA. Below is the GSB AAST curriculum for MBA (General Track) that had 16 courses to be completed in 4 semesters (2 years):

Contemporary Management - Dr. Sherif Delawar
Marketing Management

Operations Management

Finance Management
Organizational Behavior & Development - Dr. Sherif Delawar

Research Methodology
Management Information Systems MIS
Managerial Accounting

Advanced Marketing
Strategic Human Resources
Advanced Finance
Strategic Management - Dr. Sherif Delawar

Of course, specialized tracks has different courses in last two semesters except strategic management course.
Next post (and last in this series) is featuring how to apply MBA in practice.

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