The MBA programs offered by GSBM consist of 15 courses subdivided into 12 core courses and a specialization module comprised of 12 courses. It is mandatory to submit a final project/thesis or business plan in order to graduate, which will be accounted for one additional core course of 4 credits. Most courses are worth 4 credit points and are assessed by either an examination, assignment, or a combination of both. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) university degree is granted to participants who achieve 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Students are taught the basic topics in accounting and financial management.
Accounting: Topics include accrual accounting, financial statement analysis, tax accounting, backup schedules, ratio analysis, public filing (10-K) review and other selected accounting topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of accounting most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.
Financial management: Topics include the function of financial markets, analysis of risk and return, time value of money, valuation of financial assets (stocks, bonds, derivatives), capital structure capital budgeting and other select corporate finance topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of analysis most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.
The course intends to demonstrate that decisions affecting the expansion of the firm are neither obvious nor totally determined by the technological or economic forces generally associated with globalization. The course focuses on the concepts of Porter as well as SWOT analysis.
Comparisons are drawn between the differences of the fundamental economic, financial, and political factors affecting the international expansion of the firm from purely domestic factors. The course examines the internationalization of the firm as being a sequential decisionmaking process, operating at the country, industry, corporate, business, and subsidiary levels of analysis.
This course introduces students to the subject of strategy and helps them better understand the overall impact of internal and external influences on the firm. The basic purpose of the course is to provide the student broad insights into the practice of strategic management, and its real significance in contemporary multi-national corporations.
By the end of the MBA program, you will be able to apply what you have learnt to your company, and elaborate your own business project. You will raise your own questions, decide on methods that can be used and, by a comprehensive analysis, conclude to your own recommendations. The summary of the business project, called thesis, should present an original argument, business case or business plan that is carefully documented from primary and/or secondary sources.
The thesis must have a substantial research component and a focus that falls within the scope of topics studied during your specialization. It must be written under the guidance of an advisor who is knowledgeable in this area of study. As the final element in the master’s degree, the thesis gives you an opportunity to demonstrate expertise in the chosen research area. The thesis should present and investigate a hypothesis or a research question.
Alternatively, you can construct a business plan. A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It includes a description of a company or small business, its services and/or products and how the business will achieve its goals.
The plan includes the overall budget, current and projected financing, a market analysis and its marketing strategy approach. In a business plan, a business owner projects revenues and expenses for a certain period of time and describes operational activity and costs related to the business.
In this course students assess theories of international monetary relations (often termed by economists as global macroeconomics) and international finance concepts.
Global Macroeconomics: Topics covered include international trade, monetary theory, international finance, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments (and trade deficits), capital mobility, government fiscal and monetary policies, international macroeconomic cooperation, economic crises, and the role of international institutions.
International Finance: Students learn international finance concepts and develop skills to analyze business potential in emerging markets. We study various international finance tools including hedging, forward and futures markets, exchange rates. Political, economic, social, and legal frameworks, among others, are studied and discussed. Emphasis is put on the impact of the financial sector on economic development, performance, and crises.
This course focuses on and facilitates further discussion of the implications of globalization for businesses and investigations of the primary economic dimension connected with the proliferation of globalization.
The main objective of this class is to familiarize students with ideas, concepts, and ways of analyzing globalization as well as the encouragement of thinking about the future agenda for global leaders in such a changing environment.
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law, ethics and of the international legal system. The course will cover main topics in this field, such as the sources of international law, the jurisdiction of the States, international law and use of force, and the relationship between international law and the internal law of the States.
This course will also address more specific issues such as the international law of human rights and international criminal law. In addition, this course will review and discuss a number of international tribunals, as well as certain treaties, resolutions and other international legal instruments of importance.
This course is designed to introduce students to the investment environment in the role of a private or professional investor. This course does not cover pricing, which is a major part of the Corporate Finance course. Instead, it emphasizes the use of pricing theory in investment management. It aims to:
GThe objective of this course is to help students acquire and develop skills in relation to effective leadership within organizations. Students will understand and compare different approaches, theories and methodologies about leadership and will practice leadership behaviors through class exercises and assignments.
Furthermore, students will go through the process of the “Personal Success Profile”, which is a personal goal achieving process featuring the Leadership Day at the Adventure Camp in Ostia
Goals of the course:
Permanent innovation, disruptive technological, social and economic changes. We are in the Technological Cambrian, a unique period of digital diffusion, comparable in terms of typology and importance to the Geological Cambrian where life has exploded in today’s variety and diversity. Recognizing the uniqueness of this period is the first step in not succumbing to it. Riding it is the next one. Opportunities are immense for people, organizations and businesses.
The course will help to understand the digital economy dynamics and acquire the tools to excel in such environment.
Marketing and social media are an inseparable pair. The digital world today is simply the world: but with new rules, codes, languages and dynamics. The countries that populate this 2.0 world are called social channels.
Being on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube means opening your micro-universe to the infinite one of opportunities and exchanges. effective approach to obtain data of defendable quality being able to contribute to knowledge.
The module aims to deliver knowledge and ability to students allowing them to build their own network of professional contacts to optimize relationships, exchanges and sales.
Course Learning Objectives
At the end of this module students will have studied to:
Students will learn how to navigate national culture when negotiating deals, resolving disputes, and making decisions in teams. Rather than offering countryspecific protocol and customs, Negotiating Globally provides a general framework to help negotiators anticipate and manage cultural differences incorporating the lessons of the latest research with new emphasis on executing a negotiation strategy and negotiating conflicts in multicultural teams.
The course explain how to develop a negotiation planning document and how to execute the plan, how the cultural environment affects negotiators’ interests, priorities and strategies, how to distinguish good deals from poor ones and good negotiators from poor ones as well as showing how resolving disputes is different from making deals, emphasizing on how negotiation strategy can be used in multicultural teams.
This course leads the student to understand the core management principles which apply to individuals, as well as medium and large organizations. We will cover some concepts and theories related to human resource management and organizational behavior. The field of organizational behavior is the study of human behavior within organizations. This includes what people think, how they feel and why they think, feel and act in a certain way. If we can find answers to the above questions, we can exercise better control over human behavior and create a more motivated, efficient and effective functioning organization.
In this course, we will study individuals singularly, as well as in the form of teams and groups, and we will try to gain an understanding of individual characteristics and group dynamics that shape individual attitudes and behaviors. In addition, we will also talk about some system level components, including organizational culture and major management functions.
The main idea behind this course is to equip students with the knowledge to understand, predict and control human behavior, and help their current or future organizations by becoming more efficient and effective managers. Furthermore, we will go into the core tasks of a Human Resource Manager and understand the daily routine in the HRM department.