MBA programs for executives continue to enjoy rising respectability in the business world and appeal to managers and aspiring managers. In Kenya and the world over, many business schools have reportedly recorded increasing numbers of enrolment into such programs pointing to the view that MBA training is a prerequisite qualification for senior management and entrepreneurial responsibility.
These programs are designed to meet the needs of upper level managers who should have at least two years work experience, as this ensures a fair grasp of basic business dynamics and makes peer experience enriching to every program participant. They are most suited for those executives who are already experienced in their specific fields, but need additional practical leadership skills to climb the ladder of success. Nowadays management education has to aim at addressing the evolving change in corporate leadership that calls for leaders with a solid sense of professional excellence and corporate responsibility, seeing their companies' success beyond the yardstick of mere financial profits.
Business schools have the moral obligation and responsibility, indeed the opportunity, of forming new generations of leaders who take the notions of professionalism and accountability seriously and who understand that firms are communities of people.
Students need to cultivate greater self-awareness, understanding their impact on others and vice-versa, developing a better sense of the realities of organisations within which they operate, as they strive to have a better understanding of the nuances of how to effectively achieve desired results in their organisations. They need to understand what it means to be an effective manager in a global world and the differences in institutions, norms, cultures, and legal frameworks.
Hence MBA programs are increasingly placing more emphasis on practical rather than theoretical aspects of business, albeit continuing to be very rigorous, and there is a clear, global, trend to management education that is more ethical, rigorous and relevant to the tasks faced by action managers.
SBS MBA programs strive to give participants a comprehensive view of both the firm and the global business environment and are focused on developing leadership competencies that empower managers to promote individual growth and boost effectiveness within their organisations.
Real world managers face complex challenges at their workplaces. They are often encountered with incomplete and incoherent data on the basis of which they have to make decisions, forcing them to gain competences while learning on solving unstructured problems. As a result, case studies have become a key pedagogical tool in executive training, as the case study method enhances the ability of managers to solve real world problems by thinking purposefully.
At SBS, under the guidance of a world-class faculty and with the assistance of syndicate group discussions, case studies are used in class. They provide managers with specific facts in which real life decisions can be made as they are often based on real corporate events and environment.
Given imbalances in life, characterised by stress, anxiety, frustration and low performance due to decreasing levels of motivation; and poor lifestyle habits, SBS’s holistic life-balance programs provide insights and support on various work and life issues that may assist managers handle the multiple professional and private life roles they face in the current global business environment.
Finally, I take this opportunity to invite you to our trailblazing MBA programs for a truly transformational, world-class MBA experience.
Director, MBA Programs