Masterclass Platinum

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You and many executives have chosen to invest your time and financial resources in an MBA. However, over time, the world of management changes and develops new concepts, so you have probably wondered how you can bring your MBA up to date and protect your investment.

Most professional qualifications have frequent update programmes. MDCI now provides you with the opportunity to keep your higher level qualification such as an MBA or Masters in Management or  professional business qualification, investment up to date with the latest business thinking!

MDCI and a team of highly experienced tutors from UK Universities have developed a programme that will meet your needs.

  • The Goals

    In General

    The Masterclass Platinum programme aims to provide higher level qualification such as an MBA or Masters in Management or  professional business qualification graduates in the Gulf with a series of linked workshops designed to update your business academic and practical knowledge. Furthermore it aims to reinforce the investment you have made in the face of a rapidly changing business environment.


    The programme uses an interactive teaching format which makes a significant use of case study analysis and role play techniques

    In addition the programme utilises blended learning techniques and material such as mini Study Guides, webinars and podcasts which will be used to enhance the depth and extent of the learning process


    The module leaders are all experienced academics with extensive experience of real world application of the post graduate curriculum.

  • The Process

    The Programme comprises four, one-day modules. The modules are offered in two groups of 2 days, separated by a period designed for reflection and private study, supported by blended learning materials and techniques.

    Each day will be a combination of taught and focussed discussion led by expert University teachers.

    Weeks one and two will take place two weeks apart, in May and June 2017. Participants will be provided with materials for Further Reading and Self Reflection between the weeks of teaching.

  • Who will benefit from the Masterclass Platinum?

    Graduates of most Masters, MBA programmes professional business qualification, studied more than 4 years previously but the programme provides a refresher for more recent graduates wishing to keep on top of their game.

    Those Executives who would like to maintain their management “edge” in the face of new management science developments, and based on the fundamentals learned in their original programme.

    Executives from all sectors in the Gulf region; the private sector, the public sector, not for profit organisations.

  • The Modules

    Day 1: Financial Engineering & Innovation 

    •  Financial engineering is a body of knowledge encompassing conceptualization and implementation of financial innovation.
    • Using tools and knowledge from the fields of computer science, statistics, economics and applied mathematics to address current financial issues as well as to devise new and innovative financial products.
    • Techniques and efficient resource allocation in the economy.
    • The context of managerial decisions and solving vexing problems of investment management and corporate finance.
    • The innovation and use of recent structured securities such as collateral mortgage obligations (CMOs), interest rate swaps, trust structures, and dynamic hedging strategies for portfolio insurance.
    • Frameworks for evaluating key risks and performance characteristics of structured financial products will be introduced.
    • Characteristics of structured derivatives transactions will be discussed, ie lack of regulation, borderless international transactions, uniquely tailored and customized, liquidity, off balance sheet accounting, and financial leverage.


    Day 2: Leadership in a changing world

    • Key theoretical models leadership
    • The elements involved in effective leadership
    • The impact of national culture of leadership
    • To what extent are leaders born or can they be made
    • Empirical research on effective HRM
    • Trends in convergence / divergence in leadership practices


    Day 3: The Global Value Chain

    •  A value chain is “a ‘string’ of companies working together to satisfy market demands”.
    • The value chain typically consists of one or a few primary value (product or service) suppliers and many other suppliers that add value to the primary value that is ultimately presented to the end-user purchaser.
    • Added Value for Customers – Performance, Cost, and/or Time Based
    • Mobilizing, managing, and using resources rather than at formally acquiring and necessarily owning resources.
    • The New Economy Approach to Creating a Business Model
    • The Future Value Chain – Performance, Time and Cost –new dimensions


    Day 4: The manager as an entrepreneur

    • What is involved in entrepreneurship
    • What are the key stages in starting a new business
    • The behaviours new business owners need to practice
    • The impact of national culture of new business operation
    • The importance of rules and regulations in new business start-ups

  • The Tutors

    Are all experienced, senior UK University teachers, all of whom continue to contribute to full and part-time MBA programmes around the world.

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    They are led by David Bright B.A.(Hons), M.Sc.(Econ), Ph.D, M.CIPD, who has led, taught and developed UK University MBA programmes for over 30 years. David has also teaches on programmes in Europe, the Middle and Far East.

    Other key speakers

    The Global Value Chain Module

    Professor David Walters

    David Walters is Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney.

    He has a BA in Economics from Alberta, an MSc in Marketing, Financial Management and Corporate Planning from Bradford, and a PhD from Cranfield.

    David has held posts at the Sydney Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Stirling University, Oxford University (Templeton College) and the Cranfield School of Management.  For the last seven years he has been at Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney.  He has published a number of textbooks in business and marketing subjects the most recent of which, ‘Managing in the Value Chain Network’, was co-authored with Mark Rainbird.  He has published over 30 articles in professional journals.

    David Walters has had teaching experience across a wide range of continents including North America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  In addition to his wide teaching experience he has acted as a consultant for a number of international companies.  These include: BOC, CSR, Harrods, Laura Ashley, The Kingfisher Group, Storehouse, British Oxygen Company, Marks and Spencer, Tesco and a number of others.

    Leadership module

    Stephen Bedford FCIPD

    An experienced development professional who has worked within all aspects of the training cycle at both individual and organisational level. He has senior level consultancy and influencing skills including working with senior management across all disciplines, to facilitate the design and implementation of both learning and development and performance management initiatives. He has supported management at all levels on an individual basis utilising both strategic management development and individual coaching.

    A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD), which demonstrates his depth of experience and understanding, and a registered Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner, which he utilises to support his development work.

  • The Learning Outcomes

    Executive development

    A systematic understanding of organisational excellence and the performance measurement methods, processes and approaches that can be used to evaluate and manage excellence.

    The ability to deal with complex issues systematically and make educated decisions.

    Skills and competencies to enable analysis and evaluation of the factors affecting an organisations maturity to sustained superior performance.

  • The Follow up

    This programme will continue in 2015 with further new modules, to help you keep up to date.


  • The Quality Assurance

    This programme is verified by Professor Geoff Lancaster MSc, PhD, FCIM, FCIR
    Dean of Academic Studies, London School of Commerce

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