International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)
This is a program for international students in Singapore.
Advances in technology have opened commerce to a global scale and heightened the competitiveness of businesses around the world. As a result, the demand for well-educated executives and managers has grown at phenomenal rates, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The purpose of the IMBA program is to provide students of the international community the opportunity to become business leaders in the global marketplace. The program focuses on advancing knowledge and skills that are complemented by one of three areas of emphasis: Finance, Information Technology Management, and International Management. It will consist of eight 3-unit core classes each of which has face-to-face intensive lectures of 24 hours over a period of 4 days, and four 3-unit elective classes each of which has online lectures over a period of 4 weeks. If students do not have academic background in financial accounting, statistics, and/or business economics, they will be required to take corresponding prerequisite classes. The entire program requires twelve classes (core and elective) of 36 units plus prerequisite classes (if needed) over a period of 12-15 months. The face-to-face and online learning experience equips students with leadership skills and professional relationships in different environments and industries. Courses will incorporate the unique Asia-Pacific cultures and its management styles and practices.
A. Prerequisite Classes
The three prerequisite classes prepare students who do not have the undergraduate level knowledge of business to be successful in the program. The three prerequisite classes are as follows:
- Financial Accounting
B. Core Classes
The seven core classes in general management courses provide students with an overview of the fundamental aspects of business, which are as follows:
- IMBA 210 Managerial Accounting
- IMBA 211 Global Corporate Finance
- IMBA 213 Marketing Management
- IMBA 214 Statistical Decision Making
- IMBA 215 Information Technology Management
- IMBA 216 Human Resources Management
- IMBA 217 Business Law and Legal Environment
C. Elective Classes
The three areas of emphasis (Finance, Information Technology Management, or International Management) provide the four elective classes for the program. The classes in each emphasis are described as follows.
- IMBA 231 Global Financial Institutions and Markets introduces students to the principles and dynamics of international financial markets and institutions. The course addresses the operational aspects of global financial institutions with the emphasis on foreign exchange risk management problem. The major objective of this course is to have students develop an operational understanding of the financial problems faced by nations as well as the local and multinational corporation.
- IMBA 232 International Trade examines in detail the global business operations within the context of today’s international trade. International trade has an era typified by unprecedented worldwide production and distribution. This course provides students with and understanding of these changes, and their impact on international trade. The primary objective of this course is to prepare students to identify and respond to new opportunities and challenges in international trade.
- IMBA 233 International Investments provides students with a framework for making financial decisions in the international business arena. To this end, relevant features of exchange rate instruments and their determination, international equity markets, international investments will be covered. Also addressed is the issue of exposure to foreign exchange rate risk and associated hedging strategies.
- IMBA 234 Contemporary Issues in International Finance is a seminar course that will focus on exploring contemporary issues in international finance. Emphasis is placed on exploring and discussing: new financial investment instruments and consideration of the risk and return of the Venture Capital firms as an investment vehicle, the U.S. based Private Equity Funds around the world and the tools and techniques for managing foreign exchange risk, and the process of Initial Public Offerings (IPO) in different economies.
2. Information Technology (IT) Management
Only four of the five courses will be offered as part of the curriculum. A determination will be made through an agreement between Aventis and the CBA.
- IMBA 251 IT Resource Management examines the management of information technology as a vital resource to an organization. As a vital resource, the business must effectively and efficiently manage and secure its IT resources.
- IMBA 252 Enterprise IT Planning : As an organizational integrator, IT presents many new opportunities at the enterprise level to design and implement new organizational structures and business processes. Enterprise IT primarily involves enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), knowledge management (KM) and customer relationship management (CRM) to support and seamlessly coordinate business activities
- IMBA 253 Strategic IT Planning : Strategic IT planning defines the direction a business chooses to direct its IT resources. It encompasses a vision, mission, strategy and objectives that closely align to the business’ vision, mission, strategy and objectives. Planning involves examining how IT will support the achievement of the business’ goals and objectives, and how IT can open new opportunities to create new business goals.
- IMBA 254 IT Project Management: Implementing IT initiatives requires a business to not only carefully evaluate their alignment to the business’ goals and objectives, but to identify and assess risks that they present. Selecting projects requires a comparison of their feasibility, complexity, scalability and impact. A project portfolio provides a means to direct the right resources to the right projects to ensure their completion at the right time. Plans must be developed and key performance measures identified and tracked.
- IMBA 255 IT Leadership examines the various elements that comprise IT leadership. Leadership plays an important role in determining a business’ success with IT. It requires recognizing and leveraging the business’ competencies and core values, and championing initiatives and projects that work in the best interest of the business and create value.
3. International Management
- IMBA 241 Comparative International Management takes a global perspective in dealing with management issues in both foreign and divers host environments. Communication and cross-cultural management issues are addresses in the context of changing global environments, especially in rapidly growing regions and countries.
- IMBA 242 Multinational Corporate Management focuses on the managerial challenges associated with developing strategies and managing operations of multinational corporations (MNCs) where activities stretch across national boundaries. A cross-cultural and functional perspective is adopted in investigating MNCs' operating environments and competitive strategies through the analysis and discussion of selected case materials.
- IMBA 243 Global Supply Chain Management introduces the major concepts and tools for the delivery of enhanced customer and economic value through global synchronized management of the flow of physical goods and associated information from sourcing to consumption. The course includes key topics in purchasing, supply chain management, and distribution and logistics management.
- IMBA 244 Project Management will cover all phases of managing projects, from project selection to project termination. Specific topics include project life cycle, project selection methods, planning and scheduling techniques, accounting and budgeting methods, resource allocation, procurement and contract negotiation, organizational and ethical issues, and project termination. Current issues and cases will also be discussed, and software systems, such as MS Project® and Internet-based file sharing systems will be incorporated into relevant portions of the course.
D. Culminating Experience
Students are required to complete a culminating experience course. The culminating experience course is:
- IMBA 500 Leadership and Change Management
For further information, please contact:
Aventis School of Management:
- ASEAN Representative Office
- Mr. Stanley Soh or Mr. Kent Ho
- 100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel #04-100
- Singapore 238840
- Office: (65) 6720 3333
- Fax: (65) 6720 2222
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.aventis.edu.sg
Sacramento State University:
- Dr. Monica Lam
- Associate Dean for Graduate and External Programs
- College of Business Administration
- California State University, Sacramento
- 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6088, USA
- Fax: 916-278-6141
- Phone: 916-278-6464
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org