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Why AUD Executive MBA?

We are faced with a new world. Unfamiliar. Daunting. Challenging. A world asking us to be something we’re not. And the business leaders who will successfully manage this continuous transition are going to have to acknowledge that what brought them here, is not what will keep them here.

Because everything has changed. The migration of information and communication to a digital platform. The way we talk to each other. The speed at which data is evaluated has increased tenfold. The need to make far-reaching decisions, in a fraction of the time required a few years ago. The relationship between marketers and purchasers is unrecognizable now, as is the partnership between resource suppliers and manufacturers. Expectations on company and individual performance are off the scale. And they’re getting even more demanding. Loyalty and trust are no longer brand or corporate building blocks. They are parameters which are audited and reset second by second. Even the way we think about the concept of money will have to be different.

A new world, with economic and social frontiers we cannot possibly imagine until they reveal themselves. And the only way you can prepare for them is to clear your mind of the default decisions experience is telling you to make.


UNLEARN

Lose the rigid structures of the past. Focus on the fluidity of tomorrow.

This is the guiding principle of the AUD Executive MBA program: To keep the rear view mirror of experience as precisely that; where you have come from, not where you are going.


THREE PILLARS TO GUIDE YOU INTO THE FUTURE

  • Securing the future

    Securing the future

    Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are, rightly so, becoming increasingly non-negotiable in all business practices. Our participants need to develop an awareness of the impact of their (business) decisions on them and those around them – today, tomorrow and years from now. They need to learn how to life a live of accountability.

  • Preparing for the future

    Preparing for the future

    In a business environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, our participants need to possess and be able to apply the leadership skills necessary to cope in this environment. It is difficult enough to stay abreast of change, let alone lead it. Our participants need to unlock the change agent in them. They need to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, to treat unforeseen challenges as irresistible rather than insurmountable, all the while conducting themselves with courage and conviction.

  • Looking to the future

    Looking
    to the future

    We take our participants through an immersion process, coaching them in things they did not know they even needed to know. We do this by teaching the latest trends and developments in business and exposing them to innovative ideas that challenge their perspectives and pushes their boundaries. Our participants need to open their minds to change, and embrace the learning that comes from it.


  • Securing the future

    Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are, rightly so, becoming increasingly non-negotiable in all business practices. Our participants need to develop an awareness of the impact of their (business) decisions on them and those around them – today, tomorrow and years from now. They need to learn how to life a live of accountability.

  • Preparing for the future

    In a business environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, our participants need to possess and be able to apply the leadership skills necessary to cope in this environment. It is difficult enough to stay abreast of change, let alone lead it. Our participants need to unlock the change agent in them. They need to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, to treat unforeseen challenges as irresistible rather than insurmountable, all the while conducting themselves with courage and conviction.

  • Looking to the future

    We take our participants through an immersion process, coaching them in things they did not know they even needed to know. We do this by teaching the latest trends and developments in business and exposing them to innovative ideas that challenge their perspectives and pushes their boundaries. Our participants need to open their minds to change, and embrace the learning that comes from it.

PROGRAM


THE MISSION

To equip executives with the research-based knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as transformational leaders in a global business environment impacted continuously by innovation and disruptive change.

OVERVIEW

The EMBA Program is a two-year, 42 credit hours program aimed at working professionals. EMBA participants take courses throughout the year during the Fall and Spring semesters and the Summer I term.

FORMAT

EMBA classes take place approximately once per month during extended weekends (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). The program is designed to ensure minimal time out of employment, making the best use of your time on campus. In-between campus modules, you will work with your teams on team projects. Our faculty members are always available to support and guide you, whether during in-class hours or in-between classes.





CURRICULUM

We’ll teach to know what your employees are thinking, how they’re thinking and why they’re thinking the way they are. Then we’ll study overall corporate cultures and look around the world to see how different HR practices are improving the performance of companies overall.
The motivation and incentivizing of people has never been set in stone – it’s an amorphous formula based on infrastructure, demand, competition – any number of unique factors. We’ll study rationales, analytics and metrics to give you the knowledge and confidence to convert theory to practice.
We’ll immerse you in current and past management science techniques and show you what has worked and what hasn’t – forecasting, decisions taken under risk, regression analysis and the like. But the most value you’ll get from this is course is an ability to act under pressure borne from uncertainty.

Year I - Fall

When you analyze enough financial statements, you start being able to recognize patterns. And when you recognize patterns, the numbers on any page start having actual, practical meaning. Bottom line? How to accurately measure performance and make the necessary management calls grounded in ratio analysis, financial planning, budgeting and ROI.
This is so vital to tomorrow’s leadership, it bears repeating. It is imperative you have a grounding in the theories of CSR including financial, organizational and legal issues as well as the practicalities of applying them into the structures to the relevant stakeholders. Few aspects of leadership tomorrow are as important as governance and CSR.
An inefficient supply chain harms a company’s profitability and is vulnerable to competitive activity. So let’s get this very basic of operations fixed in your head. We’ll look at supply strategies, project management, process analysis and management, inventory control, supply chain design and, of course, logistics.

Year I - Spring

If money makes the world go round, let’s find out how. We’ll study economic and cultural landscapes in various regions around the world. Then we’ll drop you into an immersion with a foreign company operating in Dubai. The nett result? Your knowledge base of global markets and societies will gift you a competitive edge.

Year I - Summer

By the time you get to the end of this sentence, marketing practices will have changed. It’s evolving that fast. But the fundamentals won’t have changed. So we’re going to look at marketing ideas and how to apply them in a marketplace. We’ll study how marketers have successfully reacted to shifts in consumer behavior and consumption. We’ll use real life scenarios to apply theories and evaluate their practicality.
The basic principles of finance may seem like a mundane subject to some, but a sound knowledge of them is what truly set captains of industry apart from the rest. In this course we’ll study tools and techniques to understand and practice valuation, and how value is actually determined in capital markets. Talk about competitive advantage!
This course is designed to change your mind about entrepreneurship and innovation from risk-taking to risk-averting. Business design and redesign are accomplished through an understanding of empathic creativity, the powers of observation and the creation of operational frameworks. We’ll ‘observe’ all of these facets in depth.

Year II - Fall

Insight is not a skill per se. It’s simpler than that. It’s a habit. Given the right practices and tools, the ability to analyze data and covert it into insights will come pretty naturally. And by studying the evolving techniques in data analysis, your ability to offer insights will enhance your stature and impact as a leader.
A competitive advantage. That’s why we’re all here, isn’t it? We’re going to do a deep dive into case studies and in-field experiences (as much to know what not to do), study a number of analytic tools that guide strategic decisions and take the leap between theory and practice. Strategy is the prime turnkey of business. After this course, you’ll own the key.
You ever seen a pilot walk out of a simulator? The sweat on the brow is a giveaway that, for a while, that pilot felt immersed in a real situation. This is what this course is all about. An intensive, experiential business simulation experience that pulls together all the ideas and practices you’ve learnt throughout the EMBA curriculum. You will not doubt that you’re in the arena, making tough decisions, playing a high stakes game of real management issues. You will sweat. But it will be, simply, a fantastic experience.

Year II - Spring

There are companies who pride themselves on what people think. And then there are the market leaders who understand how they think. It’s the latter that interests us; so we’re going to examine the strategic decisions around new products, repositioning existing products and why it’s important to understand market reactions. Why people are motivated to do what they do. That’s this course, in a nutshell.
Think local, act global. This slogan for an international bank may well sum up the success stories of every company that has expanded successfully and aggressively into global markets. We get under the skin of their practices and the way various markets have reacted to their presence. A must if your goals lie beyond the horizon.
Often referred to as the grease which lubricates the wheels of the global economy, international trade is a subject worthy of its own course. Every day, we are subjected to international trade issues that effect our lives in some way. To understand why this is requires knowledge of matters such as global economic growth, trade balance and world markets. These we examine in depth to arm you with the ability to recognize the consequences of media-reported disputes in your marketplace.

Year II - Summer


FINDING YOUR VOICE

ARE YOU READY TO UNLEARN?

As part of your EMBA program, you will be able to identify skills you never knew you had, polish them and then unleash them in every aspect of your career. This is Unlearn at its most personal. Because you will surprise yourself. You would need to dig a little deeper into character and personality – your strengths and weaknesses and your blind spots. Through this style of introspection, you will emerge as an irresistible leader.
Through a series of skills sessions we will teach you about the impact you have on others and through integrated career coaching you will recognize who you are and who you want to be.

FACULTY

Our EMBA program draws on faculty from elite business schools from around the world who join a current AUD faculty brimful of business talent. The EMBA faculty boast an exhaustive research and teaching track record and present a ‘rainbowesque’ demographic and societal profile. Everything taught in the program will be globally relevant, yet sensitive to markets here in and in the region. Simply, you could not be in better hands to Unlearn.

Dr. Zafer Akin

Zafer Akın has more than fifteen years of teaching, research and university service experience. He has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses both in economics and business. His specialties are microeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics and game theory. He has many articles, awards, grants and projects in his fields. He presented his work in many conferences and universities such as ESA, ASSET, Game Theory Festival, SING, PET, Cal Tech, Syracuse and Harvard Business School. He holds a BS and MA degree from Bilkent University (Turkey), a Ph.D. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and  spent a year at Harvard University (Economics Department and Harvard Business School) as a visiting scholar.

Kim A. Page

Kim A. Page, Communication Expert & Author,  Kim has helped thousands of professionals get their message through in multinational and local organizations. A passionate communication expert with an embodied approach, she brings a substantial toolbox with body language, influencing skills such as active listening and unforgettable presentations and she is a vocal coach and a choir leader. With a career that spans across three continents, Kim is an author and a TEDx speaker. She is instrumental in preparing our EMBA students for the future by increasing their impact when they engage with clients and stakeholders. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramaturgy from Lund University, Sweden and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, California.

Dr. Edward G. Verlander

Edward Verlander is a professor of organization and leadership at Columbia University and has been a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, and Nanjing University.
Dr. Verlander’s business experience includes managerial positions at Harbridge House, Goldman Sachs, SCM Corporation, and the British firm, Lex Electronics, Inc. and he is co-founder of Verlander, Wang & Co, LLC, a consulting firm with offices in New York and Shenyang, China.
Born in England and now living in New York, he earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut, an MA and his Doctorate from Columbia University.

First Day Of Class
An Example Of One Of Our Workshops

ADVISORY BOARD

We always ensure that we teach our students the content and skills that they need to thrive in the global business landscape. To ensure that our program and curriculum resonates with industry, we have an EMBA Advisory Board that gives us their expertise and input drawn from their vast professional experience. They hold us accountable to our mission, comment on our progress and way forward and provide support and mentorship.

Colm Lynch

a. Colm Lynch works for Falcon and Associates which is a strategic advisory founded under Ruler’s Decree by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Colm is Associate Director for RewirEd which is a global education conference that will be hosted by Dubai Cares and EXPO2020 Dubai in coordination with UAE MOFA-IC and delivered by Falcon and Associates. He also serves on the management team of Dubai Business Associates, the graduate management training and cultural ambassadorship programme which is under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed. Colm has qualified with a MBA from UCD, Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and is also a graduate alum from Trinity College Dublin.


Aline Ashkarian



Aline Ashkarian is the Country General Manager of Patchi UAE. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and business development in different industries between Lebanon and UAE, Aline has a proven record of improving the performance of businesses. Furthermore, Aline has been recognized for achieving numerous positive impacts on business efficiency and productivity. Aline holds an executive MBA from Hult Business School in Dubai, UAE


Troy Simoni

Troy Simoni is founder and CEO of Staytus, responsible for the strategy and vision driving the company's development and worldwide growth. Prior to Staytus, Mr. Simoni was co-founder and CEO of two other multinational tech startups, both of which were acquired. Earlier in his career, Mr. Simoni held various management positions over 9 years at HP, in Silicon Valley and in Europe. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering from University of California, Irvine and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

ADMISSIONS


WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for forward-thinking participants who are dynamic and motivated to embrace the future and enact innovation with us. Our participants are high-potential, open-minded change makers that contribute to the EMBA experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements to be eligible for the EMBA program are:

  • A university degree.
  • Six years of post-graduate work experience.
  • English proficiency (demonstrated by an English proficiency test score)
  • Executive Assessment (EA) – optional*

The Executive Assessment (EA) is accepted by AUD.
The EA is administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals.
If you hold an Executive Assessment score, feel free to submit this as supplement to your application.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Applicants for the Executive MBA Program need to submit an online application form, including two application essays and a professional reference. After an initial evaluation, an in-person admissions interview is required. Please contact us for more details.

TUITION FEES

The fee for the Executive MBA program is AED 202,000.*
This includes tuition, teaching materials and meals when on campus.
* An initial non-refundable deposit of AED 11,000 is required to secure your place on the program.

FINANCIAL AID

We have various financial aid options available for this program. To learn more about these options and how it applies to your personal situation, please contact us.

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EVENTS


The future is not what it used to be

Disruption, turmoil and uncertainty have forced us all to adapt to an uncertain future. Our previous assumptions are challenged, our visions for the future are altered and our plans are severely disrupted. How do we deal with a future that is not what it used to be? Connect with us as we ponder this question with various experts in the field.

Date: Wednesday, 17th June 2020
Time: 5.30 PM GST
Place: Online Webinar
Please RSVP!
This is a free event.

MEDITATION: In Times of Uncertainties – Webinar with Professor Goerges Kachaamy

Our physical and mental-being is directly corelated to our success in life. It is of paramount importance that we continue to live a lifestyle that allows us to contribute to our loved ones, our communities, and organizations we work for. However, this becomes extremely challenging when there is much anxiety around us. Join us to find out more about the purpose of meditation and how we can benefit from it to attain a higher sense of well-being.

Date: Tuesday, 6th May 2020
Time: 2 PM GST
Place: Online Webinar
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This is a free event.

The Relevance Of An Executive MBA – Webinar with AUD EMBA Team

In this webinar, we will explore if the EMBA is still the right choice to equip you with the skills to cope in the current climate of disruption and uncertainty. Join us as our EMBA Director and Admissions Manager ponder the value of an EMBA and its relevance to you

The relevance of an EMBA recording and also view the presentation here .

Date: Monday, 6th April 2020
Time: 12:30 pm to 01:30 PM GST
Place: Online Webinar
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This is a free event.

Leadership in Uncertain Times and Beyond - Professor Tatiana Zalan

The implications of Covid-19 have created challenges, and opportunities, that have been unprecedented in the history of our planet. Strong leadership becomes even more necessary to tackle the challenges we are facing in these uncertain times. Join us for a webinar that dissects leadership during and after such a global event.

Leadership In Uncertain Times and Beyond recording

Date: Wednesday, 15th April 2020
Time: 12:30 pm to 01:30 PM GST
Place: Online Webinar
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This is a free event.

BLOG

Covid-19 and The Relevance of an Executive MBA

by Junaid Ahmed, April 2020

Enter January 2020: A year that is set to host the Olympics in Japan, The UEFA Euro 2020 football tournament across Europe. The US elections are scheduled in November on the back of consistently strong economic performance of the country measured through major economic indicators. Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE is on course to be “the greatest show in the world”.

Enter March 2020: A period of absolute chaos unprecedented in human history. The pandemic has wreaked havoc across 180+ countries within a matter of weeks forcing governments to close borders, shutter airports, and restrict movement of billions of people. The virus has showed to us how connected we are, and how fragile we are.

Enter March 2020: A period f absolute chaos unprecedented in human history. The pandemic has wreaked havoc across 180+ countries within a matter of weeks forcing governments to close borders, shutter airports, and restrict movement of billions of people. The virus has showed to us how connected we are, and how fragile we are.

But this pandemic has also created a plethora of opportunities for businesses and individuals alike. Individuals and companies continue to try to innovate to create ingenious solutions that align reduce inefficiencies and create more value. For instance, restaurants & F&B businesses have sprung into action to collaborate on how best to reach their customers directly rather than having to go through outsourced marketing and food delivery companies that would otherwise take up more than a third of their revenue. Businesses have had to scramble and adapt technology that ensures productivity and efficiency while their employees largely work remotely. Educational institutions have had to use innovative and creative ways to deliver content while trying to maintain rigorous academic standards. Hygiene has started to play a vital role across all industries. There is an oil glut with extremely low prices predicted at around $20-25/barrel in the short to medium term, yet even with fossil fuel being so cheap, there is a deafening silence with regards to demand at gas stations, airports, and in many other industries connected to entertainment and hospitality, among others.

So, how does one go about navigating the present and managing the unknowns of the future? Simply waiting or hoping for a better tomorrow is not enough. During times of uncertainty, adding value to your skillset to be able to organize the future, the future that belongs to you, and your community, becomes even more critical. Research from as early as the 2000s confirms that talented professionals aggressively pursue upskilling themselves through recession in order to be better positioned, and because less economic activity frees up more time to invest in oneself.

The only element that will remain constant will be change. As employers gear towards automating up to 25% of jobs by 2030, it is important to find out how you add substantial value to your professional profile that enables you not only to look towards the future, and to prepare for it, but also to ultimately secure it.

At the AUD EMBA, our aim is to enable you to do exactly that. Find out more by talking to our EMBA advisor at emba.aud.edu or attend one of our live events or webinars online by registering here

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