Plat­form for pro­fes­sion­als

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AC­CORD­ING to Prof Christina Lee Kwai Choi, head of the MBA ( master’s in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion) pro­gramme at Monash Uni­ver­sity Malaysia, tech­ni­cal peo­ple with strong busi­ness acu­men are highly sought- af­ter by em­ploy­ers.

She says em­ploy­ers are look­ing for lead­ers who are able to put to­gether tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and busi­ness fun­da­men­tals to cre­ate a holis­tic pic­ture against an ev­er­chang­ing back­drop.

“Busi­nesses are faced with con­stant change in to­day’s tur­bu­lent en­vi­ron­ment and those busi­nesses that do not evolve with these changes will be left be­hind.

“To take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the emerg­ing economies around our re­gion, we need strate­gists and tech­ni­cal peo­ple with strong busi­ness acu­men, who are able to in­te­grate their tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise with strate­gic think­ing,” she says.

Lee ex­plained that an MBA pro­gramme em­pow­ers those with tech­ni­cal back­grounds to take on the chal­lenge of a tough busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“Em­ploy­ers are look­ing for peo­ple who are able to catch the next wave of new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties – these peo­ple are crit­i­cal thinkers, which are one of the key at­tributes de­sired in MBA grad­u­ates,” she says.

The Monash Malaysia MBA pro­gramme is de­signed to train its stu­dents in crit­i­cal think­ing and com­plex prob­lem solv­ing in an un­cer­tain busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“Grad­u­ates are con­stantly en­cour­aged to chal­lenge con­ven­tional think­ing in busi­ness de­ci­sion mak­ing and coached in com­bin­ing acu­men with an an­a­lyt­i­cal ap­proach,” she adds.

Lee says the pro­gramme helps tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als de­velop a clearer un­der­stand­ing of or­gan­i­sa­tional, mar­ket and stake­hold­ers’ needs to align tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment with busi­ness strat­egy.

Tech­ni­cal knowl­edge is es­sen­tial in build­ing a ca­reer in a spe­cialised field, but as one ma­tures in a com­pany, more man­age­rial or strate­gic skills are ex­pected of them.

“Tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als not only gain knowl­edge of busi­ness fun­da­men­tals such as fi­nance, hu­man resources and busi­ness strate­gies, they also de­velop skills in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, lead­er­ship and ne­go­ti­a­tion through our pro­gramme,” she says.

As a pro­gramme de­signed for work­ing adults, Lee ex­plains that the course pro­vides fun­da­men­tal busi­ness knowl­edge that ex­tends the work­ing adults’ ex­pe­ri­ence by link­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence to the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge.

“An un­der­stand­ing of busi­ness fun­da­men­tals pro­vides a higher chance of suc­cess for the en­tre­pre­neur­ial minded tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als who wish to start their own busi­ness.

“Am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties are pro­vided for the stu­dents to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and de­bate on the ve­rac­ity of the the­ory from their busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ences,” she ex­plains.

There are two core com­po­nents within the pro­gramme – the Study Tour and Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing Project, which in­te­grates the­ory and prac­tice in stu­dents’ study ex­pe­ri­ence.

Lee shares that it is im­per­a­tive for MBA stu­dents to de­velop cul­tural sen­si­tiv­ity when deal­ing with in­ter­na­tional busi­ness part­ners as many busi­nesses to­day ex­tend be­yond the shores of Malaysia.

“Through our Study Tour, we pro­vide in­sights into to­day’s cul­tur­ally di­verse busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“Stu­dents learn to adapt and de­sign sus­tain­able busi­ness strate­gies suited to a com­pany within the global econ­omy,” she states.

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Monash Uni­ver­sity’s head of MBA Prof Christina Lee Kwai Choi says that stu­dents of the Monash MBA pro­gramme learn to adapt and de­sign sus­tain­able busi­ness strate­gies suited to a com­pany within the global econ­omy. Prof Christina Lee Kwai Choi

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