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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