Programme Curriculum


In the Asian century, it is not just a new kind of leader that we will need to see in Asia, but new global leaders too. With The NUS Executive MBA, you will get a unique opportunity to grow your knowledge and understanding of global business in a changing world.
Your curriculum is designed to be dynamic with intense exposure and immersion. You will obtain an unmatched understanding of the nuances and practices that are particular to the region and its countries.
Self-awareness helps us to understand why we do things the way we do, what is important to us, and understand the people around us. This module is designed for you to gain self-awareness, and to help you develop both as a person and a leader. Get key insights into who you are as a person and a leader, and solicit feedback from experts and insights in how you could optimise your personal and leadership effectiveness. Tie concrete situations from cases and your experiences to essential theories on organisational behaviour and effective leadership practices.
Leading individuals, groups, and organisations effectively is key to managerial excellence. Yet, it may pose the most difficult challenges for managers. This module will provide you with a framework for increasing individual, group and organisational performance. It will also help you understand and acquire critical leadership knowledge and skills required to shape and manage the behaviour of people in organisations. Through self-reflection of your own practice at work, you learn to relate the relevance and usefulness of the concepts and management practices discussed in class to your work experiences.
Build up your Analytical Quotient (AQ) to thrive in the Industry 4.0 era. Acquire hands-on experience applying descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytical tools to pertinent data in order to extract insights for smart decisions in an uncertain environment. Routinely apply a holistic methodology to cases arising in various organisational settings including finance, marketing, supply chain, HR, and government.
This module integrates digital and social media marketing as well as social purpose (CSR and sustainability) with core marketing strategy concepts and tools. Asian and global case studies are effectively utilised to enhance marketing decision making rigour ranging from market entry strategy, new product marketing, branding and customercentricity. Projects are specifically designed to encourage participants to integrate a social purpose when developing and executing marketing and branding strategies which impact positively on brand equity and benefit both society and business outcomes.
Explore how microeconomic analytical tools can be applied to business practices. Analyse the functioning of markets, the economic behaviour of firms and other economic agents and their economic/managerial implications through a selected set of topics that are motivated by real-world observations of business operations.
How does a business become international in its operations and sales? What are the management challenges associated with operating in multiple geographic markets? Analyse the elements of business environments, such as the political, regulatory and social environments that shape the nature and conduct of business in Asia and in the world, and consider the role of multilateral institutions and prominent national institutions on internationalisation strategy and multinational management.
Apply the analytical tools of macroeconomics extensively to Asia. Analyse business cycles and the role of stabilisation policy. Explore key issues such as the determination of exchange rate in the short- and long-run, how currency risk can be hedged, how economic “shocks” are transmitted internationally and what policy can achieve in response, determinants of economic growth in the long run with lessons from Asia, challenges facing the Chinese economy, and perspectives on financial crises and financial regulation.
Acquire the analytic tools to analyse and anticipate opportunities, threats and risks created by technological and business model innovation, the organisational challenges of incumbent firms facing disruptive innovation, and the entrepreneurial mind-set and change-maker skill-set needed to make innovation happen.
Strategy is shaped not only by the underlying market and competitive conditions that prevail in an industry, but also by the resources as well as by the firm’s internal structure, systems, and culture. This integration of the external and internal perspectives provides the basic framework for strategic thinking, and opens the door for more strategic analysis in a variety of context.
Understand the principles of accounting and financial management, including uses and limitations of accounting information for decision making and performance evaluation; knowledge of financial resource management; role of managers in maximising the financial value of the firm; standard techniques of financial analysis and control; financial markets and the environment in which businesses operate; valuation and capital budgeting; capital structure and the cost of capital; the choice of sources of financing; and management of current assets and liabilities of the firm.
Cover theories, concepts, practices and current issues in the management of human capital in organisations. Topics include strategic human resource management, organisational culture, recruitment & selection, performance management, and compensation & benefits. Discuss the impact of globalisation and technology such as AI on human capital.
Discover how firms can leverage their Value Chains, Logistics and Operations to limit both the incidence and consequence of supply-demand mismatches. Use cases from a wide range of industries to understand how firms that employ these techniques to better match supply with demand enjoy a significant competitive advantage and deliver superior value.
Acquire the skills needed to communicate decisions effectively, understand the dynamics of negotiations and recognise the importance of influencing at the workplace. Understand how employees communicate with new technologies and the role that these digital trends will play in communication challenges that leaders face at the workplace.
Understand the ways in which firms can create value for their shareholders by applying appropriate financial strategies. Topics covered include time value of money, relationship between risk and return, valuation of bonds and stocks, the bond market and the stock market in Asia and globally, evaluation of investment projects, payout policy, capital structure, capital raising strategies, the IPO process, and the initial issues market.
Managing change and disruption is a core leadership skill in today’s constantly changing and VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) work environment. But few leaders manage change well. The brutal fact is – 70% of all change initiatives fail – which is why mastering this skill will not only future-proof your organisation, but also your career. Arm yourself with practical skills and hands­-on tools for planning, leading and managing change and disruption.
In view of the globalisation of markets, capital, technology, products and talent, clear views on how corporations are and should be governed, and the principles to guide such governance, are important for executives, as well as those shaping public policy. Gain a solid understanding of Corporate Governance from an international perspective – with a focus on Asia – drawing from the insights of academia, regulators and practitioners.
The NUS EMBA programme provided me with excellent frameworks and business process methodologies. Couple these with the depth of experiences and insights gained, I was able to successfully close an M&A deal in my own business.
COO, PT. Trias Indra Saputra
A Group Brand Of Legrand, Indonesia