Nine of our most popular electives run in block weeks in Dubai. Increase your options and your network by attending classes in London - benefit from cross-generational learning alongside students across all of our programmes.
Add value to your organisation with our business project elective. Test the feasibility of a new venture on the Entrepreneurship Summer School. Take between six and eight electives and demonstrate your ability to understand key challenges and implement tangible business solutions.
Our elective options are updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.
Accounting risk, regulation of standards and corporate governance.View electives Show less
Competition policy, industrial economics and economic integration.View electives Show less
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Decision modelling, service operations and e-business.View electives Show less
Advertising, branding, competitive strategy, consumer behaviour, global marketing, marketing models and media.View electives Show less
Leadership, groups, negotiations, creativity, culture and identity and business ethics.View electives Show less
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In a world of increasing change and uncertainty, successful companies can seldom rely on their past sources of advantage for long. They need to adapt rapidly, but for a future that is not at all clear. They need to become more 'agile' in the way they develop and execute emerging strategies. This elective explores different contexts of change and uncertainty, and provides tools and concepts to help companies become more agile in various respects. The impact of the pandemic has only heightened awareness of how important and pervasive is this need for flexibility and agility as much in large organizations as in small ones.
National borders matter for how firms develop and conduct their strategy. The point of departure for Global Strategy is that differences exist between countries and that these differences have implications for how firms strategize when they operate across borders.
Learn to identify these differences, how to measure them, and what they mean for fundamental decisions such as entering new markets and designing the global footprint of a firm's operations. Gain familiarity with some major public databases (e.g. POLYCON, Economic Freedom of the World Index, CAGE).
This course is relevant for anyone who intends to pursue a managerial career in a multinational corporation as well as anyone who will have to assess the strategies of multinational corporations in consulting and finance.
Seven of the top ten companies in the world by market capitalisation, and the vast majority of unlisted ‘unicorn’ companies, are players in the digital economy: they sell primarily digital products (or hardware for accessing digital products), they operate with platform-based business models that give them increasing returns to scale, they have few tangible assets and they employ relatively small numbers of people.
These features make digital organisations fundamentally different to “industrial” organisations such as food manufacturers, oil & gas companies or automobile companies, who make physical products and operate in the world of decreasing returns to scale on which traditional economic theories were built.
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the differences between industrial and digital organisations, and to provide them with frameworks and practical advice for how to manage and work in digital organisations.
Firms are accelerating the use of analytics to translate human capital into competitive advantage. This trend has increased the demand for leaders who are informed users and consumers of analytical tools to manage and develop talent. This course meets such demand, by drawing on the latest evidence-based research on people analytics and educating students on how to use these tools in a thoughtful, effective, and responsible manner.
Students will be expected to use and analyse data, hence you need a basic knowledge of statistics. However, previous experience with statistical or programming packages is not required. We will provide you with some basic code and tools in class. The goal is to help you understand what kind of data and analytical techniques are more appropriate for each problem, as well as to train you in a thoughtful evaluation of the evidence required to make sound decisions.
Elective courses offer you the opportunity to concentrate on areas of special interest and to explore new subjects. Studied in the last two terms, Executive MBA students complete between six and eight elective courses, each taught over 30 classroom hours.
The broadest choice of electives is available in London, with a selection of the most popular courses offered in Dubai. A limited number of elective opportunities are also available in New York and Hong Kong through our partnership agreement with Columbia and HKU business schools.
London Business School electives may be offered in the following formats*:
Over a single ten week term
Fridays or Saturdays
Block week format
Typically Monday to Friday (or Tuesday to Saturday in Dubai)
Blocks of five working days
Taught outside term dates.
Term class format
Morning, afternoon, evening
Once a week over 10 weeks
*Please note that not all electives are offered in all formats.
Time spent in preparation outside of class will vary according to the course chosen and your background in the subject matter. On average, you can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours in preparation outside of class for each course undertaken.