Programme Curriculum

The curriculum of the Kairos MA in Leadership is documented and updated regularly on the website of Kairos University. The leadership contextualisation of the learning experience in the MA thorugh IBR has been designed to empower working professionals like you in making decisions. In this exciting learning journey, the IBR offers immersion in international management, effective and strategic management, corporate finance, managerial accounting, marketing management and communication, human resources management, leadership development, operations management, industry 4.0, performance management, digital leadership, and transformation. The programme concludes with a contextual project, at traditional universities referred to as a master's thesis.

MA 6100

3 US credit hours

International Management

In MA 6100 you will appreciate how your workplace is part of a larger international world. You will assess how globalisation and the great technological transformation affects your workplace today and in the foreseeable future. This will be the departure point for a discussion on strategy. Furthermore, we will challenge you to assess your abilities to communicate and negotiate across cultural borders. To appreciate the uniqueness of your home country in this global world, you will design a proposal that calls for foreign direct investment into your company.

Course units include:

  • The Nature of International Business
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • International Business Law
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MA 6210 and MA 6211

each 3 US credit hours

Effective Management

In MA 6210 and MA 6211 we change the perspective and focus on you and your workplace. You have an opportunity to assess your management skills and principles you apply in managing people around you. Succeeding in an executive position has much to do how you manage yourself and others.

Strategic Management

In Strategic management we design strategy in a world that one cannot predict. We look at how to successfully navigate business into the future without becoming a prophet. This is a foundational course for the MA.

Course units include:

  • Principles of effective management
  • Tasks and tools of effective management
  • Strategy residential
  • Mastering Complexity through Navigation
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MA 6310 and MA 6311

each 3 US credit hours

Corporate Finance and Managerial Accounting

In MA 6310 and MA 6311 you analyse and evaluate the performance of your company/workplace as revealed in financial and other data you can access. In addition to this, you evaluate the company/workplace performance including a possible investment based on the analysis of internal account data. Finally, we challenge you to plan on-going performance based on findings in your prior analysis and the finance residential.

Course units include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Planning
  • Finance Residential
  • Advanced Financial Planning
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MA 6410 and MA 6411

each 3 US credit hours

Marketing Management

In MA 6410 we start with understanding the marketing opportunity. How can you develop a market for a new product or service? This may also require developing a new geographical market for an existing product/service. In the next step, you discover how marketing research can assist you in reducing risks associated with making marketing decisions.

Marketing Communication

In MA 6411, the marketing residential gives you an opportunity to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for a product or service represented by you. Alternatively, you may want to take a start-up idea as a personal case and develop the marketing plan for it. Furthermore MA 6411, we give you the opportunity to examine more in depth how one could go to market. This includes tackling how to best reach your customers in an economical way, sales and promotion channels and possibly locking up key partnerships.

Course units include:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Marketing Residential
  • Leading Marketing Innovations
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MA 6510 and MA 6511

each 3 US credit hours

Human Resources Management

In MA 6510 you discover human resources as a strategic asset, meant to support the strategy of your company/workplace. In doing so, you have the opportunity to assess yourself as part of an ongoing employee development programme. You search for options how to improve existing systems for appraisal of performance of HR.

Developing Leadership Practice

The HR residential allows for time to introspect you on your leadership qualities and personal development. You will understand why the greatest danger is not failure but being successful without understanding why. Furthermore, we share with you what is known and what is not known about how to develop management skills and how to foster productive, healthy, satisfying, and growth-producing relationships with others in your work setting. The idea is to help you to improve your personal management competencies – to change your behaviour.

Course units include:

  • Learning and Employee Development
  • Appraisal and Performance of HR
  • Human Resources residential
  • Development of Management Skills
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MA 6610 and MA 6611

each 3 US credit hours

Operations Management

MA 6610 equips you with skills to improve your personal performance as a project manager. In the second part, we discuss ways operational activities support the business strategy, no matter whether you are into services or manufacturing. This discussion also looks at what many consider to be the main task of operations in times of globalisation: supply chain management.

Industry 4.0 and Performance Management

Both, operational and supply chain management build the foundation to examine the fourth industrial revolution, which is the fourth industrial revolution. The operations residential allows you to see industry 4.0 in practice and draw practical lessons for your own workplace. Furthermore, we expose you to the balanced score card approach to help your organisation translate strategy into appropriate measure to monitor success. This incorporates much of what you have learned in strategy, finance, marketing, operations, and human resources.

Course units include:

  • Project Management
  • Operations Processes and Supply Chain Management
  • Operations residential
  • Strategic Performance Management
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MA 6800

3 US credit hours

Digital Leadership and Transformation

Students studying MA 6800 will not be promoted to become chief programmers after graduation. Rather, we like you to appreciate how digitisation will change the way how we conduct business today, and actions that need to be taken today to be in business tomorrow.

Furthermore, we explore how digitisation will disrupt your existing business model and seek options of how to act in time. In particular, you assess the sales part of your business model and integrate findings of MA 6800 into your existing balance scorecard and strategy map.

Course units include:

  • Innovation and Digital Technology
  • IT and Customer Relations
  • Managing IT and Strategy
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MA 6999

6 US credit hours

Master Thesis

With finalising your own research project, the MA comes to an end. As experienced throughout the programme, we will ask you to solve a practical management problem again, which obviously differs in scope from smaller assignments you wrote before. Important for IBR is that you will create value for you personally and/or the company that you selected as a case. Those students that plan to continue their education at PhD level will particularly enjoy MA 6999 as it

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