The first year of the program is really looking at the leadership issues, so the core subjects. There’s three core subjects in the first year – those are Leadership and People Management, which I teach; there’s Strategic Leadership for Innovation, which is taught by Rob Livingstone, an ex-CIO of Ricoh, and well known in the media community; and the third one is Strategic Finance, which is taught by Andrew Abdo, who is one of the corporate strategists for the NRL. In the second year, we look at Leading Organisational Change; that’s run by Dr Tudor Maxwell, who works for Suncorp at the moment in a very senior position. And Professor Eng Chew teaches Business Strategy. And then in the final year, the core subjects – Eng Chew follows on from Business Strategy with IT Strategy, and then we get into the research domain. So I teach a Research Methods subject, and then they have to do a research subject, so real research, usually in their workplaces. In addition to those eight core subjects, there are four electives where students can choose whatever electives they want to. That’s their opportunity to customise the program for themselves. We control one elective called Marketing and Technology, so that’s a play on both the technology of marketing and the marketing of technology, and that one is David Gwillim, who works for Google, teaches that subject for me. The rest, generally, I really want them to customise it – they can choose whatever they like. They tend to choose more finance subjects, which is good, because if you’re going to be a business leader you really have to understand the money; or marketing; or sometimes legal subjects, around contracts and stuff like that. Those would be the usual choices. As you can see, I’m handpicking the people who teach on the program – most are industry based, because they have the knowledge base, but they also are passionate educators.
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