AGSM leads Australia's brightest managers in transformation

Thursday, 26 July 2012  Features

The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), which in 2012 celebrates its 35th year, has welcomed the latest group of exceptional managers to its mid-year intake of the Strategic Management Year (SMY) of the MBA (Executive) program.

The SMY is the intensive one-year section of the program that caps off the AGSM's renowned part-time MBA. The first stage of the EMBA involves the fundamentals of management and the second stage is a series of four residential learning experiences over 11 months. The program brings together Australia's brightest talent for a transforming experience that has an extraordinary impact on careers.

The SMY, which is regularly described by participants as 'life changing', immerses groups of around 40 of Australia's leading managerial talent in a program that undertakes a practical investigation of the challenges and opportunities for businesses at various stages of the business lifecycle. The program adopts an integrative approach in modules that focus on detecting and selecting business opportunities; developing business opportunities; and growing and transforming businesses.

Topical case studies presented by industry leaders are a central feature of the SMY which follows a solid grounding in the foundation business disciplines undertaken in the first half of the MBA program. The program also offers students international experiences through study trips and exchange programs with the AGSM's top tier graduate business school partners globally. This equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the real business situations they will be faced with in the SMY.

The combination of disciplinary knowledge, integrated problem solving for real businesses, and personal development are the key drivers of this high impact learning experience.

Financial Analyst from KPMG Perth and AGSM Graduate 2012, Chris O'Young, said, "I found studying at the AGSM an incredibly collaborative experience. The knowledge shared by the cohort and those on the program enabled me to return to my workplace and have an immediate impact on the business. The program has given me the confidence to work overseas and I'm now working on a key project for the business."

Director of the AGSM, Professor Chris Styles said, "We consistently get feedback from participants like Chris that the highly collaborative nature of the program and the high calibre of participants in each of the cohorts leads to an exceptional learning experience."

"The AGSM building really comes alive at this time of year with the interactive, dynamic group work involving like-minded people from diverse backgrounds that come from around Australia and overseas. We often see leaders develop and emerge before our eyes because of the opportunities they are afforded and the doors this program opens."

The program is open to qualified participants across Australia with its flexible and accelerated format allowing participants to balance work, study and personal commitments.

The AGSM MBA Program ranked as the leading full-time MBA program in Australia and 41st in the world in the Financial Times (UK) 2012 ranking of the top 100 MBA programs globally.This is the 13th consecutive year the MBA Program has ranked in the top 100 MBA programs worldwide. It is also the sixth year running it has ranked in the world's top 50 MBA programs.

For further information about AGSM postgraduate degree and executive education programs delivered across Australia and Hong Kong.