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MiniMasters in General Management

Course Overview

This course will equip you with the necessary skill to run modern enterprises, focusing on key aspects of business strategy, people management, operations, and company governance. 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to transfer earned credits towards Nanyang MBA/PMBA degrees.

  • How You will Benefit
  • How MiniMastersTM in General Management Works
  • Course Schedule and Details​
    Course ​Month ​Run Dates* ​Instructor ​Contact Hours** ​Academic Units
    Business Ethics and Company Governance​ ​​Aug ​15-16
    Adjunct Assoc Prof Sabina Sudan ​Total 39 hours ​3
    Operations ​Sept ​12-13
    Assoc Prof Geoffrey Chua ​Total 52 hours ​4
    People Management ​Oct ​10-11
    Assoc Prof Nigel Phang and Dr Daniel Siew ​Total 52 hours ​4
    Strategic Management ​Nov ​7-8
    Joseph Wan Chew Yoong ​Total 52 hours​ ​4

    *(Classes run on alternate weekends of the mentioned month) 
    **MiniMastersTM will be conducted using a blended model of in-person instruction and online self-study while adhering to the latest MOE safety guidelines. Due to Covid-19, all courses will be delivered 100% online if deemed necessary at any point.
  • Course: Business Ethics and Company Governance
    Business Ethics & Corporate Governance (BE&CG) will stimulate the mindset of managers and leaders to balance the key, often conflicting priorities faced in leadership, business, government, family owned businesses and in the not-for-profit work environment. The aim is to develop strategies to make difficult, but crucial organisational decisions considering the dynamic external environment. 

    BE&CG provides insights into what it takes to develop and/or strengthen an effective governance structure to enable the organisation to meet increasingly challenging goals aligned with different stakeholders’ sometimes conflicting needs. We will discuss pertinent and topical issues to provoke you to think about what accountability and responsible risk-taking really mean and foster an understanding of incorporating and embedding ethical practices in your strategy.

    We will cover Ethical Leadership; Corporate Social Responsibility (Human Rights, Labour and the Environment); Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Corporate Governance.

    Learning Outcomes:
    1. Better understand key concepts and principles related to ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption, and corporate governance
    2. Build on an ethical foundation and apply appropriate frameworks to resolve issues
    3. Enhance your knowledge and skills to implement and/or reinforce an ethical culture
    4. Ensure the design of the governance structure is appropriate to steer and manage a sustainable business given the changing regulatory landscape and changing social values

  • Course: Operations 
    The operations function in an organisation is responsible for the design, control, and improvement of systems concerned with the production and delivery of goods and services. As operations account for a significant portion of the value add and cost in any business, even a small advantage in operations can mean the difference between winning and losing in a competitive marketplace.

    In this course, we will demonstrate that operations management can serve two purposes: (1) to support corporate strategy, and (2) to inspire business model innovation. To succeed in either of these two endeavours, this course will introduce the fundamental concepts, best practices, and key challenges/issues in managing business operations. 

    The course will use a mix of case studies, readings, exercises, and lectures to convey the course content. This course is particularly relevant if you are interested in a consulting career or have entrepreneurial inclinations. If you are interested in other business functions such as finance or marketing, you may appreciate the material in this course as it provides a better perspective on the overall workings of a business organisation.
  • Course: People Management - Leadership & Talent Management
    The business world today is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). In the current fourth industrial revolution and the coming fifth industrial revolution, technological innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI) and dextrous robots, and advancements in neuroscience will fundamentally change the way we work. How would you lead as a leader when you do not have all the answers? To help you answer this question, the module is designed for you to gain better self-awareness when working within teams and alongside ‘machines’. It will prepare you to lead yourself and teams authentically in a VUCA workplace within a world with ‘less work’. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Know yourself as a leader
    2. Understand others from their perspectives
    3. Appreciate the importance of developing your social networks
    4. Apply appropriate leadership approaches to lead teams effectively
    5. Envision the bigger context of your leadership role

    Talent Management
    Artificial intelligence (AI) is fast becoming an integral part of our workplace. While we may not know for sure how it will impact work, we know it will be disruptive. AI can help us select people, monitor performance, and deliver results. AI can provide us with insightful people analytics at a click on our mobile device. AI can also measure the value-add of talent attraction and retention. How should we manage talent in this era of intensified man-machine integration?  

    This course uses a Five-level Talent Management Framework to guide you in managing talent in such a work environment.  Specifically, you will learn about the strategic role of talent management in ensuring an organisation’s success. You will master hands-on, how to design a talent development system that promotes learning anytime, anywhere. You will also assess the impacts of strong and weak network ties in attracting and retaining talent. You will explore the advantages of LinkedIn and guanxi in giving you the competitive edge in talent attraction and retention. Backed by theoretical motivation frameworks, you will design incentive mechanisms that motivate the best performance from people. Finally, you will develop a broader perspective of talent management by envisioning employer branding.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand the strategic role of talent management 
    2. Apply the Five-level Talent Management Framework to develop strategies for different management scenarios  
    3. Leverage HR technology to support talent management
    4. Develop an employer branding strategy
  • Course: Strategic Management 
    This course introduces students to key concepts and frameworks that are current in corporate sustainability. It holistically examines the strategies and policies businesses put in place to address the triple bottom line of social, environmental, and economic performance. The course begins by exploring how external global, political, societal, and technological factors influence business practices for sustainability. We will then take an in-depth look at major frameworks businesses use, in different industry contexts, to formulate sustainability strategies, and how these are implemented. Next, the course considers how firms interact with partners along the supply chain, and other external stakeholders, to manage their triple bottom line. The class will look at how companies track, measure, and monitor their progress, and how green reputations can be managed. We will finish by taking a look at the future of business and sustainability.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Be able to define the meaning of sustainability in the context of corporate activity
    2. Make sense of key conceptual frameworks in business sustainability, and know how to apply them in practice
    3. Pull information from various sources, and filter and assess these for relevance, reliability, and rigour
    4. Critically evaluate ideas, synthesise arguments, reconcile divergent points of view, and develop logical conclusions about business sustainability
    5. Examine the tensions that arise from firms having to meet multiple social and environmental demands, and reason what trade-offs firms need to make
    6. Feel confident in your own ability to join the conversation on sustainability in private and in the classroom setting
    7. Inspire others around you, and engage them, and share knowledge and ideas through meaningful exchanges
    8. Refine your interaction with team members to maximize your group performance
  • Pathway to NBS Master's Programmes

    Participants who attain an NBS MiniMastersTM may choose to stack it towards a Full NBS Master’s programme. Upon meeting admission requirements, participants may choose the following pathway:​​​

    ​NBS MiniMastersTM ​Stackable to Full NBS Master's Programme
    ​MiniMastersTM in General Management ​General MBA or Professional MBA
    Accreditation of courses completed under the NBS MiniMastersTM to a Full NBS Master’s programme will be subject to the current accreditation policy:
    a. Transfer credits of up to 12 AUs of courses upon successful admission into a Master’s programme
    b. The grade obtained for the course must be at least a B+ (subjected to change for specific Master’s programmes)
    c. The validity period for exemption/credit transfer of a course is five years from the date of award of the course as reflected in the official result slip/transcript
    d. The course must not have been used for exemption/credit transfer into another programme

    Admission to Full NBS Master’s programme
    Participants have to meet all required admission standards of the selected Master’s programme. ​
  • Funding and Fees

    ​Fee before
    ​funding (excluding GST)
    ​Fee after funding
    (excluding GST)​​
    Fee after
    (including GST)
    ​Full Fee S$18,750.00 S$18,750.00​ S$20,062.50​​
    Singapore Citizens / PR​ 
    (aged ≥ 21)​
    Course Fee Grant - up to 70%
    S$18,750.00 ​​S$5,625.00 S$6,018.75
    Singapore Citizens (aged  40)
    MCES1 - up to 90%
    S$18,750.00 S$1,875.00​ S​$2,268.75​
    ​SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens / PR
    ETSS2 - up to 90%
    S$18,750.00 ​S$1,875.00 S$2,268.75
    NTU Alumni
    Fee payable to NBS​ after 70% SSG Funding and use of $1,600 Alumni Credits
    S$18,750.00 S$4,418.75​
    NTU Class of 2020
    Fee payable to NBS after 70% SSG Funding and use of $3,200 Alumni Credits and NTU Class2020 COVID-19 support​*
    S$18,750.00​ S$0,000.00

    1. Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) scheme. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here.
    2. Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (ETSS) scheme. For more information, click here​.
    *​The NTU Class2020 COVID-19 support​ funding is only applicable to the run of this programme in 2020.​

    SkillsFuture Credit
    In addition to the above funding, Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above and self-funded may use their SkillsFuture Credits to defray part of the net course fee after funding.

    Participants who wish to use their SkillsFuture Credit can download the SFC Claim form here​. Please submit the SFC claim form via email to nbs_minimasters@ntu.edu.sg ​at least 1 month before course start date.​​​

    Funding Requirements
    - Participant must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for the course.
    - Participant must complete a written assessment on the final day of the course

    Participants do not need to contact Skillsfuture or SkillsConnect for funding prior to course registration. NTU will handle the funding paperwork for both self and company-sponsored participants. Participants will be invoiced the net amount after funding and GST.​


    Joseph Wan Chew Yoong​

    Joseph Wan qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant in Malaysia with Ernst and Young. He is also a Fellow of the CPA Australia. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from IMD, Switzerland.

    He has held various senior positions in industry, including Regional Tax and Finance Manager for an Oilfield MNC, General Manager/Company Secretary of a licensed deposit taking company, Senior Consultant with an international consulting firm, and Audit Assistant with a big six accounting firm. He is actively involved in strategic consultancy work and Senior Executive Development Programmes in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Hong Kong, among which are Singapore Airlines, Port of Singapore Authority, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Du Pont Asia Pacific, DHL, General Electric Hewlett Packard, Matsushita, Philips Singapore, Malayan Railways, Petronas Malaysia, Esso Refinery and Esso Malaysia, KPMG Wilson Mauritius. Chew Yoong is also an elected Fellow of the Pan Pacific Business Association and sits on the editorial boards of Organizational Dynamics, an international journal published by Elsiever, Nanyang Business Review, journal of the Nanyang Business School.

    Current research interests include developing sustainable competitive strategies, competitive intelligence and scenario planning. He is actively engaged in various consulting assignments, including senior executive development programmes for MNCs, government agencies and frequently presented papers at international conferences and regional planning meetings for corporations.

    To read more abou
    Joseph Wan Chew Yoong​ and his achievements, please click here.
  • Programme Instructors

    Adjunct Assoc Prof Sabina Sudan ​

    Sabina Sudan is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of professional experience – 15 in legal (India and the US) where she advised different industries, and since 2005, in global Ethics & Compliance, Anti Corruption and Ethical Leadership. She has lived and worked in India, New York and Singapore and travelled to over 60 countries, mostly on business. She is a Consultant and adjunct professor and currently operates from Singapore and Delhi.

    She is qualified to practice law in Delhi and the US (New York and Arizona).

    Her academic qualifications include:
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.) Columbia University, New York
    • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. First Div.) Faculty of Law, Delhi University
    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Psychology Major, First Div.) Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

    For the Aug – Nov 2016 semester, Sabina is a Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she teaches a seminar on “Sustainability Strategy” in the MBA program and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Technological University’s (NTU) Business School where she teaches a seminar titled “Legal and Ethical Issues in Sustainability” in the Bachelor’s program. She taught this seminar at NTU earlier from Jan – Apr 2016. She has been a guest speaker for the NTU MBA program. Her seminar content focuses on Ethical Leadership and Sustainability based on the Environment, Social issues (Labor and Human Rights), Governance and Anti Corruption.

    Earlier this year, she was a Guest Faculty in Singapore for the New Jersey based Seton Hall Law School’s Asia Pacific Healthcare Compliance Certification Program where she presented on Ethical Leadership.

    Sabina was an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, Delhi University for a year from 1996-1997. She taught Contract Law, Business Associations, and Public International Law.

    From Nov 2010 to Feb 2015, Sabina was the Vice President and Compliance Officer, Pharma International (all markets ex-US) with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). She was based in Singapore. Sabina supported the President Pharma International and all the Area Business Directors. She was a member of the Area and Regional Leadership Teams.

    From July 2005 to September 2010, she was a Director with Abbott Labs. She successfully rolled out an international compliance program across Pacific Asia and Africa as early as 2005. She designed policies and procedures for the compliance program and worked with senior leaders to reinforce an ethical culture.

    Currently, Sabina’s consulting focus is to strengthen Ethical Leadership and Anti Corruption and help company’s structure, implement and embed effective compliance programs. This includes identifying resourcing of the program/team with a pragmatic focus on scalability, relevant skills and the ability to influence good governance.

    Since 1990, she continues to be a speaker/panellist/moderator at external conferences in the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, New York and Arizona; and, at internal regional meetings at Abbott and GSK where she has also provided training to senior leaders in anti corruption, codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, values based decision making and related topics.

    Her recent Board related experience was from 2011 to 2014 when as Vice President and Compliance Officer (Pharma) at GSK she partnered with the Business President to prepare and present the Annual Business Report first to the Audit & Risk Committee and subsequently to the global Board. Previously she was the Secretary of the Board at UGO Networks Inc., New York; and a Non Executive Board Member with Winrock India (1997 – 1999), a US not for profit organization based in Delhi.

    She co-anchored “India Business Week”, a weekly program on Star TV broadcast to 59 countries in the Far East, South Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, from August 1998 – September 1999 where she researched business issues to help define program content and conducted in studio interviews with business and corporate leaders, government ministers and officials and authors.

    In October 2010, successfully completed a trek to the Everest Base Camp.

    To read more abouAdjunct Assoc Prof Sabina Sudan and her achievements, please click her​e. 

    Assoc Prof Chua Geoffrey Bryan Ang​

    College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Information Technology & Operations Management

    Dr Geoffrey Chua is Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Nanyang Business School (NBS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also Academic Director for the Nanyang Executive MBA (EMBA) program. He received his PhD in management with specialization in decision sciences from the National University of Singapore.

    His research interests are in the areas of supply chain management, humanitarian operations and the interface between operations and marketing. He has published in leading academic journals such as Operations Research, Production and Operations Management (POM), European Journal of Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics and Operations Research Letters. He currently serves on the editorial board of POM, and was on the editorial board of Computers & Operations Research from 2016 to 2019. He was awarded the Research Excellence Award by NBS in 2015 and 2011. He was also awarded a MOE Tier 2 research grant (2016-2019) to study coordination of humanitarian operations for disaster management in Asia.

    Dr Chua teaches operations management, supply chain management, service operations, and management science at the PhD, EMBA, PMBA, MBA, MSc and undergraduate levels. He received the Teaching Excellence Award from NBS in 2014 and was nominated for the NBS Teacher of the Year award three times (2019, 2018, 2014). He also actively consults for organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, ST Engineering, Alstom, Ministry of Health, and Singapore Red Cross.

    He is also Fellow of the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP) since 2016. He was previously Deputy Director for REP (2018-2019) and Honorary Treasurer of the Operational Research Society of Singapore (ORSS) from 2017 to 2019. In 2015, he was selected for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines.​

    To read more abouAssoc Prof Chua Geoffrey Bryan Ang​ and his achievements, please click h​ere. 

    Assoc Prof Phang Yew Keong, Nigel

    College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Leadership, Management & Organisation

    Nigel is Associate Professor (Practice) of Nanyang Business School, Division of Strategy, Management and Organization. He teaches human resources and organizational behaviour.

    Nigel's professional experience is centered on many years of working across multiple markets and industries in Asia. Prior to joining NTU, he was the Managing Director of Corporate Executive Board and General Manager of China with Development Dimensions International. He also held HR Director and other HR leadership positions at civil service, financial institution and high-tech manufacturing firm. He was a former military field psychologist in the Ministry of Defence Singapore.

    As a trained industrial psychologist, Nigel has strong interest in talent analytics, human resource transformation, selection and succession management. He has published articles in the field of talent management and presented at several HR forums in Asia. He is effectively bi-lingual in English and Mandarin.

    Nigel serves in management committee and society of non-profit organizations. He is a panel judge for HR Awards organized by a leading leadership institute.​

    To read more abouAssoc Prof Phang Yew Keong, Nigel and his achievements, please click h​​ere. 

    Dr Daniel Siew Hoi Kok

    College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Leadership, Management & Organisation

    Daniel Siew is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Leadership, Management & Organisation Division of Nanyang Business School (NBS). He teaches Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) and an Associate Practising Management Consultant (PMC). He is also a Specialist Adult Educator (SAE) and a Certified Return on Investment Professional (CRP).

    Daniel received his PhD in Education from the National Institute of Education. He has an MSc in System Integration from the US Naval Postgraduate School and an MBA in Management of Information Technology from NBS. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Singapore Institute of Management and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Learning from the Civil Service College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2nd Class Upp Hons) from the Nanyang Technological University.

    Prior to joining NBS, Daniel served the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in various command, staff and instructional appointments. These included the Deputy Head of SAF Centre for Leadership Development, the Commander of Air Force Officers’ Advanced School and the Commanding Officer of 165 Squadron. He was a distinguished graduate of the Singapore Command and Staff Course and a participant in the Asia Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers, the Japan Air Self Defence Force International Seminar and the India Army War College Higher Defence Orientation Course. For his outstanding service, he was awarded the Long Service Medal (Military) and the Commendation Medal (Military) by the President of the Republic of Singapore. He remains as an executive coach for coaching senior SAF officers and facilitating their units’ team building and development.

    Daniel is passionate about helping students and leaders learn to become better at leading themselves, their teams and organisation. He specialises in designing lessons, systems, programmes and interventions unique to the learners’ context and business. Through his customised approaches, the students and leaders he had trained have gained personal mastery while becoming more proficient leaders at building teams and transforming their organisations. Daniel has delivered effective professional and leadership development programmes and interventions to various levels of SAF leaders. He has also facilitated and partnered numerous management teams to achieve their desired organisational outcomes.

    It is Daniel’s belief that every adult learner wants to and can learn. He embraces the learning metaphor of “becoming” – which originates from the enlightened learning philosophy that addresses the tension between the problematic dichotomies of mind and body; individual and social; and structure and agency – to facilitate authentic and transformational learning. Daniel firmly believes that learning impacts an individual’s “becoming” a better self that can effectively tackle real world issues.

    When teaching, Daniel is conscious of the ontological, praxiological and axiological aspects of learning, in addition to the epistemological aspect of teaching. He pays attention to the learning needs and learning styles of the students when facilitating their learning. Being learner-centred, he ensures that his students not only experience the teaching content, but are also able to relate it to their personal experiences in a real world context. He believes in helping learners see the relevance of learning as this in turn empowers them, as well as encourages them to seek further learning.

    To read more abouDr Daniel Siew Hoi Kok and his achievements, please click h​​​ere. 
  • Venue
    In person training will be held on NTU Campus (50 Nanyang Ave, 639798).​
  • Registration Closing Date
    5 August 2020
  • Contact Us
    For enquiries about this course, please contact us at nbs_minimasters@ntu.edu.sg​​

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