Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Overview

The EMBA program of the School of Business, North South University aims at developing managers and leaders of the 21st century. It is flexible, career oriented and designed to meet the needs of the professionals in various fields, business, engineering, social science, medicine, and others. It has been designed following the guidelines of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest accreditation body of business schools in USA. It is global, computer oriented, fast track, and competitively priced. Professors trained in North American or equivalent universities, and top-level corporate executives with long industry experience teach in the EMBA program. Classes for the EMBA Program will be held as follows: Thursday at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM, Friday at 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM to 10:30PM, and Saturday at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM. The timing helps working professionals attend the program.

Curriculum


Program Description

NSU EMBA is a 50-credit program (16 courses of 3 credits and one course of 2 credits) with three major components - foundation courses (15 credits), functional core courses (23 credits), and concentration courses (12 credits). Foundation courses prepare students with a broad base in quantitative areas, economics, management and research methodology. They must be completed before taking the functional core courses. The functional core courses comprise of a course in international business (global stone) and four courses in the functional areas of management. Concentration courses in finance, human resource management, management, and marketing develop specialization in specific areas. It is attained through a strategy/policy course (functional capstone). Students are required to take courses in a predetermined sequence (see flow chart) offered throughout the year. The EMBA Yearly Schedule helps students make advance planning in taking the courses. A list of the courses is given below.


Foundation Courses: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

EMB 500

Communication Skills for Managers

3

EMB 501

Quantitative Tools in Business

3

EMB 502

Business Economics

3

EMB 510

Principles of Accounting and Finance

3

EMB 520

Principles of Management and Marketing

3


Functional Core Courses: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

EMB 601

Organizational Behavior

3

EMB 602

Human Resource Management

3

EMB 620

Strategic Marketing

3

EMB 650

Operations Management

3

EMB 660

Corporate Finance

3

EMB 670

International Business

3

EMB 690

Strategic Management

3

BUS 700

Seminar

2


Finance Concentration: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

FIN 635

Financial Analysis and Control

3

FIN 637

Investment Theory

3

FIN 640

Real Estate Finance

3

FIN 642

Financial Markets and Institutions

3

FIN 643

Capital Investment Decisions

3

FIN 644

Commercial Bank Management

3

FIN 645

International Financial Management

3

FIN 646

Theory of Finance

3

FIN 647

Financial Derivatives

3

FIN 649

Special Topics in Finance

3

FIN 650

Project Appraisal

3

FIN 680

Case Studies in Finance

3


Marketing Concentration: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

MKT 621

Buyer Behavior

3

MKT 623

Promotional Management

3

MKT 625

Distribution Management

3

MKT 626

Retail Management and Merchandising

3

MKT 627

Services Marketing

3

MKT 629

Product Planning and Development

3

MKT 630

Business to Business Marketing

3

MKT 631

Marketing Research

3

MKT 633

Global Marketing

3

MKT 635

Special Topics in Marketing

3


Management Concentration: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

MGT 601

Management Thought

3

MGT 602

Management Science

3

MGT 604

Organizational Development & Change

3

MGT 605

Industrial Relations

3

MGT 607

Entrepreneurship

3

MGT 610

Management of Innovation and Technology

3

MGT 619

Services Management

3

MGT 656

Leadership Theory and Practice

3

MGT 660

Comparative Management

3

MGT 670

Strategic Planning

3

MGT 675

Total Quality Management (TQM)

3

MGT 680

Supply Chain Management

3

MGT 682

Environmental Management

3

MGT 690

Seminar on Advanced Management

3


Human Resource Management Concentration: 

Courses

Titles  

Credits

HRM 602

Human Resource Planning and Staffing

3

HRM 603

Training and Development

3

HRM 604

Performance Appraisal and Compensation Systems

3

HRM 605

Industrial Relations

3

HRM 610

Employment and Labor Laws in Bangladesh

3

HRM 631

Managerial Skills Development

3

HRM 645

Interpersonal Relations and Group Dynamics

3

HRM 650

Managing High Performance

3

HRM 660

Strategic Human Resource Management

3

HRM 675

Advanced Wage and Employment Theory

3

HRM 680

Comparative Perspectives on Human Resource Management

3

HRM 690

Special Topics in Human Resource Management

3

 

Course Description

Foundation Courses: 

EMB 501 - Quantitative Tools in Business

This course gives an overview of the mathematical and statistical tools used in making business decisions. Major topics include linear models and matrix algebra, rules of differentiation and integration, exponential and logarithmic functions, optimization techniques, mathematics of finance, probability theory, sampling, hypothesis testing, and simple and multiple regression. Emphasis will be given on computer application in mathematics and statistics. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

EMB 502 - Business Economics

This course combines micro and macro economics. Major topics include theories of demand and supply, pricing theory, market structure, game theory, risk analysis, national income, inflation, unemployment, investment, exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policies. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

EMB 510 - Principles of Accounting and Finance

This course combines basic principles of accounting and finance. Major topics include basic principles of financial accounting, basic costing methods, standard costing and budgeting, financial statements analysis, ratio analysis, time value of money, fund management, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital and financing issues.  

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

EMB 520 - Principles of Management and Marketing

Consideration at an advanced level of the major elements of marketing from the point of view of the marketing executive. Emphasis on problem solving and decision-making, using an interdisciplinary approach. Development of an integrated, comprehensive marketing strategy. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

Functional Core Courses:

EMB 602 - Human Resource Management

Provides an understanding of personnel management issues such as hiring, training, selection and grievance handling. Focuses on individual, interpersonal, group and intergroup behavior, and group dynamics. Explores leadership, power, conflict, diversity and change and addresses what managers can do to improve results by influencing personnel behavior 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

EMB 620 - Strategic Marketing

This course is designed to be a capstone course addressing the tasks and responsibilities of a marketing manager. On completion of this course one should feel confident in analyzing and understanding marketing situations and to be able to organize and plan strategic marketing alternatives and develop tactical alternatives. The course emphasizes on application of theoretical concepts and techniques learned in the class ropm to real world marketing problems. The cases to be studied in this course will bring real world marketing problems in the classroom. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

EMB 670 - International Business

This course aims at providing an understanding of international business from a global/multinational perspective. It focuses on the management challenges associated with developing strategies and managing the operations of companies whose business activities spread over more than one nation. The course analyzes the internationalization process in small, medium and large corporations, compares and contrasts different internationalization strategies, examines managing political risks and ethical issues in international business, and studies functional management of the transnational corporation, i.e. financial management, marketing management, human resource management, accounting and taxation issues. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

Cross Listed: BUS 685 

FIN 637 - Investment Theory

Examines the investment environment and process. An investment is the current commitment of money or other resources in the expectation of reaping future benefits. The investment process involves identifying objectives and constraints, formulating and implementing strategies, and monitoring and updating the portfolio as needed. Major topics include investment alternatives, securities markets and trading mechanism, risk and return analysis, modern investment theory, valuation, analysis and management of bonds, common stocks and derivative securities, and investment performance evaluation. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 640 - Real Estate Finance

Focuses on theories and practices of financing real estates and social, legal and economic implications of real estate finance. Topics include real estate instruments and procedures, financing considerations and methods, real estate credit and mortgage markets, and government regulations and legal aspects of real estate finance. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 642 - Financial Markets and Institutions

Provides an advanced understanding of money and capital markets and financial instruments traded in these markets. Topics include pricing and structure of securities in both equity and debts markets, derivatives markets and instruments, financial institutions as suppliers of funds to the money and capital markets, comparative financial policies, interest rate structure, and management of major financial institutions such as insurance companies and investment banks. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 643 - Management of Financial Institutions

Analyses the environment, structure, and operations of depository financial institutions while concentrating most heavily on commercial banks. Revises the complex role of depository institutions within a changing industry and examines criteria used to measure performance. Examines the exposure of various kinds of risks and methods used to minimize those risks. Cases and current issues are both used. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 644 - Commercial Bank Management

Examines tools and technics to manage commercial banks effectively. Topics include architecture and evaluations of financial statements, interest rate risks and credit risks, investment portfolio, Liquidity and reserves, sources of funds, managing loans and client relationships, and special issues of commercial banking 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 645 - International Financial Management

Deals with the international aspects of corporate finance and investment. Topics include foreign exchange with emphasis on exchange rate determination, exchange risk, hedging and interest arbitrage, international money and capital markets, international financing, multinational capital budgeting, cost of capital, and international portfolio management. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 685  FIN 641 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 647 - Financial Derivatives

Discusses various aspects of derivative securities such as options, futures and forward contracts. Also discussed are basic characteristics and valuation of these derivative securities. Emphasis on theory of options and futures pricing and its use in portfolio management. 

[Pre-requisite: FIN 637 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

FIN 650 - Project Appraisal

A specialized course on appraising financial and capital projects. Topics include definitions, classification, and necessities of a project, aspect of project analysis, initiating, implementing and terminating a project, issues in social cost benefit analysis, techniques of project management, and project appraisal practices in Bangladesh.  

[Pre-requisite: BUS 635 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MKT 621 - Buyer Behavior

This course aims at providing an overview of consumer behavior concepts, theories, research, and applications in marketing. It is designed to develop knowledge and skills that will facilitate an understanding of buyer behavior which can be integrated into the formulation of marketing strategies. This is accomplished by surveying the social science foundations of consumer behavior, in particular, the contributions from psychology and sociology. Various types of consumer research will be introduced. The course focuses on the content and logical application of concepts and theories in the analysis of consumer behavior for solving marketing management problems. A combination of lectures, exercises, team projects and class presentations is designed to provide students with the opportunity to appreciate the role of sales management and issues important to sales managers. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MKT 623 - Promotional Management

Examines marketing promotions from a communications standpoint. Discusses advertising, sales promotion, personal selling and publicity as components of the promotional program of an enterprise including profit and non-profit institutions. Emphasizes planning, design and implementation of advertising campaigns 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MKT 625 - Distribution Management

Examines physical distribution concepts from a cost-saving, customer satisfaction and competitive effectiveness point of view. Students explore the scope and objective of physical distribution systems in the global environment with special reference to Bangladesh. Topics included single plant - single market, single plant - multiple market, types and nature of inventory decisions, locations decisions, organizational responsibility, organizational alternatives etc. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

 

MKT 626 - Retail Management and Merchandising

This course examines the dynamics of retailing business today including both traditional and non-traditional methods and design to keep the students abreast of the changes in retail industry and giving them exposure to the type of decisions facing retail managers and owner as well as electronic retailers. Major topics include managing retail business, merchandising planning and management, identifying and understanding consumers, building and sustaining relationships in retailing, information system, pricing, store location, store design and layout, promotional strategies, operations including financial dimensions, logistics, service retailing, the retail audit, retail institutions by ownership, franchising, human resource management, and retailing in a changing environment. Focus will be on contrasting management and merchandising techniques in the varying approaches to retailing 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

 

MKT 627 - Services Marketing

Focuses on the vital role of services in the economy and the marketing issues related to services. Marketing strategies of various service firms are studied. Traditional marketing concepts as well as emerging ideas of services marketing are analyzed. Covers topics particularly relevant to Bangladesh through case analysis or general discussion. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620 ]
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MKT 633 - Global Marketing

The course is designed to review the basic concepts and theories of international marketing; familiarize the students with the environmental forces that the international marketer must understand and take into consideration while taking marketing decisions, discuss various activities necessary for international marketing, elaborate, with examples, marketing dimensions such marketing mix including product, pricing, distribution and promotion, discuss techniques of formulating and implementing strategies most relevant to marketing management, given global operations of MNCs, focus on the trend of globalization and its implications for international marketing, discuss the impact of Regional Economic Cooperation on the behavior of international marketer, and ethics and International Marketing. 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 602 - Management Science

Survey of the current literature in Management Science, examines principles and practices of scientific management. Selected topics in Management Science include: MBO, duality, networks, simulation, competitive bidding, dynamic programming, integer non linear programming, Markov decision problems, and queuing theory etc. Computer applications to solve operations management problems are also included. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 520  BUS 650 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 604 - Organizational Development & Change

Provides an understanding of basics of organizational development, organizational renewal and change, development process, intervention process, OD: the challenge and the future. Objective is to provide students with an integrated and comprehensive view of the field of organizational development 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 605 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 605 - Industrial Management & Labor Relations

This course studies the scope and nature of industrial management particularly in Bangladesh. Focuses on the procedure, subject matter, and legal framework of collective bargaining, role of unionism in industrial, manufacturing, and service sectors. Labor negotiation processes and techniques are examined. ILO conventions, Labor Issues under World Trade Organization etc. are also explored 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 605 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 607 - Entreprenuership

This course deals with the procedure of establish of new business ventures, and covers topics, such as characteristics of an entreprenuer, pooling of resources, networking, site development, market analysis, staffing, inventory control, human relations, funding etc. As a part of the course, students will prepare a comprehensive business plan for starting or acquiring such a business; It also studies various aspects of business development, problems of existing small business in Bangladesh. An overview of Small and Cottage Industries in Bangladesh will be done 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 665  BUS 620 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 610 - Management of Technology and Innovation

 

This course examines how innovation and technology created by scientists and engineers can be strategically managed and integrated with the organizational needs to achieve competitive advantage. Topics include management of technology in manufacturing and service industries; importance of R & D management, technology transfer and organizational strategies in achieving and maintaining a competitive edge in the global market place; importance of integrating technology planning, product planning, business planning and the market demands; human, social and environmental concerns associated with technological change and market requirement; business strategy and technology strategy, technology planning and technology transfer; and acquisition and exploitation of technology. Local and global case studies with lessons from successful corporations in managing innovation and technology will be extensively used 

[Pre-requisite ]

[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 619 - Management of Service Organizations

Examines the development of service packages, yield management, scheduling, queuing, quality measurement, management of professional services such as health care, tax consulting services, travels and tourism, banking and transports, particularly in South Asian region. Field survey of service organizations and projects are the integral part of the course 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620  BUS 650 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 656 - Power, Leadership and Negotiations in Organization

This course deals with the analysis of individual behavior and influence in organization. Examines power structure and leadership theories applicable in modern business organization from the view point of organizational effectiveness. Role of power and leadership in decision making processes, communication, conflict resolution in large organizations including MNEs are explored, Negotiation theories, processes, and applications in modern & complex organizations are discussed. How to develop negotiation skills is also examined. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 690  MGT 605 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 660 - Comparative Management

Comparative study of various management practices, the role of management theories and principles in different management practices; Special emphasis is given on US, European and Japanese management in contrast to management practices in Bangladesh. Some study of Japanese culture, social and political, and economic environment, management practices and processes will be carried on. Various functions of different types of management through case studies are examined 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 690  MGT 604 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

 

MGT 670 - Strategic Planning

The Strategy concept, five Ps for strategy, strategy analysis, forecasting and strategy formation, 7-S framework, strategy and organization planning, the structuring of organization, study on different organizations such as entreprenuerial, mature, diversified, professional, innovative etc. Long range formal planning, elements of long range planning, design of a turnaround strategy, and managing strategies incrementally are examined through case studies 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 690  MGT 604 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 675 - Total Quality Management (TQM)

Examines major issues of TQM, principles and theories. Evolution of TQM as a separate body of management theory is addressed. Topics include: Deming?s, Juran?s and Crosby?s TQM principles, leadership information and analysis, JIT, strategic quality planning, employee involvement and empowerment, human resources management in TQM, management of process quality, quality and operational results, customer focus and satisfaction, buyer-supplier-customer relationships in TQM, TQM models, quality performance management, study of ISO 9000 series and their applicability in Bangladesh 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 520  MGT 604 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 680 - Supply Chain Management

Since its inception in early 1990s, the field of supply chain management has become tremendously important to companies in an incresingly competitive global marketplace. This course focuses on the network of companies that work together to design, produce, deliver, and service products. Major topics include material, information, and capital flows; challenges to effective supply chain management, including variability, organizational silos, the Bullwhip Effect, and tradeoffs; product design and metrics for supply chain management; B2B integration; supply chain strategies; and impact of internet on supply chain management.  

[Pre-requisite: BUS 520 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

MGT 682 - Environmental Management

This course presents the basic concepts and principles of environmental management, areas of global environmental concerns, strategies and tools for effective environmental management for managers of business and development organizations. Topics include: problems of development and production, the need for sustainable development, actions for environmental protection, environmental management tools ? environmental assessment, economic assessment of environmental consequences, environmental impact statements, environmental audits, waste minimization programs, life cycle assessments and environmental design. The course will also discuss the process of environmental certification under ISO14001 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: ]

MGT 690 - Seminar on Advanced Management

To be arranged and announced before the semester starts 

[Pre-requisite ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

HRM 610 - Employment and Labor Laws in Bangladesh

This course analyzes employment practices law and its impact on employment decision-making. The course covers various employment and labor laws governing the labor-management relations in Bangladesh, such as, the factories act, the payment of wages act, the workmen's compensation act, the industrial relations ordinance, etc. Local cases focusing on different legal issues are used extensively. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 518  BUS 601 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

HRM 660 - Strategic Human Resource Management

This course focuses on the strategic role of human resource functions such as HR planning, recruitment, selection, compensation, performance appraisal and human resource development. Special emphasis is given on how these functions enable a company to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Role of HRM in managing a global workforce, managing diversity and changing technologies, work-family integration, and competition in the labor market in the local and global context will be examined extensively 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 601 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

 

Credit Hours: 3]

MKT 629 - Product Planning and Development

Examines concepts, theories, and processes of product planning and development. Importance of product planning and generation of new product ideas in the face of global competition are addressed. Students observe the product planning and development activities of MNEs and large private organizations in Bangladesh for understanding and comparison of theories with practices 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

 

MKT 630 - Business-to-Business Marketing

Integrated approach to product marketing management in the business-to-business market place. Analysis of core competencies, competitive environment, positioning and segmentation strategies, cost structure and customer satisfaction. Case based and project orientated approach to studying marketing management in the business-to-business market. 

[Pre-requisite: BUS 620 ]
[Credit Hours: 3]

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