MBA in International Business & Sustainable Development expertise track Maastricht School of Management
The MBA is a generalist management program, but at MSM you can choose from different expertise tracks to fully align your MBA with your career ambitions, or to challenge yourself in new and unexplored areas.
The MBA expertise track International Business & Sustainable Development explores business issues facing international managers working both in developing and emerging economies. The expertise track offers courses on Sustainability in the Global Economy, Green & Inclusive Innovation, International Human Resource Management, and Fair Trade & Global Value Chains.
Sustainability in the Global Economy
No business can operate successfully today without understanding the interconnectivity of the global economy. This course will cover some of the major forces that are affecting the contemporary business environment, ranging from the repercussions of the 2009 financial crisis and the role of the BRICs, as well as addressing the UN sustainable development goals, the Rio +20 agenda, and the needs of the circular economy.
Green & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation is a key driver providing managers with new market opportunities. This course gives you a contemporary perspective on innovation. It highlights the importance of green innovations that reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities and which create solutions for sustainable development. Moreover, it provides a platform for developing inclusive innovation, showing how high-performance products and services can be created for bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers.
International Human Resource Management
No business functions without people, and being able to manage this essential resource effectively, is crucial to any business leader. International Human Resource Management focuses on activities such as recruitment, training, and development, compensation as well as performance appraisal. Moreover, the course gives you an insight into the importance of labor mobility in the global economy, with particular reference to how highly skilled immigration, refugees, and migrants play an essential role in meeting today’s skills shortages.
Fair Trade & Global Value Chains
Understanding how value is added to goods as they move around the world is essential for any global manager. In the course Fair Trade & Global Value Chains you will learn about sustainability in the global value chain, from raw materials to finished products. Furthermore, you will gain insight into the importance of industry clusters and governmental regulations that are engaged at each stage of the product's development.
Upon completion, you will have the skills to manage in a global business environment. You will not only develop an insight into the challenges facing the contemporary international organization but will also understand the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets.
The expertise track offers courses on:
- Sustainability in the Global Economy
- Green & Inclusive Innovation
- International Human Resource Management
- Fair Trade & Global Value Chains
How to apply for a specialization?
Choose the specialization that fits your career ambitions and benefit from our global community and enjoy unlimited network opportunities.
When you apply to the MSM MBA program of your choice (Full-time MBA, Executive MBA, or Online MBA) you will be requested to indicate the specialization of your interest. This will be reviewed during the application procedure. You can still adjust your choice until the middle of February of the year that you will follow the specialization. The MBA specialization takes place in June/July.
As MSM wants to ensure optimal exchange of experiences between participants, admission to the industry-focused specializations is subject to specific criteria (e.g. professional background, career ambitions, motivation). You can apply for the MSM MBA through the online application portal.
MSM reserves the right to cancel a specialization in case the required minimum number of participants is not met.
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Applications are processed immediately upon receipt