Executive Education

Capability Development

Graduate Certificate in Business (Leadership and Management) C1133

The Executive Education Centre offers a university accredited capability building program for middle to senior level executives undertaking leadership roles within organisations. Upon completion of the program participants attain a Graduate Certificate in Business.

The program is designed in partnership with an organisation to reflect global best practices focusing on the organisation’s requirements. This co-design approach goes beyond the limitations of prescriptive learning and generates relevant and practical content underpinned by a rigorous academic framework.

Professional knowledge is advanced through activity based learning at the workshops through engagement, problem solving exercises and assessable presentations, literature reviews, case studies, preparation of reports, projects and reflective journals. Participants are required to relate management relevant literature, social and cultural theories plus the designated management literature to priority themes and projects. This approach is designed to cultivate reflective practice, instil new capability and optimize performance in specific services contexts.

MBS598 Foundations of effective leadership

This unit locates Leadership within the strategy process and distinguishes leadership from management. Traditional theories of leadership are introduced but are not focused on. Instead the unit delves deeply into leadership as a capability that an organisation needs to develop. It relies heavily on the Sloan Distributed Leadership Model and draws on Ronald Heifetz's work on Adaptive Leadership. Participants will gain an understanding of current approaches to leadership and gain an understnding of their own mental models of leadership, with a view to developing leadership capabilities in themselves and others.

MBS594 Developing strategic intelligence

This module centres on the development of strategic thinking skills so that participants can reflect creatively on organizational and business strategy. Strategic thinking is built by a focus on understanding the language of strategy, and learning how information from the internal and external environments can assist in developing and communicating a vision, contributes to scenario planning and strategy cultivation, and, ultimately, lead to innovation in design, development and delivery of new services.

MBS591 People and performance

This module will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect and improve their management of people within organisations. The module focuses on enhancing motivation and capability of individuals and teams based on the application of psychological principles. Topics covered will include motivating people, building capability, creativity, decision making, stress, effective communication, conflict management and working in teams.

MBS596 Cultural competence

Organisational cultures that rely on one-size-fits-all approaches to management can help organisations deal with routine issues but not with complex and uncertain problems involving multiple stakeholders. This module investigates organisational culture through an exploration of the organisation’s approach to ethics, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and risk and volatility. It investigates how organisational culture in these aspects are addressed in various organisational tasks such as planning, human resources, operations, and communications can help and has helped organisations anticipate and prepare for change, adapt to shocks and build capabilities.

How to apply

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Business and how to enrol, please contact:

Murdoch Executive Education Centre
School of Business and Governance
Murdoch University
90 South Street, Murdoch
Western Australia, 6150


+61 8 9360 1776