The Director's Workshops

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Wednesday 07 October 2020
10 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MBA N20012 The Essex MBA,
MBA N20E24 The Essex Executive MBA,
MBA N20E36 The Essex Executive MBA

Module description

The Director's Workshops address a wide range of topical, critical management issues of relevance to the practice of business and management with the view to help you acquire the tools and the skills to develop innovative business thinking.

Typically led by the MBA Director, the Director's Workshops include contributions from the MBA Director, local and national industrial figures discussing their business and management practice, experts in their field and fellow MBA students themselves leading discussions on business issues specific to their own industry or geography. The Director's Workshops also aim to support you early on in your MBA studies, helping you acquire critical learning and study skills through writing workshops and other research and reporting techniques. The module also incorporates field and company visits, enabling you to evidence the relevance of your learning to the workplace environment.

Module aims

The Director’s Workshops emphasise the practical implications of the knowledge and skills transferred in other MBA modules through hands-on workshops led by the MBA Director and supported by external business practitioners.

The aim of the module is fourfold.
1. To support you and your MBA study through a series of workshops revolving around study skills and understanding of the ‘self’
2. To enable you to evidence application of your MBA learning in an organisational setting, through company visits and field trips
3. To introduce you to topical issues in business and management not explicitly covered in other MBA modules
4. To equip you with the tools and frameworks to contribute innovative business thinking while addressing major issues in business and management

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• 1. Evidence an appreciation of current business and global issues impacting the practice of leadership and management
• 2. Develop a critical understanding of the interface between business and society, and the impact of business decisions on the wider environment
• 3. Develop as a responsible business manager/leader with an understanding of the need for innovation and sustainability
• 4. Apply critical analysis tools and frameworks to business and management issues
• 5. Synthesise and apply knowledge from multiple course modules to a business problem
• 6. Analyse, evaluate, and present a coherent extended argument
• 7. Carry out critical reflection

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

* The research and distillation of current information
* The ability to think critically
* The ability to write clearly and concisely to convey ideas to others

Indicative Lecture Programme

The module is delivered through five, whole-day workshops in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

Autumn term (2 days)
* MBA Fears and Challenges
* Innovation and sustainability – company/site visit
* Project management: building a football stadium

Spring term (1 day)
* Developing self awareness; Marketing yourself
* Reflective writing
* Introduction to Game Theory

Summer term (1 day)
* Risk and Reputation management
* Tackling business challenges through design thinking

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Methods The module takes the form of workshops, guest lectures by business practitioners and company/site visits. 30 contact hours


  • (no date) Strategyzer's Value Proposition Canvas Explained - YouTube.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Nicolas Forsans and Business Practicioners



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 35 hours, 35 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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