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General MBA Specialization Courses

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This specialization includes the following compulsory course:

Strategic Management

The course is concerned with the management of the total organization – the formulation and the implementation of corporate, business and functional strategies through the organization’s structure and processes. The course will consist of the following parts:

  • Strategic Analysis of the environment, industry, competition, stakeholder and pressure groups, and of the corporate capability. This analysis will be developed within the context of the increased complexity of change by organizations and the growing globalization of business.
  • Strategic Decisions focuses upon the company’s ability to identify the opportunities and threats in environmental changes and to develop strategies to deal with these changes. An important consideration will be the benefits and implications of current methods used in developing strategies.
  • Strategic Action – the implementation of a strategy within the organization’s capabilities and its values – the concern here is with the creation of appropriate organizational structures, systems and cultures, and the role of the executive leadership in this process.
  • Selected Issues will include strategic alternatives open to Greek firms.

 

Intstructor: Subeniotis Demetres

 

 

The student is required to select three of the following electives:

Total Quality Management

The need for students to learn and understand the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) has become increasingly obvious in recent years. Organizations that hire college graduates are demanding that their new employees understand not only the importance of providing quality products and services to customers, but also the principles and tools of TQM. Students starting their working lives unfamiliar with TQM will indeed be one step behind. This course presents the basic principles and tools associated with TQM and provides many cases that can be used as the basis for class discussion. It focuses on the continuous improvement of all aspects of a business from design, through production-marketing to after sales service. It covers the concept of TQM; the different approaches of TQM gurus; the link with recognised Quality Standards; Quality Culture, Attitudes and Behaviour; Planning a TQM program; Quality Costs, Implementation; Quality Assurance Systems / ISO 9000; the Tools and Techniques of Quality Improvement; the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The cases focus on large and small companies in manufacturing and service industries in USA, Asia and Europe (including cases from the Greek industry).

 

Team of Instructors: Gotzamani Aikaterini, Tsiotras Georgios

 

Financial Statement Analysis

This course aims to give the students a comprehensive framework for the financial analysis and performance of the enterprise. This framework consists of three parts. The first part provides a satisfactory accounting analysis of annual financial statements. This analysis is necessary for the students in order to assist in better understanding the themes of the second and third part. The second part provides a comprehensive analysis of all the traditional financial analysis techniques (comparative statements, common -size statements, financial ratios, etc.). The third part is based on the previous parts created accounting and financial reporting and deals with the major business decisions such as determination (firm valuation) of the value of the firm and the individual securities, determining the value of the firm in the case of mergers and acquisitions, risk measurement and particularly credit risk and predict financial distress of the firm.

 

Team of Instructors: Livanis Efstratios, Papadopoulos Simeon

 

Strategic Marketing Planning

This course is focused on helping you become a strategic marketer, so that you can create, gain support for and execute marketing plans that will build strong and enduring businesses. The course focuses on decision making within a context of strategic marketing planning. Decision-making is the process of developing, evaluating and choosing among alternative courses of action to solve a problem or achieve a goal. Almost all of the important decisions made by marketing executives involve aspects of strategic marketing planning. The course builds on the material covered in Marketing Management (semester 1); it reinforces the material and introduces new concepts. Marketing Planning includes: (1) establishing objectives, given anticipated environmental conditions and existing organizational constraints, and (2) developing a marketing strategy to achieve the objectives. Marketing strategy involves: (a) targeting customers and (b) creating a marketing mix (including consideration of products and services, pricing, location, distribution, promotion, advertising, and market research). An effective marketing mix is one that satisfies customers and is also profitable for the organization. The course takes a broad view; every function is involved in building a strong business that succeeds in the market. There are several objectives in this course: to use key frameworks to analyze situations and make decisions; to develop your ability to integrate marketing concepts and principles, along with your own personal experiences, into a comprehensive logically coherent strategic marketing plan; to develop your analytical skills in making complex decisions involving strategic and tactical marketing problems and issues; to improve your oral and written communication skills; to improve your ability to work effectively as part of a team; to understand how to create a strong marketing plan.

 

Team of Instructors: Andronikidis Andreas, Vassiliadis Christos

 

Greek Labour Market and European Union

Instructor: Mihail Dimitrios

 

Management Information Systems/ E-Commerce

In current competitive and international business environment, businesses need to adopt and exploit information and communication technology (ICT). Thus, managers should understand at least basic ICT. The objective of this course is the introduction of Information Systems and E-Commerce (IC/EC). The course aims to students’ informing, understanding and familiarization about important IC/EC concepts, categories, business models, applications and technologies. Within course, students discuss and present IC/EC case studies, and propose best practices.

 

Instructor: Economides Anastasios

 

Investment Analysis And Portfolio Management

The ultimate goal of this course is to give you the skills that will allow analyzing and evaluating stocks. The course covers topics like: the investment process, methods evaluating and selecting stocks, the construction of efficient portfolios, efficient markets.

 

Instructor: Noulas Athanasios

 

Corporate Governance and Investor Protection

Strategic Analysis of the Interaction Between Government and Business

It is widely accepted that governments play a very important role in the economies of developed countries. It is thus, very important for managers to understand the links between government decisions and firms’ actions for two main reasons: to be able to anticipate government’s interventions and their effects on firms’ operation, and to be able to participate in the formation of government’s policies. The course examines two types of regulatory intervention that are most prominent: competition policy and environmental policy. Although we examine both, more emphasis is placed on the analysis of environmental policy. In examining competition policy we start with some basic points on the theory of firms with particular emphasis on firm’s boundaries horizontal and vertical). Since we are using a game theoretic approach in examining both policies, a significant part of the course is devoted on the analysis of Game Theory and its applications in managerial decision making.

 

Instructor: Sartzetakis Eftichios

 

Business Risk Management

The course introduces the students to the various risks a firm has to deal with. A firm’s decision under uncertainty means a risk management. Risk management answers the question of how much risk anyone is willing to undertake. Therefore, the students will learn about the factors affecting behavior under uncertainty. Especially, the students will learn how to quantify and distribute the risk. The students will develop skills by using the softwares: @Risk, Eviews. In particular the students will use the program to obtain optimal solutions to problems under uncertainty.

 

Team of Instructors: Eleftheriadis Ioannis, Papanastasiou Ioannis

 

Modern Forms of Financing

The objective if this course is to present and examine the techniques of leasing, factoring, forfaiting, franchising, crowdfunding and venture capital. Moreover, the students will become familiar with banking products such as commercial papers, bankers acceptances, certificates of deposit, repurchase agreements-repos and government securities.

 

Team of Instructors: Livanis Efstratios, Papadopoulos Simeon

 

ΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ ΕΠΕΝΔΥΣΕΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΧΑΡΤΟΦΥΛΑΚΙΟΥ (ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ)

The course aims to provide a complete representation of the investment options, the methods of evaluation and selection of securities, the construction and management of optimal portfolios. The analysis of investments refers to securities, such as equities, bonds, commodities, etc. Initially, the course is focused on the portfolio theory, the single-index model, the capital asset pricing model, the performance assessment and the market efficiency.

 Also, the course analyses the technical analysis as a fundamental approach for the assessment and selection of investment products. The analysis of the method is done both at theoretical and practical level, with the use of examples and real time data. The students will learn an array of tools and investment criteria, which in combination with portfolio theory, will give them the opportunity to build rational investment strategies.

Professors: Noulas Athanasios, Tampakoudis Ioannis

Project Management

This course examines project management roles and environments, the project life cycle and various techniques of work planning, and control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of project-management principles, processes, and techniques, including project control, cost management, project tracking, and project outsourcing. Students will also learn how to control project schedules, budgets, and scope, using methods that minimize or completely eliminate "scope creep." Techniques such as fast-tracking, critical-path crashing, stochastic estimating, and exploiting activity lead-lag times will enable students to develop fast, accurate project schedules.

 

Instructor: Vlachos Dimitrios

 

ΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΔΙΟΙΚΗΣΗ ΕΡΓΩΝ (English)

 COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course examines project management roles and environments, the project life cycle and various techniques of work planning, and control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of project-management principles, processes, and techniques, including project control, cost management, project tracking, and project outsourcing. Students will also learn how to control project schedules, budgets, and scope, using methods that minimize or completely eliminate "scope creep." Techniques such as fast-tracking, critical-path crashing, stochastic estimating, and exploiting activity lead-lag times will enable students to develop fast, accurate project schedules.

 Professors: Dimitrios Vlachos, Loukas Tsironis