Specialising on the Global Online MBA

25 March 2024

Our Global Online MBA participants discuss tailoring their MBA course to their specific interests and goals by selecting one of Warwick Business School's optional specialisms in healthcare, social and environmental sustainability, or entrepreneurship.

Kristian Yu

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I chose to specialise in social and environmental sustainability whilst studying for my MBA at Warwick Business School (WBS) due to its growing significance, particularly in the financial sector, where Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are increasingly integral to the investment decision-making process.

Drawing from my background in investment banking and consulting, I recognise that sustainability is becoming pivotal within the banking sector, especially in light of global regulatory mandates for ESG disclosures. Consequently, financial institutions are revising and enhancing their investment strategies to incorporate sustainability principles. This led me to realise that ESG is an inevitable consideration that all industries must take into account when making strategic decisions.

Throughout my academic journey at WBS, I had the opportunity to learn about the role of sustainability, not just in mitigating environmental risks but also in unlocking opportunities for value creation and competitive advantage across various industries.

The sustainability modules from the Global Online MBA programme specifically broadened my understanding of the benefits and strengths of sustainable organisations—illustrating how they leverage sustainable innovations to drive business profitability, achieve sustainability objectives, and significantly contribute to promoting a healthier environment and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

Christian Ngock

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The MBA journey at Warwick Business School (WBS) has been an incredible adventure, filled with challenges and triumphs. Despite the hurdles, my primary goal has always been to apply my newfound knowledge to make a positive impact on my community. With Africa emerging as a hub for innovation and development, specialising in entrepreneurship was a natural choice for me.

As a student focusing on entrepreneurship, my academic voyage has been a thrilling exploration of innovation, risk-taking, and seizing opportunities. Delving deep into the intricacies of entrepreneurial theory and practice, I've gained invaluable insights into the nuances of starting and expanding ventures. Whether analysing case studies of thriving start-ups or grappling with the complexities of new venture creation, each experience has enriched my understanding of the entrepreneurial landscape.

A standout moment in my journey has been the collaborative spirit fostered among peers. Engaging in dynamic discussions and idea exchanges has not only broadened my perspective but has also cultivated a sense of unity and purpose within the entrepreneurial community. Together, we're not just students; we're catalysts for change, driven by a shared passion for innovation and growth.

Above all, my journey in entrepreneurship has taught me the importance of resilience, adaptability, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity. As I continue to pursue my academic and professional endeavours in this field, I am driven by a steadfast commitment to harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to drive positive change and create a lasting impact in Africa and the world at large.

Amit Chawla

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As an Orthopaedic surgeon with a passion for healthcare service improvement, pursuing the Global Online MBA at Warwick Business School (WBS) has been a transformative journey. The healthcare specialism has allowed me to dive deeper into my interests and has provided invaluable insights into strategic leadership and global challenges in the public sector.

One of the key modules I have completed is Strategic Leadership in the Healthcare Industry. From analysing a variety of case studies to engaging in dynamic discussions with peers, I gained a deeper understanding of how to effectively lead and innovate within healthcare organisations. This was reflected in my assignment, where I effectively designed a new NHS community pathway for managing osteoarthritis.

One of the main highlights of the healthcare specialism is the unique opportunity to network and collaborate with a diverse cohort of students and healthcare leaders from multiple industries across the healthcare sector. This facilitates the development of valuable connections that have the potential to drive future collaborations and projects.

Beyond the specialised modules, I've been able to apply theory from other core modules such as organisational behaviour and operations management. I've gained insights into enhancing collaboration among clinical and non-clinical professionals, fostering effective leadership, and cultivating a culture of continuous improvement.

Looking ahead, I am excited to continue my journey at WBS, leveraging the resources and expertise available to further explore the intersection of healthcare and business.