Business School launches new look Graduate School of Management

01 October 2012

Reaching another 50,000 executives in the next decade is the catalyst behind the University of Auckland Business School bringing all its executive and coursework-based postgraduate programmes under one umbrella in the newly-named Graduate School of Management.

The School – which in the past 16 years has worked with more than 50,000 practicing managers over its public enrolment short courses, postgraduate offerings and executive MBA programme – has communicated closely with clients and stakeholders to re-name, re-brand and re-focus its graduate school and executive programme portfolio.

The shake-up is part of the Business School’s commitment to being a catalyst for a thriving New Zealand economy, and will ensure the path to further capability building is easy for clients.

Business School Dean Professor Greg Whittred says the School has a vision to equip a new breed of manager with the knowledge and skills required to enhance the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of New Zealand organisations.

“The Graduate School of Management will continue to give participants and students access to the latest business research from New Zealand’s foremost research-led university, combined with real-world business insights and international best practice,” he says.

From 1 October this year, the Graduate School of Management will encompass all programmes aimed at practising managers – short courses, in-house courses and customised courses (collectively known as Executive Education), the MBA, its recently launched Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship and proposed new Master of Management programmes.

The director of the Graduate School of Management, Professor Jilnaught Wong, says the shake-up is timely after the Ministry of Economic Development published a Management Matters study in 2011 that showed the most important driver of any organisation’s performance and productivity is the capability of its people; and that New Zealand organisations were underperforming on this count.

“Over the past 16 years, the Business School has worked successfully with more than 50,000 practising managers, and we have also developed in-house and customised programmes for leading organisations including Fletcher Building, Westpac and Telecom,” Professor Wong says.

"These programmes are expected to reach another 50,000 executives in the next decade, so the Executive Education team has worked with customers to develop a new website to better meet their needs.”

Several new products have been launched in recent years, including the Global Executive Leadership Programme last year in collaboration with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, The ICEHOUSE and Thunderbird School of Management in the United States.

Last month the Supply Chain Management Executive Programme was launched to offer a 15-day programme with five modules, including site visits to understand the supply challenges of organisations as diverse as Zespri, Fonterra, DB Breweries, Waikato District Health Board, Gallagher and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Professor Wong says by working alongside practicing managers in these programmes, and lifting the capability and competence of the individuals and teams who drive organisational performance, the School will positively impact the economic performance of New Zealand.