Diploma Programme in General Management

Rotterdam School of Management

Rotterdam School of Management

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Who should attend

This programme is for soon-to-be or recently appointed first-time managers, team leaders or project managers who would like to consolidate their management skills and update them with the latest academic management research. Most candidates will already have led projects and project teams. Many will also have a few years of post-graduate experience, and are keen to boost their leadership development.

About the course

Are you moving into the role of a manager or supervisor for the first time? You will need techniques and competences for running your team smoothly and effectively; you also have to deal with pressure from your manager and team members. But you can’t navigate this phase in your career relying only on the skills you learned in your undergraduate studies.

Your personal management development track

The RSM Diploma in General Management is a modular management programme that provides you with carefully designed stepping stones that will boost your management skills, and help you excel in your new leadership role. The modules and content can be tailored to your personal and professional preferences. You will experience a wide variety of learning methods; you’ll prepare at home with reading, online tutorials and exercises before you come to the workshops to learn from your teachers. You will also learn from your peers in sessions facilitated by our top faculty.

Learning Objectives

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • fast-track your development as first-time manager with your new knowledge and skills
  • communicate more effectively with every level of your organisation
  • steer your team successfully towards a common goal
  • further align your internal and external stakeholders and shareholders
  • understand core managerial and leadership competences and use practical tools for ongoing success
  • use academic reasoning in your daily operations
  • make decisions and moves with more confidence, personally and professionally

Curriculum

The Diploma Programme in General Management is made up of four modules plus an Applied Research Project.

There is no specific order in which you need to follow the modules. You can pick and choose the dates of the different modules to suit your calendar. The modules run throughout the year and the start date of the diploma programme depends on the choice of your first module.

The whole programme can be completed within one to two years, and you must complete the Team Leadership module and the Applied Research Project in order to gain your diploma.

Team Leadership (3 days)

Do you have the skills to be an effective team leader? Are you struggling with team leadership challenges and issues, or need to boost your skills to manage your team to collective excellence? In this three-day workshop, you will learn relevant team leader skills from RSM Executive Education's top faculty members. Your new knowledge and tools to deal effectively with motivational problems, dysfunctional team members, conflicts and lack of a common direction can be applied into your work immediately.

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • understand how leading teams differs from leading individuals
  • deal with difficult team members before they affect the entire team
  • get the most out of your team members, knowledge and insights for collective decisions
  • create a strong and cohesive team identity by using effective leaderships tools
  • develop and communicate your vision for your team to inspire and motivate their efforts
  • implement processes and systems for your team’s success, independent of your efforts

Finance for Non-Financial Managers (2 days)

Acquire a strong grounding in the most widely used financial tools. In two days on campus – plus some online work prior to and after the course – you will learn about financial reporting in balance sheets, cash flow and income statements, and how these are used for decision-making, performance management, business improvements and valuation. From November, RSM's Finance for Non-Financial Managers will include an individual assignment and a follow-up feedback session with your professor to discuss your progress.

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • explain how the role of finance can influence the overall success of an organisation
  • understand the key tools used by financial specialists
  • assess the financial performance of your organisation
  • interpret and evaluate financial data with your newfound practical skills
  • understand how organisations have become global leaders by driving their operational excellence
  • utilise your new, practical skills to interpret and evaluate financial data.

**Foundations of Strategy (3 days)

Learn how to work with the key elements of strategy so you can tackle business challenges, and recognise competitive advantages. You’ll gain actionable tips and skills to use directly in your job and organisation.

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • use the latest knowledge to implement strategies in your job
  • analyse industries, competition, success factors and organisational competencies – and understand their effect on strategy
  • help your organisation conceptualise and formulate strategies
  • identify the major challenges in executing strategy and their effects
  • understand how acquisitions and alliances help strategy
  • propose an action plan that will help you tackle your business challenges.

Operations Management (3 days)

Better understand the context of operational challenges, and how you can influence them in a positive way. You will also learn what and who your barriers are, and explore research insights and real-life business cases to make the process more transparent.

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • identify how your role and management skills can aid the overall success of an organisation through operations and supply chains
  • apply grounded theoretical concepts to your own business challenges
  • recognise success and failure within operations and supply chain management
  • translate and implement best practices from various industries and functions within your own organisation
  • contribute to the operational success of your organisation within your own leadership role
  • drive your operational excellence by applying the learning of global leaders.

**Marketing and Value Creation (3 days)

Get an in-depth view of critical issues in marketing and value creation. You will focus on internal and external perspectives. Marketing is typically understood to focus on external factors such as customers and competition, but in fact building a shared understanding of how the organisation creates value for customers is crucial to longer term organisational performance. So how can your management skills boost your company’s marketing strategy?

When you have completed this programme, you will be able to:

  • understand the customer and the role of marketing throughout the organisation
  • have the skills to use vocabulary and tools of modern marketing
  • be able to create value through products, brands, services, and effective leadership
  • know how to bring products and services to the market and create revenue
  • recognise how technology affects the marketing and business environment.

Change Management (3 days)

Change initiatives often cost more, take longer and achieve less than originally intended. This programme trains managers to lead change successfully by providing the theoretical background and the practical know-how to transparently plan, implement and evaluate complex change processes.

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • plan and manage change realistically
  • identify, and know how to deal with, diverse stakeholders
  • implement strategies to deal with resistance
  • understand and create change management models
  • apply change management tools to your organisation
  • plan for systematic evaluation of change
  • execute a concrete plan for a change management process in your own organisation.

Experts

Merieke Stevens

Merieke Stevens is an assistant professor at the department of technology & operations management at RSM. Her research focuses on relations between organisations. She is particularly interested in interfirm relationship dynamics over time; cooperation between buyers and suppliers to achieve c...

Arjen Mulder

Arjen Mulder is an assistant professor of finance at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He earned his doctorate in business at Erasmus University. His teaching interests are focused in the area of corporate finance. He has taught a variety of courses at the executive level (MBA a...

Meir Shemla

Dr. Meir Shemla is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Organization and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).He received his PhD in Work & Organizational Psychology in 2011. His work focuses on the impact of team composition on team performance, and he has parti...

Hannes Leroy

Hannes Leroy is an assistant professor of human resource management at RSM. He is also affiliated as a research fellow to the ILR School of Cornell University. His areas of expertise include human resource management, leadership and leadership development, mindfulness in organisations and occupat...

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