Leadership in Business Administration

Cardiff Business School

Cardiff Business School


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Who should attend

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of experienced middle managers looking for ways to develop their understanding and knowledge of business to further their career.

It is suitable for those who wish to learn in short sessions, held once a month over a year - and who do not require accreditation or assessment.

About the course

Our Cardiff LBA (Leadership and Business Administration) course is designed to be a mini, work-based taster of the Executive MBA programme. It will help you gain essential business knowledge and enhance your professional performance to enable you to realise your career potential.

This exciting programme will provide you with the knowledge and confidence needed to take a leading role within your organisation. It will help you to develop your strategic knowledge and give you the insight needed to influence and effect real change.

The Cardiff LBA is designed to fit around your work and home commitments as it is delivered in one-day sessions across 12 months. You'll visit Cardiff Business School once a month, and you'll find that the sessions are very practical and enjoyable - you'll be able to take ideas back to your organisation and apply them straight away.

What you’ll learn

The Cardiff LBA is in effect, a mini MBA, providing you with essential business knowledge and the confidence needed to take a leading role in your organisation - but without the headache of assessments and assignments.

All sessions will provide multiple opportunities for you to appreciate how business concepts relate to and/or affect your work.

Many examples will be provided from a range of different sectors in order to illustrate key learning points. After each session, you will be able to practically apply your learning straight away.

Active participation in the programme is required from participants and the completion of project work is essential.

Topics covered

Leadership and Professional Development

  • Different approaches to leadership
  • Understanding Leaders as individuals vs. Leadership as a process
  • Identification of personality type and work preferences - development of action plans to improve personal effectiveness
  • Identification of the organisational factors necessary to foster a distributed or collaborative form of leadership

Digital Leadership

  • Improving engagement and transparency in an uncertain environment
  • How teams and individuals can collaborate together to foster mutual trust
  • How to create an environment of responsibility

Operations Management

  • Appreciation of key operations management techniques
  • Utilisation of visualisation techniques as an aid to problem solving
  • Continuous Improvement Tools – application and how to embed
  • Understanding the challenges inherent in the management of operations

High Performing Teams

  • Adaptive and distributed Leadership
  • Developing a healthy team culture
  • Psychological safety
  • Collaborative problem solving

HR and Performance Management

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of key Human Resources techniques and practices
  • Exploration of the key issues that arise in Human Resource Management
  • Evaluate and assess the efficacy of different HRM activities from different organisational perspectives
  • Appreciation of the impact of personnel policy in terms of business performance, compliance with employment law and adherence to accepted standards of ethical practice

Finance for Non Financial Managers

  • How to interpret accounts, profit and loss statements, balance sheets and financial ratios
  • Control of working capital, stock, creditors, debtors and cash
  • Budget forecasting and control
  • Cost accounting and control

Strategic Management

  • Awareness and application of basic strategic management concepts and analytical tools
  • Recognition, appraisal and assessment of strategic processes within organisations
  • Diagnosing strategic problems and evaluating strategic choices
  • Demonstration of an awareness of ethics and the role and rights of various stakeholders in order to manage stakeholder demands

Digital Strategy

  • Situational analysis
  • Strategy
  • Objectives
  • Tactics
  • Action and control


  • Cardiff Business School is 6th in the UK for research excellence - the Cardiff LBA gives you the opportunity to meet and work with our excellent academic faculty, on a range of different topics, and in an enjoyable and thought-provoking way.
  • Teaching will be wholly applicable to the workplace, so that, following a session, you will be able to begin practically applying your learning straight away.
  • Conversations within the programme are connected to real-world problems that participants are currently facing within the workplace, and those that you will likely face in the future.
  • Teaching examples are provided from a range of different sectors, in order to illustrate key learning points.
  • A Certificate of Attendance for Executive Education at Cardiff Business School will be awarded subject to the completion of all of the education elements of the programme and Senior Management review of associated project work within the organisation.
  • This is a very flexible programme, designed to fit in around existing work and home commitments. Choose to attend all sessions or just the ones that most interest you.
  • Whether you've already got the learning bug, or it's been a while since you've been to University (or even if you've never studied before) you'll find that working with Cardiff Business School will ignite a passion for new ideas and new thinking.


Maneesh Kumar

Maneesh Kumar is a Professor of Service Operations at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He conducts cross disciplinary applied research in the area of Operational Excellence including topics such as Quality Management, Lean Six Sigma (LSS), Lean, Green, and Innovation (iLEGO), Heathca...

Rob Morgan

Rob holds the Sir Julian Hodge Chair and is a Professor of Marketing & Strategy at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, U.K. He is a Strategy Research Foundation Scholar and holds visiting professorships at: VU Universiteit Amsterdam, Baltic Management Institute, and Copenhagen Busine...

Sarah Hurlow

Sarah has worked closely with a range of private and public sector organisations to design and facilitate leadership development programmes, and was Director of the Executive MBA at Cardiff Business School for three years. She has a particular interest in strategies for supporting the reflexive ...

Richard Strudwick

I am a passionate and energetic trainer. I run experiential programmes for professionals, graduates and young people that have a real impact on their understanding of their own behaviours and their future success. I pride myself on designing and running innovative programmes that have a real imp...

Aoife McDermott

Dr Aoife McDermott is a Professor of Human Resource Management at Cardiff Business School. Dr McDermott’s research interests concern the role of human resource management and change management in supporting service delivery and improvement through people, particularly in professional service and...

Richard Baylis

Richard started his academic career in experimental physics completing his PhD in the field of bio-nanotechnology in 2008. He then joined the mid-tier firm Grant Thornton where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 within the Audit department. During his time at Grant Thornton, he had a...

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