It has been proven that a lack of knowledge and ethical accounting and financial analysis skills is catastrophic to the business world.

This course provides a broad-based introduction to accounting and finance to enable you to acquire an understanding of the main concepts and their practical application in management decision making without in-depth technical detail. Gain a non-specialist grounding in accounting and financial management to appreciate and communicate financial dimensions of decisions within business. This course is grounded in the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility within the context of financial management in the promotion of the common good.

You’ll recognise the impact of economic transactions of a business’ financial and operating capability and develop essential accounting and financial planning and forecasting skills required for organisational management.

This practical and engaging course includes facilitator-led discussion and debate, utilisation of a computer simulation tool and case study reviews.

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  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Almost every organisation is undergoing some type of change. In fact, change seems to be continual and unrelenting.

The regulatory environment changes, team members come and go, new programs and opportunities emerge, organisational configurations change, demographics shift, and so on. While most organisations focus on using change to improve profits and downsize, change management is far more than that.

Change management requires leaders and managers who can think beyond the metrics, processes, technology and structures to engage and empower people, and lead towards positive growth.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Understand the many concepts of corporate finance including risk and return, raising funds through issuing shares and bonds, investment evaluation, dividend policy, cost of capital, capital structure, leverage, and working capital management.

You’ll learn to compare and contrast the role of finance managers in the financing and investment decisions faced by all firms. And you’ll develop skills in analysing and developing strategies for making business decisions to generate sustainable shareholder value.

This course provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for key business decisions relative to financing, investment and dividends, and the confidence to converse with and understand those who have this expertise in their companies.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Corporate governance has emerged globally as a major concern for all organisations. The heart of corporate governance is who sets the direction for the company and who monitors company performance from a financial, strategic, risk, compliance and ethical perspective. Central to this question are the role and functions of the board of directors and their relationships with management.

This course introduces the theoretical, practical and ethical issues which affect how corporate directors and managers work, solve problems and interact with their employees, shareholders, clients, government and the community at large.

The nature of governance is examined from an ethical decision-making perspective, with emphasis accorded the relationship between corporate social responsibility, risk management and organisational governance commitments. Risk management is examined in detail given its vital role in both corporate governance and day-to-day management.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Sharpen your skill set with an in-depth study on the theory and context of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Explore the dimensions surrounding business opportunity creation and growth, in corporate and start-up environments, underpinned by the questions, concerns and decisions made by entrepreneurs. The dimensions explored will cover conceptualisation, innovation, strategy, operations, financing, management, marketing and ethics in forming sustainable businesses that generate wealth for both individuals and society.

This course will develop your knowledge of entrepreneurial processes in different organisational and industry settings. The major aim of this course is to advance your knowledge of managing the complex process of launching a start-up and its innovative value proposition in different industries and how to analyse and suggest solutions to complex problems in entrepreneurial processes.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Innovation of digital technologies has become central to driving economic productivity and the future wellbeing of society.

In this course you will investigate core aspects of value creation from emerging digital technologies. Digital technologies are presenting significant opportunities and threats to existing business models. For example, big data analysis can be used to assist managerial decision making, and artificial intelligence can have a profound impact on traditional work practices and the professions. As such, executives need to understand the strategic, managerial and execution aspects of digital technologies, and how they can be captured to create organisational value.

The course provides a broad base of digital literacy and cyber security enabling you the confidence to engage in discussion, debate and the creation of your organisation’s digital strategy to capture and sustain competitive advantage in a world of technological turbulence.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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We are witnessing significant business and operating changes to our way of life and environment, with social confusion and slumping sales endangering employee health and impacting business continuity.

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This course is the perfect introduction for managers that need to understand the use of economic analysis to make business decisions.

You’ll consider the extent to which markets allocate resources efficiently; the degree to which market restrictions are efficient; the effectiveness of different tax regimes; the relative efficiency of different market structures; the best means by which to control environmental damage; and the practicality of the government provision of public goods, and the degree to which the macro-economy is subject to coordination failure.

It sets these aspects in the context of the modern global economic environment and examines how organisations attempt to reach optimal profitability and efficiency in the face of constraints.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Gain a theoretical and strategically focused understanding of organisational dynamics. This course incorporates topics and dynamic processes such as decision making, power and politics, organisational change, organisational communication and conflict management.

You’ll be encouraged to take a strategic approach to organisational dynamic processes using contemporary behavioural theories and practices considering organisational and environmental changes.

With a more thorough understanding you’ll be better skilled to lead and manage the implications these have on individual and group behaviour.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Negotiation is a vital skill needed to achieve results in a range of business interactions. When you understand how to effectively negotiate, you can plan and achieve better outcomes in every situation.

ACU's unique Negotiation Leadership Program strengthens your negotiation skills by helping you focus on the preparation, the process, the people and the post-negotiation analysis to develop creative solutions, stronger relationships and better deals.

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This course surveys the evolution of Western thought from major philosophical perspectives (from Homer to Sartre) and their relevance for contemporary management. What is important about a philosophical perspective is not what it explains, but what it assumes. Three assumptions ground the course:

  • managing is essentially a philosophical activity because human existence is interpreted through diverse perspectives
  • management training needs to be combined with management education since training subordinates' individuals to routines, standards and practices, while educating liberates a person’s intellectual, moral and aesthetic powers
  • managers need to have the critical skills to debate, reflect, and engage in dialogue across different functional disciplines and cultures.
  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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This course covers the fundamentals of the psychology of risk including research foundations, trends and the scope of the discipline in order to develop a foundation for the application of the psychology of risk in personal and professional contexts.

You’ll firstly focus on risk perception and understanding as an individual, from a personal perspective. Concepts are then expanded into an understanding of how they apply to others and finally, organisational understanding of the psychology of risk and social complexity in a networked age. If you are to be effective, and to thrive, in a volatile and uncertain environment (personal or professional) you will need a humanistic understanding, which is especially important when applied to the notion of risk.

The need to take risks is critical to success but the goal of effective psychology of risk application is to find the balance between risk aversion and risk seeking to create Dynamic Risk Equilibrium (DRE). This course focuses on the importance of the non-conscious in judgment and decision-making and its importance in the understanding of risk. An introduction to the social psychology of risk and how judgment and decision-making are affected by social arrangements is also provided.

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  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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This course provides the conceptual frameworks and skills required by executive leadership to understand and develop effective strategies for sustainable competitive advantages. A balance is struck between traditional approaches to strategy formulation and those that have been developed to help organisations navigate turbulent and unpredictable environments.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of strategic management in successfully determining the direction of an organisation’s future in a continuously changing environment. Strategic management includes the formulation and implementation, as well as the process of control and review, of strategic direction.

The course takes the perspective of the organisations (business, public, and not-for-profit) as well as the perspective of the business unit. It provides a strong managerial application and uses this approach throughout, focussing content toward a distinctly real-world, global orientation.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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Understand and apply different ways of thinking about complex challenges and opportunities faced by organisations.

Described by leading business consultants as a core competency for the 21st century, systemics thinking and practices enable you to explore and lever improvements in the complex challenges and opportunities organisations face daily. The course looks to create a seamless relationship between the learning environment and the workplace.

Using principles evolved from the interaction of systems thinking, complexity and experiential learning, you learn techniques to scope the multi-dimensional nature of complexity, to make sense, within your context, of complex issues and build strategic pathways to lever improvement opportunities. You are invited to bring your current complex issues to the series of practice workshops that are incorporated in the course.

  • Face-to-face or real-time virtual delivery
  • Intensive mode
  • 4.5 days
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