Ready-Made Courses for Farmers, Friars and Footballers from Church Management to Criminal Justice, Tailor-Made MBAs Are Increasingly on Offer, Catering for a Surprising Number of professions.Simon Midgley Reports on a Qualification Adapting to the Modern Job Market
Midgley, Simon, The Independent (London, England)
Later this year the first cohort of students from Liverpool University's new Footballing Industries MBA will graduate. From next January parish priests will be able to enhance their management skills and chances of becoming a Bishop by enrolling on Britain's first MBA programme in church management. The specialist MBA programme, it seems, is flourishing, and sometimes in the most unlikely places.
For some years now there have been opportunities to tailor your MBA to your specialist field of interest, for example: agribusiness (Aberystwyth and the Royal Agricultural College); criminal justice (Nottingham University); communications (Leeds Metropolitan); retailing (Stirling) and real estate (Paisley). And this is just a few of the specialised courses on offer.
However, new and more exotic specialisms are coming thick and fast. From January, an MBA in Church Management is to be offered by Bishop Grosseteste College, a Church of England teacher training college in Lincoln, in conjunction with Hull University. Dr Mark Chater, senior lecturer in religious studies and programme leader, says the new MBA will be a unique opportunity in Britain to develop future leaders in all denominations who will be theologically literate and also literate in management theory and practice. The Rt. Rev Dr Robert Hardy, the Anglican bishop of Lincoln and chairman of the college's board of governors, felt there was a need for a specialised MBA for ministers, priests and lay Christians from charities, schools, colleges, retreats, religious communities and hospices. Indeed Dr Chater wants to make it clear that he is not closed to the idea of "people from other faith traditions coming on the course because we guess that the of management and leadership in a faith tradition are probably going to be generic." The part-time, two-year course will be conducted by distance learning interspersed with 21, two to three day residential teaching periods at either the college or Hull University. The teaching will be shared between Hull, which will validate the degree, and the college. The programme, costing pounds 3,500 per year, will consist of lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, group work and an extended project which could involve an investigation of a management and theological issue in the student's own denomination or faith tradition. Dr Chater is keen to emphasise that the course is not intended to uncritically offer Christians fashionable management nostrums but is concerned with the critical engagement of managerial theory with theological thought. Meanwhile, …
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Publication information: Article title: Ready-Made Courses for Farmers, Friars and Footballers from Church Management to Criminal Justice, Tailor-Made MBAs Are Increasingly on Offer, Catering for a Surprising Number of professions.Simon Midgley Reports on a Qualification Adapting to the Modern Job Market. Contributors: Midgley, Simon - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: May 7, 1998. Page number: M6,M7. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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