Designed to address the specific opportunities presented to the Irish food, drink and horticulture sectors, this programme will arm you with best practice strategies and frameworks to develop business in key international markets. It recognises the opportunity for employment and wealth creation within the industry as well as the need for ongoing competitiveness.
With global economic uncertainty an ongoing concern and retail consolidation engendering an even more competitive marketplace, it enables you to build your leadership capabilities for strategic growth.
UCD Smurfit School has assembled a world-class faculty to deliver the Professional Diploma in Strategic Growth (Food Industry). The modules are taught by a blended team of instructors from UCD Smurfit School, Harvard Business School, IMD Business School Switzerland and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It provides an ideal platform for food industry professionals looking to enhance their abilities, accelerate their career, and improve the success of their company.
What will I get from this programme?
•This programme provides an ideal platform for food industry professionals looking to enhance their abilities, accelerate their career, and improve the success of their company.
•Each module is oriented towards the specific challenges of the food sector, providing participants and their companies with best practice strategies and frameworks to develop business in key international markets.
•Participants will also gain from invaluable, up-to-the-minute insights in the context of the Irish and international food business; food sector skills development; networking opportunities; and contact with like-minded managers in the food industry.
Is this Course for me?
•The programme is intended for those seeking to enhance their abilities as executives, leaders and innovators in the food, drink and horticulture sectors.
•It is also an excellent way for specialists such as agricultural science graduates to develop their business skills and knowledge
•It is particularly suitable for those with responsibilities in:
New product development;
Entrepreneurs will find the programme particularly beneficial
The course typically attracts:
•Individuals with a minimum of three years professional experience, of which a minimum of one year has been in the food industry.
•Those with management and leadership ambitions in the food and agribusiness industry.
•Executives and managers seeking to enhance their ability to grow their organisation in international markets through more effective strategic contributions and decision-making.
Objectives of Course:
•Extend your expertise in the strategic leadership aspects of your role working with people, driving growth and innovation, executing and delivering results
•Gain in-depth knowledge of business functions and key skills to integrate these functions across the organization
•Examine new techniques and technologies for driving results throughout the company
•Formulate a holistic approach to identifying problems, formulating solutions and adapting to change
•Build skills for effective decision making, strategy development and implementation
•Expand your capacity to lead cross-functional initiatives and corporate projects
•Develop a personal leadership philosophy and personal leadership plan that reflects greater knowledge, capabilities and insight.
From corporate governance to leadership development, our diplomas deepen your understanding of contemporary business challenges and will help you become a stronger leader who can deal with complex issues in rapidly changing environments.
Our unique learning method, immersive environment and world-class faculty all come together to deliver a learning experience unlike any other.
A key feature of the MSc pathway is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the individual diplomas takes approximately 10-12 months to complete, we advise participants of a 5-year window within which to ideally complete all three steps and be awarded the MSc in Business (Leadership & Management Practice).
Who is it for?
•Executives with a minimum of five years of management experience
•Aspiring leaders who are seeking to enhance their abilities as executives and innovators in the food, drink and horticulture sectors
•Experienced specialists such as agri-scientists to develop their business skills and knowledge
•High potential mid-level executives ready to expand their responsibilities
It is particularly suitable for those with responsibilities in:
•New product development
•Business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their business.