This ground-breaking and exciting program develops entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and experience. Changing the rules of the enterprise education game, the degree prepares learners to live, craft, master and create entrepreneurship.
The MSc in Entrepreneurship is built upon the concept of Effectuation, a logic of entrepreneurial expertise that both novice and experienced entrepreneurs can use in the highly unpredictable start-up phase of a venture to reduce failure costs for the entrepreneur.
A new approach to entrepreneurship education. The MSc in Entrepreneurship prepares learners to live, craft, master and create entrepreneurship. It takes place both in the real world of the entrepreneur, and within Alba’s “Business unusual” classrooms. From generating creative ideas to launching innovative “happenings”, from building a strong business model to detailed financial planning, the MSc in Entrepreneurship prepares participants for creating and leading the new ventures of the future. A ground-breaking and exciting program that balances the practice of entrepreneurship with the mastery of core managerial competences.
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International Recognition: Accredited by The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
Alba Graduate Business School is one of the Elite European Schools in entrepreneurship. With a long and successful tradition in the European Business Plan of the Year Competition (EBPYC), and a high number of successful graduate entrepreneurs.
The program draws from the expertise of AHEAD, the Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development, a well-established team within the school which provides a range of support for entrepreneurship, for our students, graduates and other stakeholders.
The innovative combination of practical action learning and classroom education represents the very best international practice in enterprise education.
The MSc will is delivered by highly specialized resident and visiting faculty and guest speakers, including leading global figures from entrepreneurship education, and dynamic young entrepreneurs.
The MSc enhances individual skills, but also pays special emphasis on preparing participants to work outstandingly well with others, through workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Negotiations, as well as extensive team work.
The school reserves the right to reexamine the structure of all academic programs and proceed to any necessary changes in the total year schedules. Students who wish to attend the 14-month program, will attend the “New Venture Project” during September – October 2023.
This course concentrates on the economic foundations of management by developing tools to analyze key issues of the industry (Microeconomics) and general economic environment (Macroeconomics) of a company. The first part, Microeconomics, analyses consumer behavior, producer pricing and production decisions under different market structures. The second part, Macroeconomics, studies the operation of the entire economy, analyzing topics such as the determination of aggregate output, employment, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and other macro variables
With the aim of evaluating corporate financial performance and making financially rational decisions, this course introduces students to financial accounting, reporting and analysis. This module aims to develop awareness in students of the way in which accounting is embedded in a particular socio-economic, political and cultural context and challenges the perception that accounting is a purely technical, uninterested and neutral practice. Within this framework, the module seeks to provide students with a broad introduction to the need for external accounting systems, the principles explicit and implicit within such systems, and the strengths and weaknesses in such systems. The module acts both as a standalone and as an underpinning for subsequent modules as required.
The objective of this course is to assist students begin the process of crafting entrepreneurship, by exploring and engaging with entrepreneurial thinking, opportunities, an unknowable future, and building from strong ideas, within a context of limited resources. The course also addresses the key realities of (affordable) risk, and entrepreneurial failure. Participants will develop an understanding of how to use their commonly available resources to build viable, productive, enduring organizations that create real value. Built upon the radical means-driven approach of effectuation theory, this class challenges learners to think about how they can transform current realities into valuable new possibilities. They will learn to use commonly available and highly personal resources (their intelligence, insight, energy, initiative, educational background and personal relationships) to create, finance, and build new opportunities of every kind.
The course provides an overview of the core areas of management theory and organizational behaviour with a special emphasis on issues of organizational structures, culture and values, employee motivation and job design, leadership and power, group processes as well as organizational learning and knowledge management. It will help participants understand the complex relation between individuals, groups and organizations and will introduce the concepts and the tools for effective management of the human capital. It will also help them understand how they can become change catalysts by performing their leadership role as managers; how they can manage knowledge; how they can inspire people to put extra effort for achieving the organizational vision and for outstanding performance and results. Through case studies, videos and discussion, students will have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking and build people management skills by applying organizational theory to a broad range of organizational types, settings, and challenges.
The purpose of the workshop is to address the question ‘what is the skill of writing?’. According to the American writer Edwin Schlossberg, “the skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think”. The workshop explores this statement. This exploration and subsequent understanding is of paramount importance for any business activity, since much of the communication in the business world takes place in writing, usually within tight deadlines, ranging from short, simple e-mails to long, rich documents. The salient gain of the participants from the workshop is the understanding of different modes and purposes of writing, as well as of different types and purposes of documents. The main topics covered during the workshop include: the requirements of different types of documents, such as reports, case studies, research papers and proposals, proper referencing, and the research process.
‘What is a successful presentation and how is it achieved?’ ‘What does our audience see and hear during a presentation?’ This workshop aims to provide participants with knowledge on the techniques and tools needed for a successful presentation. Presentations are means of communication in the business world. This communication may have several aims: to describe, to explain, to clarify, to persuade. During the workshop, participants learn how to capture the audience’s attention and how to communicate efficiently and confidently without ‘stage fear’. Some of the topics covered during the workshop are: structuring an effective presentation, using verbal and non-verbal communication during the presentation, using audio-visual aids, dealing with questions. A special feature of the workshop is that participants have the opportunity to see themselves presenting both at the beginning of the workshop and at the end, as the first and last presentations they make are video-taped.
"The objective of this course is to provide students an applied overview of several key areas in accounting and finance including: budgeting and financial planning; cash flow forecast; financial analysis; investment appraisal and deal structuring. This takes place by providing an applied overview of these essential tools, and using the student teams’ own developing plans as the core learning vehicle. Exercises and mini-case studies add further to the breadth of learner knowledge. Upon completion of this course, participants will be well equipped to plan and analyze the financial elements of an entrepreneurial new venture, both in terms of cash and capital, and to build solid financial models which return real investment value to all stakeholders."
The objective of this course is to bring students close to established entrepreneurs with the aim to learn from them, and understand the dynamics of setting up, growing and managing a venture. Learning expectations include critical analysis of entrepreneurship theory, in the light of practice, with special attention being paid to entrepreneurial processes, and networking. Students will form teams, connect with an entrepreneur and prepare a detailed case study on them. They will need to meet, interview, research and undertake any other activity necessary to get a well-rounded understanding of the entrepreneur’s journey. At the conclusion of the course, student teams will prepare a case study and a relevant presentation. Students will also prepare a story telling presentation related to an entrepreneur they admire.
The main goal of this course is to provide students with a framework of the theoretical concepts and practical tools of modern marketing. Students will learn how to translate business level goals into marketing strategies. How to use the basic marketing levers (i.e. product/service, price, distribution, marketing communications, and marketing research) to accomplish such strategies. Moreover, they will develop a critical thinking of new trends in marketing management and how they transform established marketing practices. Ultimately they will develop a more concrete understanding of what marketing is and what are its capabilities and boundaries within the contemporary business practice.
This course is about research methods in action where students will learn the basics of research methodology using examples and cases in the context of important strategic marketing phenomena. By putting together important business phenomena in the context of marketing cases, real datasets, analyses, and spreadsheet decision models students will learn to design and implement research projects in a hands-on practical way.
This course deals with the analysis and creation of business and corporate strategy as well as practices for growth of a small firm or even a large multinational corporation. Business strategy formulates the set of objectives and policies that define how a firm positions itself to gain competitive advantage and increase returns for its shareholders. Two questions are of importance, then: “Where should we compete in” and “How should we compete?” In answering these questions, we formulate a plan on a) understanding the firm’s external environment in terms of industry-level competition and the institutional idiosyncrasies characterizing the context of a country and b) screening and diagnosing the firm’s internal resources and capabilities. Further, we look at issues of effective implementation of business and corporate strategies, such as identifying and implementing relevant business models, applying and combining product and market diversification strategy, gaining insights on the increasingly important role of innovation management, and familiarizing ourselves with the contextual, strategic and operational issues of corporate governance. The course offers students the opportunity to work in teams and develop unique case studies for well-known entrepreneurial firms.
The objective of this course is to teach student teams how to “road test” their Lean Start-up Models by carrying out a full feasibility analysis. Using the “Business Plan Road Test” model, teams will develop research plans to investigate industry and market domains, at both micro and macro levels. They will also engage firmly with the internal elements of their venture, considering formally the competences, social and human capital, and motivational aspirations of their entrepreneurial team. After carrying out detailed secondary and primary market research, student teams will assess the financial, strategic, operational and marketing feasibility of their concepts, enhancing still further their business models.
Management consists of a set of universal skills that are well understood and trainable. Leadership consists of how each one of us makes a unique difference to the challenges we face with people and projects. It is not about wasting our energy trying to make ourselves more effective by changing our characters. Instead, it is more effective to find new and better ways of ‘being ourselves’ through enhanced insight and skill. The purpose of this course is twofold: (a) to assess and improve your readiness to function well as a leader by making your time at Alba Graduate Business School a self-directed journey of learning and development; the specific objectives are to develop an awareness of the knowledge and skills that underlie leadership effectiveness; to obtain individual-level feedback utilizing some of the best existing assessment instruments; to share feedback on your own and others’ skills; and to craft a personal leadership development action plan; (b) to help you acquire actionable knowledge about leadership styles, leading with power, and influence processes by exposing you to both classical perspectives on and contemporary trends in leadership theory and practice through a series of stimulating readings, discussions, exercises, and case studies.
In the current work environments that are often characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, the ability to effectively manage emotions, readily adapt and bounce back from adversity is more important than ever for managers. In addition to emotional intelligence skills that have long been recognized as imperative in the workplace, emotional agility, emotional resilience and adaptability emerge as key skills that can help managers navigate current challenges and assist them to build resilient teams and organizations.
This course will examine the role of emotions in the workplace and the processes by which people can identify and manage their emotions constructively. It will further examine the key conditions for human flourishing at work in times of adversity, such as authenticity, a growth mindset, positive psychological capital, grit, compassion and high quality relationships. During the course, special emphasis will be placed on the development of emotional agility, emotional resilience and emotional intelligence competencies such as self-awareness, adaptability, empathy and relationship management. Participants are expected to be open and honest to themselves, the teacher and the fellow students as many of the exercises involve sharing personal feelings, thoughts and experiences.
In the wide sense of the term, negotiating with others (both partners and rivals) is a necessary feature of all managerial jobs. In this course students are introduced into the fundamentals of effective negotiations: how to think strategically, what tactics to engage in, and what goals to aim at. The objective of this course is to improve participants’ ability to avoid traps in negotiations and help them see their range of rational options (and their ramifications) in particular situations. The course is designed to provide participants a conceptual framework for preparing and conducting negotiation, and to give them some experience in using this framework.
The objective of this intensive workshop is to introduce the theories and practices required to master the post start-up phase of entrepreneurship, focusing on survival techniques, growth strategies, and modern approaches such as pivoting, and co-opetition. Exit options, and dealing with entrepreneurial failure, will also be covered. The emphasis on the workshop is on combining the latest theory with mini-cases, class exercises, and other forms of real life example. It is anticipated that the content of this class will form an additional conceptual underpinning for the Entrepreneurship Team Field Project.
The objective of this course is to provide students with an insight on how entrepreneurs move from feasibility analysis to the actual planning of new ventures. It guides them through the steps required to start a new venture, the assessment of plans for new businesses and the gathering and organization of resources. Sources of financial support, and deal structuring, are an integral part of this course. Successful entrepreneurs share their experiences with students to provide practical knowledge of entrepreneurship. Students are exposed to the conceptual and practical difficulties of new business formation from a legal, financial, and operational perspective. Working in teams to develop a new start up business plan is an integrating feature of the course. Special attention is paid to the preparation of business plans, and their presentation, for specific stakeholder communities.
Understanding the ethical basis of human behaviour is of fundamental importance for building commitment to organizational goals and for imparting integrity and a sense of the common good in organizational members. The course examines a broad array of matters relating to ethics, including: individual and organizational obstacles to ethics; ethics information processing methods and judging theories; an action-learning framework for ethics leadership; adversarial win-lose ethics methods; integrative win-win ethics methods; dialogic transcendent ethics method; reflection and developing personal and contingency ethics leadership approaches; developing on ethics leadership action-learning plan. The course focuses also on sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate accountability with further emphasis placed on business strategies that aim to create long term value and a positive environmental, social and economic impact. Actionable knowledge is achieved by applying theory in real life situations through critical analysis and debating on prominent cases and in class discussions on current trends and developments on sustainable business activities.
Dr. Zarkos has teaching and research interests in the areas of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Capital Budgeting, Real Options, Management Accounting and Strategy. His research focuses on new applications of real options in management decision making and the development of decision techniques in Corporate Finance and Strategy literature.alba profile link
Αre you a carrier of big ideas?
Do you wish you could transmit to the rest of the world actionable solutions for the greater good?
Do you see in the recent COVID-19 crisis an opportunity?
Do you believe that great inspiration can’t be locked down?
If you tested positive on all of the above, then you have the Entrepreneurship virus!
The Alba Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development is rolling out COVIDEA, the Entrepreneurship Idea Contest for young graduates ages 22-27, who aspire to become entrepreneurs and agents of positive change!
For more information about the, the competition guidelines, the selection process and the detailed timeline, please visit the dedicated COVIDEA page!
You can secure pre-approval of your scholarship, before you apply for admission to the MBA or MSc program of your choice.
Scholarships of 40% for MBAs and MSc programs for GMAT ≥ 700
Partial scholarships of 50% to Small and Medium Enterprises – members of SEV, offered as rewarding services to the members of the Federation.
Women on Top offers two partial and merit based scholarships
Two (2) merit-based scholarships of 50% to a member of the next generation of a family business for several MBA & MSc programs
Two (2) full scholarship based on social and economic criteria
50% scholarship for spesific MSc Programs to all members of the winning team of the Economia Student Contest
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