Revision period has started and yet again I have been uber distracted since I haven’t found my degree particularly interesting. But then it hit me, what if I can make it interesting for myself and find a higher purpose for studying that doesn’t just limit itself to getting that 2:1 upon graduation. What if all my modules could enable me to understand pragmatically how I can go about creating and establishing N O U M B A London as a proper business. Creativity kicked in, and I made a mind map on how each one of my modules can broaden my understanding on building N O U M B A and putting myself in the CEO position and taking my exams from that point of view, so I can live and breath management for the next coming 2 months. Think like a manager, act like a manager, take your exams like the BOSS-literally! Be the Boss, the CEO of NOUMBA and these 5 exams are tests to prove your grit and commitment to developing this concept into a pragmatic business proposal in the next coming years. Think about your will to why and the determination to act on it daily will come effortlessly. Studying Management is a means to an end, that end being the conception of N O U M B A London. And this is just a small baby step in the right direction to take on more ownership and initiative for my life creation.
Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context
The course examines the successes and failures of British business and industry, with an emphasis on the post-World War II period. It examines many of the hypotheses on why the UK economy grew more slowly than other OECD nations during this period. Explanations of relative economic decline are examined in the context of comparisons with other European nations and with the US and Japan. The course is organised to combine economy- wide factors, such as education, management organisation, labour relations, and membership in the EU, with case studies of industries as diverse as cotton, cars, banking and steel. By interacting themes and case studies, students get a sense of how national policies interact with business opportunities, and how governments can both aid and harm business.
—> HOW is N O U M B A London going to benefit from an understanding of British Economic Performance throughout history, as it seeks to establish itself in London?
Gender and Society
The course will explore the meaning of gender in contemporary society. It considers gendered relations of power and the articulation of gender with other kinds of social difference such as ‘race’, class and sexuality.
—> HOW will N O U M B A London benefit from a better understanding in gender relations as it seeks to manage a diverse workforce?
Foreign Direct Investment and Emerging Markets
This course will focus on how the institutional characteristics of emerging markets affect the choices and behaviour of multinational firms, now and into the future. We commence with the basic framework of analysis of the behaviour of multinational enterprises (MNEs), outlining models of the MNE which draw on transaction cost economics, the eclectic OLI paradigm of Dunning, and more recent concepts such as the resource based view. We will provide an analysis of economic performance and growth in emerging markets building on the new institutional economies and working with a large variety of datasets and sources. The course will then turn to key topics. These will include the determinants of FDI; the effects of FDI on the host economy; entry mode choices; measures of institutional and cultural distance; and the growing importance of multinationals from emerging markets.
—> HOW will N O U M B A London benefit from a thorough understanding of FDI and emerging markets as it seeks to establish itself outside the UK?
The first half of the course studies how firms compete with each other. More specifically, we will study strategic situations (competition and rivalry, competitive advantage (sources and sustainability), entry and entry deterrence, product differentiation, the role of information in markets, etc.) and formulate decision models of these situations. While the modelling and predictions are based on game theory, we will contrast our findings to real life games according to the growing empirical evidence.
The second half of the course studies how firms organize and the challenges they face in doing so. More specifically, we study the way managers interact with the different constituencies inside the firm- workers, board members, and other managers- and how those interactions shape the actual design of organizations. It presents, again with a heavy emphasis on the evidence, how the need to motivate organizational members and to coordinate their actions shape the provision of incentives, the allocation of authority, the ownership structure, acquisition and diffusion of knowledge, and patterns of communication.
—> HOW is N O U M B A London going to benefit from the understanding of firm and market operations to generate profit?
—> What is N O U M B A London’s business strategy?
Quantitative Methods (Mathematics)
The aim of this course is to develop the basic mathematical tools necessary for further study in economics and related disciplines. To this end we focus on: techniques of calculus (differentiation, partial differentiation, optimisation and integration), methods of linear algebra (use of matrices), and the solution of difference and differential equations. The ideas are taught systematically, with emphasis on their application to economic problems.
—> HOW will N O U M B A London benefit from a quantitative understanding of the market economy to dominate and make money?
In all, I want to thank Vision and the Creator’s intuitive knowledge on the best course of action for me to run with!
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours” – Mark 11:24
“He will not let your foot slip, He who watches over you will not slumber”- Psalm 121:3
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” – Philippians 4:6