- Commencing in February 2020
- 6-month, 50-point program, consisting of four subjects, including one core subject
- Flexible delivery with 3-online subjects and a one-week on campus winter intensive
- Open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people
Why study Indigenous business leadership with Melbourne Business School
- Providing you with the skills to lead and have impact: This certificate is designed to inspire and equip you to expand your expertise so you can make a difference within your community and on a global scale
- Our expertise in business and management is world-class: #1 in Australia and #20 worldwide for business and management (QS Subject Rankings 2019)
- Become part of a national network of Indigenous Business Leaders: A key aim of the certificate is to strengthen your network and as a collective, work together to solve real leadership challenges you’re facing through a new approach to leadership
The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership is designed to enable Indigenous business sector practitioners to build on their own leadership and business practices. This course will teach you to adopt an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach to respond to the complex and growing challenges faced by Indigenous business leaders working in a range of fields/industries.
Our subjects are taught by leading academics in the fields of Indigenous business leadership, analytics, accounting, economics, finance and marketing. You’ll be able to work with your cohort of students, across Australia, online and in-person to address the increasing challenges and opportunities in the Indigenous business sector.
As part of the certificate, you’ll undertake a distinctive, intensively taught on-campus core subject, Indigenous Business Leadership, that will introduce you to the key issues, concerns and theories intersecting business and leadership.
Those enrolling will join a cohort of emerging and established Indigenous business leaders from across the country who are running their own business, working in management or looking for that way to stand out in their chosen career. The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership builds on your existing expertise and experience by providing insight into key business subjects of your choosing and through a focus on leading in the Indigenous business sector.Program Director, Associate Professor Michelle Evans
You’ll need to choose up to three online subjects from the list below plus Indigenous Business Leadership, the core subject of the program.
Alumni of the Melbourne Business School MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass program are eligible for a one subject credit.
Subjects can be taken in any order, however the Indigenous Business Leadership subject is only offered as an on-campus winter intensive.
A full-load is considered four subjects per semester (approximately 6-months), you also have the option of spreading the four subjects over two-semesters or a year.
Accounting Analysis and Decisions
This subject is designed to enable students to enhance their ability to prepare and use financial information in decision making – crucial skills in business. The subject begins by examining core concepts in accounting and developing students’ ability to prepare financial reports. The subject then explores how that knowledge and information may be used to inform decision making by diverse stakeholders in a variety of business contexts including via the preparation of a business case to support a major financial decision and through consideration of various current issues faced in accounting and business.View subject in handbook
Business Analytics for Decision Making
This subject will focus on developing students’ understanding of a wide variety of strategic and operational business problems and decisions being faced by managers and decision makers in the fields of financial management, human resource management, marketing management, operations management, and international business management. Students will be shown how to use a range of quantitative approaches to analyze business problems and, based on these analyses, make effective decisions. The subject will take descriptive analytic, predictive analytic, and prescriptive analytic approaches. Students will be expected to be able to calculate and manipulate data as well as interpret the results in order to derive and evaluate alternative solutions to typical business problems.View subject in handbook
Economics of Markets and Organisations
The subject provides an introduction to the fundamentals of microeconomics and strategy, and applies this knowledge to a number of business and management issues. Topics to be covered include: the working of competitive markets and the determination of market prices and quantities; the organisation of the firm and various measures of the costs of production; business strategies and market outcomes in different market environments; and public policy towards business in the presence of “external costs” in production.View subject in handbook
Empirical Methods for Business
The subject introduces students without a strong mathematical background to some of the methods used to collect, present and analyse data and to provide illustrative applications to decision problems faced by business managers. Topics will be chosen from: sources of data; sampling and collection of primary data; presentation and summary measures of data; random variation of data and some implications for hypothesis testing and forecasting; an introduction to decision models with uncertainty; the use and interpretation of estimated regression equations; some forecasting methods used by business.View subject in handbook
This subject is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to enable them to make the core decisions faced by managers and investors. The first part of the subject deals with establishing the environment in which organizations operate, namely the objectives of the suppliers of financial and human capital. The subject then considers the basic tools commonly employed by financial managers and investors including discounted cash flow techniques and financial mathematics. Measures and definitions of alternative forms of risk are considered and the relation between risk and expected reward in capital markets is established. Finally, the subject considers the important decisions faced by firms (investment, financing, dividend policy, hedging and executive compensation) and by investors (the composition of their optimal retirement portfolio).View subject in handbook
Value Creation Strategies
This subject exposes students to an integrated perspective of the firm, how it interfaces with its environment, and how it creates and sustains value. Critical to the creation of value is the way a firm interacts with its various stakeholders. The subject builds a conceptual framework to examine the choices managers face in determining how best to create value, and how these choices may be shaped by key stakeholders including: government, society, trading partners, customers, employees and competitors. A key focus of this subject is on value creation as a cross disciplinary and cross firm activity. As such, the focus is on value creation from multiple disciplinary perspectives including strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, HRM, supply chain management and organisational design.View subject in handbook
Indigenous Business Leadership
This subject aims to introduce students to the key issues, concerns and theories of business leadership and Indigenous leadership studies. This subject aims to support students to build a framework for the practice of their own leadership. The subject will guide students in their study of leadership by helping to develop a critical engagement with theories of leadership. The subject will explore a diversity of theories, using them as a ‘lens’ to view and practice leadership. Students will be encouraged to engage with leadership theories, applying them to their own practice and/or experience of leadership.
Pathway to further study
Following successful completion of the certificate, you may apply for a place in the on-campus Master of Management, Master of Enterprise, Master of Entrepreneurship or Master of International Business and will be eligible for credit into these programs.
In order to be considered for entry you need to:
- Have completed an undergraduate degree, or equivalent; and/or
- Have a minimum of five years documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent and
- Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Work experience
- Apply by 30 November 2019 to commence in February 2020
$16,624 for four subjects.
Applicants will also be considered for a Faculty fee remission scholarship of 75%.
How to apply and questions
Applications are not yet open for the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership.
Register your interest or make an enquiry with our Academic Programs team and we’ll let you know when applications open: buseco-Indigenousstudy@unimelb.edu.au