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3-Day Mini MBA for Pharma

The 3 Day MBA course is a distillation of the most valuable parts of an MBA as applied to the Bio/Pharmaceutical industry. This programme introduces you to a broad range of MBA topics specifically tailored to the pharmaceutical industry and will give you the skills and confidence to contribute effectively to wide ranging management discussions and decisions in the pharmaceutical industry using a range of stimulating pharmaceutical case studies and application to your own issues. • A concise and focussed 3 Day MBA-thinking Programme designed especially for the pharmaceutical industry • Addresses management of individuals, leadership of teams, business strategy and management of change in the pharmaceutical industry • Maximise exchange of ideas and sharing best practice in the biopharmaceutical industry with other participants

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

Using a mixture of theory, case studies and interactivity between the delegates, this course will give you a concise and focussed 3 Day MBA-thinking Programme designed especially for the pharmaceutical industry You will bring your own challenges for discussion to maximise exchange of ideas and share best practice in the biopharmaceutical industry with other participants, and have the opportunity to address management of individuals, leadership of teams, business strategy and management of change in the pharmaceutical industry.

Who should attend?

Any professional in the pharmaceutical industry wishing to develop business management skill will benefit from this programme, particularly those who have entered management roles from a specialist technical or operational role in the pharmaceutical industry and have not previously studied the full breadth of business management.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

The pharmaceutical industry faces increasing pressure to research, develop and bring drugs to market in shorter timescales and within tighter budgets. This requires project based skills outside one’s functional role including a different set of technical and interpersonal skills that can be applied to pharmaceutical projects. The FDA CriticalPath initiative is also impacting on the importance of using project management for running pharmaceutical projects. We offer a great opportunity to share experiences and best practice with other pharmaceutical industry professionals. Participants are encouraged to bring a current real project to the programme to which they can apply the concepts and techniques, thus reaping the benefits immediately and enhancing the learning experience.

Strategic Thinking and Application to the BioPharma Industry
• Improve your strategic thinking and understand its importance in the BioPharma industry
• Understand the benefits you can expect from developing  strategic thinking
• Examining how to achieve competitive advantage in the work place in the bio industry
• Apply strategic analysis tools to add value to strategic decisions in your organisation
• Effectively review strategic opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry
• Understanding the competitive environment in pharmaceuticals to improve the value of decision making
• Develop knowledge of the major areas external to organisations for how these influence senior management strategic decision making
• Applying the tools to your own context to enhance your strategic thinking in the work place
• More application of the tools for demonstrating your ability to make strategic decisions with criteria for successful option evaluation
• Appreciate the value of strategy in the pharmaceutical industry

Practical Sessions: Applying strategy tools used on MBAs to analyse a pharma company case study and to bring value to decision making in your own organisation

Group Discussion: developing strategy and strategic thinking within your institution

Applying business management and Leadership to enhance decision making in the BioPharma industry
• Portfolio management used in the Bio/Pharmaceutical Industry
• Understanding business performance to best realise business value
• Identify business opportunities and how to prioritise these
• Recognise key growth drivers in the pharma industry to consider in business strategy
• Examine whether to be a specialist or to diversify for running a successful department, organisation and career
• Diagnose performance problems and enable continuous improvement to optimise workflow
• Benefits, costs of doing an MBA and the different routes, and the value to you and the organisation

The role of leadership and how to develop your leadership style to maximise the value you add to the organisation
• What are the core competences of effective leaders?
• Leadership versus management: Adding value to the organisations
• Learning how to adapt your leadership style to maximise successful performance
• Enhancing your team’s and organisation’s performance in the BioPharma industry

Case Study: Real pharma Leader example of how to lead through exceptional communication skills

Group discussion: How to maximise your leadership competences to maximise team performance in the work place in the pharma industry

Leading successful change within the BioPharma industry
• Diagnosis around change• How to create the conditions for successful change to apply to your own situation
• Why people resist change and how to manage this to bring acceptance of change
• Change management to enable a smooth and effective transition
• Creating a team, department and organisation relevant to today’s biopharmaceutical business needs

Essentials of managing projects for optimising organisational processes and timelines in the BioPharma Industry
• Project management tools and techniques to use in implementing biopharmaceutical projects
• Applying key project management techniques to BioPharma projects
• How to manage in a matrix management environment

Developing an understanding of cultural communication to work more effectively with pharmaceutical colleagues from different countries

Case Study: Pharma company example about how to restructure the organisation and manage change successfully

Benefits to you

• Gain insight on what strategic thinking is and how to use strategy tools within BioPharma
• Recognise your leadership style and objectives and how they can influence others and help you reach your goals
• Grow more effective in coping with change in the BiPharma Industry
• Learn how to drive performance in a fast-changing global pharmaceutical environment
• Understand the essentials of managing projects in the Bio/Pharma industry
• Improve your understanding of management terms and processes
• Discover how to succeed in the pharmaceutical business
• Gain a better understanding of areas of skill and knowledge on which you may wish to focus future development
• Develop your ability to contribute effectively to discussions and decisions relating to the future of your organisation
• Explore the benefits and costs of doing an MBA
• Share best practice with other managers from across the Pharmaceutical Industry

Companies already benefiting include:

MERCK • ViscoFan • Ipsen Laboratories Thea • Boehringer Ingelheim • GSK • Sanofi • Teva Pharmaceutical • Basic Pharma Group • Bayer

Duration of Course

3 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3057, or by email at

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"This course will allow my company to develop its existing strategies to a much greater and hopefully profitable level."

Managing Director, Tarmac