The La Trobe Business School is partnering with Mercer – a global superannuation and workforce advisory firm that works with organisations on people strategy, analytics and organisational design – to equip MBA students with the skills they need to succeed in a dynamic business environment.
MBA cornerstone subject, ‘Critical Skills for Success,’ is uniquely co-designed and co-delivered with Mercer’s Organisation and Workforce Transformation team, with a strong emphasis on enterprise learning.
“The subject reflects on the evolving workplace landscape and examines the business knowledge and leadership skills needed to promote sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work for all,” explains MBA Director, Dr Geraldine Kennett.
The Mercer Global Talent Trends report is used to facilitate rich classroom discussions about the top talent management priorities for executives. It helps students proactively navigate the emerging global workforce challenges and explore the drivers of successful organisations.
The 2022 report highlighted how the past two years have had a permanent impact on people’s views about work, workers and working. It found that the pandemic has placed premium on ‘relatable organisations’ where “people and business agenda have never been more entwined.”
The subject’s post-pandemic perspective gave MBA student, Paul Burch, “a contemporary real-world context to leadership theory.”
“The opportunity to engage with leaders in workforce change and discuss the drivers of the rapid workplace evolution we are experiencing was invaluable,” he says.
“This subject also challenged us to consider how we evaluate and interpret information, and provided the opportunity to reflect on our own personal development.”
Dr Kennett agrees, noting that “Mercer’s involvement in La Trobe’s MBA program not only helps students understand the workforce trends but also helps them explore how to build a future of work that’s future fit for all stakeholders.”
“Students can apply this knowledge immediately as individual leaders and as organisational managers,” she says.