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Residential units involve five consecutive days of intensive study for an MBA unit. Residentials are conducted at Deakin Management Centre, a world class, purpose built residential conference centre within the grounds of Deakin's Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. In this format and executive environment, participants immerse themselves in the MBA topic, undertake innovative and experiential learning activities, and build their professional networks.
Residential units complement other study modes and attract students who want to manage their work commitments by completing a unit in a compressed period. Of equal value is the opportunity to build professional networks and form enduring bonds with fellow participants and other managers.
The Change Management unit (MPR707) is part of the Deakin MBA. Often change in organisations is brought about through charismatic leadership. We see examples in the business press of hero CEOs who can radically change the culture or the operating style of large banks, big department store chains or resources companies. The Deakin MBA unit Change Management is taught experientially and we try to reproduce various dynamics of change, including charismatic change, in the classroom. The extremely charismatic Adam Thompson, lead singer of the very successful nineties rock band Chocolate Starfish, demonstrates charismatic change.
Adam and his team take the class through a process that takes them from initial reluctance through to enthusiastic performance of a rock anthem that they have composed, set to music, choreographed and produced as a rock video. The product is always outstanding. Some have been aired on local radio. The latest is gathering hits on vimeo. Students learn about transformational leadership, motivation emotional intelligence and the power of personality. They also gain some insight into the music industry.
The quality of what they accomplish speaks, or rather sings, for itself in the above video. Remember, these people (with the exception of Adam) who you will spot in the group, are not trained professional singers. They are managers who will use their insights to fulfill their own leadership potential.
A non-refundable accommodation deposit is required prior to enrolment in each Residential unit. You will be advised of payment details when you are offered your place.
Please note that registering an expression of interest to attend does not guarantee a place. Successful students will be notified by email.
*Residential units may not proceed where there are insufficient expressions of interest.
If you wish to withdraw from a Residential, please contact a student adviser.
The Deakin Graduate School of Business, in conjunction with the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF), is pleased to offer scholarships in MBA residential units to employees of ASF-approved not-for-profit organisations. Further information is available from the ASF website.