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Master's Degree Programme in Business Network Management 2017, 60 cr

Master of Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Hospitality Management, Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services

General information

Description

This multidisciplinary master’s degree focuses on business network management and development – also on an international level. The programme is intended for those seeking to advance their career and gain more responsibility and leadership skills in an increasingly international and more challenging operating environment. As a student, you will gain the newest knowledge on networks, business network management and development of cooperation. You will learn to successfully manage networked operations.

Degree level

Master’s degree (EQF 7)

Starting group code

​YTV17S1 (Master of Engineering)
YHV17S1 (Master of Business Administration)
YMV17S1 (Master of Hospitality Management)
YSV17S1 (Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services)

Degree-related qualifications

There are no specific degree-related or statutory qualification requirements in the field.

Studies

Targeted competence

The objective of the programme is to gain the knowledge, skills and competence required to work in networks in expert-level development and management tasks, also on the international market. The studies will help the students acquire the newest knowledge of networks, business network management and the development of cooperation, as well as sales and purchasing management. The students learn how to apply working life research and development methods in developing their own competence and organisation. In addition, the students can react quickly to changes, create new operating models and manage change processes.

The objective of the degree in business network management is to provide tools for situations in which traditional management falls short. The importance of organisational boundaries in business is constantly diminishing. The ability of an organisation to recognise potential in the market and combine different operators into a successful network in an agile way is what makes a successful organisation.

In the complex business networks of the future, where value is created in cooperative efforts, traditional leadership and management or exact contracts provide limited opportunities for controlling the operations. Value creation and shared development are based on social interaction and trust between people and organisations. In network operations, the operator that manages to attract the best partners in their network reaps the greatest benefits. Organisations must strive to develop their allure and commit their partners to the cooperation while simultaneously taking into account the delicate balance of power and dependency relations.

Degree profile

The programme aims at developing competence related particularly to business networks and management in complex environments. The success of a network requires profitable cooperation and therefore developing cooperation and doing things together – development and innovation in particular – are an essential part of the programme content, in addition to research and development methods.

Structure of studies

Individual courses, Technology

Individual courses, Business

Individual courses, Tourism and Hospitality

Individual courses, Social Services and Health

Intended competence, Technology

Intended competence, Business

Intended competence, Tourism and Hospitality

Intended competence, Social Services and Health

Accreditation

The Prior Learning Recognition Procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and the Study Guide.

Degree programme application and selection

Information about applying for degree programmes and student selection (only in Finnish)

Structure and completion of studies

The studies include advanced specialisation studies, elective studies and a thesis, or a working-life development assignment. The studies consist of courses and larger competence areas.

General studies for all students (50 cr):

  • Advanced specialisation studies in business network management 20 cr: business networks, complexity of management, competitiveness, financial management and decision-making
  • Thesis 30 cr

In addition, the following field-specific studies:

Master of Engineering (10 cr):

  • Research and development activities linked to the core studies 5 cr
  • Optional studies 5 cr: Purchasing management

Master of Hospitality Management (40 cr):

  • Research and development activities linked to the core studies 15 cr: applied research studies, qualitative research, operating environment analysis
  • Optional studies 15 cr: purchasing management, Responsible Tourism, product concept design for travel and tourism, or alternatively: purchasing management, responsible business operations, change management
  • Elective studies 10 cr: Study Tour, Cyprus, Study Tour, San José, or you can expand and deepen your competence by selecting study modules from other JAMK master’s degree programmes.

Master of Business Administration (40 cr):

  • Research and development activities linked to the core studies 15 cr: applied research studies, qualitative research, operating environment analysis
  • Optional studies 15 cr: purchasing management, sales and sales management, service management, or alternatively: purchasing management, responsible business operations, change management
  • Elective studies 10 cr: Study Tour, Cyprus, Study Tour, San José, or you can expand and deepen your competence by selecting study modules from other JAMK master’s degree programmes.

Master´s degrees in health care and social services (40 op) (Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services):

  • Research and development activities linked to the core studies 15 cr: applied research studies, research and development of working life, qualitative or quantitative research
  • Entrepreneurship, New Business and Management Development 15 cr
  • Elective studies 10 cr

The student’s thesis and development assignments in the courses may be connected to implementation of research, development and innovation activities and projects in the Future Factory learning environment or development of business activities in the JAMK Generator environment.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Assessment and learning guidance

Learning outcomes are assessed in relation to the learning objectives of the course. Assessment decisions are based on the assessment criteria provided in the course descriptions. Courses are assessed on the assessment scale specified in the course description. According to its purpose, the scale may be either of five steps: 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory) and 1 (adequate) or a pass (P)/fail (0). Completion of the course has been failed (fail (0)) if the student does not achieve the minimum outcomes set for completion of the course.

The student has the right to know how the criteria apply him or her. Course performance is recorded in the transcript of records no later than one month after the declared time of completion of the course and always before the end of the school year.

Further information is available in the Study Guide:

Forms of study

​Part-time studies: studying and learning during classroom learning days, expert lectures, group discussions, doing things together, and via written assignments and personal reflection. No exams are organised in this form of study.

Graduation

Being awarded a Master’s degree certificate requires the student to complete the studies of the degree programme within his/her study period in accordance with his/her Personal Learning Plan. Further information in the Degree Regulations.

​Employment and further studies

Professional profiles of graduates with examples

The degree programme in business network management is designed for individuals working in various fields with a desire to expand their competences for working in leadership, planning or development roles in networks. The objective of the studies is to deepen the students’ competence in the different areas of leadership and management and to establish the skills required for working in development tasks that require special expertise.

Development as an expert on business network management will provide the students with opportunities to apply for new and challenging positions and to advance their career. As a student, you will deepen your leadership, management and social interaction skills and learn how to work in international networks. Having completed a master’s degree at a university of applied sciences, graduates possess the skills required for developing the business operations of organisations and actively producing new competences. This will develop your organisation and increase your know-how.

You will gain significant benefits from networking and exchanging expertise with the other colleagues participating in the programme.

​Further studies

The master's degree of the university of applied sciences is a Master's degree of a University. The graduate may get the opportunity to continue their studies in the scientific or artistic studies of universities (§ 37/558/2009). Students can also continue for example by applying for the corresponding follow-up training programs at foreign universities. University of Applied Sciences offers various opportunities for studying and learning throughout one's career. These include specialisation studies, diplomas of higher education, the extensive range of courses offered through open studies and continuing education. All further studies must be applied for separately.

Other information

Planning

Working-life representatives, academic experts, master’s degree students from universities of applied sciences and JAMK specialists from various fields have been involved in the planning of the degree programme. The planning of the objectives and content of the degree programme are based on reliable information gained from academic research. Advisory committees from various fields, consisting of experts and managers of different businesses, also regularly take part in the planning process. The programme is constantly developed based on the continuing feedback from students active in working life.

​Contact information

Sanna Nieminen, Programme Coordinator, +358 40 776 5832
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi
Rajakatu 35
FI-40200 Jyväskylä