Degree

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

Degree level and field of study

Master’s degree (EQF 7), Business, Administration and Law; Health and Welfare; Service Industries; and Technology

Study methods

Part-time studies. Please, see the further information below.

Starting group codes

YTV19S1 (Master of Engineering)
YHV19S1 (Master of Business Administration)
YMV19S1 (Master of Hospitality Management)
YSV19S1 (Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services)

Contact information

Nieminen Sanna

Nieminen Sanna

Yliopettaja, Principal Lecturer
Logistiikka, Logistics
Teknologia, School of Technology
+358407765832
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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. You will learn to successfully manage networked operations. 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.

Key learning outcomes

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.

Professional growth and know-how

The competencies are made up of the shared master competence, expert core competence and complementary competence. The studies consist of courses and wider competence areas (modules). The structure of the studies (90/60 credits) is as follows:

The field-specific studies:

Master of Engineering (60 cr):

  • Shared master competence 5 cr: Research and development
  • Expert core competence 50 cr:
    • Network competence (20 cr): Business Relationships and Networks, Diversity and Complexity in Management, Purchasing Management and Microeconomics of Competitiveness: firms, clusters, and economic development
    • Master's thesis 30 cr
  • Complementary competence 5 cr: Master’s degree courses offering, the courses offered by CampusOnline, EduFutura, Business and Innovation Factory and Future Factory

Master of Hospitality Management (90 cr):

  • Shared master competence 20 cr:
    • Research and development (10 cr): Research-based Development, Quantitative Research or Qualitative Research
    • Management (10 cr): Managerial Accounting, Formulating Strategy or Leadership Dynamics
  • Expert core competence 50 cr:
    • Network competence (20 cr): Business Relationships and Networks, Diversity and Complexity in Management, Purchasing Management and Microeconomics of Competitiveness: firms, clusters, and economic development
    • Master's thesis 30 cr
  • Complementary competence 20 cr: Master’s degree courses offering, the courses offered by CampusOnline, EduFutura, Business and Innovation Factory and Future Factory

Master of Business Administration (90 cr):

  • Shared master competence 20 cr:
    • Research and development (10 cr): Research-based Development, Quantitative Research or Qualitative Research
    • Management (10 cr): Managerial Accounting, Formulating Strategy or Leadership Dynamics
  • Expert core competence 50 cr:
    • Network competence (20 cr): Business Relationships and Networks, Diversity and Complexity in Management, Purchasing Management and Microeconomics of Competitiveness: firms, clusters, and economic development
    • Master's thesis 30 cr
  • Complementary competence 20 cr: Master’s degree courses offering, the courses offered by CampusOnline, EduFutura, Business and Innovation Factory and Future Factory

Master´s degrees in health care and social services (90 op): (Master of Health Care, Master of Social Services and Health Care, Master of Social Services)

  • Shared master competence 20 cr:
    • Research and development (10 cr): Research-based Development, Quantitative Research or Qualitative Research
    • Management (10 cr): Managerial Accounting, Formulating Strategy or Leadership Dynamics
  • Expert core competence 50 cr:
    • Network competence (20 cr): Business Relationships and Networks, Diversity and Complexity in Management, Purchasing Management and Microeconomics of Competitiveness: firms, clusters, and economic development
    • Master's thesis 30 cr
  • Complementary competence 20 cr: Master’s degree courses offering, the courses offered by CampusOnline, EduFutura, Business and Innovation Factory and Future Factory

Forms of study

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.

Working life cooperation and learning

The learning and development tasks related to the studies will be integrated with working life. The competencies and expertise of the group members will be utilised in the learning to the benefit of the entire group via active interaction.

Accreditation

Prior learning recognition procedures are described in the Degree Regulations and in the Study Guide. Students also have alternative study options available to them at partner universities (e.g. other universities of applied sciences and universities as well as EduFutura) and in free-access online portals (CampusOnline).

Graduation

To be awarded a Master’s degree certificate, the student must 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.

Degree-related qualifications

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

Professional profiles of graduates

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

A Master’s degree from a university of applied sciences is a higher post-secondary degree. The graduate may apply to continue on to postgraduate studies in science or arts at universities (Act 558/2009, Section 37). Studies can be continued by applying for corresponding post-degree education at universities abroad, for example. A university of applied sciences also provides opportunities for continuing education in the form of specialisation studies, open studies, online study portal (CampusOnline) and working life-based continuing education.

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.

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