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A ground-breaking post-graduate program for Fund Executives

The FEAL Melbourne Business School (MBS) program consists of 12 modules, each taught in a 5-day ‘retreat-style’ residential format. The modules are delivered at the MBS Campus in Carlton, Victoria and at renowned international institutions including London Business School and INSEAD, Singapore.

Each module is delivered sequentially at intervals of 4-5 months to enable participants to balance the demands of work and study.

Comprising of 12 customised residential modules, the program has been designed for maximum flexibility to suit the varying needs of busy executives.

Participants can choose to undertake:

  • Individual modules as stand-alone units
  • Combine any 4 units and be awarded with a Graduate Certificate in Management
  • Combine any 8 units and receive a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Change
  • Complete all 12 units and receive a Masters in Organisational Change

2019 Module One

Management and Ethics
13-17 May
Associate Professor Andrew John
Melbourne Business School, Carlton

2019 Module Two

Mergers and Acquisitions
9-13 September
Associate Professor David Trende
Melbourne Business School, Carlton



MBS 10 Year Anniversary Dinner

Fees and Prerequisites

To participate in the MBS program

To take part in this program, you need to be a successful, senior, upper middle manager, general manager or divisional head with an undergraduate degree and at least 8 years experience (including at least 3 years in management). You must be preparing for, or already working in a leadership role and seeking to grow your role and impact as a leader and to consolidate and confirm your experience with a respected qualification.

You will need to enrol with the MBS. To do this, download an Application Form. Please note new enrollments can take 2-3 weeks for processing.

Applicants without a prior degree can apply to the MBS selection committee for special consideration for admission.

Terms and Conditions
All cancellations must be requested in writing. Cancellations from the MBS Program must be received 14 business days prior to the beginning of the course.

Domestic Modules

FEAL Members and Super Fund representatives: AU$ 6,500. Other industry participants AU$ 7,500.

International Modules

Fees associated with international modules are to be advised. Please note fees include tuition, materials, accommodation and meals.

Scholarship opportunity

FEAL, with the support of AMP Capital and QIC are offering two scholarships for the international module in Singapore.

The MBS Syllabus

Program Modules

Foundations of Finance for Superannuation Executives

The module commences with time value of money and then moves into risk versus return. Program material will explore probability distributions, mean-variance, covariance, correlation and sampling concepts and will conclude with performance measurement including concepts of regression, alpha, beta, normal distributions, R-square and t-values.

Brand Management

The key themes underpinning the module include understanding and managing brand equity, looking at various research and valuation methods, developing a strategic approach to building brands and reviewing and improving the brand architecture of funds.

Applied Finance for Fund Executives

This module will focus on equity, fixed income and derivatives markets, securitization, infrastructure, structured finance and capital flows in the global economy. Performance measurement and incentives will also be addressed in this module.

The Authentic Leader - Leadership of Self and Teams

This subject builds insight into personal leadership style and uses this to enhance impact and effectiveness. Drawing on organisational behaviour theory students will explore individual personality differences, factors influencing motivation and job satisfaction and successful communication in the workplace.

Leading Change in the Financial Services Industry

Successful organisations constantly innovate, adjust quickly to new business conditions, and seize emerging opportunities. These organisations are created by leaders who are capable of meeting the difficult challenge of implementing effective change. Through lectures, case studies and innovative case-in-point methodologies this course will develop practical approaches to leading effective change.

Strategic Planning for Fund Executives (London Business School)

This program will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of both the theory and application of strategic management tools and principles. Through lectures, case studies and practical exercises, students will discover no-nonsense approaches to developing and implementing strategy. Participants will learn how to apply models and frameworks to challenge their traditional thinking, improve their own decision making processes and deliver better outcomes for their organisations.

Advanced Negotiation for Fund Executives

In this module students will learn how to lead and manage effective change strategies, improve their influencing skills and negotiate agreement with others. Participants will gain a powerful strategic framework to negotiate successfully and be more influential leaders in their personal and professional lives. This includes strategies to influence others, ways to deal with conflict and cultural diversity and powerful approaches to leadership and managing change.

Marketing for Fund Executives

This module will lead participants to discover how to gain and sustain a leadership position by creating value for customers. The program will challenge assumptions about optimal segmentation, targeting and value propositions. Participants will acquire a powerful framework for delivering alternative marketing strategies. This includes identifying opportunities to create and sustain customer value, deliver long-term organisational growth and to harness e-business tools and online media solutions to drive customer loyalty.

Managerial Decision Making

This subject is based on state-of-the-art neurobiological research that sheds light on the obstacles we face when making decisions. By discovering the roots of many of these difficulties we can also learn solutions to the problems created by our biological history.

  • Neurobiology and Neuroanatomy
  • Judgemental biases: Framing, Priming and Anchoring
  • Expectations and stereotypes – when is the gut feeling right?

Managing Human Capital

This subject examines critical strategic principles related to the management of human capital. It is designed from the perspective of providing business professionals from all functional domains the skills needed to gain maximum productivity from a diverse workforce. It focuses on basic principles for managing people effectively such as:

  • strategic management of human capital recruitment, planning, and selection strategies
  • performance management, feedback and discipline
  • using compensation and incentives to motivate superior performance

Management and Ethics

Participants will develop a fuller understanding of the management task, including legal, ethical and moral obligations and interrogate their own values on a range of managerial issues;

  • Gain an understanding of the meaning of moral concepts in the management context, such as integrity, courage and virtue, and broaden moral vocabulary
  • Explore the ethical issues involved in areas including managing international businesses, environmental and crisis management
  • Identify and evaluate applications and strategies for enhancing ethics in the workplace

Mergers and Acquisitions

Current participants undertaking the FEAL MBS Masters Program 2016 include:

All cancellations must be requested in writing. Cancellations for MBS courses must be received 14 business days prior.

Managerial Decision Making May 2018 Students

This subject examines the history of, and reasons for, merger & acquisition activity providing a rationale for the study of the following elements of the process of merger:

  • the search for and evaluation of strategic targets
  • the legal and operational due diligence processes
  • offensive and defensive M&A tactics by both acquires and targets
  • valuation and financing of acquisitions and the importance of post-deal integration

Managing Human Capital September 2018 Students at INSEAD

Managerial Decision Making May 2018 Students

MBS Graduates at the 2018 FEAL Forum dinner


From left to right: Jennifer McSpadden, Mary Murphy, Adam Bullpitt, Simone Bouch, Melissa Hillebrand and Carly Carroll.

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