Sponsored – How an Executive MBA Helps a Sheffield Business Consultant Fly

Last year, lawyer and international affairs specialist Kiley Tan enrolled in an Executive MBA to challenge himself and take his advice to the next level.

Since then, the government has expressed its desire to strengthen ties with the Indo-Pacific region. And the pandemic has forced companies to make remote deals.

Both play to its strengths – many of them are new.

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Kiley Tan, Executive MBA student at Sheffield University Management School and Director of Mosaic International. Photo: Chris Etchells

Kiley, 45, created Mosaic International in 2015 to capitalize on his legal expertise, contacts and knowledge of Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia and Singapore.

Its wide reach has been a revelation, he says.

A year after starting the two-year program, he learned subjects such as innovation, change management, corporate governance and economics – all of which he immediately put to good use.

Kiley Tan says the Executive MBA is helping her take her business to the next level. Photo: Chris Etchells

He said, “It’s important to understand the fundamentals of all of these things to give me a springboard to develop Mosaic and maximize the performance of our customers. “

But it was the more cerebral missions that had the most personal impact.

Writing mission statements, values ​​and vision has led him to question and define his motivations, attitudes and assumptions and to see Mosaic in a larger context.

“When these things are in your head, you can rationalize them if you violate them. But if you put them up on the wall, people can hold you to account.

Dr Mel Bull, Director of Executive and Professional Education at UoS Management School. Photo Scott Merrylees

“And you have to be. I might think “it’s my business and I can do whatever I want”, but in the MBA we learned that it is about being part of the community. I could settle abroad but I want to be part of this community.

Meanwhile, the modules on ‘responsible leadership’, ‘strategy and risk’ and ‘collaborative networks’ made it more thoughtful and less critical – ‘lawyers can be very critical’, jokes. it – and a better understanding of people making decisions in stressful situations.

Kiley is one of 20 participants during the Executive Training Suite at The Villas, Western Bank, Broomhill, Sheffield. The other students include experienced businessmen and even senior NHS executives.

He added, “I hadn’t realized how little I knew and how much I would learn from the course. Each module challenged me and my cohort.

While he was busy, serendipity was also at work.

Covid travel closures have forced international traders to rely on in-country contacts to perform work that cannot be done remotely – such as examining and verifying suppliers and that their goods are exactly as described.

These “supplier audits” give Kiley the opportunity to leverage his contacts in new ways.

In short, Mosaic has enormous potential, he thinks, and the Executive MBA gives him the opportunity to realize it.

The course is open to people from all over the country and costs £ 18,000. It is triple crown accredited due to its recognition by the three main certification bodies: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

The department also offers a master’s degree in management and strategic leadership and high-level learning with a graduate degree.

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Mary H. Martino