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The core competency for Education Development Programme (EDP), Strategic Management accords managers and executives with the skill sets required to lead and direct their respective organisations in meeting challenges over the short, medium and long term. A key feature of EDP by UKM-GSB is the application of the latest management theories and research findings to address and resolve real world challenges. Modules under this competency are designed to enhance strategic thinking using the latest tools and techniques to ensure organizational competitiveness and efficiency.

For the current session, UKM-GSB is offering the Harvard-based Micro Economics of Competitiveness Series under the Strategic Management competency of the EDP.

Micro-Economics of Competitiveness

While sound macroeconomic factors affect the potential for competitiveness, wealth is actually created at the microeconomic level. The Micro Economic of Competitiveness course focuses on the sources of national and regional productivity which are rooted in the strategies and operating practices of locally based firms, the vitality of clusters, and the quality of the business environment in which competition takes place. This executive programme addresses the subject from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 16 November 2016


Advanced Micro-Economics of Competitiveness

The second module of the Harvard-based Micro-Economic of the Competitiveness Series further explores the strategic decision making process relating to national and regional competitiveness based on the role of clusters. The key roles of the various stakeholders will also be examined in respect of dynamics towards enhancing competitiveness from the micro-economics perspective.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Micro-Economics of Competitiveness – Analysing Clusters

The third and final module of the Harvard-based Micro Economics of Competitiveness series focusses on analyzing clusters by mapping the relationship across all players within the cluster. Emphasis will be accorded to the process of determining the key areas to be strengthened within a cluster towards increasing productivity by driving innovative and stimulating development of new businesses and initiatives.

Session 1 : Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Session 2 : Wednesday, 30 November 2016



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Prof Datuk Dr John Antony Xavier

Datuk Dr. John Antony Xavier, is a professor of management at the Graduate School of Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Prior to joining UKM in 2012, He was a professor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and was an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer (PTD) for 36 years in the Malaysian public service. He has also worked as a consultant to the Government of Kuwait, IMF, World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management and the Arab Administrative and Development Organisation (ARADO). Datuk John graduated from the University of Malaya in 1974 with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree. He holds a Master of Business Administration (High Distinction) from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1986) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of London (External) (1988). Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Legal Practice (Honours) from the Malaysian Legal Qualifying Board. In 1996, he obtained his Ph.D. in Public Expenditure Management from the London School of Economics.