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ISLAMIC MANAGEMENT ELECTIVE and STUDY TOUR


MASTER IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
COURSE DESIGN

ISLAMIC MANAGEMENT ELECTIVE and STUDY TOUR

Faculty: Prof. Francisco Roman Jr., Prof. Jun Borromeo

Course Description

The IMEST is a 2-unit course consisting of 10 classroom sessions (1 unit) at AIM and a 5-day study tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1 unit). Classroom sessions in KL will be conducted by faculty of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia, or UKM, Malaysia’s No. 1 university, and experts from the Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (Institute for Islamic Understanding Malaysia, or IKIM), a government organization which promotes guidelines for the practice of Islam.

IMEST will introduce students to Islamic business and management practices, with emphasis on Malaysia. In the AIM part of the course, they will be required to read seminal articles and books on the subject and report to the class (different students report each session). There will also be a number of cases on the issues faced by managers in an Islamic business environment. Classes will be scheduled for late afternoons or early evenings in November to minimize conflicts with core-program schedules of non-MBA students. Students will be asked to submit a major paper after the study tour in lieu of a final exam.

In Kuala Lumpur (9 – 14 December), they will attend two days of classes at UKM. They will also have one-and-a-half days visiting places of interest, important to Malaysian/Islamic society and culture. Most meals, except for breakfast, will be hosted by local groups, and lunches may include a talk by a key personality from the private or public sector. There will be at least one company or factory visit, and a “mini job fair” with headhunters and recruiters to discuss the job opportunities and challenges for non-Islamic expatriates.

SCHEDULE OF ISLAMIC MANAGEMENT ELECTIVE
AIM CAMPUS

Sessions 1 & 2: What is Islam?
Friday, 3 November
5:00 – 8:00 pm (refreshments will be served)

Video screening: Gardner, R. (Producer/Director). (2001). Empires. Islam: Empire of Faith. United States: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Session 3: What is Islam? (continued)
Wednesday, 8 November
5:00 – 6:20 pm

Discussion: Gardner, R. (Producer/Director). (2001). Empires. Islam: Empire of Faith. United States: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Read: Horrie, C., Chippindale, P. (2003). What is Islam? A Comprehensive Introduction (Revised & Updated). London: Virgin Books Ltd.

Session 4: Islam and Business
Thursday, 9 November
5:00 – 6:20 pm

Dyad presentation/class discussion: Noor, I. (Ed.). (2002). Islam & Business. Selangor, Malaysia: Pelanduk Publications (M) Sdn Bhd.

Presentors: Gaurav Mahajan and Alok Kumar Singh

Session 5: Islamic Management in Practice
Wednesday, 15 November
6:30 – 7:50 pm

Dyad presentation/class discussion: Amin, A.R. (2004). The Celestial Management (English Ed.). Jakarta: Bening Publishing.

Presentors: Praveen Kuruvalli and Pranay Bhargava

Session 6: Islamic Management in Practice (continued)
Wednesday, 29 November
6:30 – 7:50 pm

Guest speaker: Mr. Albert Ladores

Session 7: Islamic Management in Practice (continued)
Thursday, 30 November
6:30 – 7:50 pm

Dyad presentation/class discussion: Musa, M., & Salleh, S. (Ed.). (2005). Quality Standard From The Islamic Perspective. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM).

Read: [any article or book by Prof. Rene Domingo on TQM]

Presentors: Fahim Saleem and Md. Abbas

Session 8: Islamic Banking and Finance
Wednesday, 6 December
6:30 – 7:50 pm
Benpres Room
Dyad presentation/class discussion: Venardos, A. M. (2005). Islamic Banking & Finance in South-East Asia. Its Development & Future. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. [Part 1presentation]

Presentors: Sonal Sinha and Abishek Mohan

Session 9: Islamic Banking and Finance (continued)
Thursday, 7 December
5:00 – 6:20 pm
Malaysian Rm.
Dyad presentation/class discussion: Venardos, A. M. (2005). Islamic Banking & Finance in South-East Asia. Its Development & Future. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. [Part 2 presentation]

Presentors: Sonal Sinha and Abishek Mohan

Session 10: Wrap-up and final briefing for study tour
Thursday, 7 December
6:20 – 7:40 pm

Presentation and discussion of individual research questions and hypotheses for final paper.

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