What is business management?

Business management focuses on the organising, planning and analysing of business activities that are required to efficiently manage and run a business. You will learn what makes an organisation successful in a saturated global business environment and will gain the knowledge and skills required to work for businesses of all sizes – from multinational companies to start-ups. 

Why study business management?

For the aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders, a business management program is consistently a popular choice. It provides the academic knowledge and skills to pursue global career opportunities and helps you develop a broad understanding of businesses and specific areas such as finance and human resources. But if you’re still not 100% sure if a business management program is for you, here are five reasons that will convince you. 

1. Develop key management skills

One of the biggest highlights of studying a business management course is the key management skills that will allow you to be a valuable asset to any organisation. You will build a skill set to respond to challenges and current developments in business and society, giving you the ability to make informed managerial decisions that consider ethical, economic and social implications. Some of these essential business management skills include:

  • critical and strategic thinking
  • communication
  • problem-solving
  • organisation
  • presenting
  • reporting
  • leadership
  • project management.

2. Employability

Students who choose to study business management at university graduate with highly desirable transferable skills and strong business knowledge, two things that are sought after by potential employers. As you progress through your business management program you will be able to shape the direction of your career, choosing a specialist area of business that interests you such as entrepreneurship or human resource management. Graduates of business management are presented with a variety of job opportunities in:

  • management
  • consultancy
  • marketing and advertising
  • human resources
  • retail and sales
  • finance.

3. An introduction to the business world

A business management degree will help you gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the core elements of business and management – it’s also a great introduction into the world of business if you have no prior experience. It provides industry insights, such as market trends and industry reports, which can prove to be invaluable and you will be encouraged to apply academic theory to real-life business situations that will help you kickstart your career once you graduate. 

4. Be your own boss

Not only will you have fantastic career opportunities after you graduate, but you will also have the core elements to start your own business – all you need is a business idea to get you started. Through developing your entrepreneurial skills and being able to test launch any business ideas you might have, a business management course puts you on the path to be your own boss – you might even meet your future business partner at university. 

Institution such as Postgraduate School of Administration, offer specialist extracurricular activities to help keen entrepreneurs who want to start their own business. You can take advantage of inspirational guest speakers who run multi-million pound businesses and even pitch your business ideas to expert judges through the Schools’ annual Bright Ideas competition – there’s $1,000 to be won. 

5. Learn about multiple disciplines

If you’re not 100% certain on what you want your future career to be, or you just want to have a broad knowledge, then a business management course is an excellent choice. You will learn an overview of the main business functions that contribute to the success of a business and then often be able to specialise in an area of your choice. These typically include:

  • human resource management
  • entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • service operations.

Other areas you may study could be consultancy, supply chain management or even global business. When you graduate with a business management certification you graduate as a well-rounded student with a diverse knowledge of the business world. 

Reasons to study business management in Ghana

Once you’ve made the decision to study business management, you will need to decide where. As one of most academically respected destinations in the world, Ghana makes a great choice for international students looking to kickstart their business career. There are more than a few benefits to studying business management in Ghana but here are some of our top ones:

Globally recognised certification from our partners – Choosing to study a business management with Postgraduate School of Administration, means your certification and qualifications are recognised by employers and academics worldwide. Professional experience – Postgraduate School of Administration, will ensure you have the right skills and experience to start a successful career. Postgraduate School of Administration, for example, offers practical careers support such as interview preparation and advice on starting your own business. There are also many activities at the school to encourage young entrepreneurs where they can turn their business dreams into reality. 

Build your business network – There’s nowhere better to start building your business network than at Postgraduate School of Administration, You will be taught by industry professionals and lecturers who are experts in their fields and make valuable connections during placements and real-life business scenarios. You will also meet students from around the world who will go on to work in a variety of international industries, allowing you to create a worldwide contact base and have the opportunity to attend networking events, exhibitions, conferences and guest lectures. If you decide to study with us then you will be based less than 30 minutes away from Central Accra, giving you the opportunity to be connected with the global business network. 

Your pathway to business management

If you want to study business management with us, whether it’s undergraduate or postgraduate, Postgraduate School of Administration Study Centre offers pathway programmes that will help prepare you for your certification. These include academic modules, English language training and study skills so you are ready to join your chosen programme on successful completion. There are three programmes that can prepare you for a business management programme at Postgraduate School of Administration depending on your academic background:

Frequently asked questions

Why is business management important?

The core responsibility of a business manager is to ensure that a business remains both operational and profitable, which is what makes business management such an important position. An organisation cannot function with effective business management. Any organisation, no matter the industry it operates in, needs someone with the knowledge and understanding of key processes to ensure their business can flourish. Profitability and efficiency; you ensure that the heart of companies keeps beating.

What can you do with a business management certification?

You will gain the skills required to have a profound impact on your client’s business. The best thing about having a business management programme is that there is no limit to where you can work. All organisations need a business manager.  Where you work will depend on the location you want to work in, the industries you’re personally interested in and the salary you expect. You could work freelance as a consultant, too.

Is studying for a business management worth it?

If you enjoy dissecting business practises and ensuring that systems and processes are as efficient as they can be, whilst working with a wide variety of clients across many different fields, then becoming a business manager might be the right career for you.

75% of students that studied Business Management with Business Experience Gemba at Postgraduate School of Administration were in employment 6 months after the course. 31% of these were working as business and public service associate professionals, 17% as managers, directors and senior officials and 14% in administrative occupations.