New industry/academia programme enables electronics execs to develop skills for success

09 July 2012

ECSN Chairman Adam Fletcher
ECSN Chairman Adam Fletcher

In partnership with Aston Business School’s Centre for Executive Development, ECSN (the Electronic Components Supply Network) has launched a Certificate in Management programme for its executive membership.

The key objectives of the new programme is to develop the fundamental building blocks of management competence and knowledge that will enable participants to operate successfully in the electronic components supply business and in the process, introduce them to new and proven business thinking, tools and techniques, frameworks and models that allows them to explore different management approaches in their individual environments.

ECSN has identified Aston Business School’s Centre for Executive Development as having the experience and expertise necessary to support the development of the key management skills that will blend with scientific skills to develop competent and confident electronics business professionals.

According to ECSN chairman Adam Fletcher (pictured), the electronic components industry is a highly technical environment requiring clearly developed skills and expertise in the technical disciplines, but success is not wholly achieved through technical excellence: “An organisation’s success also relies on the management expertise to bring a product to market and lead a commercially successful business, which involves proficiency in the key management disciplines. Accordingly we saw the need for a comprehensive programme for members; to create, develop and promote the executive management skills necessary to develop the successful industry leaders of the future.”

The Certificate in Management course comprises of five modules; Strategic Management, Marketing Management, People Management, Operations Management and Financial Management, each of two-day duration. Participants who complete the certificate programme, and go on to successfully submit a work-based project of 5,000 - 8,000 words will be eligible for the award of a Certificate in Management from Aston University.

ECSN has arranged for an Aston Business School panel to present a Webinar to outline the new Certificate in Management programme and answer questions from all interested parties on Thursday 12 July.

If you would like to participate, please register your interest with Jill Waite at the ECSN secretariat at: who will be happy to provide full details of how to join the Webinar.

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