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MBA in Global Hospitality Management
Semesters Overview

MBA in hospitality management
The MBA in Global Hospitality Management at Les Roches balances a core curriculum of essential business modules with elective subjects, allowing you the freedom to customize your curriculum to your own professional goals.

If you do not have prior experience in hospitality (either a degree in hospitality or hospitality career experience), you will *be required to enroll on our* two-week Hospitality Immersion Program (as of September 2018) before beginning your MBA studies.


The Hospitality Immersion Program is a two-week program designed to develop supervision and management skills in the context of hospitality operations. If you do not have prior experience in hospitality, you will be required to enroll on this program prior to beginning your graduate studies (MBA or PGDIP). This program includes the following non-credit-granting courses:

  • Hospitality in Context
  • Food and Beverage Operations Management
  • Rooms Division Operation Management

The MBA includes 19 credits in Semester 1 and 21 credits in Semester 2. All core subjects are 3 credits each. Elective courses are 2 credits each.


Strategic Marketing & Sales in the Hospitality Industry

The course offers a thorough grounding in strategic marketing. Since marketing is about identifying and meeting human and social needs in order to deliver unique value to the customer, the course begins with the examination of marketing as a strategic business function. We then progress through an analysis of the business environment and how to determine products and services we might profitably offer our customers. The middle part of the course deals with the three key strategic concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning. Next, we explore the components of the marketing mix. The final sections will deal with branding and destination marketing. All these concepts will be illustrated throughout the course with examples and case studies.


Hospitality Demand & Revenue Management

The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts, the principles and the implementation of revenue management in hospitality and tourism related firms, such as hotels (rooms division and F&B), restaurants, spas, casinos, airlines, cruises, events and sports companies, golf courts etc. Revenue management is defined as the process of “… selling the right product to the right customer at the right price for the right time” (Kimes, 1998) and it is widely advocated as a strategic necessity for all service companies. Revenue Management strategies require the simultaneous management of two major issues: demand (pricing) and capacity (service duration) management. Thus, the demand course aims to develop students’ critical and analytical skills in terms of the management of these two dimensions by incorporating in the teaching & learning material and discussing several related case studies and industry examples.


Hospitality Financial Management and Budgeting

This course helps students understand the fundamentals of administration through budgeting. Students will learn how to involve key employees in the budget planning process, win support and defend budget proposals, evaluate and monitor the financial status of an operating department. Using skills from Hospitality Financial Management and previous courses, students will demonstrate the process of budget planning and writing.


Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

This course gives an overview of core concepts of leadership, managerial practices widely recognized as strategic tools to assure sustainable organizational effectiveness. It addresses the concepts of global and ethical leadership as well as cross-cultural leadership from a number of organizational perspectives. It will enable students to understand the implications and challenges faced by leaders operating in a global context. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own social and emotional skills and leadership potential. Emphasis is placed on the importance of implementation and application to the workplace.


Business Modeling, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course introduces a linear programming and excel-based approach to applied business models and management science to seek innovation and set up entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial enterprises. Operations research will be provided to identify product mix, scheduling, simulation, decision-making, transportation, assignments and queuing forecasting models necessary to optimise existing business processes. Using Customer Journey Maps, students will then assess configuration, offering and experience innovations in disruptive or evolutionary markets and will submit a business plan to launch their business or innovation in the market.

Managing Organizational Development and Change

In order for contemporary organizations to maximize potential and efficiency in a globalized and constantly evolving world, change and development in organizations is inevitable. This course aims to facilitate students to develop competencies in dealing with change management and development in organizations. An introduction of fundamental knowledge and theories on organizational development and change will be provided. Students will also explore internal and external factors that drive organizational change, the types of change and how to systematically design, plan and execute these changes. Upon completion of the course, students will gain deeper insights on various frameworks of the change process, how people react to change and why change could fail at times.


Hospitality and the Digital Disruption

Today’s society is becoming more and more digitalised. Business models and practices as well as consumer behaviors are profoundly affected by the rapid and continuous adoption of new technologies. This constant and technology-driven acceleration radically changes the competitive landscape of well-established industries. This course reviews the mechanisms of this potentially disruptive process and analyses its impact on the global hospitality industry in terms of challenges, risks and opportunities.


Sustainable Development in Hospitality

The course looks at the concept of sustainability. Sustainability has a number of different dimensions ranging from its impacts to its development as well as performance. The course aims to review the case of sustainable development and to discuss its importance in the hospitality industry through various case studies.


The Economics of Hospitality

This course aims at providing with a sound understanding of the relationships between political systems and economics in a global setting. Initially, the main theories of global political economy are explored, followed by a historical review of global trends in economy. Having established these foundations, the course focuses on analyzing five topics: international trade, transnational production, international finance, economic development and global environment.

Strategy and the Value Creation

Driven by the globalization of trade, financial flows, transportation and the digitalization of exchanges, the international hospitality industry has evolved into complex systems linking activities such as distribution, branding, management, real estate ownership and financing. In such an environment, hospitality companies have espoused singular strategies that have shaped their boundaries and changed the sets of relationships governing the industry. This course provides an overview of the current strategic orientations of hospitality firms, and of the consequences of major trends on the past and future of the industry. Classic strategic theories and frameworks will be introduced and reviewed, and their application to the industry discussed. The idiosyncratic characteristics of the industry will be highlighted in this context.


Corporate Finance and Shareholder Value

Corporate finance is the study of managerial decision making concerning investment, long-term financing, and interpretation and communication of information to assist managers in fulfilling their organizational objective. The course aims to develop in the student the ability to make long-term planning and financial decisions, carry out effective controlling and identify relevant information for decision making. Students are expected to be familiar with financial terminology and its real-world applications.


Managing Destinations’ Competitiveness

This course will discuss the issues of managing destinations. It will outline the issues of tourism management and planning as well as image, perception and event management. It will look at demand and supply structures and the impacts of tourism in an effort to discuss the different competitive tools available to tourism destinations areas. In short, the course will focus on the issues of planning and competitiveness both from the destination as well as from the tourism business perspective.


Uncertainty, Data Analytics and Critical Thinking

Good business decisions are based on information interpreted through valid and clean data. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary tools for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data needed for business decisions. A variety of statistical tools will be examined that can be used to assist managers in the decision making process.


Consultancy Project

This course allows students an opportunity to further develop the knowledge, skills and insights gained during the MBA studies, and apply these within a real-life setting. Students will work on an applied research project to investigate an area of interest in depth with a strategic focus and solve a particular organisational problem. The nature of the project will vary every semester and the subject matter will be related to the MBA program.

Managing Real Estate and Properties

Managing real estate is an essential matter for the hospitality world. This course explores the issues associated with investing in real estate in the hospitality industry. The course considers the perspective of both owners and operators in terms of investment strategies, legal considerations, financing alternatives, and investment risk and business valuations.


Investment Strategies for Financial Markets and Asset Management

The course is designed to equip students with concepts and tools to cope successfully with the ever-increasing complexity of financial instruments and markets. Students acquire a sound knowledge of the theoretical foundations that underpin modern investment and risk and asset management techniques. The program develops expertise in areas such as the management of equity and bond portfolios, trading techniques, property investment, asset liability management, the regulation and marketing of investment products and services, valuation of annuities, net present value investment criterion, perpetuities, stocks, bonds and corporate investment decisions, students will examine various theories for asset pricing and calculation of a company’s cost of capital.


Luxury Branding and Lifestyle Management

This course focuses on issues of developing, managing and evaluating global luxury brand leadership and lifestyle strategies. The depth of the relationship between leading-edge brand building and customers will be explored as the foundation of on-going success and sustained equity. Next, Lifestyle management is an emerging concept where its links to the branding will be explored. Overall, the course will discover how creating a coherent luxury brand experience requires the alignment of every touch point in the organization with a customer value proposition.


Consumer Behavior and Insights

Consumer Behavior and Insights investigates the manner in which people interact with products and their marketing environment. This can include the purchase of products (a new iPhone), the consumption of services (Disneyland), or the disposal of goods (eBay). Since we are all consumers in the market place in some form, consumer behavior can also tell us something about ourselves. As a result, consumer behavior (CB) is one of the most interesting topics in marketing. Understanding consumers enables marketers to more effectively meet the needs of buyers in the market and be more successful in the market. In this course we will study the basic factors influencing buyer behavior, the concepts used to explain this behavior, and the implications of these concepts for marketing issues. Topics include effects of motivation, learning, perceptions, attitude, personality, lifestyle, reference groups, social class, demographics, and cultural factors on buyer behavior, with emphasis upon mass communication effects.


Hospitality Business Transformation and Digital Integration

The course looks at the Business Transformation process that is relevant to the Hospitality Industry. It explores different cross-functional and cross-border changes that in turn relate to the corporate strategy of the organizations. Through different methodological models and techniques the courses aims to explore different change management models as well as different case studies and their relevance to the hospitality industry.