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The Manchester Management Development Programme

The Manchester Management Development Programme is a five-day high energy general management training course for talented, driven managers who need to be much more effective in their business thinking and capability.

From creating and translating strategy, embedding continuous change and improvement, effectively managing budgets, inspiring and engaging colleagues, through to preparing yourself to step up to senior positions in the near future, the role of a modern manager is crucial and complex.

The Manchester Management Development Programme has been designed to answer the big questions managers ask in any working day, whatever industry, sector or location we are in. Over the five days you will gain analysis and insight into yourself, along with the confidence to scope out the direction you want to go and how you will get there. The course provides the resources and toolkits to help you become a better manager.

The course dedicates time to work through what keeps delegates awake at night and who you need to get on board to help solve these issues. Everyone leaves the programme with a plan of action and the skills and confidence to implement that plan.

All this is underpinned by the three fundamental skills for success at work: Leadership, Strategy and Commercial Excellence.

Alliance MBS has designed a rigorous and thorough course to help you develop and really make a difference to your organisation.

The Benefits


Attracts a wide range of industries, sectors, backgrounds, personalities and management styles meaning delegates can learn from, challenge and support each other.


The week is designed around answering the key questions of an ambitious manager to equip you with the confidence to take on a wide range of business issues.


Everyone gains a greater awareness of your management style and effective behaviours to achieve great personal growth in leadership qualities.


Before the start of the programme everyone will outline a key problem that you are facing; this will then form part of the focus of your work throughout the week.


Throughout the programme the team offer support and advice on how to approach issues, how solutions might be found and how to implement these once the programme finishes.


Each session is facilitated by leading business experts and researchers with a wealth of experience in delivering Executive Education programmes to business professionals.


Programme offers long-term benefits for individuals, organisations and communities and promotes a lifelong connection with Alliance MBS.

The Delegates

This programme is ideal for you if you have reached a point in your career when you need to be much more effective in managing teams and processes.

You may be:

  • Transitioning from a supervisory role to general management
  • Broadening your role within the organisation
  • Looking to build your confidence and knowledge of wider management issues
  • Taking on people management for the first time
  • Moving into a different part of an organisation

The programme is equally appropriate if you are an experienced manager who already has general management responsibilities, but needs to deepen your understanding of business processes with which you are less familiar.

The Programme

The five day course is focused on accelerated learning covering the three most important issues for your success at work: Leadership, Strategy and Commercial Excellence. It’s all about working out when to work at the coal-face versus stand back; when to accept and implement direction from above, and when to challenge and create your own vision.

From looking at the best strategies for influencing and persuading to giving you time for reflection and planning, the Manchester Management Development Programme will equip you with the confidence to take on a wide range of business issues.

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Opportunity to Shine (OTS)

Every delegate will work with a line manager on how your experience from the programme can be brought back into the organisation. You will develop this into a piece of work highlighting any challenges you want to overcome, any personal ambitions you want to realise and finally what you want to achieve for your organisation – this is called an Opportunity to Shine.

Internal Mentors

Everyone will identify and work with an internal mentor from your organisation – helping to bridge the gap between the insights and ideas explored during the programme and the reality of embedding and driving sustainable change when you get back.

As soon as you start a course, you become part of our Executive Education Network. You’ll receive regular updates on our ground-breaking research, new programmes and innovative events, as well as the opportunity to join us at our Executive Education Network Conference where you can rekindle friendships, discuss the latest business thinking and draw on the knowledge and experience of your growing network of peers.

The Team

Alliance Manchester Business School has some of the most highly-regarded experts in business management. By working closely with industry, the team can solve real problems, predict future trends and drive change in business and management.

Our highly experienced team ensures everything about your programme runs smoothly. From booking on to the course to your post programme executive coaching sessions, they aim to make your Alliance MBS experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Our Team - Joanne Cherry
Joanne Cherry
Programme Administrator

Our Experts - Nick Clifford
Dr Nick Clifford
Programme Director and Senior Fellow in Executive Education

Our Team - Robin Martin
Professor Robin Martin

Professor of Organisational Psychology

Our Experts - Irene Roele
Irene Roele

Fellow in Executive Education

Our Experts - Dr Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez
Dr Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez
Lecturer in Project Management

Our Team - Jill Ingham
Dr Jill Ingham

Open Programme Business Development Manager


Key features

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Fantastic networking

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Opportunity to shine 


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Business boot camp

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Shaun Galvin testimonial

"It allowed me to have a bit of reflection and from the business point of view allowed me to get started straight away."

Shaun Galvin – Head of Team Energy, Certas Energy

Manchester Management Development Programme


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