PwC’s Academy:
Masterclasses to support upskilling for business leaders

Bringing together academia and industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about great disruption to individuals, businesses and society at all levels. Beyond that, it has provided a new set of acute shocks to seemingly sturdy businesses and principles that have guided our thinking for decades, even laying bare the unviability of many business models. Besides causing landscape shifts and fundamental industry changes, COVID-19 is also causing a recession of indeterminate length and severity.

Set against this backdrop, the need for strategic thinking and advanced leadership among business leaders and owners is immense. As we speak about upskilling our workforce, we also need to pivot senior management and leaders to think about combating industry disruptors, driving operational transformation to increase revenue and reduce costs, and also managing risk and compliance against an increasingly digital world.

In answer to this need, PwC’s Academy is partnering with three top-in-class universities - University of Oxford (Said Business School), INSEAD, and Singapore Management University - to curate a series of Masterclasses tackling topics such as advanced management, leadership, business strategy, finance, corporate governance, and risk management. These Masterclasses qualify for SkillsFuture funding.

PwC’s Academy Masterclasses

The PwC-Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Masterclass

Jointly designed by PwC and Oxford Said, this Masterclass is tailored to support Singapore SME senior business leaders and its emerging leaders advance their management and leadership skills. The programme brings together the best-in-class expertise from PwC’s industry practice and Oxford Said’s academia knowledge, making for a powerful intersection of theory, industry experience and practical application for Singapore SMEs.

This Masterclass will be tailored for the Singapore context and will be adapted from the existing renowned, prestigious "Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme“. Participants can expect to discover, learn, and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustaining strong performance in a globalised 21st century context. The Masterclass will also help leaders advance in leadership and strategy, leverage data and technology and build a sustainable business.

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The PwC-INSEAD Strategy Masterclass

The PwC-INSEAD Strategy Masterclass aims to help SME leaders and its emerging leaders understand the critical importance of having a sound strategy in place to guide their business. 

Based on the global best-seller “Blue Ocean Shift”, written by INSEAD Professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, this Masterclass is designed to empower its participants with the latest thinking in strategy and how a sound strategy will drive superior performance and growth potential for their businesses. 

Participants can expect to be educated on the foundations of a Blue Ocean Strategy and the why and the how of innovation for SMEs in Singapore. The Masterclass will also delve into creating new market opportunities through commercialising innovation efforts, and how to sustain innovative cultures in the organisation.

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The PwC-SMU Chief Financial Officer Masterclass

Developed with senior finance leaders in mind, this Masterclass includes modules which are relevant to finance professionals, such as: corporate governance, risk management, managing IT in an organisation, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and insights from practicing CFOs.

The programme also serves as a platform for senior finance professionals to exchange knowledge and experiences and understand and explore potential solutions to the challenges facing the finance function and the organisation. The faculty for this Masterclass includes SMU professors and experienced practitioners and subject matter experts at PwC, making for strong foundations in both theory and practical application.

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PwC's Academy is the specialised external training arm of PwC Singapore, where powerful, practical, and relevant experiential learning solutions are developed leveraging on PwC's core competencies and deep industry knowledge.
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Dennis Foo

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Tel: +65 9628 0758