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CBA - Purpose, People & Performance

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Frequently asked questions about CBA

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How do I get my employer to support a CBA program?
It’s not just the student who gains value from a CBA. The organization gains value in the form of insights from top professors and consulting assignments that the student writes for their organization, where the knowledge gained is applied to concrete challenges. When negotiating with your employer about what they get out of sending you support with CBA training, there are several points to consider bringing into the conversation. Besides the fact that your employer is likely to have a more satisfied and motivated employee, the program is also designed to provide practical value to the employer. Throughout the CBA, you will complete a series of assignments based on a real challenge or opportunity that you face in your organization. You will act as an internal consultant and try to shed light on the problem with the theories and tools taught in the programme and, based on this, make recommendations for your organization. During a CBA programme, you will deliver 5-6 small consulting assignments that are directly applicable to your organization. The assignments are set and feedback is received from AVT’s international faculty, which consists of professors from the world’s leading business schools and universities. As a student, you’ll also be part of a strong network of other interesting leadership profiles from a wide range of exciting organizations in the business world, allowing you to build valuable relationships with future customers, employees and suppliers. The CBA program is super flexible, so much of the study work can take place when it fits into the student’s schedule. So, in summary, the company gets the following value:
  • Retaining a key employee
  • Insights from the world’s leading business schools and universities
  • Analyze relevant issues and propose solutions
  • Tools and frameworks for direct implementation in the organization
  • Access to a strong network of experienced leaders in the Danish business community
Where do the CBA classes at AVT Business School take place?
AVT offers a beautiful and comfortable learning environment in the heart of Copenhagen. Some say it’s all about location, location, location – and if that’s the case, AVT Business School is the place to be. Located in the heart of Copenhagen – right between Amalienborg Palace and Nyhavn with Skuespilhuset and the waterfront down the street – AVT Business School has found its home in the middle of Sankt Annæ Plads. The building itself is a beautiful whitewashed house from 1801 that has been home to a number of prominent figures and listed buildings for almost a century. The rooms are bright and cheerful with high ceilings and ornamented walls that showcase the craftsmanship of two hundred years ago. Teaching is based on the latest knowledge and up-to-date case studies, providing students with relevant and contemporary knowledge that they can put to use immediately. AVT Business School offers a range of programs for individual students who want to increase their business understanding and strengthen their leadership skills: Master of Business Administration (MBA)Certificate of Business Administration (CBA) og MBA Single Subject. AVT also offers tailor-made training programs for businesses, who want to give their management team a collective skills boost and create a shared understanding of the company’s strategy.
How much time do I need per course?
On average, the subjects on AVT’s programs are estimated to take up 10-12 hours per week – all-inclusive. A general rule of thumb is that you should spend an average of 10-12 hours per week on an MBA program at AVT. This average hourly rate is an aggregation of both preparation time before the workshop with the teacher, attendance at the actual teaching and writing assignments for your own organization after the workshop days. Of course, the number of hours can vary depending on your ambitions and professionalism, as well as the degree to which the subject in question merges with other work tasks that are high on your agenda. Similarly, the number of hours can also vary depending on whether you are in the reading or writing phase. All courses are designed so that you can participate without having any professional knowledge of the field before you start the course. For example, you don’t need any skills in economics and finance to participate and learn a lot from the ‘Financial Management’ course. The most important thing is that you want to learn to speak and understand the “language of the CFO”. All workshops are held on 2-3 consecutive weekdays. A course runs over a period of approx. 2 months from the time you receive your preparation material to the time you attend the workshop to the time you have approx. 4 weeks to write the final assignment.
What work experience do you need to study the CBA?
Studying a CBA at AVT requires min. three years of management experience, as the studies are based on the assumption that you know what it means to be in a management position. This experience can be drawn from all types of professions and organizations. Admission to AVT’s Executive CBA requires a minimum of three years of management experience. These years of experience can be drawn from any type of profession. The ‘Executive CBA’ designation implies that you are studying part-time alongside a role as an acting manager. In AVT’s Executive CBA program, there is no requirement for experience from specific types of professions. The only requirement is that you must have a minimum of three years of management experience, as the programme is designed for experienced people who know what it means to have a leadership role in their organization. However, management experience is a broad term, and you may have management experience from managing projects, departments, large budgets, teams or anything else. If you are unsure whether you meet the three years of management experience requirement, give us a call at 70208828 and we will give you an individual assessment.
What does it take to pass the CBA program?
In addition to active participation in workshops, an overall B- average for all assignments is required to pass the entire CBA program. To pass AVT’s Executive CBA program, you must have actively participated in all of the program’s workshops. In addition, you must have submitted and passed the written assignments provided for each course and have achieved an overall average grade ofarakter på minimum B-. AVT uses the American grading scale, which is visualized below:
How are study groups put together?
Working in study groups is primarily used when you are in class at school. The groups consist of 3-5 people and are put together for each course. Throughout the MBA, you will meet a lot of new and exciting people to add to your network. Each of the MBA’s 18 courses includes a super intense and interactive 2-day workshop where the teacher is flown in to the school at Skt. Annæ Plads in the heart of Copenhagen. As AVT’s teachers come from different international schools, their teaching format also varies. Some courses include a lot of work in study groups – or learning teams – when you are present at the workshop, and other courses are primarily taught in plenary sessions. Before attending each workshop, AVT will assign participants to learning teams of 3-5 people, who will sit together in the classroom. The composition of these teams takes into account industry, background, experience, stage of the course and any competitive considerations. The aim is to achieve diverse groups so you can learn as much as possible from people with a different professional background than your own. It varies greatly how participants want to use their learning teams outside of school hours. Some arrange regular meetings to discuss the subject matter and possibly provide feedback on each other’s assignments. Some also want social activities and organize e.g. a dinner after a workshop. a dinner after a workshop. Others only use each other’s input and good company when they are in class at the school and have to solve various small tasks in the group. From AVT’s side, there are no requirements to meet or work in these groups outside of school hours. There will also be no assignments that must be handed in as group assignments. All assignments are written individually for your own organization, so you control how much you want to cultivate study relationships outside of school. The study groups can vary from workshop to workshop, as AVT’s flexible study structure means that there will often be both new and “old” students present at the workshop. This model gives you ample opportunity to make a lot of new acquaintances in your professional network.
Can I get credit for previous education?
In some cases, you can receive credit for a previous master’s-level study. The MBA program is a master’s level education. If you have previously studied other master’s-level programs, credit can in some cases be given for parts of your previous studies. However, as there is a great difference in content, level, teaching and examination methods, etc. even within the master’s programs, it will always be an individual assessment of whether there is an overlap that can give credit. But we are happy to discuss this with you. Contact us at 70208828 to find out if elements from your previous course of study can give credit for AVT’s Executive MBA program.
How much time should I spend on a CBA?
On average, the courses on AVT’s programs are estimated to take up 10-12 hours per week – all-inclusive. If you are running a CBA program at the standard time, you should expect to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week. This average hourly rate is an aggregation of both preparation time before the workshop with the teacher, attendance at the actual class and writing assignments for your own organization after the workshop days. Of course, the number of hours can vary depending on your ambitions and professionalism, as well as the degree to which the subject in question merges with other work tasks that are high on your agenda. Similarly, the number of hours can also vary depending on whether you are in the reading or writing phase. All courses are designed so that you can participate without having any professional knowledge of the field before you start the course. For example, you don’t need any skills in economics and finance to participate and learn a lot from the ‘Financial Management’ course. The most important thing is that you want to learn to speak and understand the “language of the CFO”. All workshops are held on 2-3 consecutive weekdays. A course runs over a period of approx. 2 months from the time you receive your preparation material, to the time you have attended the workshop, to the time you have approx. 4 weeks to write your final assignment. Should you need a break between courses, all AVT’s programs are designed to be flexible and provide ample opportunity for this.
What is a CBA?
A CBA is a stand-alone management education at MBA level. The CBA is also equivalent to the first part of AVT’s internationally accredited MBA program. The CBA is offered under three different themes. CBA stands for Certificate in Business Administration. And when it’s an Executive CBA, it means that it’s a program that is studied alongside a full-time job in an executive position. The CBA program starts several times a year under the three themes below.
  • CBA – Purpose, People & Performance – læs mere
  • CBA – Strategy, Innovation & Growth – read more
  • CBA – Digital, Leadership & Transformation – read more
Each CBA program is a self-contained course with 6 exciting MBA-level courses that run for approximately 8 months. In each of these 6 courses, you will gain the latest theoretical knowledge and practical tools in management and business development. What makes this program unique is that it is taught by professors hand-picked from world-leading schools such as Harvard, INSEAD and London Business School. So you don’t have to fly abroad to experience executive education at its best. AVT’s world-class faculty will come to Denmark and teach you face-to-face at the school, located on Skt. Annæ Square in the heart of Copenhagen. The price of a CBA is DKK 109,500 + VAT (date: March 2023). CBA = First part of the MBA By completing a CBA program, you earn a certificate of completion, which also gives you credit towards AVT’s internationally accredited MBA program, should you decide to pursue a full MBA degree. You can continue directly to the MBA or take a break after the first CBA. All AVT’s programs are very flexible, so we always find a structure that matches your needs – even when your needs change along the way.
What can I use a CBA for?
With a CBA degree, you’ll gain the latest knowledge and useful tools in a range of cutting-edge business subjects. At the same time, you will receive a certificate of completion of the first part of AVT’s Executive MBA. The CBA aims to strengthen your existing business development and management skills, but also to introduce you to a range of new disciplines and give you the tools to challenge the status quo. This enables you to both understand and speak into new areas of your organization at a strategic level. The CBA makes you an even stronger asset in your organization and can be used to make you even better in your existing role or prepare you for a new role in your current or a new type of organization.
  • A range of courses, each of which introduces you to a variety of useful theories, models and frameworks for direct application in your organization
  • A strong network among other leaders and international faculty
  • Proof of your competencies in the form of a diploma with ECTS points from an internationally accredited business school
  • Opportunity to study on AVT’s Executive MBA program
Read more about what other Danish leaders have gained from their CBA program here.
How do you write assignments on CBA?
All AVT courses end with an individual written assignment where you demonstrate how the material learned can generate value in a current issue in your organization. All 6 courses in one of AVT’s CBA programs are completed and passed with a small written assignment that you write individually. You will receive feedback and a grade from the course instructor. As the teachers at AVT come from different schools around the world, the format of the assignment may also vary from course to course. But common to all assignments is the purpose of giving you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the course to a current issue in your organization. This supports AVT’s general practical approach to learning, where everything you learn at school should translate into direct action and value in your organizational context. Scope: Assignments are 2000-3000 words equivalent to 6-8 pages and are generally written in a ‘Business Report Format’ which typically consists of the following elements:
  1. Description of the challenge or opportunity
  2. Analysis of the situation
  3. Proposal of a solution including recomendations ‘going forward’
How much does it cost to take a CBA?
The price of a CBA at AVT is DKK 109,500 + VAT. Study materials and catering during workshops. The price for a CBA program at AVT is DKK 109,500 + VAT (prices as of March 2023). This price includes all study materials and full catering during workshops at the school. Payment for a CBA can be made in several different ways, depending on the student’s needs and preferences. You can have your billing split into several smaller installments – spread over several financial years – if that helps you. If you need to finance your education yourself, you may be able to make use of a gross salary scheme, as many AVT students do. There are also opportunities to apply for scholarships. Read more about gross salary schemes and scholarship opportunities here.
Who teaches at CBA?
To ensure relevant and useful training, it’s important that the trainers are of high quality. AVT Business School is known for hand-picking faculty from some of the world’s leading business schools and universities, giving students the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. Don Kieffer is one of the instructors AVT has brought in from MIT Sloan. He is an experienced educator and researcher with a focus on leadership, strategy and innovation. He has written several articles on these topics and has been published in recognized journals such as Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. Don Kieffer is the former COO of Harley Davidson and thus has a practical approach to applying theory in real life. AVT Business School is home to many other experienced and skilled educators with a wide range of professional interests and experience. Their teaching is based on the latest research and practical experience, and they can provide students with valuable insights and advice on their career options. AVT Business School is known for having a highly personalized approach to teaching. Instructors are accessible to students, and they work closely with AVT’s program office to ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their career goals. Overall, AVT Business School is a place where students have the opportunity to learn from some of the best educators in the world. Faculty members are experienced and competent, and they can provide students with valuable insights and advice on their career options. See AVT’s faculty members here.
Gross pay scheme - An option for funding

Employers may not always be able to fund all or part of your training. In this situation, a gross salary scheme can be an advantageous financial solution for you.

The gross salary scheme allows you to offset your study expenses, mileage, board and lodging incl. VAT against your gross salary, i.e. before tax deductions (Skat.dk – Employer-paid education).

Please note, it is the company’s discretion as to whether the cost can be considered work-related or not. Thus, the company must assess whether the training promotes the employee’s work in the company or whether it is more to uncover a private purpose/employee’s own desire to acquire knowledge.

When it is the company’s desire for the employee to acquire new knowledge, it must be considered work-related and thus eligible for deduction. The situation is the opposite if it is solely due to the employee’s own desire for the training, which is why the cost must be considered a private matter.

The gross salary scheme provides a deduction from your personal income that often corresponds to a tax value of approx. 50% and must always be agreed with the employer.

An education at AVT develops your management and decision-making skills and strengthens your asset in the business. In addition, the strategic study assignments are based on organizational challenges and your leadership role.

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