AIM WA mini MBA in State and Local Government

A non-accredited professional development course, the mini MBA provides a helicopter view or snapshot of key Master of Business Administration learnings.  

The MBA has an iconic brand that is typically associated with people from private, for profit organisations. In reality the learnings from this course are equally relevant to those from State and Local Government. The content has been tailored to align to the unique challenges faced by public sector organisations whilst being true to the integrity of typical MBA content.

Participants who will benefit most will be from executive and general management levels, high potentials, and those aspiring to take a leadership role in the future.

Professional development at this level requires participants to understand complexity, and to analyse, synthesise and interpret information, before applying the knowledge and expertise to their real world circumstances.

But not everyone is able to commit to several years of study to achieve the formal qualification. They want to start their journey and begin the in-depth process of acquiring the traits of leaders they admire.

The AIM WA mini MBA for State and Local Government is designed specifically to meet these needs in Public sector organisations.

Individually, the topics of Strategy, Finance, Operations and People are critical to organisational success. However, they don’t work in isolation and it is the intersection of these elements, The Performance Hot Spot where each aligns and enables sustained high performance.

Throughout the mini MBA, participants will be challenged to consider how the topic might best be managed to bring their organisation closer to the Hot Spot.

  • To what extent do our financials, operational decisions and the make-up of our workforce align with the ambitions outlined in our Strategy?
  • Is our performance being helped or hindered by our operational systems and processes?
  • Are we being too ambitious or too conservative based on our current resources and community expectations?
  • To what extent do we have an accurate picture of the expectations of our stakeholders?
  • Do we have the right people, with the right skills in the right roles to succeed?

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The mini MBA: Strategy.

Participants will:

  • Determine why and how strategy is developed in organisations
  • Review the steps for developing a strategy that can respond to changes in the external environment
  • Apply this knowledge to relevant case studies and their own organisation
  • Consider the implications of their organisation’s strategy on their own role as a business unit leader.

The mini MBA: Finance.

Participants will:

  • Learn the language of finance
  • Determine the essential financial knowledge required of all senior leaders
  • Consider the financial implications of strategic challenges faced by several high profile organisations
  • Consider what questions they might ask of their own finance department in order to make better decisions.

The mini MBA: Operations.

Participants will:

  • Examine existing systems and processes in their workplaces
  • Evaluate two or three quality assurance models for operational excellence
  • Unpack the pre-conditions for operational excellence and implementing change in workplaces
  • Discuss the implementation of the Australian Business Excellence Framework in workplaces.

The Mini MBA: People.

Participants will:

  • Explore what it means to be a leader of a contemporary organisation
  • Discuss how the concept of a leader as coach can be implemented
  • Examine how leaders can foster a culture of innovation whilst still driving performance and accountability
  • Consider the implications of this new style of leadership on how they might change their own style.

How the mini MBA unfolds over just 5 weeks

Week 1

On Demand
Pre Reading


Wednesday March 2 2022
10:00 - 11:30AM
90 min Live Stream


Week 2
Strategy & Finance

On Demand
Pre Reading

Financial Analysis

Wednesday March 9 2022
10:00 - 11:30am
90 min Live Stream


Financial Framework

Friday March 11 2022
90 min Live stream

Financial Drivers

Breakeven Analysis

Week 3

On Demand
Pre Reading


Wednesday March 16 2022
10:00 - 11:30am
90 min Live Stream

Business Excellence

Systems & Processes

Week 4
Operations & People

On Demand
Pre Reading


Wednesday March 23 2022
10:00 - 11:30am
90 min Live Stream

Driving Change



Week 5

Wednesday March 30 2022
10:00 - 11:30am
90 min Live Stream

Leading Others

Developing a Growth Mindset

One-on-One Coaching

Following Week 5, each participant will receive 2 x 1 hour, one-on-one coaching sessions via an online Platform with an experienced coach to apply the learnings and develop a Professional Development Plan.

Who Will Benefit

The mini MBA is ideal for self-motivated leaders and managers who want to take their career to the next level.  

The content has been designed for those looking for immediate results, and don’t want to invest the time needed for a traditional MBA.

Learning Outcomes

Participants should be able to:

  • Apply high level decision analysis and judgement to complex organisational issues
  • Adapt a strategy framework to their own organisation
  • Identify relevant operational drivers, financial controls and accountabilities
  • Select the right questions to ask about the financial performance of their organisation
  • Unpack a range of business excellence and quality frameworks
  • Understand the subtleties of organisational change and the pre-conditions for success
  • Gain greater awareness of their leadership style through a diagnostic survey
  • Apply appropriate techniques for getting the best from their people
  • Prepare a professional development plan via one-on-one coaching.

Frequently Asked Questions

The mini MBA is a non-accredited, professional development program, not a formal qualification or degree.  It’s designed to give you a taste of what to expect if you ever decided to commit to the full  MBA.

You’ll be fine.  The requirements aren’t over the top, there is no assessment and you’ll be with other like-minded business people.

The AIM WA mini MBA is run online and you will have access to relevant resources to support you in your study.

There is a requirement to do some pre-reading to help set the context for the seminar content and group discussions. Approximately 2-3 hours of essential pre-reading will be necessary before each the four topics.

No undergraduate qualification is required because the mini MBA is a professional development program and not a higher degree.

Unlike a full Master of Business Administration (MBA), the mini MBA is for anyone who wants more insight into strategy, finance, operations and people. 

No, this is a non-accredited program and offers a view into a full MBA.   

If you are interested in completing a full MBA click here.