Flexibility Helps CEO Achieve MBA

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Tim Reynolds

Rockfield Technologies CEO Tim Reynolds decided to complete his MBA with James Cook University after seeing how the flexible study options and real world course work would benefit his everyday business objectives.

As a CEO one of Tim’s primary goals is to ensure sustainability and growth within the company. After previously studying his undergraduate Engineering degree with James Cook University, he was looking to further his knowledge and decided to undertake his MBA study.

With a blend of responsibilities including engineering, accounting, information technology and strategic business development, work and travel commitments would be challenging while attending a traditional lecture timetable. Tim cites JCU’s flexible MBA study options including intensive block mode subjects and podcasts as some of the program’s highlights.

“Flexibility in assessment and research was one of the best things about the MBA program. The course allowed me to tailor the majority of assignments towards current real-time issues that were a focus within our company. This added value to my everyday business objectives and allowed the study objectives to relate directly with my real-time company requirements.”

As well as a program that offered him the flexibility to study around his work commitments, Tim also relished in the student-to-student interactions.

“This is a novel approach to learning where students interact through the online ‘Discussion Board’ and can collaborate on research towards the subject goals,” Tim said.

He believes the interaction encouraged by the MBA also provides an opportunity to network, allowing students to form friendships and connections with people from a range of industries and disciplines.

The knowledge and insight provided by the MBA has had a number of positive impacts on Tim’s professional development, including his ability to improve efficiency, analyse business more deeply and measure essential performance indicators. However, he also believes that through his MBA he has received more overall enjoyment from the business development.

“The subject material is current, relevant and the lectures have made the material interesting through their own experience and relevant case studies.”

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).