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MBA (All Pathways)*

MBA (All Pathways)*

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January, September
1 year full time 2 years part time
Full time Part time
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The Middlesex MBA aims to develop individuals to manage successfully and ethically across a range of organisations and to critically evaluate and take decisions in their functional areas of expertise. This aim is achieved through:

  • Encouraging students to gain a thorough and integrated understanding of the various disciplines that contribute to the study of management
  • Facilitating the application of such disciplines to ensure effective practic
  • Enhancing personal and professional skills for management and leadership
  • Specialising in the functional area of emphasis chosen.


  • MBA (Business Excellence)
  • MBA (Finance)
  • MBA (Marketing)
  • MBA (Operations and Supply Chain Management)
  • MBA General Option
  • MBA (Business Analytics)
  • MBA (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
  • MBA (Islamic Economy)
  • MBA (Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility)

Programme Objectives

The specific objectives for the MBA are that students will improve their ability to

  • Enhance and develop previous relevant experience in business and management
  • Develop the ability to apply previous and newly acquired knowledge and experience to complex business issues in a range of contexts
  • Prepare students for leadership and transformational roles in business
  • Develop knowledge, at an advanced level, of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate, and demonstrate a broad perspective on organisational management and its wider impact on society and the environment
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in the chosen area of emphasis in marketing, business excellence, finance or operations & logistics or international business or a generalist range of subjects
  • Operate and manage in a global and multicultural environment
  • Develop interpersonal and group-working skills
  • Encourage lifelong learning and personal development.

Why Study the Middlesex MBA?

  • Internationally recognised London degree, completed here in Dubai.
  • Based in Dubai, one of the world's most international and dynamic cities.
  • A multi-cultural cohort that work in a range of industries and businesses.
  • Outstanding full time faculty with industry experience based in Dubai.
  • The Middlesex MBA ranked #1 in Dubai by Forbes Magazine (Forbes Middle East March 2012 issue).
  • The Middlesex MBA ranked in top the 25 UK add top 50 European MBAs.
  • Invited faculty from the top international businesses.
  • Four Applied Learning Experiences and Four Executive Skills Development activities – away from the classroom.
  • International experience with a well established international field trip. Past field trips have been to Milan , Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Madrid and other cities depending on the business theme for that year.
  • A project-based MBA means that candidates undertake a significant practice-based project at the end of taught content.
  • 12 Exemptions for CIMA Advanced Qualification*.

New emphasis pathways ensure an even wider scope of study and specialization so that students have the opportunity to choose amongst Finance, Marketing, Business Excellence, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility , Innovation and Entrepreneurship , Business Analytics , Islamic Economy  or alternatively elect for a more general approach.

*CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants. On successful completion of one assessment paper .Middlesex MBA holders are eligible for 12 exemptions for the CIMA professional qualification, and are also awarded the “CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting” which entitles you to use the letters “CIMA Ad Dip MA”. 
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Course Fees : AED 105,000

* “This programme is now in its tenth successful year of running at our Dubai campus. As part of our quality enhancement procedures, we constantly endeavour to update and refresh our curriculum and learning strategies to ensure our programmes offer the latest thinking and skills to drive our students’ careers."

  • Comprehensive MBA programme covering key aspects of management and leadership competencies
  • 10 year thoroughbred heritage in Dubai
  • Forbes Middle East best MBA in Dubai award
  • Highly experienced faculty in academia and practice
  • Industry interaction with local and international brands
  • Multi-cultural cohort of seasoned managers and budding entrepreneurs
  • New emphasis modules enable a bespoke learning journey
  • Unique international field trips (recently Paris, Milan and Shanghai)
  • Tailor made applied learning experiences (ALE)
  • Cutting edge executive skills development workshops (ESD)
  • Choice of either real world; consulting, entrepreneurship or applied research final MBA projects

The MBA programme has six taught modules each worth 20 credit-points in addition to and followed by a 60-credit project. Four of the taught 20-credit modules are core and common across all pathways of the MBA. These relate to the core areas of competence which business professional need to effectively manage their workplace responsibilities. Two further 20-credit taught modules offer students the opportunity to emphasis their studies on their chosen area or discipline. The programme structure is presented below:

Core Modules

The MBA programme has four Core taught modules each worth 20 credit-points in addition to and followed by a 60-credit project. These relate to the core areas of competence which business professional need to effectively manage their workplace responsibilities.

    • Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with a means of developing further and integrating the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by application to a substantial applied project.

      The aim is for students to develop a project in relation to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to the scope of the relevant issue(s) identified, consider relevant literature relating to the project, collect and apply data, consider the financial implications including any cost/benefit analysis. MBA

    • Marketing Management (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to: 1) explore marketing theories and key concepts; 2) explain and use conceptual frameworks for understanding marketing phenomena; 3) equip students to analyse marketing environments and strategies and to apply appropriate techniques based on insights gained; 4) develop students’ ability to identify actions that help organisations achieve superior results through marketing related activities; and 5) allow students to apply, in a risk-free environment, the strategic concepts of marketing and to test real strategies in a modelled competitive space using simulation.

    • Leadership (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses upon people and their performance in a variety of contexts. The module aims, to: identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate the competencies and behaviours associated with management and leadership; develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance; - explore the key elements of the ‘HR cycle’ (resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding performance).

    • Finance and Economics (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      Financial and economic factors affect organisations in many ways. This module aims to provide knowledge, skills and a theoretical and practical understanding in a number of technical and strategic aspects of financial management and economics and how they affect commercial organisations. It also examines the interrelationships between key factors in the economic environment, evaluating the impact of shifts and changes in these factors on organisational decision-making and performance. The inter- connections between the economic and financial environment are also explored. The aim of this module is also to develop analytical skills among the students.

    • Business Strategy (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to inform students of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy; explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practicing managers; critically appraise where and when such models are useful; provide interesting and engaging examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building students’ capability in strategic thinking and practice.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

MBA Finance

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Finance will additionally take the following two modules

FIN4813                 International Finance (20 credits) compulsory
FIN4814                 Applied Corporate Finance (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Marketing

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Marketing will additionally take the following two modules

MKT4814               Marketing Communications (20 credits) compulsory
MKT4815               Digital Marketing (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Business Excellence

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Business Excellence will additionally take the following two modules

MGT4824              Business Excellence and Quality Management (20 credits) compulsory

MGT4836              Governance and Sustainability (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Operations and Supply Chain Management

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Operations and Supply Chain Management will additionally take the following two modules

MGT4827              Supply Chain Management (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4826              Operations Strategy (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility *

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility will additionally take the following two modules

MGT4836              Governance and Sustainability (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4837              Sustainable Organisation Management (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Innovation and Entrepreneurship *

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will additionally take the following two modules

MGT4838              Managing Innovation (20 credits) compulsory
MGT4839              Entrepreneurship and SME Management (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Business Analytics *

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Business Analytics will additionally take the following two modules

MSO4800              Data Analytics (20 credits) compulsory
MSO4801              Advanced Business Statistics (20 credits) compulsory

MBA Islamic Economy *

Students who wish to gain an emphasis in Islamic Economy will additionally take the following two modules

FIN4828                 Islamic Banking and Finance (20 credits) compulsory
MKT4829               Islamic Management and Marketing (20 credits) compulsory

MBA General

The general pathway provides an opportunity for students to have a deeper understanding across two functional areas. By electing to take this route, students can (to an extent) cherry-pick modules to create a bespoke course of study suited to their individual career path aspirations. Students on the general pathway can choose two modules (subject to timetabling and availability) from the following;

FIN4813                International Finance (20 credits)

FIN4814                Applied Corporate Finance (20 credits)

FIN4828                Islamic Banking and Finance (20 credits) 

MGT4823              Organisational Excellence and Learning (20 credits)

MGT4824              Business Excellence and Quality Management (20 credits)

MGT4826              Operations Strategy (20 credits)

MGT4827              Supply Chain Management (20 credits)

MGT4836              Governance and Sustainability (20 credits)

MGT4837              Sustainable Organisation Management (20 credits) 

MGT4838              Managing Innovation (20 credits) 

MGT4839              Entrepreneurship and SME Management (20 credits) 

MKT4814              Marketing Communications (20 credits)

MKT4815              Digital Marketing (20 credits)

MKT4829              Islamic Management and Marketing (20 credits) 

MSO4800             Data Analytics (20 credits) 

MSO4801             Advanced Business Statistics 

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the working week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. For the full time programme , we hold classes on average 4 days a week (sometimes 3 and sometimes 5) and for the part time programme we hold classes 2 days a week for the first year. In the second year for part-time  students there will be classes on average 2 days per week but for some blocks of time 3 and 1 days per week. Additional sessions will be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you will receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session for 16 weeks per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable.  For the Project module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements, there will be a series of additional workshops announced when your cohort commences. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an essential requirement for completion of this programme. 

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of the MBA. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and interaction with your fellow as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. You may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying and by engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers.

These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Beyond the Classroom

All MBA finalists take part in one of several international field trips. These are a week long, “comprehensive to the extent of exhaustive” and are included in the MBA course fees. In recent years, the Middlesex Dubai MBA has been to France, Italy and China.

Milan: MBA Field Trip Luxury Goods Industry

As part of this Applied Learning Experience Middlesex MBA students spent a week in Milan understanding the industry dynamics and working on a live case study. The MBA teams attended workshops given by two of the most renowned academics in the luxury goods industry. Field work was assigned which was carried out in Milan’s most prominent fashion district the rectangle of gold the d’Oro via Della Spiga which covers via Manzoni, Via Sant’Andrea and Via Montenapoleone. Top brand management consultants interacted with the students and spoke on the turnaround strategy of a prominent brand.

The Middlesex MBA group was very positive about the benefits about this learning experience. These are some of the student comments:

“The field trip gave me more insights into portfolio management (product lines), effective communication strategies of brands and retail business models “.

“My experience of Milan trip is to learn about how to manage a project independently in real life, Team working, human resources and capabilities management. Moreover, it is a good chance to enhance our emotion relationships with our classmates through the project.”

“Thank you Middlesex team for also giving us this opportunity to learn out of the traditional classroom setting”

“The faculty were top experts in fashion and we benefitted from their knowledge”

“Fashion is a rapidly changing industry and analysing this industry provided us with many lessons in these fast changing times”

“There is no better place to study the fashion industry than Milan”

“As a MBA student who is specialising in marketing I could not asked for a better programme”

“I love the applied learning concept - learning via observing feeling and experiencing”

“The ALE was a fantastic experience. Great learning’s from this field trip”

Paris: MBA Field Trip the Luxury Beauty Industry

The Middlesex University Dubai MBA students visited Paris for a week to study the luxury beauty and fashion industry as part of their MBA program. The MBA accompanying tutor for the Paris trip was full of praise for the MDX MBA students’ performance in delivering the two projects. Stating; “we were astounded by the Louis Vuitton flagship store, Lafayette, Merci and so many smaller stores and we explored the intricacies of the beauty industry. MBA students interviewed, charmed and tested the perfumes (and the staff), got a make-over, and admired the designer items in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind all the success stories. Their level of participation and devotion to know, to understand, and to apply, deserves all the credit! In between they had time to enjoy the French cuisine, the history and the old world that is so uniquely Paris”.

The MBA students had a lot to say about their Paris experience and here is some of their feedback :

"I would rate the learning experience of ALE4 Paris filed trip as the best value-added experience of my life".

"The field research was one of the best aspects of the ALE4 program. Interacting with business and visiting the stores was really helpful and an eye-opener"

"Being in Paris and studying the industry isolated from the routine back home allowed us to focus and work intensively for a week."

"The branding strategy session for me was amazing and the speakers and facilitators were knowledgeable and made the session interesting and an enjoyable learning experience".

"It gave the theory we learn a practical perspective. Being part of the field trip helped to see the principles of management and strategy in play"

"An international field trip is the key component of a top MBA program. Thank you MDX staff and guest faculty for putting together an awesome learning experience"

"Global exposure and working in another industry in another market is always a challenge. I loved it"

"The Professors from one of Europe’s top university in fashion were very good and knowledgeable about the beauty and fashion industry"

"In the case presentation of Lancôme I was able to rehearse and put into practice my skills in a new industry a market and outside my comfort zone".

"The Cartier case on the communications aspect of a brand was just superb".

Shanghai: MBA Field Trip the Luxury Brands Industry

The Shanghai experience was led by expertise from Fudan University Beijing, and involved practically a whole MBA module’s worth of material compressed into one week. Delegates learned not only about the status of the luxury brands industry in China but also the heritage and culture of Chinese business and China itself. With a unique blend of classroom learning, guest speakers from luxury fashion retail, discussions and industry visits, teams of MBA students devised their own plans to launch a luxury brand business in China.  The Dubai group leader stated “the Shanghai trip was a venture into another world of business altogether. Students leaned not only from academics and consultants but also leading managers in the global luxury brand world. On the industry visits to Blanc Pain and Hermes, the MBA group was shown a window into a world that “us mere mortals” rarely have access to”

The Middlesex MBA students were very positive about the Shanghai trip. This is what they said.

"The Shanghai trip was phenomenal. The instruction was fantastic and brought deep insight into the topic of the luxury market in China. The faculty were passionate about the topic. The theory was vividly displayed when we visited the luxury stores and traveled through amazing Shanghai. A once in a lifetime experience!"

"The trip to Shanghai was great. We learned a lot about Chinese market, consumer behavior and the high potential for luxury industry there."

"This was an invaluable experience! The trip to Shanghai exposed me to China's evolving market. The knowledge of the training staff was exceptional. All the learning outcomes came together in a real life scenario. This truly puts Middlesex's MBA program a step above in my eyes."

"The ALE trip to Shanghai was an enlightening experience. The theory and practical experience gained from the trip of 5 full days was almost at par with a module that is given over 16 lectures. The course was covered in minute detail explaining not only about the rising economy of China but also the consumer segmentation of luxury consumers in China, as well as the uniqueness of luxury goods and brands. "

"The Shanghai trip really adds exponentially to the MBA experience at Middlesex Dubai and it has also helped me realise what and exciting market China is to bring business into."

"The field trip was very interesting and informative. I am seriously thinking about working the luxury goods industry as a career. Thank you Middlesex."

The Shanghai field trip can be described as a magical blend of the ancient and modern, and students unanimously voted the trip as unforgettable, extremely memorable and an experience not to be missed. The MBA team sums up the Shanghai trip and indeed all three international field trips as "an MBA in a week" and the very pinnacle and essence of what the Middlesex Dubai MBA is all about.

Team Development and Leadership Skills at the Middlesex MBA

The Team Development and Leadership two day workshop for the Middlesex MBA students has been traditionally conducted by Kathleen Harrison and Alan Birkett of Katalan UK. This very engaging weekend consists of tasks designed to bring out key learning points that parallel the workplace context and provides a real testing ground for participants to develop new skills and practice them in a safe environment. The team development and leadership experience provides an ideal opportunity for our MBA students to understand their leadership style, importance of teamwork as well as giving and receiving, feedback. The event helps establish and develop interpersonal and group relationships as well as to and facilitate the breakdown of different backgrounds and cultural and barriers.

Team Development and Leadership

This two day total immersion is facilitated by external consultants from the UK and covers leadership and team development. It is staged deliberately early on in the MBA programme so that students can discover the strengths and areas for improvement for both the team and individual.

International Field Trip

This one week trip, lovingly known as the “MBA in a week” gives students the opportunity to work on and experience strategic business issues on a very practical level. To date students have worked with clients within the Italian and French fashion industry, and the luxury good market in China. Field trips in recent cohorts have been to Paris, Milan and Shanghai.

Applied Marketing Project

This event involves the creation of a product or service concept that will meet the expectations of the target market. The workshop covers the application of the theoretical concepts of contemporary marketing to making complex decisions relating to a marketing project, communicating complex marketing ideas, strategies, concepts, and research through impactful presentations using a range of appropriate technology.

Entrepreneurship - Start Your Own Business!

This highly interactive experience covers developing an innovative business set-up, creating a sustainable business model, the elevator pitch in front of our “Shark Tank” and the next steps (options to make your new ventures take flight).

The aims of the 4 (FOUR) Executive Development Skills (ESD) workshops are to provide students with as broad a range of executive managerial skills. Each ESD will be run on a format of a corporate training programme.

The Executive Skills Development sessions in recent cohorts have included

Data Analytics

This workshop aims;

  • To achieve a profound understanding of Data Analytics in multiple business domains
  • To learn important tools in Analytics that can help students solve real world business problems (SPSS, R, Tableau and others)
  • To understand various methods of Analytics and their applications from business perspective (association, classification and prediction)
  • To expose the participants to real-world case studies in Data Science

Coaching for Performance

This session covers;

  • Learning to bring a coaching mindset to the work-place to create empowerment
  • To explore the concept of coaching
  • To highlight the differences between mentoring and coaching
  • To give students the opportunity to experience the difference that coaching brings

Project Management

This programme includes;

  • Projects and project management strategy,
  • Skills required by project manager and project risk assessment
  • Planning projects: procurement and organisation; time, cost and quality
  • Planning projects: methodologies, communications, HRM issues; project execution and control
  • Project closure and evaluation; project success and failure

Cross Cultural Awareness for Managers

This experience explores;

  • What is culture?
  • Cultural perspective on: leadership, negotiation, decision making and communications
  • Managing cross cultural teams

The criteria for admission to the programme are as follows:

  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of two years continuous workplace experience gained in a managerial or professional job following graduation.
  • Holders of graduate-level professional qualifications may also be admitted and are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants without an honours degree need to demonstrate relevant work experience.

We welcome applicants from small and medium-sized businesses (including family businesses) as much as we do applicants from large corporations. Workplace experience should generally be within a managerial or professional role with responsibility for people, finances and other resources. We assess each application individually.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 4

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on

What are the career options with a MBA?

Our MBA will benefit your career prospects by giving you the ability to think and lead strategically, apply knowledge in real time in the real world, gain understanding of other sectors and comprehend the skills involved in a senior management role. If you are already in employment, the work based projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your organisation’s work objectives.

As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.

Sudent and Alumni Profiles

Ahmed Y. Gad

Ahmed Y. Gad

Operations Manager, Baker Hughes

“My MBA in Middlesex was very helpful for my career. It not only helped me fill the competency and knowledge gaps I had for running my business as a country lead for one of the top three oil and gas firms in the world, but most importantly taught me the strategic thinking approach and how to run a successful organization across all departments. It was an extremely interesting experience which rendered in my promotion to a regional role in just a few months after my graduation. Thank you MDX for the extraordinary journey!”

 Deborah HenniganDeborah Hennigan

Senior Manager of Professional Learning and Development, GEMS  Education/TELLAL Institute

“For anyone thinking of making that decision to register for an MBA programme, wait no longer, it will be one of the most rewarding and best decisions you will ever make, applying for the MBA programme at Middlesex University Dubai will be the next best decision!  This programme has provided me with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to operate in a more strategic and focused manner.  As a result of the MBA, I now have the understanding and language to discuss matters at a deeper level with colleagues across all corporate departments and engage with projects I would previously have shied away from. I have gained the confidence to share opinions, solutions and strategies to meet end goals and achieve results. I have enhanced my skills of analysis, critical thinking and problem solving, enriching my leadership abilities and operational functions. I have developed a ‘can do’ attitude, having been inspired by studying the lives and work of top global business people and their journeys to success!

Emily Clark

Emily Clark

Finance Manager, ALS Oil and Gas

“I wanted to grow professionally and personally; and to do it in a setting where I could interact face to face with the faculty and my fellow MBA peers.  Middlesex University Dubai offered exactly what I was looking for, and I enjoyed every minute – even through some of the more demanding times of meeting those deadlines!  I realized more near the end of the course, how beneficial it had actually been for me.  I gained a greater understanding of relevant topics, more confidence in myself and my abilities and a new network of incredibly supportive and knowledgeable people who I am proud to have shared my MBA experience with!

Jide Oshinaike

Jide Oshinaike

Managing a micro-credit institution in Nigeria

“The choice of MBA in Dubai did not come easy, but it could not have been 'more right'. At the core of the MDX MBA is the understanding of managing diversity, which could present itself as cultural, religion or even personality. My entire MBA program exposed me to this reality and how this affects team performance. To think that we live our lives daily with this and the performance of any team requires the deft management of the various forms diversity. It could be at home with children, office with teams, amongst others. This understanding is a great tool in managing my team!”

Prateek Bhatia

Prateek Bhatia

Account Manager (Media Sales) Motivate Val Morgan

“I would definitely recommend the MBA program at Middlesex University Dubai because it’s a good value for anyone who wants to succeed in business and marketing. My MBA literally has started paying for itself, as I was able to land the higher pay scale I wanted. The MDX professors push you to learn the concepts for life, not for a test. It was a hard road because the expectations are high, but the rewards at the end are higher. My MBA has enabled me to progress in my career and be the type of employee who pushes an organization to greater heights!”

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