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Semester 1

Module 1: Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Understand communication theories and apply this knowledge to your own communicative behavior and that of others
  • Acquire skills in presentation as well as in moderation and get training in tools for mindful communication
  • Develop your leadership and self-management skills and apply them to your own professional situation
Module 2: Business Development Management
  • Deepen your understanding of the scope and fundamental concepts of business development particularly in view of sustainability as a transformative force
  • Learn about the role of Business Development in different organizational structures and how it interfaces with other functions; this includes alternative settings depending on company size
  • Learn to apply a structured Business Development process and sharpen your skills for business modelling and planning in a dynamically changing and unpredictable global competitive environment
  • Apply your knowledge to establish and manage performance measurement and control
Module 3: Intra-/Entrepreneurship Competence
  • Identify the differences between intra- and entrepreneurship in an academic and application-oriented context
  • Recognize the relevance of intra-/entrepreneurial competencies when dealing with uncertainty
  • Reflect on and assess the potential as well as the impact of entrepreneurial undertakings
  • Apply systemic approaches to innovations and identifying opportunities
  • Select and apply methods of entrepreneurial self-management/-development and value-based leadership approaches
Module 4: Systemic Thinking & Management of Complex Systems
  • Learn the different schools of thought of systems thinking
  • Understand systems dynamics and acquire tools for systems thinking
  • Use the systems practice process to identify opportunities for impact
  • Build up skills to design regenerative systems (circular economy) and learn to effectively manage complex systems (cybernetics and viable systems theory)
Module 5: Corporate Sustainability Management
  • Understand the historical and theoretical foundations of sustainability and its importance as a management task
  • Learn to apply and critically evaluate key concepts, models and control mechanisms of sustainability.
  • Reflect on the impact of corporate actions and behavior on sustainability and understand it as an opportunity for the strategic positioning of the company in the market

Semester 2

Module 6: Value-based Leadership: Business Ethics & Corporate Culture
  • Learn and apply the essential theoretical foundations of business and corporate ethics as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Understand and assess the fundamental relationship between law, economics and ethics in a national and international context
  • Learn about value-based leadership concepts: trait theories, behavioral/situative/interactionist approaches

Module 7: Sustainable Sales & Marketing
  • Understand and apply approaches of sustainable marketing and sales management
  • Articulate the importance and advantages of CSR marketing together with the related risks and understand how to implement it
  • Learn and assess the complexity of CSR and its impact on future consumer behavior
  • Describe what social marketing is and how companies now use it as an essential part of their strategic CSR
Module 8: Business Unit Development incl. Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Apply state of the art business development know-how, methods and concepts on a corporate and SBU level
  • Understand and manage the interdependencies and complex relationships between corporate and SBU business development
  • Learn to design and implement business development strategies for existing and new SBUs in an international and intercultural context
  • Recognize the growing importance of M&A in international business development and learn the management and application of the major M&A instruments
Module 9: Innovation Management
  • Understand innovation management from a general strategic and operational management perspective focusing on markets, industries and their inherent dynamics
  • Learn how to turn ideas into new products and sustainable business models based on insights into innovation economics and network effects
  • Reflect on sustainable innovation strategies including timing of disruptive vs. incremental innovation efforts and catalyze specific innovation projects within the organization
  • Develop a tool set for product development
Module 10: Digital Business and Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Understand the fundamentals of digital business in terms of digital business model innovations, data-driven business models, and smart products and services
  • Evaluate selected emerging digital technologies, their potential business implications and the challenges of organizational adoption
  • Reflect on the need for and areas of action in the digital transformation of businesses and public organizations
  • Learn about emerging digital technologies as enablers of business model innovation

Semester 3

Module 11: Transformative Leadership
  • Understand the concept of transformational leadership as a participative process of creative collaboration and transformation in a team
  • Reflect on your leadership role in a dynamic and agile business environment and link the different bodies of knowledge for managing teams, particularly in the context of change
  • Learn negotiation skills, constructive/de-escalating conflict and change management
  • Identify personal development potential by reflecting on your own professional/leadership role(s)
Module 12: Strategic Business Development – Interactive Simulation
  • Apply your theoretical knowledge and team-based experience directly to a simulated competitive, realistic business game
  • You will be exposed to a wide range of business decisions in as real a context as possible
  • Your team will be responsible for decision making within conflicting objectives
  • During the simulation game your skills in conflict management and team orientation will be challenged
Module 13: Finance and Sustainable Business
  • Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals of funding, new technology in raising capital, sustainability, climate and definition protection of the environment, capital investment behavior, consumption and demand
  • Understand the concepts of private equity, rating and financial clearing-up reconstruction measures and develop solutions for restructuring and financial investment
  • Become familiar with controlling methodologies in order to steer investments within new projects
  • Build up knowledge about digital finance, kryptolicense business and blockchain strategies
Module 14: Compulsory Module - Operational Excellence – Operations and Supply Chain
  • Understand Operational Excellence principles and their importance for business success in terms of product and process development as well as end-to-end supply chain design
  • Internalize the meaning of Operational Excellence for a sustainable production, e.g. how to realize and adapt it to different production characteristics
  • Get to know professional tools like 5S, SMED, Six Sigma, Value Stream mapping (VSM) or Cause-and-Effect-Diagram
  • Get a holistic view on the necessity of Operational Excellence for a sustainable transformation
Module 15: Compulsory Module - Operational Excellence – Services
  • Learn about the service dominant logic in business models of companies/corporations
  • Understand the theoretical and strategic characteristics of service businesses incl. service production and marketing
  • Reflect on the specific role customers play in the development and production of services (hurdles and/or opportunities)
  • Get to know the multitude of factors associated with service management and the required strategies for transformation in all operational functions
  • Recognize the impact of CSR requirements, new innovative technologies like digitalization, new work, diversification and talent development on the development of service businesses
Module 16: Agile Projects and Business Transformation Methods
  • Discover the challenges and the underlying problems of Digital Business Transformation Management and Agile Project Management
  • Learn and critically reflect on possible consequences of science-based decisions
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the latest tools, techniques and methods within agile project management and their application
  • Learn Design Thinking methods and Transformation through Enterprise Architecture Management

Semester 4

Module 17: Master-Thesis with Colloquium
  • Apply scientific methods
  • Demonstrate your ability to solve problems
  • Conduct a study in an unfamiliar field in the specified timeframe
  • Deepen your knowledge in a specific subject area or in an interdisciplinary practical case

Additional Module

Reflections on one’s career to date / Crediting postgraduate work experience
  • Perform a self-critical analysis
  • Practice conflict management, moderation techniques, verbal and non-verbal communication and conversation techniques
  • Execute learning techniques, time management and presentation techniques
  • Introduce innovation, plan and implementing change processes by apply networked thinking

Applicants with an academic degree of less than 210 credits will be required to complete this module.

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