MBA PROGRAMME "International Business with Focus on Asia, Western Europe or Central and Eastern Europe"
Module 1 Language Competence
Course 1 Language Competence German/Mandarin/Russian
Module 2 Managing International Business
Course 1 International Management
Course 2 International Economics
Module 3 Strategic Competences
Course 1 Strategic Management
Course 2 Operations Strategy
Module 4 Intercultural Management
Course 1 Organisational Behaviour
Course 2 Cross Cultural Management
Course 3 Human Resources Management
Module 5 Doing Business Western Europe / Asia / Central- and Eastern Europe
Course 1 Culture, History, Economy
Course 2 Negotiation Skills / Business Strategies
Course 3 Case Studies (Visiting Companies)
Module 6 Managing International Markets
Course 1 International Marketing
Course 2 Market Research
Module 7 International Trade Competences
Course 1 International Law
Course 2 International Logistics
Module 8 International Finance and Accounting
Course 1 International Accounting
Course 2 International Finance
Module 9 Knowledge Transfer and Application
Course 1 Business Game
Course 2 International Project Management
Course 3 Preparing Scientific Papers
Module 10 Master's Thesis
At the end of the study programme the Master's thesis is a scientific paper which aims to promote the student's ability to work in an independent scientific manner. Students must be able to make use of the knowledge acquired within the MBA study programme. The thesis must underline the independence of the student's work, and the intellectual profoundness and the workload required to complete it.
The thesis must deal with a relevant scientific task referring to the subject of business administration. Students choose a subject which is within the context of the modules taught in the curriculum. It has to be presented to an instructor of the MBA programme or to a professor of the faculty. The student must choose a first or second tutor from a company or another organisation for his/her thesis. This must be approved by the board of examiners.
During the kick-off event students are given an initial short briefing concerning the main data about how to write the thesis. Students are free to choose the semester in which they wish to write the thesis. The recommended period is the third semester. During the third semester students will have two meetings within a colloquium to present the status of the thesis and to discuss the results. At the end of the third semester each student presents his/her thesis to the other students in a final meeting.
Final MBA Graduation
Study abroad unit(s)
To accentuate one of the main targets - the education of experts for the Asian, Western and Eastern European region - all MBA students spend a four-week block of instruction time abroad at the beginning of the second semester.
Depending on their chosen focus, participants visit the MBA partner university either in Taiwan or in Russia. Students can use this intensive study period to learn about and to live in direct contact with the foreign culture and to gain precious international experience. In daily lessons, Module 4 "Doing Business in Asia or Central and Eastern Europe" is completed here.
Forms of assessment
Final exam, mid-term exam, classwork, report
Our prime target is to shape managers, not just MBAs (in reference to Mintzberg). The objectives are in detail:
- Training of management generalists with Asian, Western European or Central and Eastern European focus
- Development of leadership competences, networking abilities and international project management know-how
- Delivery of a practice-oriented education via project work and case studies and balancing of academic knowledge and practical competences
- Acquisition of intercultural competences via group work in multicultural teams
- Familiarisation with the different languages of the powerhouses of this world via intensive language training in Mandarin, Russian or German
- Training of soft and hard skills
- Advancement of enthusiasm for lifelong learning as an important cornerstone for professional and personal success. A Chinese proverb tells us: "When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people."
- Delivery of an internationally accepted qualification which is becoming increasingly important in a global world
- Integration of students into a strong alumni network