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Curriculum

Take a world-class MBA while pursuing your career.

The Business Core modules cover vital economic and business administration expertise alongside up-to-date management and leadership tools and techniques. The Specialization modules allow participants to gain profound knowledge, expertise and competencies in a chosen function or industry.

Below, please find an overview of all modules taught during the MBA. Click on the module names for detailed content information. 

In addition to the Business Core you are enrolled in the following specialization modules:

    • Training Project Overview

      During the first three teaching blocks of the specialization, students work together on a training project. Assuming the roles of project management consultants, participants form small groups to work on planning a project. The training projects are drawn from the students´ own professional practice. This “learning-on-the-project” approach provides participants with a testing ground for the theories, concepts and methods discussed in the course of the MBA program.

    • Project Management Methods and Trends

      Understanding and applying the core methods and trends is vital for successful project and program management. You will learn:

      • A holistic approach to projects and programs based on a comprehensive theoretical grounding in systems theory and constructivism.
      • How to differentiate, process, project, program, and investment and how to relate them to each other.
      • To understand the implications of new developments such as agile or sustainability for managing projects and programs.
      • How to apply planning methods such as project objective plan, work-break down structure, scheduling methods, cost planning etc.
      • To apply a holistic approach to developing a business case underlying a project or program.
      • How to contextualize the application of methods to a particular project.
    • Project Organization and Risk Management

      Designing of project and program organizations is a core element of ensuring competitive advantage and success. Understanding how to manage risk and uncertainty in projects. You will learn:

        • How to tailor-design an organization for a project or program.
        • How to apply traditional forms of organizations and modern design elements.
        • A holistic understanding of different responsibilities and roles in projects and programs.
        • The relationship between project organization and stakeholder management.
        • How to deal with uncertainty in projects.
        • How to apply project risk management including risk identification and risk analysis methods, scenario techniques, and alternative project plans.
        • Stakeholder Engagement

          Stakeholders of projects and programs are a valuable resource for ensuring sustainable outcomes and their acceptance. You will learn:

          • Methods for identifying and engaging stakeholders for value co-creation.
          • The difference between managing of and for stakeholder approaches and combining these strategic approaches.
          • The benefits and limitations of project stakeholder management and project marketing.
        • Project Leadership

          Leadership in projects and programs is more challenging than leadership in stable environments. You will learn:

          • The specifics of applying leadership theory in projects.
          • Understanding the specific challenges, such as leading without formal authority.
          • How to achieve successful project leadership.
        • Project Controlling

          Project controlling is an essential task of a project manager to ensure project success. Controlling and cooperation on the project can be supported by tooling, social media and digitalization. You will learn:

          • Earned Value project management as project controlling method.
          • Estimation, extrapolation forecasting and trend analysis methods, relevant to project controlling.
          • The need for considering social aspects of project controlling.
          • Application of modern media in project management processes and stakeholder engagement.
        • Project Management Process and International Approaches

          Designing the Project Management Process is a core project leadership task. Having an understanding and overview on selected project management standards is part of the profession. You will learn:

          • The essentials of a professional project start and simulate the behaviors of project managers, project team members, and project owners in such situations.
          • General and specific approaches to designing project management processes, taking into account values like transparency, participation, and traceability.
          • The differences and commonalities of international project management standards such as the International Competence Baseline (ICB) of the IPMA, Project Management Body of Knowledge of the PMI, and Projects in Controlled Environments (Prince2) of the AXELOS.
        • Managing Project-Oriented Organizations

          Project-oriented organizations need specific strategies, structures, cultures, processes, and methods expressed in distinct capabilities. You will learn:

          • Latest knowledge about the specific features of project-oriented organizations and their management challenges.
          • How to structure and manage a project portfolio.
          • The different types of Project Management Offices.
          • Human Resource Management in project-oriented companies: challenges and potentials.
          • How to implement and professionalize project management in an organization.
          • To apply specific systemic consulting methods.
        • Change Management, Projects, and Programs

          Change is organized by projects and programs. The understanding of change management, project and program management is essential for any project management professional. You will learn:

          • The relation between change management and projects.
          • How to define and identify different types of change and the consequences for managing them.
          • How to define change processes and ways of structuring them.
          • How to design change architecture including the role of change agents.
          • Methods for professional change communication.
          • How to apply your change management knowledge on change projects.
        • Writing a scientific paper

          At the end of the MBA program, students have to write a master thesis in order to receive the academic degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA). The intention of the master thesis is to guarantee that the graduate of the MBA program is able to write scientific papers on his or her own.

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