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Professional Master Social Innovation & Management | Part-Time Program in Vienna

Professional Master Social Innovation & Management

ⓘ Covid-19: Currently, we are offering modules in a hybrid format, i.e. in-class teaching with simultaneous online participation for those students who are facing travel restrictions.

 

The Professional Master Social Innovation & Management (PM SIM) is designed to accelerate the understanding of the current core dimensions of social innovation and management. It empowers leaders in civil society, philanthropy, and the social enterprise sector as well as the nonprofit sector to elaborate and reinforce innovation and management knowledge. The program equips a international group of participants with current state-of-the-art knowledge, methods, tools, techniques and skills to further develop their innovation and management skills on all levels.

Thinking beyond boundaries

Thinking beyond boundaries, imagining the future, transferring thinking in acting, supporting and developing the highest ethical professional standards, and advancing public interest for societal problem areas are the bearing principles of cooperative learning fostered within this program.

Additionally, conversations with experienced scientists, experts, peers and coaches enable a constructive and target-oriented development of outcome-oriented and transferable knowledge. Moreover, organizationally relevant as well as civil society-related perspectives play a decisive role.

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Portrait Renate Buber

Renate Buber

  • Academic Director

The maturity of a society´s culture is assessed by how societal and social problem areas are perceived and solved. This state-of-the-art-programme offers a manifold, qualitatively high-class education for people who take responsibility for it and want to get things moving by future-oriented management and social innovations.

State-of-the-art content

Based on existing experience, current demand and educational objectives individually tailored targets are defined. The PM SIM consists of six week-long modules. The topics covered and discussed range from innovation and strategy, social entrepreneurship, marketing psychology and market research, social work and impact in a digital environment (blockchain and impact, digital citizenship, impact reporting), crowdfunding, social finance and impact investing, social politics, and conflicting institutional logics to grant proposal writing within the European framework.

Electives and field trips

In addition, two electives provide the opportunity and flexibility to set individual priorities within personal interests. In order to challenge the participants´ knowledge and to enable expert discussions with successful practitioners, the program is comprised of several field trips to leading organizations.

Master’s thesis

The development of the participants´ study projects is accompanied by innovation and management experts. The master's thesis is build on it and reflects the practical acts by a scientific, methodological point of view.

    • Real-Life Content

      • Expert discussions with successful practitioners
      • Field trips to leading organizations in the field
      • Direct application of newly acquired knowledge to the job
    • Blended Learning

      • Intensive 12-months study program, part-time
      • 6 blocked modules each approx. 1 week in duration
      • Physical lectures at Campus WU and online classes
    • Target Group

      • People holding positions in project- and programm management in nonprofit organizations
      • Entrepreneurs and employees from social start-ups
      • People who strive for a new career in the field of social services
      • Corporate social responsibility managers in for-profit organizations
      • Innovation managers
    • International Faculty

      • Faculty members from international top universities
      • Acclaimed experts and researchers
      • Guest speakers from successful, renowned organizations

WU Executive Academy - Accreditations & Rankings

The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) is one of Europe´s leading universities and can look back on 100 years of excellence in executive education. We are proud to have received the prestigious triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, which is reflected in the outstanding quality of our executive education. This has also been recognized in international rankings: 

  • Top 20: QS World University Ranking
  • Top 35: Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking
  • Top 50: Financial Times European Business School Ranking

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