ⓘ Covid-19: All modules are organized face-to-face, by default. Hybrid formats are offered for those students who cannot be on site due to official 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, 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.
The maturity of a society´s culture is assessed by how societal and social problem areas are perceived and solved. This trailblazing program 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.
Based on existing experience, current demand and educational objectives individually tailored targets are defined. The topics covered 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. This master's program is structured in six week-long modules.
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.
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.
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: