MBA General Management – Program Highlights

International Weeks

As one of Europe’s most international and culturally diverse cities, Munich is a study location combining global business hustle with a truly intercultural atmosphere. As an MBA student at Munich Business School, you will benefit from the variety of opportunities offered by this city. In addition to that, two more global hotspots are visited during the International Weeks of the program: Milan and Singapore.

SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, is one of the top ten business schools in Europe and accredited by EQUIS as a monitor of excellence among European business schools.

Sample topics covered in the international week at SDA Bocconi are:

  • Global Strategies
  • Competition among Countries
  • Inside Cultural Heritage: A Driver for Economic and Social Growth
  • Italy inside the European Community

All SDA Bocconi lectures are supplemented with case studies and company visits. Companies visited in the past include Inter Milan, Lamborghini, Kartel, and a cheese-producing farm in the Parma region.

Alongside the international study module in Milan, a "Dine & Discuss Europe" is held at a selected restaurant. In the past, speakers were, for example, private equity investors, representatives of Porsche Consulting, UniCredit Bank, and DB Italy.

Sample topics covered in former sessions of the International Week at Singapore Management University (SMU) are:

  • An Overview of Asian Pacific Economics
  • The New Global Economy
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, and Venture Capital

The International Week in Singapore is supported by company visits and meetings with representatives of local and international industries.

Alongside the Asia study module in Singapore, "Dine & Discuss Asia" is held at a selected restaurant. For past events, speakers were, for example, the Director of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce, representatives of Allianz Insurance and Audi as well as and local entrepreneurs and investors.

Elective Courses

Besides the imparting of general management knowledge and skills, the MBA General Management part-time also covers a number of electives providing a deeper understanding of a particular field. During your studies, you combine a total of two electives, selecting one specialized course per term. Choices are: "Business in Germany" or "Global Supply Chain Management" in Semester 2 (March-July) and "Management in Emerging Markets" or "Business Law" in Semester 3 (September-January).

You will acquire general knowledge in disciplines such as national geography, culture, economy, and traditions. Ultimately, you will become an expert on business in Germany, which happens to be one of the world’s most prominent industrialized nations. This knowledge is also put into broad context with Western Europe. The fact that you have a comprehensive understanding of the backgrounds will open many doors for you in this attractive economic region.

This course serves as an introduction to the organizational processes and methods used to create and deliver goods and services. It is divided into three major areas:

  • A general overview of the ever-changing global business environment
  • A closer examination of Supply Chain Management
  • A closer examination of the particular field of Logistics Management

Case studies will serve to better understand the theoretical concepts discussed during the lectures. Cases will be worked on interactively in small groups and possible solutions to the problems pointed out in the cases will be presented.

In the first ten lessons, the academic foundations are introduced:

  • Frameworks of international management
  • Networks of inetrdependency between headquarters and subsidiaries
  • Leading and lagging markets, and their knowledge and technology transfer 

All topics are scrutinized and illustrated via examples.

Subsequently, ten lessons each are dedicated to expert lectures on Latin America, China, and India. Herein, experts depict the rules and specific requirements of doing business in the respective regions. They present cases and engage in deep discussions with the students.

In essence, this course deals with the special challenges for internationally operating firms, which stem from differences in understandings of people embedded in different cultures, gaps in knowledge and technology between leading and lagging markets, and collaboration within and across organizations and their geographical, cultural, and individual filters.

The course covers different legal aspects of business transactions and gives an overview of commercial, intellectual property, corporate, labor and tax issues. On successful completion, students will 

  • understand the most significant activities in business law with emphasis on specific knowledge essential for managers in workplaces
  • understand the structure of the existing law in Germany, the legal processes by which laws are made and applies to active controversies
  • have surveyed and evaluated current business law topics as they occur in the business world

Part-time Format

The part-time format of the MBA General Management allows you to study without putting your professional career on hold or waiving a regular income. Furthermore, it gives you the chance to immediately apply your newly acquired knowledge and share and discuss your daily professional experiences with your fellow classmates.

Each of the three first terms begins with a so-called Intensive Week (Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm), kick-starting the MBA General Management program with a whole week of seminars, trainings as well as teambuilding and networking events. All further courses are held bi-weekly on Friday afternoons (4pm-8pm) and Saturdays (9am-6pm).

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28.11.2018