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    Projects

    Track:All tracks
    Follow-up / Interfaces:All classes
    Pre-requisites:Pre-reading and preparation tasks
    Didactics:

    "live case"; project work, individual project tasks, plenum discussions
    Exam:Term Paper
    ECTS points:6
    Lecturer:» Prof. Dr. Christoph Desjardins (Projects: General Management Track)
    » Prof. Dr. Martin Göbl (Projects: Track International Logistics Management)
    » Prof. Dr. Uwe Stratmann (Projects: Track International Sales Management)
    » Prof. Dr. Katrin Winkler (Projects: Track Organizational Transformation)

    Aims and objectives: 

    Projects aims at integrating all the knowledge the MBA students have assembled during the program. This includes subject related knowledge as well as consulting competencies. Students should understand the company as part of a complex environment. A strategy consulting project will be conducted. They have to plan, organise and execute this project in autonomous project teams which are coached by the lecturer. All relevant business fields will be integrated into the project (e.g. marketing, accounting, HR). There is a focus on practical project management and specific change processes. 

    General learning objectives:

    The MBA programme should provide all participants with a substantial knowledge of all relevant business areas and a holistic understanding of the value chain of a commercial company and how the different functions work together. They should have the insight how to organize and steer an organization.
    Graduates are capable of analysing international business organizations, processes, projects, tasks and any business related structure and event based on their acquired knowledge in the areas of strategy, marketing, accounting, finance, supply chain management, business law, human resources management, IT support, and project management.
    They can develop and define theory driven, but applied problem solutions for the different areas of international business management.
    Graduates are convinced that having a profound and holistic understanding of different functional areas and tasks of business management helps to achieve any kind of business objectives.

    Detailed learning outcomes:

    • Rehearse some of the major learnings from the MBA program, with a focus on the knowledge area of the specific Special Track
    • Use the knowledge in the areas Project Management, Human Resources Management, Logistics and Strategy & Change Management for real live case studies in a company environment
    • Know the guidelines of a company audit
    • Learn how to conduct a company audit targeting the processes and competencies in Project Management, Human Resources Management, Logistics Management and Strategy & Change Management
    • Apply the competencies in the areas of Business Communication and the personal competencies that have been developed during the MBA program to set up and conduct a professional consulting presentation for the management of a company

    Course textbook: 

    Selection of project related literature. 

    Content of Projects: 

    1. Application of MBA knowledge to a real consulting project

    2. Preparation and implementation of a specific project within a company 

    3. Project management (cont. from Business Transformation) 

    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Daft, R.L. (2004). Organization theory and design. Mason: Thompson South Western. 

    Eaton, M.: The Lean practitioner´s handbook. London, Kogan Page 2013.

    Grant, R. M. (2002). Contemporary Strategy Analysis (4th Ed.). Blackwell. 

    Hammer, M. & Champy, J. (2001). Reengineering the corporation. New York: Harper Business. 

    Harvard Business School Press (2003). Managing change and transition. Harvard Business School Press Essential Series. 

    Leon, A, (2005). Software configuration management handbook (2nd edition). Artech House. 

    Meredith, J.R. & Mantel, J.M. (2003). Project Management – a managerial approach. Wiley. 

    Project Management Institute (2004). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (3rd edition). PMI. 

    Sadler, P. (2002). Management Consultancy (2nd Ed.). Kogan Page. 

    Schein, E. (2004). Organizational culture and leadership (3rd Ed.). Jossey Bass. 

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