TUM goes Heilbronn: Huge endowment for TUM campus in Heilbronn

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the non-profit foundation Dieter-Schwartz-Stiftung signed the extensive contract for one of the most important endowments in the history of German universities. The thematic horizon of study programs and research activities will be formed by digitization, family-owned companies and business creation.

There are many reasons why this cooperation is unique: the foundation funds 20 new professorships for business studies with equipment and infrastructure on a long-term basis of 30 years. 13 professorships will be located at the new TUM Campus Heilbronn and 7 professorships will strengthen the TUM School of Management in Munich. The importance of the high-tech region Heilbronn regarding management education can be significantly enhanced by renowned study programs of the Triple Crown accredited TUM School of Management. Moreover, the TUM is the first university to establish a further campus in another federal state.

The major research of the TUM Campus Heilbronn focuses on the most important issues for the future of economic activities and work in Germany: How can companies shape the profound and fast change as a result of digitalization? What challenges are family-owned companies facing as backbone of the German economy? Under which circumstances can start-ups grow fast and have sustainable success?

With its unique profile, TUM School of Management is predestined for researching the answers to these questions: With a strong focus on the interaction of management and technology, particular importance is attached to entrepreneurial education and technology-based business creations. As the region Heilbronn is strongly shaped by family-owned companies, the new location offers the possibility to intensify this field of activity by forming research partnerships with medium-sized high-tech companies. Thereby, it will be possible to continue successful projects: the share index DAXplus Family which was introduced in 2010 was primarily developed at TUM School of Management for example.

Courses of study connect management with technology
The research findings by the new professorships will directly feed into teaching. Bachelor and master courses, doctoral programs, and MBA programs will educate the future leaders in management, who are optimally prepared for working in technology-driven enterprises. This interdisciplinary approach starts with the bachelor course were all students are educated in business administrations and in engineering or natural sciences.

From winter semester 2018/19 two English master courses will start at the TUM Campus Heilbronn: the master program Management & Innovation for young professionals teaches the newest findings from innovation management and technology. The master program Management is specifically conceived for particularly qualified bachelor graduates from engineering and natural sciences.

No obligations for research contents
The endowment of the 20 professorships is not conditional on the fulfilment of certain obligations. The president of the Technical University of Munich stresses: “Neither the orientation nor the appointments and teaching content will be influenced by the foundation in the least. Also the research contents are the individual and free decision of the professorships (Art. 5, Abs. 3 GG), and the endowment agreement follows the binding TUM Fundraising Code of Conduct.


More information on the new TUM Campus Heilbronn can be found here (German). 

Lessons Learnt from 2018 EFMD Deans Conference

What kind of education do we need to stay ahead of automation and technological disruption? How should we use digital tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience, and instil in students and future leaders the aptitude and skills that will help them thrive in this disruptive environment?

Those were just some of the questions discussed during the annual EFMD Deans meeting which took place on 25 and 26 January 2018 at the Technical University of Munich School of Management. A record number of 400 deans from 58 countries gathered for two days full of discussions and insights on how to lead in the digital world.

Prof. Claudia Peus, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity at TUM was the conference Chair, and stressed that business schools should not only be at the vanguard of digital transformation, but ought to discuss about its implications for the society at large.

Read more about the Lessons Learnt here.

Executive MBA: Building Individual Leadership Skills & Personal Development

Starting the new year with a focus on personal development, our Executive MBA class used the opportunity to work on individual leadership skills here at the EEC. Our participants took advantage of the many opportunities in our EMBA program for personalized training and self-reflection to evaluate their role as business leaders.

The class is currently engaged in the matching phase of their Mentorship Program. With a focus on individualized learning, the program assigns each participant – or “mentee” – a seasoned business leader as a mentor to provide guidance with individualized feedback and advice.

Another important stepping stone on the way to Executive MBA certification consists of the scientifically founded Leadership Profiles for our participants. Based on self-evaluation and ratings from employees, the profiles provide the basis for a targeted action plan. Individually tailored towards each participant, the plan outlines key areas for improving leadership skills and expanding strong points to become more efficient decision-makers.

The Executive MBA group will receive its completed Leadership Profiles in early February during the EMBA Core Module “Leadership & Cooperation”. The profiles are supervised by our Leadership Development Team Dr. Ellen Schmid and Dr. Kristin Knipfer, who have developed a range of new virtual teaching methods for 2018. More in our next edition of this newsletter.

Please note: The application period for our Executive MBA program starting in May 2018 is still open until mid-February. Please contact us anytime and also send your current CV via email for preparation. We are happy to schedule a personal counseling session via phone or Skype call.

Would you like to learn more about the Executive MBA program here at TUM School of Management? For detailed information, please visit the official Executive MBA program page.

Prof. Peus im TUM Vorstand des Deutschen Hochschulverbands

We congratulate Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus, Senior Vice President Talent Management and Diversity at TUM and Vice Dean of Executive Education at TUM School of Management, to be elected as part of the board of the DHV-Group for the Technical University of Munich. This was announced by the DHV on 1 February, 2018.

The DHV was re-founded in 1950 as a continuation of the German Association of Universities, which was dissolved in 1936. It champions impartial academia in a liberal constitutional state and advocates the freedom and indivisibility of research and academic teaching.

The DHV actively contributes to university and educational politics in Germany. It acts in the political, legal and business interests of university teachers in opposition to state and society. It is particularly concerned with up-and-coming academics.

2018 EFMD Conference for deans and directors at TUM School of Management

On 25 and 26 January, 2018, the 2018 EFMD conference for deans and directors general was organized and hosted by TUM School of Management and was deemed a resounding success. The conference features a different theme and approach each year and in 2018 it carried the motto “Deans, let’s get digital”, encouraging heads of faculties to modernize their methods and adapt to a digitizing world.
TUM School of Management’s academic staff has been extremely active in organizing and participating in the conference, some highlights included:

-Our dean, Prof. Dr. Gunther Friedl giving the welcome address.

Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus serving as Chairperson at various sessions and delivering some of the most memorable quotes during the event such as “Our task is to make the invisible visible”. She also opened day two at the conference with a speech about the different perspectives on digitization.

Prof. Dr. Hana Milanov and Dr. Helmut Schönenberger participating at Plenary IV and presenting, among others, the entrepreneurship development circle at Technical University Munich.

Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe managing a working group which discussed digital leadership at the age of disruptive transformation.

The event was closed with a cozy and traditional Bavarian evening at the Löwenbräukeller. TUM School of Management is extremely proud of the work done by our staff and of the enthusiasm showed by our guests.

More pictures can be found here.

All business schools participating in the conference are members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) – the management development network. The EFMD is an international, non-profit membership organization of business schools and is based in Brussels, Belgium. Next to being a forum for information, research and networking, the EFMD is recognized as an accreditation body for quality and impact assessments of business schools and their programs. The TUM School of Management holds EFMD’s EQUIS accreditation, which is given to business schools with high general quality in all dimensions of their activities and a high degree of internationalization. Together with the  AACSB accreditation and the AMBA accreditation it completes the “Triple Crown”, which is held by TUM School of Management since July 2017.

For a detailed article on the conference, please see the EFMD website.


New Customized Program with HENSOLDT

The year 2017 marked the start of yet another Customized Program with a global enterprise: HENSOLDT. In close cooperation with TUM-experts, the company based in Taufkirchen near Munich, Germany, developed a targeted program for the skill-oriented leadership development of its executives.

The HENSOLDT customized program is focused on building leadership skills in key areas such as digitization, agile methodology, reflection, and entrepreneurship. The program consists of four all-day sessions including workshops, lectures, evening events and inspiring presentations from innovative start-up companies.

For maximum impact, the program emphasizes cooperation within the study group. Networking and exchange of ideas between participants are highly encouraged, while the TUM’s scientifically-founded Leadership Profiles incorporate 180-degree-feedback.

The most important take-way for participants in this Customized Program created with the EEC lies in building highly effective leadership capabilities that can be transferred into business practice.

HENSOLDT is a world leader in the field of premium sensors and a manufacturer of radars, optronics and electronic protection systems for the global market. The company emerged in 2017 as a spin-off from the electronics branch of the Airbus Group and currently employs 4,000 people at locations in Germany and South Africa.

Our Customized Programs are company-specific executive education initiatives developed in close cooperation with HR professionals. They are created in direct cooperation between TUM-experts and partners in science and enterprise. Our Customized Programs for 2018 include the continuation of established programs as well as new offerings. For additional information regarding our tailor-made Customized Programs for some of the world’s leading organizations, please visit the program page.

Class of 2019 Completes Module “Marketing, Sales and Operations”

Our Class of 2019 passed yet another major milestone on the way to earning the Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation: From 25 – 28 January, 2018 our participants completed the module “Marketing, Sales and Operations” supplemented by inspiring presentations from successful start-up founders.

Starting off the module, the class built important presentation skills in a Story Telling & Pitch Training presented by Ines Plum, Programme Manager and Workshop Designer Executive Trainings at UnternehmerTUM. On the following day, two serial entrepreneurs and EMBA alumni visited the class: Philipp Knobelspies and Johannes von Hoyos drew on a wealth of experiences in their presentation on e-commerce.

From 26 – 27 January, Prof. Dr. Rainer Kolisch shared a number of proven success strategies in the field of Operations Management. Rounding out a successful module, Dr. Aylin Koca showed the impact of Big Data & Analysis on strategic decision-making.

As the next step, the Class will commence the module “Leadership & Cooperation” on 23 February with lectures from the Chair of Research and Science Management headed by Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus and the Chair of Strategy & Organization headed by Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe.

Please Note: The application period for our Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation program starting in April 2018 is still open until mid-February. Please contact us anytime and also send your current CV via email for preparation. We are happy to schedule a personal counseling session via phone or Skype call.

For further information on our Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation, please visit the official program website.

Module “Business Processes & Technology” Premieres Innovative Learning Methods

Participants in our Executive MBA in Business & IT started 2018 with innovative learning technologies created by our Leadership Research & Development Unit. From 22 – 26 January, 2018 the Executive MBA in Business & IT Module on “Business Processes & Technology” explored the intersection between General Management and IT with business simulation exercises and interactive learning technologies.

Headed by Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar, TUM Chair for Information Systems, the module focused on leadership issues in the age of digital transformation. Guest lectures from experienced business leaders included: Dr. Phanthian Zuesongham outlined processes of transformation related to digital disruption at the Hamburg Port Authority. Dominik Bösl (KUKA) discussed “Ethics in Robotics”, while Katharina Meiler (Process Management Consulting) presented the state of the art in digital process consulting.

Nicola Brocksiepe (InfoSys) investigated the role of intercultural aspects in an IT context. Dr. Joachim Jäckle (Henkel AG) provided a glimpse into business strategies at a global enterprise in his lecture “Practitioner’s Perspective: Business Processes & Technology at Henkel”. For a glimpse into the future of digital technologies, participants will visit the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, featuring a virtual reality tour.

Please note: The application period for our Executive MBA in Business & IT program starting in April 2018 is still open until mid-February. Please contact us anytime and also send your current CV via email for preparation. We are happy to schedule a personal counseling session via phone or Skype call.


Course Preview: Module “Markets, Law & Ethics” Starts in March 2018

What are the latest academic insights in the fields of Marketing, Law, and Ethics – and how are these focus areas interconnected? This question is at the heart of the new Executive MBA in Business & IT Modul „Markets, Law & Ethics“ from 5 – 9 March, 2018 at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland.

The five-day module caters specifically to business leaders in an era marked by digital change. It covers pressing issues of our time, including:

  • Dilemmas and ethical problems: Legal frameworks and ethical dilemmas facing providers of products and services
  • Stakeholders in marketing: Aligning divergent viewpoints, frameworks and ethical decisions
  • Legal ramifications for markets related to ethical decision-making
  • Decision making in critical situations: Business ethics and sustainability.

Registration for this module will be possible up to one week before kick-off. For further information on the module Markets, Law & Ethics” at the University of St. Gallen please visit our website.

Employer Brand Manager: Participants Complete Module 3 at TUM

Another successful milestone: Our trilateral Certificate Course “Employer Brand Manager” is entering its ninth group. From 19 – 20 January, current participants completed Module 3 on how to implement internal employer branding within their organizations. Focus areas included leadership styles, change management, quick wins, and company cultures and their impact on building a successful employer brand.

In 2017, the group completed Module 1 “Fundamentals of Employer Branding” (Berlin) and Module 2 “External Employer Branding” (Vienna). In order to help participants transfer their insights into their work, the trilateral program emphasizes a mixture between current academic research and hands-on advice from seasoned guest lecturers.

February 2018 already marks the final module for the group: Upon completing “Employer Brand Management and Controlling” in Berlin, participants will prepare for their final exam. We wish everyone all the best for earning their certificates.

The curriculum for the certificate course was developed in close cooperation between the German Employer Branding Academy, the WU Executive Academy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the TUM School of Management. The premise for the successful course series is: How can today’s business leaders build an attractive brand around their employers?

The next round of our Certificate Course “Employer Brand Manager” will commence in May 2018 and registration is currently still open. For further information about our Certificate Course Employer Brand Manager, please visit our website

Customized Programs: Fourth Edition of TÜV SÜD Global Expert Development Program Begins

November marked the start of the fourth edition of the successful TÜV SÜD Global Expert Development Program in Garching. The customized curriculum began with the module on “Innovation & Product Development”, during which the participating group of international experts was divided into four teams. The main goal: Drawing on agile methods such as business ideation and rapid prototyping, the teams created their own business models under expert supervision. These models will be advanced over the next coming months, to be presented on the final day of the TÜV SÜD customized program.

In the meantime, participants of the third edition of the TÜV SÜD Global Expert Development Program were completing their second module in Singapore. Focused on “Selling Solutions”, the module presented the new generation of sales methods and also provided a chance to develop individual leadership skills while refining participants’ business models. Additionally, TÜV SÜD employees made use of a new app in order to ensure the continued goal focus beyond the training, as well as encourage the transfer of learning and establishment of new habits into everyday business practice.

Each edition of the TÜV SÜD Global Expert Development Program consists of two modules taught here at TUM, complemented by one international module at a TÜV SÜD location around the world.

Our Customized Programs are company-specific executive education initiatives developed in close cooperation with HR professionals to meet specific client requirements. Our Customized Programs for 2017 include the continuation of established programs as well as new offerings. For additional information regarding our tailor-made Customized Programs for some of the world’s leading organizations, please visit the program page