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Management Modules

The Management Modules integrated in the Graduate School let doctoral researchers gain management expertise while working towards their doctorate.

Management expertise often has a positive impact on career possibilities, especially when switching from academia to the industrial sector. Thus, the Management Modules are an integral part of the HEiKA Graduate School as they teach these valuable management skills qualifying doctoral researchers to organize their work more efficiently and become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

Being able to choose out of seven units and two additional courses, participants will learn new and applicable skills e.g., project management, human resource management and marketing.

Doctoral Researchers in the HEiKA Graduate School are obliged to participate in at least one Management Module of their choosing. It is also possbile to participate in the complete MBA Fundamentals Program.

Please register using the form at the end of the page.

Dates 2020/21*

Module Name Date Location
Projects tba tba
Values September 20 - 24, 2021 tba
Markets tba tba
People February 08 - 12, 2021 Online
Information and Data Analytics January 18 - 22, 2021 Online
Operations tba tba
Entrepreneurship tba tba
Start-Up Companies tba tba
Intercultural Communication tba tba

*Dates are subject to change.

Module Descriptions


International project management is one of the crucial key qualifications for employees in an internationally acting company. In order to acquire this important competency, the participants receive an introduction to project management that aims at being able to identify and apply goals and quantitative methods of project planning.


The unit explores core elements of financial accounting, corporate finance, and business ethics. Participants develop a deep understanding of the methods of accounting and finance and are able to apply them in various business environments. Furthermore, the unit discusses and describes the foundations of ethical behavior in companies.


In this unit participants have the choice to attend classes in either Business Strategy or Decision Analysis with an obligatory class on Marketing which provides participants with an introduction into fundamental aspects of the topic. In Business Strategy, participants are introduced into the classic strategic management process. Further on, individual aspects of this strategy process are analyzed in more detail. In the Decision Analysis class, participants are provided with the fundamentals of economic decision theory under uncertainty and risk, as well as the basic principles of game theory.


The unit deals with the current challenges of human resource management in organizations and companies. The participants monitor the theoretical approaches within the frame of case studies and examples from real ventures and thereby gain an understanding for the complex challenges and possibilities of the processes and practices in human resource management and (entrepreneurial) leadership.

Information and Data Analytics

At the end of this unit you will be able to define and understand the concepts digitalization, digital transformation, and information systems and getting an idea about the interconnection of organizations and information systems as well as competence in applying and interpreting data analytics techniques.


The unit is a general introduction to the operations of an industrial company in the context of supply-chain management. It explains major processes occurring in production enterprises and downstream logistics networks.


The unit will give an introduction into basic concepts of entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition, business modelling, venture strategy, entrepreneurial marketing, patents and intellectual property strategies, financing of startups, entrepreneurial leadership and business plan creation.

Intercultural Communication

Cultural differences are mainly based on different living conditions and vital experiences regarding the natural and human environment and people´s adaption to those over time. The objective of this course is to understand the essential differences and the consequences for the people´s behavior and intercultural interactions. Culture appropriate behavior greatly increases success in international management and cooperation. Participants acquire a clear and manageable system to tell and successfully interact with cultural differences.

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