Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Management Modules

Besides scientific and technical knowledge, leadership and management skills are often required for a successful career in industry. Get an overview on all offered academic and management modules.

Management expertise often has a positive impact on career possibilities, especially when switching from academia to the industrial sector. Thus, the Management Modules offered by the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management External Link are an integral part of the KSOP as they teach these valuable management skills qualifying the doctoral researchers to become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

Being able to choose out of six units, participants will learn new and applicable skills e.g., project management, human resource management and marketing. It will be counted as a management module towards the KSOP PhD Degree.

PhD candidates in KSOP are obliged to participate in at least one management module of their choosing. Limited number of slots in the MBA fundamentals program are available upon application. If you would like to participate in the complete MBA Fundamentals Program, please find the information here.

Dates 2020*

Module Name Date Location
Unit 1 - Projects

October 12 - 16, 2020

Unit 2 - Values September 14 - 18, 2020 Online
Unit 3 - Markets tba tba
Unit 4 - People tba tba
Unit 5 - Information and Data Analytics tba tba
Unit 6 - Operations tba tba
Unit 7 - Entrepreneurship November 23 - 27, 2020 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.

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.

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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