Program objectives

During the program you will receive a broad, long-term relevant basis of skills and knowledge in business subjects as well as leadership skills and international competence.

General management knowledge

Our Executive MBA program focuses on general management, providing a solid foundation and up-to-date knowledge base in all functional areas essential for future managers. We offer professional development for those who have the potential for middle and top management positions.

Soft skills

In addition to business studies, our course covers the soft skills and social and intercultural competencies vital for today’s managers.

Interpersonal experience

Participants will not only learn from professors and other experts in the field, but will also profit from the personal experience and network of contacts of other group members.

International competence

The increasing internationalization of companies means management have to continuously improve their international competence, creating lasting organizational structures and effective paths of communication, as well as refocusing the company culture. This makes intercultural competence as essential as language proficiency.

Practical relevance and applicability in business

Our program focuses on business practice and workplace relevance. Cooperation with well-known international companies provides added value to the program.

International Modules

Two international modules with our partner universities Jiao Tong in Shanghai, China and Málaga University in Spain are integrated into our curriculum. Both universities are highly regarded in their own countries. The trip to Shanghai takes place in summer semester, Spain is in winter semester. In Shanghai, participants take part in lectures by international professors. During company visits they have the opportunity to gain insights into work processes of this fascinating region. In Spain, interaction with international students in a business game also offers a chance to experience student life and to establish valuable international contacts.

Studying for professionals

We offer our Executive MBA students a professional learning environment with high flexibility, both in terms of time and space, and in the fact that it is tailor-made for our customers‘ requirements. Reading and research for the lectures is supported by a state-of-the-art learning environment which allows access to learning materials at any time, regardless of location. Between on-campus sessions participants remain in contact through asynchronous group discussions. Participants also benefit from access to an extensive online library of current management publications.

Our modern, well-equipped Executive MBA rooms are tailor-made for our participants featuring data projectors and wireless Lan. Refreshments are provided during the residencies, . We publish the on-campus sessions dates for the entire two-year study period at the start of the program so that participants and their employers can plan and coordinate study, family and career in the best possible manner.

Our professors and staff are highly educated and experienced professionals with a strong commitment to supporting our students in achieving their goals. The number of participants is limited to fifteen, allowing for a close working relationship and intensive exchange in case studies, discussions and simulations.

Management expertise

While Furtwangen University bears the academic responsibility for the Executive MBA program, it also has an Advisory Board with representatives from local companies which are also global players. The input from the Advisory Board helps to develop and shape the program. Together with other companies the members also introduce their own business cases as part of the "Best Practices in International Business" lecture series.

If you are interested in the program, our Open Evenings which take place as part of the Best Practice presentations offer you the opportunity to find out more about the Executive program and to talk to current participants.