What & How you will learn

Expand and deepen your knowledge in our different Master Classes.

Automotive Management

You will learn

  • to explain and reproduce the value chain in the automotive industry with all influencing factors.
  • to explain the important terms and contexts of operations management, automated manufacturing systems, process and quality management, auditing and certification.

You will learn

  • to describe the topics Lean Management, Smart Maintenance, Information Quality Management and Supplier & Contract Management in the Automotive Industry.
  • to explain interrelationships within the topics of Advanced Operations.
  • to describe developments and effects of digitalization on the Automotive Industry.
  • to name mobility, energy and environmental aspects in the Automotive Industry.

You will learn

- to identify peculiarities, problems, methods and upcoming trends of production in the Automotive Industry.  
- to explain interrelationships and basic relationships between logistics, the entire supply chain, inventory management and transportation

The International Field Study can be booked for an additional fee

Mobility Transformation

You will learn

  • to assess trends, long-term developments and transition paths toward new mobility technologies and formulate their prerequisites as well as opportunities and risks and to evaluate the use of technologies
  • to shift journeys to environmentally friendly means of transport and routes as far as possible and to organize the necessary traffic efficiently.

You will learn

  • to assess the significance and characteristics of future mobility infrastructure.
  • to independently develop solutions for the design of future mobility infrastructure.
  • to be able to actively shape zero-emission mobility by the year 2050

You will learn

  • to develop and evaluate new business models in the field of mobility transformation.
  • to evaluate technological and infrastructural aspects and adequately incorporate them into specific business models.

Modern Workplace & Facility Management

You learn

  • the general civil law, the principles of contract law and liability law, with special emphasis on real estate-related issues
  • legal problems in order to handle them in practice 
  • the basics of  buildings & building technology
  • the operational and strategic IT tools for Facility Management and Real Estate

You learn

  • the legal and technical framework, costs and contracting of facility services
  • Management of facility services
  • Asset, Real Estate & Property Management
  • Energy & Resources Management and
  • Management of Facilities

Space Architecture

The space sector has historically played a role in many non-space industries such as transportation, pharmaceuticals, finance, energy and mining to name a few. Similarly, the experiences of living and working in space and the vision of future research stations on the moon and Mars are goals that open up many possibilities on Earth. Space architecture encompasses the theory and practice of designing for and building in extraterrestrial and extreme terrestrial environments. It is a relatively new but rapidly growing field of research and work.

The specialization of this MBA Space Architecture: Life in Space on Earth is divided into three modules and spans an arc between economics, engineering and other technical and social sciences, into space and back to earth. Each module deals with a current overarching topic that is illuminated, critically reflected and discussed in a transdisciplinary manner by experts from the space sector and the respective subject area.

In the first module 'The Big Picture: Differences, Commons and Synergies' (5 days) the systemic relationship and the interaction of humans with the habitat (terrestrial and extra-terrestrial) and the respective technical solutions are examined. Expertise on the current state of the art and research is conveyed, and new knowledge is initiated through synergy effects of the interdisciplinary discussion.

Topics that are discussed from a terrestrial and extra-terrestrial perspective: Environmental factors and its implications and consequences for planning, design, building and living; the Human Aspect of living in extreme environment; Technological solutions as case studies; Technological solutions and environmental and economic drivers; Strategies and Examples from past, current and future projects.
Informal fire side chats with leaders in the field complement this module.

The second module 'Making most of what we have: Resources and Cycles' (5 days) is dedicated to the major topic of resources and cycles. Sustainable approaches, circular systems and optimization strategies are seen as a prerequisite for the long-term sustainability of any economy, regardless of whether we are considering living in space or on earth. In this module you will learn from leading experts in the field - from space and Earth. Together we will discuss and compare different approaches and look for synergies from both metabolic systems as well as new ideas.

Topics include: Principals of circular systems and sustainability in Space and on Earth (Regenerative Life Support Systems, Food Production, Recovery and Regeneration of Water, Waste Management, etc.); Technologies and Applications; Strategies for resource scarcity,, supply problems and end-of-life management.

Informal fire side chats with leaders in the field complement this module

The third module 'Innovating the Future' (5 days) looks far into the future and conveys different strategies and approaches. Many systems in space weigh less, require less energy and resources, are more efficient and often more reliable than similar systems on Earth. In this module you will learn from experiences in extreme environments and benefit from the strategies to deal with their limitations.

Informal fire side chats with leaders in the field complement this module.

Operations & Supply Chain Management

This program provides an overview of all fifteen elements of global supply chains, from multi-tier suppliers to final logistics, and even reverse logistics (for return goods). The most important objective of this course is to ensure that learners are fully aware of the depth, breadth, complexities, strategic and tactical aspects of global supply chain management.

This program presents an economic model that can be used to evaluate all strategic and tactical activities in manufacturing and distribution companies. We call it the Fundamental Economic Model, or FEM for short. The model encourages participants to contemplate what REALLY creates valuation enhancement, irrespective of traditional accounting and performance metrics. The model evaluates closely how cash flows drive enterprise growth and shareholder values. It also looks equally close at how tangible and intangible assets are utilized in support of value-enhancing strategies and tactics. Participants will learn how to differentiate between a value proposition with customers and the value propositions that all companies have with their shareholders. With this understanding, participants will be exposed to the Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) formula, and it is simpler to calculate Cash Flow/Gross Assets variant formula. Using these formulas, participants will learn how to recast their companies’ P&L’s and Balance Sheets into true economic statements that more accurately depict origins of value.

This is a prerequisite course that provides an overview of all planning, control and feedback systems normally encountered in manufacturing and distribution enterprises. MRP, KanBan, Master Production Scheduling (MPS), Finite and Infinite Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP), Shop Floor Control and Inventory Management principles are addressed. Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP) along with multi-level forecasting and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) are also addressed. Participants will exit this course understanding all the basic materials management functions and processes.

Today’s progressive purchasing organization has transformed into a global sourcing operation that seeks out the best suppliers from around the globe. This new breed of purchasing develops partnerships with suppliers and takes a PROACTIVE role in matching supplier capabilities with factory requirements at the lowest TOTAL cost. Driving down purchase prices is now combined with requirements to establish smooth flows of materials into the factory and a constant questioning of how a supplier relationship can be improved. Ultimately, satisfying these concerns leads to improvements in gross margins, cash flows and shareholder value. This workshop provides participants with a framework for developing a successful Global Sourcing Strategy. Day-1 is devoted to teaching the basics of procurement operations, including roles and responsibilities of each member of the sourcing and supplier management team. Group exercises are used to reinforce training points and provide relevance to participants.

To survive, ALL companies must rethink many of their old institutions and management methods. No institution is more entrenched and difficult to change than the institution of cost accounting. If companies are going to compete successfully, they will need to change the way they report and manage costs. They will have to replace old institutions of cost accounting and inventory valuation with new and meaningful methods. Activity Based Cost Accounting (ABCA) and its variants are primarily managerial cost accounting systems that determine the cost of activities without distortion and provides management with relevant and timely information. These systems do not represent just a new set of overhead allocation rules or techniques to value inventories. They represent a new way to look at operating costs and provides methods to dissect the underlying activities which cause costs to exist. Once underlying reasons for product and service costs are precisely determined, then and only then can the costs be managed, or eliminated.

Manufacturing companies are experiencing an increasing rate of technological improvements to their products. These improvements are usually caused by a marketplace which demands faster technological changes and shorter lead times. This workshop explores why managing the integrity of product data is so critical to sustainable manufacturing success. This workshop also specifically explores documentation requirements and data integrity requirements in:

  • Engineering Drawings and Schematics
  • Item Master Static Data Elements for Purchased and Manufactured Items
  • Bills of Materials
  • Production Routers and Process Documents

Peter Crosby stated in his seminal book that “Quality is Free!” What he was really talking about is that inferior quality is never free, and indeed can be very expensive. Manufacturing organizations that do not pay attention to the quality of manufacturing processes usually do not have good experiences with the quality of their outbound products. The mission of this course is for participants to learn how a modern quality management function operates, and how it contributes to enterprise value. Participants will learn how the quality management function fits into the Operations Management discipline and how, through improved management, enterprise cash flows and value can be enhanced. This workshop provides participants with a framework for developing a successful quality management function.