Program

What & how you will learn

Curriculum

 

In our Base Camp around the topics of "Management & Technology", you will deepen your knowledge in the areas of "Finance, Accounting & Economics", "Managing Technologies" and "Strategy & Marketing". 

Your key learnings in the area of 'Finance, Accounting & Economics'

You will learn 

  •  to explain the basic aspects of internal and external corporate accounting, to apply them independently in the practical working environment and to use them for business decisions.
  • to solve practical financing and valuation problems by applying basic financial principles.
  • todiscuss macroeconomic relationships and current economic policy measures, apply central economic theories and concepts, and analyze the consequences of individual decisions in a market economy context

Your Key Learnings in 'Managing Technologies'

You will learn

  • the fundamental aspects of data science and technology management 
  • to select appropriate methods for data collection, apply suitable estimation procedures, and to analyze the results of a routine sample survey.
  • to describe basic concepts of probability and statistics and apply them to analyze simple data sets.
  • toassess the impact of big data on businesses and how the analysis of (big and heterogeneous) data can be used in your working environment
  • tounderstand the potential applications of new technologies from a management perspective 
  • topresent new technologies and assess what influence they have on yourwork environment and how they can be used in the respective context.
  • to present the basics of innovation processes on a company level, identify and apply important tools, models and methods of innovation management and develop innovation strategies.

Your Key Learnings in the area of "Marketing & Strategy 

You will learn 

  • to discuss the core topics of marketing and consumer behavior and to apply them in practice to specific situations
  • to create specific marketing analyses and strategic marketing plans
  • to explain the complexity of global business processes in a dynamic and competitive environment.
  • to apply knowledge from various business disciplines, both individually and collectively to solve practical problems.
  • to learn how to strategically manage internationally operating companies using performance indicators and financial ratios. 

 

Your Key Learnings

You will learn

  • to explain the basics of behavior and the role of leadership in organizations. 
  • to differentiate between different leadership styles. 
  • to analyze the behavior of employees and teams in organizations as well as of organizations. 
  • to develop starting points for change initiatives. 
  • to set clear priorities in your decision-making processes in order to influence your employees.
  • to describe group processes and to design them.
  • to define the development dynamics of organizations on a structural, processual and cultural level and to influence transformation processes through the methods learned.

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, Revovery 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.

This Elective will bring you deep insights and know-how from international and renown experts in the field of space architecture and engineering. As space craft and habitat design is an interdisciplinary field, you will learn from a wide range of experts in aerospace engineering, space architecture, politics and law, as well in emerging fields from science, material research and technologies.

Topics will include: space physics and implications for mission and facility design, human space exploration, design approaches and requirements (orbit, moon, Mars), examples from ongoing international projects, innovative and new approaches to science and technology, private companies and commercial utilization.

This Elective will take place in Vienna and surroundings. The main courses will take place at the TU Wien. In addition, you will have visits to and personal expert interaction with high-level personnel of facilities near-by: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Space Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Beyond Gravity Austria, etc.
Online sessions and informal personal fire side chats with international leaders in the field compliment the Elective.
 

 

Within this learning journey, that starts in Vienna and continues in Cologne, Germany, we will look into the topics of human resource management, leadership and organization from an extra-terrestrial perspective: Requirements and selection process of astronauts; preparation and training activities; Communication Strategies; Leadership Lessons from Astronauts and upper management levels, and other related topics.

You will have visits to and personal expert interaction with high-level personnel of these facilities: ESA European Astronaut Centre (EAC), DLR Institute of Aerospace Medicine, the German Space Operations Center (GSOC), and associated facilities. First-hand information and reflection from those that have experienced the challenges of extra-terrestrial environments round up your learning journey.

The learning journey covers 2 days in Vienna and 4 days in Cologne, Germany.
 

In your Master's thesis, you will work independently on a problem in a topic area of your own choice, in terms of content and using scientific methods. In most cases, this is a question with practical relevance to your own working environment. The Master Thesis will be supported by the faculty members. There will also be a possibility to work in close cooperation with selected industry.

 

Schedule

Our program is designed for professionals and allows you to balance your job, family and MBA. It allows you to work whilst developing new entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and competencies.

The program runs for 18 months and classes are taught in a block format usually from Thursday- Sunday, usually about every 4 weeks. In total, the program consists of 45 teaching days.

Didactics

All modules are divided into a preparation phase, the in-class time and a follow-up phase.

The individual preparation phase for a module includes pre-readings, preparation of case studies, preparation of presentations, essays, etc.

A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used in the courses: from flipped classroom to interactive case studies and simulations or calculations, to classic presentations as well as discussions, group dynamic exercises and reflections.

 

 

This is intended to consolidate or apply what has been learned. The follow-up phase includes the writing of term papers, reflection work or exams or working on case studies.