From foundation to specialization

From management essentials to leadership fine-tuning: with our core modules at the TU WIen ACE, participants learn relevant basic economic knowledge (e.g. finance & accounting, marketing & project management) and can expand or develop their own leadership style as part of our leadership retreat. In addition to these basic modules the individual specialization of the program completes the unique curriculum.

The specialisation for the Executive MBA program Strategic People Management and New Work has to be completed at the LIMAK Austian Business School in Linz and includes 11 days of on-site courses on specific key topics, from the areas of strategic employee management, organizational culture and its understanding, employee experience Journeys and much more.

Your Key Learnings

  • to explain the basics of behavior and the role of leadership in organizations. 
  • 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.

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'

  •  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.
  • discuss 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'

  • 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.
  • describe basic concepts of probability and statistics and apply them to analyze simple data sets.
  • assess the impact of big data on businesses and how the analysis of (big and heterogeneous) data can be used in your working environment
  • understand the potential applications of new technologies from a management perspective 
  • present new technologies and assess what influence they have on yourwork environment and how they can be used in the respective context.
  • 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'

  • 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.
  • apply knowledge from various business disciplines, both individually and collectively to solve practical problems.
  • learn how to strategically manage internationally operating companies using performance indicators and financial ratios. 

Your Key Learnings in "Strategic People Management and understanding organizational culture"

  • Understanding of the organization as a system in terms of the interaction of strategy, structure and culture
  • Development of a strategic conceptual approach to recruiting, promoting and retaining the right employees
  • Understanding of people management as a lever to stabilize existing business (use of core competencies) and to develop new, radical business models (by acquiring/building up competencies)
  • Use of personnel indicator systems as a strategic control factor for achieving corporate goals

You will learn strategic approaches in the analysis and planning of framework conditions. They support you in implementing and driving the business strategy in your company and in aligning the culture in a future-oriented manner.

Your Key Learnings in "The employee experience journey: Selection, Onboarding, Development"

  • Understanding of the employee experience journey from initial contact to exit and knowledge of the relevant touchpoints (“moments that matter”)
  • Knowledge of the design options of employer branding, recruiting and onboarding
  • Support for the development of potential and the design of future-oriented career models
  • Awareness of the need for succession planning and diversity management
  • Knowledge of different performance management systems and raising awareness of modern agile target agreement systems (OKRs) for consistent communication and operationalization of the strategy

You know how to position yourself attractively on the market as an employer in order to be able to attract employees to the company. By designing individual career paths, you ensure that employees in your area of ​​responsibility optimally develop their potential. In addition, you will find the right performance management system for ongoing strategy communication and consistent target agreements.

Your Key Learnings in "Leadership, People Development and organizational Change"

  • Understanding of forms and possible uses of leadership and collaboration (e.g. virtual leadership and collaboration, agile management methods, ...)
  • Knowing how high potentials can best be promoted and challenged in the company
  • Knowledge of organizational development methods and instruments for designing cultural development processes
  • Awareness of the dynamics of change and knowledge of how changes must be initiated and accompanied
  • Knowledge of the importance of leadership in the change process
  • Know-how on the basics of coaching as well as forms and methods of internal and external consulting

In this module you will learn how potential-oriented development, leadership and collaboration can be designed. You get to know different forms of organizational design and can thus initiate and successfully implement change processes.


At the end of the programme, participants will have

in-depth knowledge about:

  • what elements strategic talent and succession management must include
  • how these elements should be designed
  • which tools and methods are useful
  • which trends and developments need to be monitored

and furthermore:

  • the ability to apply them through concrete work on talent and succession management in the respective company
  • concrete insights into where talent and succession management in your company currently stands - status check through the international Talent Management Index
  • a detailed, coordinated master plan for each participant on how to take talent and succession management in the respective company to the next level of maturity
  • and a certificate that proves this depth of knowledge and the ability to apply it.

In your Master's thesis, you work on a problem in a subject area of ​​your choice, using scientific methods. Usually it is a question with a practical relevance to one's own working environment.