Furtwangen University/HFU Business School


Creating the future through innovation for more than 160 years

Furtwangen University (HFU) is proud of its more than 160 year history of high-quality teaching, applied research and strong international orientation. We are ranked highly by both students and employers in Germany’s university league tables and our excellent reputation draws students from all over Germany as well as from more than 80 countries around the world.

With three campuses, ten faculties and 41 innovative and practical degree courses at both bachelor’s and master’s levels, HFU offers a wide variety of academic opportunities. Our students benefit from the excellent study conditions with small study groups and personal contact with professors. We also offer outstanding support services and facilities, including ultra-modern laboratories, a high-tech IT infrastructure and one of the best libraries in Germany. This all adds up to a great learning experience with first-rate job prospects.

Why should you choose us?

  • Modern, innovative degree courses
  • Top quality teaching and research
  • Training in leading-edge technology
  • with a strong practical element
  • Focus on work-relevant skills
  • International focus of degree courses
  • Optimal student support and supervision
  • Excellent job opportunities

HFU Business School is a firmly-established center for excellence, renowned for its pioneering spirit and dynamic atmosphere. Over 1000 business people have graduated with us since our foundation in 1995. We offer fully-accredited, highly-ranked business degrees tailored to the needs of the international job market. At HFU Business School, you will gain a top professional qualification, enabling you to play a successful part in the global economy of the 21st century. And that’s a promise!

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Black Forest region in southern Germany, HFU Business School provides the perfect setting for your studies.

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  • English

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Master of Science in International Management

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Villingen-Schwenningen

The MSc. in International Management is designed for business graduates looking to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills at an advanced level. The aim of the programme is to build on [+]

Master of Science in International Management The MSc. in International Management is designed for business graduates looking to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills at an advanced level. The aim of the programme is to build on knowledge of business functions and organizations acquired at undergraduate level by looking at the complexity of business systems in the global environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the future challenges faced by business organizations and the aims of sustainable management. An academically challenging programme, the degree also has a strong research focus and participants will work together with leading research faculties on one of a number of management research topics. This unique masters degree will appeal to students who are keen to question management practice and explore new solutions in a changing business environment. We are looking for bright, highly-motivated graduates with a thirst for knowledge and the creativity to bring new ideas to class discussion. 10 GOOD REASONS TO CHOOSE THIS PROGRAMME Small class size (max. 20 students) Highly-ranked business school Internationally diverse student body Internationally experienced teaching staff Programme taught entirely in English Integrated and multidisciplinary approach to complex business problems Strong methodological foundation Research projects in small teams on current business topics Development of competences for sustainable management Explicit focus on future trends and innovation Modules Scientific Procedures The aim of the first part of this module Philosophy of Science is to familiarize students with the philosophical foundations and the historical development of science. Opportunities and limitations of scientific work, both of science in general and economics in particular will be explored. The second part will focus on Research Design which will enable students to design a research strategy and apply different research methods and techniques. Also, the design and development of a research strategy as well as the collection of quantitative and qualitative data will be practiced. Advanced Statistical Methods and Applications This module will enable students to interpret and discuss results in multivariate statistics primarily in the fields of social science, organizational research and marketing. Major methods covered will be factor analysis, conjoint analysis, multidimensional scaling, multiple regression, cluster analysis and variance analysis. Students will select, study, present and discuss current scientific articles in which advanced statistics have been applied. Based on existing data sets students will be able to run their own data analysis using SPSS or similar statistical software packages. Organizations & Markets The module integrates elements from the fields of organisation, competition and industrial economics. It helps students to understand the internal and external challenges of firms to allocate resources. The first part of the module on Managing Organisations in Complex Environments starts – after a brief outline of organisation theory - from a micro-perspective addressing individual and group behaviour in organisations. This is followed by considerations on organizational structures, an exploration of firms’ organisational boundaries in firms and the analysis of power and leadership in complex organizational environments. The second part of the module on Managerial Economics addresses mainly microeconomic aspects and the competitive framework within which firms operate, and which have an influence on strategic decision-making. Strategic People & Innovation Management In the first part of this module, students will understand how to deal systematically and strategically with current challenges in Human Resource Management (HRM) such as talent shortage, organizational transformation, globalization and diversity. Based on selected topics students will become familiar with the latest concepts and related scientific insights. As such students will gain a differentiated perspective on HRM-related solutions. Some of the selected topics could include for example social media, employer branding and talent management. The second part of this module looks at Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Building on the foundations laid out in the first part of this module, the second part will integrate HRM aspects into the wider view of innovation management as a cross-functional strategic activity in firms. Based on a holistic understanding of innovation, including technological and non-technological aspects, different strategic options for innovation will be explored. Furthermore, the organizational limitations and enabling factors for successful innovation as well as issues related to intellectual property rights, external collaboration and entrepreneurial design will be addressed. Sustainability The module Sustainability sets out a wider framework and deals with firms´ and organizations´ relation to and role within society. Today, the Responsibilities of Managers are becoming increasingly diverse. Stakeholders as well as the triangle of economic, social and ecological sustainability define the scope of managerial responsibility. These responsibilities have expanded to tasks such as installing a system of Corporate Governance, Compliance & Risk Management, Liability or Conflict Management. The pressing challenges of economic, social and ecological sustainability require a multidisciplinary and integrative perspective as well as a critical approach towards existing business practices. This module will address these complex issues and explore potential solutions for responsible and Sustainable Management. Research Seminar on Interdisciplinary Collaboration This seminar aims at training students in conducting research and doing academic work within a multidisciplinary environment. Starting from the topics discussed in the first study semester within the context of Philosophy of Science and Research Design, the more specific challenges of multidisciplinary and also intercultural collaboration will be explored. Students will become familiar with working academically within a diverse team environment. Research Project Two research projects over one and two semesters will be part of the curriculum in this M.Sc. programme. Students will work in a team on one selected current research topic and complete their own academic research assignment. The research projects are an essential part of the preparation for the master´s thesis. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Above average undergraduate degree in a business related fieldProficiency in English in written and spoken form as indicated by TOEFL or IELTS. DURATION OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME 3 semesters COST OF LIVING Living costs average 680 Euros per month. Student appartments can be found for around 250 Euros per month. For non-EU applicants it is crucial to know that the visa requires proof of financial means. Financial support from the university is not available. Scholarships may be available through DAAD.  ... [-]


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