Curriculum Description

Your Curriculum Structure

The degree course starts once a year in the second half of September. You can, however, flexibly join the degree course at any time by individually booking mini-MBA certificate courses. The total time is 90 days, divided into five-day module weeks over a period of 20 months, including a one-week international exploration trip to a newly industrialized country as well as a practical master thesis. The weekends are free. In addition, the periods of time between the course modules are largely free from having to be at the university studying. This degree course is designed to help you devote enough time to your profession and family while you study.

The course of study consists of four phases which ideally follow each other. However, the modular structure of the program also allows you to tailor it individually:

  • Start-up phase (year 1: September to January): In the start-up phase, all participants build solid management principles in eight thematic areas.
  • Specialization phase (year 1 and 2: February to December): The participants choose from six currently offered areas of specialization according to their personal interests and professional needs.
  • Final phase (year 2: January to June): There will be two module weeks of personal key competences. In addition, the past learning content is integrated into a company simulation. During this time, the one-week international exploration trip also takes place in an emerging country.
  • Project phase (year 2: September to April): What has been learned is transferred into a practical Master’s thesis in which solutions are developed for a current issue that the participant selects from the company or industry context.

After successfully completing all modules, the participant will graduate 18 months after having started the degree program and be awarded the ‘RWTH Aachen Executive MBA’ diploma.

If participants are not able to complete individual modules in the current year due to professional or personal obligations, it is possible to make these up in the following year.

Your Course Portfolio

The RWTH Executive MBA course portfolio consists of more than 30 thematically self-contained modules on basic management tasks, advanced specialized topics and intensive insights into current technological developments. Since participants select from well-defined areas of specialization, they can focus precisely on their individual needs and those of their companies.

 

Controlling of Innovations
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
The course is aimed at specialists and executives from companies interested in the identification of hidden potentials within the innovation process as well as innovation control in order to achieve sustainable improvements in the success of their company's innovation.
Lecture
09/11/2017
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Title:
Controlling of Innovations
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Language:
German
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
09/11/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
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Chief Technology Manager
Professor Dr. Günther  Schuh
Professor Dr. Günther  Schuh
Sophisticated technology management is no longer a luxury, but a must! The core task of technology management is to provide the required technologies (product, production and material technologies) for current and future services at the right time and at reasonable costs.
Lecture
09/11/2017
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Title:
Chief Technology Manager
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Günther  Schuh
Language:
German
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
09/11/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Günther  Schuh
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Strategy I
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Students gain conceptual and practical knowledge about strategic management in preparation of their future leadership roles
Lecture
09/18/2017
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Title:
Strategy I
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
09/18/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
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Strategy II
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Students gain advanced conceptual and practical knowledge about strategic management in preparation of their future leadership roles
Lecture
09/25/2017
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Title:
Strategy II
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
09/25/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
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Technology Management
Toni Drescher
Toni Drescher
Students gain a comprehensive knowledge about core decisions managers have to make with regard to the creation and exploitation of technological competences and technological assets and the factors influencing these decisions
Lecture
10/09/2017
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Title:
Technology Management
Instructor:
Toni Drescher
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
10/09/2017
Contact:
Toni Drescher
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Leadership
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
The purpose of this course is to understand the increasing complexity of leading people at different levels of the organization and to further prepare the students to effectively manage the challenges of becoming a leader.
Lecture
10/16/2017
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Title:
Leadership
Instructor:
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Language:
English
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
10/16/2017
Contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
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Finance
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Students will be able to understand the key components of financial work in a company, the underlying core mechanisms and KPIs. They will further gain an understanding of the financial industry as a whole, its development over the last years and the resulting impact on individual companies.
Lecture
11/06/2017
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Title:
Finance
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
11/06/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
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Managerial Accounting
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Students learn about advanced concepts of managerial accounting which allow for integrated business planning and management control.
Lecture
11/13/2017
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Title:
Managerial Accounting
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
11/13/2017
Contact:
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
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Human Resource Management
Professor Dr. Christine Harbring
Professor Dr. Christine Harbring
Students understand the basic challenges of human resource management and get to know the relevant tools and processes of personnel management and thereby, understand the importance of HRM for the company success.
Lecture
01/15/2018
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Title:
Human Resource Management
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Christine Harbring
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
01/15/2018
Contact:
Professor Dr. Christine Harbring
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Corporate Entrepreneurship
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Students will understand entrepreneurial thought patterns and decision-making logic to be able to transfer and apply it to the context of an established company. They will further gain insights into recent trends and market developments that have a crucial impact on existing and new businesses alike
Lecture
01/22/2018
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Title:
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
01/22/2018
Contact:
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
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Principles of Technology & Innovation
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
The main objective is to provide students with basic knowledge about the different areas of innovation management.
Lecture
02/19/2018
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Title:
Principles of Technology & Innovation
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
02/19/2018
Contact:
Dr. David Antons
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Strategic Product & Quality Management
SCHMITT
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of product quality from a customers' perspective. They gain knowledge about core decisions managers have to make with regard to managing products and services strategically, especially in contexts characterized by large market heterogeneity.
Lecture
04/09/2018
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Title:
Strategic Product & Quality Management
Instructor:
SCHMITT
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
04/09/2018
Contact:
SCHMITT
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Principles of Marketing and Sales
Professor Torsten Tomczak, PhD
Professor Torsten Tomczak, PhD
Students learn about marketing as a guiding principle, know the essentials of brand and product management and understand the current challenges in marketing.
Lecture
02/11/2018
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Title:
Principles of Marketing and Sales
Instructor:
Professor Torsten Tomczak, PhD
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
02/11/2018
Contact:
Professor Torsten Tomczak, PhD
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Industrial B2B Marketing
Professor Hartwig Steffenhagen, PhD
Professor Hartwig Steffenhagen, PhD
The students see the importance, scope and applicable methods in marketing and sales of industrial B2B companies from the point of view of success-oriented management.
Lecture
04/16/2018
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Title:
Industrial B2B Marketing
Instructor:
Professor Hartwig Steffenhagen, PhD
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
04/16/2018
Contact:
Professor Hartwig Steffenhagen, PhD
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Marketing 4.0
WENZEL_D
The course imparts theoretical and practical knowledge in advanced marketing as preparation for interdisciplinary leadership roles.
Lecture
09/10/2018
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Title:
Marketing 4.0
Instructor:
WENZEL_D
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
09/10/2018
Contact:
WENZEL_D
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Principles of Pred. Enterprise & Data Science
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Students gain a comprehensive knowledge to create value with data driven decisions and integrate Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in enterprises
Lecture
03/05/2018
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Title:
Principles of Pred. Enterprise & Data Science
Instructor:
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
03/05/2018
Contact:
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
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Process & IT Management in Production Systems
Professor Dr. Volker Stich
Professor Dr. Volker Stich
Students gain a fundamental understanding of production-logistical interrelations in a company's supply chain.
Lecture
06/04/2018
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Title:
Process & IT Management in Production Systems
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Volker Stich
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
06/04/2018
Contact:
Professor Dr. Volker Stich
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Data Management / Big Data
KREZEL
Students will have a comprehensive knowledge about data management and storage technologies as well as handling of data.
Lecture
05/14/2018
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Title:
Data Management / Big Data
Instructor:
KREZEL
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
05/14/2018
Contact:
KREZEL
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Data Security
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Lecture
11/05/2018
Presence
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Title:
Data Security
Instructor:
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
11/05/2018
Contact:
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
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Principles of Supply Chain and Operations MGMT
Professor Dr. Julia Bendul
Professor Dr. Julia Bendul
Students gain knowledge on the principles of design and management of procurement, production, distribution and after sales networks.
Lecture
03/12/2018
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Title:
Principles of Supply Chain and Operations MGMT
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Julia Bendul
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
03/12/2018
Contact:
Professor Dr. Julia Bendul
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Principles of Digitalization and Transformation
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Students gain a fundamental understanding of production-logistical interrelations in a company's supply chain.
Lecture
03/19/2017
Presence
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Title:
Principles of Digitalization and Transformation
Instructor:
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
03/19/2017
Contact:
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
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Design Thinking
Professor Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Professor Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Students gain knowledge regarding the diversity issue, get to know a participatory approach using the example of Design Thinking and learn with the help of the participatory approach to integrate social reality in technical issues.
Lecture
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Title:
Design Thinking
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Language:
English
Timing:
Winter term
Block Course
Contact:
Professor Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
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Smart Services
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
This module complements special and essential aspects of the service and work systems necessary for the realization of digital business models.
Lecture
11/26/2018
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Title:
Smart Services
Instructor:
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
11/26/2018
Contact:
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
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Principles of Industrie 4.0
Toni Drescher
Toni Drescher
Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of concept, common patterns and technology of Industrie 4.0 accomplished by examples in practice
Lecture
02/05/2018
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Title:
Principles of Industrie 4.0
Instructor:
Toni Drescher
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
02/05/2018
Contact:
Toni Drescher
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Smart Products and Agile Development
Toni Drescher
Toni Drescher
The course module builds up comprehensive knowledge of concept and method of Agile Development and customer centric design, furthermore participants get qualified to apply an agile development process in the context of smart products.
Lecture
06/18/2018
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Title:
Smart Products and Agile Development
Instructor:
Toni Drescher
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
06/18/2018
Contact:
Toni Drescher
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Smart Production
Toni Drescher
Toni Drescher
Students gain a hands-on and tangible understanding of successfulgain Industrie 4.0 applications and technologies for Smart Production.
Lecture
06/25/2018
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Title:
Smart Production
Instructor:
Toni Drescher
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
06/25/2018
Contact:
Toni Drescher
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Intercultural Management
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Students gain a comprehensive knowledge how to manage organizational diversity and make effective decisions and relations in an intercultural setting.
Lecture
01/14/2019
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Title:
Intercultural Management
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
01/14/2019
Contact:
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
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Negotiations & Conflict Management
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Students substantially increased their analytical capabilities to better understand the behaviour of others at the negotiating table and have acquired a set of skills and methods to successfully manage negotiations and mediate conflicts.
Lecture
01/21/2019
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Title:
Negotiations & Conflict Management
Instructor:
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
01/21/2019
Contact:
Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
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Managing Change & Organizational Dynamics
Professor Eivor  Oborn, PhD
Professor Eivor  Oborn, PhD
The objective of this module is to review current ideas and practices on the what, why, and how of managing change in contemporary organisations (and social systems in general). In particular, the module will examine issues and dilemmas facing those managing change
Lecture
02/11/2019
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Title:
Managing Change & Organizational Dynamics
Instructor:
Professor Eivor  Oborn, PhD
Language:
English
Timing:
Not on a regular basis
Block Course
Start:
02/11/2019
Contact:
Professor Eivor  Oborn, PhD
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Enterprise Simulation
Christoph Heinen
Christoph Heinen
The enterprise simulation module, with an entrepreneurial perspective, stretches the curve between the previous modules. In the course of enterprise simulation, the participants use this knowledge and implement it in a targeted and coordinated manner in entrepreneurial decisions.
Simulation Game
03/11/2019
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Title:
Enterprise Simulation
Instructor:
Christoph Heinen
Language:
German
Timing:
Block Course
Start:
03/11/2019
Contact:
Christoph Heinen
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Study Trip
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Students have an increased understanding and perception of how culturally motivated motivations and value orientations can transform working methods;
Excusion
04/07/2019
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Title:
Study Trip
Instructor:
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Language:
Deutsch/Englisch
Timing:
Block Course
Start:
04/07/2019
Contact:
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
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Your Sample Schedule

A module week extends over a five-day work week and takes place every six to eight weeks – often also bundled into two weeks. As a rule, the participants arrive Monday morning and complete the course week on Friday afternoon with an examination. The modules are thematically self-contained. This structure results in participants making clearly structured temporal and thematic progress in their studies.

Accreditation

The RWTH Executive MBA is accredited by both the AACSB (the Association for Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation).

The accreditation by the internationally renowned agency AACSB constitutes a special recognition of high standards in teaching and research, a privilege enjoyed by only eight economics faculties in Germany, including RWTH Aachen University. The aim of this initiative is to introduce and ensure a uniform, international quality standard for universities.

The Executive MBA is also accredited by FIBAA for quality assurance and quality development in scientific education. The content and didactic learning experience is constantly optimized and adapted to the latest findings and trends so that our postgraduate programs continue to be among the best in the world.