Learning Experience

Our Teaching Approach

The teaching program of the RWTH Aachen Executive MBA is designed for the results-oriented requirements of experienced business practitioners. It integrates dynamic lectures, interactive lecturer-participant discussions and concrete case studies in small groups whose composition changes regularly. In order to enable the participants to co-operate competently with all the central departments of a company and to assume interdisciplinary responsibility, they receive an introduction to the most important foundations of all management disciplines and current areas where they are applied. They become competent cooperation partners who understand the specialized language of different departments and can integrate department-specific requirements into a general overview.

A postgraduate course of study is more than the sum of its courses. Only through the interplay of input and exchange can intensive learning and relaxed co-operation form the environment for real learning inspiration. We ensure that this environment is ready for you in Aachen:

  • Excellent science and praxis orientation: While it is often a challenge for young undergraduate students to make practical use of what they have learned at a later time, this postgraduate course for those with a professional background is characterized by having them reflect upon the scientific concepts and the research results of the lecturers, at the same level as their practical experience. All professors of RWTH Aachen University who teach in the EMBA are involved in long-term industrial projects and business ventures. This creates a dynamic exchange with a wide range of applications and cross-company insights.
  • Exchange of experts and network formation: In addition to learning in lectures, the participants network among themselves, thereby further enhancing their knowledge. Often, this does not end when a specific event finishes, but continues privately in the evenings during the module weeks. Over the course of the study period of 20 months, they build a familiar network that is at least as valuable to many participants as the material learned itself.
  • Team and leadership competence training in changing groups: The goal of this course of study is not only acquiring new knowledge, but in developing concrete management skills. For this reason, real-life cases are analyzed in each module: in small groups whose composition changes, often over several days. The groups systematically hone their team and leadership skills as well as negotiation and conflict management expertise. In the protected space of the university, they give and receive feedback and can reflect upon the course content with the lecturers individually.
  • A refreshing return to study - in the inspiring learning environment of the RWTH Aachen University, professionally established and highly motivated participants find themselves in a challenging learning environment. At the same time, as they temporarily shift into student life during the module weeks, they can harness fresh energy. In the guest house of the RWTH Aachen University or self-organized executive shared apartments, they can also discuss the contents of the day in the evening or simply make new friendships. This opens the door to new approaches to solving problems and often inspires participants to tackle new challenges in their professional lives. In addition, the participants are directly embedded in one of the most dynamic technology locations in Europe - the new campus of RWTH Aachen University - where hundreds of companies, start-ups and research institutes cooperate.

Our Partners

In partnership with the Fraunhofer Academy and the University of St. Gallen, RWTH Business School brings together the world's leading experts from application-oriented business management and technology-related management training for its Executive MBA program. All three institutions are actively involved in the program. The modules are mainly held at the RWTH Business School and twice at the University of St. Gallen. We cooperate with universities and companies around the world for a journey of exploration into a newly industrialized country.

Our Core Faculty

Each module is supervised by an expert instructor. This professor is not only highly regarded in the scientific community, but also has a great deal of practical experience in his or her module topic. In each module, additional guest professors, lecturers from praxis or experts are brought in to tackle specific topics.

Here you can get an overview into the instructors of the RWTH Aachen Executive MBA

Get to know your professors

Professor Dr. Frank Thomas Piller
Prof. Frank Piller has been researching the design of customer-centric innovation and value-added processes for many years, the successful management of radical business model innovations and the use of external knowledge for the innovation process.
  • Founding Dean
  • Academic Director of EMBA
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Name:
Frank Thomas Piller
Education:
Universität Würzburg
Role:
  • Academic Leadership
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Chair of Technology and Innovation Management
School:
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Topics:
Strategy, Technology, Innovation
Methods:
Text Analysis
Sectors:
Hightech
Programs:
  • RWTH Research manager
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
Modules:
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Technology Management
Professor Dr. Malte Brettel
Malte Brettel studied industrial engineering at the TU Darmstadt, specializing in mechanical engineering. He was promoted and habilitated at the Scientific College of Management - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar.
  • Vice-Rector RWTH Aachen University
  • Academic Director RWTH International Academy
  • Lecturer
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Malte Brettel
Education:
TU Darmstadt
Role:
  • Academic Leadership
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Chair of Business Administration for Engineers and Natural Scientists
School:
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Topics:
Strategy, Technology, Innovation
Methods:
Econometrics
Sectors:
Healthcare
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • M.Sc. in Management and Engineering in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Modules:
  • Finance
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
Professor Dr. Thomas Kittsteiner
Thomas Kittsteiner is Professor for Microeconomics at RWTH Aachen University. His expertise is in strategic management and market design. He has published in leading academic journals and advised companies in market design and competition.
  • Dean of School of Business and Economics
  • Instructor
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Thomas Kittsteiner
Education:
Universität Mannheim
London School of Economics
Role:
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Chair of Economics
School:
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Topics:
Strategy, Economics, Organization
Methods:
game theoretic analysis, experiments
Sectors:
e-commerce
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Strategic Management
Modules:
  • Strategy I
  • Strategy II
Professor Dr. Christine Harbring
Christine Harbring is an expert in experimental research on topics from organizational and personnel economics. She is full professor at RWTH Aachen University holding the Chair of Organization.
  • Instructor
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Christine Harbring
Education:
Universität Bonn
Universität Köln
Role:
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Chair of Organization
School:
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Topics:
Organizational Economics, Human Resource Management, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics
Methods:
Empirical Research on the basis of field and experimental data
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • RWTH Research manager
Modules:
  • Human Resource Management
  • Personalmanagement
Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe
Peter Letmathe (born in 1966) studied business administration at University of Bielefeld where he graduated as Diplom-Kaufmann. He received his PhD (awarded with summa cum laude) from University GH Essen and completed his postdoctoral stage with his habilitation on “Flexible Standardization” at Ruhr-University Bochum. Between 1993 and 2001, he worked at both universities – Essen and Bochum – as research assistant in the fields of management accounting, operations management, and corporate environmental management. After completing his habilitation he was appointed Professor of Environmental and Technology Management at University of Bayreuth. Between 2002 and 2011 he held the chair of Value Chain Management with special focus on Small and Medium sized Enterprises at University of Siegen where he founded the SMI (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Institute Siegen) in 2003, which he headed until September 2011. Since October 2011 he holds the Chair of Management Accounting at RWTH Aachen University.
  • Instructor
  • Academic Director of Certificate Program Management Accounting Systems for Innovation Management
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Peter Letmathe
Education:
Universität GH Essen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Role:
  • Academic Leadership
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Chair of Management Accounting
School:
Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Topics:
Accounting, Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability
Methods:
Empirical methods (experiments, survey, archival data), quantitative modeling
Sectors:
Automobile indistry, energy industrie, mechanical engineering companies, various family companies in other sectors
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • RWTH Research manager
Modules:
  • Controlling of Innovations
  • Managerial Accounting
Dr. Ulrich Kerzel
  • Instructor
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Name:
Ulrich Kerzel
Role:
  • Core Business Faculty
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Predictive Enterprise
Modules:
  • Principles of Pred. Enterprise & Data Science
  • Data Security
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Toni Drescher
As head of technology management at the Fraunhofer Institute for production technology, Tony Drescher accompanies consulting projects to implement and role out strategies, processes and methods of technology management in mid to large sized companies. This includes the systematic approach to identify new technologies (mega trend analysis, scenario technique, network and community management etc.) in the so called fuzzy front end.
  • Instructor
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Name:
Toni Drescher
Role:
  • Core Engineering Faculty
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Strategic Management
Modules:
  • Technology Management
  • Principles of Industrie 4.0
Summary
Associate Professor Dr. Tomas Farchi, PhD
Tomas Farchi is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behaviour Department at IAE Business School. In addition to his position at IAE, Tomas is a Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford and a recipient of a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR, UK) grant to study novel forms of knowledge coordination in biomedical research centres. His research also examines the nature of expert knowledge and its problematic appropriation from users in large and heterogeneous professional groups.
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Tomas Farchi
Role:
  • Affiliated Faculty
Group:
Organizational Behavior
School:
IAE Business School
Organisation:
Universidad Austral
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Modules:
  • Leadership
  • Study Trip
Professor Torsten Tomczak, PhD
  • Instructor
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Name:
Torsten Tomczak
Role:
  • Affiliated Faculty
Group:
 Network Optimization in Production and Logistics
Organisation:
Universität St. Gallen
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Technology-Driven Marketing and Sales
Modules:
  • Principles of Marketing and Sales
Professor Hartwig Steffenhagen, PhD
Hartwig Steffenhagen was born in 1943 in Halle. After his vocational training at a banking institute he studied Business Administration at the University of Munich during the years of 1964 - 1969. Prof. Steffenhagen received his doctor's degree in 1972 at the University of Münster. There he habilitated in 1976. In the year 1977 he became the Professor of Marketing at the University of Siegen. Until his retirement in 2011 he was the Professor of the Chair of Marketing and Corporate Policy at the RWTH Aachen since 1980. He still remains closely associated with the Chair.
  • Instructor
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Hartwig Steffenhagen
Education:
Universität Münster
Universität Münster
Role:
  • Affiliated Faculty
Group:
FIR e.V. an der RWTH Aachen
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Technology-Driven Marketing and Sales
Modules:
  • Industrial B2B Marketing
Professor Dr. Julia Bendul
  • Instructor
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Name:
Julia Bendul
Role:
  • Core Business Faculty
Group:
Institut für Fabrikanlagen und Logistik
Organisation:
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Operation & Supply Chain Management
Modules:
  • Principles of Supply Chain and Operations MGMT
Professor Dr. Volker Stich
  • Instructor
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Name:
Volker Stich
Role:
  • Core Engineering Faculty
Group:
FIR e.V. an der RWTH Aachen
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Operation & Supply Chain Management
Modules:
  • Process & IT Management in Production Systems
  • Industrial Logistics
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
  • Instructor
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Gerhard Gudergan
Role:
  • Core Engineering Faculty
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Digital Transformation
Modules:
  • Principles of Digitalization and Transformation
  • Digital Transformation
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Christoph Heinen
  • Instructor
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Name:
Christoph Heinen
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
Modules:
  • Enterprise Simulation
Professor Eivor  Oborn, PhD
Eivor Oborn joined Warwick Business School in October 2012 as Professor of Health Care Management. She is also a Research Fellow at Judge Business School, Cambridge University. Eivor holds an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Bio-Surgery and Surgical Technology at Imperial College London, working in association with Lord Darzi. She received her PhD as a Gates Scholar from Cambridge Judge Business School in 2006.
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Eivor  Oborn
Role:
  • Affiliated Faculty
School:
Wawrwick Business School
Organisation:
The University of Warwick
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
Modules:
  • Managing Change & Organizational Dynamics
Professor Dr. Carmen Leicht-Scholten
  • Instructor
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Name:
Carmen Leicht-Scholten
Role:
  • Core Engineering Faculty
Group:
Werkzeugmaschinenlabor WZL der RWTH Aachen
School:
Fakultät für Bauingenieurwesen
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • M.Sc. in Management and Engineering in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Modules:
  • Design Thinking
  • Engineering, Culture and Society
Professor Dr. Günther  Schuh
Managing Director of WZL, Chair of Production Engineering at WZL and Head of the Department for Technology Management at Fraunhofer IPT.
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Name:
Günther  Schuh
Role:
  • Core Engineering Faculty
Organisation:
RWTH Aachen University
Programs:
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • M.Sc. in Management and Engineering in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Modules:
  • Chief Technology Manager
  • Industrial Logistics

Your Peers

All participants in the RWTH Executive MBA have at least a first degree, and in many cases a master’s or even a doctorate, usually in a non-business area. Most of the participants are between 35 and 45 years old and have more than ten years of professional experience.

What connects all participants in the RWTH Aachen University Executive MBA is that they work in a technology-oriented industrial company or service provider. They are experienced experts from different departments: research & development, production, logistics, marketing or sales as well as controlling, finance, or human resources. As the range of their tasks and responsibilities increases, they recognize the need to further sharpen the personal profile and look beyond the professional horizon at the same time. Our participants want to understand complex relationships and steer rapid developments in the company. To this end, they need to develop their insight into the requirements of other specialist areas, business management know-how and professional management tools.

The composition of the group of participants represents the diversity of the industrial working world. It enables an interdisciplinary exchange on a personal level and changes perspectives. The expert networks, which are developed over two academic years, represent as valuable and sustainable a gain for many participants as the course of study itself.

If you recognize yourself in this description, then you are in the right hands with us!

 

This is how a recent alumnus described his experience on the MBA:

"The EMBA gave me a whole new way to look at technological developments in the market and to use them for my company. For true technology management, you have to be able to do both of the following: understand technology like an engineer and strategically manage people and processes like a manager. By learning this, in addition to my former engineering studies, I have gained a great deal. I now have a much broader understanding of economic and strategic contexts and how to control them in a company."

Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Eßer-Ayertey, MBA, graduation 2015
DVS - German Welding Society

 

Thanks to the program’s modular design and the compact intensive weeks, you are able to combine study with work and family life. For me, it was optimal not to have to go to the university several times per week and at the weekend, but always one to two weeks at a stretch. Before, I had also thought of an online or a correspondence course of study. But there one is left alone and writes mainly theoretical homework. This is not sufficient for the workplace, where you need to apply management skills. Therefore, I found the intensive modules with the other participants particularly valuable. In the group work, we trained every time how to really apply what was taught in the lectures; from this work, there resulted many ideas and insights that now flow into my daily work.