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Please briefly introduce yourself and your role in the company.

My name is Christian Roder, I am 33 years old and a Production Manager at Schoeller Werk GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of longitudinally welded stainless-steel tubes. I studied industrial engineering with a specialisation in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and am currently completing the Executive MBA Technology Management at RWTH Business School.

What made you decide to do an Executive MBA programme?

I would like to personally develop into a responsible industry leader with management skills for current challenges in technology industries. That’s why I chose this degree programme, because that’s exactly where it focuses on and gives me insights into current trends such as digitalisation or sustainability with corresponding implementation strategies that I can transfer directly into practice. Furthermore, I wanted to expand my professional network with interesting contacts and obtain an additional qualifying degree.

Why did you choose the Executive MBA Technology Management at RWTH Business School?

The degree programme at RWTH Business School has a clear focus on technology, combined with interesting topics from digitalisation, sustainability and innovation. In addition, there is a strong practical relevance through exciting guest lectures by industry experts. International modules at renowned business schools, such as Cambridge Business School and IE Business School Madrid, make the degree programme particularly international and provide insights into various technology-driven innovation ecosystems. The overall package includes an interesting mix of operational basics as well as technology and soft skills modules.

What are the highlights of your programme so far?

My highlight so far was the study trip to the Innovation Ecosystem at IE Business School Madrid. In addition, I was able to expand my strongly economic perspective on many topics in the context of sustainability and social responsibility as a manager in technology companies.

Work, family and MBA – how can these three areas be successfully managed?

There is a good work-life balance during the preparation and attendance phases. Personal time management is ensured by the online material, so that preparation can be managed flexibly. However, the workload also depends on the module and the ECTS credit points awarded.

To what extent would you say the Executive MBA helps you grow personally?

It was extremely enriching to discuss issues from different perspectives and to see the impact of decisions. I also made many interesting contacts from various technology sectors and at different career stages. The fun never came up short on the study trips and in the personal exchange with fellow students and lecturers. 😊

The Executive MBA of RWTH Business School in one word?


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Christian Roder
Production Manager
Schoeller Werk GmbH & Co. KG