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Virtual Information Session on General Management Plus Program

On June 23, 2016, WHU Executive Education will offer a virtual information session on the General Management Plus Program, which will commence in January 2017 for the fourth time. We will give an introduction into the format and contents of the executive program, inform you about financing options and participants will be given the opportunity to ask their questions to WHU staff and alumni of the program.


Private Equity and Venture Capital Program

New Executive Program on Private Equity and Venture Capital successfully launched

WHU’s new Executive Education Program “Value Creation in Private Equity and Venture Capital” commenced on Thursday, April 28. The two-day program was taught by WHU Professors Serden Ozcan and Garen Markarian and took place at WHU Campus Düsseldorf, Germany.

“We are thrilled that 28 talented professionals representing six nationalities from Europe, Asia, and the Americas joined the first program run”, says Professor Serden Ozcan, Chair of Innovation and Organization at WHU. Participants had diverse backgrounds, coming from venture capital and private equity firms, corporate venture units, family offices, M&A firms, accelerators as well as family businesses, corporations, and start-ups. Such a remarkable gathering of participants from diverse organizations and countries provided a powerful forum for lively debates and exchanges of experiences.

The program was targeted to professionals who were new to the topics of Venture Capital and Private Equity but also to professionals who aimed at deepening their knowledge and at keeping up with the latest developments and tools. “The Private Equity and Venture Capital industries are changing quickly. This is why we make it a point to include the latest developments of the industries in our program”, explains Professor Garen Markarian, Chair of Financial Accounting at WHU.

In the course of the two days, the participants learned amongst others how venture capital works in each stage of a venture´s life course and how venture capitalists manage their portfolio of investments. With regards to private equity, they learned how to value a private equity company and the financing techniques and tools commonly used in leveraged buyout transactions. Besides lectures, the program offered plenty of networking opportunities, not only with fellow participants but also with professionals from leading Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms such as Alvarez & Marsal, Capnamic Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Lincoln International, and Waterland Private Equity.


Doing Business With India

WHU’s Doing Business With India Program mentioned in a blog article by "The Economist Executive Education Navigator"

"It’s all designed to give participants a deeper understanding of Indian work culture, consumer demand and investment risks and possibilities" states a recently published blog article about WHU´s Doing Business With India Program by "The Economist Executive Education Navigator".

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Business with responsibility

WHU General Management Plus Program successfully begins for the third time

During the past week, the WHU General Management Plus Program began for the third time. In the program, a total of 14 participants from 8 countries, including China, India, Israel, Spain, and Germany, face the common challenge of WHU Executive Education and its cooperation partner, BOOKBRIDGE – learning general management content and directly applying what they have learned as responsible social entrepreneurs.

As top talents in their respective companies, the participants have been sent to this continuing-education program with a particular focus on entrepreneurial thinking and acting. Here, they receive instruction from the renowned instructors at WHU in the topics of strategy, leadership, and entrepreneurship. At the same time, as fully responsible entrepreneurs, they establish a learning center that follows the principles of a social enterprise. The special feature in this third round of the program is that the participants are planning and executing market entry into a new country: Sri Lanka. “The expansion of activities into a new country is a very special challenge,” Dr. Carsten Rübsaamen, CEO and founder of the social enterprise BOOKBRIDGE, commented. And he added: “Planning and implementing a market-entry strategy in hitherto-unknown regions is a valuable experience the participants can bring to their everyday work.”

WHU Executive Education and BOOKBRIDGE have already been working together on this program, the only one of its kind in the world, for more than three years. “It's great to watch how much dedication the participants devote to the entrepreneurial task at hand,” Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann, Managing Director of WHU Executive Education, was pleased to report. “I am very pleased that in BOOKBRIDGE we have a partner with which we can actually provide visual evidence of the impact of what has been learned,” she added. Even after completing the program, participants are given the opportunity to stay informed about the status of “their” learning center on a regular basis.

The WHU General Management Plus Program at a glance:

  • 5 modules with a total of 18 days of attendance (10 days WHU campus Düsseldorf, 8 days of sojourn abroad)
  • Leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship & business impact project
  • Group size: 15 participants
  • Program language: English
  • Participants who successfully complete the program receive 10 ECTS
  • Next program begins: January 2017

You will find more information and the application form here.


New at WHU: Supply Chain Leadership Program

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management will offer a new executive education program in April. Organized jointly with Kühne Logistics University (KLU), the executive education program targets supply chain managers. Strategy, entrepreneurial logic and actions, and leadership are the Supply Chain Leadership program’s core themes.

Digitalization, internationalization, and increasingly shorter production cycles are presenting new challenges to companies and their flexibility. Supply chain management offers great potential for supporting or controlling corporate strategy, making a major contribution to strengthening competitive advantages. However, supply chain managers are often faced with the challenge of positioning the benefits of their own activities relative to the company’s strategic goals. This is why the Supply Chain Leadership program aims to expand the participants’ perspective on overall corporate policies and goals. In turn, this will enable managers to design processes more effectively and efficiently and to achieve corporate goals with the help of supply chain management.

“Our program’s participants will benefit from the expertise of the general management specialists at WHU and the experience of KLU’s supply chain and logistics experts,” said Prof. Dr. Carl Marcus Wallenburg, Chair for Logistics and Service Management at WHU and one of the program’s teachers. According to Wallenburg, the new program also features close coordination between its academic content and the daily working environments of the participants. It will focus on strategy and its implementation, leadership, change management, and entrepreneurial logic and actions.

“In today’s economy, efficient supply chain management is a key competitive ability booster. Managers who are not in tune with the times will find it difficult to achieve their corporate goals,” said Fabian Berger, Managing Director of KLU and KLU Executive Education. “This is why managers in this field must have the best possible continuing education opportunities.”