Open Programs for Individuals
Open Programs for Individuals

Open Programs

Our Open Programs are created to suit your job-related development needs. All our programs are on an international top-level, taught by renowned faculty and industry experts. Our aim is to prepare you for your next career step, your next career challenge, or to simply update your knowledge and skills for your current working environment. Besides a broad range of highly relevant, up-to-date managerial topics, the WHU Executive Education portfolio includes special ECTS-Granting-Programs. Earned ECTS credits will showcase the workload of the Executive Education program and can be accredited to study programs at a later point in time.

Explore our Open Program portfolio:

Advanced Management
Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program
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The WHU Advanced Management for Senior Professionals Program is designed for experienced professionals. Your focus will be on strategizing during periods of corporate transformation, inspirational leadership and boosting your impact in your organization and a globalized economy. Sessions in 2 modules with 2.5 in-class days each are designed to challenge your views on transformation and leadership through a dynamic mixture of methodological elements. The in-class experience is complemented by short Executive Insights sessions taking place online.

You will be awarded with a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Virtual
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees7.990,00 €
CIO Leadership Excellence Program - Basis Module
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Digital transformation is the key challenge for executives today. WHU, IDG Business Media GmbH, and DXC Technology offer an advanced program for senior executives in IT and digitalization that enhances your capabilities to lead and transform your organization into a digital, disruptive, and globalized economy.

The five-day module hosted in Düsseldorf challenges your entrepreneurial mindset and inspirational leadership capabilities. Join an active network of more than 150 program alumni! You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees4.700,00 €
High-Performance Board Member Program (by IESE & WHU)
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Corporate boards play an increasingly vital role in today’s disruptive business landscape. As a board member, you can shape the entire future of your organization by providing guidance and oversight on crucial issues facing organizations today, ranging from risk management, business strategy, sustainability, and compliance.

Are you a senior-level executive currently serving on a corporate board, or aspiring to transition into this role? Or maybe you are a senior manager wanting to engage more effectively now with your board: This unique program was designed to give you pragmatic new insights and valuable tools to amplify your impact and secure your organization’s future.

In a dynamic learning forum, industry and academic experts from WHU and IESE Business School will accompany you to ensure you magnify your contribution in your particular role, create strategic value and ensure a sustainable competitive advantage for your organization.

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  • Location
    • Düsseldorf
    • Munich
    • Barcelona
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees13.150,00 €
Management Programm für Non-Profit-Führungskräfte
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The non-profit sector faces increasing challenges as a consequence of digitalization, changes of the legal frameworks and other shifts in the strategic environment. The Management Program for Executives in the Non-profit Sector (Management Programm für Non-Profit-Führungskräfte) by WHU and DSA helps you to get a structured view on those challenges, to expand your strategic toolkit and establish additional networks in the sector. During the program week, you will engage in discussions with our lecturers in interactive learning sessions, consider practical cases in small groups, and reflect on your role as a leader and your personal leadership style. After successfully participating in the Management Program for Non-profit Executives, you will be awarded a joint certificate by DSA and WHU. The program is held in German language only.

Advanced ManagementDigital TransformationLeadershipNon-profitSocial Impact
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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageGerman
  • Fees3.850,00 €
The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders
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This program is offered by Leadership Choices and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. You will learn how to authentically add coaching to your leadership signature.

We will primarily learn how coaching works from a practical perspective. Using the Leadership Choices coaching model, you will be given insights into powerful questions and levels of listening. Moreover, you will learn to apply coaching interventions that have proven successful in a leadership context. Plenty of practical coaching work will take place in the classroom. You will also be asked to work with three real coachees, i.e. coaching clients, during the program. After successful completion of the program, you will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate.

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    • Online
    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees5.950,00 €
Focused Programs
CIMA CFO Program
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The CIMA CFO Program will complement your experience and put you on a fast track to gaining the globally trusted and highly valued Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) qualification. With your vast experience in finance and business functions as a C-suite executive, we want to help you stay at the cutting edge of your profession.

This program is offered by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and hosted by WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. After successfully completing this fast-track program and passing the Strategic Case Study exam, you will qualify as a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

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    • Düsseldorf
    • Online
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees7.500,00 €
Digital Controlling Program
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The Digital Controlling Program is designed for professionals in Controlling & Finance who aspire to drive digital transformation in their organizations. This intense and highly practical development program focuses on fostering an entrepreneurial, agile, and customer-centric mindset during periods of corporate transformation, and the ability to lead digitalization within organizations from the Finance function.

You will get an overview of digital transformation in Controlling and gain insights into analytics and data science & technology. Complementary e-learning sessions by our cooperation partner "The Association/CIMA" (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) will round up the program. You will receive a Certificate after completing the program.

Corporate TransformationDigital TransformationFinanceControlling
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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees5.950,00 €
Digitalizing the Finance Function: The CFO Perspective
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This program is designed specifically for Finance executives who want to understand Finance Transformation, and how Finance functions can evolve into business navigators. Over the course of this four-day program, participants will experience a rich and varied program, including numerous practical use cases, and benefit from impulses from other CFOs and practitioners.

You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Advanced ManagementCorporate TransformationDigital TransformationFinance
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  • Location
    • Düsseldorf
    • Frankfurt
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees3.950,00 €
Negotiations Program
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Our Negotiation Program equips you with the skills you need to manage negotiations successfully, even in the most challenging situations. The 2-day program on negotiations provides managers and executives with a rich set of strategies, techniques, and tools for successful negotiation in any setting – be it day-to-day interactions with suppliers, customers, or colleagues. The international participant group allows you to network with peers from various cultural and industry backgrounds.

During hands-on exercises in the program, such as role-plays, you will be equipped with ready-to-use skills. On top of that, you will take home improved leadership and communication skills! You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the negotiation seminar.

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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees1.950,00 €
General Management
Brand Management Essentials
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In a face-paced world, strong brands are solid as a rock – they provide certainty and value for consumers and companies alike. They belong to the most important intangible assets of companies. Consequently, creating and sustaining brands is imperative. With strong brands, companies can build value and leverage growth while also being able to differentiate existing and potential competition. Furthermore, they are less vulnerable to competitor actions and crises, which instead, lets them enjoy the loyalty, engagement, and advocacy behaviors of customers. In short: a strong brand is often the tip of the scales when it comes to the long-term success of a company. This program is especially suited for participants who want to get a holistic and strategic perspective on brands, in addition to developing or refining their skills and understanding in branding. Leverage the power of strong brands and elevate your brand to gain loyalty, competitive advantage, and growth!

You will be awarded with a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

General ManagementManagement EssentialsMarketingStrategy
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
Capability Program
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ECTS

Our world is changing at lightning speed. And so are the challenges you and your organization are facing. At the same time, we strive to integrate purpose, values and meaning into our and others' professional lives. The ability to open up, embrace change and co-create tangible, impactful solutions are critical success factors today and even more so tomorrow.

The Capability Program transforms you with purpose so that you can transform your environment. The action learning program challenges you to step up and take real responsibility as a social entrepreneur in the field. As part of a diverse team, you co-create a tangible social enterprise to improve job and life chances of a deprived community. In this process, you will find unique opportunities to find and lead by purpose, think and act as an entrepreneur and collaborate as a diverse self-organized team. At the same time, you will be granted 9 ECTS points.

Personal LeadershipEntrepreneurshipNon-profitSocial Impact
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    • Switzerland
    • Mongolia
    • Virtual
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees12.500,00 €
Certified in Finance & Accounting
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ECTS

The Certified in Finance & Accounting Program provides specialization in the dual areas of finance and accounting. You will be introduced to the terminology of both topics and familiarized with the basics as well as some advanced concepts and theories. Courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. All courses consist of highly interactive lectures as well as group work. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate (incl. 8 ECTS) after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Certified in Marketing & Sales
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The WHU Certified in Marketing & Sales Program provides specialization in the topic of marketing, giving you a broad overview of its many different facets. You will be familiarized with the concepts of B2C and B2B marketing as well as the unique features of services marketing. Courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. All courses consist of highly interactive lectures as well as group work. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate (incl. 8 ECTS) after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Certified in Strategy & Organization
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ECTS

The Certified in Strategy & Organization Program is the broadest of all WHU Certified in Programs. It introduces basic concepts and theories with regard to strategy and different functions in an organization. Courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. All courses consist of highly interactive lectures as well as group work. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate (incl. 8 ECTS) after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Financial Literacy Program
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The Financial Literacy Program is all about how to read, derive, and apply relevant financial information to decision making situations. Created for managers who are not financial specialists, this program provides a thorough foundation in finance and accounting.

This financial literacy training will help you to read, understand, and interpret income statements, cash flow statements, and balance sheets. An overview of types of financing will be presented and you will develop an understanding of the characteristics of different financing instruments. You will be able to effectively apply financial analysis techniques and through that understand the strategic performance goals. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
General Management Plus Program
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ECTS

Boost your General Management skills with the General Management Plus Program: By combining the WHU Management Essentials Program with the Capability Program, which we conduct in cooperation with BOOKBRIDGE, we offer you the opportunity to obtain a WHU Mini MBA certificate with 15 ECTS. At the same time, we empower you to transform yourself and your organization with purpose. During the WHU Management Essentials Program, you will enhance your general management skills in the areas of finance, leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Facilitated by BOOKBRIDGE, you will establish a real-life and fully independent social enterprise in a deprived community during the Capability Program.

Personal LeadershipLeadershipEntrepreneurshipFinanceGeneral ManagementManagement EssentialsSocial ImpactStrategy
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Switzerland
    • Mongolia
    • Virtual
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees17.500,00 €
General Management Program in Sports Business
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ECTS

The General Management Program in Sports Business is a part-time executive development program for future leaders in the sports business industry and "high potentials" from adjacent business sectors. The program is offered by "Sport Business Academy" (SPOAC), a cooperation of WHU and the publishing house SPONSORs. The program content and selection of faculty are based on the latest scientific findings and most current industry trends.

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    • Düsseldorf
  • LanguageGerman
  • Fees25.000,00 €
Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials Program
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In today’s complex and disruptive world, innovation is key to staying relevant to customers, keeping ahead of the competition, and taking advantage of emerging digital technologies. The Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials Program will equip you with insights, skills, and tools to act as a frontrunner in innovation and corporate entrepreneurship within your organization. Renowned WHU faculty members and experienced innovation practitioners, with extensive international experience, will share with you the latest research results, practical tools, and agile methods for innovation in a variety of formats. The program is designed to engage all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship through guest lectures, group work, case studies, and a Serious Lego Play Session.

You will be awarded with a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Corporate TransformationInnovationManagement EssentialsStrategy
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
Leadership Essentials Program
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WHU’s Leadership Essentials Program explores the foundations of leadership by comparing effective and ineffective leadership behaviors – and by challenging you to (re-)consider who you are as a leader and why anybody should be led by you. During the 3-day interactive leadership seminar, you will develop a greater understanding of your own leadership, critical team dynamics as well as the strategic value of leadership at an organizational level.

We use exercises, group work, and case studies to illustrate the behaviors of highly effective leaders. The program concludes with reflections on what you have learned and a forward plan that will help you apply the insights you gained during the business leadership program. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Personal LeadershipLeadershipGeneral ManagementManagement Essentials
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
Management Essentials Program
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A leader has to keep many things in mind in order to make sustainable and strategically relevant decisions. WHU’s Management Essentials Programs provide participants who are transitioning into a leadership position or have done so recently, with the fundamental skills of General Management.

You can choose 3 out of 5 of the following programs: Leadership Essentials, Strategy Essentials, Financial Literacy, Brand Management, and Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials.

Each of these programs focuses on different skills that are essential for successful leadership. In combination with a personality profile, the Programs can be scheduled flexibly. You will receive a WHU Certificate of Excellence in General Management after successfully completing the program. Optionally, you can earn 6 ECTS credits, if you decide to write exams.

Personal LeadershipLeadershipFinanceGeneral ManagementInnovationManagement EssentialsStrategy
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees7.990,00 €
Strategic Decision Making Program
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This development program is designed for experienced professionals who aim at learning and employing the art of strategy to improve decision making. Over the course of this intensive program which is designed as a “training camp”, participants will be engaging in experiments, role plays (e.g., war gaming), and AI-based computer simulations to experience how thinking, deciding, and acting strategically can help achieve desired outcomes.

You will be awarded with a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

Corporate TransformationOrganizational LeadershipStrategy
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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
Strategy Essentials Program
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When taking on a general manager position, strategy formulation and strategy implementation become a vital part of your responsibilities. WHU´s Strategy Essentials Program is a fast-paced program providing you with the essential knowledge and tools to develop and implement a strong business strategy. By analyzing and discussing the different facets of business strategy formulation, you will gain an understanding of the importance of a company’s resources, capabilities, and limitations. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate after successfully completing the program.

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    • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees2.950,00 €
Online Programs
Online Certified in Finance & Economics
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ECTS

The Online Certified in Finance & Economics Program is a virtual Executive Education Program, focusing on the areas of finance and economics. This program will introduce you to the fundamentals of both topics and will equip you with the necessary insights, skills, and tools. All courses are delivered at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. You will benefit from innovative teaching methods and a virtual but collaborative learning experience. After successful completion of the program, you will be granted a WHU Executive Education Digital Certificate and 10 ECTS credits, which can be credited towards an MBA degree.

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    • Online
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Online Certified in Strategy & Digitalization
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ECTS

The Online Certified in Strategy & Digitalization Program is a virtual Executive Education Program, focusing on the areas of strategy and digitalization. This program introduces basic concepts and theories and will equip you with the necessary insights, skills, and tools to create outstanding strategies. Moreover, it presents an introduction to the topic of digitalization and will help participants to start their roadmap towards digital transformation. All online courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. You will benefit from innovative teaching methods and a virtual but collaborative learning experience. After successful completion of the program, you will be granted a WHU Online Executive Education Certificate and 10 ECTS credits, which can be credited to an MBA (16% of an MBA).

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    • Online
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Online Certified in Value Chain Management
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ECTS

The Online Certified in Value Chain Management Program focuses on a broad variety of activities and processes within an organization that are needed to create a product or service. This program will introduce you to the different stages of value creation, starting with a product or service idea and ending with its distribution. This includes important aspects such as design, procurement, production, quality control, and others. The more value an organization creates, the more competitive it will be.

Participants will learn how to understand and optimize a business’s Value Chain Management in order to deliver outstanding performances and results.

You will benefit from innovative teaching methods and a virtual but collaborative learning experience. All online courses are pitched at the MBA level and after successful completion of the Program, you will be granted a WHU Online Executive Education Certificate and 10 ECTS credits, which can be credited to an MBA (16% of an MBA).

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    • Online
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees6.950,00 €
Online Negotiations Workshop
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“You need it now more than ever”: Our two-day Online Negotiations Workshop will equip you with the necessary skill set to create outstanding negotiation results. You will learn how to use essential negotiation techniques and approaches to develop a winning strategy.

The program is highly practical and interactive: You will participate in numerous hands-on exercises and role-plays, conducted via video conference, email, and even chat – just as it has become the norm for your real-life negotiations! This will equip you with ready-to-use skills that maximize your effectiveness in negotiations, communication, and leadership. After successful completion of the program, you will receive a WHU Executive Education Digital Certificate.

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    • Online
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Fees990,00 €
Online-Workshop: Beratung von Familienunternehmen: The most trusted adviser
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This Online Workshop is targeted at current and future advisers who deal with family businesses and families in business in their professional context. As a participant, you will learn everything about the specific requirements of these companies and will be equipped with the important “tools” to advise family businesses successfully. In particular, you deep-dive into the specific challenges family offices face, such as succession, emotions, and involvement of family members in decisions.

During the workshop, you will benefit from various teaching methods: discussions, lectures, and case studies. After successful completion of the workshop, you will receive a WHU Executive Education Digital Certificate.

Most of our open programs last 2 to 4 days and take place at our WHU campus in Düsseldorf, Germany. We make sure our portfolio of open programs is extended and refreshed on an ongoing basis.

  • Would you like to refresh or enhance your general management knowledge and skills? Or would you like to deepen your knowledge in a specific area of management?
  • Would you like to prepare yourself for your next career step or a new job?
  • Would you like to expand your personal network of peers?

We have the right offer for you: Our portfolio of open programs encompasses a broad and very international set of high-quality development programs.

Download the 2021 Program Overview Brochure​ (PDF, 2 MB)

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Scholarships for ambitious women & emerging markets leaders

Are you looking for a new professional development opportunity? For most of our Open Programs, we offer scholarships (25% and 50% discount) for visionary women and emerging market leaders who want to enhance their professional skills! Please send the completed application form and a letter of motivation to openprograms@whu.edu until 3 months before the program starts.

More Questions? Contact usYvonne KrackSenior Marketing & Admissions Manager Executive Education

Excellence in Management Education

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Erkrather Str. 224a
40233 Düsseldorf

execed@whu.edu

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