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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Leadership governed by Values - Start of the 7th full-time MBA program: applications can be submitted now for the coming year

The 28th February witnessed the start of the seventh 16-month MBA course at the WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Professor Dr. Michael Frenkel, Dean of WHU, welcomed those present and spoke to the young professionals about values and the "WHU spirit" that has to prevail during a MBA course of study alongside the acquisition of knowledge and leadership competence. "The WHU spirit denotes the manner in which we treat one another – frankly, honestly and with integrity", the Dean pointed out. These values that are also summarized in a Code of Conduct should shape the basis for the career of any WHU alumni.

Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, Academic Director of the MBA Programme at WHU, also emphasized that any action taken by executives has to be grounded on values. "Leadership does not merely mean leading other people and allowing oneself to be led, but also to lead oneself", emphasized Weigand.  To this end, one needs to be able to reflect on oneself in the context of leadership. Besides the issue of personal professional development as manager, the course also incorporates topics from an international angle. In this respect the interdisciplinary plays a centre-stage role. "We want to breakdown the mode of "silo thinking" and turn our sights towards the organization as a whole, since it is only together with General Management that we can do justice to interdisciplinary tasks of leadership", stressed Weigand.

In addition to practice-oriented lectures, three integrated modules at well-known universities in the US, India and China await the motivated participants.  Events and seminars on topics of leadership and soft skills, visits to companies, guest speakers from the world of business, presentation techniques and interview and assessment centre training lend the finishing touch to the curriculum.

This year course participants come from Germany, Egypt, China, India, Chile, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Spain, Mexico, Italy, the USA and Argentina.

The MBA Office offers multi-faceted bursary options in the interests of winning gifted students from a wide variety of countries. "For motivated and talented MBA candidates from other countries, course fees and the costs of living often embody a serious obstacle.  Nevertheless an MBA course of study only makes sense if the body of students really is international. This way, intercultural skills can be acquired in daily routine, in the auditorium and in group projects", as Weigand explains. Yet for young German professionals as well there are many financing options. "The intention to qualify with an MBA need not be doomed to failure for financial reasons. Anyone with an interesting CV and a high degree of motivation has a viable opportunity of being selected for a scholarship", underlined  Heidrun Hoffmann, MBA Programme Manager at the WHU.

The MBA course of study at WHU is a perfect opportunity to enhance one’s own attractiveness for the labor market, to acquire an additional international qualification and in the long term to secure good job options. People interested in starting an MBA course in March 2012 would be well advised to contact the university now, for the earlier the application, the greater are the chances of obtaining a place and scholarship.