Management Workshop Week of IBD and IACT master degree programmes

An integral part of the curriculum in the International Business Development (IBD) and International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation (IACT) MSc programmes is the Management Workshop Week. During this week, representatives of renowned and internationally operating companies impart practically relevant specialist knowledge and work on case studies together with the students. Excursions to companies are also included in the programme of the workshop week, which takes place once a semester.  

This semester Accenture GmbH, 4 CGroup AG, Hilti Deutschland AG and E&Y GmbH were on board. The corporate representatives provided the students with an insight into their business areas, the challenges and tasks as well as the processes in consulting, the financial area, in sales and in other areas, in each case for a whole day.   

In the workshops Excel spreadsheets were analysed, projects planned, digital transformations considered, several case studies worked through and sales meetings trained. And furthermore, this time even hands-on work was done using heavy equipment.

Together with a lot of brainwork, the students were given the chance to try out their practical skills at the Kaufering site of the Hilti toolmaking company 60 km from Munich. The students showed great enthusiasm for the powerful tools as well as respect for the engineering skills involved.    

The degree programme coordinator made use of the evening in Munich for a meeting with IBD / IACT alumni, some of whom gained their master’s degree several years ago. To quote the concluding words of an alumnus: “It was good to feel the ESB Spirit again”. 

In addition to new knowledge, the students gained a range of impressions what life could look like “after ESB Business School“ and what outstanding options the degree programmes provide in the job market. In the breaks and after the classes offers to meet the experts were eagerly taken up by the students. 

The students were openly enthusiastic about the workshop week: “thinking outside of the box“, “a brilliant combination of theory and practice“, “amazing how much time the corporate representatives took for us“. 

“The personal commitment of our graduates helped once again to provide the students with interesting and stimulating insights into different sectors. At the same time, it is an indication of the bond that exists between them and their alma mater and they are glad to give something back. Our sincere thanks to all the people from the companies who have made the management workshop so successful”, said Professor Dr Dominik Wader, Director of the degree programme.