IB - Digital Transformation Management (M.A.)

Study language English Intake Spring + Fall Duration 4 Semesters
ECTS 120 Type of study Full-Time Qualification Master of Arts
Semester abroad Optional Internship Integrated Campus Cologne | Mainz | Potsdam
Tuition (Cologne) 885 €* Tuition (Mainz, Potsdam) 825 €* Financing More info >>
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Study Course Plan

Business Economics
3 ECTS

  • Demand analysis & estimating demand
  • Supply and market equilibrium
  • Production economics
  • Estimating cost functions and production functions
  • Prices, output and strategy in different markets
  • Game theory models of oligopoly
  • Pricing techniques and analysis

Empirical Research Methods
3 ECTS

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Development of a research question
  • Steps of research process
  • Methods of data collection
  • Data analysis using statistical software programs

Strategic Analysis & Management
3 ECTS

  • Strategy making process and strategic reasoning
  • Advanced external environment analysis
  • Cultural and institutional context of strategic management
  • Corporate development and configuration
  • Strategic change and corporate restructuring
  • Strategy evaluation and strategic controls
  • Organizing for success

Innovation Management & Digital Transformation
3 ECTS

  • Diagnosing the change context and leading the strategic change
  • Dynamics of innovation & their implications for change management
  • Individual creativity and invention
  • Creativity techniques
  • Corporate creativity & intrapreneuring
  • Innovation and technology strategies
  • Managing innovations
  • Open innovation
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Cultural differences in innovation capability

Corporate Social Respons­ibility
3 ECTS

  • Theories of corporate social responsibility
  • Cornerstones of sustainable management
  • CSR as management approach
  • Practical approaches of organizational effectiveness
  • Tools for CSR implementation
  • CSR and financial performance
  • How to communicate CSR

Corporate Governance
3 ECTS

  • Historical developments around the world
  • Directors and board structures in different parts of the world
  • Family business governance
  • Role of institutional investors
  • Corporate governance in mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance in different regions

Digital Organization
3 ECTS

Digital Business Systems
3 ECTS

  • Strategy process
    • Strategic thinking
    • Strategy formation
  • Strategic content and context
    • Organizational context
    • Industry context

Business English
2 ECTS

The aim of this course is to solidify the students’ existing language competencies, as independent users of English, and to enable them to apply this to their studies, focusing on educational and business domains. Since English is the medium of instruction in their respective study programmes, students are expected to reach a proficient user level in English within the first year.

Foreign Language
2 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. If you decide for the English-Only-Track you will concentrate on deepening your English language skills.

Advanced Inter­cultural Team Leadership
2 ECTS

  • Cultural theories and models
  • The influence of culture on behaviour
  • Team typologies
  • Phases of team development
  • Trust and control
  • Emergence and avoidance of conflicts
  • Leadership verses management
  • The impact of leadership behaviour on teams

Inter­national Economics
3 ECTS

  • Globalization and income
  • Globalization and international trade
  • Trade and comparative advantage
  • Trade barriers and trade policy
  • Firm location, distance and transport costs
  • Currency crises and exchange rate policy
  • Financial crises, firms and the open economy

Applied Management Accounting
3 ECTS

  • Systems design: Job-order costing
  • Systems design: Process costing
  • Cost-volume-profit relationships
  • Variable costing
  • Activity based costing to aid decision making
  • Sustainability and ethics in accounting decision making

Business Elective
3 ECTS

By choosing Business Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge.

The following are examples of the types of courses on offer:

  • Corporate Strategy and Renewal
  • Digital Network Economy
  • Digital Leadership
  • Portfolio Theory
  • Power Pricing
  • Finance & Growth
  • Advanced Portfolio Management
  • Branding
  • International HRM
  • Start-up Management & Business Modeling
  • Trader in Capital Markets

Inter­disciplinary Elective
3 ECTS

By choosing Interdisciplinary Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The Interdisciplinary Electives usually include subjects like:

  • Chat Bot Design
  • International Competitiveness
  • Omni-Channel Commerce
  • International Trade and Emerging Markets
  • Bitcoin and the Market of Cryptocurrencies
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Design Thinking & Adobe Creative Cloud
  • SAP S/4 Hana in Controlling and Finance
  • App Development in JavaScript
  • East Asian Culture and Business
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • SPSS

Digital Strategies
3 ECTS

Digital Business Models
3 ECTS

Business Project
6 ECTS

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with possibility of applying their business knowledge on concrete business situation, related to the field of their specialization.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Define project goals for the “client”.
  • Work under the set timeframe and agreed project scope.
  • Cooperate in the international project teams.
  • Evaluate markets/ industries/ competitive landscapes.
  • Develop possible strategic directions for the “client” business.
  • Formulate recommendations.

Foreign Language
4 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. If you decide for the English-Only-Track you will concentrate on deepening your English language skills.

Inter­national Project Management
2 ECTS

  • Social competence
    (Communication, motivation, groups and team structures, leadership, conflict management)
  • Methodological competence
    (Structural aspects, time management, cost management, human resource management, creativity and problem solving)
  • Organisational competence
    (Quality management, documentation, risk management, project start and closure).

Value Based Management
3 ECTS

  • Financial measurement of corporate strategies: the principles
  • The gap between book values and market values
  • Economic value added
  • Cash flow return on investments
  • Customer life-time value

Sustainable Supply Chain Management
3 ECTS

  • Discussion of various theoretical concepts and their implications for sustainable supply chain management
  • Green marketing
  • Green procurement
  • Green logistics

Business Elective
3 ECTS

By choosing Business Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge.

The following are examples of the types of courses on offer:

  • Corporate Strategy and Renewal
  • Digital Network Economy
  • Digital Leadership
  • Portfolio Theory
  • Power Pricing
  • Finance & Growth
  • Advanced Portfolio Management
  • Branding
  • International HRM
  • Start-up Management & Business Modeling
  • Trader in Capital Markets

Inter­disciplinary Elective
3 ECTS

By choosing Interdisciplinary Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The Interdisciplinary Electives usually include subjects like:

  • Chat Bot Design
  • International Competitiveness
  • Omni-Channel Commerce
  • International Trade and Emerging Markets
  • Bitcoin and the Market of Cryptocurrencies
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Design Thinking & Adobe Creative Cloud
  • SAP S/4 Hana in Controlling and Finance
  • App Development in JavaScript
  • East Asian Culture and Business
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • SPSS

Digital Marketing
3 ECTS

Business Simulation Game
3 ECTS

In a business simulation game participants have to manage their own virtual company which operates in the same market as other participant-operated competitors. This involves making typical management decisions in realistic environments. Beside the deepening and active examination of subject-specific knowledge the simulation games also include the team environment, where interaction, communication and prioritization are of paramount importance. Participants learn how to manage risk and uncertainty while time is limited and information constrained. Group-reflections help to take over different perspectives and to discuss pros and cons of content- as well as behavior-related actions.

Master Thesis Tutorial
2 ECTS

During the Master Thesis Tutorial you will learn the fundamentals for your Master thesis: Defining the topic as well as structuring the thesis and you will learn the theoretical knowledge for scientific working.

Foreign Language
4 ECTS

The focus of the module is on introducing language for both business and academic study purposes. The aim of the courses are to build competencies in a second foreign language (e.g. Spanish, French, Chinese) either in continuation of their prior knowledge or at a beginners’ level. If you decide for the English-Only-Track you will concentrate on deepening your English language skills.

Skills Elective
2 ECTS

In the Soft Skills Courses you will improve your social, leadership and project management skills. Additionally to the courses in the first and second semester you can choose another one in the third semester. Decide for yourself which of your personal competences you want to push forward.

Master Thesis
24 ECTS

During your 4th semester you are working on your Master thesis. You have 19 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectable. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well. Or you can write your thesis in connection with a stay abroad.

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A national or international internship – with a minimum duration of 8 weeks – is a mandatory part of the study programme. It is scheduled for the semester break from June till August. Our Career Services department will help you find a suitable company.

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Digital Transformation Management: Pilots for Digital Change

As one of the largest transformation processes in the history of mankind, digitalization is changing the demands placed on companies and business processes. In order to successfully shape digital change within companies, managers with extensive process management and IT know-how are needed. Within the Master programme “International Business”, the specialisation “Digital Transformation Management” offers you well-founded specialist knowledge on the opportunities and challenges of digitization as well as the efficient use of new IT technologies in companies. You will develop digital strategies and business models and gain insight into processes of innovation and change management. With this specialisation, you acquire the competence profile to drive digital transformation in international companies.

International Business Management Training at the Interface to IT

In the master specialisation “Digital Transformation Management” you will deal with theoretical, strategic and technological aspects of digital change in companies. You will learn the characteristics of digital organisations, develop strategies for digital business models and learn how to implement them in companies. The basics of digital marketing will also give you an insight into the possibilities and limitations of online marketing activities. How do you establish a unified communications policy? And which technologies can be used resource-efficiently?

High practical relevance within the study programme

Theory meets practice: In order to gain work experience as a Digital Transformation Manager at an early stage, a compulsory internship for all Master students takes place between the second and third semester. Whether in the marketing department of a start-up company or in human resources management of a large corporation – with this specialisation you can gain practical knowledge in various fields of activity. Additionally, in the third semester you will demonstrate your skills and abilities in the “Business Simulation Game”.

One specialisation – many fields of activity

As a supervisor for digital change processes, you will have many opportunities to work in a company or to become self-employed after graduation. With the help of the career events at the CBS and within the practical phases, you can get to know various professional fields at an early stage and lay the foundation for your career during your studies. The Master programme also enables you to pursue an academic career.

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