IB - Marketing 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
Tuition (Cologne) 825 €* Tuition (Mainz) 825 €* Financing More info >>
*The displyed prices are monthly fees. For non-EU students' fees please check the tuition fees information page. Status: Jan 2020.

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 AND 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 AND 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

MODERN MARKETING STRATEGIES
3 ECTS

  • Tasks and extend of marketing strategies
  • General marketing strategies as a framework for marketing instruments
  • Development of product and brand specific marketing concepts
  • Subjects and features of branch-specific marketing
  • Sustainable Marketing Strategies

MANAGING BRANDS IN THE DIGITAL ERA
3 ECTS

  • Relevant models of branding
  • Success factors of strong (global) brands
  • Local and international brand strategies
  • Multi-brand and brand tools
  • Ecological branding

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

ADVANCED PRICE MANAGEMENT
3 ECTS

  • Fundamentals of pricing policy
  • Price-demand function
  • Behavioural fundamentals of pricing policy
  • Demand-oriented price determination
  • Competitive price determination
  • Sustainable pricing strategies

SALES EXCELLENCE
3 ECTS

  • Objectives and tasks of sales
  • Domestic and international distribution structures and channels
  • Sales organisations
  • Global best-practice approaches

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

CREATING AND MANAGING MARKET INNOVATION
3 ECTS

  • Fundamentals of technology management
  • Technology strategies in international context
  • Technology-based product and process innovation
  • Technology-based business model innovation
  • Terms of innovation management
  • Differences of various types of innovation
  • Sustainability and global innovations
  • Process of innovation and development funnel
  • Global innovation strategy

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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Marketing Master as a Specialization within the International Business Studies Programme

Marketing is constantly changing. Though digitization makes it easy to measure advertising effectiveness, the fragmentation of communication channels and the bombardment of advertisements in an “always-on” society makes it increasingly challenging to place advertising messages effectively. On a global level, this means flexibility is required in terms of strategic marketing decisions, creating a demand for a new type of manager who will help shape change. You see your future in international marketing? A Master’s in Marketing at CBS International Business School will equip you with the skills to analyse markets, target groups and competitors while building brand awareness and designing products with maximum sales appeal – with the right advertising message and through the most efficient channel.

Prerequisites for eligibility

You already have a first academic degree in business economics, such as a Bachelor of Business Administration. As the degree programme is completely in English, advanced English skills are a must.

Marketing from all perspectives

The Marketing Master is a specialisation within the International Business Management Master’s Programme. So you acquire not only marketing knowledge but also develop a broad business-oriented foundation from business economics to supply chain management. In the first semester, you will be faced with the complex variety of marketing strategies and ways that lead to strong, distinctive and worldwide branding. In light of global competition and cultural differences, this is not some trivial task: A good strategy a) takes into account trends and customer needs, b) points to the future and c) has the power to influence markets. In the second semester, you will learn the calculatory and psychological methods required for setting prices as well as how to influence sales figures, image and length of product lifecycle. The sales strategy, on the other hand, describes the decisions for distribution channels and defines sales targets. The third semester is devoted to the subject of market innovation, because in the case of competitive or disruptive sectors, thought-out, anticipatory planning is necessary for launching new products or opening up new markets.

Practice meets creativity

For positions in middle and senior management it is essential to consider theory and practice holistically in order to develop meaningful global strategies. Therefore, with the Marketing Master at CBS, you acquire not only relevant specialist knowledge based on scientific findings but also apply this knowledge practically. The essential thing here is creativity. After all, for marketing and advertising to be surprising, convincing or moving; creative approaches are required. Assessing the quality of creative service providers’ work will also be part of your career. In order to polish your own creativity, one of your assignments at CBS is a business project, where you will work on a case. In a business simulation game, you will see the effects of your proposed solutions while competing with others, and in a minimum eight-week internship at home or abroad, you will learn the ropes at work, get to know structures and processes and what it means to be creative.

The Master’s Thesis: Marketing on your own behalf

In order to concentrate fully on composing your Master’s Thesis, the fourth semester is lecture-free. Many students write their papers as part of a company project; others use the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Career in Marketing Management

A Master’s in Marketing from CBS under your belt means you have specialist and practical knowledge from one of Germany’s most prestigious business schools. Possible career entry points are, for example, with international consumer goods manufacturers, global conglomerates, medium-sized companies or agencies. An academic career including a doctorate is also open to you.

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