IB - Strategic Management and Consulting (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 | Potsdam
Tuition (Cologne) 5.310 €* Tuition (Potsdam) 4.950 €* Financing More info >>
*The displayed prices are semester 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
  • Cost analysis
  • Estimating cost functions and production functions
  • Economies of scale
  • Prices, output and strategy in different markets
  • Game theory models of oligopoly
  • Pricing techniques and analysis
  • Government regulation

Empirical Research Methods
3 ECTS

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Development of a research question
  • Steps of research process
  • Methods of data collection
  • Sampling
  • Data analysis using statistical software programs (SPSS or R)
  • Writing a research report

Strategic Analysis & Management
3 ECTS

  • Strategy making process and strategic reasoning
  • Cultural and institutional context of strategic management
  • Network-level strategies
  • Corporate development and configuration
  • Strategic change and corporate restructuring
  • Strategy evaluation and strategic controls

Innovation Management & Digital Transformation
3 ECTS

  • Dynamics of innovation & their implications for change management
  • Individual creativity and invention
  • Corporate creativity & intrapreneuring
  • Technology management
  • Innovation and technology strategies
  • Managing innovations
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Cultural differences in innovation capability
  • Contemporary trends in innovation management

Corporate Social Respons­ibility
3 ECTS

  • Cornerstones of sustainable management
  • CSR as management approach
  • Practical approaches of organizational effectiveness
  • Tools for CSR implementation
  • CSR and financial performance
  • Life cycle assessment

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
  • Socially responsible investments
  • Corporate governance in different regions

Consulting Techniques
3 ECTS

  • Management consulting as a management activity
  • Management consulting as an industry and profession: areas, history, development in the era of globalization
  • Controversies and ethics of management consulting
  • Consulting engagement as problem solving exercise
  • Analytical and interactive data processing and forecasting methods
  • Analytical problem solving approaches and techniques
  • Creative approaches to problem solving and decision making
  • Evidence-based decision making methods
  • Structured and logical report writing techniques
  • Effective communication techniques

Evidence-Based Problem Solving - CaseLab
3 ECTS

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

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
  • Leadership styles

Assessment Center Bootcamp
2 ECTS

  • Consulting Industry: Sector Overview Company Profiles – Job Opportunities and Consulting Careers
  • Job profile: Characteristics of capabilities and skills needed as a consultant
  • Job application and interview training
  • Consulting (mini) case study training
  • Framework for processing case studies
  • Brain Teaser Training
  • Case Simulation (Individual and Group Cases)

Language & Communication Skills
2 ECTS

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

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

  • Managerial accounting and global business environment
  • Cost term, terms and classifications
  • Systems design: Job-order costing
  • Systems design: Process costing
  • Cost-volume-profit relationships
  • Sustainability and ethics in accounting decision making

Strategic Renewal & Digital Business Models
3 ECTS

  • Corporate strategy
  • Development of a corporate strategic concept
  • Corporate strategy evaluation and development of strategic options
  • Emergent and prescriptive approaches

Applied M&A & Restructuring
3 ECTS

  • Corporate strategy evaluation and development of strategic options
  • Emergent and prescriptive approaches
  • Gap closing strategies
  • Buy strategies: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Build strategies: Strategic renewal, organic corporate development strategies
  • Ally strategies

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.

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

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)

Event Management Seminar (Ted Talk Seminar)
2 ECTS

  • Basics of event management
  • Objective of the event and different types of events
  • The event as a marketing and communication tool
  • Planning and preparation
  • Event execution
  • Tasks and role of the event manager
  • Choosing the right venue
  • Personnel selection

Language & Communication Skills
2 ECTS

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

Value Based Management
3 ECTS

  • Financial measurement of corporate strategies: the principles
  • Traditional value-based systems and their link with financial models
  • Cash flow return on investments (CFROI)
  • Customer life-time value
  • Corporate financial & compensation design

Sustainable Supply Chain Management
3 ECTS

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

Organizational Design & Development
3 ECTS

  • Organizations and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Organizational Theory
  • Basic Challenges of Organizational Planning and Development
  • Organizational Life Cycle
  • Steps of the Organizational Design Process
  • Development of Charter of Organizational Design
  • Development of Recommendations on Organizational Design Improvements
  • Management in Organizational and Ethical Culture
  • Managing Conflicts, Power and Politics

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.

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.

Business Plan Writing and Pitching
2 ECTS

  • Discovering and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Developing business ideas from opportunities (e.g. based on using Design Thinking, Personas and User Stories).
  • Feasibility analysis of business ideas
  • Transferring the idea into a Business Model
  • Business Model and its building blocks (value proposition, customers segments, channels, customer relationships, revenue model, keypartners, key activities, key resources, cost structure)
  • Business Plan: Introduction, Sample Case and General Outline
  • Developing the details of the business plan

Language & Communication Skills
2 ECTS

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

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.

General business teaching units
Programme specific teaching units
Interdisciplinary competencies
Elective area

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 Service department will help you find a suitable company.

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Master in Consulting as a specialisation within the International Business Studies programme

Company success is not based solely on genius, luck or skill. Successful global conglomerates and globally active SMEs develop strategies and apply them. Yet every organisation, however big, reaches its limits at some point. Those who want to grow on an international scale or become more profitable use the services of external or internal corporate consultancies. The unobstructed view from the outside and expertise from a wide range of different projects shows the way to new opportunities and competitive advantages. You have decided to pursue a career in international strategic management or consulting? A Master’s degree from CBS International Business School is an excellent way to get started, because in this English-language study programme, we will familiarize you with the typical tools consultants use for analysing, problem solving and decision making. These tools will be actively used during your studies. A high level of leadership, teamwork and integration capabilities, multilingualism and high motivation are what characterize CBS graduates.

Business knowledge for advising top management

Almost every week consultants are faced with completely new challenges and are expected to come up with convincing solutions for the top management. This is where the entire spectrum of business administration theory and the ability to apply it from the hip are required. Your MBA degree from CBS prepares you with lectures and courses like Business Economics, Innovation and Change Management, Accounting and Sustainable Supply Chain Management.  

Learn how consultants work

Corporate and strategic consultants work quickly and efficiently because they have recourse to tried and tested tools – these are already part of the course of studies in the first semester, for example in the course, International Competitive Strategy.  

Company reorientation

Changes in companies create consulting needs. In the event of a restructuring, corporate takeover or merger, strategies are analysed, evaluated, revised and supplemented – right up to strategic reboot. This is the topic of the second semester of your Master’s in Consulting. In the third semester, you will learn about the correlation between company organisation and strategic orientation as well as how organisations can be further developed.

Practical knowledge for the profession

Consulting and strategic consulting is a fast business. That is why we attach great importance to practical experience: a) with lecturers from the business world, b) with a mandatory internship of at least eight-weeks either at home or abroad and c) with a business project, where you work on a case and present your results – or in a business simulation game, where you will experience the impact of your strategic decisions as you compete against fellow students. Soft skills courses will teach you how to organize intercultural teams, manage projects, and present yourself convincingly. The fourth semester is lecture-free, so that you can devote yourself completely to your Master’s thesis. As for the amount of practical relevance to your Master’s thesis, this is completely up to you. Many CBS students write theirs as part of a corporate project, while others look abroad for inspiration as they spend the semester at one of our many partner universities.

Eligibility for the Master’s in Consulting

The prerequisite is a first academic degree in economics. Advanced English skills are also expected.

Career opportunities

The successful completion of the Master’s degree in International Business with a specialisation in Strategic Management & Consulting makes careers possible in the strategic management of international companies, in-house consulting at large corporations and in the consulting industry with its generalists and specialists.

Consulting for up-coming consultants

If you would like to arrange an appointment for a personal study consultation, please visit our informational events or come to a trial lecture.

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