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  • What students and alumni say about the MBA program

    The purpose of this website is to provide you with comprehensive information about the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation. However, we are of course biased. Therefore, we asked students and graduates about their experiences with this MBA program. Here are their direct quotes:

    Students’ and alumni voices

  • "Before the beginning of the program I strongly believed that a professional MBA would provide me with the needed skills in order to unite my creative ideas with the often needed business background. My expectations have been exceeded and in addition to the programs’ accreditations and reputation I have been able to establish a network of highly motivated and dedicated people. The workload should, however, not be underestimated. If you put in the effort you will reap the rewards from the first day of the program onwards."

    Mag. Christian Aberer
    Samsung Electronics Austria

     

     

  • Mag. Christian Aberer
    Samsung Electronics Austria

  • "Coming from a background of IT and project management, the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation perfectly complements my education and enabled me to expand my understanding of business and strategy.
    In particular, the specialization on entrepreneurship and innovation provided me with valuable insights that I can transfer into my own business context. Understanding the dynamics of innovation and translating this knowledge into tangible business results has been an important motivation for me when choosing this program.
    Just as important as the content of the modules itself is the learning experience that this MBA provides. Working with classmates with very diverse backgrounds and career ambitions not only broadened my skill set but also my personal horizon."

    Dipl. Ing. (FH) Nina Zenz, MBA
    A1 Telekom Austria AG

     

     

  • Dipl. Ing. (FH) Nina Zenz, MBA
    A1 Telekom Austria AG

  • "The Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation significantly contributed to a deeper understanding of a wide phenomenon that I was only partially involved in. My interest for innovation has now become a true passion."

    DI Fabrizio De Pasquale, MBA
    Siemens Technology-to-Business Center

  • DI Fabrizio De Pasquale, MBA
    Siemens Technology-to-Business Center

  • "I really value the modules specializing in innovation, since I am able to transfer many topics directly into my daily work at JOANNEUM RESEARCH. On the other hand I have a lot of practical experience in innovation projects, so the theory delivered in the lectures has been of particular value. Often this theoretical background places the questions I have derived from actual practice into a broader context. By working on the post module assignments I have a chance to think about the transfer into my company without incurring all the risks of a ’real’ project."

    DI Maria Fellner, MBA
    JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

  • DI Maria Fellner, MBA
    JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

  • “My expectation that the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation would allow me to plug the gaps in my knowledge of economics and business has been fully realized. Along with the course content of the MBA, the new acquaintances and friendships I have made with other MBA participants have proved very enriching. The MBA program has meant that at one fell swoop I got to know 19 very interesting people from a wide range of professions and backgrounds. Working with them has been particularly stimulating, and I am sure that I will enjoy some valued contacts and friendships for a long time to come after my studies are over.”

    DI Dr. Birgit Musil-Schläffer, MBA
    Austrian Bioenergy Centre GmbH

  • DI Dr. Birgit Musil-Schläffer, MBA
    Austrian Bioenergy Centre GmbH

  • “I think that this MBA program almost guarantees you’ll climb up the job-ladder! Being an engineer, I drew particular benefit from the lectures in the Business Core. Combined with the specializations relating to the main topic entrepreneurship & innovation, such as venture capital, lead users or how to handle innovations in firms, this MBA allowed me to move from being an R&D manager to being a CEO of a SME even before I had finished all the courses.”

    Dr. Gerhard Pramhas, MBA
    Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt für Wirtschaft und Technik GmbH

  • Dr. Gerhard Pramhas, MBA
    Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt für Wirtschaft und Technik GmbH

  • “In the position of CEO of a high tech SME, many of the topics covered were familiar to me already. The Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation provides me with insights to wrap up all the loose ends of my daily work, helps me to see the full picture and to make tough decisions in a self-assured way. I can recognize correlations which I hadn't been aware of prior to my start on the program.”

    DI Andreas Stingl, MBA
    FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH

  • DI Andreas Stingl, MBA
    FEMTOLASERS Produktions GmbH

  • “I have often been asked about my expectations regarding the MBA program and if they have been fulfilled, but a simple confirmation would be an understatement. With a background in Engineering and Linguistics I wanted to broaden my skill set with an insight into Economics and Business Administration. I have gained a lot more. The diversity of highly motivated colleagues has not only led to multifaceted discussions which enriched the learning experience, but also given me access to new contact networks and lasting friendships. The MBA has definitely helped me professionally and with my career, but most importantly I have benefitted personally. The MBA program has opened up new avenues of thinking and broadened my horizon.”

    DI Ottokar Biffl, MBA
    Poweo Pont sur Sambre Production SAS

  • DI Ottokar Biffl, MBA
    Poweo Pont sur Sambre Production SAS

  • "What you get out of each of the modules is incredible; you can apply the gained knowledge on the very next day in your daily business. You receive a well founded knowledge of basic business rules, managerial tools and many insights from the professional lecturers. Immediately, you start to think about opportunities for innovation - for your current business or for a new challenge with an own start-up. As an absolute surplus, you are joining the course together with so many great fellows from different businesses, working areas and educations - this really concentrates a myriad of individual experiences. If I would have to choose an MBA program again, I would not revise my choice."

    Ing. Mario Weinstabl
    Central European Gas Hub AG

  • Ing. Mario Weinstabl
    Central European Gas Hub AG

  • Paraphrasing Saint Marc Girardin’s quote: „Culture is what you remember after you have forgotten what you have learned”, I would not emphasize the enhanced supportive layer at the foundation of all the modules within Business Core and specific Professional part of the MBA (coming with a great collection of methodologies, tools and frameworks), but express my personal two important takeaways as “value-added” elements to my cultural background:

    Business decisions and here I would extrapolate saying life decisions whenever “less info” and “time pressure” are in place, fostered by various scenario simulations in an open, international and friendly environment. Student demographics and personal background are playing a major role uncovering WHAT drives the people, HOW are they thinking and “the reasoning” (WHY) as key asset for their actions in such situations;

    Idea generation, creative mind-set and “out-of-the-box” thinking which are not “buzz-words”, but effective ways to identify the opportunities and pursue your goals in the fast changing, demanding and competitive world.

    As a corollary, the whole effort and time spent within the selected program are definitely paying off.

    DI Lucian-Viorel Stoenescu
    Nokia Siemens Networks Österreich GmbH

  • DI Lucian-Viorel Stoenescu
    Nokia Siemens Networks Österreich GmbH

  • "Coming from a technical background, I decided to take this MBA programme in order to broaden my horizon, study economics and business, and improve my management skills. The study workload is high, but what I have learned from it is worth all the effort I have paid. This MBA programme has truly fulfilled my expectations. Also, working with and learning from classmates from different backgrounds is very eye-opening. What is more, this study has not only passed on knowledge, but has also ignited my enthusiasm for further engagement in entrepreneurship and innovation. I am very happy to have chosen this MBA programme."

    Ying Wu
    International Atomic Energy Agency

  • Ying Wu
    International Atomic Energy Agency