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Faculty Technology and Management

International Business Management

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    At a glance

    At a glance

    Regular period
    5 semesters
    Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    Apply till 07/31
    Hochschulabschluss mit Note 2,5; einjährige berufliche Praxis; Bewerbungsschreiben; Englischkenntnisse B2; ggf. Deutschkenntnisse C1
    Student in der Vorlesung.

    Mastering the challenges of global companies

    The demands on Executives and Managers in global companies are becoming increasingly complex with Globalisation, a major influence impacting both large and medium-sized companies. Increasingly success is determined via the mastery of new challenges, displaying agility, doing so at short notice and ultimately making effective decisions at the right time. Interdependencies throughout global supply chains present those responsible with more and more complex contexts and tasks, compounded further by the acceleration in digitalisation of processes, products and services. Management skills, strong leadership, trend awareness along with intercultural skills have become indispensable for employees with and without management responsibility.

    Studierende in der Vorlesung.

    Internationality and leadership competence concentrated in one programme

    "Leadership and Internationality" play a significant role, as do current trends in the area of digitalisation or innovation management. During five semesters you will gain invaluable insights and acquire special skills in numerous fields across general management, market development along with international business.

    Our lecturers are equipped with many years of practical experience in an international environment, affording them superb real world insight and knowledge. This degree offers you the opportunity to develop professionally and academically. You will be coached individually which includes a two day stay in a monastery. The monastery is located close to the university. Furthermore, the course includes the opportunity to take part in an international field trip abroad.

    Student in der Vorlesung.

    Small cohort, practical and professionally transferable - our strengths from over 10 years of experience.

    We focus on the compatibility of family, career and studies. Our courses take place at employee-friendly times, mainly on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. There are usually no events during the school holidays. You can expect excellent support from the programme management team.

    With our study programme concept, we want to promote studying in small groups (maximum 20 students per year group), which we feel produces optimal effectiveness and ultimately results.

    Our concept utilises predominantly case study based forms of examination, geared towards developing skills and abilities directly and immediately transferable into real world contexts and businesses.

    Studierende in der Vorlesung.

    Career and prospects

    Whether you want to kick-start a brand new career, boost your existing experience or change career direction, our MBA program “International Business Management” can provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to flourish. As a university in a dynamic economic region we are your perfect match to prepare you for the challenges of a globally active company.

    Our graduates hold important positions in upper and middle management. Occupational and operational fields include divisional and departmental management, project and team management, executive management, business process management and management consultancy.

    Interview with Thomas Fuss, graduate of the International Business Management programme

    Today Thomas Fuss is a sales team leader at Rafi GmbH & Co. KG. He completed his MBA in the part-time Master's programme International Business Management in spring 2017. He tells us here, what made him choose this degree programme back then and what he thinks about it today.


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    Today's managers have to face various challenges in the present and the future. Broad management knowledge and specific methodological and leadership competences are essential in this context.

    During five semesters you will gain invaluable insights and acquire special skills in numerous fields across general management, market development along with international business.

    Fourteen modules are divided into five focus areas:

    • General Management
    • Value creation
    • Market development
    • Processes and Digitalisation
    • International Business

    "Leadership and Internationality" play a significant role, as do current trends in the area of digitalisation or innovation management. Coaching, project and practice-oriented teaching content as well as an international study week abroad will strengthen your leadership personality.

    You complete your studies in the fifth semester with your Master's thesis.

    Our lecture times focus on the compatibility of work, free time and studies:

    - Fridays, 2 - 8 p.m. and

    - Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    There are no lectures during the holiday periods.


    Please note: You will be informed of the status of your application electronically in the application portal. There will be no postal delivery.

    Admission takes place in the winter semester. The application deadline is 31 July 2021.

    Admission for the summer semester is possible if the admission capacity could not be filled in the winter semester. The application deadline is then 15th of  January. In this case, the applicant will be admitted to the second curriculum semester.

    The application for a place on the programme is made online. Click here to access the online application.

    Admission requirements:

    We welcome applicants with a variety of qualifications and work experience from across the world. Applicants registering for the international management programme will need the following:

    • A good first degree of at least 210 ECTS with an overall grade of 2.5 or better
    • A minimum of one year professional practice in the relevant work field
    • Advanced knowledge of German C1 (if applying with a university degree obtained in a non-German-speaking country)
    • A good command of English B2
    • A letter of application


    Selection procedure:

    The basis for the overall grade is the grade of the university degree. This grade can be improved by up to 0.4 in each case but by a maximum of 0.8 in total through:

    • The professional position hold, as well as the duration and type of professional experience
    • The result of a selection interview

    Complete information on the admission requirements as well as information for applicants whose Bachelor's degree comprises 180 ECTS can be found in the current admission and selection regulations of the Master's degree programme International Business Management.

    The Master's degree can only be awarded if 300 ECTS points have been achieved including the previous study programme.

    Information on the application procedure is also available in our online info events (dates).




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    Center for Business and Industrial Marketing

    CBIM International Conference

    Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Barbara Niersbach, Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hohl, Nayan Kadam and Alireza Ahmadi for representing Ravensburg-Weingarten University at the CBIM International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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    IB Heiligkreuztal 2019

    International Business Management

    Coaching Leadership and Personal Development

    A new coaching offer gives students of the part-time MBA programme important impulses for their career path even in the Corona crisis.

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    Semesterstart in der Zehntscheuer / International Business Management

    International Business Management

    Start of the semester in the Zehntscheuer

    The Master's programme in International Business Management started the winter semester in an extraordinary place: In the Zehntscheuer in Ravensburg, students from different semesters had the opportunity to get to know each other.

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    Studienwoche Singapur

    International Study Week

    Pioneer’s Trip to Singapore

    The first international study week of the MBA program International Business Management to Singapore took place from 14 to 23 February, 2020 - just before the corona crisis was about to change everything.

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    International study week




    How are other countries doing business? - International study week as part of the "International Business Project" module

    For you as a future manager, it is not only important to understand the management of a company in Germany. Today, many companies are linked internationally and conduct their business in global markets. As an employee, you will have to face the following challenges: What is the culture of the country like and what intercultural circumstances do I have to consider? What is happening in this particular foreign market and what is possible here? Further, how do I reach my international business partners with my product or service?

    Studienwoche Thailand 2019
    Studienwoche Thailand/Myanmar 2019

    In the MBA programme International Business Management we offer you an exciting insight into another country within or outside Europe. Our programme is an interesting mix of business, culture and academic teaching. During the International Study Week, you will have the opportunity to come into contact with German and international companies in the target country. Through visits to universities you will also experience teaching content from the target country. A colourful cultural programme with city tours, museum visits and culinary experiences rounds off our programme. The aim of the International Study Week is to give you the competence to approach a new and perhaps unknown country skilfully and to act competently in it.


    Our target countries include Hungary, Estonia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, USA and India. We offer you a travel date once a year. Each year, a European destination country and a non-European destination country alternate. The International Study Week is led and organised by the International Officer of the Faculty of Technology and Management, Prof. Dr. Barbara Niersbach, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hohl, Professor of Leadership and Management. For the International Study Week you will receive a certificate with a list of the exact programme points for your records.


    The tuition fee for the entire programme is 11,900 €.

    In addition to the tuition fees, a semester fee applies each semester. The semester fee is  157.50 € and is divided as follows:

     Studierendenwerk:                                                     75.50 €

    Administration costs:                                                  70.00 €

    Student Body Representative Committee:             12.00 €

    Total                                                                               157.50 €

    Payment terms

    You will receive a tuition fee notice from Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences at the beginning of your studies, which contains the payment targets for the tuition fees (5 payment amounts).

    1st semester – 2.380,00 €

    2nd semester – 2.380,00 €

    3rd semester – 2.380,00 €

    4th semester – 2.380,00 €

    5th semester – 2.380,00 €

    Can you deduct the costs of studying from tax?

    Normally, you should be able to claim the costs as part of your tax return. In addition to tuition fees, you may also be able to claim travel expenses and specialist literature as further training costs.  The fee notice in connection with the enrolment certificate serves in general as proof at the tax office.

    Studierende im Seminar in Heiligkreuztal
    Prof. Dr. Hohl (Bildmitte) mit MBA-Studierenden im Kloster Heiligkreuztal.

    What drives tomorrow's leaders? - Coaching seminar "Leadership & Personality" at the Heiligkreuztal Monastery

    As part of the module "Leadership and Human Resource Management", the MBA programme "International Business Management" (IB) invites you to experience a unique weekend at the Heiligkreuztal Monastery. The former Cistercian monastery Heiligkreuztal, founded in 1227, has been creating an ideal setting for a study-integrated personality seminar. This coaching seminar "Leadership & Personality" was established there by Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hohl and has been led by him ever since. In his "Leadership Workshop" as a subcompenent of the seminar, he also practices a "Coaching in the Team", dealing with situations from the students' everyday business life in a resource- and solution-oriented way.

    Kloster Heiligkreuztal - ein geschützter Rahmen für herausfordernde Aufgaben

    For the students of the part-time MBA programme, the monastery offers an inspiring atmosphere for personal reflection and vision work as well as for team development. In addition to coaching situations from the students' everyday professional life, the weekend seminar also focuses on leadership and personality development. Among other things, topics such as personal assessment and self awareness, values and career anchors, personality preferences, behavioural styles as well as the "secret of inner strength" (resilience as a success factor) will be dealt with. Students will have the opportunity to get a personal consultation with Prof. Dr. Hohl on their own professional development. In addition, the coaching also focuses on the topic of "Assessment Centres" with practical exercises and feedback in the circle of participants.


    "Through the seminar, I was able to learn a lot about my own and others' perceptions, how important feedback is for personal development and that innovative, appreciative leadership can make a difference. The Heiligkreuztal monastery was ideal for the seminar; it provided a protected setting for the challenging tasks and reflections, one could get to know fellow students better and the group dynamics were promoted by the intensive time together and the practice-oriented exercises." This is how Felix Tuchscherer, a student of the MBA IB programme, describes the "monastic seminar". This makes coaching as part of the leadership module a good opportunity to put thinking and behavioural routines to the test as well as to strengthen personal competences and develop new options for action.

    Individual coaching, in which students can work out solutions for their personal professional situation, is another important component of our MBA programme. Whether it is about planning the next steps in their career, improving their self-marketing or their own positioning in the company - our experienced coaches offer professional support, which is specifically directed towards individual concerns and life situations.

    Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hohl

    Meet our coaches

    Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hohl

    • Studies in economics and social sciences with doctorate (Dipl. oec./Dr. rer. pol.) in Augsburg and Munich
    • Postgraduate studies in Adult Education (University of Philosophy S. J. Munich) and Post Graduate Management Programme (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and University of Texas in Austin/USA)
    • Further education: Business Coaching, NLP, Scrum Master (
    • Consultant, coach, trainer and network coordinator (international) in the areas of management and corporate development. Industrial experience in leading HR functions at BMW, EADS and ZF. Publications on topics of human resources and corporate management.
    • Main areas of work as professor and lecturer: international and intercultural management, human resources management, leadership and coaching, change and innovation management, agile project management.

    Topics and fields of action as a business coach:

    On the basis of a self-developed and published role and competence model of leadership, the coaching focuses on reflection and possibilities for action of the coachee in the future ("Fit for the Job"/"Fit for the Career"). At its core, it is about developing potential and increasing performance ("Coaching for Personal Excellence & Performance"):

    • personal assessment, challenges and goals
    • rethinking, changing / expanding one's own frame of reference
    • Strengthening thinking and acting in options
    • receive "clarification support" for current (leadership) situations in everyday professional life
    • improve personal impact on the basis of "self-image / external image comparison" (reduce the "blind spot" through feedback)
    Simone Huhnen

    Simone Huhnen

    • 20 years of professional experience in sales (B2C), both actively in field sales and in various management positions
    • Many years of experience and extensive expertise in the areas of personnel management, personnel development, sales management, budget and turnover responsibility, process optimisation. Conception, development and realisation of trainings; management of conferences and events, development of a new sales department
    • Business trainer and coach

    Topics and fields of action as a business coach:

    The further development of one's own personality and the handling of challenging situations in everyday business life are the focus of coaching:

    • Personal development, change of role and self-marketing
    • Communication and dealing with conflicts
    • Motivation, appreciation and positive psychology
    • Leadership role and leadership responsibility
    • Dealing with opportunities, defining and achieving goals
    • Women in the business environment
    Jutta Nübel

    Dr Jutta Nübel

    • Doctor of Philosophy with specialisations in Sociology, Linguistics, Computer Science
    • 20 years as a manager with responsibility for 100 employees in six teams in America, Germany, India
    • 10 years as a representative of senior staff on a supervisory board 
    • Leadership & Diversity Management
    • Technical Communication
    • Systemic Business Coach - Certification KÖRBER Kommunikation, Steinbeis+Akademie

    Topics and fields of action as a business coach:

    Solution-oriented, systemic support and counselling of (prospective) managers forms the basis of coaching:

    • Coaching on topics such as communication in business and career counselling for women.
    • "Get ready for the working environment of today and tomorrow".
    • Leadership Mindset - Diversity and Inclusion as Driver for Performance
    • Empowerment of women in (aspired) leadership positions
    Thomas Steinmeier

    Thomas Steinmeier

    • 25 years of experience in leading positions in the pharmaceutical sector
    • Responsibility for Key Account Management Hospital at Sanofi in Berlin
    • Main areas of expertise:  development and strategic integration of key account management in group structures, negotiation and contract management as well as product placements with the operative implementation in the market
    • Head of the European Center of Excellence: development of instruments for the implementation and optimisation of KAM structures in the European health care market (with KAM managers from 22 European countries)

    Topics and fields of action as a business coach:

    The coaching serves, among other things, to accompany (prospective) managers into new positions as well as to advice on contract negotiations. In addition, the coaching focus is on sales, especially key account management:

    • First steps as a manager
    • Development from sales to strategic account management
    • Transfer from sales to key account manager
    • Negotiation skills and contract management
    • Creation of a team and a "team spirit
    • Interface management within the organisation

    Contact & People

    General contact details

    Room B 217
    On campus
    Building B
    Leibnizstr. 12
    88250 Weingarten
    Postal address RWU Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
    University of Applied Sciences
    International Business Management
    P.O. Box 30 22
    88216 Weingarten


    Doris Mazzini

    Sekretariat Masterstudiengang "International Business Management"
    Doris Mazzini

    Programme Manager

    Franziska Müller M.A.

    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin der Fakultät Technologie und Management, Studiengangskoordination Master "International Business Management" und "Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Unternehmerisches Handeln"
    Soziologie, Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung, Statistik, wissenschaftliches Arbeiten
    Franziska Müller

    Dean of Studies

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Barbara Niersbach

    Studiendekanin International Business Management, Auslandsbeauftragte Fakultät Technologie und Management
    B2B Marketing, Vertrieb, Key Account Management, Industrial Marketing, Strategic Marketing Management, Organzational Behavior
    Barbara Niersbach


    Fabienne Damasch

    Zulassungsamt/Admission Office, Studierenden-Service
    Betreuung englischsprachiger Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge/Supervision of English-speaking Bachelor's and Master's programs
    Fabienne Damasch

    Examination office

    Aylin Baur

    Prüfungsamt Fakultät Technologie und Management, Studierenden-Service
    Studiengänge BM, TE/PE, TM/TW, BEM, BPM, BWU, TMO
    Aylin Baur


    Marina Schneider

    Zulassungsamt, Studierenden-Service, Studiengebühren
    Fakultät Technologie und Management, Gebührenmanagement
    Marina Schneider


    Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Bayer

    Bibliotheksbeauftragter der Fakultät E
    ERP-Systeme, Cloud-Computing & Data Science
     Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer

    Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Ermark

    Studiendekan Betriebswirtschafts­lehre und Unternehmerisches Handeln
    Innovations- und Produktmanagement; Digitalisierung; Business Development; Grundlagen Physik, Mathematik
    Frank Ermark

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Alexander Dühnfort

    Steuerrecht, Bilanzierung, Wirtschaftsprüfung, Öffentliches Recht
    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Alexander Dühnfort

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Nils Hagen

    Dekan der Fakultät Technologie und Management
    Materialwirtschaft und Logistik, Globale Distributionsnetzwerke, Internationale Beschaffung
    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Nils Hagen

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Eberhard Hohl

    Internationales Management, HR-Management und -Development, Leadership und Coaching, Change- und Innovationsmanagement
    Eberhard Hohl

    Prof. Dr. oec. publ. habil. Gerhard Krönes

    Mitglied des Hochschulrates
    Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Personalmanagement, Public & Nonprofit-Management
    Prof. Dr. oec. publ. habil. Gerhard V. Krönes

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Peter Philippi-Beck

    Studiendekan Technik-Management und Optimierung (Master)
    Internationale Betriebswirtschaft Entrepreneurship Mergers & Acquisitions

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Andreas Schmidthöfer

    Studiendekan Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Management
    Wirtschaftsmathematik, Datenverarbeitung, ERP-Systeme, Statistik, Operations Management
    Andreas Schmidthöfer

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiner Smets

    Studiendekan im Dekanat Fakultät Technologie und Management, Studiendekan Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (Technik-Management), Beauftragter der Fakultät Technologie und Management für Qualität, Gleichstellung & E-Learning
    Betriebsorganisation, Mechatronik, Prozessoptimierung, Produktionstechnik
    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heiner Smets

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Heike Willax

    Prodekanin sowie Beauftragte für Gleichstellung und Qualität der Fakultät Technologie und Management
    Finanzwirtschaft, Planung, Controlling und Strategisches Management
    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Heike Willax

    Foreign representative

    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Barbara Niersbach

    Studiendekanin International Business Management, Auslandsbeauftragte Fakultät Technologie und Management
    B2B Marketing, Vertrieb, Key Account Management, Industrial Marketing, Strategic Marketing Management, Organzational Behavior
    Barbara Niersbach


    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Nils Hagen

    Dekan der Fakultät Technologie und Management
    Materialwirtschaft und Logistik, Globale Distributionsnetzwerke, Internationale Beschaffung
    Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Nils Hagen