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Graduate Program: Applied Knowledge Management

Program Objectives:
(1) Managers in the area of product and organizational development will acquire the skills necessary to successfully reflect on their own company’s philosophy and doctrines as well as develop a company culture and infrastructure suitable to the dynamics of business and community life. The company's work organization - as well as human resources and information technology - are equally affected. Learning processes must be created and reflected at a macro and individual level as they constitute the backbone of a learning organization. Only by interactively coordinating organization, personnel management, individual and technical elements can these processes become effective. The program aims to provide a balanced quantity of input by exploring the definitions of business processes in organizational learning as well as taking responsibility and control of these processes when a company is in a time of difficulty.

(2) Knowledge Management aims to attain the following objectives:

  1. Real-world practices require that managers and employees develop skills to acquire professional knowledge in the areas of context, coherency and estimation as well a target approach to implement process models of organizational learning and content, meaning in addition to professional, social and media skills, by applying the proper methods and tools. This enables them to move more confidently and proficiently in areas require decision-making and organization.
  2. Increase product quality, agility as well as company productivity, including customer satisfaction.

(3) Overall, the program is aimed at conveying theory-led, integral negotiation and decision-making skills which participants can effectively apply on the job or as responsible citizens within an aspiring knowledge-based society, qualifying them to effectively and efficiently deal with concepts, technology, and tools in Knowledge Management.
(4) In accordance with § 51 Sec. 2 para. 21 of the Universities Act regulating continual education and post-graduate degree program, the program's specific teaching objective lies in conveying socio-economic, business, legal and technical knowledge and skills.
(5) To accommodate the participants' differentiating expectations (enhanced studies, orientation), the program initially provides overview information as to which fields require an awareness of knowledge management. Afterwards, participants will have the opportunity to individually select a field for in-depth study. In this way - and in consultation with a supervisor - the program's objective is partially tailored to each individual. The in-depth study should be theory-led as well as hands-on in the context of a methodical, comprehensive Knowledge Management project which, if applicable, is to be conducted at the participant's company.

Admission Requirements:
(1) Prospective students must apply for admission to the "Applied Knowledge Management" program by submitting a written application. Applicants must submit a recent CV including a personal and professional history, proof of having previous knowledge and practical work experience necessary which is required for the program and a "letter of intent" stating the applicant's reasons to take part in the program.
(2) Applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor's, Master's, or Diploma degree in a related field (or possess a comparable university degree), and have at least two years of professional work experience in the field.
(3) Applicants who do not meet the academic prerequisites as stated in (2) may be admitted in certain cases if open spots are available in the program and if the applicant can show documented proof of comparable qualifications such as a minimum of four years of professional work experience (including unfinished studies and/or short continual education programs).
(4) Applicants admitted to the program under (3) may only make up 50% of the total number of admitted students.
(5) Applicants with higher and/or professional experience will be given preference. The decision will be rendered by the Vice Rector of Teaching based on a recommendation submitted by the program's Academic Director in consideration of the compatibility of the applicant's application; a personal interview may be required and, if deemed necessary, the applicant will have to complete supplementary courses to make up for missing base-knowledge in the field.
(6) In order to begin a new program, a minimum number of participants is required.


Post Graduate Degree Program: Applied Knowledge Management
Degree Awarded: Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Program Length: 3 semesters

A new program is scheduled to begin on May 25, 2018

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