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Teaching at ISM.

Strategic Management is more important today than ever before, as many companies are forced to comprehensively adapt their strategies, establish new business models and further develop their organizations. Within the framework of our interactive and practice-oriented courses, you will have the opportunity to acquire up-to-date and relevant strategy know-how while at the same time expanding strategic, personal and social skills.

In the professional environment, this know-how provides an important basis for a variety of fields of application, such as executive assistance, management functions, management consulting or various staff positions in management. Strategic training is also important if you want to start a business later on.

In doing so, the guiding principle of openness is reflected in our teaching, whether in the integration of the latest scientific findings, in open interaction with our students, or in the involvement of leading companies. Join us in learning to critically examine fundamental theories and methods and evaluate their applicability in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment.


Bachelor's Degree

As part of your Bachelor's degree, you have two opportunities to deepen your understanding of strategic management:

  • The major (minor) in "Strategic and Market-Oriented Management" could be of particular interest to those who wish to expand on their skills in Strategic Management and Marketing.
  • The Strategic Leadership Major (Minor) is well-suited for students who wish to build on their strategic competencies and skills in the area of Strategic Leadership of companies and people.

Our courses reflect our guiding principle of openness. We practice inclusion hands-on by incorporating different approaches and insights, integrating external guest lecturers, inspiring discussions with practitioners and projects at innovative companies. We stand for transparency by openly presenting eduational content, requirements, and grading.

Master's Degree

Thank you for your interest in writing your graduate thesis at our institute. Below you will find important information about Master's and Diploma degre theses.


Through their research, creativity and commitment, doctoral students play a key role in shaping the development of our discipline and are an indispensable contribution to the scientific examination of our research priorities.


  • The dissertation is an independent scientific work - with high quality standards - which must contribute to the development of new findings. For this purpose, it is also necessary to present the current scientific discussion in the selected subject area, to follow it continuously and to form networks.
  • These goals can only be achieved through intensive cooperation with your supervisor or team of supervisors.
  • At the same time, the highest level of commitment and a high degree of free time resources (over a period of approx. 3 years) are required on the part of the doctoral candidate.


  • Formal requirements for doctoral studies
  • Accepted concept for writing a dissertation: An excellent concept is the main criterion for your application to be accepted.


  • The topic can be chosen freely, but must have a concrete connection to the field of "Strategic Management" and our current research priorities (see Research).

You are welcome to send us an initial letter of motivation on how you can meet these requirements, including an initial idea of your research focus. In a further step, we invite selected candidates to create a dissertation concept.


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