3. Professional Development

AlumniFollowing on logically from the business fundamentals, the Professional Development section turns to the unique world of multilateral institutions, both governmental and nongovernmental. This is the section in which students acquire the conceptual tools and how-to skills that will enable them to meet the management, communication and organizational challenges specific to the international environment.



Modules in this section include:

1. Self-Leadership
Help students reflect on their career paths and vantage of their MBA. This will allow students to:
• focus on their development in order to better manage the learning curve all throughout their studies;
• gain a better understanding of their skills and positively project themselves into their future profession, and more globally, into their career;
• build a clear action plan on how to get the most out of their MBA.
There is no examination at the end of the module.

Jean-Yves Mercier, Director, Proman Consulting, Geneva

2. Team Leadership

Nowadays, projects are achieved mainly through teamwork rather than individually. Successes are the result of combined elements, including communication and leadership skills. Many difficulties arise while working in a team, while at the same time trying to communicate, motivate, reach common goals and manage different personalities and talents. This course will give you the tools necessary to effectively lead a team and to overcome the main challenges of teamwork.

Lucette Quarteron, TEKOA

3. Change Management
The course is designed to give the participants a sound grasp of complex organizational change management and organizational design. The challenges managers are facing today in view of continuous change require them to be familiar with the basic concepts as well as the pitfalls of organizational change. As current or future managers, participants need to be able to disseminate best practices and effective strategies to plan and implement change management projects successfully. Furthermore, they are responsible for strategic resources such as knowledge in order to create and maintain a learning organization. The idea of the course is that participants will discover theories and practice by analyzing and teaching the main insights themselves. This will happen through intense case discussions that typically start with a brief theoretical introduction of Prof. Probst, followed by a case presentation of the participants that links theoretical and practical insights, a subsequent in-class discussion, and a more intensive debate in smaller focus groups.

Prof. Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

4. Conflicts Resolution in Business and Politics
Increasing interdependence within and between societies inevitably leads to conflicts of interest. A dominant way to overcome these obstacles is the new disciplines of conflict resolution and negotiation. After setting the stage with theories of conflict and cooperation, this course covers structural and dynamic issues of negotiation processes. It combines analytical and practical techniques with discussion of real-world examples from business and political conflicts at international level.

Robert Weibel, The Centre for European Negotiation and Decision-making (CENAD)

5. Effective Communication
Written Communication
Structuring business communication based on the pyramid principle: Participants will be introduced to the methodology used by leading management consultancies in management communication. with the key message being on top built on a logically sound storyline. It can be used for presentations but also emails, conference calls, phone conversations et al.Verbal Communication
Public speaking: The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. Communicating effectively is not only a matter of having good ideas but also having the ability to engage people. Business managers, senior executives and entrepreneurs are called on regularly to make presentations to colleagues, clients and the general public.
The goal of this course is to familiarize the students with key public speaking and presentation skills through lectures, discussions and individual work at home. Students will also have an opportunity to give a short presentation and receive personalized feedback.

Prof. John Zimmer (Verbal) & Prof. Sebastian Schoene (Written)

6. Managing Across Cultures
To gain a sound grasp of the challenges inherent in managing across cultures. We begin by analyzing the importance and relevance of culture in management practice and then go on to explore methods for understanding culture, and develop a framework for cultural analysis (national, corporate, functional, etc.). We examine the impact of culture on strategy, structure, and human resource management, and we evaluate different approaches to managing cultural differences and examine the role of managers and organizations in a global economy.

Prof. Gunter K. Stahl, University of Vienna