90 ECTS must be acquired over the course of the Executive MBA. The credits are spread over ten modules and the master’s thesis.
The study programme covers a broad range of business administration theory (including Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources) as well as relevant economic and legal topics. The overlapping topics of internationality, business ethics and governance are incorporated in the modules and analysed in the respective context. The degree concludes with a four-month master’s thesis.
Plan of studies (ECTS / contact hours)
1. Turnaround Management: Introductory Case Study
2. Leadership & Human Resource Management
3. Decision Making & Economic Behaviour
4. International Strategic Management
5. Ethics, Compliance & Dispute Resolution
6. International Accounting & Governance
7. Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Communication
8. Financial Management
9. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Master's Thesis & Colloquium
Guiding principles Internationality, Business Ethics and Governance
Three overarching principles form the backbone of the course:
- Internationality is essential for economic success, particularly for the multitiude of globally oriented companies in Hamburg
- Business ethics. Understanding the reasons why and how ethical behaviour in business leads to economic success is a key for leading a modern company
- Governance. The manner in which boards or their like structure a corporation is a central management issue. Governance relates to setting up a consistent management, incentives, guidance, decision-rights and responsibilities.
In the individual modules, the topics covered are also always looked at from the perspective of these three guiding principles. This means that international or intercultural aspects are taken into account in the lectures, for example when discussing the special aspects of international personnel management or the role of global financial markets. In light of HSBA’s special focus on values, business ethics aspects are always considered, with a central role accorded to the model of the honourable merchant. In order to discuss the options for managing companies, governance is a core aspect of the teaching. Students should learn to assess and apply various institutional alternatives for action in the respective areas of business. This puts the students in a position where they can make conscious and informed decisions even in critical situations.