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Distinguishing characteristics of our curriculum are its sound scientific foundation, its practical relevance, and its international orientation. Building on both fundamental and recently discovered research insights, courses focus on current issues of relevance to strategic management practice. Our curriculum’s international orientation is expressed in course contents, the integration of international guest speakers, and in the numerous classes we offer in English.

Our bachelor classes follow the goal of familiarizing students with the topics of strategic management and enabling them to take on responsible placements in the areas of strategic management, consulting, and corporate development.

Course contents focus both on analytical as well as design-oriented aspects of strategic management and leadership.

Our master-level classes seek to dig more deeply into theoretical and practice-oriented contents in the areas of strategy, leadership, and corporate governance. Our course offers are specifically designed for students who want to refine and advance their skills in strategic management.

In all our courses, it is important that students do not only passively consume lecture contents, but instead acquire knowledge and skills through (inter)active participation. Our seminars, case study courses, colloquia, and project courses offer special opportunities for students to participate.

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Theses at the ISM deal with current issues at the interface between corporate governance, strategic decisions and company performance. With your final thesis, you show that you can independently work on a subject-related question using scientific methods within the processing period.

Thesis Topics

Bachelor's theses at the ISM are usually theoretical and conceptual, master's theses can be theoretical and conceptual or empirical. After individual consultation, problems from practice can be scientifically worked out in cooperation with a company within the framework of final theses.

The ISM does not make any specific specifications regarding the topics to be worked on. This gives you the opportunity to contribute your own interests and suggestions within the framework of our research areas.

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Number of courses offered in English

We welcome German, international and exchange students to choose from several of our English courses.

We are proud to actively promote female researchers in the field of strategic management

Percentage of female staff on our team

Total number of nationalities in our team

Our small but international team aims to provide you with different perspectives, expanding your horizons.