Newsletter of the WU Executive Academy – Vienna University of Economics and Business
NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2018

Dear reader!

At the MERIT Executive Education Summit 2019 last week, Tatjana Oppitz, former IBM CEO and new WU Vice Rector for Infrastructure and Digitization from autumn 2019 on, held a workshop at the WU Executive Academy. In "New World of Work", she spoke about the role of values, humanity and culture in times of AI, Big Data and omnipresent disruption. Her audience left with tips for successful leadership strategies in this new world of work. 

The future of business will be digital. That much is certain. The pressure for company leaders is mounting and they need to act now in order to keep up with disruptive competitors. You will learn how to face this challenge head-on in the new Professional MBA Digital Transformation & Data Science.

Take advantage of the latest MBA in the WU Executive Academy's portfolio, pick up the tools and strategies needed to master digital challenges, and transform your business.

Click here for more details about the program, which will start in the fall of 2019 for the first time.

Happy reading!
Your WU Executive Academy Team

Overview
It’s all about neuroleadership: How we can learn to learn with the brain - not against it
Africa Breakfast: Silicon Savannah and the passion for innovation
Faculty Insights: The trap of simplification: Why you should never ignore uncertainty in your data analysis
Career Story: Rita Jakusch, Managing Director at Hypo NOE Immobilien and Global Executive MBA alumna
New specialization: flexi-format MBA Digital Transformation & Data Science
The WU Ball 2019: facts, figures and impressions
Where the heck is humanity? - A new world of work
The African style of entrepreneurship
Female executives on their way into the C-Suite
The biggest investor mistakes: Don’t act like a lemming! - by Prof. Manfred Frühwirth

Career Moves @ WU Executive Academy:

 
Who has changed jobs? Who was promoted?

This time: Rita Jakusch, Andreas Kettlgruber, Jolita Venckute and more

Browse through the career gallery

Upcoming Sales-Chat:

 
Sales Trends you need to know about in 2019

To the Sales-Chat
January 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm (CET)

It’s all about neuroleadership: How we can learn to learn with the brain - not against it

Andy Habermacher is an internationally acclaimed neuroleadership expert who lectures around the world on why it is so important for leaders to listen better to their body’s control center. On May 24, 2019, Andy will visit the WU Executive Academy at a Business Breakfast and a WU EA Lounge in the evening. In an exclusive interview before the event, he gives insights into the latest scientific findings on how executive education should work today and explains why managers should definitely know more about their brains.

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Africa Breakfast: Silicon Savannah and the passion for innovation

At an Africa Breakfast held at the WU Executive Academy on December 19, 2018, exciting guests from Kenya and Rwanda compared notes on innovation and entrepreneurship in East Africa, and discussed the question of why strategic partnerships are paramount for achieving long-term success when doing business in Africa.

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The trap of simplification: Why you should never ignore uncertainty in your data analysis

Today, there is a general trend towards more data-driven decisions in companies, especially in areas that have been less "quantitative", such as HR. "A good development," says Prof. Phillip Nell, Academic Director of the Executive MBA Bucharest, "Yet, I regularly observe some widespread knowledge gaps among HR professionals with regards to some basic quantitative principles.” In this Faculty Insight, the global strategy expert explains why these misconceptions can lead to wrong decisions and potentially costly mistakes, outlining powerful strategies to avoid them.

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Rita Jakusch, Managing Director at Hypo NOE Immobilien and Global Executive MBA alumna

In our January Career Story, Rita Jakusch, Managing Director of Hypo NOE Immobilien, talks about her "biggest career step to date" as Managing Director in the real estate sector of one of Austria’s leading banks. Here you can read how the Global Executive MBA helped her be considered for this leadership position and successfully complete complex projects within the framework of large buildings such as hospitals or universities.

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New specialization: flexi-format MBA Digital Transformation & Data Science

The future of business will be digital. That much is certain. The pressure for company leaders is mounting and they need to act now in order to keep up with disruptive competitors. You will learn how to face this challenge head-on in the new Professional MBA Digital Transformation & Data Science. Take advantage of the latest MBA in the WU Executive Academy's portfolio, pick up the tools and strategies needed to master digital challenges, and transform your business.

Read more

 

The WU Ball 2019: facts, figures and impressions

The WU Ball is not only the 1st event highlight of the Viennese ball calendar in the new year, the biggest student ball in Europe has more interesting facts and figures to offer. Read exciting background information and check out our picture gallery from the WU Alumni Lounge in the "Geheime Ratstube" of the Hofburg Palace. It really pays off!

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Where the heck is humanity? - A new world of work

At the MERIT Executive Education Summit 2019 last week, Tatjana Oppitz, former IBM CEO and new WU Vice Rector for Infrastructure and Digitization from autumn 2019 on, held a workshop at the WU Executive Academy. In "New World of Work", she spoke about the role of values, humanity and culture in times of AI, Big Data and omnipresent disruption. Her audience left with tips for successful leadership strategies in this new world of work.

Read more

 

The African style of entrepreneurship

How can Europeans best start a partnership with African Entrepreneurs? What motivates entrepreneurs in East Africa? How is innovation seen differently? Two experts from Kenya, Maryanne Akoth, Incubation Manager at TechBridge Invest, and Amollo Ambole, Strategy Lead at the University of Nairobi's Living Lab gave us an exclusive interview.

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Female executives on their way into the C-Suite

According to a report by the international communications consultancy Weber Shandwick, only 10.9% of executive positions of all Global Fortune 500 companies are filled by women. In an interview, Anita Kirilova and Elena Litvinova, two Global Executive MBA graduates, talk about their personal experiences on their way into the C-Suite and explain why the right MBA can play a key role in a manager’s career, especially for female executives.

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Don’t act like a lemming! - by Prof. Manfred Frühwirth

If you blindly follow the crowd, you run the risk of acting irrationally on the financial market. In the 7th part of our GEWINN/WU Executive Academy series "The biggest investor mistakes", Prof. Manfred Frühwirth, Academic Director of the Professional MBA Finance, explains why we should not follow the crowd in investment decisions like lemmings, but should always remain critical of hypes as well.

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Upcoming events:
Info-Session: MBA & Master of Laws Jan. 30
Access MBA Zurich Feb. 11
Alumni Ambassadors' Reception Feb. 14
WU EA Lounge - External Management in Family-run Companies Feb. 14
Access MBA Moscow Feb. 16
Access MBA Kiev Feb. 19
Are you LinkedIn or LinkedOUT? Feb. 21
Executive Job Search in 2019 Feb. 21
All events 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions or feedback.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Dean
Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director

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