Newsletter of the WU Executive Academy – Vienna University of Economics and Business
NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

Dear readers,

Listening to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is something very special, yet, what makes it so outstanding? Certainly the fact that each and every one of its musicians is an exceptional talent in his or her own right. However, even the best orchestra in the world cannot deliver a top performance unless everyone is given the room to unlock their full potential to make the most of their very individual talents and skills. The same applies to corporate talent management.

Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy, has identified a talent guideline to motivate high potentials to both be their best selves and perform at their best on a regular basis.

The blockchain technology is probably the most promising innovation of the 21st century. Recently, however, critical voices have become louder and louder. Harald Trautsch, technology expert and CEO of Dolphin Technologies, has been dealing with the topic of "blockchain" for some time now. In an exclusive interview, he openly talks about its potential, meaningful applications, and about the limitations of blockchain technology.

Happy reading!
Your WU Executive Academy Team

PS: Check out our new series, "My City in 24 Hours", where alumni have handpicked their recommendations those traveling on business. Christa Geschweitl starts with Vienna.

 

Career Moves @ WU Executive Academy:

 
Who has changed jobs? Who was promoted?

This time: Katrin Markowski, Stefan Holzer, Lenka Cyprichova, Kai Siefert and more

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Upcoming webinar:

 

My Vienna in 24 hours

 
Through the eyes of a local:

Who knows a city better than someone who has lived there for many years?

Christa Gschweitl shows us her favorite spots in Vienna

My Vienna in 24 hours – the Austrian capital for the start of the new series

Who knows a city better than a local or someone who has lived there for many years? For the start of our new series, Christa Gschweitl, Head of Legal at vaidonau, shares her favorite bars, places and hidden spots in Vienna, which give it such a special flair. Discover the Austrian capital from a very personal and, most probably, very different perspective.

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Sorting out legal questions easily

Whether you are a legal professional, law newbie or an international expert in business law, the WU Executive Academy has the right legal education for you. Prof. Georg Kodek, Judge at the Austrian Supreme Court and Academic Director of all three programs, explains in a nutshell the differences between the Master of Business Law, the Master of Legal Studies and the Master of Legal Studies (European Business Law).

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Entrepreneurships and startups: What we can learn from Africa

6 African countries rank among the top 10 of the world's fastest growing economies and entrepreneurs are driving their economic development. “Taking a closer look at certain patterns brings exciting insights. What is different, what is the same and what can we learn?” analyzes Prof. Nikolaus Franke, Academic Director of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in this edition of our newsletter.

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Elena Solomatina, Director at VDEL and Global Executive MBA alumna

Comfort zone is not something that Elena Solomatina, Director at VDEL, likes to navigate in. After the early death of her father, she assumed a leading role in her parents' family-run business at an early age. Only a few years later, she decided to leave Moscow and move to Vienna to build a new life with her family. Read here how the MBA helped her start an innovative real estate project and why Elena is in the happy position to choose the people she works with.

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It's a family affair: How to successfully lead family businesses into the future

Every second company in Austria is family-owned. At the WU EA Lounge on 14 February 2018, which was organized jointly by Mercuri Urval and the WU Executive Academy, owners and managers of leading Austrian family-owned companies discussed how family businesses will manage their succession and what challenges they will face throughout the process. On the panel: Petra Reiner (Egger Group), Michael Wardian (Kirchdorfer Fertigteilholding), Marietta Ulrich-Horn (Securikett), Georg Bursik (Baumit) and Tomas Toth (Croma Pharma).

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Guideline for high potentials: How to turn talent into performance


Listening to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is something very special, yet, what makes it so outstanding? Certainly the fact that each and every one of its musicians is an exceptional talent in his or her own right. However, even the best orchestra in the world cannot deliver a top performance unless everybody is given the room to unlock his or her full potential to make the most of his or her very individual talents and skills. The same applies to corporate talent management. Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy, has identified a talent guideline to motivate high potentials to both be their best selves and perform at their best on a regular basis.

Read more

 

Blockchain unchained? Where technology reaches its limitations

The blockchain technology is probably the most promising innovation of the 21st century. Recently, however, critical voices have become louder and louder. Harald Trautsch, technology expert and CEO of Dolphin Technologies, has been dealing with the topic of "blockchain" for some time now. In an exclusive interview, he openly talks about its potential, meaningful applications, and about the limitations of blockchain technology.

Read more

 

Ready for the new job profiles in the financial world?

In order to be successful in the financial sector, comprehensive knowhow in traditional areas such as corporate finance, risk management or company valuation are considered hygiene factors today. Those who would like to stand out of the crowd are well advised to specialize in rather atypical occupational fields off the mainstream. Prof. Manfred Frühwirth, Academic Director of the Professional MBA Finance, presents three "Hot Topics" for which he is currently sensitizing his international MBA students.

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Setting up your own start-up with the Global Team Project

Getting your hands dirty with practical experience during an MBA can be the perfect way to start your own business. Harald Trautsch, CEO of Dolphin Technologies and multiple entrepreneur, and Elena Solomatina, Director at VDEL, told businessbecause how they used the Global Team Project as part of the Global Executive MBA to work with MBA students in China and the USA to develop new start-up ideas and put their projects into practice.

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It’s all about framing: your perception depends on the context - by Prof. Manfred Frühwirth

Without context, we are, more often than not, unable to understand things. As far as language is concerned, we constantly put information into a frame or context. Such a frame of reference is vital. But it can also be fatal — if it is flawed. In the 8th part of our GEWINN/WU Executive Academy series "The biggest investor mistakes", Prof. Manfred Frühwirth, Academic Director of the Professional MBA Finance, explains why it is also particularly important for investors to look behind the context and regularly question their own framing - and above all that of others.

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Upcoming events:
Info-Session: ROI of the Global Executive MBA Feb. 22
Info-Session: Risk & Insurance Management certificate program Feb. 28
Female Leaders Breakfast Mar. 08
WU EA Reunion Zagreb Mar. 22
Career Café Mar. 28
Startup and Entrepreneurship Fair Mar. 29
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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