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

Dear readers,

Head coach Marcel Koller has accomplished what no one else has succeeded in doing: He has made Austria's national soccer team one of the 11th best teams in the world. What is it that distinguishes him from his predecessors? Marcel Koller is the personification of executive excellence.

In the run-up to the Euro 2016, Prof. Helmut Kasper, Academic Director of the Executive MBA PGM and a passionate soccer fan, has analyzed 8 very special leadership strengths of Marcel Koller that are highly effective not only in soccer but also in business.

Click here to read more on his 8 tricks.

Are you interested in one of our MBA or Master of Laws programs and would you like to learn more about our application requirements and comprehensive financing options? Well, in this case, do not hesitate to join our last info-session before the summer and use the opportunity to chat with former participants about their personal experiences. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Please register here for the event.
Happy Reading!
Your WU Executive Academy Team



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“The fact that oil prices are low will not have any really fundamental impact on the development of renewables,” says Marianne Moscoso-Osterkorn, former Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). In the interview, the international energy expert raises the question as to when renewables will replace fossil fuels. On a similar note, she also explains why we would not have antibiotics, had the pharma industry invested as little in R&D as the energy sector does today.

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8 tricks that executives can learn from Austria’s head coach Marcel Koller

“Marcel Koller is the personification of executive excellence,” says Prof. Helmut Kasper. He sparks emotions and understands how to make a group of individual stars pull together as a team. Prof. Kasper, Academic Director of the Executive MBA PGM and a passionate soccer fan, has studied the parallels between top-level sports and management for many years. In the run-up to the Euro 2016, he analyses 8 very special leadership strengths of the head coach of the Austrian national soccer team that are highly effective not only in soccer, but also in business.

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Relaxed during the MBA application interview – with the right checklist

In the 1st part of our alumni insights series in the last edition of our newsletter, Valentin Mladenov, Project Manager/Software Developer and Professional MBA Project Management alumnus, focused on the optimal preparation for the MBA application interview. In the 2nd part, he shares valuable tips as to how to stay relaxed throughout the whole interview, what is going on there in particular and which next steps to expect after the meeting.

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Executive MBA Bucharest: Apply now for special scholarships

On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of the Executive MBA Bucharest, all applicants from Bulgaria have the chance to receive a scholarship; up to 50% off the tuition fee will be awarded to 3 scholarship winners. Also, the WU Executive Academy and the leading Romanian financial newspaper, Ziarul Financiar, are offering a partial scholarship for the program which amounts to 25,000 Euros. Apply now!

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Andreas Gémes, Marketing Manager at Borealis AG

In high school, Andreas Gémes wanted to become a diplomat and “fight for world peace”. Along the way, he realized that there are other areas where he can make a difference. Now, he focuses particularly on sustainability in his work at the Borealis AG. In this month’s career story, he not only writes about his philosophy of leadership, but he also reflects on his philosophy of life in general and talks about who he would like to change places with – at least for one day.

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MBA & Master of Laws Info-Session in Vienna on June 1

Join us at our upcoming Info-Session on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, to get informed about your education options! Come meet academic directors, alumni and program managers, who will be happy to answer your questions. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Timesavers and smart agents: The best social media tools for your daily business

The term "social media" usually refers to big networks like Facebook or LinkedIn. Yet while the number of big players has shrunk over the last years, a couple of handy tools have gained increasing popularity in the business world. Which tools exist and how you can best use them is explained by our online marketing expert, Ritchie Pettauer.

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Of sweet fruits and the bed, i.e.: What really makes up a happy life

Already in the 1960s, the legendary Austrian musician Peter Alexander claimed in one of his socio-critical songs that money alone can’t buy happiness; current research findings on happiness factors underline that even variables that are considered to be crucially important, e.g. somebody's earnings, marital status and educational background help explain, at best, only 15% of the differences in individual happiness levels. But what about the rest? Prof. Johannes Steyrer, Academic Director of the Professional MBA Health Care Management and Head of the Research Institute for Health Care Management and Health Economics at WU, answers this question in this edition of our Faculty Insight series.

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Upcoming Events:
10 Years Executive MBA Bucharest Anniversary Party May 31
MBA & Master of Laws
June 1
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June 3
voestalpine Company Visit for Alumni June 6
Info-Session: Certificate Program
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June 14
Life Long Learning Day for Alumni June 16
WU Summer Celebration June 16
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Kind regards,

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