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

Dear readers,

The logistics and supply chain management industry are facing huge challenges not only in Austria. In order to continue to compete successfully on an international level, companies need highly qualified practitioners, who understand the latest trends and challenges in the transportation, logistics and industrial sectors. This was precisely what our high-caliber expert forum “Meet Logistics Leaders” was all about. Among the speakers were the crème de la crème of Austria's logistics industry and top managers from the industrial sector.

For more details on the event, please click here.

In general, New Year’s resolutions are of limited use for managers when it comes to starting the New Year in a goal-oriented way. In this edition of our newsletter, management expert Dr. Michael Hirt explains what you can rather do to get your mental, physical and content development aligned with a clear strategy.

Happy Reading!
Your WU Executive Academy Team


“Meet Logistics Leaders”: Austria's logistics leaders gather at the WU Executive Academy

At the invitation of Academic Director Prof. Sebastian Kummer, the crème de la crème of Austria's logistics industry participated in a high-caliber expert forum on January 22, 2016: Top managers including Christian Kern, CEO, ÖBB Holding AG, Dr. Klaus Schierhackl, Board Member, ASFINAG, or Thomas Fahnemann, CEO, Semperit AG Holding, analyzed the latest trends in the transportation, logistics and industrial sectors with the students of the Logistics & Supply Chain Management certificate program.

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Maria Eremina, Head of Shared Service Center at Raiffeisen Bank

Maria Eremina always knew where she wanted to go. This may be the reason why the ambitious Executive MBA alumna has been meanwhile promoted to Managing Director of a shared service center with 1000+ employees. Read in this month’s Career Story about the decisions which had the biggest impact on Maria’s life and why the most valuable outcome of her MBA was a new “you.”

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Join today’s MBA & Master of Laws Info-Session in Vienna

You have not registered yet? No problem, you can do so here and now. We are looking forward to seeing you today, January 28, 2016, at our MBA & Master of Laws Info Session at Campus WU. Meet our alumni and program managers and get your personal update on the Executive MBA, the Professional MBA and our Master of Laws programs as well as an overview on the various financing options.

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Individual happiness and the perception that others are doing less well

The agony of choice: You earn EUR 50,000 annually and your best friend EUR 40,000. Or, you earn EUR 60,000 and your best friend EUR 70,000. Which option would you go for? Why most of us - against all economic reason - tend to prefer option one is explained by 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, in this Faculty Insight.

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A brilliant night of dancing for the WU Executive Club at the WU Ball 2016

Joining high-ranking diplomats and distinguished representatives from business, industry and politics, the alumni of the WU and the WU Executive Academy opened the Viennese ball season of 2016 at the ball of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. To find out where things really took off that night – like in the WU Alumni Lounge at “Geheime Ratsstube” – click through our picture gallery and look back on a glittering night!

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How to start the New Year off right as a manager

Have you already broken some of your New Year’s resolutions? Well, maybe it’s time to ask yourself some essential questions, which help you as a manager reflect on the past year and plan more strategically for the next. How this works and which questions you should definitely focus on, is outlined by our cooperation partner and internationally renowned management expert, Dr. Michael Hirt, in this edition of our Career Tips & Trends.

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WU Executive Club alumni donate EUR 2,800 to social project "Schule im Aufbruch"

The proceeds of this year’s charity raffle, totaling EUR 2,800, went to "Schule im Aufbruch", a social project aiming to encourage schools to foster a completely new culture of learning that nurtures students' talents and creativity with the aim of unlocking individual potential. If you want to learn more about this unique project and the other highlights of the Christmas party please click here.

Writing recommendations pays off

Most LinkedIn users do not pay attention to recommendations unless they receive one or are asked to write one. In the first LinkedIn tip of the year, our online marketing expert Ritchie Pettauer describes this powerful networking tool and explains why it not only pays off to write recommendations, but why it is also very advisable to actively ask for them.

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Upcoming Events:
Vienna Info-Session:
MBA & Master of Laws
Jan. 28
Online Info-Session:
Employer Brand Manager
Feb. 15
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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