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WFI Summer School 2016

  •   Firms in Society

    In July 2016 the Ingolstadt School of Management hosts its first thematic international Summer School on "Firms in Society". The two-week program (18th July 2016 - 30th July 2016) features 13 courses by renowned researchers in economics, business administration and law as well as company visits, practicioners' talks and a vibrant social programme. The keynote on evidence-based management will be delivered by Prof. Iwan Barankay from the Wharton School, one of the most prestigious U.S. Business Schools.

    • Come to the Ingolstadt School of Management, located in the heart of Bavaria near Munich, and experience an inspiring and exclusive event for only 40 students studying towards a Masters (or advanced Bachelors) degree in Business Administration, Economics, Law or the Social Sciences.
    • Meet managers from AUDI AG, HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG and the Bauer Group.
    • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle and enjoy the Bavarian way of life.

    The WFI thematic Summer School offers over 14 two-week courses, all of which take place on our campus in Ingolstadt.

    Courses start around 9 in the morning and end in the late afternoon, depending on the evening program and the company visits, for which travel time also needs to be taken into account. The Summer School comprises a 2-week program. The various courses we offer illuminate the Summer School’s topic, “Firms in society,” from a wide range of perspectives:

    Courses can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions. Successful students will receive up to 10 ECTS.

    The program is rounded out by presentations from on-site representatives of renowned companies. All of the courses, presentations and other activities take place in English.



Company Visits


In addition to the courses, we provide an opportunity to learn about well-known, globally successful companies from a wide range of industries that are based in the region.


Summer School participants get to know the AUDI AG automotive group, headquartered in Ingolstadt, during a plant tour and a follow-up presentation by Prof. Dr. Peter F. Tropschuh, the Head of Corporate Responsibility at AUDI AG.




Another global player in the region, in the segments of mechanical engineering and construction – especially specialized underground engineering – is the BAUER group. This company, which is active worldwide, will introduce itself with a plant tour and a follow-up presentation by Managing Board member Dr. Heinz Kaltenecker.




Thomas Sattelberger - Manager Talk

In addition, the program includes an evening presentation, followed by a reception and a discussion session with Thomas Sattelberger. Thomas Sattelberger is a top German manager. After holding Managing Board Thomas Sattelbergerpositions at Continental AG and Lufthansa Passage, he was the Chief HR Officer of Deutsche Telekom from 2007 to 2012. Sattelberger made a name for himself as a proponent of diversity management; he introduced the 30-percent quota for women in management positions at Telekom, and criticizes closed systems in corporations and society as a whole. He is considered a visionary on the future of labor, and he works extensively with the new labor architectures, equal opportunity and the cloning homogenization of the work world.



Social Activities

In addition to the academic programme, students will be able gain a deeper insight into German and especially Bavarian culture through a diverse social programme offered by the WFI.

Various group activities will also be offered during the two-week stay:

At our welcome event, participants will enjoy finger food in a casual atmosphere followed by a campus tour, giving them an opportunity to get to know each other. After a group lunch, there will be a guided tour through the historical Old Town of Ingolstadt, where the faculty is located.

Schloss NeuschwansteinIn addition to all kinds of evening presentations and company visits, there is also a group day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle on the agenda. Probably the most famous castle built by Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, it is nestled in a picturesque Alpine panorama and will be visited as part of a guided tour.


In addition, the program includes plenty of free time for recreation and opportunities to explore Germany and Bavaria – especially Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg and the Altmühl Valley, as well as the Bavarian Alps, on your own time. One weekend day as well as your arrival and departure weekend will be free, so you can arrange other trips according to your own preferences. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.




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