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WFI Summer School 2018

Firms in Society

In 2018, the Ingolstadt School of Management presented the second thematic international Summer School.       

Prof. Devin Pope from the prestigious University of Chicago's Booth School of Business was the keynote speaker. He is well known for his research within a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology.

During the two-week programme students gained insights into several aspects of the topic from the theoretical, empirical and practical perspectives of management science and economics.

The 2nd WFI Summer School offers 8 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 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. All of the courses, presentations and other activities take place in English.

The engagement with regional champions through company visits, management talks and networking opportunities is unique to our Summer School:


Company visit at LEDVANCE

LEDVANCE is a world leader in innovative lighting products as well as intelligent and connected lighting solutions (Smart Home). The company is an offspring of OSRAM, combining traditional general illumination with modern, ground-breaking lighting technologies. The company is active in more than 140 countries and achieved a turnover of around €1.9 billion in the 2017 fiscal year.


After our plant visit in Eichstätt, Dr. Oliver Vogler, Vice President Global Sales & Marketing Functions, gave an exciting talk on "How to restart in one of the most disruptive industries like lighting – the story of a “2 billion startup”.

Manager Talk - Thomas Sattelberger

Thomas Sattelberger is a German top manager and politician (FDP). After holding Managing Board positions 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. In 2017, he has been elected as a member of the German Bundestag for the Liberal Party (FDP).

After an exciting presentation on "Firms in Society - Transformation, Talent, Tolerance" by Thomas Sattelberger, there was a lively discussion session with drinks and fingerfood.

Visiting AUDI AG

Summer School participants got to know the AUDI AG automotive group, headquartered in Ingolstadt, during a plant tour and a insightfull follow-up presentation on "Sustainability at Audi".


Social Activities

In addition to the academic programme, students gained a deeper insight into German and especially Bavarian culture through a diverse social programme offered by the WFI. Various group activities were offered during the two-week stay.

There was also a guided tour through the historical Old Town of Ingolstadt, where the faculty is located.

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 were happy to answer any questions you had.

Excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle

At our welcome event, Summer School participants enjoyed finger food in a casual atmosphere followed by a trip to one of the most fascinating spots in Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle. This famous castle was the model for the Cinderella Castle in Disney’s beloved movie and theme park. It was built by Ludwig II, the Fairy-tale King, and it is nestled in a picturesque Alpine panorama. Walking through the halls as part of a guided tour, we got an impression of the splendour of European kings in former times. 

We also had lunch together and visited the Pilgrimage Church of Wies (Wieskirche), a rococo church. The Wieskirche was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983. We enjoyed a marvellous view of the mountains, especially the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.