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Company Projects WS 2016/17

During Winter Semester 2016/17, several third semester MBA students took the elective “Company Project” to gain a more practical approach to learning. Throughout the semester, groups of 3 – 4 students worked on joint projects between students, supervising professors and companies. Projects were conducted in cooperation with Erwin Hymer Group, BOSCH Rexroth, BOSCH Corporate Purchasing, Francotyp Postalia and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.

Europe’s leading manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans with around 5,500 employees worldwide is called Erwin Hymer Group and headquartered in Bad Waldsee. Four MBA students from the USA, India and China, under the guidance of Prof. Markus-Oliver Schwaab, used the knowledge acquired in courses like International Marketing and International Business Development to work on a project with Erwin Hymer Group.

Two BOSCH projects, supervised by Prof. Jürgen Janovsky, offered very valuable results for the company and a great deal of knowledge for the students.

As part of the BOSCH group with a history of more than 200 years and sales in more than 80 countries, BOSCH Rexroth represents one-stop sources for all drive and control technologies. The project with BOSCH Rexroth was conducted by four MBA students from India and Portugal with an engineering background, as the project had a technical focus.

The second project with the BOSCH Group, in particular the BOSCH Corporate Purchasing department, offered German, Indian, Iranian and Chinese MBA students the opportunity to gain practical experience by managing a project for a global company within a culturally diverse project team. 

Francotyp Postalia with its more than 1,000 employees is the first multi-channel provider for mail communication. Under the guidance of Prof. Frauke Sander, four students from India and Germany delivered a very successful project outcome to the company and had the opportunity to travel to Berlin for their final presentation.

With around 11,500 employees worldwide, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen is a major provider and reliable partner to the global printing industry. The project, supervised by Prof. Markus-Oliver Schwaab, was focused on Human Resources and Change Management. Three students from Germany, the USA and Vietnam were offered the opportunity to cooperate with managers of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.