Program Structure

The study program contains 90 ECTS credits:

 

12 compulsory modules General Management (36 ECTS)

3-5 elective modules General Management (15 ECTS)

5 specialization modules (24 ECTS)

MBA Thesis (15 ECTS)


More information about the master´s thesis

Specialization Modules

Aviation Management

The focus of the scientific-based Specialization lies on imparting Aviation Management and Business knowledge with a strong practical orientation. It aims to find answers for the essential and most pressing managerial and economic questions confronting all sectors of the aviation industry.

The Specialization modules of the blended learning program are taught in English over the period of one year. The face-to-face units onsite foster an intensive exchange of knowledge and experiences with renowned faculty members and professionally experienced fellow students from the industry.

Managing within the Legal Framework, Digitalization and Future Developments

Contents
  • Montreal Convention, Passenger Rights
  • ICAO, EASA, EU Aviation Policy
  • Digitalization in the Airline Business
  • Airline Cooperation Concepts
  • Airline Start-up and Business Aviation
ECTS-Points

6

Events

14/10 - 18/10/2024

Managing an Airline

Contents
  • Airline Financial Management and Performance Measurement
  • Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies
  • Airline Business Planning: Revenue Management, Fleet- and Route Planning
  • Pricing, Product and Distribution
  • Airline Managing People
ECTS-Points

6

Events

16/11 - 20/11/2024

Managing an Airport

Contents
  • Aeronautical and Commercial Functions
  • Globalization and Networks
  • Airport Financials
  • Airport Capacity and Slot Management
  • Sustainable Airports and Intermodality
ECTS-Points

6

Events

20/01 - 24/01/2025

Managing Air Traffic and its Operations

Contents
  • Fundamentals of ATM and ATC and Future Systems
  • Cost Base of the ATM System
  • European Air Traffic Flow Management
  • ATM Perspective from an Airline
ECTS-Points

3

Events

17/02 - 20/02/2025

Sustainable Aviation Management, Innovation and System Risks

Contents
  • Sustainable Development and Aviation Industry
  • Climate Change and Aviation, Carbon Accounting, Noise Management
  • Innovation Competences
  • Cybersecurity in Aviation
  • System Risks and Insurance in the Aviation Business
ECTS-Points

3

Events

21/04 - 24/04/2025

Core Modules (compulsory)

Fundamentals of Management (MA)

Fundamentals of Economics (EC)

ECTS-Points

3

Controlling & Reporting (CR)

Goals

Participants will be able to

  • reproduce selected aspects of corporate accounting and financial reporting in the context of planning accounting,
  • explain and illustrate the process of budget compilation for practice-oriented planning accounting,
  • carry out the planning of profit, liquidity and balance sheet,
    carry out essential (planning) key figure calculations.
Learning Results

Participants should understand the main accounting/controlling context consisting of Profit Plan, Finance Plan and Budgeted Balance Sheet

They should be able to draw up a budget / a Business Plan for a company

Participants should be able to calculate and to interpret ratios / key figures of a company

ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 22/11 - 23/11/2023
German: | 13/12 - 14/12/2023

Corporate Financial Management (FN)

Goals

After successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • be able to name the basic principles of corporate finance as well as investment appraisal and apply their methods on the basis of practical examples.
  • be able to use instruments that support financial decision-making.
  • be able to evaluate financing instruments such as bonds and shares.
Learning Results

After successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • be able to name the basic principles of corporate finance as well as investment appraisal and apply their methods on the basis of practical examples.
  • be able to use instruments that support financial decision-making.
  • be able to evaluate financing instruments such as bonds and shares.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 24/11 - 25/11/2023
German: | 15/12 - 16/12/2023

Strategic Management (SM)

Goals

At the end of the module, students will have the following skills and abilities:

  • link key concepts of strategic management and strategic business and environmental analysis.
  • select and apply strategic analysis tools.
  • combine external and internal analyses, interpret them and develop recommendations for action.
  • critically discuss case studies and develop solution scenarios.
  • weigh current social challenges on a strategic management level and design strategic options.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 11/10 - 12/10/2023
German: | 18/10 - 19/10/2023

Marketing Management (MM)

Goals

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand marketing approaches and marketing strategies
  • Apply instruments of strategic marketing
  • Design operational marketing instruments in a targeted manner
  • Develop a marketing plan.
  • Explain marketing developments in the area of gender & diversity and other ethical issues.
Learning Results

On successful completion of this module the students will be available to:

  •  Demonstrate an understanding of core marketing principles (K)
  • Practically apply marketing models, theories and concepts (K, T)
  • Evaluate and write marketing plans (C, P)
  • Decision-making skills in relation to marketing management (T)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical, K-Subject Knowledge, T-Transferable Skills, P-Professional/Practical skills

ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 13/10 - 14/10/2023
German: | 20/10 - 21/10/2023

Human Resources Management (HR)

Goals

After completing the module, students will be able to ...

  • explain the basics and the (strategic) importance of HRM for the organization,
  • plan meaningful measures in the essential fields of action of HRM,
  • structure personnel selection and personnel and competence development from an organizational psychological perspective in an application-oriented way,
  • evaluate central demands from the HR trend literature in a context-related manner.
  • to classify aspects of (gender) diversity in corporate HR work.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 28/02 - 29/02/2024
German: | 10/04 - 11/04/2024

Leadership (LS)

Goals

After completing the module, students will be able to ....

  • apply central concepts and models of leadership in organizations to operational problems,
  • analyze their own leadership behavior on the basis of the models and concepts they have learned,
  • identify ethical challenges of leadership,
  • explain the causes and effects of destructive leadership behavior.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 01/03 - 02/03/2024
German: | 12/04 - 13/04/2024

Research Methods (RM)

Goals

After successful completion of the module, students should be able to ...

  • be able to independently develop both quantitative and qualitative research designs to answer research questions and create or test hypotheses.
  • know the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics in order to be able to conduct statistical data analyses based on them.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 10/01 - 11/01/2024
German: | 23/02 - 24/02/2024


Single module bookable

Business Ethics (BE)

Goals
  • Students are able to describe the most important approaches to ethics and apply them to companies.
  • Students will be able to weigh the complex consequences of their decisions for the multitude of stakeholders involved.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 12/01 - 13/01/2024
German: | 21/02 - 22/02/2024

Business Analytics (BA)

Goals

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to ...

  • understand the tasks and core aspects of business intelligence and analytics and distinguish them from related concepts (e.g. Big Data).
  • correctly formulate concrete questions for data-driven decision making.
  • identify, clean, validate, and prepare for analysis the enterprise data needed to answer them.
  • select appropriate analysis methods and visualize results.
  • understand success factors in the development and implementation of business analytics strategies.
  • know and critically reflect on trend topics in business intelligence and analytics.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 24/04 - 25/04/2024
German: | 19/06 - 20/06/2024

Managing Complexity & Project Management (CP)

Goals

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

 

  • differentiate between causal and complex patterns of thought and action.
  • explain recent systems theory approaches (cybernetics, archetypes of systems modeling and chaos research)
  • analyze complex systems in a business context           
  • to perform methods for dealing with complex systems
  • assess the contribution of projects and programs to business strategies
  • design processes, structures & roles of an organization in relation to "project orientation".
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 26/04 - 27/04/2024
German: | 21/06 - 22/06/2024

Core Modules (elective)

Transformative Management (TM)

Goals

After completing the module, students will be able to 

  • identify drivers of digital and sustainable transformation, and analyze and combine their impact on business models and business functions.
  • evaluate the importance of ambidextry and dynamic capabilities for business.
  • evaluate transformation approaches and derive recommendations for action.
  • differentiate digital and analog business models and develop transformation strategies.
  • evaluate core concepts of sustainable and/or digital business model innovations.
  • evaluate case-based questions in selected fields of action of digital transformation.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 12/06 - 13/06/2024
German: | 11/09 - 12/09/2024

Knowledge Management & Innovation (KM)

Goals

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the business benefits of managing knowledge and innovation in organizations
  • Identify the key success factors and barriers to knowledge transfer in organizations
  • Outline the concept of the "learning organization", the "knowledge spiral" and that of "core competencies", for the business context
  • To differentiate between different types of innovation opportunities in the corporate context
  • To formulate the characteristics of innovative organizations and the DNA of innovators.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 14/06 - 15/06/2024
German: | 13/09 - 14/09/2024

International Business (IB)

Goals

After completing the course, students will be able to 

  • understand the complexity and challenges of an international environment.
  • name basic theories of internationalization.
  • understand the influence of culture on actions and examine it on the basis of cultural dimensions.
  • name the different internationalization strategies and examine their relevance for corporate success.
  • distinguish between international organizational forms and structures and classify their influence on or interaction with corporate strategy.
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 18/09 - 19/09/2024
German: | 22/05 - 23/05/2024

Managerial Economics (VWL)

Goals

After successful completion of the module, students will be able to                                                                    

  • to describe core topics of microeconomic theory and to apply them to practical problems
  • to differentiate between different market forms and to derive the optimal entrepreneurial decisions in each case
  • to evaluate strategic behavior
ECTS-Points

3

Events

English: | 18/09 - 19/09/2024
German: | 24/05 - 25/05/2024

Business Planning (BP)

Goals

The students will be able to 

a. describe the planning approaches of success, liquidity and balance sheet,
b. create a business plan (with a focus on financial planning) on the basis of integrated profit and financial planning,
c. create, discuss and defend independent planning scenarios.

ECTS-Points

3

Business Simulation (BS)

Goals

Students will be able to

  • identify business management (entrepreneurial) tasks,
  • work out strategic and operative decision alternatives and implement them in the game (deal with conflicting goals),
  • deal with divergent (team) assessments under time pressure, 
  • Prioritize decisions under uncertainty in a holistic networked approach (simulation).
ECTS-Points

6

Applied Business Law (WR)

Goals

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and structure of civil law and apply this knowledge to classify and solve simple cases and legal issues.
  • Identify and understand the distinctive features of corporate law as compared to general civil law and, in particular, recognize the interrelationship with general civil law.
  • Understand the basic structures of important ancillary laws of corporate law and use them to solve practical and cross-territorial case studies in corporate law.
  • Explain the most common forms of partnerships and corporations encountered in practice.
  • To independently identify and evaluate typical corporate law problems arising in legal practice.
  • To present and apply the basic structures of labor and social legislation and to categorize the institutional actors of labor life.
ECTS-Points

6

Time schedule

Faculty Core

The international and multicultural faculty of Danube Business School consists of both, renowned professors from our partner universities and top consultants: 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Brenner, University for Continuing Education Krems, Autsria
Alessandro Cavelzani, PhD. PsyD.; International Therapist Directory, Italy
Mag.a. Dr. Neha Chatwani; The Workplace Atelier, Austria
Dr. Arne Floh, MSc. PhD; University of Surrey
Felix Holzmeister PhD; Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Prof. Dr. Klaus North; Wiesbaden Business School, Germany
Prof. Dr. Werner Seebacher, Seebacher Unternehmensberatung GmbH; München, Deutschland und Graz, Austria
Prof. Dr. Mathias Schüz; ZHAW, Switzerland
Assistenz Prof. Dr. Markus Wabnegg, MSc MIM; Universität für Weiterbildung Krems, Österreich
Dr. Daniel Wintersberger, University of Birmingham, UK

Faculty Specialization

The Faculty of the MBA Program with Specialization “Aviation Management” consists of renowned lecturers of the academic community from partner universities, as well as experts of the Aviation Industry:

Dr. Doris Burger, Program Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Wolf Müller-Rostin, Visiting Professor – Academic Director

 

Aviation - Faculty Members*

Philipp Ahrens, LL.B, MBA, Vienna International Airport

Visiting Prof. Mag. Dr. Helmut Aigner, M.P.I. Mergers Projects Invest Consult

Dipl.-Kfm. Wolfgang Grimme, DLR - German Aerospace Center

Mag. Georg Hasslinger, MA, European Commission

Adriaan Heerbaart, MSc, Eurocontrol

Paul Hooper, PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mag. Joachim Janezic, Janezic & Schmidt Rechtsanwälte

Christian Kern, MBA, Austro Control 

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Werner Langhans, MBA, Frequentis & AvConLan Consulting

Dr. Sven Maertens, DLR - German Aerospace Center

Dr. Peter Malanik, Aviation Industry Austria (AIA)

Prof. Dr. Wolf Müller-Rostin, Airlawconsulting

Dr. Franz Nirschl, Austro Control

Christopher Paling, FHEA, PIEMA, MSc, Manchester Metropolitan University

Simon Phippard, LL.M., Bird & Bird

Mag. Stefan Platter, Airline Strategy Group

Mag. Walter Reimann, Austrian Airlines

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ing. Micheal Schultz, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Mag. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Stadler, formerly Eurocontrol

ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sigmar Stadlmeier, LL.M., Johannes Kepler University Linz

Dr. Bernhard Steinmetz, Flughafen Köln/Bonn

Ing. Sultana Joe, Eurocontrol

Tazreiter Leopold, Austrian Airlines

Kai Westermann, M.Eng, Schedule Coordination Austria

 

 

* Aviation Faculty Members of the 22th & 23rd Specialization modules

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