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Fundamentals in Management

In the University Course Fundamentals in Management, you will acquire a comprehensive overview of goals and tasks required for corporate management and organization, strategic management, as well as a thorough understanding of business administration. This helps you to understand how to carry out common corporate management tasks, especially in technology companies, to evaluate the consequences of carrying out these tasks and to come up with solutions that can be applied in the business practice at the cutting edge between technology and business.


The University Course Fundamentals in Management contains four modules with 5 ECTS each:

  • General Management (5 ECTS)
  • Strategic Management (5 ECTS)
  • Business Administration (5 ECTS)
  • Accounting and Finance (5 ECTS)

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

The 20-ECTS University Course Fundamentals in Management provides you with essential management skills that enable you to become effective in technology companies.

Target groups

The following target groups are specifically addressed:

  • Managers at all levels
  • Engineers with an interest in strategic, business management and organizational issues related to technological products and services
  • Technical employees in managerial positions who want to take personal advantage of juxtapositions between technological innovation and entrepreneurial success.
  • Founders who want to successfully turn technology-based business ideas into reality through appropriate strategic positioning and organization.

The university course is particularly suitable for professionals from the following sectors:

  • Industry, R&D
  • Consulting services
  • Trade and logistics
  • Energy industry
  • Marketing & IT

Admission requirements

To apply for this university course, you need to have qualifications specific to the target group, e.g. those of a project manager, quality engineer, business economist and comparable qualifications. Admittance to the course is made by the academic course management based on the qualifications submitted.

Dates and Deadlines

Next course starts: To be determined soon
Application deadline: To be determined soon



Next start date: To be determined soon

Required documents:

Please send your application by e-mail to helmut.aschbachernoSpam@tugraz.at.

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • ECTS credit points: 20
  • Certificate: TU Graz confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German or English
  • Participation fees: 5.000 Euro

General Management Module

  1. Management and corporate governance basics and concepts  
  2. Strategic management in the context of corporate governance
  3. Business model management
  4. Organization and organizational development
  5. Corporate culture and personnel management

Strategic Management Module

  1. Strategic management basics and concepts 
  2. Strategic management as a sub-task of management
  3. Strategy development process
  4. Strategic environmental analysis
  5. Strategic business analysis / strategic analysis at the business-unit level
  6. Strategic goals, strategy formulation and selection (options and decision-making)
  7. Strategy application
  8. Strategic control
  9. Key figures and strategic planning instruments
  10. Different strategies used in companies
  11. Selected functional strategies
  12. Case studies on strategic management

Accounting and Finance Module

  1. Basics and understanding of the accounting system
  2. Knowledge of the relevant legal provisions
  3. Knowledge of the annual financial statement components, their structure and interactions
  4. Understanding the systematic approach to cost accounting and how its essential components are designed 
  5. Understanding interrelationships among processes relevant to cost accounting in the company
  6. Understanding relevant computing technology
  7. Relationships between management and controlling
  8. Key figures and planning instruments
  9. Case studies related to selected chapters

Business Administration Module

  1. The company and its organization
  2. Production
  3. Company analysis
  4. Purchasing / procurement
  5. Sales / marketing
  6. Personnel management
  7. Financing
  8. Investment

Future Career Options

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Digitalization experts
  • Innovation managers
  • Specialists in the field of business development
  • Organizational development in a technological environment
  • Technical project or programme managers

Programme Director

Institute for Corporate Management and Organisation
Kopernikusgasse 24/IV
8010 Graz

Stefan Vorbach
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.techn.
Tel.: +43 316 873 7500


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