Executive Education at GISMA

The Executive Education programmes are modular workshops lasting two to five days in duration, designed to provide the skills and knowledge vital to sound management and business performance.

Taught both in Germany and the UK, GISMA’s Executive Programmes also provide a golden opportunity to network and thereby benchmark with the best. Course leaders are experienced practitioners with a deep understanding of how to achieve and sustain enhanced business performance in an international context.

Executive Education courses are great for professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge base in the following areas:

  • SixDays Innovation Laboratory
  • Masterclass: Big data applications across the food value chain
  • Masterclass: Global food and agribusiness developments: the changing business landscape
  • Masterclass: how the retailing of food is shaping up to evolving consumer purchasing behaviour
  • Masterclass: Tapping into food waste streams to create business value
  • Masterclass: Risk and recall management in food chains
  • Winning Negotiation Strategies
  • Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Pressure test your business model
  • Digital Leadership

*Executive courses will only run if enough students have enrolled

 

SixDays Innovation Laboratory

SixDays is an intensive, six-day seminar for people that want to set up a start-up or managers who want to encourage innovation in their teams. It is facilitated by start-up founder Klaus Kammermeier.

Learn how to take a project from idea to pitching stage and gain an understanding of new methodologies of innovation and entrepreneurship, including:

• Business Modelling
• Portfolio Management
• Development and Prototyping
• Testing and Pitching
• Customer Focus
• Market Viability

Klaus Kammermeier works with global technology companies in the Berlin start-up ecosystem as a coach, mentor, enabler, and community builder for more than 100 founders and start-ups. Klaus is also a public speaker on innovation and digital transformation, as well as teaching at TU Berlin and delivering executive training at GISMA.

Key facts: 

  • Start dates:

15 May, 2017 - evening session 

16-20 May, 2017 - all day sessions 

  • Where: Berlin

Please fill the form in or call +49 (0)511 54609-0 for more information.

 

*A SixDays Innovator is someone with passion, leadership skills, and intelligence — when applying, explain how you fit these criteria.

**Students must have proof of enrolment in an accredited university.
All prices do not include VAT (currently 19% MwSt.)

Masterclass: Big data applications across the food value chain

“Today, 98% of all customers in Germany are no more than ten minutes away from the nearest discounter.” - Roland Neuwald (2015), The Oliver Wyman Retail Journal, vol. 14

 

This masterclass will equip you with the tools, frameworks, and techniques to use big data to improve profitability and create useful insights into the food and agribusiness industry.

By using case studies and role play, you will be able to design a resilient future by using big data infrastructure. You will learn how big data is influencing the following areas:

  • Big data applications in cold chain management
  • The new precision agriculture
  • Food safety management transparency and accountability

Facilitated by Dr Atanu Chaudhuri & Dr Vijayender Nalla

Dr Chaudhuri worked at Deloitte before becoming an assistant professor at the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University, Copenhagen (Denmark). He has a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

Dr Nalla is the founder and content director of Agribusiness Academy, which designs and delivers learning solutions in food and agribusiness. He has been involved in various innovation and sustainability initiatives in different parts of the world since 2008.

Key facts: 

  • Start dates: 22 June
  • Where: Hannover

For more information: 

call +49 (0)511 54609-0
email Sarah Holze
sholze@gisma.com

Masterclass: Global food and agribusiness developments: the changing business landscape

“Paths come into being when we take them.” Hans Kudszus

 

Emerging consumer trends are integral to any food and drink business which operates (or aspires to operate) in the global market. By taking this masterclass, you will gain market insights and learn about how leading businesses are reacting to the latest developments.

 You will learn how to position your business to exploit these trends, focusing on mastering the market realities in the following industries:

  • fresh produce industry
  • meat industry
  • dairy industry
  • processed food industry
  • food service and retailing industry
  • niche and emerging sectors such as ”plant proteins,” micro modes of production, and slow food

Facilitated by Dr David Hughes and Dr Vijayender Nalla

Dr Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, UK. He has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies, and regularly assists food and beverage supply chain companies with management training, strategy, and board level decision-making.

Dr Nalla is the founder and content director of Agribusiness Academy, which designs and delivers learning solutions in food and agribusiness. He has been involved in various innovation and sustainability initiatives in different parts of the world since 2008.

Key facts: 

  • Start dates: 25 April
  • Where: Hannover 

For more information: 

call +49 (0)511 54609-0
email Sarah Holze
sholze@gisma.com

 

Masterclass: how the retailing of food is shaping up to evolving consumer purchasing behaviour

Judging by the decline in per capita spending, one might think all of Europe is on a diet.” PWC (2014) European Grocery Retail 2020: Winning Ways To Play

 

This masterclass will equip you to design and implement a robust retailing and distribution strategy within your home or away markets.


You will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of retail developments in developed and emerging economic contexts
  • Impact and opportunities created by the main trends observed in the European grocery marketplaces
  • Supply issues specific to EU legislation
  • Overview of the food safety private standards that grocers demand
  • How economy and consumer purchasing trends are evolving and their impact on grocery markets
  • The state of the western European grocery market
  • Grocer strategies to cope with these changes

Facilitated by Dr David Hughes 

Dr Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, UK. He has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies, and regularly assists food and beverage supply chain companies with management training, strategy, and board level decision-making.

 

Key facts: 

  • Start dates: 19 May
  • Where: Hannover 

For more information: 

call +49 (0)511 54609-0
email Sarah Holze
sholze@gisma.com

 

*All prices do not include VAT

Masterclass: Tapping into food waste streams to create business value

“Food belongs in your mouth and stomach, not in the garbage bin.” Christian Schmidt, Minister for Agriculture

 

In just one day, you will gain insights, frameworks, and analytical tools that will help you create more profitable revenue streams within your existing business or create new business opportunities.

 Through practical business examples, you will learn about:

  • How waste materializes in different categories of food and drink
  • Innovative interventions at the production stages of the food chain
  • Innovative interventions at the processing links and interfaces of the food chain
  • Innovative interventions in food service offerings to radically reduce waste
  • Innovative interventions at the consumer-food interface to avoid the garbage bin

 

Facilitated by Dr Vijayender Nalla

Dr Nalla is the founder and content director of Agribusiness Academy, which designs and delivers learning solutions in food and agribusiness. He has been involved in various innovation and sustainability initiatives in different parts of the world since 2008.

Key facts: 

  • Start dates: 8 June
  • Where: Hannover 

For more information: 

call +49 (0)511 54609-0
email Sarah Holze
sholze@gisma.com

 

Masterclass: Risk and recall management in food chains

“Fifteen years ago the ingredients for a burger purchased in a fast food restaurant would have mostly been sourced locally…now the spice may come from China, the gherkin from the US and the tomatoes from Spain, while the meat could be from multiple sources.” Christof Bentele, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

 

In this masterclass, you will gain the tools to develop a robust business case for risk and recall management, helping you to develop a higher brand value and business profitability.

You will cover the following areas:

  1. Understanding the evolving context of food frauds and recalls;
  2. Assessing, mitigating and prioritizing risks from frauds and ensuing recalls;
  3. Tools for risk management of food and drink failures;
  4. Fraud detection models and forensics to minimize food and drink failures;
  5. Post recall actions and effective crisis management in food fraud contexts

Facilitated by Dr Atanu Chaudhuri and Dr. Vijayender Nalla

Dr Chaudhuri worked at Deloitte before becoming an assistant professor at the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University, Copenhagen (Denmark). He has a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

Dr Nalla is the founder and content director of Agribusiness Academy, which designs and delivers learning solutions in food and agribusiness. He has been involved in various innovation and sustainability initiatives in different parts of the world since 2008.

Key facts: 

  • Start dates: 6 July
  • Where: Hannover 

For more information: 

call +49 (0)511 54609-0
email Sarah Holze
sholze@gisma.com

Winning Negotiation Strategies

This three-day seminar, led by negotiation expert Stephen Boyle, is designed for business developers, project leaders, sales representatives, and managing directors who want to enhance their negotiation skills.

 The programme combines action learning, practical insights, and theoretical concepts to help you develop new negotiation strategies.

 Working closely with your learning group and the programme director, you will cover, for example:

  • Identifying negotiation strengths and weaknesses
  • Preparing for negotiations
  • Role-play and debriefing

Stephen Boyle is an experienced trainer in the areas of negotiation, influence, persuasion, and communication skills. He has delivered management development programmes in South East Asia, Europe and the USA.

The fee for this programme is €2,000, which includes tuition, all course-related materials, lunches, and other refreshments while on campus.

Intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship

Fundamental changes in the way companies sell and distribute their products and services are transforming the way business is done. In order to stay profitable, companies must continuously innovate. Whereas focus was traditionally placed on product and technology innovation, it now lies on business model innovation.

Executives need new skills, tools and a new mind set in order to transform their businesses. They have to think as entrepreneurs, model future scenarios, generate different options, innovate, and make and test prototypes. This modular series of workshops has been designed to equip managers with the knowledge and tools needed to review and improve existing business models and start to define new business models and ventures of the future.

Modules

  • Innovate like a start-up! Masterclass in business model innovation
  • E-Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship & eco venturing
  • Grow your business through corporate venturing & incubation
  • Inject lean start-up in your business
  • Create a start-up culture: from manager to intrapreneur
  • Developing teams in corporate start-ups

Key facts

  • Duration: modular workshops of up to 2 days
  • Admission criteria: High proficiency in English (at least IELTS 5.5 is recommended)
  • Certificate: GISMA Business School Certificate
Accounting and Finance

Our accounting and finance suite of executive education courses address the issues of direct concern to the professional accountant in international business.

Modules

  • Human resource management and building the international finance function
  • Relevance in corporate reporting & how to achieve it
  • Strategy, business models and integrating key performance indicators into the business
  • Effective procurement for the finance function
  • Applied valuation tools & techniques
  • Building commercial skills in the finance function
  • Accounting practices in central and eastern Europe
  • Ethical behaviour in business
  • Taxation: permanent establishment and working internationally
  • Specialisation: best tax practice in the resource extraction sector

Key facts

  • Duration: modular workshops of up to 5 days
  • Intake: TBC
  • Admission criteria: Bachelor´s degree / At least 3 years’ professional accounting experience / High proficiency in English (at least IELTS 5.5 is recommended)
  • Certificate: GISMA Business School Certificate
Pressure test your business model

Technologies and customer demands change much faster than they used to. While business plans are often seen as great execution documents in sufficiently stable environments, entrepreneurs favour experimentation processes over planning to deal with today’s complexity. However, many corporations and financial investors still require fairly detailed planning documents to facilitate their decision making. While a business concept - for example, a business model canvas - might describe the initial set of assumptions to test validate and experiment your way to a successful start-up, it might not be sufficient to receive financial backing and stakeholder support. Today’s organisations develop new innovation skills and tools to improve, transform or disrupt existing models, they also need to adjust their mind set and improve the way they model the financial impact of new ventures.

This programme is designed to equip innovators with the knowledge and tools needed to deal with the increased complexity in today’s fast-paced, innovative markets and the financial impact of strategic business model scenarios.

For more information on Klaus G. Kammermeier, the lecturer for this short course, click here to visit his website.

Goal:

  • Understand the role of the business model canvas and business plan play in establishing new adventures
  • Understand the key elements of the business model canvas, value proposition design, business plan, financial plan and strategic business model scenarios.
  • Learn how to model the critical elements of business model scenarios, pressure test the critical assumptions, reflect learnings and adjust to changes.

Content:

  • Develop testable business model, using business model canvas, value proposition design, and create meaningful strategic business model scenarios.
  • Write a crisp business plan, including financial projections or an investment proposal to convince investors, co-founders, employees and stakeholders.
  • Track progress, measure key indicators, adjust to changes and continually reflect upon key learnings.
Digital Leadership

Digital transformation is the key challenge to all businesses worldwide. But what does this specifically mean for management? It takes digital leadership to work successfully with international teams on culturally diversified markets.

Digital technology is influencing the way of managing and leading in many ways – good and bad. «Culture eats technology for breakfast» should be the guiding phrase for every leader. There is culture baked into the technologies we use, there are many cultural aspects in how to lead a diverse team and in the shifting game frames of global business.

 Modules

  • New game frames for global businesses
  • Leadership competences for the digital world
  • Developing hybrid teams with social prototyping

Key facts

  • Duration: modular workshops of up to 2 days
  • Admission criteria: high proficiency in English (at least IELTS 5.5 is recommended)
  • Certificate: GISMA Business School Certificate

Next start dates: TBC

 

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Key facts

Duration: 2-5 days, depending on the chosen course

Study-mode: Full-time

Location: Berlin, Hannover or London

Fees: Please contact GISMA advisor to find out more about the tuition fees and special offers.

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