Department of Management

Industrial Management

My Studies

 

What is Industrial Management?

Industrial Management is a general management and industrial engineering degree programme. The programme content is equally divided between technology and business management, and supplemented by two foreign languages which will assist graduates in working abroad. The programme is the ideal solution to a problem faced by companies worldwide – the conflict between technical experts who think in terms of processes, and business managers who focus on budgets. As an Industrial Management graduate you will understand the language of both these worlds, and with your ability to liaise you offer clear added value to any business. People with individual abilities and skills are always successful, and consequently the programme also places great importance on personal development.

Our course is a leading industrial engineering and management programme, and has enjoyed top rankings for many years. This is one of the reasons that many of our graduates currently hold responsible leadership positions.

Before you start the programme there is no need to decide on the type of job you want in the coming years or even the coming decade: during your studies you will discover for yourself the fields of industrial management you most enjoy and then focus on these. You have an extensive range of employment options, from purchasing or production, to marketing and sales, from project management or staff development and innovation, to IT and management control, either as a specialist, department head, in a management role or for a consultancy. Plus: in Austria and many countries throughout the world, companies active in the manufacturing industry are some of the most important and dynamic employers.

What will I learn?

Business management

Almost 50% of the programme content focuses on business management. As well as the fundamental principles and tools of business management, we concentrate specifically on subjects relevant to industry: processes and process management, logistics and supply chain management, financial controlling and management accounting, as well as customer orientation and marketing.

Technology

The technological content of the programme focuses on production engineering, automation and IT. Students will learn to understand the basic principles and topics involved in the manufacturing industry: What materials are available? How is production organised? How can production be optimised? What happens if production quantities are doubled or halved? And above all, how can the potential offered by IT be most effectively applied in the company, whether in the form of databases, leading global business information management systems, or the cloud.

International focus and languages

Industrial Management graduates not only need subject knowledge, but also linguistic, social and cultural skills, whether later employed by one of Austria’s global market leaders, or working abroad. That’s why students also learn two foreign languages on the programme: English is compulsory, students are free to choose their second foreign language. Most select Spanish, Russian or Chinese, and all are currently taught by native speakers. A total of two semesters may be spent abroad, the first at one of our 20 partner universities, and the second during the internship semester spent working at a company anywhere in the world.