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There is no room for solo projects in international business. Global goals can be achieved only thanks to the multidimensional cooperation of teams. Managing this cooperation is a task for outstanding leaders who understand the challenges they have to face.

Magdalena Łużniak-Piecha, Ph.D., social psychologist, Assistant Professor at the Department of Management

Management

  • Level: Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree)
  • Mode: Full-time, six semesters
  • Major: Management and Leadership

Admissions start on January 15, 2020.

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New Paradigm of Management

The world is changing faster than ever before: the development of new technologies, the breakdown of the current model of free-market economy, globalization and the ubiquity of social media. All these phenomena cause rapid changes in business environment and require new management tools as well as a lot of flexibility and new skills, on the part of managers.

In many countries, a traditional and over-theorized teaching model dominates management studies. Unfortunately, it is not aligned with the current environment and the encroaching challenges of the job market. There is very little practice and project work in the traditional teaching framework, which is based on statistical economic models. Moreover, insufficient appreciation of psychology and the role it plays in the practice of management makes for a painful confrontation, when graduates are faced with real challenges of the job market and it also leaves employers disappointed with the skills of potential employees. Therefore at SWPS University, we have developed an innovative and practical program of study.

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EMOTIONS ARE IMPORTANT IN MANAGEMENT PRACTICE

Recent scientific discoveries indicate that emotional and irrational factors are a crucial element in the practice of management. Whether it is decision making or market and consumer behavior, psychology has become an inherent element determining effectiveness of leaders. Leaders of the future are able to combine rational thinking and mature intuition and they also can manage their own feelings and emotions of others.

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BUSINESS IS MORE THAN JUST THE BOTTOM LINE

Modern organizations, including business organizations, should be socially responsible and should hold values that go beyond the bottom line. Future belongs to credible and trusted brands that build their businesses on trust, are associated with positive emotions and include their customers and clients in decision making. We teach our students how this works and how companies based on values operate.

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FROM TRANSACTIONAL TO RELATIONAL ECONOMY

Profit maximization is a very shortsighted business strategy. The biggest companies owe their success to long-lasting, honest and mutually beneficial relationships with their customers. They know that crucial elements of this relationship include a dialogue with the customers and their identification with the brand. To explain this model to our students, we use the "Firma-Idea" management concept, developed by Professor Jerzy Hausner.

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PEOPLE ARE AT THE CORE OF MANAGEMENT

To effectively manage others, one must know how to manage oneself. Therefore, personal development is of high importance for every leader. Students will have an opportunity to work with psychologists from SWPS University on the process of mapping their behavior mechanisms and they will learn how to manage themselves. Psychology also helps to understand motivations of others, provides tools indispensable in conflict resolution and in building relationships with others.

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS HERE

The world is undergoing a digital transformation. Organizations implement digital innovations, which enable development, improve efficiency and broaden the scope of their activity. Digital initiatives require creativity and an ability to manage interdisciplinary and often virtual or remote teams. We teach our students how to manage these processes, how to design innovative solutions and how to identify needs and challenges of the digital world.

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EVERYONE CAN BE A CHANGEMAKER

We need changemakers - i.e. engaged people, who can identify problems, propose and implement solutions, while working with teams. We believe that changemaking skills are a boost for achieving success and attaining personal and professional satisfaction. According to the motto “think – believe - act”, we develop self-confidence and agency in our students which enable them to positively impact the world around them. Our Management and Leadership program has been awarded ASHOKA's “Journey to Changemaker Certificate”.

WHY IS OUR APPROACH BETTER THAN OTHERS?

MEETINGS WITH LEADERS

During the course of study we organize a few inspirational meetings with leaders of renowned organizations, who share their knowledge and experience with students. These leaders noticed the need for improvement and thanks to their courage, determination and teamwork, they have implemented the required changes. Some leaders who cooperate with us, inlcude:

Piotr Voelkel

Businessman, co-owner of VOX Capital Group, co-founder of Concordia Design, founder of the VOX-ARTIS Foundation for the Promotion of Polish Contemporary Art, President of the Greater Poland Society of Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Jerzy Hausner

Economist, former Deputy Prime Minister at the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Social Policy, member of the Monetary Policy Council, co-author of the Firma-Idea concept of enterprise management

Dominika Bettman

CEO of Siemens Sp. z. o.o., President of the Responsible Business Forum, actively involved in business social responsibility projects and women empowerment initiatives

Piotr Czarnecki

Business leader with 30 years of management experience, entrepreneur, CEO at Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A., certified EMCC mentor

Active Learning

We subscribe to active learning through experience and experimentation. Students learn through workshops, interactive seminars, case studies, group projects, discussions, debates and simulations. For example, while learning strategic management, students are not limited to lectures on the subject, but they also analyze the strategy of a selected company, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses and propose a modification plan.

PROJECTS IN COOPERATION WITH OUR PARTNERS

Our students graduate with a portfolio of projects, developed in teams, under the guidance of business and academic supervisors. The projects are not just academic exercises, but solutions developed by students in response to requirements submitted by organizations that cooperate with SWPS University. Project teams are evaluated and receive feedback on the quality of the proposed solutions.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Community Project

Students are presented with a significant social problem. They assess the situation and make a diagnosis. They offer solutions and observe how they are received by the affected community. Students learn effective team work.

Semester 3

Semester 3

Cross-Cultural Project

During this project students learn how cross-cultural teams and large multicultural organizations work. They observe how virtual teams, consisting of people working in diverse locations, meet organizational goals assigned to them, regardless of the distance, time differences and cultural differences.

Semester 4

Semester 4

Creative Project

Students work, under supervision, on a project typical for the creative industry area. The project helps them to develop creative thinking, listening to constructive feedback, and implementing corrections or required changes. Students apply their own life and professional experience as well as team working skills, which they have gained during the previous projects.

Semester 5

Semester 5

Digital Innovation Project

Following the requirements defined by one of the program’s business partners, students identify a market niche, develop a proposal of a digital innovation, and conduct market research related to the proposed product or service. They assess opportunities, threats and risks related to the proposed solution and evaluate costs and benefits of a potential real life implementation of the project.

Semester 6

Semester 6

Organizational Improvement Project

Students become familiar with a given organization and diagnose problems related to a process in a selected area. They analyze good practices developed by other organizations around the world and then they propose improvements aligned with the specifics and capabilities of the client.

DRIVING CHANGE

Students start with basic rules of psychology and development. They learn the mechanisms that drive personal development, develop personal change management skills and ways of dealing with challenges.

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

Students start with basic rules of psychology and development. They learn the mechanisms that drive personal development, develop personal change management skills and ways of dealing with challenges.

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HIGH-PERFORMING TEAMS

Students learn elements of group psychology relevant to group processes. They acquire tools accelerating effective working in organizations. They learn the mechanism of group motivation, rules of cooperation, networking, influencing and basic negotiation skills.

PSYCHOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

Organizations consist of people, including not only employees, but also clients and customers. And people come with emotions, which nowadays are often more important than cold and rational calculations. Therefore knowledge and understanding of psychological mechanisms, underlying human behavior and decision making, is indispensable in business.

PRACTICAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Our teaching program aims to shape graduates who think like entrepreneurs, who know how to collaborate with others, are focused on development and have practical management competencies. The program includes carefully selected subjects without any unnecessary components. Students focus solely on skills that are crucial for effective managers and leaders.

Partners

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Application Step By Step

  1. Fill in the application form and upload required documents
  2. Pay the Application Fee (PLN 85.00) via PayU - you will be asked to do so in the application form
  3. Pay the Tuition Fee
  4. Wait for the Acceptance Letter
  5. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  6. During the first semester, submit the Nostrificaiton of your diploma (if applicable)
 
2020-2021 Tuition Fee
Full-Time Studies
10 installments 420 EUR
2 installments 2,080 EUR
1 installment 4,000 EUR

Admissions Office

  • admissions@swps.edu.pl
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • Starting March 13, 2020, the Admissions Office will provide its services exclusively online, due to the epidemiological situation concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and the suspension of all classes at SWPS University until March 22, 2020. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8.00-17.00
  • SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815, Warsaw, Poland
    room 004, main hall on the ground floor 
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