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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

International Business Management

  • Specialization in the Management and Leadership Program
  • Level: Graduate (Master Degree)
  • Mode: Full-time (three semesters)

Advanced International Business Management

Business environment is changing very fast. We need to watch the market, organize information, collect data, draw conclusions, and make decisions. We must work  faster, more efficiently and more effectively. Time is not only money – it is much more. In a saturated and competitive market, you really have to know how to find your own edge, a niche or a point of difference. No more working solo – we have to lead teams, crews and groups of experts, to achieve our goals. We need to connect different cultures and explore different kinds of business environments all over the Globe. We need to follow  technological change; observe how human potential is becoming increasingly important in our organizations; understand that change is inevitable and that managers and leaders with exceptional communication skills are the change-makers.

We have drawn conclusions from the behavior of real leaders. We have researched current trends in managerial practice and  consulted the most innovative and creative people working in business. Our mentors are experienced and successful, open to social innovations and new ideas in business. We are ready to share this breadth of knowledge with the students enrolled in our new Advanced International Business Management program.

SIX PILLARS OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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Knowledge

We offer a broad understanding of the world surrounding any business enterprise and explore the critical factors which influence the foundation of a business and its daily operations. These factors include: leadership and management in new conditions of the contemporary world, cultural differences in business, complexities of international trade, global monetary and capital markets, current economic policies and international business structure.

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Skills

Students acquire the following skills that are crucial to better management of various organizations:

- communication organizational
- change communication marketing
- integrated communication
- strategic management and goal setting
- leadership and management in different cultures
- team work and business analysis
- negotiations
- innovation and knowledge management.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

We show that nowadays an entrepreneurial attitude and mindset are necessary in any environment, not only when you want to set up a small business, but also in all kinds of organizations. Entrepreneurial, proactive, innovative and creative people notice opportunities around them and are able to turn these opportunities into profitable enterprises. Therefore, we have created an “Entrepreneurial Republic”, an informal meeting platform where our students have an opportunity to meet successful business leaders, who are willing to share their invaluable experience with the young generation.

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PRACTICAL APPROACH TO TEACHING

Our teaching methodology includes not only innovative interactive lectures, but also forms of teaching that are focused on practical skills, such as: case studies, role play, simulation and business games, research based projects, internships, long industry visits, problem based learning (PBL) , workshops and conferences.

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COACHING, MENTORING, NETWORKING

Our students are our partners. We facilitate their development, guide their careers, and share our business contacts. Partnership is about choosing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment and it includes a commitment to good interactive communication. It is very important to us that our students are engaged in our academic community and have opportunities to reach their full potential.

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ATTITUDES, RELATIONS, VALUES

SWPS University is a major research center in Psychology, in Poland. Our experts have developed a unique Personal Development Program for students of the Advanced International Business Management. Students will acquire skills, such as self-management, building personal brand and career planning. They will understand the importance of professional relationships and the role of ethics in a modern business enterprise.

WHY THIS APPROACH TO TEACHING?

Firstly: Mentors

Our mentors have created this program of study, based on their own experiences and knowledge gained over many years in business. They noticed the need for change and they had the courage to make it happen.

Piotr Voelkel

Businessman who has spent his whole life building and managing various organizations, such as businesses, art ventures, and schools. Piotr Voelkel co-owns VOX Capital Group, which includes companies operating in related industries. He is a co-founder of Concordia Design, a design center in Poznań, and VOX-ARTIS Foundation for the promotion of Polish contemporary art. Additionally, Piotr Voelkel is the President of Wielkopolskie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych (The Greater Poland Society of Zachęta National Gallery of Art). During the period of over 30 years in business with many successes and some mistakes, he has learned that anything is possible.

Social sciences and humanities can help business to move from the “copy” phase to the “create” phase. This transformation requires a paradigm shift not only among managers, but also among employees, a shift of perspective so that they can create products and services that will change the world.

Przemysław Powalacz

Managing Director of Geberit Polska, former Managing Director of Sanitec KOŁO. Member of several management boards of various companies, including OTCF S.A. – owner of the 4F brand. Volunteer in community projects, mentor in leadership, strategy, and management. Graduate of SGH Warsaw School of Economics. Completed MBA programs at the University of Warsaw and the University of Illinois. He also completed executive education programs at INSEAD, London Business School, HEC Paris, and Harvard Business School.

The role of the leader in the process of developing company’s values includes not only making a profit, but also managing a certain community, shaping attitudes, i.e. the way people treat each other, share their knowledge and show respect. Without the second component, the first one lacks personal growth and does not make the world better.

Jerzy Hausner

Economist, former Deputy Prime Minister at the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Social Policy, and member of the Monetary Policy Council. Co-creator of Firma-Idea, an innovative concept of enterprise management. His academic background and practical experience have led to the creation of a new management paradigm, aligned with the realities of the Polish economy.

The future belongs to companies that will be able to prove their credibility and social usefulness. Companies that will be able to move from the focus on the bottom line to the focus on honesty and ethical relationships with their employees, business partners and customers. Only this type of modus operandi will ensure profit.

Secondly: Psychology

There is no business without people, not only employees, but also customers. People come with emotions, which nowadays are often more important than cold and rational calculations. Therefore the knowledge and understanding of psychological mechanisms underlying human behavior and decision making is indispensable in business.

THIRDLY: PRACTICAL SKILLS

The core of our program is based on actual business projects that will be developed and implemented in cooperation with our business partners. The rest of the subjects will provide knowledge and skills required to implement each of the practical projects. The projects are not just theoretical case studies, but real business projects that students will prepare for business clients.

Thanks to this approach, graduates will gain a portfolio of two group projects developed and implemented under the guidance of two mentors (business and academic), which will be evaluated by business practitioners.

Semester 1

Semester 1

Key Competencies

During the first semester the program focuses on the most important topics, such as management, leadership, business models, economic issues and organizational behavior. Students also complete an internship with a selected company and focus on managerial skills and innovation in business. Furthermore, students particpate in a Personal Development Program, developed by psychologists, which will help them to chart their future careers. 

Selected Modules:

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Innovation Management
  • Leadership

Semester 2

Semester 2

Management Project

Globalization has greatly impacted the way multinational enterprises (MNEs) and local businesses manage their operations. Students will learn what ‘going international’ entails and how to manage organizations in different contexts, in the international business environment. They will find out how business environments vary in different countries and how these differences may influence the practice of managing people and organizations.

Selected Modules:

  • Change Manangement in Organizations 
  • High Performing Teams
  • Strategic Management

Semester 3

Semester 3

Consultancy Project

Students will research the communication process in a selected company/organization. Usually, businesses undergo financial or performance audits. However, research shows that many problems in organizations result from poor communication policies and processes. Students will perform communication audits to identify best communication practices and observe how good practices can improve business performance and maintain customer loyalty, by reaching the right audience with the right message.

Selected Modules:

  • Business Research and Analitics
  • Organizational Communications
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Personal Development Program

Advanced Business Management specialization provides a unique opportunity for personal development. The program offers 45 hours of Personal Development Program. At the beginning of the academic year, students undergo a comprehensive assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. In the course of study, students participate in a personal development plan that includes a series of workshops, led by business experts. Some topics include qualitative teamwork, working in an international environment, negotiation and mediation skills, conflict resolution, and effective presentation. At the end of the program students receive personalized recommendations for further development.

Application Step By Step

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Pay the Application Fee
  3. Send the required documents to the Admissions Office
  4. Pay the Tuition Fee
  5. Wait for the Acceptance Letter
  6. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  7. During the first semester, submit the Nostrification of your diploma (if applicable)

This is the application procedure for international candidates. Polish candidates should follow the application procedure provided on the corresponding Polish site here »

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Tuition Fee
2018/19 Academic Year (two semesters)
Full-Time Studies
10 installments 530 EUR
2 installments 2650 EUR
1 installment 5000 EUR
2019/20 Academic Year (one semester)
Full-Time Studies
5 installments 530 EUR
1 installment 2500 EUR

Admissions Office

  • admissions@swps.edu.pl
  • +48 22 517 99 61
  • Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00-16.00
  • SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warsaw, Poland

Polish candidates should refer to the information provided on the corresponding Polish site here »