October 12, 2012

Go out, roll up your sleeves and grab opportunities!

A “superstar’s” recommendations for the graduates of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The graduates of class 2010 - 2012 with Dr. Türtscher and the Program Managers

On September 27, 2012 the Graduation Ceremony of the fifth class of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation and five other PMBA specializations took place at the Palais Liechtenstein.

In his welcome address Prof. Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, Ph.D., D.Litt., Ph.D.(hon), Dean of the WU Executive Academy, said that the completion of an MBA program is a transformation to a new stage. Therefore, it is an occasion to celebrate but also an occasion to reflect on the achievements. He listed well-known and successful companies like Skype, Facebook or YouTube that didn’t exist ten years ago to point out: “There’s absolutely no way around lifelong learning.” Prof. Schlegelmilch also emphasized that the graduation not only marks the completion of an MBA program but also the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the alumni that lasts for a lifetime.

After that he introduced the key note speaker Dr. Herbert Stepic, Chairman of the Board of Management, Raiffeisen International Bank Holding AG – one of the best-known and most influential bankers throughout Europe. Dr. Stepic admitted that it was much easier to find a job back in the 1970s when he started his professional career. But one thing is still true: you need a vision for your professional life; you need to know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.

“If you want to be good in managing others you have to know yourself – your strengths and your weaknesses” he pointed out the importance of self-awareness. Dr. Stepic also gave insights to his management style: “Management is a people’s business. If you don’t like people you can’t manage people. If people have the feeling you like them they will go for you.” He also encouraged the alumni to “roll up their sleeves and grab opportunities” now that they have been trained for it. Another advice he gave is to not delay things: “Make necessary decisions and be brave enough to make wrong decisions.”

In the main part of the ceremony Prof. Schlegelmilch reminded the alumni of the obligations and responsibilities that are associated with the graduation. He read the academic vow and asked an alumna on stage to take the vow as representative for the whole group.

Unfortunately, the Academic Directors of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Univ.Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and Univ.Prof. Dr. Sabine T. Köszegi couldn’t take part in the ceremony. On behalf of them Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Kurt Matyas, Dean of Studies at TU Vienna and Dr. Philipp Türtscher, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WU, presented the graduates with the MBA diplomas.
We congratulate the alumni of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation class 2010 – 2012:
Ralf Bartenbach, MBA
Christian Cerny, MBA
Luis Miguel Coronado Gonzalez, MBA
Jürgen Grünberger, MBA
Matthias Heise, MBA
Richard Hubatka, MBA
Santiparp Jamsai, MBA
Jürgen Kopeinig, MBA
Hannes Kreuzer, MBA
Andrea Lelovics, MBA
Daniel Meierotto, MBA
Bernd Oberwinkler, MBA
Leopold Schiefermüller, MBA
Bernhard Schleidt, MBA
Konstantin Schmölzer, MBA
Matus Serdula, MBA
Gerhard Staudenherz, MBA
Elena-Vivien Untaru, MBA
Alejandro Verdín Cárdenas, MBA
Christian Warmuth, MBA
Clemens Matthias Wass, MBA 

After that Vladimir Vano, BA, MBA, Chief Analyst at Volksbank Slovensko, who is frequently commentating on TV and in newspapers, delivered the alumni address. He shared his grandmother’s wisdom with the audience. “The only thing that nobody can take away from you is in your head.” That’s why in his opinion an MBA program is one of the best investments also in turbulent times like these.

Then Prof. Schlegelmilch honored the best faculty members of each PMBA specialization with the Teaching Award for Excellency. The students of the PMBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation selected Prof. Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D., Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director, Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Before closing the ceremony Prof. Schlegelmilch thanked the “support teams” of the graduates i.e. their parents, friends and families as well as the Program Managers. Following the ceremony, the attendees celebrated in the beautiful Palais Liechtenstein - which offered a perfect setting for this festive occasion. We wish our graduates all the very best!

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