February 19, 2016

Excursion to Volkswagen Slovakia


On Thursday 11 February, 2016 the seventh study group of the international program Professional MBA Automotive Industry visited Volkswagen Slovakia, which is the part of the Europe's largest and the world's second largest car manufacturer in the world Volkswagen group. The plant in Bratislava is the only one in the world, which produces five different brands of cars: Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Volkswagen up!, Škoda Citigo, SEAT Mii as well as the body of the Porsche Cayenne.

It was Mr. Eric Reuting, MBA, the member of the Board for Human Resources, who invited the international group of program participants from six different countries including Austria, Germany, Slovak Republic, Netherlands, Russia and USA by giving the first lecture. He introduced the present of the whole group and also characteristics of the plant in Bratislava, employment policy of which resulted in being awarded in a survey poll of Profesia as "Best Employer in Slovakia in 2015". Onwards, Pavol Dubovský gave the lecture on realization of continuous improvement process (CPI) through effective, moderated types of workshops called KVP workshops, in which he also presented examples of workshops outcomes in terms of efficiency and productivity. In following discussion participants were interested i.e. in remuneration and motivation of employees to engage them in optimization of workflows. The morning program was concluded by lecture of Mag. Michaela Ploszeková who is the Head of Environmental Department in Volkswagen plant in Bratislava and one of the participants of the program Professional MBA Automotive Industry at the same time. She introduced in her lecture the vision of meeting environmental goals and successfully implemented corporate strategy ´Think Blue. Factory.´ in Bratislava plant.

Afterwards, the group of participants visited Body shop of new generation Audi Q7 and after the lunch also the Aggregate/Modules hall of New Small Family (NSF) a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) accompanied by heads of respective sections. Students were introduced technological equipment, logistics solutions and individual operational processes. The visit of the company combined with three onsite lectures was part of the module „Managerial Economics“, which four-day lasting schedule continued until Sunday at Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien).

The participants and program team would like to thank Volkswagen Slovakia for the excellent organization and efforts.


The eighth Professional MBA Automotive Industry Program (2016-2018) starts on October 06, 2016 for the 8th time. More information about Professional MBA Automotive Industry under automotive.tuwien.ac.at


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