Executive Master in Business & Leadership for Engineers | eMA BEL

Strengthen your Impact as an Engineer

Strong engineering is the powerhouse of technology-driven companies. Engineers in leadership positions can be a huge asset for companies in innovative markets. Their technical expertise and problem-solving skills enable them to create new business opportunities. Leadership success in the international business arena, however, requires more than engineering power alone. In order to qualify for leadership positions, engineers also need business know-how, legal insights and people skills.

The Executive Master's program offers the latest insights into international leadership and innovation management. Its design is based on the needs of key players in the field of engineering and technology. Engineers will learn to strengthen their impact in an international business context and gain new knowledge on how to

  • lead innovation interculturally & internationally
  • design international strategies and processes
  • improve social and financial results
  • become a service pioneer
  • develop new business models
  • manage international projects
  • benefit from diversity in teams
  • deal with power and politics
  • turn sustainability issues into opportunities
Next Start  Fall 2019
Duration  Two years
Classroom  15 to 25 participants
Tuition Fees  25,900 Euro
Extras  International learning journey (Cape Town, South Africa)
Degree  Master of Arts, Qualification for a PhD

Setup & Content

Module 1 | Making Sense of Strategic Management

  • Introduction: setup and framing of the program
  • Economic and societal change
  • Strategic management
  • International strategy
  • Results from strategy research
  • Conditions of financial and social effectiveness

Module 2 | Making Sense of Organizational Structure and Dynamics

  • Organization theory
  • Formal and informal organization
  • Power and politics in organizations
  • Change and stability in organizations
  • Theory and practice of organizational dynamics

Module 3 | The Engineer as Reflective Leader

  • Changing conceptions of leadership
  • Conflicting leadership demands
  • Fear, power, and influence
  • Value-based leadership and sense making
  • Leading people
  • Reflecting leadership practice: Leading self and others

Module 4 | The Socially Responsible Engineer

  • Interdependence: business and society
  • Ethics and integrity
  • CSR und sustainability in different business functions
  • Law and regulations
  • Reflecting leadership practice: dealing with conflicting stakeholder demands

Module 5 | The Financially Responsible Engineer

  • Financial management and capital markets
  • Investment appraisal
  • Strategic controlling
  • Finance and control in project management
  • Sustainability controlling
  • Reflecting leadership practice: Financial responsibility in relation to other responsibility domains

Module 6 | The Engineer as Innovator and Change Agent

  • Forms of innovation
  • Ambidexterity: exploration and exploitation
  • Developing an innovative culture
  • Change and resistance
  • Leadership of change
  • Reflecting leadership practice: Leading innovation and change

Innovation Track 1: Modules 7 & 8 | Service Pioneering

  • From production to service society
  • Service innovation
  • Business model structuring for services
  • Law and regulations
  • Financial management of services
  • Development and pricing of services
  • Process management of services
  • Service marketing and sales

Innovation Track 2: Modules 7 & 8 | Business Model Innovation

  • Methods of business model innovation
  • Value chains and target markets
  • Trend research
  • Intellectual property rights & open innovation
  • Cooperation, alliances, and networks
  • Financial management
  • Evaluation of business models

Module 9 | Diversity and Transcultural Management

  • Making sense of culture
  • Social identity
  • Diversity in organizations and teams
  • Conflict management
  • Transcultural management
  • Leadership of international teams
  • Global leadership

Modules 10 & 11 | International Winter Academy

This experiential learning journey takes place in a global technology hub. It includes visits to companies and research labs, cultural experiences as well as lectures and workshops at partner universities. The following topics will be dealt with:

  • Essentials of globalization
  • International strategy and structure
  • Global ethics
  • Social, structural and technological dimensions of global innovation
  • International project management

Module 12 | The Future of International Business and Leadership

  • Synopsis: Sustainable leadership in an international context
  • Open space for ideas of participants

Project work and skills development

Application and transfer of knowledge is central to the program.

  • Throughout their study, participants will work on a business project and apply the knowledge gained.
  • Furthermore, participants will strengthen their leadership and business skills on an ongoing basis. Guided by trainers and coaches, using personalized and experience-based learning formats, participants will extend their ability to effectively lead international projects and drive innovation.

Master Thesis

During the program, participants become familiar with a range of academic perspectives on business and leadership. The master thesis allows participants to deepen a topic of their choice and examine it systematically.


The executive Master “Business & Leadership for Engineers“ makes use of three centers of expertise at Zeppelin university:

  • European Center for Sustainability Research | ECS
  • Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
  • Dr Manfred Bischoff Instititute of Innovation Management of Airbus Group

Learning Approach

The learning approach of ZU Executive Education is demand-driven. A variety of innovative teaching methods stimulates partnership and interactive learning. Together with academic experts and practitioners, participants explore exciting areas of business and leadership and engage in the process of co-creating knowledge and developing skills. The link to organizational practice is crucial. Our faculty will use the professional experience of participants and link it to academic models and perspectives that open new possibilities for action.

Development Partners

Leading technology firms supported the development of the executive Master “Business & Leadership for Engineers.”

  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Daimler AG
  • Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG

“We are constantly on the lookout for engineers who combine technical expertise with sound business knowledge and leadership skills.“

Dr Ing Harald Naunheimer | Head of Research & Development, ZF Friedrichshafen

Admission requirements

En­gi­neers (f/m) as­pi­ring in­ter­na­tio­nal lea­dership or pro­ject ma­nage­ment po­si­ti­ons. Admission requirements:

  • Ba­che­lor de­gree in en­gi­nee­ring or equi­va­lent
  • Mi­ni­mal­ly 12 months of re­le­vant pro­fes­sio­nal ex­pe­ri­ence
  • Exis­ting em­ploy­ment
  • Eng­lish lan­gua­ge pro­fi­ci­en­cy (ZU tests)
  • Suc­cess­ful par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the ZU admission pro­ce­du­re

Tuition fees

The tui­ti­on fee for the Exe­cu­ti­ve Mas­ter Busi­ness & Lea­dership for En­gi­neers is 25,900 Euro (6,475 Euro per se­mes­ter).

This in­clu­des all cour­ses, the use of uni­ver­si­ty fa­ci­li­ties (e.g., li­bra­ry, elec­tro­nic da­ta­ba­ses, re­stau­rant, WiFi, email, in­tra­net, uni­ver­si­ty ac­cess card), tran­scripts of re­cor­ds, mem­bership to sports club VFB Fried­richs­ha­fen and Stu­dent­Lounge, the pos­si­bi­li­ty to take part in cul­tu­ral ac­tivi­ties (e.g., uni­ver­si­ty choir, or­ches­tra, thea­ter), the use of study spaces, ac­cess to sports fa­ci­li­ties and beach area at the lake cam­pus

Tax advantage:
Tui­ti­on fees for exe­cu­ti­ve mas­ter pro­grams are tax-de­duc­ti­ble. Plea­se con­sult your tax ac­coun­tant.


You can apply any­ti­me. First crea­te a user ac­count for your ap­p­li­ca­ti­on. You will then re­cei­ve log-in data for your per­so­nal ap­p­li­ca­ti­on por­tal where you can sub­mit your writ­ten ap­p­li­ca­ti­on. Pro­vi­ded that you ful­fill all ad­mis­si­on re­qui­re­ments, you will be in­vi­ted for two admission interviews and two English language tests. Usual­ly, you will re­cei­ve the de­ci­si­on of the admission com­mit­tee wi­t­hin a week.

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Schulz, Wolfgang H. Prof Dr habil
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Viellieber, Heike
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