Dr. Philip Meissner is a graduate (2008) of the Master in General Management Program (MBA) of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Following his studies of international management, Dr. Meissner completed a doctoral thesis on strategic management at HHL’s Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning. Today, the 29-year-old works as an Assistant Professor for the Chair of Strategic and International Management held by Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf at Philipps-Universität in Marburg. The Kiel-born researcher describes his work as follows: “I mainly examine the influence of psychological factors in strategic decision-making processes and the question of how managers can decide in a better and more effective manner.”
According to Dr. Meissner, his studies and dissertation at HHL prepared him well for his current position. “I learned a lot from the outstanding lecturers and professors, gained new perspectives during my time abroad and, most importantly, met classmates who have become good friends of mine.”
The Master Program in General Management (MBA) at HHL
The MBA program offered by HHL which is taught in English is considered one of the best indepedently developed programs of this kind in Germany. The proportion of international students in this HHL program is approximately 80 percent, an outstanding figure in the global comparison of full-time MBA programs. Since its introduction in the year 2000, the 12 to 18-month full-time MBA program has focused on teaching management and leadership skills in a global context. This is supported by an innovative curriculum which is no longer structured in a purely functional manner but also follows an interdisciplinary approach in accordance with the challenges of management (Managing Investors, Managing Society, Managing Customers etc.). The cross-functional, stakeholder-oriented approach combines the content of the individual courses and offers students significant added value. This is ensured by 28 lecturers from seven countries. They provide students with an insight into the latest scientific management approaches in a global context.
The practical relation is ensured by teaching content with practical relevance including case studies, a field project accompanying the program or an optional internship abroad. International Management is not only taught but also integrated into everyday life at HHL thanks to the international background of the students and professors. The international cross-linking of the program is represented by numerous cooperations with universities abroad. From Australia to Uruguay – HHL has more than 110 partner universities worldwide. The students have the opportunity to spend a term at one of these partner universities. The intensive and professional counseling for students from the initial contact to the alumni network must be emphasized. A Career Service accompanies students from the day they are admitted to the program until the successful conclusion of a job search. Further information: www.hhl.de/mba
The Doctoral Program of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
With currently 102 participants and 133 graduates so far, HHL’s doctoral program has been growing steadily since it was launched in 1996. The well-structured program, which consists of weekend seminars, colloquia and international summer courses, allows its participants to complete it on the job. Most candidates have a job, every third one works as a Research Assistant at HHL. Further information: www.hhl.de/de/promotion