Master in International Project Management - University of Strasbourg

Courses

Master 1

 

Semester 1

 

Quality and Logistics

Introduction to Quality

 

Introduction to Logistics

The main objective of this course is to introduce the scope of industrial logistics, quality management and some methods and tools associated with continuous improvement.

Students will be able to understand the functioning of the global supply chain and describe the organization of a production system. In addition, students will be able to understand the interactions of flows, stocks, deadlines as well as the management of the production of a company by the use of an ERP and take ownership of the procedures of improvement of the performance of type Lean Management or Six Sigma and implement some basic tools.

The lecturer: Jean-Louis MICHALAK

Finance and Management Control

Derivatives

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand and evaluate fincancial derivatives as well as their applications in corporations. More specifically, it presents and analyzes derivatives, such as forwards, futures, and options. The course defines the main kind of derivatives, shows how they are used to achieve various hedging and speculating objectives, introduces a framework for pricing derivatives, and studies several applications of derivative-pricing techniques outside derivative markets.

The Lecturer: André  SCHMITT

 

Corporate Finance

Organization of the course:

  • Analysis of consolidated financial statements of groups
  • The choice of the financial structure of the company
  • Investment policy
  • Financing policy
  • Business valuation

The Lecturer: Marcel EICHENLAUB

 

Controlling

 

 

Marketing und Quantitative Methods

Marketing B to B

Introduction:

  • Specificities of B2B marketing
  • The behavior of the buyer in B2B
  • B2B marketing studies
  • PCS and strategy development
  • B2B marketing mix management

Objectives:

  • Understand the marketing philosophy, master the process and know the specificities of B to B environments.
  • Being able to organize the exchange in B to B environments.

The Lecturer: Sylvie Chabi

 

Data Analysis

Management of a Company

Human Resource Management

This course aims at acquiring concepts to analyze HRM practices in their diversity. It is built to understand the logic of managerial devices and their positive or negative effects on employee behavior and performance. The main contributions of theories of psychosociology are first discussed. They focus on group phenomenon, management styles and motivation. The analysis of the dominant HRM model is then conducted through the evaluation, GPEC, pay and job classification practices. Its effects on employee behavior and performance are finally apprehended. The conceptualist approach (Pettigrew, 1987) is presented to facilitate this work of analysis.

The Lecturer: Sébastien MAINHAGU

 

Business Game

This course allows to acquire the knowledge of basic management tools. It  is based on the use of the Kalypso corporate game. This is a simulation that puts students at the head of a company that makes boats. Students work in teams and compete in a market.

Main goals :

This simulation game allows them to address all aspects of business management: choice of products to manufacture, choice of investment and financing, financial management of the company, procurement policy, production management, commercial policy, human resources management, innovation.

Students have a set of information on markets, prices of raw materials, internal characteristics of the company. They have to process all this information to run their business.

The Lecturers: Claude Guittard, Véronique Schaeffer

Language

Business English (TOEIC)

The objective of this course is to practice Business English through the work on oral presentation, telephone conversations, emails, CVs, cover letters and hiring interviews.

The course includes also the training in oral comprehension through the work on numerous video reports on the business world of Anglo-Saxon countries.

TOEIC Listening and Reading preparation is an integral part of the course, and all students will be required to pass this certification at the end of the course.

 

The Lecturer: Cathie-Anne SCHNEIDER

 Semester 2

 

Management Compare

Intercultural Management

This course aims at providing students with new skills and insights on how to approach intercultural contexts.

Cultural awareness is often taught in relation with typologies (Hofstede, Trompenaars, Graves). While typologies certainly speed up the discovery process, and will therefore be part of the lecture, they do not always provide practical solutions on how to solve management problems. Moreover, they may even in some situations backfire, when used with the aim of solving a problem. For this reason, knowledge of typologies will be balanced with:

  • Non-verbal communication skills, through the works of Paul EKMAN, PhD.
  • General understanding of group interactions, through the knowledge of social psychology (impact of stereotypes, conformity) and practical serious game play based on the MIT’s works on systems dynamics.

The lecturer: Jean Masselin

 

Anthropology and Management

Project Management Introduction

Project Management Foundations

This course aims at getting familiar with the key concepts, methods and tools related to traditional project management. More specifically, it introduces basic techniques which should be mastered by any project manager for setting up a project organization, structuring project work and using a project schedule. Moreover, it provides students an overview of the world’s leading standard for project management : the PMBOK Guide.

The Lecturer: Arnaud GROB

 

Project Management in R&D

International Finance and Economy

International Currency and Finance

The course provides the basic knowledge of Trade Finance and Currency Risk Management.

Learning outcomes: the students should be able to understand the different tools. They also should be able to analyse the best way to use them.

The lecturer: Laurence MARCHAL

 

Internationales Economic Environment of the Company

Finance and Law

International Business Law

This course examines the legal and regulatory environment associated with conducting business across national borders including international trade and commercial transactions.  The goal of this course is to provide a foundation and framework for understanding the national, multilateral and international legal issues confronted by the multinational enterprise (MNE). Legal topics will be explored in the context of their impact on managerial decision making and business strategy and include: international trade, mechanisms for effectively resolving international business disputes, legal issues impacting market entry and expansion strategies (trade, intellectual property licensing, and foreign direct investment), regulation of the market place and compliance.

The lecturer: Susan J. Marsnik, J.D

 

Trade Finance and Currency Risk Management

This course provides the basic knowledge of Trade Finance and Currency Risk Management.

Learning outcomes: the students should be able to understand the different tools. They also should be able to analyse the best way to use them.

Professional Integration

Professional Integration

 

Office Automation and Programming

Language

German or another foreign language

Internship

 Master 2

 

 Semester 3

 

International Strategy

International Strategy

 

Case study in Finance

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand finance in an international environment.A special focus will be put on how real options theory can sustain strategic management for international projects. After reminding classical tools to make investment and financial decisions, students will be familiarized with the specific challenges set by international management. They will learn how to deal with exchange rate risk and political risk when implementing an international project.

Teacher: André SCHMITT

 

International development of a firm

The students will gain a structured economic vision of international business development and they will better understand how a multinational firm works. In addition, they will be able to identify the issues related to internationalization of a firm.

Chapter 1 : Methodology of a study of an establisment abroad

Chapter 2 : International Business Development Strategies

Chapter 3 : The organization of a multinational firm and its subsidiaries

Teacher: Eric RUGRAFF

International Management Techniques I

International Procurement Management

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand the supply Chain and purchasing functions in a global environment. A special focus will be put on some critical current challenges (low cost country sourcing, rising material costs, business continuity and risk management, the management of the performance of the suppliers).

Lecture 1: Supply Chain management in a global economy

Lecture 2: Rising material costs and how to deal with it

Lecture 3: Low cost country sourcing

Lecture 4: Managing the performance of the suppliers

Lecture 5: Risk management in a global economy

Teacher: Patrick DANCOURT

International Merger & Aquisition

This seminar addresses the management of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), which have become a critical component of many firms’ strategy in domestic and international arenas.Despite their benefits and promises, as well as their increasing number, M&As are not without risks and shortcomings. Evidence is that not all firms have the capabilities in maximising the synergies obtained from M&As. Beyond the media attention they get, several transaction results in value destruction.

Teacher: Louis HEBERT

 

Enterprise 4.0. Solutions

 Teacher: Etienne GANCEL

 

E-Business

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills you need to understand the implications of digitization for businesses. Digitization covers the Internet and over; Web 2.0, social networking, smartphone, programs and loyalty cards and so on. These technologies are ubiquitous, but they are only tools.

Thus, the overall objective is to prepare each student to be an effective innovator and a change agent using the new digital technologies strategically to contribute to sales growth, profitability and the market price of company shares. Technology should enable students to make valuable contributions to the design of new products, product management, advertising and public relations, sales, pricing, distribution, customer service and employment opportunities as vice president of marketing and sales.

In addition, this course focuses on the psychological, sociological and economic dimensions that influence consumer behavior and how these factors are used to develop marketing strategies, particularly in the context of electronic marketing. The course will have a managerial point of view. Given the nature of the subject, the focus will be on ethical issues especially those surrounding the use of database marketing and consumer profiling.

Teacher: Jacques NANTEL

International Management Techniques II

International Finance

Teachers: Alain PFEIFFER and colleagues

 

International Tax Law

It aims at providing students with an understanding of the basic issues and methodology of international tax law in the context of international projects management.The focus of the course lies on identifying tax exposures (withholding taxes, permanent establishment issues, transfer pricing, expatriates) and optimizing the tax structure of complex projects with an international background (tax optimization of financing, IP optimization models etc.).The students will be able to read and understand the structure and role of international double taxation treaties and apply such treaties to the projects they deal with.

Teacher: Guillaume RUBECHI

Export Logistics

 Teacher: Mark SCHEERLINK

 

Strategic Intelligence used in an international context

This course is an introduction to strategic intelligence activities. Its objective is to deliver a factual comprehension of the utility to increase the knowledge of the enterprise’s environments (competitive, security, people, market, international rules…) in order to reduce risk in decision taking in domestic and international context.

After completing this course the students should:

  • Understand how the strategic intelligence activities could help in an international competitive environment
  • Know the different sources of information and the techniques to gather them
  • Evaluate the information
  • Realize a summary with well-argued recommendation for decision maker

Teacher: Pierre MENHELD

Project Management

Methodological standards in Project Management: Prince2, SCRUM

This course aims the acquisition of basic methods of the Prince2 approach as well as knowledge of the fundamental tools of project management and specific tools used in a more agile project management method : SCRUM. This course helps broadening knowledge in project management mainly focused on the PMI standard. After replacing some conventional tools of management in the specific context of  projects, the course describe the mechanisms to define and organize a project and to plan and follow it in its temporal dimension.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Product Management

This course aims to provide the basis of the product management/process management in an innovative context, to understand the methods related to design and management of products/processes in industrial companies, to organize a company and to have a more systemic vision of the processes.

Teacher: Ioana DENIAUD

 

Operational Management Costs in projects

Although the various financial project evaluation methods (ROI, NPV, IRR) allows to qualify the expected returns, they have however a proactive value.

Indeed, there is no guarantee that the cost profile and therefore the actual cash flows of a project ultimately will match the assumptions used to initially carry out the calculations. To remove this uncertainty, once demonstrated the viability of a project, it will be necessary to plan a detailed budget in line with the successful business model and track actual costs throughout the life of the project, in order to identify and reduce the gaps that may arise. Methods and tools of operational management costs in a project can meet these objectives.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Risk Management in Projects

The course focuses on risk management theory in projects and different experiences of the trainer. After a good understanding of the risks and risk management methodology, the goal is to allow students the implementation of risk management and the use of concrete tools. A critical analysis and reflection on the management of risks will close the program.

Teacher: Bruno VILAIN

 

Management of Project portfolios and Programs

In many companies, the proliferation of projects has become a highly strategic issue which led to the emergence of new issues: the need to establish structures where the operation in cross becomes the norm, obligation to conduct arbitrations between several projects to concurrently access the same resources and constraints, the need to establish a consolidated and coherent management of delays and expenses,…

Therefore, knowledge of specific organizational approaches (management by projects) as well as control of appropriate management techniques (project portfolio management, multi-project consolidation methods: project roadmapping, project controlling) have become crucial for every project management professional.

Teacher: Michael CHUETTE / Arnaud GROB

 

Project management insights / Grundlagen des Projektmanagements

This course aims to deepen the current knowledge of project management based on research articles in English and to offer German-speaking students an introduction to project management in German. Students will be able to acquire the basic vocabulary of project management in English/ German. After the students are able to discuss and exchange on selected business cases in English and German.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Project Management IT Tools: MS Project

This course helps to put into practice the knowledge of project management through computer tools. Students will learn the use of project management software through concrete industrial examples. The basics of project management will be operated via the project Gantt software. A comparative analysis will also be conducted between the tool Gantt Project and MS Project.

 

SAP Introduction

 

Collective project: Preparation CAPM/ Development of a website using SCRUM

The students have the opportunity to choose between different collective projects.

Development of a website using the SCRUM method : This project aims to acquire the fundamental concepts of the Prince2 approach as well as the knowledge of the principles, processes and tools used in a more agile project management method : SCRUM.

CAPM preparation : This project gives the student an extension of methodological knowledge in project management mainly focused on the PMI standard.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Meeting with Professionals in PM

Managerial Skills of a Project Manager

Management of a Project Team

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to lead a project team. Students will learn concepts of a team, a project team and people management. They will especially practice on team project management with role playing. This course also provides the concepts and tools on how to lead a project in the service industry with focus on value chain analysis, IT projects and specification.

Teacher: David BURGER

 

Intercultural Management: Business Practice in China  

This course aims to understand the chinese political and economic environment and deepen knowledge around cultures and philsophies in order to better control social codes in the chinese industrial world. The students will acquire a better knowledge of the Chinese market, will better understand the Chinese mentality and the « good practices » to strengthen the bonds between people in order to optimize its investment. They will be able to identify similarities or differences between French and Chinese professional attitudes and to identify the strategic, commercial and administrative issues for French companies.

Teachers: Mme LOEB et Mme VIROT

 

Introduction to Lean Management

 Enseignant: Jean-Louis MICHALAK et Jean Michel MASSING

 Semester 4

 

Internship

Internship in a company (6 months abroad)

 

Introduction to Research

 

Internship Accompaniment

 

Courses

SEMESTRE 3

 

UE INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY

International strategy

X

Case study in finance

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand finance in an international environment.A special focus will be put on how real options theory can sustain strategic management for international projects.

After reminding classical tools to make investment and financial decisions, students will be familiarized with the specific challenges set by international management.

They will learn how to deal with exchange rate risk and political risk when implementing an international project.

Teacher: André SCHMITT

 

International development of a firm

X

 

 

UE INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES I

International purchasing management

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand the supply Chain and purchasing functions in a global environment. A special focus will be put on some critical current challenges (low cost country sourcing, rising material costs, business continuity and risk management, the management of the performance of the suppliers).

The course will be articulated around the 5 following lectures.

  • Lecture 1: Supply Chain management in a global economy
  • Lecture 2: Rising material costs and how to deal with it
  • Lecture 3: Low cost country sourcing
  • Lecture 4: Managing the performance of the suppliers
  • Lecture 5: Risk management in a global economy

Learning outcomes:

After completing this course the students should:

  • Understand the key objectives and challenges of an International Purchasing organization • How to deal and moderate the impact of raw material inflation
  • How to leverage global opportunities to satisfy business needs through a reliable and cost effective Supply Chain
  • How to define, measure and manage the performance of a supplier base
  • How to establish and leverage KPI to control an international purchasing function

Teacher: Patrick DANCOURT

 

International Merger & Acquisition

This seminar addresses the management of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), which have become a critical component of many firms’ strategy in domestic and international arenas.

Despite their benefits and promises, as well as their increasing number, M&As are not without risks and shortcomings. Evidence is that not all firms have the capabilities in maximising the synergies obtained from M&As. Beyond the media attention they get, several transaction results in value destruction.

Therefore, the objectives of this seminar are as follows:

  • To expose participants to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with M&As as key elements of a firm’s strategy and competitive advantage.
  • To identify best practices related to M&As
  • To support the development of effective management skills associated with the M&A process, from the decision to pursue an acquisition strategy to the implementation of the integration plan.
  • To expose participants to strategic alliances as either substitutes or complements to M&As.

The seminar focuses on some key themes and challenges associated with the post-merger implementation process, in particular:

  • Maximising value through effective post-merger integration
  • Developing and implementing an effective integration plan
  • Where do synergies come from?
  • M&As or IJVS in emerging countries

Teacher: Louis HEBERT

 

Entreprise 4.0 Solutions

X

 

E-Business

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills you need to understand the implications of digitization for businesses. Digitization covers the Internet and over; Web 2.0, social networking, smartphone, programs and loyalty cards and so on. These technologies are ubiquitous, but they are only tools.

The main purpose (and the ultimate end) concerns marketing strategies.

Thus, the overall objective is to prepare each student to be an effective innovator and a change agent using the new digital technologies strategically to contribute to sales growth, profitability and the market price of company shares. Technology should enable students to make valuable contributions to the design of new products, product management, advertising and public relations, sales, pricing, distribution, customer service and employment opportunities as vice president of marketing and sales.

In addition, this course focuses on the psychological, sociological and economic dimensions that influence consumer behavior and how these factors are used to develop marketing strategies, particularly in the context of electronic marketing. The course will have a managerial point of view. Given the nature of the subject, the focus will be on ethical issues especially those surrounding the use of database marketing and consumer profiling.

Teacher: Jacques NANTEL

 

UE INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES II

International Finance (Société Générale)

X

 

International tax law

It aims at providing students with an understanding of the basic issues and methodology of international tax law in the context of international projects management.

The focus of the course lies on identifying tax exposures (withholding taxes, permanent establishment issues, transfer pricing, expatriates) and optimizing the tax structure of complex projects with an international background (tax optimization of financing, IP optimization models etc.).

The students will be able to read and understand the structure and role of international double taxation treaties and apply such treaties to the projects they deal with.

Teacher: Guillaume RUBECHI

 

Logistique Export

X

 

Strategic Intelligence used in an international context

This course is an introduction to strategic intelligence activities. Its objective is to deliver a factual comprehension of the utility to increase the knowledge of the enterprise’s environments (competitive, security, people, market, international rules…) in order to reduce risk in decision taking in domestic and international context.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this course the students should:

  • Understand how the strategic intelligence activities could help in an international competitive environment
  • Know the different sources of information and the techniques to gather them
  • Evaluate the information
  • Realize a summary with well-argued recommendation for decision maker

Teacher: Pierre MENHELD

 

UE PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Methodological standards in project management: Prince2, SCRUM

Project management insights/Grundlagen des Projektmanagements

This course aims the acquisition of basic methods and tools of project management in accordance with international methodological standards. After replacing some conventional tools of management in the specific context of  projects, the course describe the mechanisms to define and organize a project and to plan and follow it in its temporal dimension.

Although the emphasis is focused on the CPM approach still dominant among professionals, a significant openness to agile methods is proposed.Two sessions in English and German (selectable) will permit to acquire and practice essential technical vocabulary.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Product Management

X

 

Operational management costs in a project

Although the various financial project evaluation methods (ROI, NPV, IRR) allows to qualify the expected returns, they have however a proactive value.

Indeed, there is no guarantee that the cost profile and therefore the actual cash flows of a project ultimately will match the assumptions used to initially carry out the calculations. To remove this uncertainty, once demonstrated the viability of a project, it will be necessary to plan a detailed budget in line with the successful business model and track actual costs throughout the life of the project, in order to identify and reduce the gaps that may arise. Methods and tools of operational management costs in a project can meet these objectives.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Risk management in projects

The course focuses on risk management theory in projects and different experiences of the trainer.

After a good understanding of the risks and risk management methodology, the goal is to allow students the implementation of risk management and the use of concrete tools.

A critical analysis and reflection on the management of risks will close the program.

Teacher: Bruno VILAIN

 

Management of project portfolios and programs

In many companies, the proliferation of projects has become a highly strategic issue which led to the emergence of new issues: the need to establish structures where the operation in cross becomes the norm, obligation to conduct arbitrations between several projects to concurrently access the same resources and constraints, the need to establish a consolidated and coherent management of delays and expenses,…

Therefore, knowledge of specific organizational approaches (management by projects) as well as control of appropriate management techniques (project portfolio management, multi-project consolidation methods: project roadmapping, project controlling) have become crucial for every project management professional.

Teacher: Arnaud GROB

 

Project Management IT Tools: MS Project 

This course helps to put into practice the knowledge of project management through computer tools. Students will learn the use of project management software through concrete industrial examples.

The basics of project management will be operated via the project Gantt software. A comparative analysis will also be conducted between the tool Gantt Project and MS Project.

Teacher: XXX

 

SAP introduction

X

 

Collective projects: Preparation CAPM / Development of a website in SCRUM

X

Meeting with professionals in PM

X

 

UE MANAGERIAL SKILLS OF A PROJECT MANAGER

 Management of a project team

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to lead a project team. Students will learn concepts of a team, a project team and people management. They will especially practice on team project management with role playing.

This course also provides the concepts and tools on how to lead a project in the service industry with focus on value chain analysis, IT projects and specification.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this course the students should:

  • Understand how to assess and manage team dynamics
  • Known how to perform team communication
  • Have insights of how to manage project members They should also:
  • Understand the financial and non financial services industries with a deep focus on the value chain
  • Have an overview of IT project phases and main activities
  • Be able to write business specification

Teacher: David BURGER

 

Intercultural Management: Business Practice in China

x

 

Introduction to Lean Management

x

 

SEMESTRE 4 

Internship in a company (minimum 6 months abroad)