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.

Finance and Management Control

Derivatives

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand and evaluate financial 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.

 

Corporate Finance

Course content:

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

 

Management Controls

Course content:
Part 1 : Definition and Purpose of Management Controls
Part 2 : Costs accounting fundamentals
Part 3 : Financial analysis supporting decision making
Part 4 : Planning and budgetary controls systems
Part 5 : Business partnering

After completion of this course the students should:

• Have a good understanding of the different concepts and tools used in Management Controlling
• Know business vocabulary in english allowing a professional conversation on that topic
• Be able to run relevant financial analysis to support business decisions

Marketing und Quantitative Methods

B2B Marketing

Contents:

  • 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.

 

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.

 

Business Game

Language

Business English (TOEIC)

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

TOEIC Listening and Reading preparation is an integral part of the course, and all students will be required to pass this certification with a minimum score of 850 out of 990 points at the end of the course.

 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.

 

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.

 

Project Management in R&D

This course, in English, consists of five distinct parts.
– An introduction to project management in general and more specifically the field of R&D. This is done by targeting the particularities of actual projects, whether innovative, creative, open, multi- and transdisciplinary, agile etc.;
– R&D area to understand the specificities, problems, opportunities and links with the industry;
– Understanding strategies and organization of the R&D and innovation projects in a context of the globalization;
– The internationalization of R&D projects taking into account, structural changes, effects of concentration and polarization and the cognitive division of work organization in projects;
– Presentations of students applying the concepts taught on project management in R&D in a company.

International Finance and Economy

International Financial System and Finances

 

International 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.

 

Trade Finance and Currency Risk Management

Professional Integration

Professional Integration

In the second semester, students will complete an internship. This first work experience will allow them to use the tools and methodologies seen in class in a professional context. After the internship, students will be asked to write a report describing their experience in the company.

Office Automation and Programming

Language

German or another foreign language

Internship

In the second semester, students will complete an internship lasting 3 to 4 months. This first work experience will allow them to use the tools and methodologies seen in class in a professional context. After the internship, students will be asked to write a report describing their experience in the company.

 Master 2

 

 Semester 3

 

International Strategy

International Strategy

The goals of this course are:
• to assess the implications of the globalization
• to evaluate how different sectors of the economy will be affected by international trade
• to explain the choice of international firms (horizontal FDI, vertical FDI, exports, one-market versus multi-markets firms)
• to understand the main points of reports (academic research, governmental reports, IMF and
WTO reports, …)
• to help you make the transition from all these reports to business approach

 

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.

 

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 establishment abroad

Chapter 2: International Business Development Strategies

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

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

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.

 

E-Business

This course provides the concepts and tools necessary to understand the concept of content marketing, which has become a trending buzzword in the field of (online) marketing during the last couple of years.

After laying the theoretical foundation and looking at some exemplary cases, students will get the chance to try out some of the tools that are important for the success of a content marketing project.

After completing this course, the students should:

  • Understand the concept of content marketing and the benefits of a content related approach for projects
  • Be able to judge if a particular project is successful from a content point of view
  • Know the basics of search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Know the most important rules and regulations for creating a successful storyline, especially for social media
  • Know how to use different social media formats for their own content marketing projects
International Management Techniques II

International Finance

This course will allow students to understand the main techniques of bank financing in an international context, including project financing, cash management and international commerce. The goal is to acquire a global vision of banking activities and financing tools that companies use to manage international projects, anticipate potential risks and their solutions. 

Students will apply their knowledge to a concrete project: implementing a company abroad. This practical case should help students understand the decision-making and strategic process that leadership teams face in large companies. 

 

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.

 

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
Project Management

Methodological standards in Project Management: Prince2, SCRUM, PMBOK

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Project management insights

This course aims to deepen the current knowledge of project management based on research articles in English. Students will be able to acquire the basic vocabulary of project management in English.

 

Project Management Software: 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.

 

Initiation to ERP / Prelude and SAP

Knowledge gained through the training:
1. Understand the objectives, role and structure of an ERP.
2. Have a unified vision of the main functions of an ERP.

This is to illustrate in detail the main features of a logistics management (from sales management to procurement through inventory and production management), the interactions between them and the complexity of implementation of these planning tools. In addition, e-Prelude provides slideshows on supply chain concepts and ERP operations as well as exercises and quizzes. Thus, students will be able to understand how the main functions of an ERP are articulated.

Preparation for the CAPM certification / 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: This project gives the student an extension of methodological knowledge in project management based on the PMBOK by PMI.

 

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.

 

Intercultural Management: Business Practices in China  

This course aims to understand the Chinese political and economic environment and deepen knowledge around cultures and philosophies 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 best 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.

 

Introduction to Lean Management

 Semester 4

 

Internship

Internship (6 months abroad)

 

Introduction to Research

 

Master’s thesis