Round Table with Managing Director Bernhard Kraus: Executive MBAs and the Corona pandemic

Shifting from face-to-face to digital teaching, from analog to digital networking events – this is the situation universities and business schools faced just over a year ago. How could content be successfully taught virtually? What challenges were – and still are – to overcome? And is the Corona pandemic ushering in a new era in MBAs and Executive MBAs?

At the round table “MBA & Co.” organized by the German trade magazine Personalwirtschaft, Bernhard Kraus, Managing Director of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, spoke with other experts about the future of the industry.

Hybrid elements have become an integral part of teaching

Flexibility is the key word of the crisis – the experts agreed on that. New formats for networking and teaching events, which used to be exclusively face-to-face, are needed to create added value for participants in MBA and Executive MBA courses. At the round table, Managing Director Bernhard Kraus stressed that teaching must remain flexible and continue to develop in the long term, even after the pandemic: “I have the feeling that the Corona crisis was only a driver for further change. In the future, we’ll have to think much harder about what teaching content require face-to-face teaching and how to make it a special experience.”

Important to him is the role that educational institutions like the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning can play for participants in continuing education programs at such critical moments. When the crisis broke out, for example, the Institute adapted not only the formats but also the content of the Executive MBA programs – to the situation that the participants found themselves in outside of the EMBA courses. For example, acting under high uncertainty, managing restructuring processes or leading teams at a distance were discussed.

Executive MBA programs prepare managers for values-based leadership

Participants in the Executive MBA programs of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning and the TUM School of Management are taking up such offers with great interest, Kraus told Personalwirtschaft. “Our impression is that this crisis situation has once again shown what basic needs we humans actually have.” Security, autonomy, appreciation and belonging are classic needs that must be taken into account when employee management is transferred to the digital world of work, he said. The pandemic thus shows all the more how important the topic of lifelong learning is.

You can view the full article on the Human Resources Round Table here.

An overview of the Executive MBA programs of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning together with the TUM School of Management, can be found here.

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