How can or­ga­nisa­ti­ons suc­cess­ful­ly hand­le the pro­blems that ari­se when they ope­ra­te in an in­ter­na­tio­nal en­vi­ron­ment? How can they crea­te pu­blic va­lue? Which ma­na­ge­ri­al and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al skills sup­port a sustainable de­ve­lop­ment at the na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal le­vels? What are the dif­fe­ren­ces bet­ween suc­cess­ful and less suc­cess­ful start-ups? The­se are some of the is­su­es that the English- language Ba­che­lor pro­gramme­ In­ter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness Ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on & En­tre­pre­neurship (IBAE) will teach you to hand­le.
Studying International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship
In the Ba­che­lor pro­gramme­ IBAE, you ac­qui­re the core ma­na­ge­ri­al and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al skills for working in a ra­pidly chan­ging and com­plex glo­bal en­vi­ron­ment. The pro­gram­me pre­pa­res you for jobs in the va­rious sub-fiel­ds of busi­ness ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, in par­ti­cu­lar wi­t­hin com­pa­nies with an in­ter­na­tio­nal pro­fi­le.
The pro­gramme­ puts a spe­cial em­pha­sis on a ma­na­ge­ri­al and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al ori­en­ta­ti­on from an in­ter­na­tio­nal per­spec­tive. The theo­ry and prac­tice of en­tre­pre­neurship will be one of the main fo­cus points throughout the pro­gramme­.
You will gain know­ledge about va­rious busi­ness pro­ces­ses and ma­na­ge­ri­al func­tions, such as ac­coun­ting, fi­nan­ce, mar­ke­ting, and or­ga­ni­za­tio­nal be­ha­viour. Another focus point will be on how the glo­bal busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment af­fects ma­na­ge­ri­al and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al prac­tices.
For ex­amp­le, you will learn how tech­no­lo­gi­cal shifts such as di­gi­ti­za­ti­on trans­form or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and crea­te new busi­ness op­por­tu­nities, how com­pa­nies can hand­le so­ci­al and ethi­cal chal­len­ges, and how laws and re­gu­la­ti­ons af­fect busi­nes­ses. You will also be­co­me com­pe­tent in using qua­li­ta­ti­ve and quan­ti­ta­ti­ve me­thods to con­duct sound ana­ly­ses that can in­form ma­na­ge­ri­al de­ci­si­on-ma­king.
Management as a Liberal Art
Com­bi­ning all the­se un­der­stan­dings con­sti­tu­tes a ho­lis­tic ap­proach to busi­ness edu­ca­ti­on that fol­lows the ide­al of “Ma­nage­ment as a Li­be­ral Art.” The IBAE pro­gramme will­ pre­pa­re you for po­si­ti­ons in or­ga­ni­za­ti­ons with an in­ter­na­tio­nal pro­fi­le and for pur­suing en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al ac­tivi­ties in a re­s­pon­si­ble man­ner.
De­ve­lo­ping a broad un­der­stan­ding of busi­ness, buil­ding en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al skills, and re­flec­ting on re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty and ac­coun­ta­bi­li­ty are core com­pe­ten­cies to take on the chal­len­ges of the 21st cen­tu­ry.
A Vibrant Community
The small co­hort size al­lows vi­vid in­ter­ac­tion with fel­low stu­dents and lec­tu­rers. By ex­plo­ring in­te­res­ting and re­le­vant to­pics to­ge­ther, you will ac­qui­re re­le­vant know­ledge and learn how to cri­ti­cal­ly ques­ti­on es­ta­blis­hed un­der­stan­dings. The­r­e­by, you will also learn to work in dif­fe­rent con­texts and to deal with chan­ge.We wel­co­me stu­dents who:
are engaged, curious, and strive to understand the world in an analytical, systematic, and critical-reflective way.
approach their study and career development in an independent, proactive, and entrepreneurial way.
think beyond the pure profit orientation of business and demonstrate a genuine interest in how business can contribute to society.
You are wrong at the IBAE pro­gramme­ if you ex­pect:
A standard/conventional business administration (BWL) degree.
A clear-cut disciplinary orientation without insights from neighbouring academic disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy, etc.).
A long-established and set-in-stone study programme
A hands-on, primarily practice-oriented business degree without theoretical reflection and without a scientific-methodological orientation.
Being trained in a specialist rather than a generalist profile.
You are right at the IBAE pro­gramme­ if you ex­pect:
A critical-reflective look at international business, management, and entrepreneurship – one which rethinks the value creation of business in a broader sense (i.e., beyond mere profit-maximization).
A clear theoretical and methodological orientation – but without losing sight of the practical challenges of business, international business, management, and entrepreneurship.
A clear international research orientation.
An interdisciplinary orientation – especially through the liberal arts education in the Leuphana Semester, the Complementary Studies, and the choice of a minor from a neighbouring discipline.
Academic education in a generalist rather than a specialist profile (in the same context, note that many leadership positions require generalist and analytical skills rather than subject-specific expertise).
Potential Employment Opportunities
The broad fundamental and methodological knowledge in the areas of management, entrepreneurship and further related subjects qualify you for a career in various fields of business, research institutes and public organisations, or for work in start-ups.
Finance and accounting
Marketing and sales
At a Glance
Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Duration: 6 semesters (3 years)
Start of course: winter semester (October)
Number of student places: 67
Language: English (no German required)
Study abroad: possible
Admission restrictions: yes