In order to use the opportunities offered by digitalisation, companies need to successfully implement their digital strategies and solutions. Here, the management of the digital transformation represents a major challenge for companies. The mastering of digital manufacturing technologies, the secure use of big data and the utilisation of agile organisational concepts are essential requirements for managing digitalisation.
Management figures require specific technological and methodological knowledge, especially with respect to the targeted use of key digital technologies, the designing of a digitally integrated process environment and the successful management of teams in Working World 4.0.
The EMBA – Digital Technology and Operations provides you with an overview of the technologies of digitalisation and the current technological trends. You learn how to assess, select and use key digital technologies. You address the topics of data infrastructure, data integration and digitally networked systems and learn how to plan networked process and manufacturing environments. You acquire methodological knowledge of new organisational approaches, agile management concepts and agile culture, allowing you to optimally manage your team in a changed working environment. Company visits to best-practice pioneers that have already successfully deployed key digitalisation solutions provide you with valuable insights and impetus. You thus possess the current skills required to sustainably improve efficiency for your organisation and successfully market innovative products and services.
DegreeExecutive Master of Business Administration FHGR in Digital Technologies and Operations
Place of studyZurich
Begin of study programmeSeptember
Tuition feesCHF 17 500 (exkl. Master Thesis)
Teaching languageGerman and English
Director of StudiesRauch Martina More about Rauch Martina
Application deadline10. August Apply now!
The Executive MBA (EMBA) in Digital Technology and Operations is geared towards management personnel from the fields of operations, engineering, technology and innovation management, IT, research and development and product or project management who are responsible for the implementation of digitalisation. It is especially aimed at management personnel who work in one of the following functions or areas:
- As an executive board member
- Operations management (production/manufacturing, engineering, supply chain/logistics, quality management)
- Technology/innovation management, R&D
- IT management
- Service management
- Product and project management
- As a consultant in the area of digitalisation
The Executive MBA in Digital Technology and Operations comprises six modules and the master's thesis. The ‘Learning from best-practice pioneers’ module takes place as part of company visits to selected firms.
Learning from best-practice pioneers
Company visits and guest lectures from selected firms that are leaders in the implementation of key digital technologies, process integration and automation or the introduction of agile organisational concepts are a fixed component of the EMBA in Digital Technology and Operations. The company visits take place in Switzerland and southern Germany.
Silicon Valley study trip (optional)
Students completing the EMBA in Digital Technology and Operations can also participate in a one-week study trip to Silicon Valley, the centre of digital transformation and digitalisation. During this study trip, company visits are made to start-ups, incubators and accelerators as well as established firms in the digital economy. The costs for the study trip come to around CHF 5,000.
In order to ensure that the study programme contents are as close to the cutting edge of developments as possible, the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons works together closely with associations, institutions and companies.
The study concept behind University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons’s further education offering in the area of management comprises three levels: DAS, MAS and EMBA. The study contents are divided into modules at each level. Each module includes between four and ten face-to-face training days plus self-study. Upon the conclusion of the module, participants are required to demonstrate their competence in the respective area, usually in the form of a written exam. At the third level (Executive MBA), students can choose between the following four majors: General Management, Smart and Digital Marketing, New Business Development and Digital Transformation.
The EMBA in Digital Technology and Operations is a job-concurrent study programme. The organisational structure takes into account that you will be employed on a full-time basis during the study programme.
The admission requirements are a university degree or federal higher education qualification as well as five years of professional experience, including at least two years with leadership experience. Admission by dossier is possible where appropriate. Decisions on admissions are made by the Director of Studies on the basis of the admission dossier and a personal admission interview.
The EMBA is aimed at students who already have in-depth management knowledge and who have either completed the second level (MAS) in advance or possess an appropriate level of knowledge and expertise thanks to their educational background and/or the business experience they have gained. Direct access to EMBA level is thus possible. The Executive MBA in New Business Development is concluded with a master's thesis.
Definitive admission is confirmed in writing by the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. The admission deadline is 10 August in the year in which the study programme is to be commenced. It is recommended to apply in good time.
- Executive MBA in New Business Development: CHF 17,500
- Master's thesis supervision: CHF 3,000
We grant a discount of CHF 3,000 to students who attend the MAS and EMBA levels in direct succession. The tuition fees cover the teaching and books. Documents from lecturers are made available in electronic form. The tuition fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and catering as part of the intensive week in Berlin (approx. CHF 1,500) and the costs for the optional study trip to Silicon Valley (approx. CHF 5,000).
Place of study
The modules of the EMBA in Digital Technology and Operations are taught at the Zurich site of the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons. In the ‘Learning from best-practice pioneers’ module, lectures and visits are held at companies in Switzerland and southern Germany. The Zurich site of the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is located at Limmatstrasse 21, in the direct vicinity of Zurich main station.
Duration of study programme
The Executive MBA in Digital Technology and Operations comprises 15 teaching blocks (Friday and Saturday) as well as an intensive week.
The exact teaching blocks are defined as part of the timetable. The study programme begins in September, with the classroom teaching ending in July of the following year. The submission deadline for the master's thesis is 31 October. The timetables can be ordered via e-mail from the student administration or can alternatively be accessed on the website. The organisational structure of the management further training programme takes into account that you will be employed on a full-time basis during the study programme.
In most modules, both teaching and the relevant documents are provided in German. Individual teaching blocks or lectures may be held in English. In some cases, the literature and documents provided by lecturers may also be in English. Those wishing to participate in the study trip to Silicon Valley require a solid knowledge of English.
Course assessments are carried out in each of the modules. These generally comprise written examinations, presentations on case studies and example cases or follow-up orders. You will develop case studies as part of student teams. The examinations are in some cases carried out as online examinations.
At least 60 ECTS credits are required to gain the title «Executive Master of Business Administration». Students acquire these credits by attending the MAS (24 ECTS credits) and EMBA (24 ECTS credits) levels and by passing the master's thesis (12 ECTS credits). Those admitted directly are credited the ECTS credits from the MAS level.
Those who successfully pass the study programme are awarded the title of Executive Master of Business Administration FHGR in New Business Development.
Please send the completed placement form (in german) together with your CV and diplomas to: email@example.com Your documents will be examined by the Director of Studies who will then contact you in order to arrange a personal meeting. Following the admission interview, the Director of Studies will confirm the admission decision in writing and the application process can be completed using the application form (in german).
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