Capgemini Consulting at IMC

Capgemini is certainly the leading Consulting firm with European roots. Headquartered in Paris, meanwhile over 120.000 people work at Capgemini across the globe.

Wilhelm Sterl is the Human Resources Manager of Capgemini Austria. On 28 November Wilhelm Sterl gave a speech in the International Consulting lecture at the International Business and Export Management Master’s programme. His speech covered the following topics:

  • Capgemini’s organisation world wide
  • Capgemini’s special Collaborative Business Experience consulting approach
  • USPs of Capgemini and competition

Wilhelm Sterl’s contribution was the final and top highlight of the Consulting education programme in the first semester. Two more semesters of Consulting training are to follow.

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Dobelli goes English

die-kunst-des-klaren-denkensYesterday night Rolf Dobelli and I were mailing. And great news came up: His fantastic books on the art of thinking will be published in English soon. Simply awesome. –Soon means May 2013.

Why am I so enthusiastic: Rolf Dobelli published two books in German language on the art of thinking clearly. The original titles are “Die Kunst des klaren Denkens” and “Die Kunst des klugen Handelns” (…the arte of acting smart). It could have been one book. Since it was decided to devide the material into two books, the second title had to differ. It does not really matter.

What the books are about is a huge exercise of dismantling fallacies…errors in thinking. Typical pitfalls which stand broadly in our way since our mind works as it works. Nevertheless, becoming concsious about these pitfalls pushed quality of decision making  to a next level.

What happened to me: I am reading the books again and again. And now, I am really enthusiastic that I will be share the first one of these books soon with my students.

I already preordered the English language version on Amazon: The Art of Thinking Clearly

More questions or want to share some thinking:

Michael Bartz, Prof. International Business and Export Management, IMC UAS Krems

Microsoft General Manager Austria meets Alumni

September 20, 2012, receiption at Microsoft Vienna. Reason: Vienna based IMC Alumnis meeting in privacy Georg Obermeier. – Georg Obermeier is the General Manager of Microsoft Austria. Meeting in privacy means that the number of participants was limited to 30 participant. The reason being to allow in depth exchange of thoughts and experiences with a leading manager of the Austrian economy. And indeed, Georg Obermeier shared his experiences becoming the General Manager of Microsoft in an unplugged/authentic way. The end result was real quality time for all involved: the IMC Alumnis, Georg Obermeier, Microsoft managers and employees present as well as for IMC representatives attending, as to especially mention Ulrike Prommer and Karl Ennsfellner.

Big but not unexpected surprise of that meeting: The Microsoft office is as unusual and innovative as the Austria press reports. Whoever wants to experience the Microsoft office as well, book an office tour here:

6.000 people already did since the opening of this new office in October 2011.

A next CEO Alumni event in Vienna is in preparation. Stay tuned or contact me, if you want to find out more:
Michael Bartz, Prof. International Business and Export Management, IMC UAS Krems

Profile: Sabine Hametner, Export-Alumni

Name: Mag. (FH) Sabine Hametner (graduated 2009)

Company: Philips Canada

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

From April to September 2012 I am working with Philips Healthcare in Montreal, Canada. This six month international assignment is part of the international trainee program with Philips. The trainee program is split into three parts. A trainee with Philips is working for a period of 20 months in the DACH (Deutschland, Oesterreich, Schweiz) region. Ideally a trainee experiences ten month in one country and the other ten months in a different country in the DACH region, as well as in a different business field of Philips. Philips is operating in three business segments: Lighting, Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle. In between the two times ten months in the DACH countries, 50% of the trainees get assigned on a short term international assignment, which in my case is with Philips Healthcare in Montreal.

The aim of my international assignment is to get to know Philips Healthcare and support the Strategic Business Department with a market analysis on the private clinics in the province of Quebec. My personal goal is to get training on the Philips modalities in Healthcare and learn French. For this I am trying to participate in site visits and demos which the specialits arrange for customers. In addition I am taking an evening course in French. For more information about Philips Healthcare in Canada, please visit:

I started the trainee program in „Marketing and Sales“ with Philips in May 2011 with Philips Lighting in Zurich, Switzerland. For 11 months I supported the Marketing Communications Manager of Professional Lighting in Zurich by preparing trade fairs, brochures and catalogues, and other sales supportive documents and activities.

For more information, please visit:

Starting with October 1st I will be working with the Consumer Lifestyle division of Philips in Vienna for the remaining ten months of the trainee program. Philips not only offers the trainee program for Marketing & Sales but also for Finance & Controlling, Purchasing & Supply Chain Management, and Human Resources Management. For more information concerning the trainee program of Philips, please visit: – traineeships

Author: Sabine Hametner


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Posted by: Michael Bartz, Prof. International Business and Export Management, IMC FH Krems

Ambassador of Argentina to Austria spoke to IMC Krems students

H.E. Eugenio Maria Curia, Ambassador of Argentina to Austria gave a speech to IMC Krems export students

H.E. Prof. Dr. Curia speeking with IMC export students in a very personal way.

As the second in-house lecture for this semester, on the 22nd March 2012, the IMC Krems welcomed H.E. Prof. Curia, Ambassador of Argentina to Austria for a guest speech.

After a warm welcome, Ambassador opened his absorbing speech in the historic Baroque hall, by briefly elaborating on the Argentine’s history, then on the economic, political, educational and cultural currents of this Latin American country. The eloquent and outspoken guest speaker, he himself a former university professor then continued with the Argentine’s role and positions in the main global and regional organizations, referring also to the polar issues and the territorial dispute with Britain over the Malvinas/Foklands archipelago.

The official part of this event was closed with a very lively Q&A session, family photo and the little cocktail – an opportunity for students to address further questions to H.E. Ambassador Curia in equally informative but rather informal setting.

The guest lecture of H.E. Prof. Dr. Curia was the 96th event, and the 6th in the so-called Latina American series, organized under the auspices of the Chairman Prof. Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic.

Author: Denise S.
Photo: H. Maglock, Lisa P. Gawdy C.


Great Place to Work coaches Consulting Master Class

Michael Häuslschmid of Great Place to Work Austria provided coaching to the Consulting III Master Class on March 21. Main topics:

  • Survey methodologies – pitfalls and best practices
  • Change Management

For 3 hours Michael Häuslschmid was working with the Master students and was helping to drive forward the New World of Work Consulting project with Erste Bank.

Author: Michael Bartz, Prof. Export Management IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Erste Bank Austria goes New World of Work

By 2016 Erste Bank will consolidate its current headquarters offices into one central campus. The Erste Bank Campus will be located close to the new central railway station in Vienna and in front of Belvedere castle. Not enough: Erste Bank will use this unique opportunity strategically to embrace the New World of Work and to become a Next Generation Bank. The key question is: How to get there? How to accomplish the New World of Work transformation?

Here comes the cooperation between Michael Weiss, Director Sparkassenakademie and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems into play. Within this summer term the Consulting III Master classes (full time and part time students) were turned into a New World of Work Think Tank. In very concrete terms: Within a case study framework the classes were assigned to an Erste Bank consulting mission. Objective is: Propose a New World of Work transformation approach to Erste Bank. This means: Develop a transformation project design for the time frame and a New World of Work toolbox to be applied at Erste Bank. The best proposal will have the chance to get into real use at Erste Bank and to influence Erste Bank’s project design.

Throughout the project the students will be coached by leading consulting companies (in the order of coaching sessions):

  • HMP Consulting, represented by Thomas Schmutzer and Hellmuth Leinfellner
  • Change Management Guru Manfred della Schiava of mds wissensberatung
  • Great Place to Work Austria, represented by Michael Häuslschmid
  • Capgemini, represented by Wolfgang Barvir, is requested and willing to support as well

Since IMC University of Applied Sciences is running a New World of Work research area, know how how from ongoing industry research projects is transfered into this endeavour. For example Andreas Schachenhuber (IMC Master student) shares the New World of Works approach and toolbox developed for Würth Austria.

The New World of Work Think Tank will deliver its proposals and recommendations to Erste Bank by end of April. For further information on the New World of Work research area please contact:

Further information:

Author: Michael Bartz, Prof. Export Management IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Win a guest ticket for Business Future Forum 2012 Frankfurt

On 26. March 2012 Business Future Forum “Mobile Work” takes place in Frankfurt.

The Export Institute of IMC UAS Krems will present results from its New World of Work research center. Leading multinationals like Siemens will share their New World of Work field experiences.

Overall an exciting event. Only limitation: It is a conference held in German language. In case German language is not an obstacle to you win three conference guest tickets here:

Link zu Gastkarten gewinnen für Business Future Forum 2012 Frankfurt

Michael Bartz

IMC Keynote opening the UC Conference 2012

On 1 March 2012 the UC Conference in Vienna took place (Agenda)

An IMC keynote was starting up the conference day. Topics:

  • New World of Work – Future workplace
  • Insights from IMC’s New World of Work research
  • Key trends and challenges to corporate organisations on the way

The key note presentation in German language is available here for download (look for file name 01_Bartz_IMC on top of the download list):

Download key note here

Next to come is the Future of Work conference on 14 June 2012 in Vienna. More information to be announced soon.

Michael Bartz

Export Management Study Programmes


In an age of rapidly changing, competitive global markets, prospective managers face a series of major challenges. The Bachelor programme in Export-oriented Management at IMC UAS Krems specifically addresses these demands. We aim to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the export business and international project management with a blend of valuable practical insights and key theoretical elements.

The Master degree in Export-oriented Management puts students in a position to assume senior management and leadership functions in private and public sector organisations with a strong focus on export-related and international activities. The programme also aims to help you develop the strategic insight and leadership qualities which managers and entrepreneurs need to hold their own in an increasingly competitive environment.

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Author: Michael Bartz