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Karolin Frankenberger likes to rethink and remould existing things − as a researcher, as a manager and as a mother of two children. The innovation of business models is her professional passion: in her research, this professor of strategic management looks into the question as to how companies can transform their existing business models in order to remain sustainably competitive. In science and teaching at the University of St.Gallen, the practical experience that Frankenberger gained in just under seven years as a consultant for McKinsey & Company worldwide, puts her in a good position. During that time, she developed new business models for firms, in the telecommunications and in the automotive industry, for example.
"I'm looking forward to continuing the development of the programme with our committed team."
Since April 2018, Karolin Frankenberger has been wholly devoted to executive education: as the Academic Director of the Executive MBAs at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St.Gallen (ES-HSG), she intends to position the postgraduate course as a flagship at an international level. More than 2,200 professionals from a wide variety of industries have completed the part-time general management programme at the HSG in order to prepare for complex leadership tasks. The postgraduate course was launched 30 years ago and can be completed in two variants. Besides the German-language programme, which mainly takes place in St.Gallen, the HSG also offers the additional variant of an International Executive MBA with an international orientation. "I'm looking forward to continuing the development of the programme with our committed team," says the innovation expert.
Karolin Frankenberger aims for stronger cooperation with firms in order to deepen the local roots of the executive education programme even further. At the same time, she intends to hone its international profile: thus participants in the Executive MBAs will derive even more profit from spells in China, the USA, Africa or India. Karolin Frankenberger is already cultivating good contacts with foreign schools such as the renowned Tsinghua University in China. Additional career services are intended to accompany participants on their next career step. Above and beyond this, the new Director of the Executive MBA wants to launch further networking platforms and provide the executives with new HSG knowledge throughout their lives. Artificial intelligence, digital transformation, leadership in a digital working world and sustainable economic activities − all these topics are important for participants in the Executive MBAs. Karolin Frankenberger herself would like to focus on the topic of machine learning in her next executive education course and learn programming – most preferably in conjunction with a lengthy stay in China.