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What makes SGMI Masters Degrees and Diplomas unique? They are based on the Institute's renowned holistic, system-oriented management model: tailored to participants' needs, with the right breadth and depth of content, conveyed in intense, goal-oriented learning activities.

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SGMI Masters Degrees and Diplomas: Tailored to Individual Needs

The SGMI Masters Degree and Diploma courses are designed to meet participants' individual learning needs:

  • Grounded in holistic, system-oriented management thinking, cast from one mold but combinable in modules.
  • Programs can be completed while on the job, efficiently, coordinated with professional needs and demands, with credit granted for SGMI seminars already completed.
  • Study plans are tailored to individual needs, based on experience, knowledge and a personal development profile.
  • In addition to attending SGMI programs, participants optimize their learning with modern, interactive learning methods.
  • SGMI boasts hundreds of enthusiastic, satisfied graduates from the most renowned companies.
  • Exciting, practice-oriented programs are delivered by highly qualified professors, lecturers, consultants and trainers who have been with SGMI for years.
  • Participants may be admitted directly to modular programs or indirectly, through step-wise upgrades, based on demonstrated previous achievement.

The Basis: Integrated, Systems-Oriented Management

Management teachings and education are characterized by a confusing multiplicity of scientific theories and methods. Most of them stress one aspect of management, and few seem to be related. Managers confront a "jungle" of management ideas. The St. Gallen Management Model cuts through the confusion.

  • The St. Gallen Management model makes sense of management practice by capturing a wide range of management concerns in a clear framework. Its wide perspective protects against narrow, one-sided views. The model highlights apparent contradictions between various points of view and allows managers to reconcile the many polarities between management theory and management practice.
  • The systems perspective is a world view. Systems thinking deepens the desire for holistic management theory. A system is nothing more than a whole made up of parts. It spotlights the relationships among the parts and the relation between the system and its context. In the systems view of management, the tension between stability and innovation is especially important. Managers who wish to keep things the way they are typically seek stability, but they also need the dynamism that comes with innovation. According to Schumpeter, the dynamism that comes with radical innovation can come at a price: "creative destruction." Every economic development flows from the process of the creative destruction: the factors of production are again and again arranged by the destruction of old structures so that re-organization can take place. To realize the advantages of dynamism, managers need superior, well thought-out ways of dealing with uncertainty. Paradoxically, in times of ever-accelerating external change, the partially calculable dynamic of transformation is one of the only constants.

Management Success: A Combination of Theory and Practice

The tension between theory and practice is part to the management world. Managers must resolve this tension. Why? Because theory without practice is empty and impracticable, and practice without a theoretical basis is fragile and unreliable. For managers, basic theoretical knowledge is vital, but insufficient. It must be enriched with practical experience. In practice, the characteristics of each case are unique, and abstract theories are insufficient. The way a manager deals with the theory and practice makes the difference (among other qualities) between a good and bad manager. This ability can be developed: the manager must learn to judge situations, how existing knowledge can be brought to practice, and supplemented. Only then is it possible, on the basis of solid knowledge, to find distinctive innovations.

The SGMI Masters and Diploma programs convey more than theoretical knowledge. Theory is a springboard, enriched by practical experience. The sum of theory and experience helps participants sharpen their judgment and ability, and develop themselves further from a new, higher platform. In its Masters and Diploma Programs, SGMI combines theory and practice – for a lasting impact in a rapidly changing world.

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