LEADING ACROSS CULTURES: CAS INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Regardless of mission and size, organizations increasingly become international players in their respective sectors, conducting business and competing on a cross-country scale. This raises the stakes for leaders to identify solutions to pressing international and intercultural challenges, thereby finding their way in the global village.
Through the CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) International Leadership, the Lucerne School of Business supports leaders in identifying and implementing the right solutions. Participants focus on four core challenges of international leaders: How do I internationalize the DNA of my organization? What are the key success factors that need to be considered when conducting business internationally? How do I continuously develop my own intercultural competence? And how do I lead a diverse team of employees and external stakeholders, both directly and virtually?
To tackle these leadership challenges, respected experts from both academe and business deliver customized content. Participants gain immediate international experience in Asia, North America and Europe, through selected International Weeks (at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, at the University of the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada and at the Universidad de Deusto in San Sebastian, Spain). During the International Weeks, the international leadership challenges become concrete as a direct result of partner universities being committed to offering advanced training opportunities on the ground that encompass both lecturers and site visits to key organizations and stakeholders.
What sounds like an action-packed Hollywood movie, is in fact an exciting student exchange between the School of Governance, Risk and Compliance of the Steinbeis University in Berlin, Germany and our university. Our Institute of Financial Services is the largest provider of continuing financial education among the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and a leading institution in the area of white-collar and economic crime investigation. The MAS (Master of Advanced Studies) in Economic Crime Investigation aims at training experts in the battle against economic crime.
As a result of many years of cooperation between the two universities, impressive and instructive weeks of study were made possible in Berlin and Zug/Lucerne. Participants were students of the MBA on Economic Crime & Compliance at Steinbeis University in Berlin and students of our MAS Economic Crime Investigation.
Students from Steinbeis University travelled to Zug to receive further training from well-known experts in the field of criminalistics. Informative presentations on typical economic crime topics, such as money laundering, abusive art trade, corruption, donation fraud and the Swiss tax system were on the agenda. The students also had the opportunity to apply their knowledge by means of case studies and tasks such as planning a house search. Of course, tourist activities were also part of the week. A city tour through Zug, visiting Zurich and enjoying a drink while playing blackjack and roulette in the Casino Lucerne completed the daily programmes.
A week later, students from the Lucerne School of Business travelled the other way in order to listen to presentations into German law covering economic crime and criminal tax law and learning how to take action against internationally embezzled assets. The students had to prove their abilities by means of a specially prepared real case of economic crime. After the exhausting but informative day programmes, an extensive city tour, a visit to the museum of Checkpoint Charlie and Berlin's nightlife ensured the perfect work-life balance.