Executive Education


This course covers the basic and future-oriented concepts of digitalisation in industrie, economy and society. The potenticals and limits as well as the induced challenges of digital trends especially for the industry will be discussed using scientific and practical analytical framework and methods including case studies.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Know the technological basics of digital systems
  • Understand current digitization trends in industry and beyond
  • Analyze the potential and challenges of digital trends in different sectors of the economy
  • Critically assess overall concepts such as Industry 4.0 and its sub-concepts
  • Understand the ethical dimensions behind smart industry

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Key Concepts

Digital technologies as a key driver of digital transformation (Internet of Things, sensor networks, advanced analytics, augmented reality etc.)

New value creation models in the company and in cross-company networks (architectural models, data sharing, smart connected products, service-orientation, workplace of the future, value levers in Industry 4.0 etc.)

Boundary conditions and limits of digitization (international perspective on German industry and competitiveness, risk management, data security and privacy, ethics etc.)

Course Format

This course is offered in the part-time Master of Digital Transformation Management MBA program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program.

Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Prof. Dr. Henner Gimpel

Prof. Dr. Henner Gimpel holds the Chair of Digital Management and is Vice Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hohenheim. He is a member of the Fraunhofer FIT, the Research Center FIM, and the University of Augsburg. He has a doctorate in information systems and conducts research at the interface between information systems, management, behavioral economics, and psychology. The focus of his work is on the analysis and design of digitalization. It deals with socio-technical information systems in which people, information and digital technologies interact with each other. Henner is a long-standing lecturer in the Digital Transformation MBA of GBS on the topic of Smart Industries.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




On Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt and partially online via Zoom.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee

€ 1,900 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 800.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Friday - October 13, 2023 14:00 - 15:30; 16:00 - 17:30; 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday - October 14, 2023 09:00 - 11:00; 11:30 - 13:30; 14:30 - 16:30
Friday - November 17, 2023 14:00 - 15:30; 16:00 - 17:30; 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday - November 18, 2023 09:00 - 11:00; 11:30 - 13:30; 14:30 - 16:30

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Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009

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