Department für Management

International Supply Management


Trends and challenges such as the focus on key competences or the global shortage of raw materials call for professional management of the ever-growing supply chain. We provide training for the purchasing managers of the future who need to have a comprehensive understanding of effective information and materials flows in customer-supplier relations.

Das erwartet Sie im Studium:

Business and Procurement Strategies

Based on principles of decision theory you consider the terms, approaches and tools as well as the actual process of strategic management. You will subsequently examine how to develop procurement strategy in alignment with business strategy and become familiar with the relevant tools and methods.

Leadership, Controlling and Purchasing

This module focuses on the basics of management accounting and the effects of purchasing decisions on the success and the liquidity of the company as well as on key tools used in procurement controlling. Case studies and practical examples are used to examine the concrete design and implementation of such tools in day-to-day operations.

Information Systems for Procurement

In this module you develop and acquire extensive skills in the use of business management standard software programmes, particularly with regard to functionality, applications and potential benefits for purchasing. This ranges from ERP systems through to specialised systems used in Supplier Relationship Management (known as SRM systems), e-procurement solutions and others.

The Toolbox

Here you learn about the goals and tasks involved in professional procurement management in practice. You will be provided with in-depth knowledge of the most important tools and methods to overcome the frequently criticised lack of methodology in day-to-day practice.

Supplier Management

In this module you focus on the process and the methods involved in supplier management with an emphasis on the development of the classical parts supplier into a value-adding partner. You’ll also examine the involvement of suppliers in the design and development phase and learn about the contribution made by supplier management to corporate results.

Human Resources Management, Communication and Leadership

In this module you examine the multi-faceted aspects involved in the management of a purchasing department. These range from observations related to work motivation and management through to practice-oriented topics such as team-building measures. You’ll also consider other classic areas of Human Resources Management such as staff selection, appraisal and support.

Current Trends in Procurement

In this module you discuss current trends relevant to purchasing and supply chain management. Guest speakers from science and industry give keynote lectures on the relevant topics, providing the basis for interesting discussions.

Programme 4

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… that this master degree programme was developed in cooperation with management executives from the purchasing and SCM sector and is unique in Austria?

The programme meets the current needs of individuals working in the industry and greatly enhances their career prospects.

Programme 11

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… that this is a fully-recognised programme and successful candidates are awarded the academic title Master of Science (MSc)?

Programme 12

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… that you will acquire management know-how for executives?

You build on your existing knowledge and acquire important management skills in the areas of strategic management, business management and human resources management.

Programme 13

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… that you will gain an understanding of special trends in purchasing such as advanced purchasing, purchasing in project management or change management in purchasing?

Programme 14

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… that we teach hands-on knowledge?

Our lecturers have many years of work and management experience. Our participants profit from this know-how: you can immediately use what you have learned on the programme in your day-to-day work. You also have the opportunity to write your master degree thesis on a topic that is highly relevant to your company.

Programme 16

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… that graduates of our programme have excellent career prospects?

Whether as strategic and operative purchasing managers, IT experts in ERP/SRM, as lead buyers in industrial purchasing or as experts in supplier management.

Programme 17

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… that the degree programme is organised on a part-time basis?

Lectures are held in blocks at weekends (Friday afternoons and Saturdays), making it easier to combine work and study.

Programme 18

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… that individual support and a high level of service are very important to us?

Lectures and practical exercises are held in small teams, which means we can focus on the individual needs of programme participants.

Mode of Study

Lectures are held on 15 weekends per semester (Fridays from 14:00 until 22:00 and Saturdays from 8:30 until 16:30) on the FH JOANNEUM campus in Kapfenberg. In order to promote sharing of knowledge and experience, lectures generally require on-campus attendance. They are, however, supplemented with virtual learning units for group work.

Dates & Deadlines


Application Requirements

A university degree or relevant work experience:

  • Degree in Business Management, Industrial Management or Law with some initial work experience, preferably in purchasing, procurement and/or logistics.
  • Degree in a relevant subject such as Business Management, Industrial Management, Law or related subjects.
  • Degree in a general, non-related subject with at least one year of relevant work experience in purchasing, procurement and/or logistics. 
  • Candidates without a degree must have at least five years’ relevant work experience or at least three years’ managerial experience in purchasing, SCM or logistics and a recognised university entrance qualification that entitles them to study at an Austrian university or university of applied sciences.

A commission decides on the suitability of a candidate on a case by case basis.

Information & Contact

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Postgraduate programme International Supply Management
Werk-VI-Straße 46, 8605 Kapfenberg, AUSTRIA
T: +43 3862 33600 – 8303

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