Issues in Management Visiting Professorship

Visiting professorship series in the International Management and Leadership master’s program


Every term Lauder Business School hosts an international visiting professor to teach a short-term course in the IML master’s program (2nd or 3rd semester). LBS invites outstanding academics or corporate practitioners, whose scholarship and professional experience will provide our graduating students with challenging new insights into their fields of inquiry.


Mr. Manual Albaladejo, MPhil (UNIDO)

Albaladejo_PicMs. Manuel Albaladejo, MPhil

UNIDO, Vienna

Spring term 2016

As part of its Issues in Management visiting professorship series, LBS has the privilege to host Manuel Albaladejo, MPhil who is an Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO) and heads the UNIDO program on Strategic Industrial Intelligence and Governance. In an effort to expose master’s students to the cutting-edge scholarship and practice, LBS regularly appoints visiting professors in its International Management and Leadership program.

Mr. Albaladejo will teach a course entitled Competitiveness and the Role of Manufacturing: Theory and Practice in the IML 2015 cohort. He will shed light on the fashionable concept of competiveness from industry, entrepreneurial and global policy-making angles, thereby contributing to LBS’s continuous engagement with the Microeconomics of Competitiveness. The course is designed to equip graduate students with analytical tools and practical methods to understand the competitiveness concept, assess it on the country level, and operationalize competitiveness indicators in a real job situation.

According to Manuel Albaladejo, “manufacturing plays a key role in the economic transformation of countries by encouraging the transition from simple, low value-added activities to productive activities that generate more profit and are more closely associated with technological development and innovation.” This focus on manufacturing strongly resonates with Mr. Albaladejo’s research and advisory track, which among many others includes affiliations with the University of Oxford, the World Bank, the Inter-American and African Development Banks, and several UN agencies.

Manuel Albaladejo is a leading private sector development economist with more than 20 years of professional experience in the fields of trade and industry policy, institutional capacity building, and the investment and business climate in developing countries. While at Oxford, he published in the areas of innovation capabilities of SMEs, industrial and trade competitiveness and fragmentation. Furthermore, Mr. Albaladejo is an active contributor to the Harvard MOC Network, of which LBS is also part.

LBS is highly pleased to welcome Mr. Albaladejo to its visiting faculty, and looks forward to stimulating exchanges with the IML 2015 students.

Mag. Georg Gruber, MBA (Raiffeisen Campus)



Mag. Georg Gruber, MBA

Raiffeisen Campus, Vienna

Spring term 2016

Towards the completion of their master’s degree in International Management and Leadership, the IML 2014 students had the opportunity to discuss a variety of managerial concepts and thoughts touching on the personal, social, and organizational level with highly experienced industry practitioner Mag. Georg Gruber, MBA. Mr. Gruber taught a course at LBS as part of the Issues in Management visiting professorship series.Gruber_Pic_1

Mag. Gruber shared rich insights from his long-standing career, which included senior management positions both in large corporations and in the non-profit sector. After gaining a master’s degree in business informatics at the Kepler University of Linz and an MBA at the University of Oregon (as a Fulbright scholar), Georg Gruber pursued an international management career at Procter & Gamble. He was posted for several years to London, Paris and Brussels, and was responsible for the company’s CEE HR operations. Subsequently, Mag. Gruber moved into banking, where he headed Bank Austria’s HR department. His current position is Managing Director of Raiffeisen Campus, the training institute of the cooperative Raiffeisen Banking Group.

Moreover, Mag. Gruber acted as executive manager and board member of Fairtrade Austria. With a global turnover of over 3 billion Euros, the Fairtrade model can be regarded as a laboratory for shaping global trade in a sustainable as well as a socially and ecologically fair manner. Fairtrade Austria closely cooperates with Austrian business partners, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the media to promote its poverty fighting cause. What is more, it collaborates with disadvantaged small holders and agricultural producer organizations in over 50 countries of the Global South.

Based on their previously gained theoretical knowledge, this class exposed LBS students to models and practical methods of successfully managing both a training company for regional banks and a globally acting non-governmental organization. Mag. Gruber placed particular emphasis on exploring the personal values associated with managerial work, understanding organizational behavior/culture, and reciprocity in initiating and influencing relationships in a business environment.

The Issues in Management visiting professorship invites outstanding business practitioners and internationally renowned academics to challenge and inspire students with novel ways of thinking and acting.

Professor Dr. Adriana Zait (Alexandru Ioan Cuza Universiy of Iasi, Romania)

Professor Dr. Adriana Zait

Alexandru Ioan Cuza Universiy of Iasi, Romania

Spring term 2015

Numerous LBS students and graduates consider embarking on careers as entrepreneurs. Hence, they have a keen interest in classes on entrepreneurship. LBS is proud to announce that the upcoming course in the Issues in Management lecture series will address some of the most cutting-edge topics in this field.

Professor Adriana Zait, an internationally renowned economist and chair at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Romanian Cuza University, will deliver a course entitled Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial orientation – antecedents and potential outcomes. LBS master students will thus explore significant issues such as pro-activeness, innovation capacity, risk taking, and new business development. The case-based investigation will encompass the individual, family, company, and country levels of entrepreneurial orientation. The course is tailored to the participants’ actual career and research interests.

This visiting professorship proves beneficial for LBS in several ways. The IML students have the opportunity to study under the auspices of a widely published professor, whose further areas of expertise include marketing, corporate social responsibility, and econometrics. Among others, Adriana Zait held visiting positions at prestigious UPMF Grenoble and University of Konstanz. She graduated as valedictorian from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was awarded the Romanian Academy Prize.

In addition to her teaching commitment at LBS, Professor Zait currently supervises two promising master theses in the IML program on Cross-cultural Differences in Entrepreneurial Propensity and on Consumer’s Attitudes towards Corporate Social Responsibility.

Professor Zait’s sojourn in Vienna is but another milestone in the intensifying cooperation between our business school and Romania’s leading research university. Alexandru Ioan Cuza University is a member of the Coimbra group of leading European multidisciplinary universities and of several other renowned international networks.

Professor Philippe Rosinski (Rosinksi & Company, Brussels)

Professor Philippe Rosinski

Rosinksi & Company, Brussels

Fall term 2014-15

Lauder Business School University had the privilege of hosting Professor Philippe Rosinski’s course on Coaching Across Cultures (based on his book of the same name).

Professor Rosinski is a world authority in executive coaching, team coaching and global leadership development. He is the first European to have been designated Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Philippe Rosinski is a professor in the MBA program for global managers at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic.

A Stanford graduate in engineering, Professor Rosinski has pioneered a global approach to coaching that leverages multiple perspectives for greater creativity, impact and meaning. The Harvard Business School chose his ground-breaking book Coaching Across Cultures as its featured book recommendation in the category of business leadership. His innovative approach of bringing the crucial intercultural dimension into the practice of coaching has won him worldwide acclaim. His latest book Global Coaching has been described as “having moved the art and science of coaching to a new level”.

IML graduates Donna Chagal and Betty Chalegoua served as teaching assistants in Professor Rosinski’s seminar.


Professor Rosinski’s teaching stint at LBS was funded by Erasmus+ STA funding for European corporate partners.

Professor Joel Stern (Columbia University and Stern, Stewart & Co., New York)

Professor Joel Stern

Columbia University and Stern, Stewart & Co., New York

Spring term 2014

Lauder Business School had the privilege of welcoming Professor Joel Stern to teach his course The Theory and Policy of Modern Finance (in cooperation with Webster University Vienna).

Professor Stern’s principal contribution to the field of financial economics has been in performance measurement and corporate governance, for example formalizing the Free Cash Flow (FCF) methodology and the development of Economic Value Added (EVA®). The course focused on problem solving and applications for the theories of modern finance, with an emphasis being placed on showing the methods and effectiveness of how these theories can be applied in practice. The skill of doing so is a key component for the future success of students in the real world of business and government institutions. The applied-science learning concept at LBS, which is also essential to the new Banking and Finance curriculum, reflects these issues at the heart of Professor Stern’s teaching, ensuring a fruitful and lasting partnership with the Lauder Business School.

Currently, four LBS students are under consideration to join Stern Value Management in New York. According to Professor Stern, these positive results in a short period of time illustrate the quality of both the Lauder Business School and the students who are attracted by the curriculum.