Philipp Schramm (32), graduated from Frankfurt School in 2014 with a Bachelor in Management, Philosophy & Economics.
Currently: COO at DDG AG, a (corporate) venture builder based in Frankfurt am Main that works with German SMEs to develop AI-based and data-driven business models.
After graduation, joined family-owned companies, working in operations, transformation and organisational development at Schramm Werkstätten GmbH, then in PMI and business management at interlübke GmbH.
How well did your academic studies prepare you for the challenges of working life, up to and including your current job? What did you find especially useful?
I was able to start my professional career immediately thanks to the amazing support I received while working on my Operations Management concentration with Professor Strohhecker. What I learned about the fundamentals of complex production systems, costing models, BPM and process simulations has proved to be exceptionally valuable.
And I’ve no doubt that the student consulting project I took part in during my sixth semester, in cooperation with Böhringer Ingelheim, also had a big influence.
This operations know-how – plus the broad range of knowledge I gained by studying what is still, by German standards, a very exotic combination of economics and philosophy – has all turned out to be invaluable in tackling my everyday challenges with start-ups, VCs and SMEs.
Looking back, how important was your time as a student at Frankfurt School in the greater scheme of things?
My time at FS was one of the most formative periods of my life. I learned so much while I was there, both professionally and personally. I also made many friends I’m still in touch with today.
What’s your favourite memory of your time at Frankfurt School?
The semester I spent abroad in San Diego is right up at the top of the list, as are many great parties on the old Sonnemannstrasse campus in Frankfurt. Then there’s the trip to NY with FS MUN, which included a visit to the UN headquarters, not to mention the WHU Euromasters event – actually, I’ve got quite a few favourite memories!
How important are alumni for a business school? What do you think alumni can do for their alma mater?
An active and diverse alumni network offers graduates a valuable platform for making contacts, sharing ideas and making the most of professional opportunities.
What’s your favourite motto?
“Seek first to understand if you want to be understood!”