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Short Introduction to Katharina Dorsheimer

Already during the final semester of my Bachelor studies, I started to realise my passion for governance topics and luckily, I was able to start my career in the Governance department of Deutsche Bank shortly thereafter. Over the years, I have worked on various governance topics and was able to manifest my knowledge in this field. My responsibilities include advising on governance topics, such as group structures and decision-making processes, as well as managing a team of business analysts which ensures the development and stability of our IT platforms and delivers high quality products to our clients.


Which learnings have been particularly relevant for your field of work?

During the course of my studies I took over the responsibility for a new team and the MBA modules on leadership and ethics particularly helped me to start this new challenge on the right track. In general, I think that the programme at Frankfurt School successfully combines relevant knowledge modules with modules aimed at soft skills. The latter are often underrated but provide crucial knowledge which is as valuable as knowledge on global markets, financials and strategy. It is hard to identify one particularly relevant insight because I always tried to directly apply the learning of each module to business life. All of these insights helped me to broaden my perspective and challenged me to take into account newly learned aspects when making decisions or developming new strategies.

What was your favourite module and why?

My favourite module was the one abroad in Shanghai. This was a great chance to experience a different culture paired with excellent studies at CEIBS Business School. The study trip particularly provided us with unique insights into China, its market and international relations. Additionally, this trip allowed us to grow closer as a group which made the discussions during classes even more valuable. Generally, the modules are structured in a way that you gain basic knowledge in a field but what makes it come to life are the interactive classes and the practical teamwork. This means, the stronger the bond of the class is, the more everyone will take away from the modules.

What topic did you choose for your thesis and how could you include learnings from the programme?

I chose the topics organisational culture and change management for my thesis. We had courses on both topics which were very insightful. Especially the module of Prof. Patrick Flood, who also supervised my thesis, was very useful. The modules opened up my perspective on both topics and allowed me to thoroughly apply this in my thesis. Generally, I think that learning, discussing and working on so many different topics throughout the programme pushes you to really think “out of the box”. This newly gained mindset and knowledge helps you to succeed in the thesis, no matter which type of project you chose – consultancy project, research paper or business plan. 

Your advice to future part-time MBA applicants?

Doing an MBA programme next to a fulltime job is challenging. Do not underestimate the time you will need to prepare for classes and to deliver on the different assignments during or after the classes. Therefore, it is crucial that your environment, your partner, family and employer are supportive of your studies. Additionally, for me it was very important to choose a programme which is taught in person. Even though we have seen that everything can be done online, I think it cannot replace personal interaction. Especially when it comes to finding motivation for an MBA programme while working fulltime, the exchange with classmates - especially during more challenging times - can really make a difference.