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Lauder Business School | RHI AG
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RHI AG is a world market and technology leader in high-grade ceramic refractory materials. A global player with headquarters located in Vienna, RHI employs roughly  8,100 people worldwide at 33 production sites in Europe, North and South America, India and China, and is represented by over 70 sales and service sites in four continents. In the 2013 business year, RHI reported revenues of EUR  1,755 million. The RHI share is listed at the Vienna Stock Exchange in the leading ATX index.


RHI produces  roughly 2 million tonnes of refractory products annually: refractory bricks, mixes, mortars and functional products. Most of the raw materials come from the group’s seven mining and extraction sites. Refractory materials are used in the steel, cement and lime industries, in the production of glass and nonferrous metals, in environmental and energy technology as well as in the chemical and petrochemical industries. Refractories are indispensable to all industrial processes involving extremely high temperatures. RHI products ensure that e.g. steel converters and glass tanks resist extreme thermal, mechanical and chemical stress.


With tailor-made refractory system solutions, RHI enables its more than 10,000 customers to improve the value added in their production processes. RHI constantly deploys a large number of refractory specialists on site with customers in order to develop individual complete solutions, comprising the product, top engineering and special machinery for efficient application. RHI’s technology leadership is based on long-standing successful research and development activities, with more than one percent of revenues invested in R&D each year.

A leading partner of Lauder Business School

Lauder Business School is extremely proud to join forces with RHI in the areas of internships, traineeships and graduate career development. LBS students and alumni are actively recruited thanks to their internationally oriented business education. Furthermore, LBS seeks to contribute to RHI’s success by executing applied research projects in the field of international management. Commissioned bachelor works and master theses are a great opportunity for all stakeholders involved; in particular for graduating students who can apply their conceptual knowledge to the real-world business challenges of a major global industry player. To further develop this highly promising cooperation, RHI and LBS representatives regularly exchange ideas and expertise.


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Master theses

Oliver BERGER (IML 2012)

The common practice of Stakeholder Management in the industry-related market environment of RHI AG


Yevgeniya YELNYAKOVA (IML 2012)

The strategic location of HR ratios in a company and/or within the HR department with special reference to RHI AG


Bachelor works

Haydar Ozan CELIK (IBA 2011)

Industry benchmarks in HR departments: Where does RHI’s HR department stand?


Internship period: Summer 2013

I am a student of the IBAprogram of LBS. During the summer of 2013, in the months of July and August I worked as a intern for RHI AG.


RHI is a market leader in the field of mining, production and development of refractories. The firm operates in tens of countries, employs thousands of employees and has annual revenues of Billions of Euros. I worked in the headquarters of the company, which are located in Vienna. I worked for the sales department that is responsible for the markets of Russia, CIS, Middle East and North Africa.


My main tasks were to conduct internet research of several topics that were very important for the firm to investigate. The main aim of the research was to gather a holistic understanding of the local markets, and to analyze the data  in relation to the company’s requirements. The area I was responsible for was a small chapter of extensive research that was conducted by the company and spread over more then a year. I was required to use methods that I had studied during my studies at LBS, and to use professional terms and instruments. I dealt a lot with financial reports and profiles of firms, which is a topic that I learned a lot about during the first and the second semesters.


Undoubtedly, my studies at LBS prepared me well for my position. I am sure, one hundred percent, that this unique experience of participating in “real” business before graduating (in a form of internship), will be a key factor in my future success.