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The seminar Entrepreneurship and Management I teaches practical orientated fundamental knowledge referring to the founding process of a company as well as to startup management. In doing so central elements of the bachelor’s program are refreshed, which are important for the further course of study. The class trains the students’ abilities regarding entrepreneurial activities or rather the development of new business fundamentals. Also, experiments are undertaken, which are based on current practical methods. The results are presented and discussed in milestone meetings. The learned abilities aim at the individual entrepreneurial activity and simultaneously at startup consultancy as well as at startup coaching.

The students are familiar with selected papers in renowned academic journals. They understand common approaches and methods. They are able to apply these approaches in their own research. Students know the historical background and evolution of current theories. Students are also aware of alternative concepts and views so that they can take their own critical view on the papers discussed.

Entrepreneurship & Management II” directly builds on the class “Entrepreneurship & Management I”. While the latter course focuses the micro-level of founders, coaches and mentors, “Entrepreneurship & Management II” switches to the macro-perspective of startup ecosystems. By participating in the course, the students will get in touch with the unique perspectives of actors in the ecosystem as well as the dynamic interplay of them on a regional basis. In this setting, the required resources to accelerate and to support venturing become evident – stand-alone as well as interrelated as a regional capital structure. Methodologically, the course encompasses workshops on core issues: the event scenery, the financial sub-system, the startup infrastructure as well as the management of the entire ecosystem. The course merges teaching and research elements and thus involves students in project-based teamwork with feedback from both teachers, other students and industry experts, the latter participating via guest lectures. Participating in the course requires sound knowledge on the course “Entrepreneurship & Management I”.

The lecture is about the basics of family-owned businesses related to the current theoretical foundations. The students get specific knowledge of the processes and dynamics in family owned businesses induced by the interaction of family-sphere and businesssphere. The goal is on the one hand to understand these dynamis and on the other hand to manage it. The lecture puts its focus on succession, conflict management as well as integrated business- and family strategy. In this context the lecture class refers to several important aspects of the Bachelor study program for the purpose of refreshing and deepening the respective knowledge which is relevant to the further Master study program. Integrated exercises and case studies foster the application of the previously learned knowledge. The assessment of the learning outcome takes place by presentations and academic papers.

First, participants will develop research propositions based on the exposé they developed in the previous seminar. In order to develop proper propositions, they are required to have advanced understandings of relevant theories and concepts. Second, participants will learn research methodology and data analysis methods. Student groups will then conduct test interviews and observations in the field to identify potential strengths and weaknesses of selected methodology. Third, student groups will conduct further empirical studies, while learning how to analyze qualitative data with proper coding techniques and understandings of QDA Software. Finally, students will learn how to present qualitative data and to write a full-length academic article.


After participating in this project, students will be able to conduct a research independently and write an academic work of high quality. During the project, students will acquire advanced academic competencies, which are built on the skills that students have acquired in the first and second semester to conduct a proper literature analysis, to identify an interesting research gap, to understand theories and concepts, to analyze the current situation of the phenomenon, and to develop causal assumptions. Participants will be able to make a high-standard academic presentation in English



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