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Theory of the firm

Learning outcomes

The students learn about the "classics" of organizational theory and their significance for modern business administration. They understand the importance of the historical lines of development and derive implications for today's management problems. The students experience the possibilities and limits of structuring tasks and processes in companies. This helps them to make decisions about the structure of companies and divisions.  The students understand the interplay between organizations and the environment as well as between organizations and individuals, and they know possible conflicts and solutions. This helps them to successfully operate teamwork or cooperations. The students learn and evaluate possibilities for dealing with emergent processes in organizations and experience the importance of organizational change and learning. This helps them to understand political processes in companies, to build a successful corporate culture, and to make a company competitive in times of change.

Contents

  • Conceptual basics for the theory of the firm
  • Lines of development of organizational theory
  • Structuring of tasks
  • Integration of the individual and the organization
  • The organization and the environment
  • Dealing with emergent processes in organizations
  • Organizational change and learning

Literature

Schreyögg, G. & Geiger, D. (2016): „Organisation – Grundlagen moderner Organisationsgestaltung. Mit Fallstudien (6. Auflage). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Strategic Management

Learning outcomes

This course prepares students for the following learning objectives and competencies:

  • Basic knowledge: Students are familiar with the most important theoretical and practical approaches to strategic management and are able to use them, particularly against the background of digital transformation. 
  • Methodological knowledge: Students are familiar with established methods of strategic management and can apply them to real-life case studies.
  • Transfer knowledge: Students will be able to assess the possibilities and limitations of established theories. They can formulate managerial recommendations based on the theories.

 

Contents

The course focuses on the fundamental theories of strategic management with a special emphasis on digital transformation.

 

Literature

David, F., & David, F. R. (2016). Strategic management: A competitive advantage approach, concepts and cases. Florence: Pearson–Prentice Hall.  (Additional literature will be announced during the course)

Human Resource Management & Organization

Learning outcomes

This lecture will focus on educating students in these areas:

  • Basic knowledge: We will provide an overview of the most established concepts in the theory and practice of organizing and human resource management.
  • Methodological knowledge: Students will be taught to critically challenge existing concepts and to apply them to situations stemming from the business world.
  • Transfer knowledge: Students will learn to use existing concepts to solve unstructured situations related to organizing and human resource management.

 

Contents

We focus on the fundamental concepts of human resource management as well as their application to real-life situations in contemporary business practice.

 

Literature

Oechsler, W. A. & Paul, C. (2019). Personal und Arbeit. 11. Auflage, De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Master Courses

Managing digital transformation

Learning outcomes

This course prepares students for the following learning objectives and competencies:

  • Basic knowledge: Students know the challenges of digital transformation for companies as well as basics of strategic management /change management that are particularly important in times of digital transformation.
  • Methodological knowledge: Students are familiar with established management methods and can apply them to the challenges of digital transformation.
  • Transfer knowledge: Students are able to assess the possibilities and limitations of established theories and methods for the digital age. They can formulate managerial recommendations based on the theories.

 

Contents of the course

The course addresses the challenges of digital transformation for organizations and examines them against the background of strategic management and change management.

 

Literature

This course literature will be announced on the first session.

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