Courses with business focus available for international students

The professors responsible for business (and e-commerce) are:

Prof. Thorsten GierschDr. Gunnar Harms, Prof. Dr. Alexander Fischer, Prof. Dr. Franziska Bönte,  Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber,

(and Dr. Florian Schatz, Dr. Jan-Paul Lüdtke)

 

 

Seminar Master E-Commerce

term offered: summer semester
level: master course
work load: 5 ECTS credits

The seminar should prepare for the master thesis. The students are able: * to do research to challenging topics with a theoretical background. * to create a scientific report. * to present their work in a presentation and lead a discussion for their topic. The topics to be worked on are changing and consist of current topics from research and practice.


Further information is given by Dr. Florian Schatz and Dr. Jan-Paul Lüdtke

 

 

Seminar Business Management and Economics

term offered: every semester
level: bachelor or master
work load: 5 ECTS credits

Seminar topics vary and come from all areas of business, sometimes even from far related areas. Students are required to do their own research on a specific topic assigned to them prior to the semester, to write a seminar paper and to present their findings in class.

International students can write and present the paper in English or German.

Seminars with a business focus are offered by all professors listed below. While a lot of current seminar topics are defined in advance and distributed among the students according to a certain procedure, many of the professors also let you participate in the definition of an individual topic corresponding to your background coming from an international university.

Possible areas of interest are:

Prof. Thorsten Giersch, Service Management & Economics

Dr. Gunnar Harms, Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Alexander Fischer, Marketing

Prof. Dr. Franziska Bönte, Finance

Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber Accounting & Auditing

Important: If you are interested in taking part in a seminar you should contact a professor and ask for a topic before coming to our university!

 

 

Business Project or Case Study

term offered: every semester
level: bachelor and master
work load: (up to) 10 ECTS credits


Students work alone or in teams (max. four participants per group) on specific tasks assigned to them. Applying methods and instruments of management they develop solutions for the particular problem or research question given. Topics for the case study can relate to any business area of interest. At the end of the case study students present their findings and solutions by handing out a written report.

Case studies are issued and supervised by all professors listed below:

Prof. Thorsten Giersch, Service Management & Economics

Dr. Gunnar Harms, Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Alexander Fischer, Marketing

Prof. Dr. Franziska Bönte, Finance

Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber Accounting & Auditing

 

 

Business Simulation Game

term offered: winter semester
level: bachelor
work load: 5 ECTS credits

Students form groups of up to four students representing a company that competes against the other companies in the market.
Every day decisions have to be made and implemented which involves all areas of management as well as accounting.
Since this is not a merely a game students are assessed on their company's performance at various stages.
Students have to present their company strategy at the beginning of the semester, re-evaluate the strategy at mid-term and finally evaluate the company performance at the end of the semester.
The overall grading is based on the presentation as well as the final company performance.

Further information is given by Prof. Thorsten Giersch.

 

 

Business & Commercial English

term offered: winter semester

work load: 5 ECTS credits

level: bachelor

The business part covers a wide variety of business related topics e.g. e-commerce, marketing, project planning, buiness trends - in the context of the English language as used in the international business world.The students are expected to actively use their language skills in regular presentations, discussions,´meetings`, and brainstorming sessions.

The commercial part aims at giving the students practice in concrete business situations with a strong emphasis on written skills.Topics include: Business e-mails/letters, business documents, telephoning, negotiating, report writing and job applications.

This course is taught in seminar format and requires a successful completion of a written examination.

CEF level B2-C1.

 

Service Markets and Strategies

term offered: summer semester
level: bachlor
work load: 3 ECTS credits

Service Markets and Strategies covers

  • On Markets and Goods
  • Structure-Conduct-Performance Paradigma
  • How to give an Industry Report
  • Service Concepts and Strategies
  • Service Industry Reports

As part of the lecture your task is to conduct and present your own report about a chosen service industry (group work).

 

 

Industrial Organization

term offered: summer semester
level: master
work load: 3 ECTS credits

Industrial Organization is the second part of the module Applied Microeconomics. While part I is about the basics of Decision Theory, part II is about Industrial Organization.

Industrial Organization is an area within applied microeconomics, Students learn about instruments and concepts to analyse markets and industries. Market structure, market conduct and market performance are focal points of the analysis while advanced empirical models of imperfect markets form the starting point of the analysis. The use of game theoretical approaches to model the interaction of companies industrial organisation plays an increasing role in strategic management. The course ensures that students become familiar with these approaches and can assess their application in practice. Also important is the explicit inclusion of an institutional framework of market competition.

Industrial Economics – Overview of Topics

1. Foundations

2.  Monopoly

3.  Game Theory and Oligopoly Markets

4. Anticompetitive Strategies

Further information is given by Prof. Dr. Giersch.

 

 

International Economics

term offered: winter semester
level: master course (open for bachelor)
work load: 5 ECTS credits

The course International Economics covers central parts of the traditional trade theory and policy and also some aspects of international monetary theory and policy. Besides this, a chapter on the multinational enterprise is incorporated, which allows us to treat also some more management-oriented aspects of trade.

Further information is given by Prof. Dr. Giersch.

 

 

Leadership & (International) Service Strategies

term offered: winter semester
level: master
work load: 5 ECTS credits

 

The course deals mainly with economic aspects of the internationalization of services. The range of topics covered is broad. It reaches from macroeconomic and policy questions to aspects of managing services, both from a strategic and operative perspective.

Further information is given by Prof. Dr. Giersch.