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040220 SE Seminar Organization and Personnel (MA) (2016W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 24 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 06.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 24.11. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 01.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 15.12. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 12.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 19.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 26.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar, we will have a look at innovative organizations and discuss whether recent trends in information technology might have led to these changes. The seminar is structured into three major blocks: The first will describe new developments in IT, in the second, some examples of new organizational structures will be presented. The last block provides a more detailed perspective: We will in turn consider different variables of organization design, analyze how new organizational forms solve these design problems, and discuss whether the developments of IT might play a role in the observed trends. In addition to this substantive element, the seminar also serves as a training in writing scientific papers, to prepare you for writing the Master thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students must prepare written papers (in groups of at most two students) and present them to class. A first draft of the paper has to be handed in two weeks before presentation Papers may be revised to create a final version (due at the end of the semester) after presentation. For each paper, two discussants will be assigned who have to prepare a brief (about one page) discussion statement on their colleague's work. Active participation in classroom discussion will also be evaluated.

The total score for the course is therefore based on:
Seminar paper (55%)
Presentation (20%)
Discussion paper (15%)
Active participation in discussions (10%)

All papers submitted will be checked for plagiarism and rules the rules published on our homepage will be strictly enforced.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The goal of the seminar is twofold: the substantive goal is to develop insights into central questions of organization theory using current literature.Furthermore, students write and present their own papers based on scientific results, this will prepare them for their work on the master thesis.

Examination topics

Preparation and presentation of student's own papers based on literature, classroom discussion

Reading list

Initial literature will be provided. Students are expected to perform their own literature research and include additional references in their papers.

Association in the course directory

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