Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the major societal and business trends transforming the organizational functions, structures, and processes you are likely to encounter at work.
  2. Describe tactics people use to advance their careers in contemporary organizations.
  3. Evaluate the scientific validity of management theories and their practical application.
  4. Use management theories to develop a strategy for becoming a manager prepared for the present and future of work.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 21.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Derin Kent, Gloria Kutscher

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Derin Kent, Gloria Kutscher

Contact information for the course (valid 07.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Instructors’ contact

Kent (

Kutscher (

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bright and hardworking students enter the workforce with high aspirations but uncertainty about how to position their careers in a rapidly transforming business environment. This course gives you a framework for thinking analytically about societal and organizational trends such as the gig economy, digitization, and diversity, and how they change the work you’ll encounter in business and nonprofit organizations. We’ll become familiar with emerging organizational structures and business processes, how people in the contemporary world of work advance their careers, and to how use management theories to develop your capabilities a manager. Understanding this helps us figure out what organizations we’d like to work for, the type of professional we would like to become, and strategies for becoming a manager prepared for the present and future of work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    If you are taking this course, please see the pdf copy of syllabus on MyCourses. This version will always be the most up to date. It provides detailed information about the course and how to prepare for the first session on 7.9.2020.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:




  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course uses a mixture of methods to evaluate your
    learning: (1) an individual assignment – 10%, (2) two team assignments – 40%,
    (3) a final examination – 40%, and (4) participation – 10%. Assignments are
    initially graded out of 100. The final grade for this course will be on a 1-5

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    24 hours contact teaching

    133 hours independent work

    3 hours exam

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Classroom hours


    Class preparation






    Exam preparation


    Exam presence



    160h (6 op)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A variety of readings will be made available during the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Preparation guides are posted on the course website
    one week in advance of the class where we discuss the material
    . The “prep
    guides” introduce you to the core ideas for each session; the classroom is
    where we will discuss, extend, and apply these ideas. This sequencing means it’s important you prepare your notes for
    each class before class begins
    (including the first class).                                                                                       

    We will use a selection of articles and book
    We will make these available online at least a week before the
    material is covered.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    26E03700 Essentials of Management and International Business

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course is recommended to be the first course one takes in the Master's programme.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth