Kurse im FSS 2022

ACC 452 Rapid Decarbonization: Challenges and Opportunities for Business

This course is aimed at bachelor students in business administration, economics and related disciplines. It provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities that companies face in the transition towards a decarbonized energy economy. This involves an introduction to the microeconomic theory of corporate decarbonisation efforts as well as the review of recent developments in practice. Particular topics covered in this course include:

  1. Carbon Emissions and Carbon Regulations
  2. Corporate Decarbonization Initiatives
  3. Competitive Analysis of Emerging Climate Technologies
  4. Bringing Low-carbon Products and Production Processes to Market
  5. Climate-tech Entrepreneurship and Project Finance

Learning outcomes:
Participants get acquainted with the main challenges and opportunities companies experi-ence on their way towards a net-zero carbon footprint. They learn both theoretical economic concepts central to this transition as well as recent practical developments and tools. They will also gain experience with analyzing case studies.

Form of assessment: Written exam

Credits: 3 ECTS

Lecturers: Gunther Glenk, Stefan Reichelstein

Registration: Please register on Portal2. The course is listed in the study planner.

ACC 922 Decarbonization Seminar

This course is aimed at doctoral students at GESS. The seminar hosts speakers from academia and industry to discuss latest advances and challenges associated with the transition towards a decarbonized energy economy. Topics covered include the economics and management of sustainability activities and clean energy technologies across all sectors of the economy with a particular focus on the energy sector, transportation services, and carbon-free manufacturing processes.

Course participants need to attend the seminar talks and the corresponding preparation sessions. In the preparation sessions, students are asked to present a paper and take the role of a discussant. Readings may additionally include recent theory or empirical papers.

Credits: 3 ECTS

Lecturers: Gunther Glenk, Stefan Reichelstein, Nikolas Wölfing

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    E701 Advanced Microeconomics I

    The course is aimed at doctoral students in all fields of business administration. It provides an introduction to microeconomic theory on a graduate level, highlighting aspects which are of specific relevance for business research.

    The main topics covered include:

    1. Theory of consumer choice under certainty and uncertainty
    2. Theory of the firm, production cost and supply
    3. Markets, equilibrium, welfare
    4. Strategic behavior under complete and incomplete information
    5. Incentives and asymmetric information

    The objective of the course is to enable doctoral students in business to read and discuss economic theory and to equip them with the tools to formulate their own research based on theoretically grounded hypotheses.

    Learning outcomes: Understanding and critically evaluating the fundamental concepts of microeconomic theory, game theory and mechanism design; learning the relevant tools and underlying assumptions for economic analysis in ongoing research.

    Form of assessment:  Midterm and final exams: 80-100%, Exercises: Up to 20%

    Credits: 8 ECTS

    Lecturers: Stefan Reichelstein, Nikolas Wölfing


    ACC 921 Topics in Analytical Accounting Research

    The course is aimed at doctoral students in accounting and neighboring fields including economics, finance, political and operations management. It provides an introduction to the role of accounting information in (a) measuring cost and profitability, (b) accounting-based managerial performance measures, (c) cost allocation and internal pricing in multi-divisional firms and (d) financial ratios and firm valuation.

    Lecturers: Stefan Reichelstein, Nikolas Wölfing


    ACC 760 Seminar in Management Accounting

    This seminar focuses on topics in management accounting. Participants get acquainted with management accounting concepts in both theory and practice. They develop managerial skills that are essential to address fundamental tools in management accounting. They will also be able to structure a seminar paper and become experienced in academic writing.

    The course mainly consists of independent group work and meetings with the course supervisor.

    See the module description here.

    Credits: 6 ECTS

    Lecturers: Gunther Glenk, Stefan Reichelstein, Nikolas Wölfing


    The Energy System in Transition: Markets, Technologies, Business Opportunities

    Content: Our energy system is in full transition, but the pace of change is still far lowerthan what is required to keep the climate on planet earth within trajectories that are inaccordance with the Paris agreement. Planetary boundaries become more and moreprevalent and push for more ambitious decarbonisation of our economies, bringing technologies, business concepts, and markets to their limits. Innovation and impact assessment are key to get the energy transition on a fast, yet reliable track.

    Credits: 3 ECTS

    Lecturers: Stefan Reichelstein, Nikolas Wölfing

    Further information can be found here.


    XEIET201 Online Lecture “Economics of the Clean Energy Transition” at Stanford School of Engineering

    This course examines the economics of competing energy resources from the perspective of corporate investors and households who will adopt clean energy solutions only if it is in their self-interest. Learn how to compare alternative energy systems that require vastly different capital expenditures and ongoing operating costs. Evaluate the role of public policy instruments including taxes, regulations, and incentives in accelerating the transition away from traditional fossil fuels. Real-world case studies illustrate the issues faced by decision makers.

    Lecturer: Stefan Reichelstein

    Further information can be found here.


    MAN 454 Lecture Series “Science for Future – How Scientific Research can Support Sustainable Development”

    The lecture series will comprise 6 sessions with 12 talks (i.e., always 2 talks on one day) with approx. 60 minutes presentation, 30 minutes discussion per talk.

    The goal of this interdisciplinary lecture series is to raise awareness for the potential of scientific research to contribute to sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Mannheim-based researchers from various disciplines including economics, psychology, history, political science, philosophy, information systems, and business management (amongst others) will present cutting-edge research or basic knowledge on sustainability-related topics. The lecture series is open to students from all Bachelor programs.

    Lecturers: Laura Marie Edinger-Schons / Annette Kehnel

    Further information can be found here.


    ACC 574 Business Opportunities in the Clean Energy Transition

    This course examines business models and opportunities related to clean energy, specifically to decarbonized energy. We examine emerging trends in the context of technological change, business fundamentals and the parameters set by public policy.
    Specific topics to be examined include: (i) Carbon Emissions and the Clean Energy Transition, (ii) Modeling Cost Competitiveness of Alternative Energy Technologies, (iii) the Momentum of Renewable Energy, (iv) Integration of Renewable Energy Sources, (v) Energy Storage and (vi) Sustainable Transportation

    Credits: 6 ECTS

    The course is offered in spring term only. It is open to Master Students at the University of Mannheim.


    Research Colloquium: Pathways to Decarbonization


    The course identifies strategies for reducing CO2 emissions. Participants examine technological developments, business models and public policy.

    Instructor’s permission to enroll. Please contact Stefan Reichelstein.