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If you are a Bachelor's student: You can choose your business courses from the bachelor's level courses only. Master's level courses are usually not open to Bachelor/undergraduate students. Exceptions can only be made if you are in your 4th year of an undergraduate program at the time you come to Mannheim. Your contact person is Ms. Annabel Müller (mueller(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de), departmental exchange coordinator at our Business School.

If you are a Master's/MBA student: You can choose Business courses from all master's level courses. Should your home university allow you to take selected bachelor's level courses, those are of course also open to you.

Area Accounting and Taxation

ACC 300 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Lernziel:
Financial reports are a key source of reliable and relevant information about the financial position, profitability, and risk of an enterprise, on which investors and creditors depend in making resource allocation decisions. This course is designed to enable students to understand financial reports and the underlying reporting process and develop skills necessary in various decision-making situations. During this course, students would also have the opportunities to organize themselves into groups, meet regularly and work together on case-study assignments, and finally present their work before other students. In this process, they are expected to acquire the important group communication skills and build teamwork and leadership that are vital for the future business environment.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of assessment:
Written exam (90min.), presentation
Lektor(en):
Reeyarn Zhiyang Li , Stephen Paul Campbell
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 SN 169 Röchling Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
•    Introduction to business activities, overview of financial statements and reporting process
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Balance Sheet
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Income Statement
•    Balance Sheet: Presenting and analyzing resources and financing
•    Income Statement: Reporting the results of operating activities
•    Statement of Cash Flows
•    Revenue recognition, receivables, and customer advances
•    Working capital
•    Long-lived tangible and intangible assets
•    Notes, bonds, income taxes, and other liabilities
•    Shareholders’ equity: capital contributions and distributions
 
ACC 300 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Lernziel:
Financial reports are a key source of reliable and relevant information about the financial position, profitability, and risk of an enterprise, on which investors and creditors depend in making resource allocation decisions. This course is designed to enable students to understand financial reports and the underlying reporting process and develop skills necessary in various decision-making situations. During this course, students would also have the opportunities to organize themselves into groups, meet regularly and work together on case-study assignments, and finally present their work before other students. In this process, they are expected to acquire the important group communication skills and build teamwork and leadership that are vital for the future business environment.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of assessment:
Written exam (90min.), presentation
Lektor(en):
Reeyarn Zhiyang Li , Stephen Paul Campbell
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
Beschreibung:
•    Introduction to business activities, overview of financial statements and reporting process
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Balance Sheet
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Income Statement
•    Balance Sheet: Presenting and analyzing resources and financing
•    Income Statement: Reporting the results of operating activities
•    Statement of Cash Flows
•    Revenue recognition, receivables, and customer advances
•    Working capital
•    Long-lived tangible and intangible assets
•    Notes, bonds, income taxes, and other liabilities
•    Shareholders’ equity: capital contributions and distributions
 
ACC 300 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Lernziel:
Financial reports are a key source of reliable and relevant information about the financial position, profitability, and risk of an enterprise, on which investors and creditors depend in making resource allocation decisions. This course is designed to enable students to understand financial reports and the underlying reporting process and develop skills necessary in various decision-making situations. During this course, students would also have the opportunities to organize themselves into groups, meet regularly and work together on case-study assignments, and finally present their work before other students. In this process, they are expected to acquire the important group communication skills and build teamwork and leadership that are vital for the future business environment.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of assessment:
Written exam (90min.), presentation
Lektor(en):
Reeyarn Zhiyang Li , Stephen Paul Campbell
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 SN 169 Röchling Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
•    Introduction to business activities, overview of financial statements and reporting process
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Balance Sheet
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Income Statement
•    Balance Sheet: Presenting and analyzing resources and financing
•    Income Statement: Reporting the results of operating activities
•    Statement of Cash Flows
•    Revenue recognition, receivables, and customer advances
•    Working capital
•    Long-lived tangible and intangible assets
•    Notes, bonds, income taxes, and other liabilities
•    Shareholders’ equity: capital contributions and distributions
 
ACC 300 Introduction to Financial Accounting (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Lernziel:
Financial reports are a key source of reliable and relevant information about the financial position, profitability, and risk of an enterprise, on which investors and creditors depend in making resource allocation decisions. This course is designed to enable students to understand financial reports and the underlying reporting process and develop skills necessary in various decision-making situations. During this course, students would also have the opportunities to organize themselves into groups, meet regularly and work together on case-study assignments, and finally present their work before other students. In this process, they are expected to acquire the important group communication skills and build teamwork and leadership that are vital for the future business environment.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of assessment:
Written exam (90min.), presentation
Lektor(en):
Reeyarn Zhiyang Li , Stephen Paul Campbell
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 001. A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Beschreibung:
•    Introduction to business activities, overview of financial statements and reporting process
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Balance Sheet
•    Record keeping basics and financial statement preparation: Income Statement
•    Balance Sheet: Presenting and analyzing resources and financing
•    Income Statement: Reporting the results of operating activities
•    Statement of Cash Flows
•    Revenue recognition, receivables, and customer advances
•    Working capital
•    Long-lived tangible and intangible assets
•    Notes, bonds, income taxes, and other liabilities
•    Shareholders’ equity: capital contributions and distributions
 
ACC 351 International Accounting (Vorlesung mit Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung mit Übung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of Assesment:
100% written exam (90 minutes, Date tbd)
Lektor(en):
Christoph Hütten , Amaraa-Daniel Zogbayar
Termin(e):
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 06.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 O 131 Wilhelm Müller Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 06.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 O 131 Wilhelm Müller Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 12.11.2019 17:15 - 18:45 O 131 Wilhelm Müller Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
The lecturs is hold by Dr. Hütten, Chief Accounting Officer at SAP AG, Walldorf. The exercise class is hold by Dr. Sessar from SAP AG in Walldorf.

Course Hours:
tba

In response to the globalisation of the world’s capital markets the language of communicating financial information to these capital markets is experiencing a similar globalisation: Since 2001, almost 120 countries have required or permitted the use of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Thus, the world may not be far away from realising the vision of a global set of accounting standards. In such an environment being knowledgeable about IFRS is nearly as important for a business professionals as English language skills.
This course introduces you to the framework, concepts, and processes associated with international financial reporting. You will learn how IFRS are developed and used around the world. You will also examine fundamental IFRS requirements and will exercise their application in practice. Thus, the course shall enable you to understand financial statements prepared under IFRS and apply IFRS accounting and disclosure requirements to a wide range of scenarios.
ACC 352 Security Valuation & Financial Statement Analysis (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime between August 26 - September 5, 2019. The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lernziel:
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Analyze financial statements, footnotes, and other corporate disclosures (e.g. conference calls)
• Prepare business forecast from the financials and use the forecasts to determine a firm’s fundamental value using various valuation models
• Develop the skills to critique security analyst reports, write and present your own research report

 
Lektor(en):
Annabel Ruth Müller
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 23.09.2019 08:30 - 15:15 EW 151 Elfriede Höhn Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 24.09.2019 08:30 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 25.09.2019 12:00 - 15:15 EW 242 Otto Mann Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 27.09.2019 08:30 - 10:00 001. A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Beschreibung:
The objective of this class is to provide you a framework for analyzing a firm’s past performance, estimating its future performance, and valuing its equity. The student should leave the course with the ability to generate reasonably accurate (or at least logically consistent) forecasts of a firm's future financial performance, including revenues, earnings, asset balances and free cash flows. The class also presents all the major valuation models in a unified framework so the student should be facile in moving between discounted cash flow models, residual income models, and models based on market multiples such as the price-earnings ratio and the market-to-book ratio. The class has a financial modeling component, eVal, so that as the class progresses, students will build the pieces of a comprehensive financial statement forecasting and valuation tool. The course illustrates contemporary forecasting and valuation techniques used by practitioners as well as evidence from academic research on the effectiveness of these techniques.
TAX 352 Taxation of multinational firms (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
3.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
  • Understand why taxation matters and how the different elements of the tax code might affect firms decision behavior;
  • Learn about the heterogeneity of tax regimes by looking at some illustrative examples from the Asia Pacific Region and Europe
  • Understand and evaluate the consequences of taxation when undertaking cross-border transactions;
  • Learn about the basic principles of international taxation
  • Identify the key tax issues that affect the tax burden of international investments
  • Analyse basic tax planning structures related to financing strategies and holding companies
  • Understand what the recent BEPS (base erosion and profit shifting) debate is about and why Google, Amazon etc. achieve extremely low tax rates
  • Learn what countries are doing or plan to do to address aggressive tax planning
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of Assessment:
Written exam (60 minutes)
Lektor(en):
Katharina Nicolay
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 06.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 07.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 13.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 14.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 O 048 Seminarraum; Schloss Ostflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 12:00 - 15:15 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.11.2019 12:00 - 13:30 SN 163 Manfred Lautenschläger Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
Multinational groups operate globally and are thus faced with heterogeneous taxation frameworks. On the one hand, this is a compliance issue but on the other hand it can be shown empirically, that firms also adjust their behavior (e.g. locations choices, investment choices, capital structure) accordingly. In this context taxes (tax rates and the definition of the tax base) are one decision factor between other business or economic determinants. This knowledge, in return, is relevant for policy makers trying to attract foreign direct investments by offering attractive tax systems. Due to the mobility of capital, complex cross-border group structures, and little harmonization in tax codes, the tax competition by countries as well as tax planning activities of firms can lead to a situation where multinational groups pay very little taxes. This might light to an erosion of the tax revenue as well as to competition distortions towards domestic firms.
In this course, we start by having a look at different tax systems in the world and in particular in the Asian Pacific region and Europe. By studying these examples, we will get some insights into the heterogeneity of tax systems and we will also discuss how these regulations matter for firms’ decision making. In a next step, we will particularly focus on the taxation of cross-border transactions which are common for multinational firms. We will learn, how double taxation could arise and we will look at the guiding principles of international taxation to avoid this double taxation. Finally, based on this, we will study several stylized tax planning strategies for cross-border investments. In this context case studies (e.g. cross-border financing and implementation of holding companies) are used to illustrate the impact of tax planning strategies on tax payments. In particular, we look at the prominent examples of Apple and Google and how they achieve extremely low overall tax rates. Since fiscal authorities increasingly introduced anti-avoidance regulations that should limit aggressive tax planning, we will finally discuss how these regulations work and why or why not they might be effective. Here we will also draw a link towards the ongoing OECD debate on co­untermeasures against base erosion and profit shifting.
 
 

Area Banking, Finance and Insurance

FIN 355 Behavioral Finance (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 - September 5, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lernziel:
By the end of the course students will learn about types of limits to arbitrage; psychological aspects of decision-making relevant to Finance; common ”puzzles” in financial markets and the behavioral approach to explaining those puzzles.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Students should have taken taken introductory courses in both Finance and Economic. Students should be familiar with such concepts as Fundamental Value, the Efficient Market Hypothesis, dividends as well as basic probability theory and regression analysis. Knowledge of pricing models, primarily CAPM, is not required but is highly recommended. For Class 5 having some basic understanding of Corporate Finance will be helpful though is not required.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Students should have taken taken introductory courses in both Finance and Economic. Students should be familiar with such concepts as Fundamental Value, the Efficient Market Hypothesis, dividends as well as basic probability theory and regression analysis. Knowledge of pricing models, primarily CAPM, is not required but is highly recommended. For Class 5 having some basic understanding of Corporate Finance will be helpful though is not required.
Lektor(en):
Annabel Ruth Müller
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 07.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 09.10.2019 12:00 - 15:15 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 18.10.2019 10:15 - 11:45 001. A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 14.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 15.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 16.10.2019 12:00 - 15:15 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Much of modern financial economics works with modelsin which agents are rational and arbitrageurs can fix any mis-pricing. Behavioral Financial Economics is the area of finance which relaxes both of these assumptions. Behavioral models usually have two building blocks: limits to arbitrage, which make it difficult for rational traders to undo the dislocations caused by less rational traders; and psychology, which catalogs the kinds of deviations from full rationality we might expect to see. We discuss these two topics, and then consider a number of applications such as asset pricing (the aggregate stock market and the cross-section of average returns) or individual investor portfolio choice and trading behavior.
FIN 366 Household Finance (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 - September 5, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lektor(en):
Tabea Bucher-Koenen
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
Contents:
This course gives an introduction to the field of household finance, which covers financial decision making and the use of financial products by private households. Topics include investment and credit decisions, and their relations­hip with factors such as gender, financial literacy, socioeconomic status etc. Another focus will be on the role of the pension, tax and transfer systems and their influence on long-term saving and annuity choice. We will cover basic theoretical models on household behaviour and empirical results.

Learning outcomes:
The course aims at giving students an overview of the research field of household finance both with regards to current research topics and the methodology used. Reference to current policy debates will be given.

Prerequisites:
Formal: None.
Recommended: Participation requires a basic knowledge of finance or economics, e.g. from an introductory course on corporate finance, a good command of English and knowledge of basic statistical and econometric techniques.
FIN 401 Corporate Finance and Risk Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (exact dates tbd). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lernziel:
Die Teilnehmer dieses Moduls lernen, die Entscheidungs­probleme einer Finanzabteilung zu beurteilen und zu analysieren. Sie werden in die Lage versetzt, die Auswirkungen des Steuersystems auf Finanzierungs­entscheidungen zu verstehen und die Kapitalkosten für ein Unternehmen korrekt zu ermitteln. Die Teilnehmer werden mit den wesentlichen Instrumenten, die zur Finanzierung von Unternehmen zur Verfügung stehen (Aktien, Anleihen, Kredite, Wandelanleihen und weitere strukturierte Produkte) vertraut gemacht. Sie lernen auch, komplexere Instrumente wie unbedingte Termingeschäfte (Futures, Swaps) und bedingte Termininstrumente (Optionen) zur Veränderung von Chancen-Risiko-Positionen einzusetzen und zu bewerten.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Formal:  -
Inhaltlich: FIN301 Investments and Asset Pricing
Prüfungs­leistung:
Formal:  -
Inhaltlich: FIN301 Investments and Asset Pricing
Lektor(en):
Ernst Maug , Stefan Rünzi , Yannik Schneider
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 SN 169 Röchling Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
  • Eine grundlegende Einführung in die moderne Theorie der Unternehmens­finanzierung
  • Eine Einführung in die Unternehmens­bewertung und die Kapitalkostenrechnung
  • Eine Einführung in die wichtigsten Derivate (Futures, Swaps, Optionen)
  • Eine Einführung in das Risiko­management des Unternehmens
FIN 401 Corporate Finance and Risk Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (exact dates tbd). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lernziel:
Die Teilnehmer dieses Moduls lernen, die Entscheidungs­probleme einer Finanzabteilung zu beurteilen und zu analysieren. Sie werden in die Lage versetzt, die Auswirkungen des Steuersystems auf Finanzierungs­entscheidungen zu verstehen und die Kapitalkosten für ein Unternehmen korrekt zu ermitteln. Die Teilnehmer werden mit den wesentlichen Instrumenten, die zur Finanzierung von Unternehmen zur Verfügung stehen (Aktien, Anleihen, Kredite, Wandelanleihen und weitere strukturierte Produkte) vertraut gemacht. Sie lernen auch, komplexere Instrumente wie unbedingte Termingeschäfte (Futures, Swaps) und bedingte Termininstrumente (Optionen) zur Veränderung von Chancen-Risiko-Positionen einzusetzen und zu bewerten.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Formal:  -
Inhaltlich: FIN301 Investments and Asset Pricing
Prüfungs­leistung:
Formal:  -
Inhaltlich: FIN301 Investments and Asset Pricing
Lektor(en):
Ernst Maug , Stefan Rünzi , Yannik Schneider
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 SN 163 Manfred Lautenschläger Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 02.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 SN 163 Manfred Lautenschläger Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
  • Eine grundlegende Einführung in die moderne Theorie der Unternehmens­finanzierung
  • Eine Einführung in die Unternehmens­bewertung und die Kapitalkostenrechnung
  • Eine Einführung in die wichtigsten Derivate (Futures, Swaps, Optionen)
  • Eine Einführung in das Risiko­management des Unternehmens
MAN/FIN 363 Introduction to Research Methods (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 - September 5, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lektor(en):
Annabel Ruth Müller
Termin(e):
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 14:45 - 18:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
The course offers an introduction to Research Methods. It will provide you with an understanding of different stages of the research process, and provide an overview over the following topics:
  • Literature reviews - how to conduct a rigorous and systematic review of the literature
  • Methods – a discussion of alternate of research methods. For each method there will be discussion on what the method entails, how it is used, exemplars of its use and the key issues that a researcher should be aware of with respect to these methods. We will cover:
  1. Qualitative research – how to conduct qualitative research; exemplars of qualitative studies; key readings in the area.
  2. Surveys - how to use surveys in research; exemplars of survey use; key readings in the area.
  3. Experiments - how to use experiments in research; exemplars of experiment use; key readings in the area
  • Analysis & presentation of results - Further resources and examples will be provided that you can take advantage of to learn more about the application of each method.

Area Information Systems

IS 405 Integrated Information Systems (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required.
Lernziel:
After attending the lecture, exercises and tutorials students are able to:
  • model complex business processes based on popular modelling techniques
  • discuss the requirements, characteristics and effects of integrated information systems in industrial companies, including complex process interdependencies
  • complete basic tasks from different functional areas in a wide-spread integrated information system.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Keine
Prüfungs­leistung:
Keine
Lektor(en):
Ekaterina Jussupow , Pascal Christoph Kunz
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 17.10.2019 - 28.11.2019 08:30 - 11:45 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
This course first outlines the basics of data and business process modelling based on wide-spread approaches such as entity relations­hip diagrams, event-driven process chains (EPC), and business process model and notation (BPMN). The remainder of the course then focuses on the use and purpose of integrated information systems across different functional areas in industrial companies. Finally, basics of management support systems such as business intelligence systems are addressed.
 
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Application Systems in
    • Research and Development
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Procurement and Warehousing
    • Production
    • Shipping and Customer Service
    • Finance, Accounting, HR
  • Planning and Control Systems
Wirtschafts­informatik III: Development and Management of Information Systems (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
In order to be able to deal with these challenges, the “Development and Management of Information Systems” course is designed to introduce students to the various stages of the life cycle of an IS. Starting with the initial idea and conception of a system, the course will cover the process from development to introduction and, finally, application and value creation. In doing so, students will get to know the various entities and roles involved in IS development and management.
The primary objective of the course is to enable students to play a vital role at the intersection of technical and business issue, being able to bridge the gap between a company’s end users and IT experts. In doing so, they shall understand that IS transcend mere technological artifacts but constitute complex socio-technical phenomena.
To support students in their learning, the course will offer a basic introduction to the IS phenomenon, system types, and roles involved in development, introduction, management, and use of IS. Subsequently, each of these phases will be looked at in greater detail. For each phase, both the processes as well as at the contents of each domain will be introduced and discussed. Beyond the presentation of basic concepts, methods, and theories, the course will also provide students with opportunities to extend and practice their theoretical knowledge with interactive elements, an industry speaker, and a case study.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
keine
Prüfungs­leistung:
keine
Lektor(en):
Hartmut Höhle
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 SN 163 Manfred Lautenschläger Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Nord
Beschreibung:
During the last decades we witnessed a growing importance of Information Systems (IS) in the business world along with faster and faster innovation cycles. A case in point is the growing IS-related expenditure of corporations, forecasted to total EUR 2.63 trillion in 2012 – a 4.7% growth over 2011 (Gartner 2013). Ranging from the enrichment of routine working tasks (i.e., employee portals to integrate disparate applications, data, and processes (Daniel and White 2005)) to the e-enabled integration of entire business eco-systems (e.g., platform-based integration of supply chains (e.g., Kroenke 2010)), IS have become a vital backbone of businesses.
Consequently, the ability to use IS in a way supporting the overall value proposition of a corporation has become a central success determinant for many firms. Accordingly, the “Development and Management of Information Systems” course is designed to introduce students to the nature, role, and potentials of IS in corporations and enable them to serve as a meaningful interface between technology and business.
Once filling this role in a business context, the future IS professionals are likely to be facing two major trends: the increasing industrialization of IS (Brenner et al. 2007; Daberkow and Radtke 2008; Walter et al. 2007) and a shift towards service-orientation in IT organizations and processes (Hochstein et al. 2005; Roewekamp 2007). This brings about challenges such as, among others, managing the trade-off between efficient execution and effective offering or recognizing and mitigating conflicting expectations and goals among the many entities (i.e., software producers, consultants, corporate users, customers) and roles (i.e., business professionals, technical staff, corporate management) involved in an IS.

Area Management

MAN 301 Strategic and International Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

This course covers modern strategic and international management, including its microfoundations, the strategic process, and the various aspects of strategy, such as business strategy, corporate strategy, digital strategy and global strategy.
 


More information on the lecturers can be found here:

Michael Woywode
https://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/en/woywode/team/michael-woywode/
https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/66012686_Michael_Woywode

Jan-Philipp Ahrens
https://www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/en/woywode/team/jan-philipp-ahrens/
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan-Philipp_Ahrens
 


It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (exact dates tbd). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.

Lernziel:
  • Die Studierenden sollen Verständnis für Probleme, Zusammenhänge und Lösungen des Strategischen Managements erlangen.
  • Die Studierenden werden Verständnis für globale Wertschöpfungs­prozesse gewinnen
  • Die Studierenden werden sich im Hinblick auf Konzepte und Instrumente des strategischen und internationalen Managements Anwendungs­kompetenzen erarbeiten
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of Assesment:
Written (90 min.)
Lektor(en):
Jan-Philipp Ahrens , Baris Istipliler , Michael Woywode
Termin(e):
⚠ Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 001. A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Achtung: Einzeltermine in den mit markierten Terminreihen haben sich geändert. Bitte informieren Sie sich im Portal über die Details.
Beschreibung:
Im Modul MAN 301 werden grundlegende Theorien, Forschungs­ergebnisse und aktuelle Themen aus den Bereichen des strategischen und internationalen Managements vermittelt. Es wird ein Verständnis für die grundlegenden Funktionen des Managements geschaffen und es werden die notwendigen Schritte/Instrumente für die Erarbeitung einer Unternehmens­strategie erläutert. Darüber hinaus werden Themen wie Corporate Social Responsibility, Internationalisierungs­strategien sowie grundlegende Aspekte eines globalen Wertketten­managements behandelt.
MAN 352 Human Resources Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (exact dates tbd). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lernziel:
The students
...understand the role of human resource management in organizations
...learn to evaluate methods of personnel selection and development
...understand the basics of job design
…understand advantages and disadvantages of different forms of pay and benefit
…become acquainted with current issues in human resource management

Besides the lecture, teaching assistants offer a bi-weekly 90 minutes exercise class. The exercise classes' goal is the repetition and expansion of the knowledge students acquire in the lecture. To reach that goal the exercise class will offer a mixture of additional knowledge, exercises, and an interactive element, which will improve the ability of knowledge exchange and self-dependent work in small groups.
 
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of assessment:
Final exam (4 ECTS) + Assignments (+2 ECTS; mandatory for incoming students only)
Please note that law students have to take the final exam and can earn 4 ECTS only. Incoming business administration students also (besides the final exam) have to work on several assignments during the semester and earn 6 ECTS.
In order to pass this course successfully, the student has to reach at least an overall grade of 4.0.
Lektor(en):
Torsten Biemann
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
Beschreibung:
The lecture MAN 352 Human Resource Management is part of the courses offered to bachelor students in business administration and law at the University of Mannheim. To get an idea of the coherences, problems, and solutions of human resource management as well as the tasks, operational areas, and instruments of management we offer a weekly lecture (1.5 hours) for 12 weeks.

The lecture includes the following topics on human resource management:
  • Human Resource Environment
  • Job Analysis & Job Design
  • HR Planning & Recruiting
  • Selection
  • Training
  • Performance Management
  • Employee Development
  • Separation & Retention
  • Compensation
  • Incentives + International HRM
  • High-Performance Organizations

The literature applied in the course is based on:
Noe, R. A., Hollenbeck, J. R., Gerhart, B. A., & Wright, P. M. (2016). Fundamentals of Human Resource Management (6th revised edition). McGraw Hill Higher Education.
MAN 358 Strategy and Sustainability (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Registrierungs­informationen:

It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 – September, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.

Lektor(en):
Annabel Ruth Müller
Termin(e):
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 04.10.2019 14:45 - 18:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 04.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
Achieving corporate sustainability is a challenge that increasingly occupies twenty-first century corporations and their key stakeholders. There are increasing pressures on corporations from governments, shareholders and political interest groups to change wasteful and destructive practices. The path forward is protracted, noisy and tough. The challenge for corporations is to create value through sustainability. This seminar focuses on how senior executives and change agents can implement effective strategies to support such value creation. The focus of this seminar is on the change strategies involved - incremental and transformational - required to shift organizations towards sustainability.
MAN/FIN 363 Introduction to Research Methods (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 - September 5, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Lektor(en):
Annabel Ruth Müller
Termin(e):
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 14:45 - 18:30 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Beschreibung:
The course offers an introduction to Research Methods. It will provide you with an understanding of different stages of the research process, and provide an overview over the following topics:
  • Literature reviews - how to conduct a rigorous and systematic review of the literature
  • Methods – a discussion of alternate of research methods. For each method there will be discussion on what the method entails, how it is used, exemplars of its use and the key issues that a researcher should be aware of with respect to these methods. We will cover:
  1. Qualitative research – how to conduct qualitative research; exemplars of qualitative studies; key readings in the area.
  2. Surveys - how to use surveys in research; exemplars of survey use; key readings in the area.
  3. Experiments - how to use experiments in research; exemplars of experiment use; key readings in the area
  • Analysis & presentation of results - Further resources and examples will be provided that you can take advantage of to learn more about the application of each method.

Area Marketing

MKT 351 Marketing Management Decisions (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 – September, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.

Lernziel:
This course has two specific learning objectives:

1. Develop an appreciation for the inherently strategic nature of marketing function and for the role marketing decisions play in corporate and business strategy.

2. Strengthen your ability to justify and support your marketing decisions through relevant information acquisition and analysis.

 
Prüfungs­leistung:
Form of Assesment:

Final Exam (individual grade) 100%
The participants will sit a 60 minutes closed-book, closed-notes in-class exam. Further information on the exam structure and exemplary exam questions will be provided during the lecture.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (Blocktermin) 24.10.2019 - 28.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Beschreibung:
This course investigates marketing from a managerial perspective, focusing on the planning and development of strategic marketing programs. We will discuss marketing concepts and learn how to design the marketing mix.
MKT 353 Brand and Product Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 – September, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.

Lernziel:
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
•    Understand the fundamental principles involved in managing branded products;
•    Explain the critical importance of branding for superior business performance;
•    Critically evaluate a brand- or product-related argument logically, such as the notion that brand identity and brand image are not always identical because brand identity is what the brand manager seeks and brand image is what the customer seeks;
•    Synthesize schools of though in brand and product management, for example the notion that a brand is a product’s name vs. the notion that a brand is a strategic market position;
•    Solve complex brand- or product-related problems, such as determining whether a brand has greater awareness depth than awareness breadth;
•    Evaluate empirical and theoretical brand and product research from various sources.
Lektor(en):
Leonie Antonia Gehrmann
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 29.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 30.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 31.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Beschreibung:
Brand and Product Management places product management in a strategic branding context and aims to provide a comprehensive treatment of modern brand and product management practices. Both goods and services are treated as products in the course.
In particular, the course examines the way in which brand decisions can contribute to creating a competitive advantage for products and explains how to make changes to brand strategies over time as well as respond to competitive moves. Students also gain an understanding of the issues involved in the development and management of new products, how to manage product lines, and how to measure, develop and manage brand equity.
MKT 354 Marketing Strategy (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period (August 26 – September, 2019). The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.

Lernziel:
Die Studierenden besitzen einen umfassenden Überblick über marketingrelevante Frage- und
Aufgabenstellungen. Sie können für die Lösung typischer Marketingfragestellungen geeignete
Konzepte und Methoden auswählen und anwenden. Sie haben ein tiefgehendes Verständnis
für kausale Zusammenhänge und können Probleme quantitativ lösen, wenn hierfür entsprechende
Datengrundlagen vorliegen. Durch die Lösung und Präsentation einer Team-Case Study,
verbessern sie ihre analytischen Fähigkeiten, sowie Ihre Präsentations- und Teamwork­kompetenz.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
-
Prüfungs­leistung:
-
Lektor(en):
Florian Kraus
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 21.10.2019 11:45 - 19:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 22.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 23.10.2019 09:00 - 17:00 001 Hörsaal; L 9, 1-2
Beschreibung:
  • Allgemeine Grundlagen
  • Theoretische Perspektive: Das Verhalten der Kunden
  • Informations­bezogene Perspektive: Grundlagen der Markt­forschung
  • Instrumentelle Perspektive:
  1. Grundlagen der Produktpolitik
  2. Grundlagen der Preispolitik
  3. Grundlagen der Kommunikations­politik
  4. Grundlagen der Distributions- und Vertriebspolitik

Area Operations Management

OPM 301 Operations Management (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
No registration required for the lecture. Whether you need to register for accompanying exercises/tutorials will be announced in the first lecture.
Lernziel:
Vermittlung der wesentlichen Konzepte, Theorien und Methoden des Operations Management.
Dies beinhaltet:
  • Verständnis für wesentliche Planungs­aufgaben der betrieblichen Produktion
  • Verständnis für relevante Trade-offs des Operations Management
  • Fähigkeit, komplexe Planungs­aufgaben zu strukturieren und formal zu modellieren
  • Kenntnis von gängigen Lösungs­methoden für produktions-wirtschaft­liche Planungs­probleme
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Formal: -
Inhaltlich: CC 303 Quantitative Methoden
Prüfungs­leistung:
Formal: -
Inhaltlich: CC 303 Quantitative Methoden
Lektor(en):
Justus Arne Schwarz , Moritz Fleischmann
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 001. A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Beschreibung:
Funktion des Operations Management; grundlegende Planungs­aufgaben des Operations Management; Planungs­methoden; Grundzüge der Produktions­planung, Transportplanung und des Bestands­managements

Contact Business School

Annabel Müller, M.Sc.

Annabel Müller, M.Sc.

Manager International Affairs & Incoming Student Advisor
Universität Mannheim
Dekanat BWL
L 5, 5 – Raum 102
68161 Mannheim
Sprechstunde:
Mo 10:30–12:30 Uhr; Do 14–16 Uhr