This introductory course provides students who chose business administration as a minor subject with the fundamental understanding of management of organizations. First, the lecture gives an overview about the importance of management in general, and it highlights its relevance as an academic discipline. Furthermore, it discusses its theoretical and conceptual foundations, and elaborates on the management functions planning and control, organization, human resources, and leadership. Working on the topics management and ethics, international management, nonprofit management and public management, the course illustrates current challenges in the field of management.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • explain the importance and the historical development of management, and of the academic discipline of management,
  • explain the theoretical and conceptual foundations of management, and to apply them to real life examples,
  • explain the process of management including its functions planning and control, organization, human resources, and leadership,
  • understand the conflict between management and ethics, and to explain problems resulting therefrom,
  • explain current challenges (e. g. internationalisation) and areas (e. g. public and non-profit management) in the field of management.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS10 SWS
Exercise class1 SWS4 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (90 min): Bring Your Own Device
Restricted admissionno
Further information
Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Preliminary course work