MAN 770 Research Seminar

Lecturer Baris Istipliler, M.Sc., Marc Kowalzick, M.Sc., Assist. Prof. Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens
Course Format Seminar
Course Credit 6 ECTS
Language English
Exam See syllabus
Exam date See syllabus

Course Description

University of Mannheim
– Master in Management -


MAN770 Research Seminar: Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainability
Course Program for Autumn-Winter Semester 2022

Capsule Course Outline: This research seminar covers current research at the intersection of management, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. Guided by recent scientific findings, students will reflect upon questions such as “How does human business change as we transgress planetary boundaries?”, “What are the implications of being overconfident for CEOs?”, “Are family CEOs superior performers?”, “Do entrepreneurs love their ventures as they love their kids?” or “What are the pros and cons of an entrepreneurial career?”. This is an advanced course to be taken towards the master’s end in preparation for the master thesis. It demands a high level of involvement & contribution. Please, do read this syllabus and all articles very carefully before the beginning of the course.

Objectives: The goal of the course is twofold. First, it is designed to help participants gain access to the main topics and theories intersecting sustainability, management, entrepreneurship, sociology, psychology, & family business research and its practical applications. We will read and discuss 14 seminal articles and simulate an academic conference in class. This familiarizes participants with the state of the art research, its designs & methods, and the respective current academic debate & practice.

The second goal of the course is to familiarize students with the core techniques of scientific work in business studies. This includes developing a research idea, evaluating its contribution, obtaining data, performing analyses using STATA, and reporting results in article and presentation format. Students will learn to use statistical software.

Overall, the course prepares students for writing a master thesis at our chair.

For further course information, please download the syllabus and refer to the university's student portal.

Application: Registration via the student portal ( is mandatory. Additionally, apply to baris.istipliler by sending your student ID, transcript of grades, and CV (1 page).

1) Student applications must be submitted by August 29th, 2022
2) Announcement of the participants on September 1st, 2022
3) Binding acceptance or rejection of the students on September 2nd, 2022

Non-MMM students, e.g. law, computer science, languages, sociology, psychology, MKW, MMBR, MaKuWi, etc., as well as incoming students are welcome and our chair supports interdisciplinary and cross-faculty master theses.

Gabriele Schleicher

Gabriele Schleicher

Contact person Reserach Seminar


E-Mail: schleicher