MAN 770 Research Seminar (Spring 2019)

Lecturer Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens
Course Format Seminar
Course Credit 6 ECTS
Language English
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Course Description

University of Mannheim - Master in Management - Research Seminar:
Strategic Management, Leadership & (Family-)CEOs, and Restructuring

MAN 770 Course Program Spring - a.y. 2019

Capsule Course Outline: This research seminar covers current research at the intersection of strategic management, family business research, and corporate performance. A particular focus is put on research on corporate restructuring, the art of turnaround management, and the role of CEOs, including cognitive biases as well as sociological and psycholgical perspectives. Students will discuss and reflect upon questions such as “What are the performance consequences of downsizing?”, “How does CEO turnover affect corporate performance in turnaround situations?”, “Does CEO identity or CEO overconfidence matter for strategic action?“, and “Are family CEOs superior performers?” 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 and contribution. Please, do read the syllabus 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 strategic management, entrepreneurship, & family business research. 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.
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 and discussing its contribution, and reporting results in article and presentation format.

To foster participants’ understanding of the subject, the course includes a two-day restructuring simulation in cooperation with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, a lecture on CEO performance in crises with McKinsey & Company, and a talk with leaders of family firms and the family firm turnaround oriented consultancy Struktur Management Partner. The seminar will offer opportunities to explore internship and in particular career options tailored to M.Sc. alumni.

For further course information, please download the syllabus at:

Please note that there is also an optional tutorium, for which students may register independently.

Application: Course capacity is limited. Registration via the student portal ( is mandatory (Open from 01.02.2019 until 18.02.2019). Additionally, apply to jahrens(at) by sending your student ID, transcript of grades, and CV & motivation letter (both 1 page). Application deadline: 18.02.2019

Non-MMM students, e.g. law, computer science, languages, sociology, psychology, MKW, MaKuWi, etc., as well as incoming students are welcome.

Gabriele Schleicher

Gabriele Schleicher

Contact person Reserach Seminar


E-Mail: schleicher(at)