International Business Studies FT
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Case Studies in Management

level of course unit

2. Study cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students are able to:
• build up and expand specialist knowledge, especially with regard to financing and investment decisions, key figure analysis and liquidity management, within the framework of this case studies seminar.
• apply financial and marketing knowledge.
• compare companies from the point of view of profitability.
• analyze practical cases.
• strengthen their analytical skills.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Course of the first academic year

course contents

• Practical cases are analyzed in course, generally based on Harvard business cases. The focus here is on entrepre-neurial financing and investment decisions.
• The aim is to compare companies on the basis of annual financial statements, among others by means of SWOT, key figure analysis, from the point of view of economic efficiency and to advise on strategic financing and investment decisions, including marketing decisions.

recommended or required reading

• Berk, Jonathan; DeMarzo, Peter: Corporate Finance. Pearson (latest edition)
• Brealey, Richard A.; Myers, Stewart C.; Allen, Franklin: Principles of Corporate Finance. McGraw-Hill (latest interna-tional edition)
• Kevin Kaiser and S. David Young, 2009, Need Cash? Look Inside Your Company. Harvard Business Review May 2009, 64-71.
• A collection of Harvard Business Cases (TBA)

assessment methods and criteria


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eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


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