Practical Project II: Business Management
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Learning outcomes of course unit
In this course students learn the practical implementation of a start-up project on the basis of a real business plan or by developing a start-up concept. They are able to carry out a current case study in the field of entrepreneurship in cooperation with companies/entrepreneurs willing to start a business. The students independently develop problem-solving approaches and strategies for problems relevant to start-ups from business practice.
The students acquire detailed knowledge of the possibilities of modelling, planning, controlling and implementing alternative business and decision models in the sense of application-oriented management instruments in management practice. This knowledge is acquired in the course of a practical project or in the context of cooperation with a real project partner from industry.
• Are able to carry out a project on the basis of professional project management.
• Understand the systematic, technically sound and on-schedule handling of projects.
• Know the specific roles within a project.
• Know the importance of project communication in all directions (conversations, documentation, descriptions, presentations) and know how to act accordingly.
• Have expertise to solve specific problems.
prerequisites and co-requisites
In this course, current and company-related case studies from the field of business management are addressed in cooperation with, in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises. The students independently develop problem-solving approaches and strategies for problems relevant to management from business practice. Possible problem areas are: Financial and performance-related problems, human resources and organizational issues, with special attention to a holistic-systemic reflection of the level of knowledge acquired to date.
The students contribute their acquired knowledge and compare it with observations and experiences in the context of the practical project. While students can deepen and improve their subject-specific competences, complementary competences such as social competence, risk management, budgeting competence and economically responsible decision-making competence are also solidified.
Building on the experience gained in Practical Project I and on the further knowledge and skills acquired in specialist teaching events, the students have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge to real projects - above all, the competences in the area of project and quality management, as well as the subject-specific problem-solving competence, are to be consolidated and made applicable in this way. The students work on projects independently, only if necessary guided by the lecturer: Planning, coordination, budgeting, control, evaluation and final reporting are in the hands of the students. The role of the course leader is focused on project coaching.
recommended or required reading
• Fueglistaller, U., Fust, A., Müller, C., Müller, S., & Zellweger, T. (2020). Entrepreneurship: Modelle – Umsetzung – Perspektiven Mit Fallbeispielen aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
• Kreuser, K., & Robrecht, T. (2019). Professionelle Beratung: Menschen und Unternehmen kompetent begleiten. Unterföhring: SOKRATeam.
• Lippold, D. (2022). Einführung in das Consulting: Strukturen – Trends – Geschäftsmodelle. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
• Pfannstiel, M. A., & Dautovic, A. (2023). Transferinnovationen und Innovationstransfer zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
assessment methods and criteria
• Final report and
• Final presentation
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planned learning activities and teaching methods
• Working on a real problem with a company using the instruments and techniques learned during the studies.
• Accompaniment of the project by an experienced coach/project manager
• Preparation of a final report which can be handed over to the company
• Holding of a final presentation with the participation of the client
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Director of Studies
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