1486 ExInt I: Business Development in an International Context (Group 1)
Dr. Barbara Kump
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
30.10.2020 bis 04.11.2020
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Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Freitag 06.11.2020 10:30 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 13.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 20.11.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 04.12.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 11.12.2020 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 08.01.2021 09:00 - 13:00 Online-Einheit
Freitag 15.01.2021 11:00 - 12:30 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

Due to the current COVID-Situation, the course will be held online. Only for the presentations (8.1.2021, 9:00-13:00) and the final exam (15.1.2021, 11:00-12:30), students may have to come to the campus. The sessions will be synchroneous, including many interactive elements and group work. Attendance via Zoom (and maybe face to face on 8.1 and 15.1.) is required for all sessions.

Inhalte der LV


In the course of the module, students will acquire a basic understanding of industrial and organizational change in the context of sustainability and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Concrete topics will be:

  • Sustainable Development Goals and the need for more sustainable businesses
  • Basics of system theory
  • Multi-level perspective (MLP) of industry transitions
  • Busines models and product innovation for sustainability
  • Organizational change in the context of sustainability
  • Collective action

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

Students will

  • gain an overview of the United Nations sustainability goals (SDGs) in an international context
  • learn to take a systemic multi-level perspective to understand changes in industries, and its effects on businesses
  • know different types of business models for sustainability
  • understand features of products to be considered in the context of sustainability
  • understand triggers of organizational change toward sustainability (including a sustainability SWOT analysis)
  • gain an overview of change management
  • understand how multiple actors can shape an industry through 'collective action'

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

The course will be held in synchroneous online (Zoom) format. The presentation and exam may take place on the campus - this is to be decided yet, depending on the COVID-19 situation in January 2021. Attendance is required for at least 75% of the sessions.


  • Theoretical input
  • Web-research
  • Group work (case-based)
  • (Discussions)
  • Mini-videos
  • Exam

In the course, the contents are presented in different formats - ppt presentations (via Zoom), videos to related content, work materials (SDGs, SDG Atlas, etc.) and literature. There will be individual assigments, group work, and (limited) plenary discussion, etc. Reading of further scientific literature (to a moderate extent) is expected for the exam.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Most of the case work will be done in small groups (3-4 people).

The following elements will be part of the grading:

  • Group work and presentation: 40 points (throughout the whole course)
  • Individual assignment (sSWOT): 30 points
  • Final exam (written): 30 points

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

Prerequisite for this course is the completion of the two courses "SME Management" and "Foreign Trade Management".

Students who do not attend the first lecture (on time!) will lose their place in the course, if there are students on the waiting list.

Students from the waiting list have to come to the course at the beginning of the first lecture. Free places will be given to 'waiting' students based on their position on the list.


Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

Knowledge from the two courses "SME Management" and "Foreign Trade Management".

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte
1 06.11.2020

[10:30-13:00] Zoom

Organizational issues (requirements, grading...)

Introduction to the topic of sustainability and the role of businesses therein

Formation of groups

2 13.11.2020

[09:00-13:00] Zoom

Global, regional, and national change initiatives

System theory

Multi-level perspective


3 20.11.2020

[09:00-13:00] Zoom

Niche innovations and business model innovations

Organizational change: process innovation and product innovation


4 04.12.2020

[09:00-13:00] Zoom

Types of organizational change

Challenges of radical change

Reasons for change toward sustainability

sSWOT (introduction and individual assigment)

5 11.12.2020

[09:00-13:00] Zoom

Change management

Collective action


6 08.01.2021

09:00-13:00 - face to face or via Zoom

Presentations of group work

7 15.01.2021

10:00-11:30 - face to face or via Learn


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