1233 Specialization in Business Administration Course V - Non-Financial Accounting
Dr. Josef Baumüller
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/21/21 to 09/24/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/04/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM D4.0.019
Wednesday 10/20/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM D5.1.002
Wednesday 11/03/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM EA.5.040
Monday 11/15/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM D5.1.002
Tuesday 11/23/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM EA.5.044
Wednesday 11/24/21 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM EA.5.044


This course deals with relevant concepts and standards in the fields of non-financial accounting, adressing the question of how to measure and report on the non-financial performance of companies (and other entities). It covers sustainability accounting (esp. based on the GRI's SRS), integrated reporting (based on the IIRC Framework) and non-financial reporting as established by the NFRD (Non-Financial Reporting Directive) in the EU. Furthermore, an outlook on recent developments is given, especially with regards to the proposed new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Besides external reporting purposes, also relevant implication for management accounting, finance and valuation are outlined.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students are able to assess the relevance of non-financial information for corporate practice and analysis, including the link between financial and non-financial performance. Especially, they are able to distinguish different types of reporting standards and the information included in them. They have a deepened understanding for the processes and requirements underlying such reports and can derive implications for managing companies.

Attendance requirements

This course is a PI course with 80% attendance. Thus, (virtual) presence is required for the web sessions. Concerning the Web Sessions that are held together, a separate invitation is provided via Zoom.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The course comprises two parts: the first part gives theoretical inputs about relevant frameworks for non-financial accounting (as well as their implications for financing and valuation) and the necessary processes for drawing up reports about the non-financial performance of companies. The second part focusses on supporting students to work with and interpret such a report in order to give them further practical insights into the subject matter.

The first part of the course consists of lectures, practical examples and discussions. The lectures are partly based on international textbooks and partly on the texts of relevant standards. Relevant chapters in the books and additional material will be announced and partly also provided throughout the course. Please note that some of these materials are only available in German.

In the second part of the course, students work out case studies and get the opportunity to present them to as well as discuss them. In doing so, they are coached so that they get practical insights into the required processes that underlie non-financial reports.


The Assessment is based on:

· Assignment 1: 20%

· Assignment 2: 10%

· Assignment 3: 20%

· Assignment 4: 10%

· Final Report: 40%


1 Author: Baumüller

Nichtfinanzielle Berichterstattung

Publisher: Verlag Österreich
Year: 2020
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
2 Author: Sopp/Baumüller/Scheid

Die nichtfinanzielle Berichterstattung

Publisher: NWB-Verlag
Year: 2021
Content relevant for class examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
3 Author: Völker-Lehmkuhl/Reisinger

Wegweiser Nachhaltigkeit

Publisher: IDW-Verlag
Year: 2019
Content relevant for class examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
4 Author: Gray/Adams/Owen

Accountability, Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Publisher: Pearson
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
5 Author: Gibassier/Unerman

Sustainability Accounting and Accountability

Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Edition: 2. Auflage
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: No
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
6 Author: de Villiers/Maroun

Sustainability Accounting and Integrated Reporting

Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2017
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Good knowledge of the rationales and concepts underlying (financial) accounting under national reporting standards (UGB, HGB or other national reporting standards) and under IFRS. Furthermore, basic knowledge on financing and valuaing companies is recommended.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Via E-mail.

Unit details

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Last edited: 2021-10-02