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SS 2016 - SS 2019


Strategic Management


Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo




Fakultät VII

Institut für Technologie und Management

37331400 FG Strategische Führung und Globales Management



H 92

Ippendorf, Niko


Learning Outcomes

The objective of this module is to instruct students in approaches of industry analysis and current problems of top management of corporations. The students shall learn how to handle these instruments themselves and how they can learn from this analysis for their future work career. With the support of industry experts, the students are taught to present professional case studies and how to stand their ground in an English discussion. Furthermore, the students should learn how to derive solutions for strategic problems, and thus how to manage the challenges with which modern management has to deal.


The course “Strategic Management and Organizational Change“ introduces the basic concepts of strategic management. Next, the interplay of competitive strategies, industry analysis and industry evolution will be the focus. Multiple industries will serve for exemplification of the application of the previously presented management instruments. Then, we will turn to corporate strategies and by that take the perspective of top management. This includes the important topics of corporate governance, management compensation, gender and equality issues. The second module part, “Competitive Strategies in Commodity Oligopolies”, which is held by Prof. Dr. Pidun from the Boston Consulting Group, will give an overview of theoretical foundations and practical implications of competing in commodity oligopolies. It offers an introduction to oligopoly theory and game theory and covers the concept of coopetition and its applications, introduces the work of Robert Axelrod on the emergence of cooperation, and illustrates the potential of business model innovation to overcome stalemate competitive situations. Participants will be able to apply the learnings and train their managerial skills in an economic simulation game in which four teams compete over the course of an industry cycle of eight years and try to maximize the value of their respective companies.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Competitive Strategies in Commodity OligopoliesIV73 140 L 5279WiSeEnglish2
Strategic Management & Organizational ChangeIV73 140 L 6457WiSeEnglish2

Workload and Credit Points

Competitive Strategies in Commodity Oligopolies (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Class attendance15.02.0h30.0h
Preparation and revision15.04.0h60.0h

Strategic Management & Organizational Change (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
90.0h(~3 LP)
Class attendance15.02.0h30.0h
Preparation and revision15.04.0h60.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The first course has the character of a weekly lecture, whereas the second module part is held in 4 block sessions. Moreover, students have to present one case studies in groups throughout the module.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Previous participation in our bachelor module „Grundlagen des Strategischen und Internationalen Management“ or comparable courses

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

No information



Test elements

Case study30No information
Written test in the "CSCO" course35No information
Written test in the "SMOC" course35No information

Grading scale

No grading scale given

Test description (Module completion)

The portfolio examination consists of the following elements, adding up to a maximum of 100 credits. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

Each course has its own internal registration via ISIS, which is mandatory in order to get access to the course materials and to get all relevant announcements via email.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Additional information:



Recommended literature
We provide reading packages for each session. Information about the required readings can be seen in our syllabi, which we provide for each of our courses.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
This module is not used in any degree program.

Students of other degrees can participate in this module without capacity testing.


Each semester we start with a general information lecture. There we present the content overview and formal modalities for each of our courses. Date and place can be seen from our website. We strongly recommend attendance for this particular session. For each course we also provide a syllabus, which includes information about the per week proceedings of our courses with regard to content, task assignments and required readings. Our courses are held consecutively, which means that we first offer one course in the first half of the lecture period, and then the other one in the second half.