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Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology



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Seit WS 2021/22

Fakultät VII

H 76

Institut für Technologie und Management

37335200 FG Entrepreneurship und Innovationsmanagement

Kratzer, Jan

Cagarman, Karina

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2350535 43470 Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology

Learning Outcomes

Target group: The course is aimed at students with an interest in psychological topics in the start-up environment in the master's program. Aim of the course: The aim of the course is to sensitize students to the subject area and to provide basic knowledge of the theoretical as well as practical concepts of psychology in the context of business start-ups, such as interventions of positive (organizational) psychology, well-being and mental health, emotions, decision-making, positive / authentic leadership or the "dark triad" of personality traits as well as mental illness. Qualification Objectives: By the end of the semester, students who have successfully completed this course should know the following: • Theories and concepts of relevant psychological topic areas in the start-up context, positive (organizational) psychology interventions, well-being and mental health, emotions, decision making, positive/authentic leadership. • Aspects of problematic personality traits and characteristics: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy ("Dark Triad"). In addition, by the end of the course, students should know: • how to deal with emotions (stress, anxiety) through self-work and self-management • how to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity, and emerge stronger from failures • how to methodically build resilience to crises and setbacks • how decision-making works and how to deal with systematic errors in thinking (cognitive biases) • How emotions work and how to regulate them appropriately • how to recognize and react to signs of problematic personality traits as well as mental illnesses


The course covers important aspects of (positive) psychology and well-being research as well as related psychological concepts (emotions, decision making, positive / authentic leadership or "dark triad" personality traits). The course offers insights into important theoretical concepts as well as practical implications for entrepreneurship. In addition, the course provides a practice platform for students to learn about and try out different methods for improving their own well-being and how to incorporate these into the entrepreneurship context. The continuous practice of interventions from (positive) psychology as well as subject-related methods throughout the course is mandatory. The course consists of a total of 6 to 7 sessions, each focusing on specific topics in general as well as specifically in the founding context: - pos. psychology and well-being - Decision making and emotions - Positive/authentic leadership and conflict management - Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy ("Dark Triad") - Depression and burnout In addition, homework assignments and practical methods and tools will be discussed and addressed collaboratively within the course in each session. Throughout the course, students are required to prepare three to four short, individual reflections on the tools used. At the end of the course, students will look back on the entire course and their own personal development in a large overall reflection. At the end of the course, students work in groups to present a scholarly poster and a presentation on a topic (see above) in the entrepreneurship environment. The first session begins with a brief course overview, organizational elements, and getting to know each other. The second session focuses on positive psychology and well-being in general, before more detailed links to entrepreneurship are covered in the third session. Session 4 focuses on systematic judgment and decision errors (cognitive biases) and concepts related to emotions. Session 5 looks at the "dark side" and discusses depression, burnout, and the "dark triad" of personality traits. Finally, Session 6 is the review day for the poster presentations. All sessions follow a highly interactive, self-experienced, and lively teaching style supported by an active style of collaboration. This course can be very intense, including on a personal level. Therefore, absolute discretion, no discrimination and an open but professional level of communication is guaranteed and ensured by the course coordinators. An open-minded course atmosphere is created, allowing room for each individual's perspectives, opinions, experiences and characteristics.

Module Components

Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology:

All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology SEM WS/SS English 2
Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology VL WS/SS English 2

Workload and Credit Points

Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology (SEM):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)

Entrepreneurial Well-being and Psychology (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

Each block will be taught in a workshop format including input sessions (VL) and individual reflections (SEM). The course is composed of different teaching formats.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses: Willingness to • Practice multiple techniques and methods on a daily basis throughout the course (perseverance) • Work diligently and honestly on tasks between sessions (dependability) • Be critical of one's habits (critical thinking skills) • Reflect on one's life (high-level reflection skills) • Share ideas and give nonjudgmental feedback to others (communication skills)

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Presentation 50 oral 10 minutes
Reflection 50 written 10 pages

Grading scale

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) 1) Presentation of a scientific poster (50%) 2) 3-4 one-page reflections and 1 five-page reflection(50%)

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:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 21.

Registration Procedures

The application process starts two week before the start of lectures. Please send an email to All emails sent before the specified time will not be considered. Full name, study program and matriculation number must be included in the email.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
No recommended literature given.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.

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

Verwendungen (1)
Studiengänge: 1 Stupos: 1 Erstes Semester: WS 2021/22 Letztes Semester: offen


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