International Business Administration
Modules 1 – 4: Reflective Academic Skills
In the first four modules of the program, students are introduced to various forms of academic reflection, in close connection to the modules and projects. Their central aim is to increase students’ analytical competencies: scientific integrity, academic writing, argumentation theory and practice, decision-making theory, and practice (including reflections on uncertainty and cognitive biases), and problem identification and problem statements.
RESTS Teacher: Adam Henschke (Section Philosophy)
Module 11: Strategic and Responsible Foresight
Students acquire anticipatory intelligence for supporting corporate innovation strategies to innovate in a socially responsible way. They are introduced in the theory, methods, and practice of strategic foresight and responsible innovation in businesses. Core themes are the role of promises in new and emerging technologies; the dynamics of innovation and social change; assessing the social, cultural, and ethical implications of new and emerging technologies. Insights are applied in a business case and the module project to understand the social and organizational conditions to innovate responsibly, to contribute to a sustainable, inclusive future society, and deduce strategic and reflexive management recommendations from foresight.
RESTS Teachers: Kornelia Konrad and Peter Stegmaier (KiTeS)
Module 11: Business Ethics (CHANGEL)
In order to develop their skills as responsible professionals, this part of module 11 enables students to analyze and evaluate how companies and their managers, employees, investors, and others cope with ethical dilemmas, including phenomena like socially responsible entrepreneurship and innovation. It familiarizes students with the main ethical theories (deontological ethics, teleological ethics, and utilitarianism) in the context of organizations, and helps them to analyze mechanisms for coping with ethical dilemmas by individuals (managers, employees, engineers, investors) and companies, including ethical reasoning, value systems, and business practices.
RESTS Teachers: Alexandria Poole and Michel Bourban (Section Philosophy)