International Business Administration:
modules 1 – 4: Academic reflection
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 competences: 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.
module 11: Strategic and responsible foresight
Students acquire anticipatory intelligence for supporting corporate innovation strategies to innovate in a social responsible way. They are introduced in the theory, methods and practice of strategic foresight and responsible innovation. 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; the social and organizational conditions to innovate responsibly to contribute to a sustainable, inclusive future society; deducing strategic and reflexive management recommendations from a foresight project.
module 11: Business ethics
In order to develop their skills as responsible professionals, this course 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.