Seminar in Management (Fall Semester 2017)

General Information

ECTS 6 (= 4 SWS) 
Coach Prof. Artur Baldauf and Assistants
Assistants Dr. Simone Schweiger, Dr. Adrian Wüthrich, Isabelle Notter, Noora Marttila, Jessica Villiger

Ilija Braun

Contact respective assistants

Credits Acknowledged

Students specializing in management In core subject (Kernbereich) 
Others  In elective subjects (Wahlbereich) 

Target Group

MBA students (basic course, Basisveranstaltung) / lic.rer.pol. students (optional course)


The course will be held in English, and all presentations, discussions as well as the seminar paper must be in English. 


Students are required to submit an application via ILIAS providing the following information:

  • grade lecture “Strategic Management”
  • an official overview of your grades (‘Studienblatt’) from KSL in PDF format
  • your preferred team partner (if you do not indicate a team partner, you will be assigned to someone after the application process)
  • your topic preference (seminar topics will be published on the 1st of July 2017)


The registration will be open from the 1st of August until the 8th of September 2017. Students are going to work in teams.

We are unfortunately not able to accept any applications after the registration period has ended. The registration is binding and cannot be cancelled after the registration deadline. 

In case of excess demand, students will be ranked according to their ‘strategic management’ grade (respectively the grade of a comparable course from another university).


Enrolment in this course requires previous attendance and positive grade in the ‘strategic management’ (‘Strategische Unternehmensführung’) course (exceptions can be made for exchange students).

Course Description

The abilities of strategic thinking and behaviour are central characteristics to evaluate leaders. These management competences may lead to competitive advantages and superior corporate profits. However, managers should be aware of the consequences of their actions and understand the effects that their beliefs and behaviour might induce.

In this course students will be

  • confronted with challenging (strategic management) literature,
  • motivated to thoroughly study models, concepts and methods,
  • confronted with the peculiarities of scientific work,
  • assisted in composing a systematic literature review and prepared for writing a potential master thesis at the Department of Management.


Goals and Learning Outcomes

As an overarching goal, participants of this course should be enabled to write a seminar thesis, following the procedure of a systematic literature review. Accordingly, students should be capable of performing the following:

  • Defining the scope of a systematic literature review (i.e., getting to know how much literature on a topic is available, defining the research question(s), compiling keywords for the literature search, and setting up inclusion criteria)
  • Performing a comprehensive literature search (i.e., accessing relevant data bases and perform the search based on key words and documenting this process, as well as its results)
  • Assessing the quality of the identified literature (i.e., being able to separate better from worse articles regarding a list of selection criteria)
  • Extracting data (i.e., identify relevant information in the selected literature and enter it into an extraction sheet)
  • Synthesizing data (i.e., merging relevant information from multiple sources into one article by identifying and describing common threads; summarizing the state of knowledge by outlining ‘what we know’ on the given topic and ‘what we still need to know’)
  • Writing up (i.e., displaying the results of the systematic literature review in the form of a seminar thesis paper, in line with the formal requirements documented in the seminar guidelines)  


We make the greatest possible effort to account for students’ preferences while assigning the topics. However, there is a possibility that a student receives a topic that has not been in the list of his / her preferences.

Topics will be published on this page in the beginning of July and will be distributed at first day of the course.

Title Type Language Coach 
Attribution Theory - A Systematic Literature Overview Systematic Literature Review English  Dr. Simone Schweiger 
Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) in Management Research - A Systematic Literature Review Systematic Literature Review English  Dr. Adrian Wüthrich 
Antecedents and Consequences of Absorptive Capacity: 2015 - now Systematic Literature Review English  Isabelle Notter
The Role of Routines in Innovation Systematic Literature Review English  Noora Marttila
New Product Development Teams and Cross Functional Teams in Corporate Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Literature Review
Systematic Literature Review English Jessica Villiger
A Family Embeddedness Perspective in New Venture Firms - A Systematic Literature Review Systematic Literature Review English Ilija Braun

Teaching Approach and Performance Evaluation

General Information

The seminar thesis has to be written in teams consisting of two-three students dependent on the breadth of the systematic literature review.

Students have to report to their supervisors on their work progress (e.g., submission of a proposal, raw version) during the semester.

Students must follow the instructions of their supervisors as well as the seminar guidelines of the Department of Management when writing their seminar thesis.


The quality of the seminar thesis will be evaluated based on its content as well as the implementation of the IMUU guidelines. More detailed evaluation criteria as well as tips for structuring and writing a seminar thesis can be found in the seminar guidelines. We encourage students to read the guidelines thoroughly.


Course Material

Required reading in advance:

  • Short, J.C. The art of writing a review article. (2009). Journal of Management, 35: 1312-1317.


Recommended reading in advance:

  • Tranfield, D., Denyer, D. and Smart, P. (2003). Toward a methodology for developing evidence-informed management knowledge by means of systematic review. British Journal of Management, 14: 207–222. (available online:
  • Denyer, D. and Tranfield, D. (2009). Producing a systematic review. In Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 671–689. (available online:
  • Hitt, Michel A. & Ireland, R. Duane & Hoskisson, Robert E. 2006. Strategic Management Concepts, 7th edition, Cengage Learning

Course Overview

Date Time  Topic  Room 
By Jul 01   Publication of the seminar topics   
By Aug 01   Registration opens  
Sep 08   Registration will be closed at midnight  
By Sep 11   You receive notice from us whether you can participate  
Sep 20  14.00-16.00 p.m.
Attendance mandatory
Introduction to the seminar and systematic literature review 
Schützenmattstrasse 14, room 107 
Dec 03  
Send intermediate results to your supervisor (details given in first lecture)
Upload your presentation on ILIAS
Dec 06 14.00-16.00 p.m.
Attendance mandatory
End presentation
Schützenmattstrasse 14, room 107 
Feb 01 12.00-13.00 p.m. Submission dealine of your seminar paper  

It is recommended that students participate in the theoretical introductory course of our 'proseminar in management (‘Proseminar aus Unternehmensführung’), if it has not yet been attended before. Further information can be found on our homepage

By the latest at the submission deadline date, please submit a print version (stapled) of your seminar paper to Noora Marttila (Engehaldenstrasse 4, room 125) and upload a digital version (MS-Word document; no pdfs please) to Ilias.