Seminar in Management (Spring Semester 2017)

General Information

ECTS 6 (= 4 SWS) 
Professor Prof. Dr. Artur Baldauf
Assistant(s)  Adrian WüthrichDr. Simone Schweiger, Isabelle Notter, Jessica VilligerNoora Marttila,
Contact  adrian.wuethrich@imu,,,,,

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. 


Title Type Coach
The Relationship between Absorptive Capacity and Innovation Outcomes: A Systematic Literature Review Systematic Literature Review Noora Marttila
Antecedents of Absorptive Capacity: Influence of Inter-Organizational Network Characteristics on a Firm's Absorptive Capacity Systematic Literature Review  Isabelle Notter
Differences and Commonalities Between Different Types of Venture Teams in the Corporate Context Systematic Literature Review  Jessica Villiger
Entrepreneurial Orientation and Top Management Teams Systematic Literature Review  Jessica Villiger
Research on Organizational Configurations (2008-2016): A Systematic Literature Review Systematic Literature Review  Adrian Wüthrich
Team Innovation Research (2009-2016): A Systematic Literature Review Systematic Literature Review  Adrian Wüthrich
A Systematic Literature Review of the Attribution Theory  Systematic Literature Review  Simone Schweiger


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 January 26, 2016).


The registration will be open until the 08th of February 2017. Topics will be published on this page by the 26th of January 2017. Students will work in teams.

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).

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. 



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

Teaching Approach and Performance Evaluation

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

1. Topic distribution

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.

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

2. Form of the seminar paper

The seminar paper must be in English.

Double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 2.54 margins on all sides.

Abstract that summarizes the seminar paper: maximum of 250 words

Page limit: 35-40 text pages (without abstract, tables, figures, and references)

Referencing style: Books and journal articles should be referred to in the text by the authors name and year of publication, e.g. (May and Phillips 1992) or May and Phillips (1992). Where there are multiple citations within the text, they should be ordered chronologically then alphabetically. A full reference list (ordered alphabetically) should be included at the end of the paper using the following convention:

  • Article in journal:

Levine, E.L., Ash, R.A. and Bennett, N. (1980). Exploratory comparative study of four job analysis methods. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol.65 (Issue 3), pp. 524-535.

  • Book:

Neter, J., Kutner, M.H., Nachtsheim, C.J. and Wasserman, W. (1996). Applied Linear Regression Models. Homewood, IL: Irwin.

  • Chapter in a book:

O’Reilly, C., Snyder R. and Boothe J. (1993). Effects of executive team demography on organizational change. In Humber, G. and Glick, W. (eds), Organizational Change and Redesign: Ideas and Insights for Improving Performance, 2nd edn. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 147–175.

Where reference is made to more than one work published by the same author in a single year, a suffix, a, b, etc. should follow the date, thus: (Smith 1989b).

Please ensure that all citations in the text are listed in full in the reference list, and that all entries in the reference list are cited in the text.

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.

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:

Course Overview

Date Time  Topic  Room 
08 Feb   Registration will be closed at midnight   
By Feb 15
You receive notice from us whether you can participate  
22 Feb 14.00 – 16.00 p.m. Introduction to the seminar and systematic literature review (attendance compulsory) Schützenmattstrasse 14, Room 107
22 Mar   Send intermediate results to your supervisor via e-Mail (details given in the first lecture)  
24 Apr
Please upload your presentation on Ilias  
03 May 10.00 – 12.00 a.m.                  End presentation (attendance compulsory) Schützenmattstrasse 14,Room 107
04 Jul 12.00 a.m. – 13.00 p.m. Submission deadline of your seminar paper  Engenhaldenstrasse 4, Room 123

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 Adrian Wüthrich (Engehaldenstrasse 4, Room 123) and upload a digital version (MS-Word document; no pdfs please) to Ilias.