Seminar in Management & Entrepreneurship (Spring Semester 2020)
|Students specializing in management:||in core subject (Kernbereich)|
|Others||in elective subjects (Wahlbereich)|
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.
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 January, topic preferences have to be indicated on ILIAS.
|Antecedents and Consequences of Absorptive Capacity||SLR||Isabelle Notter|
|How is failure measured in academic journals? A Systematic Literature Review||SLR||Jessica Villiger|
|A Systematic Literature Review on Authentic Leadership||SLR||Dr. Simone Schweiger|
|Entrepreneurial Exit - Failure, Sucess, or Both? Identifiying Relevant Constructs.||SLR||Ilija Braun|
|Literature Review on Disruptive Innovation||SLR||Esther Moosauer|
|Determining Factors in New Venture Performance||SLR||Johannes Brieler|
Students are required to submit an application via ILIAS (https://ilias.unibe.ch/goto_ilias3_unibe_crs_1689575.html) 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 are published on our website).
The registration will be open from 24th of January until February 5th, 2020. 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, cannot be cancelled after the registration deadline, and is a necessary precondition to participate in the course without exceptions.
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 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)
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 on www.cemba.org)
- 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 on www.cemba.org)
- Hitt, Michel A. & Ireland, R. Duane & Hoskisson, Robert E. 2006. Strategic Management Concepts, 7th edition, Cengage Learning
|By Jan 24||Registration opens|
||Registration will be closed at midnight|
|By February 7||
||You receive notice from us whether you can participate|
||10.00 - 12.00 a.m.||Introduction to the seminar and systematic literature review (attendance compulsory)||Schützenmattstrasse 14, Room 107|
Checkpoint & Feedback: Send indicated documents to your supervisor.
||11.00 - 12.00 a.m.||Submission deadline of your seminar paper||Engenhaldenstrasse 4, Room 123|