Online Course Guide of WHU –
Find all modules and courses of our degree programs.
Please use the filters below to select the term (spring or fall) as well as the respective program (BSc, MSc, MBA, Exchange, Doctoral) of your choice for an overview of all modules offered at WHU. The courses are listed under the modules. Please click on a module to see which courses are part of it. If you would like to find out more about a certain course, click on the name of the course to see detail information. The location of the lecture will be revealed after your course registration on myWHUstudies.
Spring term counts from January - August, fall term counts from September - December.
Important for Exchange Students: As the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Programs utilize a modular course structure, the dates on which students begin and end the exchange are flexible. Please find here a chronological overview of the preliminary course offering for Fall and Spring.
Introduction to Business Administration, BBP and E
The course imparts knowledge of the subject, the theories, and the central topics of Business Administration. 1. Discipline-specific knowledge and competence - Learn about the context and basic principles within the field of business administration 2. Management-specific skills - Develop a basic economic expertise 3. Global business environment - Discussion of issues in an international context 4. Teamwork and responsible leadership - n/a 5. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills - Evaluate and critically think about problems in different functions of a firm 6. Managerial and entrepreneurial practice - Understand the role of strategy, innovation, and organization for the developement of a firm
(Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.)
1) Introducing the “Hochschule” in WHU: Evolution of business schools
- Evolution of the university
- Evolution of business administration
- Criticism of business, business administration, and business schools
2) Introducing the “Unternehmen” in WHU: Evolution and theory of the firm
- Chandler’s theory of scale and scope
- Williamson’s transaction cost theory
- Criticism of Chandler and Williamson
3) Introducing the “Wissenschaft” in WHU: Theory and evolution of knowledge
- Philosophy of science
- Scientific (r)evolution
- Social science vs. natural science
- Criticism of science
4) Introducing the “Führung” in WHU: Evolution of leadership thought
- The elements of systematic management
- Taylor’s scientific management
- Mayo’s humanistic management
- Leadership vs. management
- Criticism of management
5) Introducing Otto Beisheim’s work: Evolution and theory of marketing thought
- Tedlow’s four eras of marketing
- Evolution of distribution
- Economic theory and marketing theory
- Criticism of marketing
6) Introducing management: Key concepts in strategic management
- Key concepts in strategy
- Critical evaluation of notorious strategy tools
- Systematic strategy implementation
- Corporate governance and co-determination
The overall learning method mix across all class sessions of this course is:
- 95% interactive concept lectures, and
- 5% simulation game.
Form of examination
- 45 points (50%): Professor Schäffer’s part of the written exam,
- 40 points (ca. 45%): Professor Jensen’s part of the written exam,
- 5 points (ca. 5%): Performance in the simulation game “Managing customers and segments”.
For WHU students, the course score will enter into the module grade of the study module “Introduction to Business”, together with the course “Sourcing: Managing the Firm’s Supply Base”, co-taught by professors Lutz Kaufmann and Felix Reimann. Both courses are weighted equally.
International exchange students can choose either of the two courses or both and will obtain a separate grade for each course.