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Capstone Module Abroad

Course code
Course type
MSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Prof. Dr. Besim Burcin Yurtoglu
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.

The overarching theme of the CMA will be “Crisis Management”, which we believe is a highly relevant topic that is seldom studied in normal times. Organizational crisis that extend beyond the walls of the organization and into the public domain can have significant long-term negative impact on the reputation and viability of an enterprise (De Wolf & Mejri, 2013). As such, crises will have far-reaching consequences that should be studied from a variety of perspectives, including organizational reputation, leadership, governance, public relations, risk management, employee relationships, and many more. In the short period following the outbreak of the corona crisis, both practioners and academicians have started to (re-)think about the optimality of company- and institutional-level responses to crisis situations (e.g., Nohria, 2020; McKinsey, 2020a and 2020b; see also other references at the end of this document).

We expect CMA participants to work in three groups on one or related topics given below:

1) Crisis Management & Management and Leadership

2) Crisis Management in the Financial Industry

3) Crisis Management: Consequences on Start-ups and Innovative Companies

The goal of the group work will be to think, analyze and make suggestions on optimal approaches that prepare organizations to crisis situations and on how to deal with such situations. We would especially welcome take-aways and lessons that can be drawn from this analysis for the WHU.

The deliverable is a power point presentation that groups can supplement with additional material if they believe that this is necessary.

Date Time
Friday, 08.05.2020 08:00 - 23:59
The overarching goal of the Capstone Module Abroad (CMA) is to provide the participants an international perspective on how to conduct business combined with indirect goals of helping them to network and interact with high-level managers and decision-makers in their respective fields. To achieve these goals, we had prepared a complete plan with a series of company visits and other activities (meeting with alumni in London and a visit to the National Gallery) from May 2nd to 8th. While traveling to London for this purpose is not feasible anymore, there are still possibilities to interact with a subset of these companies online and converge to our original objectives in the best possible way.

Since it is not going to be meaningful to have a full week of online interaction with companies, we have to achieve the expected learning outcomes with an alternative strategy. Hence, we have decided to redesign the Capstone Module Abroad with the following elements and the overarching theme of the CMA will be “Crisis Management”.

Burcin Yurtoglu will be available for support in designing your work, providing sources and guidance, and exchanging ideas in the period till early May.
Group assignment and presentation
Excellent command of english
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