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Didactic Guidelines


Intellectual Understanding and Education — Essential, Current
When it comes to the subject area of "Organization and Innovation", the starting point in academic education lies in an expert understanding of business. On one hand, the focus is particularly important because fundamental ideas - such as studies, models, and theories - possess a high-degree of explanatory power and on the other hand, there is a focus on particularly contemporary ideas which not only demonstrate current advancements in the field, but also just how research in organization and innovation is continually evolving. The latter is conducted in close interaction between education and the institute's independent research.

Mindset — Deconstructive, Critical, Creative
Students studying "Organization and Innovation" are not 'blank slates' as their life experience has provided a wealth of varying conscious ideas in regard to just how people, organizations, change, and creativity "work". The goal is to become increasingly aware of one's own (often still implicit) models and critically question this as well as subject-related academic, scholarly, and scientific knowledge. As part of intensive debate and discussion between personal life experiences and scholarly texts, students become "knowledge brokers", capable of tapping into various high-quality sources of information as well as critically questioning new findings and gauging their response to action. When training students to think in this way - a way that will prove to still be extremely important, even when most of what the student has learned during the course has long since become obsolete - scientific methods will continue to play a key role: systematically researching the literature, writing small theory papers, looking at cases and field studies, collecting and evaluating qualitative and quantitative data, etc. will give students an opportunity to actively apply what they have learned and generate new ideas and a new understanding. This is why they are given high priority in the subject area of "Organization and Innovation".

Action — Hands-On, Real-World Experience and a Strong Social Skill Set
In addition to content-related education, training the power to act has a permanent place in the subject area of "Organization and Innovation". Honing interpersonal and intercultural skills is an integral part of the curriculum, starting at the undergraduate level. Courses are not only taught by business experts (especially when it comes to training skills) and guest professors who help build bridges between university and real-world practices, but also by professors experienced in executive managerial education as well as providing business consulting services to support organizations.

Our courses are offered in both German and English.