Challenges in Business Management (CBM)

Challenges in Business Management (CBM)

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Course Details

  • Economics: free elective module
  • FACT: focus module
  • International Business Studies: elective module
  • Management: compulsory optional module (case studies and projects in management II)
  • Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen: elective module (current issues in FACT I)
  • Master programs of exchange students

Seminar Challenges in Business Management (CBM Stage A)

English and German, 2 SWS, 5 ECTS

Topic: Organizational capabilities as levers for the successful transformation of business models in rapidly changing environments

Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Fischer


Prof. Dr. Ralf P. Thomas

Contact Person: Sebastian Gaschler (M.Sc.)
Term: Winter Term 2021/2022, Stage A (XVIII), Stage B (XVII)
Agenda Date Time Room
Kick-off Session October, 22 2021 08.30 am – 10.00 am LG 0.224
Workshop „Academic Writing and Presentation Skills“ Tba. Tba. Tba.
Presentation Day January, 21 2022 08.30 am – 03.00 pm LG 0.224

Seminar Challenges in Business Management (CBM Stage B)

Available for participants of CBM Stage A who have completed the seminar with honors. Read more.

Learning objectives, skills, and support

Challenges in Business Management is an interactive seminar with a focus on controlling and financial management tools for the analysis of the enterprise, business segment, and project levels. The course offers a great opportunity to extend professional studies in the field of Accounting and Controlling. The students analyze and discuss case studies on current challenges of a global technology enterprise. Each participant receives support for his individual topic from a Top-level Siemens Manager.

The main topic for the seminar in winter term 2021/2022 is „Organizational capabilities as levers for the successful transformation of business models in rapidly changing environments“.

Application, Topics, and Course Material


Please be aware that access to the topics list and registration form requires a valid IdM account (StudOn).

We provide the course notes via StudOn: accepted participants please enter the password protected group „Course Material“ within the StudOn-Course (the password will be disclosed in the kick-off session).


Workload, method of examination, and grading

Students prepare a working paper, which will be presented and discussed in class. Students can choose to write the seminar paper in English or German. All presentations and discussions will be in English or German. The working paper and the presentation are the basis for the final grading.

Students who successfully pass the seminar are eligible for a Master thesis at the Chair of Accounting and Management Control.

Workload: Attendance time: 30 h, Self-Study: 120 h


  • Seminar paper (15 pages, 60 %),
  • Presentation (15 minutes, 30 %), and
  • Class participation/discussion (10 minutes, 10 %)

Duration and module frequency

Each module 1 term (Stage A and, optional, Stage B), Winter and Summer Term

Recommended for reading

  • Fischer, T. M. /Möller, K. /Schultze, W. (2015): Controlling, 2. Aufl., Stuttgart 2015.
  • Additional literature will be provided.