Current challenges in the Innovation Management

Modul B.WIWI-BWL.0071

  • Prof. Dr. Maik Hammerschmidt
  • Stefan Fischer, M.Sc.
  • Thomas Jaskolka, M.Sc.
  • Nika Mozafari, M.Sc.
  • Tobias Wolf, M.Sc.
Contact person:
Target group:
  • Students in the bachelor's programme (in particular in the department Marketing and Channel Management)

Number of participants:

Limited to a max. of 27 participants.

Admission requirements:
No admission requirements.
Following previous knowledge is recommended:
Learning outcome/ core skills:
After successful attendance, students are able to work independently and in a structured way on current topics in innovation management and to critically reflect these topics. Students are able to prepare the results of their work in a written and scientifically elaborated form and present the results within a group. The seminar enables students to prepare a bachelor thesis that meets high academic standards. Furthermore, the seminar helps to develop and improve important soft skills like communication and presentation skills as well as the abilities for effective teamwork.
After an introduction into the basics and methods of understanding and writing theoretical scientific texts, students independently work on selected topics which deal with current issues in innovation management. Exemplary topics of the previous semesters:
  • Social Media Intelligence
  • Customer Engagement
  • Gamification of Services
  • Sustainable Innovations
  • International Diversification
  • Stakeholder Marketing
The independent handling of the topics within the written elaboration as well as the group presentation and discussion of the results is supported through intensive supervision of the research assistants.
Seminar paper (ca. 12 pages) with a presentation (approx. 30 minutes)

Examination requirements:
Scientific examination of a well-defined, current issue in innovation management in a written form (ca. 12 pages per participant) and presentation in a group with two to four members (approx. 30 minutes). Regular participation is expected.

Registration in FlexNow:
16.03.2018 - 27.03.2018

Course of action:

28.02.2019Announcement of the seminar topics
Start of the application deadline for the topics:
Submission of a ranking list with three preferred topics by email to
12:00 p.m.
End of deadline for topic preferences
15.03.2019 Announcement of the topic assignment in StudIP and start of the processing time of the seminar papers
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
room: Oec. 0.169
Exercise for Analytic-Conceptual Work in Marketing
15.-30.03.2019 Registration deadline in FlexNow
Calender week (CW) 11-15 Formulation of research problem, research objective and research questions as well as drafting of the structure for the seminar paper by each participant
CW 14 Contacting the supervisor by the students for scheduling the first feedback meeting
CW 15 Obligatory feedback meeting 1: discussion of research problem, research objective and research questions as well as structure for the seminar paper Send the suggestions on the research problem, the research objective and research questions as well as the structure of seminar paper in advance by email to the supervisor
till 12:00 p.m.
Submission of the seminar paper according to the formatting specifications of the professorship as hard copy at the chair (room Oec. 1.206) and as digital copy by email to the supervisor
CW 24-26 Joint preparation of a PowerPoint presentation on the content of the seminar papers on a seminar topic by the students
CW 24 Contacting the supervisor by the students for scheduling the second feedback meeting
CW 25 Obligatory feedback meeting 2: discussion of the group presentation with the supervisor

10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Oec. 0.167

Block event: PowerPoint-assisted group presentation of seminar papers on a seminar topic as well as subsequent discussion of these presentations with the seminar participants, the supervisor and Prof. Hammerschmidt

Recommended references for the lecture:
  • Müller-Seitz, G., & Braun, T. (2013). Erfolgreich Abschlussarbeiten verfassen: Im Studium der BWL und VWL. München: Pearson.
  • Gastel, B., & Day, R. A. (2016). How to write and publish a scientific paper (8. Auflage). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.