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Buchbeitrag: Erfolgsfaktoren für die didaktische Gestaltung von Online-Kursen

Ich absolvierte meinen ersten Online-Kurs während der Promotionszeit, also vor etwa 10 Jahren. Ich hatte ein ausgeprägtes Interesse an den Methoden rund um die soziale Netzwerkanalyse (Social Network Analysis). Natürlich gab es ein paar einschlägige Summer Schools – ich besuchte u.a. die Trier Summer School und die Greenwhich Summer School. Unterjährig waren Angebote, insbesondere in Deutschland, allerdings rar. Zumindest, bis ich auf einen entsprechenden Kurs auf Coursera, ein Angebot auf einer der großen MOOC-Plattformen, stieß.

Mit dem dem Online-Kurs zur Netzwerkanalyse war auch mein Interesse für die Online-Lehre geweckt. Ich fand es faszinierend zu beobachten, wie tausende Studierende aus ganz unterschiedlichen Hintergründen an diesem Format teilnahmen und sich – in eigenem Tempo und mit eigenen Schwerpunkten – das Thema erschlossen. Da war eine Energie spürbar, die ich in den Live-Kursen so nicht spürte. Und auf einmal war das vermeintliche Nischenthema riesengroß.

Mein Interesse für das Thema wandelte sich dann zügig in einen offiziellen Auftrag. Im Rahmen meiner Tätigkeit als Assistent Professor sollte ich solch einen Kurs auch für die German Graduate School of Management and Law entwickeln. Zusammen mit einem tollen Team, bestehend aus Karina Piersig, Andreas Eckhard und Martina Pumpat, wählten wir einen Kurs aus dem bestehenden MBA-Portfolio und entwickelten für diesen ein innovatives Online-Konzept. Der Titel des Kurses: Human Resource Management in the Digital Age.

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New Course: Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

Over the past year, I’ve been working on a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course, with the title ‘Human Resource Management in the Digital Age’ (you can find the trailer below), together with my colleagues Karina Piersig and Andreas Eckhard. I’m quite excited about the launch of the course in early October. At its core, it is about human resource management, but it will focus specifically on how new information technologies affect the HR function. Quite appropriately, we’ve chosen the MOOC format for this course. We’re partnering with NovoEd, a technology provider specifically focused on social learning. This approach allows us not only to transmit domain-specific knowledge via video lectures, but to let participants work in small groups on assignments, thereby developing their own digital competencies. The course is part of our MBA program at GGS, however it will be opened up to externals, e.g. HR practitioners or students from our international partner schools. Registration is now open, so make sure to sign up! Continue reading New Course: Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

Strategy Seminar with Ann Langley from April 4-7, 2016

At my school, the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), we’re organizing a series of seminars called Methods in Business Research. We’re aiming to hold these seminars about two times a year. This year we had Steve Borgatti (University of Kentucky), giving a seminar on Social Network Analysis, for example. For one of the seminars in 2016, we’ll have Professor Ann Langley from HEC Montréal. Ann will be teaching her course ‘Reading, Doing & Publishing Research in Strategy & Management’ from April 4-7, 2016, in Heilbronn, Germany. Ann’s a great scholar, a fabulous teacher, and a very nice person to work with. I know this because I was fortunate enough to have taken her course during my stay at McGill University last winter. I can thus highly recommend it. You can find more details below.  Continue reading Strategy Seminar with Ann Langley from April 4-7, 2016

SNA Workshop with Steve Borgatti @GGS in Heilbronn, Germany

Those of you who have been frequent visitors to my blog will have noticed that I take an active interest in social network analysis. I’ve prepared an overview of summer schools previously and written about my experiences at the Greenwich Summer School on Social Network Analysis, for example. At my home institution, the German Graduate School of Management and Law, we have recently put on a new series of seminars called ‘Methods in Business Research’. For the next seminar, we’re proud to have Steve Borgatti of the University of Kentucky, who is, without doubt, one of the most accomplished SNA scholars in the field of management. The seminar with Steve will take place from April 9-11, 2015 at GGS in Heilbronn, Germany. Below you can find more information about the content of the seminar and how to register.  Continue reading SNA Workshop with Steve Borgatti @GGS in Heilbronn, Germany

Call for Applications: Six Scholarships @Viadrina @GGS_Heilbronn

If you are currently looking around for interesting PhD programs in the field of management, you may want to have a look at the following call for applications. The program I’m currently enrolled in is recruiting five PhDs and one Post-Doc as of April 2012. Deadline for applications is December 12, 2011. There are a number of testimonials about the program written by me and my colleagues. You can check them out here. For further details, have a look at the below announcement or visit the program website.

The European University Viadrina (EUV) and the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS) are inviting applications for six scholarships in their joint Doctoral Program in Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships.

The aim of the doctoral program is to create knowledge about how organizations achieve and sustain competitive advantage in rapidly changing environments through the development of critical competences in relationship with other organizations and stakeholders.

Minimum requirements for the positions: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in business studies, social or behavioral sciences, or related field. Interested applicants should send their application with the subject header “Doctoral Program” to applications@ The application must contain the following in PDF format:

  1. Completed application form (available at
  2. CV
  3. Master’s certificate or evidence that all requirements for a Master’s degree will be completed by April 2012
  4. One-page statement explaining the candidate’s interest in and suitability for the position
  5. Outline of a potential research project in the area of Dynamic Capabilities and Relationships (max. 1000 words plus references)
  6. Copy of Master’s thesis
  7. One-page summary of Master’s thesis
  8. Names and contact information of three referees

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Closing date: December 12th, 2011
For further information, please contact