195.096 Leadership and Human Resources
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VU, 1.5h, 2.0EC


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • Gaining an understanding of leadership (basic principles, creating and developing a high performance team and reaching goals and gain results as a leader of a team)

  • Gaining an understanding of conflict management (theory, prevention and management of conflicts)

  • Being prepared to develop a team when founding a start-up and knowing how to deal with the HR topics that are particularly relevant for start-ups

Subject of course

IMPORTANT: This lecture is only for students assigned to the supplementary curriculum "Extended Studies on Innovation" offered by the Innovation Incubation Center (i²c)! For further information, please visit http://i2c.tuwien.ac.at/home/are-you-a-student/how-to-apply/

***Content Description***

1. Leadership Seminar (Walter Siebert):

In this workshop the students will experience various aspects of leadership. The main focus is on practical work. The students will have the opportunity to lead a group through problem solving tasks. The analysis of the process and reflection of the leader's practices will be discussed and the insight supported with theoretical input.

Method: Experience Based Training & Development (Experiential Learning; team tasks in the surrounding of the premises.)

The content will follow the needs of the students founding and developing a start-up company:
- Basic principles of leadership (clarity, feedback, consequences)
- How to create and develop a high performance team
- How to reach goals and gain results as a leader of a team

2. Conflict Management Seminar (Walter Siebert):

The part “Conflict Management” covers the topics theory, prevention and management of conflicts:

1.1 Conflicts - theory
- Definition, signs and development of conflicts
- Potential sources of conflicts
- Conflict-solving models and methods
- Escalation model for conflicts (Glasl)

1.2 Prevention of conflicts 
- Communication rules ("Consider I am wrong") and identify sources of conflicts
- Develop a sensor for a conflict or signs of a conflict 
- The SAKE-modell
1.3    Managing conflicts
- "Realise the conflict"
- Conflict solving communication
- External help
- Helpful tools

3. Human Resources for Start-ups Lecture (Lukas Rippitsch):

1. Part: Input-Session on „HR for Start-ups: Making the most of your team”
Method: Interactive lecture, discussion and practical examples
Objectives: Build-up knowledge about strategic HR, recruiting, employment and dismissal aspects in start-ups

2. Part: Case-study
Method: Individual preparation, discussion in small groups and solution in class
Objectives: Explore the management of growing human resources needs, including recruiting and retaining the right people, maintaining proper controls on quality and production and creating an environment that fosters innovation and creativity.

  • Provide an understanding of human resource challenges that small businesses face

  • Explore the challenges of managing staff in a creative work environment

  • Explore HR control systems and their implementation

3. Part: Entrepreneurship-Simulation: The Start-up Game

Method: Simulation and discussion of results

Objectives: This multi-player simulation places students into a variety of roles that explore the chaos and excitement of starting a new company:

  • Explore entrepreneurial strategies, focusing on valuation, determining an appropriate employee mix, matching strategies to early HR practices and equity retention;

  • Illustrate the dynamics involved in a startup and the qualities that separate a success from a failure;

  • Exercise strategic planning, hiring practices, growth management, creative problem solving and analytical skill sets and negotiation tactics in a competitive environment;

  • Provide an introduction or capstone to classes on entrepreneurship by exposing students to some of the complexity of entrepreneurial management.


Walter Siebert is trainer and consultant for 25 years with core competence in cooperation, leadership and change management. He is specialized in experience based training and development and has been working for major companies in 28 countries. He is lecturer at the Universität Wien and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien for cooperation and experiential learning.

Lukas Rippitsch is managing partner of Speedinvest Heroes. Besides, he is a data specialist & attribution modelling advisor for Digitalisten GmbH. Before, he acted as director of operations & growth for Improove Inc.

Teaching methods

Experience-based training & development (experiential learning; team tasks in the surrounding of the premises.)

Mode of examination


Additional information

***ECTS Breakdown***

2 ECTS = 50 hours

40        Lectures (prüfungsimmanent)
10        Individual and group assignments

This lecture is only for students assigned to the extended studies on innovation!

For further information please visit http://i2c.ec.tuwien.ac.at/



Course dates

Sat10:00 - 17:0019.10.2019 TUtheSkyLeadership Seminar 1/2
Sun10:00 - 15:0020.10.2019 TUtheSkyLeadership Seminar 2/2
Fri10:00 - 18:0022.11.2019 Burg WildeggConflict Mgmt. Seminar 1/3
Sat10:00 - 18:0023.11.2019 Burg WildeggConflict Mgmt. Seminar 2/3
Sun10:00 - 15:0024.11.2019 Burg WildeggConflict Mgmt. Seminar 3/3
Mon17:00 - 21:0025.11.2019Seminarraum 351 HR for Start-ups - Theory Input + Case Study
Fri16:00 - 20:0029.11.2019Seminarraum 362 - 1 Developing the entrepreneurial team workshop
Mon17:00 - 21:0009.12.2019 KontaktraumHR for Start-ups - Start-up Game
Mon17:00 - 21:0013.01.2020Seminarraum 351 Team Excellence Seminar

Examination modalities

Continuous assessment ("prüfungsimmanent"):

• Attendance and active participation at lectures

• Group work and presentation of results

• Individual assignment


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
30.04.2019 08:00 23.09.2019 08:00

Registration modalities:

according to curriculum 046 002 Erweiterungsstudium Innovation and responsible STUKO


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
046 002 Innovation


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