260.142 Basic Skills dealing with organizations
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the purpose of organisations. They can analyse and criticise the culture and processes in organisations. They will be able to assign power in organisations and they will be able to shape their own working environment.

Subject of course

Aims of the course
Gain organisational competence: Understanding of processes in organisations, confidence in appearing in organisations, helping to shape one's own working environment.

Course content
The classical understanding of organisations, social systems, organisational structure, line and project management, teams as high performers in organisations, team building and group dynamics, roles and functions, organisational research, organisational paradoxes, people in organisations, organisational culture, organisational development, social psychology and rationalisation myths.
In addition to theoretical inputs, individual organisational phenomena are simulated practically in the seminar. Teams are formed at the first session. These teams will then have the task of "researching" various organisations/companies between the individual seminar blocks using different questions and criteria, and preparing and presenting the results for the seminar.

All dates of the block course are compulsory.

Teaching methods

Group work: Researching organisations through practice interviews. Analysis of the results. Presentation in the seminar. Simulation of organisational phenomena. Processing of theoretical questions. Discussion of case studies.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Intended for students in the second stage of their studies (Master)! Organisational experience (e.g. internship) is advantageous. Lecture with practical exercises, self-study, individual and group work. Block course!

Please participate on the computer and in a quiet, undisturbed working environment (not via mobile phone - for various group processes it is necessary to be able to see all participants in the gallery view). You need a stable internet connection as well as active audio and video (micro, webcam). The seminar is interactive and depends on your participation.

The Zoom Meeting for the whole Semester:


Meeting ID: 930 4948 0849
Password: 25GWjQeT



Course dates

09:00 - 13:0015.11.2022 - 18.11.2022 Online via Zoom (LIVE)Basic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Mon09:00 - 18:0012.12.2022 Online via Zoom (LIVE)Basic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Basic Skills dealing with organizations - Single appointments
Tue15.11.202209:00 - 13:00 Online via ZoomBasic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Wed16.11.202209:00 - 13:00 Online via ZoomBasic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Thu17.11.202209:00 - 13:00 Online via ZoomBasic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Fri18.11.202209:00 - 13:00 Online via ZoomBasic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen
Mon12.12.202209:00 - 18:00 Online via ZoomBasic Skills im Umgang mit Organisationen

Examination modalities

Active participation throughout, group work, written thesis (the extent and the topic depends on the grade sought, approx. 6-12 pages).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2022 12:00 15.10.2022 18:00 13.11.2022 18:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


Coase, R. H. "The Nature of the Firm." Economica 4.16 (1937): 386-405.

Fehr, Ernst, and Simon Gachter. "Cooperation and punishment in public goods experiments." American Economic Review 90.4 (2000): 980-994.

Pfeffer, Jeffrey. Power: Why Some People Have It-and Others Don't. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. Print.

Schein, Edgar H. Organizational Culture and Leadership. 4 ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.

Turchin, Peter. Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth. Chaplin, CT: Beresta Books, 2016. Print.

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