330.240 Controlling
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

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

  • Design double-closed loop management control systems in the PDCA modeling language that are adequate for capturing uncertainty in the business environment
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of Traditional Budgeting, Beyond Budgeting, Activity-Based Budgeting and Continuous Budgeting within a solid foundation
  • Calculate Enterprise Business Cycles and corresponding Growth Cycles with the Rate-Of-Change (ROC)-forecasting approach
  • Calculate accurate predictions by using the scorecard modeling approach
  • Analyse more difficult systemic relationships with structural equations models
  • Determine optimal investment decisions by using the Minimum Exceedance Probability-optimization
  • Determine optimal Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) decisions by using the stochastic control theory

Subject of course

In this lecture the focus lies on the design of Management Control Systems (MCS) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) surrounded by an uncertain business environment predominantly by 1) considering Double Closed-Loop Management Control Systems (e.g. Balanced Scorecard), 2) using predictive analytics methods in the corporate planning, forecasting and budgeting domain (e.g. ROC-based forecasting) and in the risk management (e.g. scorecard modeling in predictive maintenance domain), and 3) applying optimization procedure in the decision supporting systems e.g. Minimum Exceedance Probability (MEP) approach in the investment decision domain and the stochastic dynamic control theory in the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) domain.

Teaching methods

Imagine, your are hired by a company as an assistant of the executive board with the following responsibilities: 1) You assist the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in setting up a Management Control System (MCS) in form of a double closed-loop planning and control system that is adequate for the firm’s uncertain business environment. 2) You are supporting the executive board in the corporate planning, forecasting and budgeting tasks by promoting predictive analytics methods. 3) You support the Chief Production Officer (CPO) in the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) for deriving stochastic optimal production plans. 4) With individual responsibility you design a closed-loop system for the resource consumption-based planning and the variance-based control of direct material cost and indirect overhead costs in the production domain.

In this course you acquire the needed knowledge, skills and competences for performing these tasks by discussing the key concepts according to the scholarly literature, by performing group work in break out sessions, by solving programming problems in the statistics language R and by performing a project assignment as group work.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu08:00 - 10:0008.10.2020 - 21.01.2021 (LIVE)Controlling
Controlling - Single appointments
Thu08.10.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu15.10.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu22.10.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu29.10.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu05.11.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu12.11.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu19.11.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu26.11.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu03.12.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu10.12.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu17.12.202008:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu07.01.202108:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu14.01.202108:00 - 10:00 Controlling
Thu21.01.202108:00 - 10:00 Controlling

Examination modalities

  • Proactive (ex-ante) preparation of weekly reading assignments
  • Permanent participation
  • Project assignment
  • Peer-Review
  • Final exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
05.09.2020 12:00 07.10.2020 23:59 07.10.2020 23:59


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Distance Learning via TUWEL

Previous knowledge

  • Financial Accounting
  • Investment and Financing
  • Management Accounting