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Course Catalog

Spring 2014


Course Type: core course

Course Number: ACC/TAX911

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
Group 1
12.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
13:45
15:15
SO133
Group 2
12.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
15:30
17:00
SO226/28

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: ACC802

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Basics in agency-theory and decision theory will be shortly repeated.


Course Content

This course analyzes financial reporting from an information content perspective. Financial reporting is modeled as a signal to the capital markets about the realization of a random variable, which can be interpreted as, for example, profit, turnover, or cash flow. Building upon the interpretation of financial reporting as an information source, several accounting concepts which differ according to recognition, accruals, or temporal aggregation are compared with respect to their information content for capital market participants.

For further information please contact Julia Spiess, Tel. 0621/181-1662.

Literature

  • Christensen, J., J. Demski (2003): Accounting theory, McGraw-Hill; Macho-Stadler, I., J.D. Perez-Castrillo (2001): An in-troduction to the economics of information Oxford University Press;
  • Fudenberg, D., J. Tirole (1991): Game theory, MIT Press;
  • Osborne M.J., A. Rubinstein (1994): A course in game theory, MIT Press;

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Final written exam or interim presentation. 


Competences acquired

Understanding analytical papers 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
17.02.14
26.05.14
Tuesday
13:45
15:15

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: ACC902

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

 


Course Content

This course investigates strategies of normative research with regard to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) from an interdisciplinary perspective. In the first part of the course, we discuss the foundations of normative accounting research. In particular, we show how this research methodology can successfully be applied despite claims of its alleged impossibility. Furthermore, we compare the legal traditions of normative interpretation in the US and in Europe. In the second part, we analyze the existing system of IFRS from different conceptual approaches and develop grounds for their further general development as well as solutions.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades 

Written assignment


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
18.03.14
25.03.14
Tuesday
15:30
18:45
SO133
08.04.14
15.04.14
Tuesday
15:30
18:45
SO133
29.04.14
27.05.14
Tuesday
15:30
18:45
SO133

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: ACC903

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course will introduce participants to core themes and methodologies of economics-based (archival) empirical financial accounting research. We will consider the historical origins (“classics”), key seminal papers and current state of the art publications in the core areas in this field of accounting research. Those areas include:

  • Accounting information and security prices
  • Positive accounting theory / Earnings Management
  • Conservatism
  • Disclosure Research
  • International accounting research

We will discuss selected individual papers for each of the areas we cover.

 

Literature:

  • Kothari, S.P. (2001): Capital Market Research in Accounting, in: Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 31, S. 105-231.
  • Beaver, W.H. (1997): Financial Reporting: An Accounting Revolution, Prentice Hall, 3rd ed.
  • Watts, R.L./Zimmermann (1986): Positive Accounting Theory, Prentice-Hall.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades 

100% final exam


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
11.02.14
27.05.14
Tuesday
11:45
15:15
SO133

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
09.05.14
09.05.14
Friday
12:00
13:30
L9, 1-2, 009
23.05.14
23.05.14
Friday
12:00
13:30
L9, 1-2, 009
06.06.14
06.06.14
Friday
12:00
13:30
L9, 1-2, 009


Course Type: core course

Course Number: FIN802

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Discrete-Time Finance, Mathematics


Course Content

Itô calculus, stochastic differential equations, Black-Scholes theory, hedging and arbitrage pricing of European, American, and exotic options, complete and incomplete market models, consumption-investment problems, term structure theory for volatility and interest rates, default risk

 

Further information

Participation in the lectures is open to all interested students. Participation in the exams is restricted to eligible students.

Literature

  • Shreve, S.E.: Stochastic Calculations for Finance II: Continuous-Time Models, Springer 2004
  • Hull, John C.: Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, Prentice Hall
  • Sondermann, D.: Introduction to Stochastic Calculus for Finance, Springer 2006

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Homework assignments, class participation, and final take-home exam


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
13.02.14
29.05.14
Thursday
15:30
17:00
B6, A302
Tutorial
20.02.14
20.02.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302
06.03.14
06.03.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302
27.03.14
27.03.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302
10.04.14
10.04.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302
08.05.14
08.05.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302
15.05.14
15.05.14
Thursday
13:45
15:15
B6, A302

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: FIN803

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for this course are a first-year doctoral level course in microeconomics that covers game theory and information economics (signaling, adverse selection, equilibrium refinements) and a first-year doctoral level course in econometrics that covers estimation and testing theory. Some familiarity with corporate finance and financial institutions at the level of a masters level course is also assumed, but not essential. If you have no prior knowledge of corporate finance, then some chapters in an MBA-level textbook (e.g. Brealey, Myers, and Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, 8th edition, McGraw Hill 2006; Grinblatt and Titman, Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill 2000) would be useful.


Course Content

This course is intended to enable students to understand and conduct research in corporate finance. It is taught at a first-year doctoral level and combines two objectives. Firstly, participants learn the classic contributions to the theory of modern corporate finance and understand the main contributions to the field. Secondly, the course also introduces some of the main empirical contributions to the field and studies the main econometric and statistical techniques used in corporate finance. At the end of the course participants should be familiar with the main empirical and theoretical tools used in corporate finance. 

Literature

  • Tirole, Jean: The Theory of Corporate Finance, Princeton University Press, Princeton 2006
  • de Matos, Joao Amaro, 2001, Theoretical Foundations of Corporate Finance, Princeton. Oxford (Princeton University Press)

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
09.05.14
09.05.14
Friday
08:00
19:00
L9, 1-2, 409
23.05.14
23.05.14
Friday
08:00
19:00
L9, 1-2, 409
02.06.14
02.06.14
Monday
08:00
19:00
L9, 1-2, 409


Course Type: core course

Course Number: FIN804

Credits: 8

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
by Jose-Miguel Gaspar (which is part of the course)
17.03.14
17.03.14
Monday
15:30
17:00
L9, 1-2, 001
Lecture
by Jose-Miguel Gaspar
17.03.14
17.03.14
Monday
08:00
19:00
L9, 1-2, 409
by Joachim Grammig
21.03.14
21.03.14
Friday
08:00
19:00
SO048-050
by Jose-Miguel Gaspar
28.03.14
28.03.14
Friday
08:00
19:00
L9, 1-2, 409
by Joachim Grammig
04.04.14
04.04.14
Friday
08:00
19:00
SO128
by Joachim Grammig
05.04.14
05.04.14
Saturday
08:00
19:00
L9, 7, 308
by Joachim Grammig
15.05.14
15.05.14
Thursday
08:00
19:00
L9, 7, 308

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: FIN901

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Introductory exam (details are provided in the first session).


Course Content

This course includes FIN620: There is abundant evidence suggesting that the standard economic paradigm of rational investors does not adequately describe behavior in financial markets. Behavioral Finance examines how individuals' attitudes and behavior affect their financial decisions. This course reviews recent research on possible mispricing in financial markets due to the nature of psychological biases. Moreover the course deals with behavioral finance models explaining investor-behavior or market anomalies when rational models provide no sufficient explanations. Topics will include among others overconfidence, prospect-theory, heuristic-driven biases and frame dependence. Behavioral finance applies scientific research on human and social cognitive and emotional biases.

Literature

  • Barberis/Thaler (2003): A Survey of Behavioral Finance, in: Handbook of the Economics of Finance, Chap. 18, 1054-1123.
  • Glaser/Nöth/Weber (2004): Behavioral Finance, in: Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making, Chap. 26, 527-546.

 

Further information

The papers for the Paper Discussion series will be chosen in the first session. Attendance of the first session is mandatory. Ph.D. students who want to get credits for the course are allowed to miss one session. Professor Weber has to be notified of the abscence in advance.

For further information please refer to: bank.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/130.html During the term, current research papers in behavioral finance and its decision theoretic foundations will be discussed and presented by the course participants. For further information about the paper discussion please go to: weber.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/149.html

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Exam, Presentation


Competences acquired

After completing this course, students will be able to better understand economic decisions and how they affect market prices and returns. They will know how behavioral findings are integrated with neo-classical theory. 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
11.02.14
27.05.14
Tuesday
13:45
14:45
L5, 2, 107
Kick-off
13.02.14
13.02.14
Thursday
11:45
00:00
SN163
FIN620
13.02.14
29.05.14
Thursday
10:15
11:45
SN163
Tutorial
FIN620
05.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
12:00
13:30
SN169


Course Type: core course

Course Number: FIN910

Credits: 6

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
10.02.14
26.05.14
Monday
15:30
17:00
L9, 1-2, 001

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: FIN915

Credits: 8

Course Content

The Empirical Asset Pricing (EAP) course deals with the general topics that every researcher in empirical finance faces in his/her research at some point: “What do we compute? What do we want to compute? What data should we use? How should we prepare and use the data?”

We will cover the following topics (and probably some more):

  • Databases in empirical research...access, content, etc.
  • Assets: stocks, bonds, credit, options...
  • Stock returns – monthly, daily, high-frequency.
  • Factor models: estimation and testing.
  • Option markets – information, calibrations..
  • Portfolio optimization – how, what information, performance metrics.. 

Competences acquired

The main goal of the course is getting the hands-on experience in the empirical work.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
21.01.14
21.01.14
Tuesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 308
22.01.14
22.01.14
Wednesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 308
28.01.14
28.01.14
Tuesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 308
29.01.14
29.01.14
Wednesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 308
04.02.14
04.02.14
Tuesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 308
25.02.14
25.02.14
Tuesday
09:00
17:00
L9, 7, 509

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: IS802

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Mathematics, Statistics, Java


Course Content

In this course, we develop the mathematical methods that are needed for the building of simulation models. At the beginning, generation and test of random numbers following a given distribution hypothesis are in the center. Thereupon, simple application scenarios are discussed and self-implemented in computer programs. Finally, the possibilities of computer support by existing simulation environments are analyzed for discrete and continuous simulation tasks.

  • Simulating Random Numbers from a Uniform Distribution
  • Quality of Random Number Generators
  • Transformation of Uniform Deviates
  • Generating Random Numbers from Specific Distributions
  • Queueing Theory

Software or Docs you'll need to have available:


Literature:

  • James E. Gentle: Random Number Generation and Monte Carlo Methods (2nd ed.), Springer-Verlag, 2003.
  • Paul Bratley, Bennet L. Fox, Linus E. Schrage: A Guide to Simulation (2nd ed.), Springer-Verlag, 1987.
  • Sheldon M. Ross: Simulation (4th ed.), Elsevier, 2006.
  • Donald E. Knuth: The Art of Computer Programming, Vol. 2 (3rd ed.), Addison-Wesley, 1998.

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
18.02.14
30.05.14
Tuesday
10:15
11:45
L15, 1-6, room 714-715

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: IS903

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course is designed to provide doctoral students an understanding of the foundation of theory development and contribution. Much of the research in IS draws upon theories from other disciplines, including industrial psychology, sociology, management, and marketing, in developing models to apply to an IS research problem. However, there is a small body of IS-specific theories which are relevant not only to IS research but to research in other disciplines. The course will include readings from outside the IS discipline as well as within it. The course is designed for both information systems (IS) and non-IS Ph.D. students. The readings in the course will deepen the students’ understanding of the role of theory in understanding IT related organizational phenomenon and enhance their ability to theorize about IT related to their own various research themes. The objective is to provide students with exposure to theories, the use of theories in research, and the development of new theories to help them better create new or apply existing theories to their own research. The first few sessions of the course will emphasize the nature of theory, theory contribution, and theory development whereas the remaining sessions will examine particular theories related to IT and organizational phenomenon. These latter theories.

This course will be driven by discussion and as such you are expected to come prepared to each class. Each of you should come to class having read and thought about the articles/readings for the week.
On the first day of class (or prior to this day), each student will volunteer to lead the discussion on one paper of their choice. As discussion leader, you will first provide a general synopsis of the paper and then lead the discussion by posing questions and offering insights.
The purpose of the classes is to discuss what you have learnt from the readings - both assigned and otherwise and to clarify points you did not understand. My role (as instructor) will be to ensure that the key points have been identified and understood and to keep the discussion moving when it stalls.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
24.06.14
24.06.14
Tuesday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
25.06.14
25.06.14
Wednesday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
27.06.14
27.06.14
Friday
08:15
00:00
L 15, 1-6, room 714
30.06.14
30.06.14
Monday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
01.07.14
01.07.14
Tuesday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
03.07.14
03.07.14
Thursday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
04.07.14
04.07.14
Friday
08:15
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: IS904

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods and their application in the field of Information Systems (IS). The course begins with an introduction to the basic principles and alternatives of conducting qualitative research. It then provides deeper insights into three types of qualitative research, i.e. positivist variance-theoretic, interpretive, and process theoretic. For each of them, the underlying principles will be discussed in detail. For the positivist variance theoretic and process theoretic types of qualitative research, the actual coding will be illustrated with examples. For the interpretive approach, the students are required to summarize and discuss particular research papers and to reflect on how the principles of conducting interpretive research were applied in the respective papers. For this purpose the students are grouped into teams. Overall, the course is designed to be interactive. The students may also illustrate the application of particular methods based on own data if they wish.


Mandatory Literature (Individual chapters and additional literature will be assigned for pre-reading to individual course sessions)

  • Robert K. Yin, Case study research: design and methods, 4th Edition, 2009
  • Miles, M.B., and Huberman, M.A. Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 1994.
  • A collection of papers will be provided prior to the course in electronic form.

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades:

The course will be graded based on the contributions of the students during the course as well as based on the final proposal, which has to be presented in form of an oral presentation at the end of the course and in form of a written research-in-progress paper. Details about the proposal will be provided during the course.

 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
16.06.14
16.06.14
Monday
08:30
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
17.06.14
17.06.14
Tuesday
08:30
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
07.07.14
07.07.14
Monday
08:30
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714
08.07.14
08.07.14
Tuesday
08:30
00:00
L15, 1-6, room 714


Course Type: core course

Course Number: OPM/IS901

Credits: 8

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
12.02.14
28.05.14
Thursday
12:00
13:30
SO318

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: IS915

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course aims at PhD students in information systems and computer science. The goal of this course is learning the principles of compiler construction. We are pursuing an interactive approach. Based on Wirth's Compiler Construction book we are discussing the theoretical foundations, e.g., formal languages, lexical and syntactical analysis, and transfer these to a small programming project. Furthermore, we discuss current trends in languages for lightweight computation at the end of the course.


Literature: Niklaus Wirth: Compiler Construction. Addison-Wesley, 1996.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
20.02.14
30.05.14
Thursday
15:30
17:00
L15, 1-6, room 719


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: IS916

Credits: 8

Course Content

Objectives: To build basic theory development skills, to understand challenges in developing theory, and to discuss approaches to writing theory sections of good empirical papers in the social and behavioral sciences. These particular skills will be contextualized within a framework of developing and sustaining a viable research program in the social and behavioral sciences. Structure: The sessions will be discussion oriented. All participants are expected to have read and reflected on the readings. Participants should come prepared to discuss the readings. Don’t be intimidated by the number of readings—many of the articles are short thought-pieces. Participants should come prepared to share their own challenges and solutions. Each of the sessions will be three hours long and will hinge heavily on student preparation and discussion.


Readings: The course requires three sets of readings: (1) book by Venkatesh—several chapters from the book are required; (2) journal articles that are required; and (3) journal articles that are recommended.
Book: Venkatesh, V. “Road to Success: A Guide for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty Members in the Behavioral and Social Sciences”—order from vvenkatesh.com/book for a discounted faculty member or student rate.
Journal articles (required): Various articles are listed in the schedule. Full citations are provided alphabetically after the schedule.
Journal articles (recommended): Various articles are listed in the schedule. Full citations are provided alphabetically after the schedule.


Paper and presentation (optional): Participants should submit a paper (or proposal) by July 15th. This will serve as the pre-course paper/proposal (baseline). Papers or proposals should conform to all guidelines of Information Systems Research. By mutual consent, selected papers (or proposals) will be invited to be presented for further feedback and discussion. After the course, participants will have 4 weeks to make changes based on what they have learned in the course and submit a revised paper (revision). Along with a revised paper, participants should submit a one-page summary of the major changes effected to the baseline paper. Grading: Participants will receive a grade based on a combination of the quality of their participation in class and their revised paper.



Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
28.07.14
28.07.14
Monday
13:00
16:00
12.08.14
12.08.14
Tuesday
13:00
16:00
13.08.14
13.08.14
Wednesday
09:00
16:00
14.08.14
14.08.14
Thursday
13:00
16:00
15.08.14
15.08.14
Friday
13:00
16:00

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MAN801

Credits: 8

Course Content

This seminar will expose participants to the rich ecology of theoretical perspectives flourishing in management research. This will enable students to understand basic concepts, find appropriate theoretical concepts and lenses and apply them properly to their individual research topics. Students are invited to develop creative research proposals worthwhile to be developed into a strong dissertation based upon well grounded theoretical perspectives. The course will be taught in English.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
13.05.14
13.05.14
Tuesday
10:00
15:00
L9, 1-2, 210
20.05.14
20.05.14
Tuesday
10:00
15:00
L9, 1-2, 210
22.05.14
22.05.14
Thursday
10:00
15:00
L9, 1-2, 210

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MAN803

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course transmits knowledge about econometric methods and their application in empirical entrepreneurship and management research. Students will be able to understand and apply quantitative methods for analyzing various entrepreneurship and management related research questions, such as entry determinants of entrepreneurship, firm performance, organizational change, human resource management and strategic management. Students will be introduced to the theory and the application of econometric methods (such as advanced regression analyses, structural equation models, and hierarchical linear models) in management and entrepreneurship research. The application will be demonstrated with practical examples and exercises using general purpose software packages such as SPSS, as well as more specialized programs such as AMOS.

 

Further information

Please note this course will be held as a block course.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Students are expected to apply the acquired methodical knowledge and deliver an individual term paper by the end of the semester to demonstrate their ability to analyze an empirical research question. They also have to pass the end-term exam 


Competences acquired

By the end of the module students will:

  • gain an overview of various quantitative methods, namely 

          Regression models (generalized linear models)

          Factor analysis

          Full structural equation models

          Hierarchical linear models

          Panel and growth curve models

          and their application in the field of management and entrepreneurship research by using different 

          software packages such as PASW 17, AMOS and SYSTAT 10.

  • master several challenging new themes in the area of entrepreneurship research.

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
14.05.14
14.05.14
Wednesday
08:00
18:00
L9, 1-2, 001
15.05.14
15.05.14
Thursday
08:00
18:00
L9, 1-2, 001
16.05.14
16.05.14
Friday
08:00
18:00
L9, 1-2, 001

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MAN804

Credits: 8

Course Content

The seminar serves the purpose of familiarizing students with the most relevant research streams and trends in strategy research. Besides a review of the current state-of-the-art, we will engage in a discussion about the most prevalent theoretical lenses, key subject areas and phenomena as well as the empirical designs applied by scholars in these areas. 


Competences acquired

  • Develop an understanding of the most established as well as the latest emerging literature substreams in strategy research
  • Gain an overview of the most prevalently studied phenomena and subject areas in these literature substreams
  • Become familiar with the theoretical and methodological approaches used to address the different sets of research questions
  • Capitalize on a critical reflection of the current state of the literature, to develop a research proposal 

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
17.02.14
17.02.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
31.03.14
31.03.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
07.04.14
07.04.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
28.04.14
28.04.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
12.05.14
12.05.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
19.05.14
19.05.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004
26.05.14
26.05.14
Monday
15:30
20:00
L4, 1, 004

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MAN902

Credits: 8

Course Content

Introduction

Organizations and contexts are interrelated. First, organizations serve as contexts for organization members, influencing individual-level behavior and outcomes. This organization-as-context perspective suggests that organizational characteristics represent constraints and facilitators, affecting the base rates at which individual and collective behavior occurs within organizations, and influencing the relationship between individual and collective behavior and its outcomes (Johns, 2006; Mowday and Sutton, 1993; Rousseau and Fried, 2001). An organization’s culture, for example, may significantly affect whether employees are more or less willing to reveal problems or mistakes, which in turn may have a significant impact on an organization’s ability to innovate (Edmondson, 1999). Second, organizations themselves are embedded in environmental contexts. This organization-in-context perspective suggests that organizational characteristics and strategic actions, as well as their respective consequences, may be significantly affected by the institutional and competitive environment surrounding organizations. In different competitive environments, for example, organic organizational structures may foster or forestall superior organizational performance (Davis et al. 2009). These two perspectives, organizations-as-context and organizations-in-context, emphasize the importance and explanatory impact of context in organization research. 

 

Structure

The course is offered as a blocked seminar. The rooms in which the seminar will take place will be announced via e-mail to all registered participants prior our initial meeting. In preparation of the first session, participants will read the introductory readings listed below. In the first session, the instructors will give a short introduction to the seminar topic and provide participants with empirical organization research employing a contextualized perspective.

 

Further information

Introductory Readings

  • Dacin, M. T., Ventresca, M. J., & Beal, B. D. (1999). The Embeddedness of Organizations: Dialogue & Directions. Journal of Management, 25, 317-356.
  • Johns, G. (2006). The Essential Impact of Context on Organizational Behavior. Academy of Management Review, 31, 386–408.
  • Klein, K. J., Tosi, H., & Cannella Jr, A. A. (1999). Multilevel Theory Building: Benefits, Barriers, and New Developments. Academy of Management Review, 24, 248-253.
  • Mowday, R. T., & Sutton, R. I. (1993). Organizational Behavior: Linking Individuals and Groups to Organizational Contexts. Annual Review of Psychology, 44, 195–229.
  • Van de Ven, A. H., Ganco, M., & Hinings, C. R. (2013). Returning to the Frontier of Contingency Theory of Organizational and Institutional Designs. Academy of Management Annals, 7, 393-440.

References

  • Davis, J. P., Eisenhardt, K. M., & Bingham, C. B. (2009). Optimal Structure, Market Dynamism, and the Strategy of Simple Rules. Administrative Science Quarterly, 54, 413–452.
  • Edmondson, A. (1999). Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams. Administrative Science Quarterly, 44, 350–383.
  • Edmondson, A. C., Bohmer, R. M., & Pisano, G. P. (2001). Disrupted Routines: Team Learning and New Technology Implementation in Hospitals. Administrative Science Quarterly, 46, 685–716.
  • Johns, G. (2006). The Essential Impact of Context on Organizational Behavior. Academy of Management Review, 31, 386–408.
  • Mowday, R. T., & Sutton, R. I. (1993). Organizational Behavior: Linking Individuals and Groups to Organizational Contexts. Annual Review of Psychology, 44, 195–229.
  • Rousseau, D. M., & Fried, Y. (2001). Location, Location, Location: Contextualizing Organizational Research. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 22, 1–13.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Participants will then develop a short review presentation (first assignment) which summarizes and critically evaluates a selection of the studies provided. Participants will present their reviews in the afternoon of the second day of the first session. Between the first and second session of the seminar, participants will work on a research presentation (second assignment) and a short paper (third assignment) that explicitly links their research interests with an organizations-as-contexts and/or an organizations-in-contexts perspective. Research presentations are held at the second session of the seminar. After the second session, students have an additional two weeks to incorporate the feedback provided and submit their short papers. 


Competences acquired

This doctoral seminar serves two major purposes. First, it will provide participants with an overview on two major streams of empirical organizational research, thus improving their understanding of the relevance of organizations as context and organizations operating in contexts. Based on this knowledge, participants will develop own research questions that connect their own research interests with an organizations-as-context or organizations-in-context perspective.


Schedule

Type
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Room
Material
Lecture
27.03.14
27.03.14
Thursday
09:00
19:00
L5, 2, 107
28.03.14
28.03.14
Friday
09:00
19:00
L5, 2, 107
09.05.14
09.05.14
Friday
09:00
19:00
L5, 2, 107

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MKT802

Credits: 8

Course Content

The course will consist of assigned reading material, mini-lectures, student presentations, and discussions. Mini-lectures will be intended to elaborate points that might be difficult to glean from readings and to stimulate discussion. Generally, the course will be instructor guided but student run. That is, participants will be responsible for reading and analyzing course readings prior to class, presenting the assigned material, leading discussions on this material, and contributing additional relevant material on topics covered. The success of the course is heavily dependent on all participants having relatively equal levels of knowledge about each topic. It is critical, therefore, that all participants read the material in advance of each class session. There is a set of reading material distributed prior to class beginning and during the course.

 

Further information

Required Materials: Marketing Theory: Foundations, Controversy, Strategy, Resource-Advantage Theory Shelby D. Hunt, M.E. Sharpe (2010)

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

  • Presentation of readings
  • Discussion of readings

Competences acquired

  • Explore some of the historic roots and the development of marketing thought.
  • Learn about the role of explanation, prediction, generalization, laws, and theories in marketing.
  • Understand how world views and philosophies of science influence approaches to conceptualizing and conducting research in marketing.
  • Provide opportunity to exercise and extend scholarly analytical skills in order to facilitate students’ ability to conduct sound academic research.
  • Identify and explore a potential substantive theoretical contribution to the marketing literature and present these in class. 

Schedule

Type
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Room
Material
Lecture
06.05.14
06.05.14
Tuesday
09:00
10:00
02.07.14
02.07.14
Wednesday
09:00
16:30
03.07.14
03.07.14
Thursday
09:00
16:30

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MKT803

Credits: 8

Course Content

The goal of this course is to provide insights into research and content issues in Consumer Behavior. Students will read key research papers on important topics and critically evaluate the studies. This course takes an ‘information processing’ perspective to examine consumer behavior. The key focus will be to examine how consumers process marketing stimuli and make decisions. This includes topics such as motivation, attention and comprehension, memory, attitudes and attitude change, and decision making models. Both classic and current papers on these topics will be discussed. Students will be expected to read assigned articles prior to class and be prepared to discuss them. 

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

  • Paper Presentations - (25%): Students will be asked to make short presentations of assigned papers to lead a discussion on a particular article or topic. This involves a short summary as well as a set of 4- 5 discussion questions.
  • Class participation (25%): Students are expected to participate in the discussions on the research articles.
  • Research Proposal (50%): Each student will write a research proposal in one of the topic areas discussed in class. 

Schedule

Type
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Room
Material
Lecture
05.05.14
05.05.14
Monday
15:45
18:45
L5, 1, Roche Forum
07.05.14
07.05.14
Wednesday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
09.05.14
09.05.14
Friday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
12.05.14
12.05.14
Monday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
14.05.14
14.05.14
Wednesday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
16.05.14
16.05.14
Friday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MKT901

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

MKT801


Course Content

This course aims at preparing students to formulate their own marketing research problems (e.g., as parts of their dissertation projects), to shape their contribution with respect to the existing litera¬ture, and to identify the necessary data and methods to conduct their research projects. As benchmark for the students' research projects, the actual standards with respect to innovativeness, relevance, and rigor of the leading international marketing journals will be applied. Furthermore, implications for practice have to be considered.

In this course, students will develop their own marketing research projects (e.g., as parts of their own dissertation projects). In presentation sessions, students will present their research project to all participants of the class and to the instructor. Discussions among participants as well as the instructor's feedback aim at strengthening and refining the positioning and the contribution of the individual projects. Students in the first year of their Ph.D. studies can thus use this course to get important insights for the preparation and refinement of their dissertation proposal.

At the beginning of the course, objectives, general guidelines, and best practices for developing impactful research projects will be provided in a kick-off meeting. Furthermore, best practices how to get published in leading journals will be discussed. Then, students will start developing their projects. Students are not limited with respect to the choice of their individual research topic; however, it is made in accordance with the instructor.

Students will prepare the project by developing a presentation containing the positioning and research questions, a brief literature review, the theoretical foundations and research hypotheses, as well as an outlook on potential methodological approaches (such as obtaining and analyzing adequate data). Students will present their research projects. Based on the course participants' and the instructor's feedback, students can update and refine their research projects. 

 

Further information

  • Identifying and positioning impactful research projects (sources of inspiration,, relevance of topics, requirements regarding data and analysis, journal choice)
  • Paper writing (journal-specific aspects, title, abstract and structure of a paper, writing a good introduction, clarity, proper use of literature)
  • Surviving the review process (prior to submission: friendly reviewing and copy-editing, journal-specific aspects, possible decisions, key success factors in a revision process)
  • Preparing research presentations (structure and content, general presentation recommendations)
  • Presentation Sessions:
  • Thursday, 11 April, 9am-12pm Roche Forum, L5, 1; Ground Floor
  • Wednesday, 17 April, 9am-12pm Roche Forum, L5, 1; Ground Floor
  • Thursday, 18 April, 9am-12pm Roche Forum, L5, 1; Ground Floor
  • Presentation of own research project (positioning, research questions, theoretical background, hypotheses, method and data, potential outcomes and implications) with a maximum of 25 slides (about 40 minutes per project)
  • Discussion of projects with the instructor and wih the other participants (about 20 minutes per project)
  • Guidelines for improving the projects
  • The contact person for this course is Dr. Jana Prigge.
  • This course is especially useful for Ph.D. students in the second semester (in the first year) who have to prepare their dissertation proposal by August. The course is open to students of all areas in business administration. In particular, it is designed for students (Ph.D. or Master track 'Business Research') in the areas marketing, management, and information systems.
  • Please register online for this course via the CDSB-website by the due date.
  • The number of participants is limited to 12.
  • In addition to the registration and for the same deadline, students must indicate the research projects they want to present (topic plus abstract of about 300 words). Documents have to be sent by E-Mail to homburg@bwl.uni-mannheim.de.

 

The following literature has to be prepared for the kick-off meeting:

  • Davis, D. F., Golicic, S. L., Boerstler, C. N. (2011), Benefits and Challenges of Conducting Multiple Methods Research in Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 39, 3, 467-479.
  • Erdem, T. (2010), Spanning the Boundaries, Journal of Marketing Research, 47, February, 1-2.
  • Gulati, R. (2007), Tent Poles, Tribalism, and Boundary Spanning: The Rigor-Relevance Debate in Management Research, Academy of Management Journal, 50, 4, 775-782.
  • Homburg, Ch. (2003), Publishing Processes in the Academic Marketing Discipline in the United States: A German Perspective, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 31, 3, 348-350.
  • Huber, J. (2008), The Value of Sticky Articles, Journal of Marketing Research, 45, June, 257-260.
  • Jaworski, B. J. (2011), On Managerial Relevance, Journal of Marketing, 75, July, 211-224.
  • Kohli, A. K. (2009), From the Editor, Journal of Marketing, 73, January, 1-2.
  • Lehmann, D. R., McAlister, L., Staelin, R. (2011), Sophistication in Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, 75, July, 155-165.
  • Lilien, G. L. (2011), Bridging the Academic-Practitioner Divide in Marketing Decision Models, Journal of Marketing, 75, July, 196-210.
  • Reibstein, D. J., Day, G., Wind, J. (2009), Guest Editorial: Is Marketing Academia Losing Its Way? Journal of Marketing, 73, July, 1-3.
  • Stewart, D. W. (2009), The Role of Method: Some Parting Thoughts from a Departing Editor, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 37, 4, 381-383.
  • Varadarajan, P. R. (2003), Musings on Relevance and Rigor of Scholarly Research in Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 31, 4, 368-376.
  • Yadav, M. S. (2010), The Death of Conceptual Articles and Implications for Knowledge Development, Journal of Marketing, 74, January, 1-19.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

  • Presentation of the research project (60%)
  • Active participation in the discussion of the other presentations (40%). 

Schedule

Type
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To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
25.03.14
25.03.14
Tuesday
15:00
17:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
22.05.14
22.05.14
Thursday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
28.05.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum
11.06.14
11.06.14
Wednesday
09:00
12:00
L5, 1, Roche Forum

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: MKT902

Credits: 8

Course Content

The primary goal of Advances in Marketing Research is to help students prepare to conduct research which is publishable in the leading research journals in their respective disciplines. Hence, the feedback students receive will be consistent with that dispensed by the reviewers and editors of the most prestigious research journals in business (i.e., highly critical). Even when a manuscript is accepted for publication at a leading journal, the authors typically receive mostly negative comments on their work. It is important that students not take criticism of their research personally. To do so would be extremely ego deflating and would interfere with their subsequent performance on other assignments. Moreover, students need to develop the ability to accept and use criticism to be able to survive in the academic publishing world.

Advances in Marketing Research is designed to assist doctoral candidates in acquiring a deeper understanding of the research process and a knowledge of the research tools which they will need to design and execute scientific research on behavioral and organizational issues in marketing. An effort is made to help the students develop research judgment as well as research skills so that they will be better able to assess when a proposed piece of research is likely to be fruitful and when it is not.

Further information can be found on the Chair's website: http://kraus.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/89.html

 

Further information

Literature

  • Donald T. Campbell and Julian C. Stanley, Experimental and Quasi-experimental Design for Research, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1963.
  • Thomas D. Cook and Donald T. Campbell, Quasi-Experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings, Chicago: Rand McNally, 1979.
  • Selected articles to be distributed prior to each session.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

  • Grading is based on paper presentations and class participation during the course including summaries and critiques (20%), an final exam at the end of the course (30%), and the independent research reports (oral and written) (50%).
  • Paper Presentations and Class Participation: You will repeatedly be asked to make 20-30 minute presentations of assigned papers and to contribute to specific questions in class. Therefore you will have to prepare to lead a discussion on a particular article or topic. Furthermore, it is expected that every student will be prepared to knowledgeably discuss assigned reading materials each class meeting. The class participation grade will be determined in part by contributions to class discussions and prepared presentation performances.
  • Final Exam: There will be a final examination. The exam will be comprehensive, covering all materials assigned and discussed during the course.
  • Independent Research Report (IRP): Each student will prepare and present to the class a 15-20 page typewritten, double-spaced IRP. This IRP is the partial design of a study which represents an extension/improvement of an existing empirical study. The topic of the IRP will be determined by each student with the professor's approval. Each IRP will be copied and distributed to all class members. All IRPs will be presented in one of the last session of this course.

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
14.02.14
30.05.14
Friday
10:15
13:30
L9, 1-2, 009


Course Type: core course

Course Number: OPM/IS901

Credits: 8

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
12.02.14
28.05.14
Thursday
12:00
13:30
SO318

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: OPM802

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Fundamentals in mathematics and statistics


Course Content

This course deals with the theory and algorithms for stochastic dynamic optimization with applications to controlled stochastic systems (e.g., call center management, inventory control, revenue management).
We discuss aspects of semi-Markov decision theory and their applications in certain queuing systems. In programming assignments, participants learn to implement optimization algorithms and experiment with them.


Literature

  • Porteus EL (2002). Foundations of Stochastic Inventory Theory, Stanford Business Books.
  • Puterman M (1994). Markov Decision Processes: Discrete Stochastic Dynamic Programming, Wiley.
  • Tijms HC (1994). Stochastic Models: An Algorithmic Approach, Wiley.
  • Zipkin P (2000). Foundations of Inventory Management, McGraw-Hill.
  • Talluri K, van Ryzin G (2004). The Theory and Practice of Revenue Management, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Requirements for the assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades:

Presentation during the course



Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
03.04.14
03.04.14
Thursday
08:00
18:00
SO318
04.04.14
04.04.14
Friday
08:00
18:00
SO318
15.05.14
15.05.14
Thursday
08:00
18:00
SO318
16.05.14
16.05.14
Friday
08:00
18:00
SO318

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: OPM804

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course aims at PhD students in operations management, information systems, business administration, and computer science. Students will receive a deeper understanding of solution approaches based on mathematical programming usually used to solve problems of Operations Management numerically. Implementation details for state-of-the-art methods are discussed. All lectures will be given in a computer lab, where these approaches are implemented in GAMS. During the course students will work on assignments.


Literature:

  • Desaulniers G, Desrosiers J, Solomon MM (2005). Column Generation, Springer.
  • Pochet Y, Wolsey LA (2006). Production Planning by Mixed Integer Programming, Springer.
  • Taha HA (2010). Operations Research, Pearson.
  • Wolsey LA, Nemhauser GL (1999). Integer and Combinatorial Optimization, John Wiley & Sons.

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
24.03.14
24.03.14
Monday
08:30
00:00
SO318
25.03.14
25.03.14
Tuesday
08:30
00:00
SO318
08.05.14
08.05.14
Thursday
08:30
00:00
SO318
09.05.14
09.05.14
Friday
08:30
00:00
SO322


Course Type: core course

Course Number: ACC/TAX911

Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Seminar
Group 1
12.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
13:45
15:15
SO133
Group 2
12.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
15:30
17:00
SO226/28

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: core course

Course Number: TAX801

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of national and international tax law.


Course Content

This course integrates tax law with tax planning in a national and an international environment. The main topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Tax Planning and Tax Neutrality
  • The Choice of the Organisational Form
  • Flat Tax and Dual Income Tax
  • International Tax Planning
  • Effective Tax Rates

The course gives guidance to those students who are interested in research on the impact of taxes on investment and financing decisions as well as on location decisions.

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades

Seminar paper and presentation

 

Further information

Please register at the chair's office (E-Mail: Steuern(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de). Lecture notes are available at the beginning of the term. 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
21.02.14
21.02.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28
21.03.14
21.03.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28
11.04.14
11.04.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28
18.04.14
18.04.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28
02.05.14
02.05.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28
16.05.14
16.05.14
Friday
13:45
17:00
O266/28

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: TAX912

Credits: 8

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of national and international tax law.


Course Content

This course considers in depth European tax law by analyzing the fundamental freedoms in context with taxation and by discussing European Court decisions and pending cases in context with the fundamental freedoms and direct taxation. The course is recommended to those students who are interested in European tax law, court decisions and its impact on national taxation. 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
11.02.14
27.05.14
Tuesday
08:30
10:00
O251/52


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: TAX915

Credits: 4

Course Content

As economic growth keeps stagnating, the question how innovation can be spurred will become even more pressing than previously. Hence, one topic of interest is the taxation of R&D. Participants will get acquainted with the existing research about productivity, R&D, and growth in order develop new research questions which link back to the field of taxation (or regulation). Special focus will also be given to profit shifting related to intangible property.

Further topics are conditional on the participants’ interests and may include:

  • Measurement of effective tax burdens: different concepts and interpretations (backward-looking, forward-looking approaches; neo-classical models, model-firm approach, micro-simulation)
  • Impact of Taxation on (cross-border) financing and location decisions of multinationals
  • Taxation of Labor Income
  • Tax accounting and measurement of effective group tax rates

 

Requirements for the Assignment of ECTS Credits and Grades 

Grading is based on participation and presentations. 


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
11.02.14
27.05.14
Tuesday
15:30
17:00
O251/52

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: TAX917

Credits: 8

Course Content

This course covers empirical methods which were not part of the Applied Econometrics I module. Potential topics are determined according to demand and may include limited dependent variable regressions (binary, multinomial, sample selection, count data), matching estimators, quantile regressions and programming. Grading is based on presentations, empirical assignments and participation.

 

Further information

The schedule of the course can be adjusted (blocked etc.) if interested students are not available at the proposed time slot. In this case, send the lecturer a mail as soon as possible.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
12.02.14
28.05.14
Wednesday
10:15
11:45
L9, 1-2, 009

Lecturer(s)


Course Type: elective course

Course Number: TAX918

Credits: 4

Course Content

In this class, we will discuss the most important recent research contributions in the field of public economics with a focus on tax-related topics. We will evaluate the relevance of new evidence, new data sources, and methodological advances for our own research agendas. The aim of this course is to focus existing research agendas and to incite new ideas for future research. Grading is based on participation, presentations plus accompanying material, and potentially research proposals.

 

Further information

The schedule of the course can be adjusted (blocked etc.) if interested students are not available at the proposed time slot. In this case, send the lecturer a mail as soon as possible.


Schedule

Type
From
To
Weekday
From
To
Room
Material
Lecture
14.02.14
28.05.14
Friday
10:15
11:45
O251/52

Register

Business Spring 2014

ACC/TAX911
Brown Bag Seminar Empirical Accounting & Taxation
ACC802
Analytical Research in Accounting
ACC902
Normative Accounting Research
ACC903
Empirical Accounting Research
Brown Bag Seminar
FIN802
Continuous-Time Finance
FIN803
Corporate Finance
FIN804
Econometrics of Financial Markets
FIN901
Behavioral Finance
FIN910
Finance Area Research Seminar
FIN915
Empirical Asset Pricing
IS802
Simulation
IS903
Information Systems Theories
IS904
Qualitative Research Methods in Information Systems
OPM/IS901
Research Seminar Operations Management & Operations Research
IS915
Compiler Construction
IS916
Building a Research Program and Theory Development
MAN801
Advances in Entrepreneurship and Management Research
MAN803
Applied Econometrics in Management and Entrepreneurship Research
MAN804
Advances in Strategic Management
MAN902
Advanced Organization Theories
MKT802
Marketing Theories
MKT803
Consumer Behavior
MKT901
Designing Marketing Research Projects
MKT902
Advances in Marketing Research
OPM802
Dynamic and Stochastic Models in Supply Chain Research
OPM804
Advanced OR Methods in Operations Management
TAX801
Business Taxation - Tax Law and Tax Planning
TAX912
European Tax Law
TAX915
Topics in International Taxation
TAX917
Applied Econometrics II
TAX918
Recent Contributions in Public Economics/Taxation