Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization (ISTO)

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Teaching Program Master

Our M.Sc. teaching program deepens the understanding of strategic and organizational questions. Hence, the focus shifts from specific industries such as ICTs to a theoretical perspective shedding light on current research in the fields of strategy, organization design and organizational behavior. We further want to give students guidance in how to develop high quality academic work that is both rigorous and relevant. The discussion of case studies in classes and our project courses enables students to apply the theoretical concepts to real world phenomena.

Teaching Summer Term 2018

The lecture Strategy & Innovation (formerly Competitive Strategy) provides answers to the important question of how firms can achieve and sustain a competitive advantage, especially in turbulent environments. It links theoretical concepts to real-life examples emphasizing innovation and technology-intensive industries. While the lectures mainly focus on theoretical concepts, students work on exercises and case studies related to these concepts during the tutorials.

The project course Strategy, Technology and Organization gives students an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-life project situations. Teams of two to three students work on projects with partner companies. The project topics focus mainly on strategic and organizational questions in high-technology industries.

The MBR Core Course Presentations and Reports aims to familiarize students with the process of presenting results as presenting work in progress for critical appraisal is vital for later publication success. This course focuses on presentations of work in progress and on appraising papers in the form of reviews. It contributes to the students' understanding of the complex system of conducting research, publishing results and participating in the scientific community.