Dr. Jochen Scholl
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The seminar provides theoretical and practical frameworks for professionals who engage in strategic management and planning, in information management, and in information and communication technology-related projects including such projects focused on using information and communication technology as an enabler for strategic change and organizational development in rapidly changing business and market environments.
Theoretical frameworks will be linked to practical methods and tools both of which will be related and applied to practical cases, and vice versa. Hence, while immersing students into the topical areas of focus in theory, the course provides means for bridging the gap between academic theory and organizational practice. Beyond this, the course familiarizes students with the formats of academic literature, the tools of academic searching, and the usage of relevant academic and select non-academic knowledge sources. In this regard, the course has the capacity of escorting students interested in further studies to the doorsteps of doctoral research.
The semiar is designed for graduate students preparing them for their final year of coursework before graduation. It is intended to benefit this particular group of students in three distinct ways:
In this seminar students will particularly:
1. Be introduced to five of the following trends and topical areas:
The prospects and promises of, as well as issues and problems of
2. Be introduced to concepts and methods of academic literature organization and citation, for instance, by using EndNote (R)
3. Be introduced to major academic paradigms
4. Be introduced to various concepts of academic paper organization
5. Be introduced to and apply systematic academic literature research and review
6. Identify academic journals and other sources as well as non-academic sources relevant to the subject area of interest
7. Practice methods of literature research and review on the subject area of interest
8. Prepare a presentation of a recently published academic paper on the subject area of interest, discuss the paperÍs relevance as well as the criteria for selecting this particular paper
9. Critically assess the state of the subject area under study relative to current organizational needs
10. Write a one-page analysis regarding the impact of the subject area under study to her own organization with a practical example
11. Write a one-page proposal on at least one area of application and test for the subject area under study in a real-world organizational setting
12. Plan and devise a practical tool or framework derived from the theory (the group term project), which helps a real-world organization prepare for or master the challenges and exploit the opportunities of the trend
13. Report on how the project planning and the project itself unfolded and what was learned in each phase.
14. Report on the informational and managerial challenges encountered.
14. Write a critique of the approach, observed process, and findiings of the lead group they observed.
16. Deliver project update reports and a final in-class group presentation along with a written group term project report
Teaching and learning strategies: In part, the course relies on the standard instructor-led format. In addition, it bears resemblance to an academic seminar with the instructor as facilitator relying on participantsÍ contributions as important components to the overall learning experience. The sessions will provide a range of learning experiences that will integrate formal input, personal and professional experiences, discussion, reflection and action. Students will work in groups and actively engage with the literature of the field, both in preparation for and reflection on each session, and as part of the assessment process. Active engagement in the work groups is essential for satisfactory performance in this course, as is regular attendance at the class sessions.
Workgroup and Presentation Scheme: Students work in groups of up to seven students. One lead research group and one co-reader group studies each topical area. So, each student group covers a total of two areas, one area as lead and the other as co-reader group. The lead group is responsible for identifying a minimum of 24 papers and reports (20 of which have to be obtained from peer-reviewed academic journals) on the subject area. Of the 24 papers identified, six (in clusters of two each) will be presented in class. Prior to the presentations, the lead group electronically (PDF format) shares with the co-reader group (and the instructor) all papers on the subject area. The lead group informs the co-reader group and the instructor about the selection of papers to be presented at least two full working days prior to each presentation. In each paper presentation session, two papers are presented per topic.
In no more than 20 minutes, two members from the lead research group present the papers
(1) Key ideas, critical issues, and main results (in a fashion that non-experts can follow)
(2) Paper selection criteria
(3) Relevance for practice and potential applicability/practicality
In a 10-minute exchange, the co-reader group engages the lead group in a discussion along those three main presentation areas via critical questioning.
This format also applies to the final presentations in an analogous fashion. In the final presentation of some 40 minutes, while the topical area is again briefly presented as a whole, the emphasis lies on a practical tool and framework that has been derived from the theory. The practical value of the tool/framework needs to be checked with at least one real-world organization prior to the presentation. A report on the process of tool/framework development and its real-world testing is included in the final presentation and the written report. Again, in a 10-minute exchange, the co-reader group engages the lead group in a discussion about the applicability and practicality of the proposed framework/tool via critical questioning.
Grading method: Your final grade will include the following components:
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