Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Management Essentials (Sommersemester 2021)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Eric Kearney (Gastdozenten oder Dozenten der Uni-Potsdam)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 18.03.2021 - 09.04.2021
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 25

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-MK Management-Kompetenzen
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-ML Management und Leitung
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


In the summer semester 2021, this course will consist of multiple videos that can be watched by the participants at a time of their choosing. These videos will be uploaded by April 2nd, 2021. By April 12th, the participants will be assigned to five-person teams. On Friday, April 16th, each team will be allocated a 60-minute time slot (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00) to ask questions and discuss the material with the professor via Zoom. On Friday, April 23rd, each five-person team is to give a virtual presentation (via Zoom; between 10:00 and 16:00). The team presentation (20 min.) is on one or more management aspects in a real-world organization. (There will be a video with more details on the expectations regarding the presentation and the attendant written assignment.) (State: 12.03.2021)

This course offers an overview of the main topics of management in organizations such as leadership and motivation, employee satisfaction, personnel selection, training and development, and employee evaluation and compensation. Management knowledge is essential for all those who at some point wish to start their own companies or strive to occupy leadership positions in organizations.

Learning goals:

The students learn about the most important aspects of managing people in organizations and how to apply this knowledge to concrete challenges in organizations.

Conveyed competencies:

  • Knowledge-related competencies: methods in management research; personnel selection; job and work design; training and development; motivation; satisfaction; leadership; stress at work; personnel evaluation; personnel compensation; biases and unfairness in organizations; the future of work.
  • Methodological competencies; case study analysis; presentation techniques.
  • Social competencies; group work and discussions.


access for videos will be emailed after participant registration


Laloux, Frederic (2014). Reinventing organizations. (recommended, not mandatory)

Lern- und Lehrformen

Lecture; discussions; presentations by students.


The grade will be calculated on the basis of a group presentation (40%) and a short written assignment (60%). Both the group presentation and the written assignment will focus on management aspects in organizations that the students select themselves. Further details will be provided in a video that will be uploaded together with the other videos by April 2nd, 2021..


  • April 2-16: Watch videos that cover the course content

  • April 16: One 60 min. time slot per team for virtual team meeting with professor via Zoom (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00)

  • April 23: One 60 min. time slot per team for virtual team presentation via Zoom (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00)

  • Teams will be assembled by April 12th. On this date, the teams will also be assigned their 60-time slots for April 16 and 23, respectively.

Hinweis: Verkürzte Einschreibefrist! Bitte bis zum 9.4.2021 beim Studienreferat einschreiben.
Please note: Enrollment period has been shortened! Please enroll via Studienreferat by April 9.