Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Management Essentials (Wintersemester 2020/2021)

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

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10. -04.11.2020
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 30

Studiengänge & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Management-Kompetenzen
  • Management und Leitung
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


In the winter semester 2020/21, this course will consist of multiple videos that will cover management topics (with an emphasis on managing people, rather than strategic management) and can be watched by the participants at a time of their choosing via the Moodle of the University of Potsdam. These videos will be uploaded by November 6th, 2020. At that time, the participants will be assigned to four-person teams. On Friday, November 20th, or Saturday, November 21st, each team will be allocated a 45-minute time slot (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00) to ask questions and discuss the material with the professor via Zoom. On Friday, November 27th, or Saturday, November 28th, each four-person team is to give a virtual presentation (via Zoom; between 10:00 and 16:00). The team presentation (15-20 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.) (Stand: 13.10.2020)

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.


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 November 6th.


  • November 6-20: Watch videos that cover the course content
  • November 20/21: One 45 min. time slot per team for virtual team meeting with professor via Zoom (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00)
  • November 27/28: One 45 min. time slot per team for virtual team presentation via Zoom (sometime between 10:00 and 16:00)
  • Teams will be assembled by November 6th. On this date, the teams will also be assigned their 45-time slots for November 20/21 and November 27/28, respectively.

Die Videos zum Kurs werden über das Moodle der Uni Potsdam zur Verfügung gestellt. Details zum Kurs erhalten Sie von Prof. Kearney vorab per Mail.