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MAN 770 Research Seminar (Fall 2017)

MAN 770 Research Seminar (Fall 2017)

In the Fall Semester 2017 the Chair of SME enterprises and entrepreneurship is offering two tracks with different topics in its research seminar. The overall structure of both tracks is similar but you can choose different research topics. Below you can find the overview for MAN 770a, while you will get further information on MAN 770b in the first session. The application process is the same for both tracks.

 

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University of Mannheim - Master in Management - Research Seminar:

Star Citizen: The Art of Going Beyond Crowdfunding in Video Gaming Business

MAN 770a Course Program - Syllabus - a.y. 2017/2018

 

Capsule Course Outline: This research seminar is dedicated to Star Citizen and the start-up firm and publisher Cloud Imperium Games. As a crowd-funded video game that has raised more than $ 150 Mio. and is supported by vibrant community of nearly 2 Mio. funders, Star Citizen is a phenomenon of unpar- alleled success: It holds the record for the highest amount that was ever raised for a crowdfunding project. Moreover, its cast it includes well-known Hollywood actors, e.g. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). The seminar is located at the interesting intersection of entrepreneurship, management, information systems - especially digital community management, communication studies, and psychology. Moreover, if possible and optionally, we will visit one of the production sites of Star Citizen. The goal of the seminar is to apply the scientific method on the phenomenon Star Citizen and to analyze the factors of its success.


Chairs

Entrepreneurship and SME-Research (University of Mannheim)

Information Systems and Management (University of Augsburg)

 

Instructors

AkadR Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Dipl.-Kfm. (University of Mannheim)

AkadR Dr. Dennis Steininger, Dipl.-Kfm. (University of Augsburg)

Andrew Isaak, MBA (University of Mannheim)

Robert Strohmeyer, Dipl.-Soz. (University of Mannheim)

 

Tutor

Baris Istipliler, B.Sc. (University of Mannheim)

 

Secretary

Gabriele Schleicher, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Objectives

The goal of the course is twofold. The first goal of the course is to familiarize stu- dents with the core techniques of the scientific method. Second, it is designed to help participants gain access to the main topics and theories at the intersection of entrepreneurship, management, information systems - especially digital community management, communication studies, and psychology. This familiarizes participants with the state of the art research, its designs & methods, and the respective current academic debate and fosters participants’ understanding of the subject. Overall, the course prepares students for writing a master thesis.

 

Content

The course will be flanked by optional exercise classes (Übung) to foster the partici- pants’ skills in applying tools and programs of the scientific method.


Format

Lectures. Discussions led by instructors. Student presentations. Self-study.

 

Prerequisites

None.

Note: Students of the Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) will get a grade once one of the courses MAN 630 or MAN 631 or MAN 632 is accomplished. Parallel enrollment (e.g. MAN 770 and MAN 630 in the same semester) is possible.

Guests: Students outside the MMM or with other foci inside the MMM may also apply for this course, if there are vacant listener slots (Gasthörer). We can supply these students with a “Kursschein”, but it is their own responsibility to clarify if they will get ECTS credit in their study program for this course. We cannot assist students in these clarifications.

 

Application

Course capacity is limited. Registration via the student portal (Portal2.uni- mannheim.de) is mandatory for MMM students (Open from 4.-8.9.2017). Addition- ally, apply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by sending your student ID, study course (MMM or guest), transcript of grades, and CV & motivation letter (both 1 page) using the reference: “MAN 770a Star Citizen”.

Application deadline: 8.9.2017

 

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Grading: There is no exam. The course consists of two components: presentations and seminar as- signment (details below). Each component accounts for 50% of the course grade.

Attendance: Attendance of the seminar is mandatory & signature-based (detailed dates of the ses- sions see below). Exceptions will be made for students having an exam or if a medical certificate is provided. Students must attend the seminar for a grade. The exercise classes (Übung) and the potential excursion are optional and are marked as optional in the syllabus.

Seminar assignment and presentations: During the first session we will introduce and assign focus topics related to Star Citizen which constitutes your seminar assignment. These can be of conceptual, theoretical, or empirical nature. Depending on the topic, they can be answered in teams of up to three students. It is designed to prepare you for the scientific work you will apply in your master thesis. The two presentations (early- and late-term) consists of 15 minutes presentation time + 15 minutes class discussion on your assigned topic. The aim of the presentations is to provide you with feedback on your research and to foster your scientific presentation skills.

Seminar assignment format: 10-12 pages A4, Times New Roman 10, double spaced, 2 cm margins. Ref- erences and exhibits not included in 10-12 page limit. Attach a CD to your assignment, so that your assignment can be checked with plagiarism software. Hand in all raw data (e.g. detailed search strategies in databases, coded excel lists, raw data downloads), data manipulations (e.g. do-files, log-files), and final data (e.g. tables) related to your assignment on CD. Assignment deadline: December 1st 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CET. Only assignments handed to the course secretary on time are graded. No extension will be granted.

 

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Syllabus

Session 1, 2, & 3: Introduction.

Date & venue: Friday, September 15th (10:15-15:15), in room 0133 (room is tentative).

Introduction to the main theme using a video-presentation of the CEO Chris Roberts, to the general topic, and to the time structure and content of the course. Assignment of seminar assignment top- ics depending on course participant numbers. General introduction to the scientific technique, theories of knowledge, relevant literature, and scientific paper development. Introduction to qualitative coding methodologies. There will be a joint lunch break.

 

Session 4, 5, & 6: Scientific techniques.

Date & venue: Monday, September 18th (10:15-15.15), in L9, 1-2, room 001 (room is tentative).

Introduction to media content analysis and databases available at the University of Mannheim with special focus on the media channel utilized by Star Citizen. Introduction to literature reviewing and synthesis, and refresher of the fundamentals of statistics (bachelor level) and statistical software. Brief introduction to STATA. There will be a joint lunch break.

 

Session 7 & 8: Q & A and discussion of your progress.

Date & venue: Friday, September 29th (10:15-13.30), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

This session will be dedicated to Q & A while allowing time for group work and to share early re- sults across assignments to create synergies from the ventilation of early stage evidence and ideas. There will be a joint lunch break.

 

Exercise class I - Applied statistics refresher using STATA (optional).

Date & venue: Friday, September 29th (13:45-17:00), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

 

Session 9 & 10: Mid-term presentations.

Date & venue: Friday, October 6th (10:15-13.30), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

The aim of the mid-term presentation is to provide you with early stage feedback on your research. There will be a joint lunch break.

 

Exercise class II - Applied statistics refresher using STATA (optional).

Date & venue: Friday, October 6th (13:45-17:00), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

 

Session 11 through 14: Potential excursion to CIG studios (optional).

Date & venue: t.b.a. (Frankfurt a.M.)

 

Session 15 through 18: Late-term presentations.

Date & venue: Friday, November 3rd (10:15-17:00), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

The aim of the late-term presentation is to provide you with feedback on your evolved research so you can made final amendments to your assignment. There will be a joint lunch break.

 

Assignment deadline: Friday, December 1st 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CET.

 

 

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