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MAN 770 Research Seminar (Spring 2018)

MAN 770 Research Seminar (Spring 2018)

Please note: This term, this course is neither coordinated nor instructed by the MCEI Team but by affiliated lecturers at the Institute for SME Research (see instructors section below). Please contact the instructors or the secretariat's office in case of further questions on content, admission or course outline.


MAN 770 in Spring 2018 will have two tracks plus an optional tutorium:

  • MAN 770a is focused on hot topics in entrepreneurship surrounding innovation, migrant entrepreneurship and crowdfunding from which students can choose. Students write a research paper and present their results.
  • MAN 770b is focused on the topics of leadership, restructuring, and performance from which students can choose. It is conducted in partnership with consultants from McKinsey and Roland Berger. It includes a restructuring simulation.
  • The optional MAN 770 tutorium offers the student to learn how to successfully apply quantitative techniques in their master thesis. Participation is optional and in case of need, especially for students already skilled in quantitative analysis.
  • For detailed information, please read the full syllabus of MAN 770a / MAN 770b / MAN 770 Tutorium in the “portal2” of the University of Mannheim (click Detailansicht/More details) or check out the pdf files provided below (Syllabus MAN 770a, Syllabus MAN 770b, Past Evaluation MAN 770b).
  • Application period is from 01.-14.02.2018.

Course Description: MAN 770a Topics in Entrepreneurship

This block seminar focuses on three umbrella topics of entrepreneurship in both national and international contexts: (1) innovation, (2) migrant entrepreneurship and (3) digital entrepreneurship and crowdfunding. In the first session, an introduction to the topic and an overview of key theoretical lenses will be provided. Afterwards, students together with the instructors, pick a topic and then craft a presentation and a smaller paper based on recent literature. Empirical papers are possible on request, especially for students in the business research track.


Robert Strohmeyer and Andrew Isaak

Time and Place

Introductory Session: Friday, Feb. 16th from 10am – 6pm in L9, 1-2 Room 210
Presentation Session: Friday April 27th and Saturday, April 28th from 10am-6pm in L9, 1-2 Room 210

Learning outcomes:

After taking the course, students should be able:

  • to apply quantitative or qualitative methods to relevant research questions on migrant entrepreneurship, innovation or crowdfunding,
  • to craft an empirical research paper on the topic and
  • to present and discuss the results with the group.

Course materials

General readings will be included in this syllabus and more specialized suggestions will be distributed at the start of the course depending on each participant’s chosen topic.

Course Requirements

Grading will be based on

  • 70% written paper
  • 20% oral presentation
  • 10% class discussion and attendance


The presentation will follow the typical conference format of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A and should follow a rigorous academic structure (Introduction, Lit. Review, Methodology, Analysis, Results, Discussion, References). The time implies that most people will end up with 10-15 slides. You may include additional slides in the backup to support your Q&A session.

Written Paper

The written paper can be of two types (1) literature review or (2) based on existing datasets. The paper should be 15-20 pages (max), 1,5 spaced, in length plus references and appendix. Best practice recommendations will be handed out in the first session.

In general literature reviews requires a careful screening of the relevant publications (primarily peer-reviewed journal articles but also of conference papers and book chapters) in the databases available (e.g. Ebsco Host/Academic Source Premier, JSTOR, Web of Science) in addition to Google Scholar, based on concrete combinations of search terms. The challenge here is not only to gather and summarize the most relevant articles but to synthesize findings into a compressed form.

The second option is a short research paper based on available empirical data (either at the ifm or from a public online source, such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). Here the task is to find an interesting research question, then to analyze the data descriptively and run simple regressions and describe and try to explain the results. A quick search of the literature for similar papers should also be conducted in order to ideally provide a basis of comparison from which to discuss the results. Empirical papers can be either qualitative (e.g. base on interviews) or quantitative (e.g. based on databases or excel tables), though the latter is easier in most cases.


Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions and provide constructive feedback to their peers, based on their presentations. In the interest of all participants, attendance is mandatory.

If you have any questions on the seminar MAN 770a, please contact: 

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Course description: MAN 770b Seminar on Restructuring

This seminar will focus on the topic of restructuring and will be conducted in cooperation with McKinsey and Roland Berger. (Details will follow here and on the portal)


Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens

Time and Place


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