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TEACHING

 

CURRENT LECTURES:
MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS (GOETHE BUSINESS SCHOOL)

WS 2020/21 -- Master in Finance

Management control is an essential function of management to ensure that the organization's objectives and strategies are carried out effectively. Management can use different mechanisms to achieve control, i.e., people controls, action controls and results controls. The course focuses on, but is not restricted to the use of results controls and how they should be embedded in a comprehensive management control system. Results controls usually involve measurement and evaluation of mainly financial performance measures derived from accounting data by ratio and financial analysis. The course explores the key decisions that must be made in using financial results controls, such as financial responsibility centers, planning/budgeting, performance standards and targets, transfer pricing, presentation of performance results, and performance-based incentives. Limitations of traditional financial performance measures are discussed and recently developed approaches to deal with these shortcomings are analyzed. Eventually, the course also deals with control-related issues, e.g., the dysfunctional effects of control system tightness or using management control systems to spread good ethics within a firm.

I am available for advice on academic matters via email (click here). If you are enrolled at GBS and wish to meet me in person (or via online chat), please set up appointments ahead of time to make sure I am available. Appointments can be made by email only.

THESES SUPERVISION

Preferably, I supervise theses on topics related to the innovation economics and corporate finance. As a student of Goethe Business School, please feel free to contact me via email (click here) if you are interested in these topics. To get an impression about potential topics, below you find a non-exhaustive list of titles from theses that I supervised in the past. 

List of past bachelor/master theses (selection):

- Financing innovation: risks as chances

- Legal systems as determinants for the use of intellectual property for collateralization

- Patents and strategy – How patents are strategically used to channel competition in the market place

- The effect of the Share Economy on traditional industries - An empirical analysis on the bicycle industry

- The death of cash? An assessment on the future of cash in a modern economy 

- Capital structures in the high-tech sector during the Great Financial Crisis

- The current patent system: senseful or senseless?

- Patenting in interwar Germany

- Risk capital funding of young and innovative firms

- External funding of SMEs - An analysis on measures to mitigate financing constraints

- What moves the crowd? An empirical analysis of success factors in crowdfunding campaigns

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PAST LECTURES


Summer 2019:

- Advanced Microeconomic Theory (Ph.D.), Goethe University Frankfurt

Winter 2018/19:

- Industrial Organization and Strategic Competition (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt

- R&D and Intellectual Property (M.Sc.), Norwegian School of Economics (TA)

Summer 2018:

- Introduction to Competition Theory (MBA), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (guest lecturer)

Winter 2017/18:

- Industrial Organization and Strategic Competition (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt

- Economics of Digitalization (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (Seminar)

- Microeconomics I (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (TA)

- R&D and Intellectual Property (M.Sc.), Norwegian School of Economics (TA)

Summer 2017:

- Business Strategy on the Road (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (Seminar)

Winter 2016/17:

- Industrial Organization and Strategic Competition (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt

- Microeconomics I (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (TA)

Winter 2015/16:

- Bank Management (MBA), Goethe Business School (TA)

- Microeconomics I (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (TA)

Summer 2015:

- Economics of Innovation (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt

Winter 2014/15:

- Finance Meets the Real World (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (Seminar)

- Microeconomics I (B.Sc.), Goethe University Frankfurt (TA)

- Management I (B.Sc.), Vietnamese German University

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