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Knowledge Management

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mellewigt


Learning Objectives
  • Knowledge of the essential concepts in the fi eld of knowledge management from an economic perspective
  • Knowledge of the prevailing streams, problems, and deficits of the empirical research on knowledge management
  • Capability to systematically analyze literature on knowledge management
  • Capability to use skills and knowledge to work on prespecified research questions
  • Capability to structure and outline complex topics and to contextualize them

The „Knowledge Management“ module focuses on the essential concepts of knowledge management from an economic perspective. The main conceptual foundations are taught at the beginning. Special focus is on knowledge management in firms; especially on sharing and transferring knowledge stocks and flows in multiunit organizations. In addition, the process of organizational learning and the impact of information and communication technologies, and personnel management are highlighted. Moreover, the lecture refers to the gaining of competitive advantage as a result of knowledge and learning, both in and between organizations. Case studies are analyzed in groups of three to five students referring to prespecified questions in order to emphasize the relevance of the knowledge management being practiced. As a complementary tutorial, the reading course concentrates on conceptual and empirical studies on various issues within the fi eld of knowledge management. The tutorial aims at extending the students’ skills acquired in the lectures while putting emphasis on specific aspects. Each participant is required to read a text, analyze it, prepare a handout, and present its main contents in the tutorial.


Forms of Teaching and Learning Classroom Presence in Hours Forms of Active Participation Workload in Hours
Lecture/Tutorial 3 per semester week Working on case studies in groups and presenting the results

Working on scientific texts and presenting the contents (in groups)

Attendance 45

Preparing the lecture 30

Analyzing case studies 20

Preparing the reading course (written text analysis and oral presentation) 25

Preparing the fi nal examination 30

Language German

Total Workload 150 hours

Duration of Module 1 semester

Frequency of Module Off ering Spring semester

Prerequisites none

Forms of Teaching and Learning Tests Credit Points Mandatory Participation



Exam 120 min.

Case Study

Oral presentation 20 min.







Credit Points 5