Prof. Dr. Thomas Mellewigt
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.