Lehrangebot

Die didaktische Konzeption des Lehrstuhls sieht folgende Komponenten vor:

  • Interaktive Vorlesungen zur Vermittlung theoretischer Basiskenntnisse in einem Wissensbereich. Vorlesungen finden mit vielfältigem Medieneinsatz (PowerPoint, Video, Internet) statt und werden durch Beispiele aus der Unternehmenspraxis und Gastreferenten praktisch vertieft.
  • Diese Basiskenntnisse werden durch innovative, methodische Ansätze der Studierendenausbildung im Rahmen von Übungen ergänzt. Dazu gehören forschendes sowie situiertes Lernen beim Bearbeiten und Präsentieren von Fallstudien zur Vertiefung und Kontextualisierung theoretischen Wissens sowie Reflexionsorientiertheit bei der kritischen Analyse von Theorien und Best Practices aus der Industrie.
  • Im Zentrum der Ausbildung durch Seminare stehen die Eigentätigkeit und Erfahrung der Studierenden. Dabei lernen die Studierenden nicht nur wissenschaftliche Methoden auf praxisrelevante Themengebiete anzuwenden, sondern sammeln auch Erfahrung in der eigenständigen Entwicklung von Forschungsthemen und in der kooperativen Bearbeitung von Forschungsprojekten. Darüber hinaus wird das soziale Lernen durch Teamprojekte gefördert.
  • Inhaltlich werden prinzipiell Lehrveranstaltungen zur strategischen und internationalen Unternehmensführung, zur Organisationstheorie und zur empirischen Sozialforschung angeboten. Um die internationale Mobilität unserer Studenten zu fördern, werden unsere Veranstaltungen vornehmlich in englischer Sprache angeboten.

 im Wintersemester:

im Sommersemester:

  • Entrepreneurial Strategy (Master)
  • Masterforum (Master)
  • Philosophy of Social Science (Promotion) zur Evaluation

Current Courses

Prof. Dr. Markus Reihlen

Master's Forum


In this course students will present and discuss theoretical positions and methodological procedures that they want to apply in their Master Thesis. The course gives students the opportunity to receive feedback and critically reflect on their chosen design and procedure.

Entrepreneurial Strategy


The rise of the digital economy creates a new blueprint for competition. Instead of creating and sustaining firm-specific competitive advantages, the new competition puts ecosystems and networks at the center of strategic management. Several factors have contributed to this networked-based approach, such as the need for deepening specialization as firms struggle to deliver increasingly complex products and services, the emergence of the Internet of Things, and the growing ubiquity of inexpensive, fast, and digital networks. These drivers have created the conditions for the emergence of entirely new industries or transformed existing industries as they became visible for the field of enterprise software, online social networks, video games, and retailers. Think about Blackberry, which captured the lion’s share of the smartphone market that it largely created for years. In February 2022, the firm announced it would cease operations and development of a new Blackberry smartphone.

More recent political events with the Russian invasion of Ukraine have disrupted implicit assumptions of the world order. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to break this pattern because it will result in the isolation of the world’s 11th-largest economy and one of its largest commodity producers. Russia is the dominant supplier of gas to Europe and one of the world’s largest oil producers, and a key supplier of industrial metals such as nickel, aluminum, and palladium. Both Russia and Ukraine are major wheat exporters. The immediate global implications will be higher inflation, lower growth, some disruption to financial markets, and European energy shortages. Since war with a nuclear superpower can unfold its own dynamics as deeper sanctions take hold, we will move into uncharted waters. We will experience political, economic, and cultural destabilization of our global economy.

Ziel: This course, therefore, combines two key objectives. First, students will be introduced to key issues of entrepreneurial strategy in a digital economy. Second, students will also work on combining entrepreneurial strategies with the more recent changes of a destabilized political system and disrupted economy due to geopolitical conflicts unfolding due to the war in Ukraine. Understanding these issues is key for today’s decision makers. Students will, therefore, have the opportunity to explore additional topics from a collaborative open course Organizing in Times of Crisis.

Philosophy of Social Science


This course provides you with insights into how to do more engaging and useful research. So what can philosophy contribute to social science? The answer is straightforward: it helps to construct more interesting research problems by challenging taken-for-granted assumptions. Philosophy of social science raises fundamental questions relevant to the practicing researcher such as what is the nature of social phenomena. Should we see organizations as accumulations of autonomous individuals, as collective actors with goals of their own, or as systems embedded into society? What is the appropriate form of investigation? Should we rely on empirical facts, on our reason, on action, or on intuition? Can we investigate society by studying individuals or via their social structures? What values and norms of social actions are appropriate? Should we see the freedom of the individual (maximization of individual benefit) or his/her responsibility to the community at large (maximization of collective benefit) as the primary goal of social action?

This course blends specific perspectives from the philosophy of social science with controversies in social studies. My use of the term social studies is broad; it includes all disciplines that study social systems of different kinds and of different levels such as economics, sociology, political science, culturology, social psychology, and the respective socio-technologies such as management or law. This course will enable students to explain how philosophy could contribute to the improvement and interestingness of social research. More specifically, students will be familiar with general philosophical controversies in social science such as the individualism versus holism, the idealism versus materialism, the positivism versus postmodernism debates. Finally, we address the relation between science and praxis and reflect upon the different status of science and technology.

Ziel: This course is designed as a seminar, which requires preparation by students before each session and dynamic interaction in the class room. Students are encouraged to debate their particular views, philosophical problems underlying their research, and research issues in class.

You will find all readings and my manuscript (including all slides used in class) on the Leuphana learning platform myStudy.

Doctoral colloquium Entrepreneurship, Management & Innovation


QZ Management & Entrepreurship


Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.