Business Management Project and Communication


Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences


Version 33.0 of 04/29/2019

Code of Module


Modulename (german)

Business Management Project and Communication

Study Programmes
  • Betriebswirtschaft und Management - WiSo (B.A.)
  • Internationale Betriebswirtschaft und Management (B.A.)
  • International Management (B.A.)
Level of Module


  • The business management content depends on the formulated task. The principle for selecting the topic is the achievement of the learning objective. In any case the interpersonal skills are prepared as to their content as well as supervised and examined in the course of the project.
  • 1. Project task (formulation of the topic and the objective)
    1.1 Definition and analysis of the task (clarification of the context)
    1.2 Target setting
    1.3 Project organisation
    1.4 Process definition, landmark setting
    1.5 Elaboration of solution approaches
    1.6 Documentation
    1.7 Presentation/discussion of outcome
  • 2. Basic principles for project/team management
    2.1 Roles in the project team
    2.2 Effective team composition
    2.3 Organisation of oneself and the other team members
    2.4 Stages of team development
    2.5 Self-responsibility in the team
    2.6 Use of synergetic effects
    2.7 Project team culture, standards and rules
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Broadening
Students who successfully complete this module
... are able to practically apply theoretically acquired foundations of Business Administration in different branches, and develop solutions for tasks and problems.
... know principles of team work and project management, and are able to carry out project work systematically.
... are able to analyse, evaluate and document results.
... are able to explore the context of a particular project and define objectives.
... are able to define work processes and set milestones.
... understand how to present hypotheses and solutions in a relevant and beneficial style, and how to convey to others the substance of the solutions found in an understandable and comprehensible way.
... have the skills to organise themselves and others within a team.
... are able to critically reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in team project work and identify goals for personal further development.
Knowledge Deepening
Students who successfully complete this module
... are able to independently develop task-relevant, deep understandings on the basis of their theoretical and practically acquired business and methodological knowledge.
Instrumental Skills and Competences
Students who successfully complete this module
... utilise project management tools and present them in various graphical forms.
... have a firm command of multiple methods for problem-solving and decision-making.
... utilise different processes and methods to extract, work on and improve information and data.
Communicative Skills and Competences
Students who successfully complete this module
... are able to describe the project and can present it to those involved and anyone interested in it - both verbally and in written form. In this regard they are able to explain and clarify the processes.
... are able to briefly and concisely present challenging issues relating to the subject to a knowledgeable and possibly critical audience, and explain suggestions which they have formulated to resolve these issues, and to defend them in a discussion.
Systemic Skills and Competences
Students who successfully complete this module
... utilise their theoretically acquired subject-related knowledge as well as various creative and problem-solving methods to work on business issues.
... structure tasks and transfer these into processes.
... allocate time to activities and results and deduce critical methods from this.
... apply cross-linked thinking and outline connections to related areas.

A project is characterised by a fixed beginning and ending time. The task is clearly defined and determines the structure of the project. The appropriate carrying out of the project shall ensure that the project objectives can be achieved. As learning method, the project shall introduce learners to specified problems which have to be solved to a large extent independently, typically by working in teams.

Theory and conceptual topic presentation, business cases from practice and teamwork supported by OSCA (e-learning platform), coordination of the whole project and the final presentation are the learning methods this module deals with.

In this module, a business management project lets the students have the opportunity to have first-hand experiences of the relations in a group so that they can also reflect on their own behaviour within the project team. In the scope of the team development, the students are supported to optimise their performance and joy in the team and to mobilise resources for solving the problems in an effective manner. The acceptance of the variability in thinking and acting among the team members shall be recognised and used as a chance for synergy.

Expected Knowledge and/or Competences
  • Foundation courses in General Business Administration, Marketing, Finance and Controlling
  • Management Tools and Communication and Key Qualifications
Responsible of the Module

Hofmann, Kay Hendrik

  • Hofmann, Kay Hendrik
  • Gehmlich, Volker
  • Joseph-Magwood, Abigail
  • von Papen, Jost
  • Kaur-Lahrmann, Ravinder


Concept of Study and Teaching
Workload Dozentengebunden
Std. WorkloadLehrtyp
50betreute Kleingruppen
Workload Dozentenungebunden
Std. WorkloadLehrtyp
Recommended Reading
  • Topical literature: Will be announced at the beginning of each semester, depending on the specific case provided by an organization.

    Team and project management literature:
  • Verzuh, E. (2008): The fast forward MBA in project management. (3rd ed.). Hoboken, N.J, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Ronggui, D. (2016): Key Project Management Based on Effective Project Thinking. Heidelberg, Springer.
  • Stahl, E. (2012): Dynamik in Gruppen : Handbuch der Gruppenleitung (3rd ed.). Weinheim, Beltz.
  • Belbin, R. M. (2010): Team roles at work. (2nd ed.). Amsterdam, Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • Winkler, M. and Commichau, A. (2005): Reden - Handbuch der kommunikations-psychologischen Rhetorik. Rowohlt TB.
Graded Exam

Portfolio exam

Assessment Methods Remark

graded examination

Oral examination/written examination (2 hours)/project report


1 Term

Module Frequency

Winter and Summer Term

Language of Instruction