Thinking and Acting in Complexity

Type of Course Lecture + Practice
Niveaustufe Bachelor/ Master
Term Summer Term
Creditpoints 5 CP

Aim of the Course

The processes, practices and rituals of classical management theory are increasingly failing to have an impact on the dynamic markets of the 21st century. The aim of the course is to learn a critical analysis of terms, concepts and modes of action. The focus is on strategy, organisation, complexity in companies, people at work, learning, work performance, motivation and change. The lecture will follow the concept of a think tank, in which students actively influence the course and the deepening of the contents. Documentation and visualisation will be done on flip charts, neither PowerPoint nor beamers will be used. Various intervention methods will be learned and run through by the students themselves.

Lecture presentation on YouTube

Further Information


The lecture will be held in the summer semester 2024 as a hybrid course. As in previous semesters, there will again be instructional videos. These teaching videos will be accompanied by face-to-face appointments to deepen the content.

In addition, there will be an online event this semester on the following date

  • Tuesday, 16.04.2024 from 10:30 - 11:30

The face-to-face sessions will take place on the following dates in the creative room of the IFA Lernfabrik

  • Monday, 13.05.2024 from 09:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday, 14.05.2024 from 09:00 - 16:00

Attendance at the online and face-to-face sessions is a prerequisite for participation in the module.

Further information will be made available to participants via Stud.IP. 


The number of participants in the course is limited to 25. A group homework assignment must be completed during the course. There will be an oral group examination at the end of the course. 

Registration for the course "Thinking and acting in complexity" in SoSe 2024 is possible until the following date on StudIP:

  • Sunday, 31.03.2024 at 23:59

Afterwards, a lottery will be held among all those who have registered in StudIP.

Exam date

The date for the oral group examination will take place on the following date in presence in the creative room of the IFA Lernfabrik:

  • Tuesday, 30.07.2024

In case of contradictory information, the dates of the current examination schedule of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering apply.

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