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Teaching at WHU

WHU students strive for leadership positions in business and society. In these positions, students will be confronted with dilemmas that will put pressure on personality and values. Faced with these challenges, my teaching follows the “Giving-Voice-to-Values” principle. A principle that encourages students to express their values in business life and thus contribute to a humane economy.

I also believe that future leaders should be able to make management decisions based on solid evidence. It will therefore be crucial that I equip managers with the most advanced techniques for causal inference. I strongly believe that students learn these methods especially by trying them out and doing them themselves. Therefore, my courses include a large amount of group interaction, discussion and field work.

Below, courses that I am teaching at WHU. For each course you find the respective teaching evaluation on a 5-point scale (1=best, 5=worst). Number of student evaluations /total number of students in the course in brackets.

Field Experiments in Organizations (Master, MSc)

Since companies are gathering more and more data about their stakeholders, they usually lack a coherent understanding of how to use it for the improvement of their processes. For this course I focus on potentially the most powerful empirical method for causal inference: field experiments. Students learn how to plan, design, and analyze field experiments in organizations. (Find more info in CASCAM).

Student Evaluations:

  • Fall semester 2019: 1.54 (n=12/12)
  • Fall semester 2018: 1.63 (n=16/25)
  • Fall semester 2017: 2.00 (n=26/33)

Behavioral Ethics (Bachelor, BSc)

Not one day goes by without fresh revelations of a major corporate scandal. In this course students are working on the following questions: “What makes individuals engage in (un)ethical behavior?”; “How can we enable ourselves not to fall prey to our ethical blind spots?”; “What measures can a firm take to prevent future corporate scandals?”. We approach most of these questions from an empirical standpoint and try to form a holistic understanding of the human nature and how to incorporate this understanding into daily business practice. (Find more info in CASCAM).

Evaluations:

  • Spring semester 2020: 2.53 (n=18/51)
  • Spring semester 2019: 2.57 (n=7/64)
  • Spring semester 2018: 2.20 (n=34/52)
  • Spring semester 2017: 2.10 (n=9/40)

Sustainability in the Textile Industry (Bachelor, BSc)

Sustainable development and sustainable management are increasingly embedded into new business models and strategies that meet environmental, societal, and governmental goals. The textile industry belongs to one of the most pollutant industry on the planet with major challenges for sustainable management. In this course students discuss these challenges and develop strategies to foster more sustainable behavior among consumers and firms. (Find more info on CASCAM).

Evaluations:

  • Spring semester 2020: 1.96 (n=42/76)
  • Spring semester 2019: 3.07 (n=21/80)
  • Spring semester 2018: 1.90 (n=25/60)

Managerial Economics (Master, MSc)

Taught half a course on microeconomic problems for managers. Obviously, students did not like formal models.

Evaluation:

  • Fall semester 2017: 3.16 (n=52/52)