Volker Hoffmann: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann
FieldSustainability and Technology
Address
Nachhaltigkeit und Technol. D-MTEC
ETH Zürich, WEV J 412
Weinbergstr. 56/58
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 05 40
Fax+41 44 632 10 45
E-mailvhoffmann@ethz.ch
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
351-0778-00LDiscovering Management
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC. This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01.
3 credits3GB. Clarysse, S. Brusoni, S. Feuerriegel, G. Grote, V. Hoffmann, T. Netland, G. von Krogh
AbstractDiscovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. The module provides an overview of the principles of management, teaches knowledge about management that is highly complementary to the students' technical knowledge, and provides a basis for advancing the knowledge of the various subjects offered at D-MTEC.
ObjectiveDiscovering Management combines in an innovate format a set of theory lectures and a series of case studies. The learning model for Discovering Management involves 'learning by doing'. The objective is to introduce the students to the relevant topics of the management literature and give them a good introduction in entrepreneurship topics too. The course is a series of lectures on the topics of strategy, innovation, leadership, productions and operations management and corporate social responsibility. While the different theory lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations, the experiential learning outcomes result from the case studies.
ContentDiscovering Management aims to broaden the students' understanding of the principles of business management, emphasizing the interdependence of various topics in the development and management of a firm. The lectures introduce students not only to topics relevant for managing large corporations, but also touch upon the different aspects of starting up your own venture. The lectures will be presented by the respective area specialists at D-MTEC.
The course broadens the view and understanding of technology by linking it with its commercial applications and with society. The lectures are designed to introduce students to topics related to strategy, corporate innovation, leadership, value chain analysis, corporate social responsibility, and information management. Practical examples from case studies will stimulate the students to critically assess these issues.
Prerequisites / NoticeDiscovering Management is designed to suit the needs and expectations of Bachelor students at all levels as well as Master and PhD students not belonging to D-MTEC. By providing an overview of Business Management, this course is an ideal enrichment of the standard curriculum at ETH Zurich.
No prior knowledge of business or economics is required to successfully complete this course.
363-0387-00LCorporate Sustainability3 credits2GV. Hoffmann, J. Meuer
AbstractThe lecture explores current challenges of corporate sustainability and prepares students to become champions for sustainable business practices. In the Autumn Semester 2020, the lecture will be taught fully online. During the lecture phase, students will learn central concepts of corporate sustainability; during the track they work in teams on solving sustainability challenges.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course, students will be able to:
- Assess the limits and the potential of companies to sustainable development
- Critically evaluate and formulate statements, decisions, and arguments in the context of corporate sustainability
- Recognize and realize opportunities for corporate sustainability in a business environment
ContentThe course has a lecture phase (week 1-6) and a track phase (week 7-13). During the lecture phase, students will learn about why corporate sustainability matters, complete several video tutorials and e-modules to understand important concepts of corporate sustainability, and critically apply these concepts in the context of a case study. The lecture phase builds the foundation for the track phase.
During the track phase, students participate in one of four tracks in which researchers coach teams of 4-5 students towards a final project. Our ambition is that students improve their analytic and organizational skills and can confidently pursue corporate sustainability in a professional setting. Course participants share the result of their group work in a group puzzle session.
The course concludes with a reflection session and the final exam.
https://sustec.ethz.ch/teaching/lectures/corporate-sustainability.html
Lecture notesPresentation slides and video scripts will be available on Moodle.
LiteratureThe Syllabus for the lecture contains recommended readings for each session.