Bastian Jörg Bergmann: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2022

Name Dr. Bastian Jörg Bergmann
Risk Center
ETH Zürich, SEC D 3
Scheuchzerstrasse 7
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 63 34
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics

363-1114-00LIntroduction to Risk Modelling and Management3 credits2VH. Schernberg, B. J. Bergmann, D. N. Bresch
AbstractThis course is a practical, hands-on introduction to various aspects of modelling, dealing with and managing risks across different industries, contexts and applications.
ObjectiveThe course illustrates what is required of the 21st century’s risk manager. It provides a qualitative and quantitative introduction to some of the various risks that societies and businesses face and to their management.

The course encourages students to think critically about models and mathematical representations of risks. It identifies and explores the current challenges of managing today’s risks given available technologies.

After taking this course, students can formulate a risk analysis problem with quantitative methods in a particular field.
ContentThe course describes the building blocks of risk modelling as well as the process of risk-management. It examines at different approaches to modelling and dealing with as well as mitigating different kind of risks in different industries.

The lectures emphasise the decision-making processes in various businesses and how risk-management relates to a company's value chain. Applications range from enterprise risk management, natural catastrophes, climate risk, energy market risk, risk engineering, financial risks, operational risk, cyber risk and more.

Note that the programme varies every year. Therefore, all aforementioned topics are not necessarily explored every year.

The panel of lecturers comprises risk professionals from various industries and government as well as academics from different disciplines.

The course covers the following areas:

1. Fundamentals of Risk Modelling: Probability, Uncertainty, Vulnerability...
2. Fundamentals of Risk Management and Enterprise Risk Management
3. Risk Modelling and Management across Different Areas, with invited speakers
Lecture notesThe course materials are provided via Moodle. For each session, slides (and in most cases a video recording) are available.
LiteratureAdditional readings will be discussed during the lectures.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is opened to students from all backgrounds. Some experience with quantitative disciplines such as probability and statistics, however, is useful.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
363-1153-00LNew Technologies in Banking and Finance3 credits2VB. J. Bergmann, P. Cheridito, H. Gersbach, P. Kammerlander, P. Mangold, K. Paterson, J. Teichmann, R. Wattenhofer
AbstractTechnological advances, digitization and the ability to store and process vast amounts of data has changed the landscape of financial services in recent years. This course will unpack these innovations and technologies underlying these transformations and will reflect on the impacts on the financial markets.
ObjectiveAfter taking this course, students will be able to
- Understand recent technological developments in financial services and how they drive transformation
- Understand the challenges of this digital transformation when managing financial and non-financial risks
- Reflect on the impacts this transformation has on workflows, agile working, project and change management
ContentThe financial manager of the future is commanding a wide set of skills ranging from a profound understanding of technological advances and a sensible understanding of the impact on workflows and business models. Students with an interest in finance and banking are invited to take the course without explicit theoretical knowledge in financial economics. As the course will cover topics like machine learning, cyber security, distributed computing, and more, an understanding of these technologies is welcomed, however not mandatory. The course will also go beyond technological advances and will also cover management-related contents. The course is divided in sections, each covering different areas and technologies. Students are asked to solve online quizzes and small cases for each section. Invited guest speakers will contribute to the sessions. In addition, separate networking sessions will provide entry opportunities into finance and banking.

More information on the speakers and specific session can be found here: and on the moodle page.
Lecture notesThere will lecture slides to each section shared in advanced to each session.
LiteratureSelected readings and books are presented in each session.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is opened to students from all backgrounds. Some experience with quantitative disciplines such as probability and statistics, however, is useful but not mandatory.
365-1071-00LCourse Abroad Restricted registration - show details
Exclusively for MAS MTEC students (fourth semester).

It is mandatory to attend the Preparation Session for the “Course Abroad” on 8 March 2022 at 18.30 in HG E 33.1.
3 credits2SB. J. Bergmann, S. Brusoni
AbstractIn this course we go abroad to visit companies, universities and representatives for joint workshops, short lectures and social interaction.
ObjectiveBy the end of this course, you will be able to assess the opportunities and challenges of selected industry sectors in the region of the destination. In particular, we will focus on business transition linking innovation and strategic aspects in different industries. In addition, you will also learn about societal issues. On the basis of your “journey diary”, you critically reflect on your experiences and connect them to your professional life.
ContentThe class 2020-2022 will be invited separately with the program and the registration link.
365-1151-00LApplied Business Ethics: From Individual to Corporate Moral Responsibility Restricted registration - show details
Exclusively for MAS MTEC students (2nd and 4th semester).
2 credits2SB. J. Bergmann, T. Emmerling
AbstractWith leadership comes responsibility. In this course we explore the ethical considerations we are facing as individuals, as managers and as an organization. We combine philosophical frameworks with latest insights on findings on human behavior. Selected guest speakers will provide insights on ethical decision making and strategies in their own field.
Objective- Understand the central questions and concepts moral philosophy and business ethics
- Realize and be able to deal with the diverse set of ethical viewpoints when making decisions (ethical issues are “not issues of right versus wrong,” but “conflicts of right versus right”)
- Understand the different contexts in which ethical decision making in business is addressed
- Reveal and assess your ethical intuitions and learn how to use ethics in business settings
ContentThis course has 3 parts. Each part is structured over one day. In part one we will begin to investigate the reasons for acting morally on the individual level. With that, this part provides a brief introduction to moral philosophy, going through classical approaches and will introduce moral agency and moral obligations. Selected readings provide the basis for this part. The second part will extend the scope of ethical consideration to the business context and to the level of an organization. This part uses insights from human behavior. Selected research papers and reports provide the basis for this part. The third part will focus on particular cases and role plays with professional actors. Overall, an open discussion and a self-discovery of the ethical aspects by the participants will be key for the interactive character of the seminar. More details on the structure and interactive elements (e.g. simulations, role plays) will follow closer to the seminar on moodle.