Introduction to Business Administration

Introduction to Business Administration

Responsible for module:  Prof. Dr. Joern Hoppmann
Teaching format:  Lecture + tutorials

Exam (normally in the second week after the last lecture)

ECTS credits: 6 (= 4 hours per semester week)
Frequency:      annually in the winter semester

 The module is offered in the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts Business Administration and Law (basic module 1st semester)
  • Bachelor of Arts Business Administration and Economics (basic module 1st semester)
  • Bachelor of Science Business Informatics (basis module 1st semester)

Concept and Content

The course offers an introduction to the most important concepts, instruments, and frameworks of business administration. Toward this end, the course first introduces the core concepts and provides an overview of the history, goals, structure, and research traditions of business administration. Subsequently, students will gain insights into 11 important areas of business administration:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Strategic Management
  3. Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  4. Production Management
  5. Marketing and Sales
  6. Accounting and Controlling
  7. Finance and Investment
  8. Technology and Innovation Management
  9. Human Resource Management
  10. Information Management
  11. Sustainability Management

Students deepen and apply the knowledge acquired in the lecture in tutorials. In addition, the course includes guest lectures by practitioners to clarify the practical relevance of the content.


The goal of the course is that students are able to...

  • know and understand basic concepts and processes in the context of business administration
  • name important research streams and theoretical frameworks in the field
  • apply models and instruments of business administration to develop solutions for practical challenges in companies
  • critically question the application of common instruments and models and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in specific decision making situation
  • put the newly acquired knowledge into a broader context, so it can be deepened in the further course of study and when working in a company

Literature (optional)

  • Straub, T. (2014): Einführung in die Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre (2. Auflage), Pearson Deutschland, Hallbergmoos.
  • Hutzschenreuter, T. (2015): Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre (6. Auflage), Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden.
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