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Organizations and Management Trends I

Universities in Innovation Systems

General Information

Department of Business and Economics, Professorship of Higher Education

Degree Program:
Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften – Business B: Management & Organizations

Organizations and Management Trends I

Prof. Liudvika Leišytė

7.5 ECTS

Time and Place:
Tuesdays, 12.15 – 1.45 p.m. (Start: 17 October 2023) | Seminar building, SRG 3.032

The seminar language is English and presentation has to be made in English. Nevertheless it is possible to write the paper in German in consultation with the lecturer. Knowledge of English language has to be sufficient, but not perfect.

Content of the Seminar

The importance of knowledge intensive organizations has been underscored by policy makers across the world. Universities in particular are believed to play a key role for the future of national economies via knowledge production, transfer and commercialization. The seminar will introduce the main higher education governance and management trends in Europe and the US and shed light on the role of universities in national and regional innovation systems. The course will also introduce the key characteristics of university as a professional organization. Drawing on the theoretical models of national and regional innovation systems and organizational theories the course will point out the role of engaged university in fostering regional and national economies. Students will carry our research projects drawing on the latest theoretical and empirical evidence from Higher Education, Science and Technology Studies as well as Innovation Studies.


All students are expected to actively participate in the seminar. Each of the sub-topics covered in the seminar will have compulsory reading. The students are expected to read the provided literature and find additional sources, such as other relevant articles. The assignment will consist of a presentation and an individual written 5000 words paper on a given topic. The number of participants of this seminar is limited to 20.


The examination consists of a presentation of the assignment and paper. Participation in discussions and giving feedback to other students after their presentations will also be important.