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    Managing the Knowledge Dimension


    Organizational Transformation in a Global World

    Follow-up / Interfaces:

    Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Managing
    Organizational Transformation and Change,
    Principles of Leadership




    Lecture, case studies, group tasks,
    plenum discussions


    Presentation & Termpaper

    ECTS points:

    5 ECTS

    Total workload:

    125hrs (classroom 40hrs; class prep & wrap-up 30hrs, assignments 15hrs, exam prep & term papers 40hrs)


    Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller

    Aims and objectives:

    We are living in the age of digital accessible knowledge and information which creates endless possibilities for individuals and organisations. Additionally, the rapid development of knowledge and innovative breakthroughs requires individuals and organisations to truly reflect on how to design continuous learning and thus create a learning organisation.

    Yet sometimes it is difficult to stay focused and identify the relevant knowledge as we are flooded by massive amounts of new information and knowledge. Although companies are becoming increasingly aware of the value of knowledge and of the necessity of developing a continuous learning strategy, they remain less clear on how to implement this strategy. This is mainly due to the vagueness surrounding the terms used such as information, knowledge and learning and at the same time a lack of knowledge about the relevant concepts and possible tools to execute on their strategy. Managing talent and learning today is not an HR task but the responsibility of individual leaders who create sustainable high performance teams which work successfully in a more and more virtual setting.

    Thus understanding learning and knowledge creation as well as talent development is a key ability of leaders in a time where „the internet of things“ is not a vision but a reality. Starting with the question of the nature of knowledge and learning, this module focusses on creating an understanding of how a learning organization
    can be designed in the digital age.

    Intended learning outcomes:

    On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

    • clearly define all relevant terms in the context of knowledge management
    • analyze processes from a knowledge management perspective
    • reflect on the use of knowledge management from a strategic perspective
    • interlink knowledge management and organizational transformation
    • apply different knowledge management tools in practice

    Course textbooks: 

    Will be provided prior to the session via Online Platform

    Content of Managing the Knowledge Dimension: 

    This module provides an understanding of

    • the nature of knowledge and the implication for organizational transformation
    • the terms and models of knowledge management and how they are implemented form a strategic perspective in companies
    • the tools and methods of knowledge management and their implementation in practice

    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Wastian, Braumandl, I., & von Rosenstiel, L. (Hrsg.) (2016). Angewandte Psychologie für Projektmanager. S. 83-96. Berlin: Springer.