Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.2138 Management and Economics of Non-Profit Organizations
(Nonprofit Economics)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick
Ansprechpartner (contact): Mojgan Ghayour Najafabadi (mojgan.ghayour.najafabadi[at]
Liana Bomm (liana.bomm[at]
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): WS
Studiensemester (study semester): 3-6
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.21381 / Management and Economics of Non-Profit Organizations Seminar P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):
Zur Zeit sind keine Voraussetzungen bekannt. (No conditions are known.)
Inhalte (short description):

During the last decades, the so-called "third sector" has become a vital player in the economic, political, and social environment all over the world. Thus, the increasing number of non-profit organizations (NPO) warrants a detailed economic analysis to better understand their scope, structure, and policies. While NPOs differ substantially with respect to their mission and strategies, they share important characteristics, such as e.g. the absence of a profit motive and of a residual claimant. These characteristics call for unique organizational and management practices that clearly distinguish them from profit-maximizing firms.

In the first block of this seminar a lecture is given about the essence of NPOs. In the remainder of the seminar, students present special topics concerning the organization and management of NPOs and finally, write a 60 minutes exam.

The lecturer of this seminar is Mojgan Ghayour Najafabadi. 

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):
  • understand the organization of NPOs and the dynamics of the third sector.
  • acquire knowledge of the characteristics of NPOs in general and their effective management.
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):
  • are capable of applying and synthesizing the theories and concepts of a specific market into a more holistic perspective.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):
  • ​use a combination of lectures, independent preparation and review with the help of lecture notes and project work.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):
  • prepare a presentation on the economic findings.
  • work in groups.
  • take part in discussions.
  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Präsentation 20 minutes 30.00 %
    b) Klausur 60 minutes 70.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    B.Sc. International Business Studies
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftsnformatik
    B.Sc. Sportökonomie
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Dependent on topics. Further information will be announced in the introductory session.
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    30 Personen
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):
    The language of the course is English. The presentation has to be held in English. The number of participants is restricted to 30 students. Please check the waiting lists at the faculty homepage.
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