Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4499 Seminar Contests and Innovation
(Seminar Contests and Innovation)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hehenkamp
Ansprechpartner (contact): Angelika Elfriede Endres-Fröhlich (angelika.endres[at]
Amirhossein Kiannik (Amirhossein.Kiannik[at]
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): WS
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.44991 / Seminar Contests and Innovation Seminar 30 Std (h) 120 Std (h) P 30 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​Basic knowledge of game theory and industrial organization is helpful but not essential.

Inhalte (short description):

​This masters's course covers selected topics in the area of contests and innovation. Each student explores, discusses, and presents one of the topics.

Further information will be provided in the kick-off meeting (see further below).


(a) We start with giving you a brief introduction to the topics.

(b) You pick up topic, phrase a research question that you want to explore within this topic, and motivate your undertaking. All this you submit as a short proposal.

(c) You write a research paper.

(d) You present your work to the class.

(e) You discuss and provide constructive feedback on another student's topic.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

  • learn the foundations of contest theory, of innovation economics, or how the two areas interrelate
  • acquire a deeper understanding of selected topics in contest theory or innovation economics
  • learn about the incentives for innovation, how these incentives depend on market structure, or how they depend on the resulting changes of market structure
  • acquire a deeper understanding why competition for innovation crucially affects the incentives for innovation
  • learn about the importance of institutions that incentivize innovation
  • search independently for relevant literature

  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  • apply concepts from industrial organization to the analysis of incentives for innovation under different market forms and different market structures
  • apply concepts from game theory to the analysis of contests or innovation contests
  • draw policy conclusions for innovation policy
  • phrase a research question and answer it
  • learn how to address a research question
  • write and present their own scientific paper​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

  • learn to give constructive feedback​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

  • present and discuss issues in contest theory or innovation economics
  • analyze and evaluate innovation policy decisions
  • learn to evaluate a research topic independently
  • learn to present and discuss scientific ideas​

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulteilprüfungen
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 1 research proposal (2 -3 pages) 10.00 %
    b) Hausarbeit seminar paper (12 - 15 pages) 55.00 %
    c) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 3 Presentation and Feedback 35.00 %
    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)
    M.Sc. International Business Studies
    M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre
    M.Sc. International Economics and Management
    M.Sc. Management
    M.Sc. Management Information Systems
    M.Sc. Taxation, Accounting and Finance
    M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
    M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Konrad, K., Strategy and Dynamics in Contetss, Oxford University Press, 2009
    Vojnovic, M., Contest Theory, Cambridge University Press, 2015
    and further literature such as announced in the kick-off lecture
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    30 Personen
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):


    a) In his/her proposal each student finds a topic in the area of contests and innovation that is interesting and deserves further investigation. Each student hands in a 2-3 page proposal that introduces the topic, phrases the research question, motivates why it is interesting and important to address this question, and outlines how he/she intends to elaborate the question. 

    b) In his/her seminar paper each student presents the outcome of his/her examination. In the introduction of his/her paper he/she states and motivates his/her topic and outlines how he/she will proceed to examine it. In the main body of the paper he/she presents the outcome of his/her exploration. The final section summarizes his/her findings and draws further conclusions.

    Formalities for the seminar paper: 12-15 pages of text, 12pt font, DIN/A4 with 2.5 cm margins, line spacing 1.5, american quotation system (Harvard system).

    c) Each student presents his/her seminar paper to the other students. Providing feedback to another student gives opportunity to study another topic and fosters the ability to phrase peer-feedback.

    Ablaufinformationen, Terminplan / practical imlementation, schedule:

    Kick-off lecture at the beginnung of the term

    Presentation and discussion of seminar papers at the end of the term

    Unterrichtssprache / teaching language: English


    Students are selected according to the module selection regulations. Students who do not attend the first class meeting will be deregistered from the examination and the module. In case you are unable to attend the first meeting, please let us know by sending an e-mail to before the first meeting. If you do not inform us beforehand, you will be expelled from the course.

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