Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4149 Spirituality & Management
(Spirituality & Management)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Martin Schneider
Ansprechpartner (contact):
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
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.184.41491 / Spirituality & Management Block P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​It is recommended that students have studied some basic course in HRM before attending the module.

Inhalte (short description):

There is in the Western management literature growing evidence which suggests the need for promoting spirituality among individuals, business organizations, and corporate leaders at large. The spiritual engagement is sought to improve the quality of life as also the performance of organizations in a world ridden with problems.

The course reviews the critical 'wisdom literature' of ancient Indian traditions and examines how these precepts and practices can complement and enrich contemporary businesses and global managerial frame. In addition, the course seeks to emphasize that if organizations follow these precepts and practices, a higher level of sustainable growth is possible to achieve.

India has had a long unbroken tradition of spirituality as a life process. Its ancient metaphysical literature is concerned as much with deeper philosophical and spiritual issues of human values as it is with the question of individual behavior, models of social functioning, leadership and organizational governance.

The course consists of the following components: (i) Understanding "spirituality" and gaining insights into its new found appeal in academia and management discourse (ii) Understanding and analyzing the cardinal tenets of Indian thoughts (Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism) and the ancient treatise on economy and state (iii) Harnessing the spirit and influence of Vedanta in modern management and exploring alternative models of management for a more sustainable and globalized economy (iv) Internalizing /imbibing tenets of ancient learning, to actualize individual potential for taking up effective managerial roles.

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

  • understand the nature and meaning of spirituality.
  • gain adequate understanding of and insight into the key tenets of ancient Indian wisdom in literature used in the course.
  • underline the links between ancient thoughts with modern management theories.
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  • develop a framework in the context of one's own individual, social and organizational settings.
  • practice ancient techniques of yoga and meditation for self-actualization and promoting a positive personality.
  • develop sensitivity and perception in both ones' personal and professional lives.
  • identify the meaning and influence of spirituality to organizational members and performance.
  • acquire techniques for reflection and self-management.
  • acquire strategies of gathering knowledge.
  • design a seminar paper.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

  • form groups
  • participate in an interactive seminar and debate about central concepts of spirituality and management practices
  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

  • search for information and literature
  • prepare a presentation and present own results
  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Klausur
    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 Information Systems, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M. Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

    ​Unterrichts- und Prüfungssprache: English.

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