Spiegel Online, one of the leading German online news portal and online sibling of “Der Spiegel”, has published a dedicated article on the upcoming research seminar MAN 770 at the University of Mannheim. You can find the full article here: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/games/star-citizen-crowdfunding-wieso-spenden-gamer-aus-der-ganzen-welt-a-1166692.html .
One of the seminar’s entrepreneurship topics is to find the ingredients that led to the crowdfunding success of "Star Citizen" and the start-up firm and publisher Cloud Imperium Games. The course will follow an interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical approach, taught by scientists from University of Mannheim and University of Augsburg. It incorporates perspectives from management, computer sciences, digital communication, media science, psychology, sociology, business studies and statistics. Student and guest-student applications for the course is open until September 14th, 23:59.
Star Citizen is interesting from both sociological as well as from the management best practices perspectives. As a crowd-funded video game that has raised more than $ 150 Mio. and is supported by a vibrant community of nearly 2 Mio. funders, Star Citizen is a phenomenon of unparalleled success: It holds the record for the highest amount that was ever raised for a crowdfunding project. Moreover, its cast it includes well-known Hollywood actors, e.g. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).
One of the entrepreneurship topics of this semester’s interdisciplinary research seminar is to find the ingredients or recipes that led to this success and to derive best practices for the management of crowdfunded projects. Students will also visit the video games start-up Cloud Imperium Games that produces the game “Star Citizen” in Frankfurt. The course will follow an interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical approach. It incorporates perspectives from management, computer sciences, digital communication, media science, psychology, sociology, business studies, and statistics. Students may also chose topics related to female entrepreneurship and youth entrepreneurship.
The course has no exam, but requires students to present their work and to craft a 10-12 page scientific essay that can have a statistical (quantitative) or writing oriented (qualitative) approach of a related entrepreneurship topic. It familiarizes Masters students with the scientific method and qualifies students for writing a master thesis at our chair.
The course is mainly for Mannheim Master of Management (MMM) students, but a Certificate (Kursschein) may be earned by students from other fields (e.g. MaKuWi, WiPäd, Psychology, Media & Communication, Computer Science etc.) and in some cases ECTS or writing the thesis at our chair may be possible. Guest listeners may also apply for the course.
As capacity is limited, places are distributed first come first serve. Students should register in the portal for the course by September 14th 23:59 p.m. 2017 via the following link: https://portal2.uni-mannheim.de/portal2/pages/cm/exa/coursemanagement/basicCourseData.xhtml?_flowId=searchCourseNonStaff-flow&_flowExecutionKey=e3s1 , search in the portal for the course: MAN 770. Portal registration is open now.
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We look forward to seeing you in class MAN 770 HWS 2017.