International Office of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Haaß Summer School 2021

For Haaß Summer School 2021, we made the hard decision to offer online courses only.

Foreign students are welcome to join our classes from their home university.

Dates: 14th June - 9th July 2021

Haaß Summer school is meant to give international students the opportunity to learn new scientific insights and meet other exchange and local students, participate in interesting projects and get to know another country and its culture. All these impressions, experiences and opportunities for learning will prepare and inspire your future career.

Due to the restrictions on travel we will at least make it possible to attend online courses instead and hope the topics and earnable Credits make it worth your while.

As a Summer School student you will be enrolled to our university, the enrollment/social fee (<250€) is the only fee, the indiviual courses are then electable for no additional cost, no matter how many you may choose.

The programm is not full time, the indiviual courses vary from once a week for several hours live teaching to prerecorded videos with Q&A. Due to the different time zones of lecturers and students the guest lecturers can choose their method of teaching individually.

For each course there will be an exam, online or oral as a call, for which you will recieve a transcript at the end.


Available Courses

Lecturer: Dr. Christian W. Bach

Christian W. Bach is a game theorist with main research focus on epistemic foundations for solution concepts in games and on agreement theorems. He currently serves as assistant professor at the University of Liverpool Management School and as research fellow at the EPICENTER of Maastricht University. Besides, having advised on numerous competition cases, Christian W. Bach sill remains active in practice as an expert for the economic consulting firm Swiss Economics.

Research specializations:

Competition Policy
Epistemic Game Theory
Game Theory
Industrial Organization
Interactive Epistemology

Course Description

Type of teaching: Videos

Games are interactive decision situations and in this module we analyze them from a reasoning perspective and thus enter the beautiful realm of the field called epistemic game theory. Different patterns of thinking are modelled and linked to some procedure that identifies the corresponding choices. Entertaining examples and stories from everyday life are used to illustrate the formal concepts. This module is offered both for 3 ECTS as well as for 4.5. ECTS credit points.

The topics covered are as follows:

  1. Common Belief in Rationality
  2. Correct Beliefs
  3. Incomplete Information
  4. Common Belief in Future Rationality
  5. Common Strong Belief in Rationality

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Tara Chandra Kandpal

Prof. Tara Kandpal was born in Almora in the state of Uttarakhand in the Central Himalayan Region of India. He has a Master's degree in Physics from Kumaun University Nainital. Prof. Kandpal received his Ph. D. degree in solar energy from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in 1980 and is currently a professor at the same institute. Dr. Kandpal has been on visiting assignments to the Brace Research Institute; McGill University, Canada, regularly taught courses to the students of European Solar Energy Engineering at Dalarna University, Sweden during 2001‐2017, and has been a guest professor at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany for several short terms during 2011‐2019.

Research specializations:

Solar thermal utilization, techno-economics of renewable energy technologies, renewable energy education.

Course Description:

Type of teaching: Live session

To provide basic knowledge, understanding and applicationoriented
inputs on renewable sources of energy and
learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the course, the students should
be able to:

  • Understand the relevance of harnessing renewable sources of energy and also of renewable energy resource assessment
  • Describe the designs and basic principles of operation of solar, wind and biomass based energy technologies and discuss their relative merits and limitations

Origin and basic characteristics of renewable sources of energy;
Solar radiation; Solar thermal collectors and their applications;
Solar photovoltaic technology and applications; Wind resource
characteristics and wind energy conversion systems; Biomass
feed‐stocks, conversion technologies and applications.

Basic-literature for preparation:
Twidell, J., Weir, T. 2006. Renewable Energy Resources, Taylor and Francis.

Boyle, G. 2004. Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Tara Chandra Kandpal

Course description

Type of teaching: live sessions

To enable students to undertake techno–economic appraisal of
renewable energy projects.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the course, the students should
be able to:

  • Understand and apply time value of money formulae
  • Determine different measures of financial performance
  • Assess the financial feasibility of renewable energy projects
  • Analyze the effect of various incentives on the financial attractiveness
  • of renewable energy projects


Brief overview of renewable energy technologies; Economic considerations in designing renewable energy technologies; Identification and quantification of the ‘Costs’ and ‘Benefits’ of renewable energy projects; Time value of money, discount rate and equivalence formulae; Measures of financial/economic
performance; Approaches for considering uncertainty in appraisal/evaluation of renewable energy projects; Incentives (including Viability Gap Funding, Soft Loan, Feed‐in‐Tariff, Renewable Purchase Obligation, Income Tax Credits, Carbon Credits etc.) for promoting renewable energy technologies;.

Basic-literature for preparation:

Park, C. S. 2011. Contemporary Engineering Economics. Fifth Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall.

Kandpal, T. C, Garg, H. P. 2003. Financial Evaluation of Renewable Energy Technologies. Macmillan India Ltd.

Relevant literature from Research Journals, Reports etc. (soft versions shall be made available to the students besides those of the presentations used for classroom discussion).

Lecturer: Patrick O’Leary , Ph.D.

Professor St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Curriculum Vitae:

Patrick O’Leary teaches leadership and management at St. Ambrose University. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa and has been a visiting professor at universities in Russia, China, Vietnam, Lithuania and Croatia. Recently he completed a Fulbright scholar-in-residence program in Atma Jaya University in Indonesia.

Research specializations:

His research interests are service delivery and quality as well as in cross-cultural management and leadership. He has been published in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, Ivey Publishing, Journal of Distance Education, Journal of insurance Regulations, and others.

Selected publications:

Chen, J. and O’Leary, P.F. (2018). Impact of Guanxi on Managerial Satisfaction and Commitment in China. Asian Academy of Management Journal, 23(1), 171–198.

O’Leary, P., Wharton, N., and Quinlan, T. Job Satisfaction of Physicians in Russia. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 22(3), 221-231.


Course Description

Type of teaching: live sessions


Research by McKinsey tells us that most organizational change efforts fail and those that succeed take longer and cost more than anticipated. This course will approach the subject of change from a contingency perspective, which holds that there is no best way to lead it due to the complexity and dynamism of the factors at play.

Topics include:

Planned and emergent change; readiness assessment; system mobilization; influence and persuasion; and resistance management. We will explore the concept of adaptive leadership and how forward-looking organizations are creating new ecosystems of leaders that successfully drive transformational change.


Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Sonnenborn

Curriculum Vitae:

Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Sonnenborn was born in Memmingen/ Bavaria and spent his youth and school years in Essen. After studying Economics at the University of Cologne and Pennsylvania State University, USA, until 1973, he started his professional career at the Federation of German Industry. Besides his occupational work, he continued studying and passed his doctoral examinations with a dissertation on attitudes of business interest groups towards the stabilization policy of the government in 1979. Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Sonnenborn joined the automotive industry in 1980 when he continued his career as an assistant to the CEO of Audi NSU Auto Union. At Audi, he worked in various executive positions in product planning, product-management, sales and marketing. From 1985 till 1995 he worked for BMW and in 1989 took on the position of President of BMW Japan. From 1996 to 2013, Prof. Dr. H.-P. Sonnenborn lectured in International Management at the Hof-University and the Catholic University of Eichstaett/Ingolstadt.

Research specializations:

  • Leadership - Role and Function
  • Global Management, International Marketing

Course description:

Type of teaching: Videos

For 500 years, the world has been dominated by the western culture. Military power and economic success put the western world into this leading position. Due to the process of globalization, other parts of the world have been catching up and the dominance of the western world is relatively shrinking. This development can easily be reflected by the rise of thecountries in Far-East-Asia: Japan, Taiwan, South-Korea, China. We can also state the cultural diversity of the region Far East
Asia and Europa could not be greater. For centuries, there has been hardly any kind of reciprocal influence. The cultural area of Far East Asia is (except for few specialists) alien to us. For a long time, the western world thought that their way of doing business is the only route to economic success.


  • The lecture deals with the different cultural foundations between the Western and Eastern world;
  • The lecture provides the knowledge for Management in Western and Far-East-Cultures;
  • Students will learn to see, understand and compare the different approaches in management;
  • The lecture raises questions and tries to find answers concerning the future position in the globalized world for the Western-and Far-East Countries;
  • Students will also discuss the question whether these countries can learn from each other for mutual benefit.

Students should be interested in the way of managing in a
different part of the world and should be open and inquisitive
for another world which can be understood. This assumes that
the student is prepared to enter an unfamiliar world.

Lecturer: David B. Zoogah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Xavier University

Academic Degrees:

  • 2006 Ph.D. The Ohio State University- HRM/OB
  • 2004 M.L.H.R. The Ohio State University-HRM
  • 1999 M.B.A. Xavier University Finance
  • 1996 B.A. Cape Coast University Business Administration
  • 1996 Dip. Ed. Cape Coast University Education

Academic Work Experience:

  • 2016-Present Associate Professor of Management, Xavier University, Cincinnati, USA
  • 2015-2016 Full Professor of Management, Morgan State University, USA
  • 2011-2016 Associate Professor of Management, Morgan State University
  • 2006-2011 Assistant Professor of Management, Morgan State University

Teaching Activities:

Courses Taught at Xavier University:

  • Masters level: Strategy and Organization
  • Undergraduate: International Human Resources Management
  • Undergraduate: Strategic Human Resources Management

Research Specializations:

  • Africa Management
  • Sustainability
  • Strategic Followership
  • HRM

Selected publications

Zoogah, D. B. & Zoogah, B. R. (Accepted). Benevolence and
Negative Deviant Behavior in Africa: The Moderating Role of
Centralization. Journal of Business Ethics.

Zoogah, D. B. (2018). Institutional Risk and Firm Performance
in Africa: The Moderating Role of Corruption Control. Africa
Journal of man

Course Description

Type of teaching: live sessions

In this module, we will explore Green Management in Africa. Specifically, we will focus on environmental sustainability at the national and organizational levels and the role of endogenous and exogenous agencies in advancing or constraining environmental sustainability in Africa.

Basic-literature for preparation:

Green Management in Africa
The S-curve hypothesis
Ecological Routines



How to apply for the next Haaß Summer School.


Here you can find the current course dates.

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Exchange Coordinator (Incomer) & Haaß Summer School

Ronja Schlemminger


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