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Department of Management Sciences

Exam and Teaching Methods

The MBA in CSR & NGO Management strikes a balance between theory and practice. It favours real-world cases to provide students hands-on experiences and allow them to develop effective decision-making and analytical skills.

Teaching methods and didactics

  • Presentations and guest lectures by professionals
  • Individual exercises and group work
  • (Dynamic and practical) case studies
  • Team and group discussions
  • Field trips and excursions
  • Interactive teaching discussions
  • Business simulations
  • Oral team/class presentations
  • Practical exercises

Lecturers also share their own practical experiences to build a constructive environment and give students an in-depth, hands-on learning experience.


Teamwork is highly encouraged in most of the courses. Frequent teamwork helps to build a sense of responsibility.

Take-home tasks & course preparation

The idea is that students are expected to read the material before class and critically analyse it. Questions are provided to help a student reflect and then bring their thoughts to class. Circulating hand-outs on the e-learning platform LEA prior to a lecture are offered prior in advance, especially if the hand-out is being used or discussed in class.

Seminar papers

The MBA students are expected to prepare some assignments collaboratively, such as papers, oral presentations, business plans, and case studies. Considering that students come from different educational and professional backgrounds and most have substantial work experience, team assignments help them learn from each other and from sources like the faculty, texts, books, articles, and practical cases. Graduates can exchange their skills with specialists and outsiders alike. 

Case Studies

The MBA program uses many case studies with a focus on CSR and NGOs. Students are introduced to real situations and receive some background info on the organization and its operating environment. They are then expected to identify the key issues, evaluate options, make a reasonable decision, recommend a clear plan of action, and defend their position.

Peer-to-peer collaborative learning

Many of our lecture formats allow room for discussion and exchange. This, in turn, allows students to develop formal and informal professional communication skills. They learn interdisciplinary thinking through focused work in intercultural groups. Presentations, group discussions, teamwork, and individual projects test and improve the student’s communication skills. The interaction among the group members gives them a chance to understand other’s points of view, the different ways of thinking, and consideration of diverse experiences. Each member should make it a point to actively be involved in the discussions while presenting the final outcome.

Further teaching methods

In addition to the case study method, instructors use and combine other teaching methods, such as role-playing, field trips, guest speakers, interactive discussions, lectures, oral presentations, simulations, research projects, pitch sessions, online class surveys, quizzes, and live-polls (by the help of web tools and mobile apps) and business plan workshops.

Exam types for the MBA

Written (essay) exams

Exam essay questions allow you to demonstrate the depth of your understanding of a topic area. Your response should be in essay fomat with well-structured paragraphs. Students will not need to reference, but to acknowledge theory and research using relevant names and sources.

The main types of exams that you will have to complete are:

  • Written exams (mostly essays)
  • Academic papers (use the HBRS academic writing guidelines)
  • ​Business plans (as group projects)
  • Oral presentations (e.g. in elective classes)
  • Internship reports (for students who entered the MBA program with
    less than 210 ECTS credits)
  • ​Master’s thesis