Master - Media and Technology Management: Selected Issues
'Readings on the Sharing Economy'

(WS '17/'18)

C. Loebbecke

2 SWS, 6 CP

Thursday, 5:45-9:00 pm

Location: HS XXIII, WiSo-Building

Start: Oct. 12, '17, 5:45 pm

Held in English

Pre-Assignment due Oct. 10, '17, 11:00 am


Further Information

During this reading course, we will read and discuss three major pieces on different aspects of the sharing economy. those are in alphabetical order:

(1) Ash, T. (2016) Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World

(2) Rifkin, J. (2014) The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, and

(3) Shirky, C. (2008) Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations.

Sorry, for legal reasons, we cannot provide you access to the complete books ..., your turn!

Content: The idea is to be aware of and present the authors' arguments and to discuss them orally and in writing in light of ongoing discussions.


Oct. 12, '17 (mandatory kick-off), Oct. 26, Nov. 16, Dec. 07 (all '17), Jan. 11, '18 -- less class time, more reading ...


Mandatory Pre-Assignment
The Pre-Assignment and all details will be eMailed to students registered for the course on OUR MTM website and by signed application form (see below) on Oct. 02, '17. The Pre-Assignment is due on Oct. 10, '17, 11:00 am via eMail from your sMail account. All other details to follow on Oct. 02, '17.


Grading / Credit Points

Grading will be based on

It is required to at least 'pass' (grade 4.0 or better) each grading element for passing the course.
"Alle Prüfungselemente müssen mindestens bestanden sein."


REQUIRED EXAM Registration starting Aug. 01, '17, 11:00 am, open until Oct. 05, '17, 6:00 pm (including waiting list)
A successful registration requires

(1) an MTM-Master-Account,

(2) online registration here for the course, and

(3) a signed application form in our mailbox, Pohligstr.1, 50969 Cologne.

Registration is binding (last chance to withdraw is on Oct. 05 '17, 6:00 pm. Participation is limited - we will forward the participant list to the WiSo-PA considering the registration sequence and perhaps waiting list for final admission. Later registration will NOT be possible.


For registration-related questions, please contact claudia.loebbecke<at>

Verbindliche Prüfungsanmeldung ab 01. Aug. '17, 11:00 Uhr, bis 05. Okt. '17, 18:00 Uhr (inklusive Warteliste)

Eine erfolgreiche Anmeldung erfordert

(1) einen MTM-Master-Account,

(2) Online-Anmeldung für die Veranstaltung

(3) unterschriebenes Anmeldeformular in unserem Briefkasten, Pohligstr.1, 50969 Köln.

Die Prüfungsanmeldung ist verbindlich (letzte Gelegenheit zur Abmeldung am 05. Okt. '17, 18:00 Uhr). Die Teilnahme ist begrenzt - wir leiten die Teilnehmerliste an das WiSo-PA unter Berücksichtigung der Anmeldereihenfolge und evtl. Warteliste weiter. Eine spätere Anmeldung ist NICHT möglich.


Important: We (Profs. Loebbecke annd Wellbrock) guarantee every student the opportunity to participate in either the Selected Issues offered by Prof. Wellbrock (Management of Journalism) or in the above one (Readings on the Sharing Economy). At the same time, we may withdraw one of the two courses if participation is less than five (5) students. In case we cancel the Selected Issues course you registered for (and only in that case), we would let you know early enough for YOU to decide whether to take "the other" Selected Issues course or none of the two.

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