Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Agrifood Chain Management

Modules Winter Semeter

Bachelor Modules


Basics of controlling
Basics for the implementation and development of controlling concepts for companies (especially small and medium-sized enterprises) in the agribusiness and hortibusiness sector.
Analysis of the data and information basis; strategic and operative controlling; controlling instruments; selected methods/instruments of controlling in agriculture and horticulture (DLG annual financial statement analysis, key figure analysis of the ZBG, key figures of the test farm network of agriculture, DLG farm branch accounting); development of controlling concepts, development trends and perspectives for controlling in agribusiness and horticulture

Mandatory module: B.Sc. Agricultural Sciences and B.Sc. Horticultural Science
Lecturer: Dr. Dagmar Schiewer


Master Modules


Controlling and Information Management
Methods, concepts and theoretical approaches of controlling and information management; development and implementation of controlling and information systems with special emphasis on database applications
Basics of controlling; controlling systems (management support systems, ERP systems); financial controlling, profit and loss controlling (e.g. annual financial statement analysis, operating branch accounting); strategic controlling (e.g. Balance Score Card, SWOT-Analysis; Portfolio-Analysis); Basics of Information Management (Information Systems, Business Intelligence BI, Data- and Process Management); Databases (Database Systems, Conception and Modelling e.g. ERM, relational Databases, MS Access); Development of a Database-based Controlling Tool; Development Trends and Perspectives for Controlling in Agri- and Hortibusiness
Optional module: M.Sc. Agricultural Economics
Lecturer: Dr. Dagmar Schiewer


Human Resource Management
Labor and human resource theories, methods and concepts of human resource management in agribusiness and hortibusiness
Problem and action areas (specifics of agribusiness and hortibusiness, work 4.0, leadership 4. 0); individual and collective labor law; determinants of work performance (human-environment relationship model, ergonomics, human-machine systems, the stress-strain model); personnel recruitment (internal, external, tendering/application); personnel deployment (structural and procedural organization, division of labor); personnel remuneration (wage determination, forms, fairness); personnel leave; personnel leadership (leadership principles, models and fundamentals).
Optional module: M.Sc. Agricultural Economics
Lecturer: Dr. Dagmar Schiewer


Farm Management in the Agricultural and Horticultural Sector
Basic concepts and theoretical approaches to agricultural management; application and evaluation of decision support models; strategic management, organizational theory, cross-organizational coordination.

This course covers various concepts and theoretical approaches to agricultural management. Fundamentals of management and marketing, various approaches to organizational and firm theory, and current developments in global agricultural value chains will be considered. In particular, current sustainability approaches, certification systems, and the agricultural industry's own approaches (CSR) to agricultural management will be analysed.    
20500 CM                                    
Mandatory module: M.Sc. International Horticulture Science
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Mithöfer                                                                         



Development and Agrifood Value Chains

Linkages and interdependencies between agricultural development processes and nutrition in LMICSs; analytical methods in critical agricultural studies, agricultural political economy, anthropology, and (economic) geography.

This course analyzes connections and interlinkages between global, regional and local development processes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with a particular focus on agriculture and food. The course focuses on key analytical approaches, i.e. livelihoods and (global) value chains. The two approaches, their methodological tools as well as empirical case studies will be investigated from a critical, multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing from critical agrarian studies, agrarian political economy, anthropology and (economic) geography.
Elective module: M.Sc. Agricultural Economics 
Lecturer: Dr. Caroline Hambloch


Environmental Management and Information Systems
Introduction and basic concepts of quality management and environmental management systems; data basis of environmental information systems; options of politics, authorities and companies; environmental marketing and risk communication.

Participants will learn about important factors in the introduction of quality management and environmental management systems and will be able to analyse basic concepts and theoretical foundations of QM and EM, be familiar with the principles and problems of evaluation. The course goes on to cover various options for government or corporate policy action. Participants discuss and evaluate different approaches to sustainable value chains and environmental management.
Elective module: M.Sc. Integrated Natural Ressource Management
Elective module: M.Sc. International Horticulture Science                                  
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Mithöfer



Marketing in the Agribusiness and Food Sector
Basic approaches to strategic management (situation analysis, sector-specific approaches); methods of data collection and data analysis in market research; advanced concepts and theories of marketing in the agricultural sector.
The participants will learn advanced concepts and theories of agrifood marketing in the course. Specific problems are analyzed using basic market research methods. In addition, strategic marketing methods (situational analysis and sector-specific approaches) are used to analyze current issues and problems. Methods of data collection and data analysis of market research will be covered.
Elective module: Agriculture Economics
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Mithöfer