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Quantitative Data Analysis: Industry Diversification and Resource Allocation

Archive StampAdvanced Seminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Christian Peukert, Jan Riepe

This seminar will be jointly organized with the Institute for Capital Markets and Corporate Finance (KMF)

Course Overview

Handling large amounts of data and using it to generate knowledge poses both a challenge and an opportunity for academics and managers alike. Knowledge about quantitative methods is therefore important not only for writing final theses, but is also becoming increasingly important for future career building. This seminar aims to provide you with knowledge and experience in quantitative data analysis. It will provide an overview on different quantitative methods, before students apply these methods hands-on while preparing seminar papers. A second goal is to learn how to critically read data to discover and correct inconsistencies. Students will work on several firm-level datasets that will be prepared and analyzed using the statistical software STATA.

Course Structure

The seminar will begin with a one day kickoff session, where the lecturers will introduce students to the setting and recap some empirical methods. This is followed by a 4*1,5 hour introductive session to the statistical software STATA. Students will regularly meet with a supervisor. After four weeks, students will present their preliminary results and then write up their results in a seminar paper.


To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and a brief e-mail motivating your application to Jan Riepe ( by 01.08.2013, 12:00 (confirmation of participation: 15.08.2013). Students have to confirm their participation by 19.08.2013, 12:00. Once confirmed, you are bindingly enrolled into the seminar. Please note that we will first assign seminar spots to those students which do/did not take part in current or prior seminars in order to enable fast academic progress for all students.

The seminar spots are now assigned. You can finde the result here.



  • The course is held in English
  • Attendance to all lectures and exercise sessions of the course is mandatory
  • This seminar qualifies for a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO according to the examination regulations (107 kB)
  • Students who successfully pass the seminar will be served preferentially regarding a final thesis at the ISTO and similar to all students with a seminar in the finance cluster at the KMF
  • The number of participants is limited to 18
Dates Thursday, 17.10.2013, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff session)
Monday, 21.10.2013, 8:30-10:00, Ludwigstr. 28 VG, IuK-Pool, Room 207 (I Stata session)
Tuesday, 22.10.2013, 8:30-10:00, Ludwigstr. 28 VG, IuK-Pool, Room 207 (II Stata session)
Wednesday, 23.10.2013, 10:00-11:30, Ludwigstr. 28 VG, IuK-Pool, Room 207 (III Stata session)
Thursday, 24.10.2013, 8:30-10:00, Ludwigstr. 28 VG, IuK-Pool, Room 207 (IV Stata session)
Thursday, 28.11.2013, 09:00-16:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations)
Deadlines Sunday, 01.08.2013 (Application)
Friday, 20.12.2013 (Term paper)
Credits 6 ECTS in module V/VII (PO 06) or M-BWL (PO 08)
Examination Presentation
Term paper [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]