Certificate Course in Participatory Management

Learn innovative and democratic forms of decision-making

This study program is aimed at works- and staff council members and their assistants as well as managers from trade unions, non-profit organizations, public administrations and companies who already use methods of participation and want to further develop their concepts, but also to those who want to implement participation-oriented concepts for the first time.

In order to involve more employees in the decision-making process of the works council or to obtain more input from union members, trade union secretaries and works council members must be familiar with methods of project management, the political and legal basis as well as moderation and communication techniques.

Our program consists of four modules and a final seminar paper in which the participants document the implementation of their participation project. The modules "Methods and Practices" as well as parts of the modules "Sociology and Organization" and "Law and Democracy" can be found with different emphases during all four dates in order to guarantee a variety of methods.

Module 1: Sociology and Organization

We teach the basics of leadership, direct democracy and organization theory to assess typical problems found in membership organizations and works councils. This includes structural knowledge about organizations. Students understand formal and informal processes, structures, hierarchies, forms of communication and decision-making processes and will be empowered to act strategically.

Module 2: Law and Democracy

Students gain knowledge about the legal framework of participation and learn the basics of democracy theories. These include, in particular, the Works Constitution Act and Workers Representation Law as well as theories of grassroots democracy, representative democracy, social democracy and corporatism.

Module 3: Methods and Practices I

Students will be qualified to use participation as a method in processes, projects and events. They acquire practical knowledge, technical and methodological skills and are able to realize consulting processes and seminars based on their own concepts. In the first part of this module, methodological tools, forms of moderation and event concepts are part of the seminar.

Module 4: Methods and Practices II

In the second part of this module, the role and function of leadership in participation processes and group dynamics are discussed through case studies. Students learn the basics of project management and conflict resolution strategies.

Module 5: Final Thesis

Students develop a hypothesis on a seminar topic and write a scientific thesis.

Academic degree:
University certificate with 31 credit points, certificate of attendance

Duration of study:
5 modules over a period of 12 months, a 5-day attendance course per module (except for the final module)

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Education investment:
9,900 EUR (the price includes all seminar fees, accommodation, single room with breakfast, lunch and dinner on all seminar days)

Early booking discount:
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Attendance courses take place at Schlosshotel Kassel (modules 1-2) and Dorint-Hotel Oberursel near Frankfurt (modules 3-4)

Course language:

Presentations, final paper

Contact persons

Student support and counseling

Dr. Ramona Buske

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 905503 786

Head of study program

Markus Büchting 

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 6693 2179