New Work and Purpose

Join this free online course to get an understanding of new work and purpose, and how to effectively manage the change within your team or company.

This course was retired in October, 2023.

Self-paced since August 12, 2020
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October, 2023.

Course Summary

Our working environments are changing once again. After industrialization, digitalization represents another radical transformation of the way in which we create value. How do we want to work in the future? What is the purpose of business? If you’re interested in the topics of new work and purpose because you’re managing a team in a startup or a larger company, or because you’re reflecting on the meaning of work as an employee or student (and prospective employee or entrepreneur), this MOOC is made for you!

As a participant, you’ll

  • gain a holistic understanding of the topics of new work and purpose
  • learn from practitioners how to effectively manage the transition towards new work and purpose in a company or a team and
  • develop a critical understanding of these topics

Please note that the videos for this course were recorded prior to March 2020.

Here is what some participants are saying about the course:

  • "I' ve taken dozens of online courses both in and out openSAP. This is amongst the top three because it enlarges our perspective about the world in general and about the world of work." read the original post
  • "I was always curious about learning more about new work so I am very appreciative I was able to do so!" read the original post
  • "I've taken several openSAP courses before, Thought Leaders series included, and "New Work and Purpose" is probably my absolute favorite. It has introduced me to many concepts that I consider crucial for both individuals and society and worth being studied, discussed and communicated." read the original post
  • "An excellent overview of contemporary scientific discussion, paired with interviews from the guest speakers with different perspectives and various angles:" Perfect read the original post
  • "I really like the mix of lectures, mindfulness and the input from different experts. I got a very good fundament of knowledge as well as ideas of how bring these principles to life in an enterprise." read the original post

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Digitalization and Labor Markets
Week 2: Purpose and Meaningfulness
Week 3: Corporate Democracy
Week 4: Sustainability
Week 5: Social Entre-/Intrapreneurship
Week 6: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • HR professionals, team managers
  • Anyone interested in the future of work, organizational development, and change management

Course Requirements

None – everyone can participate

Further Learning

Further Learning For complementary learning, we recommend that you check out the respective episode about new work and purpose in our openSAP Invites series on openSAP Podcasts.

Content Experts


Dr. Björn Pospiech
Co-Founder Strong People Institute

Dr. Danyal Bayaz
Member of the German Parliament (MP), Green Party

Prof. Likoebe Maruping
Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at the Georgia State University


Jana Tepe & Anna Kaiser
Founders of Tandemploy

Alexander Bernhard
Co-Founder of Impact Hub Stuttgart

Daniela Röcker
CEO and Co-Founder of Kultur-Komplizen

Michael Alberg-Seberich
Executive Director of Wider Sense GmbH

Chris Venter
Director of Business Development at Benevity

Dr. Natalie Lotzmann
Vice President Human Resources SAP SE

Silke Thomas
Senior Expert Group Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Telekom AG

Markus Väth
Co-Founder of humanfy

Prof. Daniel Korschun
Associate Professor of Marketing at Drexel University

Jos de Blok
Founder and CEO of Buurtzorg

Julia Wenzel
Talent Management at Lufthansa Group Trainee Programs

Julia Jaspers
Co-Founder and Member of the Board at the Peer School for Sustainable Development

Dr. Thomas Sattelberger
Speaker of the FDP parliamentary group for innovation, education and research

Uwe Lübbermann & Miguel Martinez
Founders & Collectivists at Premium Cola

Dr. Andreas Zeuch
Founder & Executive Director of Unternehmensdemokraten

Cordelia Röders-Arnold
Head of Menstruation at einhorn products GmbH

Lennart Keil
Unlearning Hierarchy at SAP SE

Stefan Müller
Teamlead Embedded Software Development at HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH

Fiona Jäger
Environmental Manager at AfB

Dr. Franz Streibl
Ecodesign Engineer at Runder Tisch Reparatur e.V.

Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bärtl
Board Member at Unternehmensgrün and Founder of BLYSS GmbH

Corinna Pape
Executive Director of ETTLI Kaffee GmbH

Brio Taliaferro
Member of Hof Prädikow Selbstbau e.G.

René Braun
Senior Venture Development Manager & Project Lead of RYDES at Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Leon Reiner
Founder and Managing Director of Impact Hub Berlin

Matthias Scheffelmeier
Partner at Ashoka Germany & Founder of ChangemakerXchange

Kira Sawicka
Project Lead for Wertewandel – soziale Innovation und demokratische Entwicklung e.V.

Philipp von der Wippel
Founder and Managing Director of Project Together

Simon Stegemann
Co-Founder of N3XTCODER

Dr. Bernd Rosenkranz
Partner at CAMELOT Management

Elena Kirova
Director Operations at share

Vikram Nagendra
Program Manager, Sustainability and Social Impact at SAP SE

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    Digitalization and Labor Markets
  • Week 2:

    Purpose and Meaningfulness
  • Week 3:

    Corporate Democracy
  • Week 4:

  • Week 5:

    Social Entre-/Intrapreneurship
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!

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Course End
Aug 12, 2020
Course Start
Jun 30, 2020


This course was rated with 4.42 stars in average from 666 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons

Laura Marie Edinger-Schons is a Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the University of Mannheim. In her research, she focuses on how any kind of organization can contribute to sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. ​

Laura’s work has been published in many academic journals, including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Journal of Business Ethics.​

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Manuel Kreitmeir

Manuel Kreitmeir is the chairman of Social Entrepreneurship BW and co-founder of the Digital Social Innovation Lab at the University of Mannheim.​

Manuel is an advisor for social entrepreneurship to the United Nations at the diplomatic council and works with the European Commission to facilitate the social economy. He is a social entrepreneur and co-founder at Ohana Social Enterprise, a b2b platform for coffee and tea farmers.​

Follow Manuel on SAP Community and on Linkedin