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Aktuelles - Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität zu Köln https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/ Aktuelle Hinweise und Nachrichten aus der Forschung und Lehre der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität zu Köln de-de WiSo-Fakultät Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:19:13 +0200 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:19:13 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-15067 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:53:46 +0100 Card payers remember expenses less accurately /en/news/news-faculty/card-payers-remember-expenses-less-accurately/ New study by the ISS

Did you know that card payers remember expenses less accurately?

Economic psychology examines psychological mechanisms that underlie the economic behavior of consumers and households. So far, numerous studies have shown that the payment mode (e.g., cash vs. credit card) influences consumer behavior – in terms of how much people spend and what they buy. Despite the proliferation of new payment technologies, little is known about the nuances of digital payment modes and their characteristics.

ISS researchers Rufina Gafeeva and Erik Hölzl with Holger Roschk of the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt investigated in a recent study how the transformation of payment modes affects consumers. Results show that the recall accuracy of the amount spent varies according to the mode of payment: cash, prepaid card or multifunctional card.

Results of the study
Data were gathered at two separate time points in cafeterias at a German university - prior to as well as following the introduction of a multifunctional card which offers not only a payment function but also a public transport ticket, identification and other information functions. Shortly after paying at the cafeteria cashier, a total of 496 students were asked to recall the amount spent and the payment mode used and to answer further control questions. The recall accuracy of the amount spent was lower for both prepaid cards and multifunctional cards than for cash payments. There was no significant difference between the prepaid card and the multifunctional card; rather, the individual usage patterns played a crucial role: Those who often used the non-payment functions of such cards had a less accurate recall.

The results are relevant for the financial wellbeing of consumers because an accurate recall of past spending has an effect on the willingness to spend money in the future. Therefore, designs that separate the payment function from other functions or that visualize the act of spending money (for instance, through immediate payment information or transaction summaries) may increase consumers’ awareness for spending.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

]]> news-15008 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:45:03 +0100 Open Campus an der UzK am 17. März 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/open-campus-an-der-uzk-am-17-maerz-2018/ Auch die WiSo-Fakultät stellt Ihre Studienprogramme vor Die Universität zu Köln lädt Schülerinnen und Schüler sowie ihre Eltern am 17. März 2018 zum Infotag „Open Campus“ ein. Der „Open Campus“ bietet Studieninteressierten die Möglichkeit, sich umfassend über ein Studium zu informieren und sich vor Ort einen konkreten Eindruck von der Hochschule zu verschaffen.
Ab 10.00 Uhr stellt die Universität in zahlreichen Vorträgen ihr Studienangebot vor. Dazu zählen Studiengänge aus den Bereichen Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Rechtswissenschaften, Medizin und Zahnmedizin, Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften sowie Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie. Ergänzend werden fachübergreifende Themen wie die Studienwahl, das Zulassungsverfahren, Stipendien und Studienaufenthalte im Ausland Teil des Programms sein. Im Rahmen einer Infomesse stehen zudem Beraterinnen und Berater aus der Zentralen Studienberatung, den Fakultäten und weiteren Einrichtungen für ein persönliches Gespräch zur Verfügung.

„Open Campus 2018“

Wann und wo?
Samstag, 17. März 2018, 10.00 Uhr

Universität zu Köln, Albertus-Magnus-Platz,
Hörsaalgebäude, Hauptgebäude, Philosophikum

Weitere Informationen und das genaue Programm finden Sie hier: Open Campus 2018 - Programm

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news-15007 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:19:44 +0100 Erste deutsche Migrantenwahlstudie /en/news/news-faculty/erste-deutsche-migrantenwahlstudie/ Gemeinsame Studie der WiSo-Fakultät (UzK) und der Universität Duisburg-Essen Politikwissenschaftler der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln und ihre Kollegen der Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) gingen in einer Studie erstmals der Frage nach, für welche Partei sich die Einwanderer und ihre Kinder aus der Türkei oder der ehemaligen Sowjetunion mit einem deutschen Pass bei einer Bundestagswahl entscheiden. Die „Immigrant German Election Study“ wurde von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft gefördert.
Es handelt sich um die erste Wahlstudie, die aufgrund hochwertiger Daten aus der Bundestagswahl 2017 präzise Aussagen zum Wahlverhalten von Deutschen mit Migrationshintergrund macht. Dazu wurden jeweils knapp 500 zufällig ausgewählte Deutsche befragt, die selbst oder deren Eltern aus der Sowjetunion oder ihren Nachfolgestaaten (im Folgenden Russlanddeutsche) oder der Türkei (im Folgenden Deutschtürken) eingewandert sind.

Was fällt auf?

„Ich war überrascht, wieviel geringer die Wahlbeteiligung bei den beiden Gruppen war; bei den Deutschtürken liegt die Quote bei 64 Prozent, bei den Russlanddeutschen sogar nur bei 58 Prozent. Das liegt ganze 18 Prozent unter der allgemeinen Wahlbeteiligung“, sagt Professor Dr. Achim Goerres von der UDE.

Beide Gruppen sind politisch auch ganz anders eingestellt als die Deutschen ohne Migrationshintergrund: Russlanddeutsche sind rechts der Mitte positioniert, Deutschtürken links der Mitte. Dr. Dennis Spies von der Universität zu Köln berichtet: „In beiden Gruppen haben aber die beiden Volksparteien, die ehemals dominant waren, verloren.“

Ist ein Rechtsruck ablesbar?

Kreuzten die Russlanddeutschen bei früheren Bundestagswahlen auf dem Wahlzettel noch mehrheitlich die CDU/CSU an, entschieden sich 15 Prozent von ihnen im Jahr 2017 für die AfD. Goerres erläutert: „In der Tat punktete die AfD bei den Russlanddeutschen stärker als bei den Wählern ohne Migrationshintergrund. Aber sie blieb als dritte Kraft hinter der Union und den Linken weit hinter den Erwartungen zurück, die medial geschürt wurden.“

Mehr als ein Drittel der Deutschtürken wählte die SPD (35 %). Die LINKE kommt bei ihnen mit 16 Prozent und bei den Russlanddeutschen mit 21 Prozent besser an als bei den Deutschen ohne Migrationshintergrund (11 %). Besonders selten wählen Russlanddeutsche grün (8 %).

„Die Deutschen türkischer Abstammung sind ganz klar gegen Erdogan. Wenn sie überhaupt am türkischen Referendum teilgenommen haben, stimmten sie deutlich dagegen“, so Goerres. Nur 21 Prozent der Türken mit doppelter Staatsbürgerschaft waren für die Verfassungsreform. Lediglich 12 Prozent der Deutschtürken wählten die Erdogan nahestehende Partei „Allianz Deutscher Demokraten“, die nur in NRW zur Wahl antrat.

Thema EU-Mitgliedschaft der Türkei
Etwa 66 Prozent der Deutschtürken sprechen sich gegen eine EU-Mitgliedschaft der Türkei aus. Besonders hoch ist die Ablehnung bei den türkeistämmigen Kurden (84 %). Außerhalb der Wahlen sind die Deutschtürken politisch vergleichsweise stark engagiert; sie demonstrieren zum Beispiel mehr als die Mehrheitsbevölkerung (17 zu 7 %).

Auf einer Skala von -5 bis +5 bewerten die befragten Deutschtürken Staatspräsident Erdogan im Schnitt mit -2,5, bei der zweiten Einwanderergeneration schneidet er etwas besser ab. Putin bekommt von den Russlanddeutschen eine gute +1,4 und rangiert damit noch vor Merkel. Gebürtige Ukrainer sehen Putin negativ (-0,2). Den grünen Politiker Cem Özdemir kennen fast alle Deutschtürken und geben ihm die schlechteste Bewertung – trotz türkischer Wurzeln.

Zur Publikation:

http://udue.de/migrantenwahlstudie
http://www.researchgate.net/project/First-Migrant-Election-Study

Zur Pressemitteilung der Universität zu Köln:
Erste deutsche Migrantenwahlstudie: Wie Einwanderer und ihre Kinder wählen

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news-14978 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:16:25 +0100 Free public transport for better air quality? /en/news/news-faculty/free-public-transport-for-better-air-quality/ Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels in a newspaper article Concerning the discussion about free public transport for better air quality in inner cities, Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels warns against this assumption in the German newspaper F.A.Z.

In Ockenfels' opinion the public transport is not that expensive, but the problem are the car drivers, who do not take into account air pollution and creating traffic jam at a certain place and at a specific date. Drivers do not pay fair costs for using roads. "That is not only inefficient, but also unfair.", says Ockenfels.

Please read the whole article in German here: "So sollen Autofahrer für die Luftverschmutzung zahlen"

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news-14944 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:37 +0100 University of Cologne ranks 3rd place within Germany /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-ranks-3rd-place-within-germany/ Ranking of Journal "AIS 8" The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is an umbrella organisation for Information Systems. The rankings of AIS 8 (Journals: EJIS, ISJ, ISR, JAIS, JMIS, MISQ, JSIS, JIT), based on the years between 2015-2017, show rank 42 for the University of Cologne worldwide. With the selection "Europe, Africa, Middle East" and the years 2015-2017, the University of Cologne ranks 10th and within Germany, the University of Cologne reaches the 3rd rank.

Source: https://myvisionresearch.com/rankings/

More information about our School's ranking positions can be found here: "Rankings" on our website.

 

List of abbreviations/ Journals "AIS 8":

EJIS: European Journal of Information Systems 

ISJ: Information Systems Journal

ISR: Information Systems Research

JAIS: Journal of the Association for Information Systems

JMIS: Journal of Management Information Systems

MISQ: Management Information Systems Quarterly

JSIS: The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

JIT: Journal of Information Technology 

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news-14942 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:01:52 +0100 Closing event SOCLIFE: "Research Across Borders" /en/news/news-faculty/closing-event-soclife-research-across-borders/ International research training group has ended

The international research training group SOCLIFE has ended at the end of 2017 with a closing event. SOCLIFE focused on quantitative cross-national comparisons in the social and economic sciences. The overall research question was how characteristics of individual actors and the national context influence individuals’ attitudes and behavior.

Over the years, altogether thirty-seven doctoral students were supported with 3-year-stipends to undertake an individual research project. Research projects focused on welfare state incentives for maternal labor supply, employment protection legislation and its relation to unemployment, radical right-wing populism, variations in volunteering across societies, or cultural impacts on romantic relationships, to name just a few examples.

You can find more information at the following website: SOCLIFE - "Research across borders".

]]> news-14882 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:45:59 +0100 New Double Master’s Programme in Economics /en/news/news-faculty/new-double-masters-programme-in-economics/ In coorperation with Keio University in Tokyo, Japan

The WiSo Faculty has signed a cooperation agreement with the Faculty of Economics and the Graduate School of Economics of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan to establish a Double Master’s Programme in Economics.

Students will be able to apply to the two-year international master’s programme for the upcoming fall term 2018/19. The programme was developed jointly with Keio University and gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top universities. After completing their first study year at the University of Cologne and their second study year at Keio University, successful graduates are awarded the Master’s degrees of both universities.

For more information on the programme and the admission procedure, interested students can access the information on the website of the Double Master’s Programme in Economics.

Keio University is already an important cooperation partner of the WiSo Faculty with exchange activities taking place on faculty and student level. The Japanese partner is also one of the “Global Network Partner Universities” of the University of Cologne with which the University is developing an intensive form of cooperation in research and teaching.

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news-14869 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:07:41 +0100 Deceptive refugee statistics /en/news/news-faculty/deceptive-refugee-statistics/ A newspaper article from the "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" by Dr. Steffen Roth, Director of the Institute of Economic Policy

Every underage refugee increases child poverty in Germany, although he/she usually feels better than before and during the escape. However, the statistics, on which the statement is based, are not quite easy to understand. Dr. Steffen Roth, Director of the Institute for Economic Policy, takes position to this in an article in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". 

You can read the whole article at "Sueddeutsche Zeitung - Trügerische Statistik"

Please find an interview related to this topic at Deutschlandfunk.

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news-14865 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:46:00 +0100 1. Faculty Career Day /en/news/news-faculty/1-faculty-career-day/ On the 18th and 19th of April The WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne presents the first Faculty Career Day!

On the 18. and 19th of April 2018, students and graduates (as well as others who are interested) will have the chance to get to know about 40 entrepeneurs in the main buliding of the university to fathom their job chances. From 10 am until 3 pm visitors are welcome to talk with exhibitors about secondary employment, internships, trainee spots, permanent position and much more.

The event will be accompanied on both days by lectures, application coaching, as well as other services around the subject of  "early contacts to future employers". Visiting the exhibition can be done spontaneously, but we advice to apply in advance through "Bewerberwelt"! Here you can apply in advance to the employers.

The exhibition is, of course, free of charge for everybody.

You can find more information here.

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news-14827 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:43:14 +0100 Doctoral awards ceremony on 26 January, 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/doctoral-awards-ceremony-on-26-january-2018/ Congrats to all graduates

Our graduates of the WiSo Faculty are traditionally bidding farewell in a doctoral awards ceremony. On Friday, January 26, 2018, former doctoral students of the WiSo Faculty celebrated their graduation.

The speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob (Vice-Dean of Research). And finally, of course, the traditional, joyful throwing of doctoral caps took place.

We congratulate all graduates on their successful completion of their doctorate and wish them all the best and every success for their future!

More photos can be found in the following days on our website ("WiSoAlumni") and on our Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/wisokoeln/   

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news-14825 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:11:22 +0100 Prosociality and physical attractiveness /en/news/news-faculty/prosociality-and-physical-attractiveness/ New study by the ISS Did you know that prosociality and physical attractiveness can reinforce each other?

Often people soon know if (and how much) they are romantically or sexually attracted to another person. However, they are by no means aware of the outstanding cognitive effort required to integrate the many different characteristics of possible mates into a holistic judgment, which may also differ across different contexts of mating – such as a one night stand or a lifelong relationship.

Previous studies have mainly tested the attractiveness of individual physical or personality traits, while it largely remained unexplored how such different characteristics interact in specific contexts.

How does attractivness influence partner search?

ISS researchers Daniel Ehlebracht and Detlef Fetchenhauer together with Olga Stavrova from the University of Tilburg and Daniel Farrelly from the University of Worcester addressed to this question. In particular, it was investigated whether prosociality and physical attractiveness can under certain circumstances reinforce each other's effects on overall desirability. In two studies Cologne students were shown short videos of Dutch students, whose attractiveness they should either evaluate for a short-term or long-term relationship. For each of the individuals shown, the judges received randomized information on how the person behaved in an economic game in which they could prove their altruism or their trustworthiness.

Results of the study

As expected, physical attractiveness had a greater impact on the overall evaluation in the short-term context than in the long-term context, while prosocial behavior played a greater role in the long-term context than in the short-term context. In addition, men’s preferences turned out to be more specific regarding the temporal context of mate choice than women’s preferences. In other words, the relative impact of physical attractiveness and trustworthiness on the overall evaluation differed more strongly between the two contexts with male than was the case with female judges. In addition, in both studies physical attractiveness and prosociality mutually reinforced each other in their impact on the overall judgment when they occurred together, albeit only in the long-term mate choice context. This suggests that a good character can actually increase the attractiveness as a long-term partner significantly – but especially in people who are already physically attractive anyway.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-14821 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:19:39 +0100 What role does weather play in e-commerce operations? /en/news/news-faculty/what-role-does-weather-play-in-e-commerce-operations/ New study by S. Steinker, K. Hoberg and U. Thonemann Most people would probably agree that weather influences our lives in manifold ways. But how about our shopping habits? It is not unusual to read in the newspaper about the weather as a major influence factor of retail sales. In fact, some retailers such as British TESCO have already started to analyze weather in order to improve their operations planning and inventory management.

While the assumption that weather impacts retail sales seems plausible, empirical evidence from academic papers is scarce. There are some studies that investigate the effects of weather on classical bricks-and-mortar retailing, but until now there were no studies that analyze the weather-effect in an e-commerce setting

Collaboration with a large German fashion online retailer

In a recently published study the authors Steinker, Hoberg and Thonemann from the Department of Supply Chain Management & Management from the University of Cologne and the Department of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy from Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg address this gap in academic research. In collaboration with a large German fashion online retailer the authors analyze how the weather affects online demand over a period of two and a half years.
After a thorough discussion on how weather might relate to online demand via direct or indirect effects, the authors take a deep dive into an empirical analysis.

Their findings support the idea that weather has a strong influence on consumer shopping behavior and online-demand. Interestingly, the weather effect seems to be “asymmetric” according the study’s findings: While good weather has a strong negative effect on demand (i.e., fewer sales with good weather) the opposite effect (i.e., more sales with bad weather) seems to be much weaker.  The findings also suggest that the weather effect is more pronounced on weekends compared to work-days and also stronger during the summer months compared to the cold-season.

Large cost savings possible

To quantify the potential cost-savings from using weather data in operational planning, the authors analyzed by how much sales forecasts could be improved when weather data was used in statistical forecasting models. Compared to the baseline specification of the time-series models where no weather data was used, the forecast models that used additional weather variables performed significantly better and reductions in forecast errors of up to 50% were observed. A subsequent backtesting-analysis for one of the company’s warehouses revealed that cost savings of several hundred thousand euros could be achievable by including weather data in the workforce planning.

Implications for practice

The study provides guidelines on how to augment operational planning with weather data. In particular the benefits for increased forecasting accuracy and the implications for workforce planning are highlighted. High forecasting accuracy is a competitive advantage in e-commerce operations since it enables high responsiveness and short-delivery times at lower costs. The findings of the study also indicate that weather data could be successfully applied to other use cases such as search engine advertising (SEA), dynamic pricing or to increase the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

 

Publication:

The Value of Weather Information for E-Commerce Operations (2017), S. Steinker, K. Hoberg, U. Thonemann, Production and Operations Management (Early View Articles - 29 June 2017), DOI: 10.1111/poms.12721

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news-14811 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:51:03 +0100 DFG NSFC international research funding /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-nsfc-international-research-funding/ Behavioral Science in Supply Chain Management A research project with international cooperation which is part-financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), has recently been approved. Prof. Ulrich W. Thonemann of the University of Cologne and Prof. Xiaobo Zhao of the Tsinghua University are leading the project. Jun. Prof. Yingshuai Zhao from the University of Cologne and associate Prof. Junlin Chen of the Central University of Finance and Economics take part as primarily responsibles. Jun. Prof. Anna-Lena Sachs of the University of Cologne is also part of one subproject.

The project executes behavioral science in supply chain cooperations. The traditional research of Business Management gives insight in the maximization of business efficiency, the behavioral science gives us insight into human decisions and incorperates this behavior into optimizing the business‘ efficiency. Since humans play a big role in management decisions, behavioral science can provide more useful suggestions for the practice.

The University of Cologne and the Tsinghua University are both leading universities respectively in Germany and China. The cooperation of those two universities instigates a continuative research and promotes the exchange of information as well as students.

We are looking forward to promising results of the project.

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news-14793 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:36:56 +0100 Exam celebration in January 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/exam-celebration-in-january-2018/ Congratulations to our graduates!

On January 13, 2018, the bachelor's and the master's exam celebration of the WiSo Faculty took place. In this context, the graduates received their graduation certificate.

After a greeting from the faculty by Prof. Ulrich W. Thonemann, Ph.D. a greeting followed by the first chairwoman of the student council, Anna Baumann. Afterwards, the chairwoman of the student council handed over the Albertus-Magnus-Prize to Professor Dr. Ulrich Thonemann.

The Albertus-Magnus-Prize by the student body serves as recognition and promotion of special efforts in teaching and for the students of the WiSo Faculty. The graduates of each semester participate actively in the decision-making process.

The Junior Teaching Award was awarded this year for two bachelor events. Anna-Kristina Kerkhof, Political Science Seminar, received the Junior Teaching Award of the WiSo-Faculty for the exercise "Medienordnung" in the summer semester 2017 ("Bachelor event less than or equal to 70 participants").

Dr. Hendrik Wilhelm, Seminar for Business Administration, Corporate Development and Organization, reveived the Junior Teaching Award of the WiSo-Faculty for the lecture "Organisationsgestaltung" in summer semester 2017 ("Bachelor event larger than 70 participants").

Samuel Stäbler, Seminar for Business Administration, Marketing and Market Research, received the Junior Teaching Award of the WiSo-Faculty for the master lecture "Management Skills" in summer semester 2017.

The celebration was held this year at the master event of alumnus Norbert Walter-Borjans, former Minister of Finance of NRW. At the bachelor event the graduation speech was held by Sascha Strobl and Adela Kadiric. At the end the certificates were handed over. For the musical accompaniment of the evening, "das triologische Quartett" made a marvelous performance again.

We wish all the best end every success in the future for all graduates.

Photos and impressions of the graduation ceremonies (bachelor and master) are now available on the pages of WiSoAlumni: "Bildergalerie Examensfeiern". More photos are also available on the website of the Fachschaft WiSo.

You will find interviews with our alumni Norbert Walter-Borjans and Adela Kaderic on our website in the section "WiSo Alumni Interview".

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news-14787 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:33:08 +0100 Four WiSo professors assume editorial positions at "Management Science" /en/news/news-faculty/four-wiso-professors-assume-editorial-positions-at-management-science/ Peter Cramton, Axel Ockenfels, Dirk Sliwka and Ludwig Kuntz Peter Cramton, Axel Ockenfels, Dirk Sliwka and Ludwig Kuntz accepted editorial positions at a flagship journal in business administration: ‘Management Science’. As one of the world’s top journals in business administration, ‘Management Science’ employs several editors for different research areas.

Axel Ockenfels has been appointed as new Department Editor for Behavioral Economics. He will be supported from two colleagues in Cologne, Peter Cramton and Dirk Sliwka, who have been appointed as Associate Editors. Other associate editors include nobel laureates Alvin Roth and Richard Thaler.

Their main responsibility of the new editors is to help shaping the research focus in the field, by presiding over and managing the publication process. With these appointments, Cologne's key profile area ‘Economic Design & Behavior’ will become a new focus of the journal.

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news-14719 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:19:00 +0100 How to market digital innovations /en/news/news-faculty/how-to-market-digital-innovations/ Presentation by Ubisoft on 31st of January 2018 Do you want to know how to market digital innovations? Then there's probably no better industry to learn from than the gaming industry! The industry is known for adapting quickly to digital transformation and many of their practical experiences will likely become relevant for other industries, too.

Benedikt Schüler, Marketing Director of Ubisoft, will talk about trends, challenges and marketing strategies in the digital era and provide valuable insights, even if you are not enthused by Let's Plays, eSports or Assassin's Creed.

Are you interested? Drop by.

When and where?

On 31st of January from 14:00 to 15:30 pm
In Aula 2, Main Building, University of Cologne
Speaker: Benedikt Schüler, Marketing Director GSA, Ubisoft GmbH

Language: English

Further information are available on the webpage of the Digital Transformation and Value Creation Research Initiative.

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news-14782 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:10:09 +0100 Newsletter des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftsinformatik /en/news/news-faculty/newsletter-des-fachbereichs-wirtschaftsinformatik/ 4. Ausgabe des Newsletters erschienen Der vierte Newsletter des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftsinformatik ist erschienen.  In diesem informiert der Fachbereich über aktuelle Lehr- und Forschungsthemen sowie Personalentwicklungen.

Der Newsletter ist unter folgender Adresse zu erreichen: http://ukoeln.de/EUL8U

Hinweis: Sie können den Newsletter des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftsinformatik auch unter folgender Adresse abonnieren: http://www.wirtschaftsinformatik.uni-koeln.de/newsletter/

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news-14780 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:29:41 +0100 Matthias Heinz ins Junge Kolleg aufgenommen /en/news/news-faculty/matthias-heinz-ins-junge-kolleg-aufgenommen/ Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste Jun.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Heinz ist am vergangenen Dienstag, den 16. Januar 2018, bei einer feierlichen Festveranstaltung in das “Junge Kolleg” der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaft und der Künste aufgenommen worden. Wir gratulieren herzlich zur Auszeichnung! Im Bild links sehen Sie Matthias Heinz zusammen mit der Ministerin für Wissenschaft und Kultur von NRW, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, sowie  dem Akademie-Präsidenten Wolfgang Löwer.

Das Junge Kolleg ist eine Auswahl der 30 führenden Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen aus Nordrhein-Westfalen über alle Forschungsbereiche hinweg. Matthias Heinz ist damit der erste Nachwuchswissenschaftler aus dem Bereich Betriebswirtschaftslehre, der seit der Gründung des Jungen Kollegs in dieses aufgenommen wurde.

Die Aufnahme ins Junge Kolleg stellt damit bereits die sechste große Auszeichnung für seine Forschung dar, die Juniorprofessor Heinz innerhalb von drei Jahren erhalten hat. Über seine Aufnahme ins Kolleg freut er sich: „Für mich ist es natürlich eine große Ehre, als erster Betriebswirt überhaupt in das Junge Kolleg aufgenommen zu werden. Es ist immer schön, wenn die eigenen Forschungsarbeiten auch außerhalb der eigenen Fachrichtung Anerkennung und Interesse finden.” 

Mehr über Jun.-Prof. Heinz erfahren Sie hier: Matthias Heinz bei "Find an Expert"

Weitere Informationen zum Jungen Kolleg und Matthias Heinz' Aufnahme darin, erhalten Sie auf der Website der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste.

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news-14762 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:13:48 +0100 Jörn Grahl wins University Prize 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/joern-grahl-wins-university-prize-2017/ Category "Teaching and Studies" We congratulate Prof. Dr. Jörn Grahl on the University Prize 2017!

He was awarded the prize in the category "Teaching and Studies" and received the award by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Axel Freimuth at the annual reception of the University of Cologne on January 16, 2018.

Further information about the University Prize for Jörn Grahl can be found in the following video:

Video "University Award 2017 // Teaching // Prof. Dr. Jörn Grahl" (in German)

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news-14722 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:48:09 +0100 WirtschaftsWoche Ranking 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/wirtschaftswoche-ranking-2018/ Business Administration improves to place 3 In the WirtschaftsWoche's current 2018 university ranking, the University of Cologne ranked with Business Administration 3rd place, Economics 4th place and Information Systems 5th place. The result of Business Administration has thus improved by one place compared to the last result of the WirtschaftsWoche Ranking. For the WiWo ranking, a total of more than 500 HR managers were asked from which universities they prefer to recruit graduates and what criteria they take into account.

Further information is available on the WirtschaftsWoche website (in German).

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news-14717 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:57:00 +0100 More data for less disease? About the value of information in medicine /en/news/news-faculty/more-data-for-less-disease-about-the-value-of-information-in-medicine/ Public symposium by ceres on the 30th of January 2018 Experts from the fields of science, health policy and medicine will discuss the challenges for a health-literate approach to the new data diversity in medicine and point out implementation prospects and prerequisites for the data-informed care of the future.

The symposium will present results from the interdisciplinary joint project "Systems Medicine and Health Literacy (SysKomp)". The project partners are ceres, the Research Unit Ethics, the Institute for Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology and the Institute for Medical Law at the University of Cologne.


When and where?

30th of January 2018 
From 10:00 am to 16:00 pm
At Amélie Thyssen Auditorium

Further information on the programme and registration can be found on the ceres homepage.

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news-14686 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:56:00 +0100 Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing /en/news/news-faculty/inaugural-lecture-prof-dr-ingo-rohlfing/ January 17, 2018 Prof. Dr. Ingo Rohlfing, Professor for Methods of Comparative Political Research at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP), invites you to his Inaugural Lecture “Publication bias in Qualitative Comparative Analysis and what to do about it”. 

When and where?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

12:00 h | Seminargebäude Tagungsraum | Universitätsstr. 37 | 50931 Köln

Followed by a reception

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news-14678 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:05:56 +0100 Welcome at the WiSo Faculty, Prof. Dr. Martin Paul Fritze /en/news/news-faculty/welcome-at-the-wiso-faculty-prof-dr-martin-paul-fritze/ Koelnmesse Assistant Professor in Trade Fair Management and Marketing Since 1 January 2018, Dr. Martin Paul Fritze is Junior Professor at the University of Cologne. Professor Fritze holds the Koelmesse Junior Professorship for Trade Fair Management and Marketing at the WiSo Faculty.

We are very pleased to welcome him at our school!

More information can be found at the "Find an expert"-profile of Jun. Prof. Dr. Martin P. Fritze.

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news-14673 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:52:57 +0100 Ehrendoktorwürde für Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner /en/news/news-faculty/ehrendoktorwuerde-fuer-prof-dr-gert-g-wagner-1/ Wir gratulieren herzlich! Am Montag, den 8. Januar 2017, hielt Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin) an der Universität zu Köln einen spannenden Vortrag zum Thema „Kostet weniger Ungleichheit Wachstum? Zur Bedeutung verschiedener Ziele in der Verteilungsdebatte" im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung des Instituts für Wirtschaftspolitik (IWP).

Im Rahmen dieser Veranstaltung fand auch die Verleihung des Grades eines Doktors der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften ehrenhalber (Dr. rer. pol. h.c.) an Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner statt.

"Die Fakultät ehrt Herrn Wagner damit für seine Leistungen in den empirisch basierten Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, nicht nur als Autor und Herausgeber zahlreicher wissenschaftlicher Publikationen, sondern auch als Förderer und Vermittler des Dialogs zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis.", betont der Dekan der WiSo-Fakultät, Professor Werner Mellis.

Wir gratulieren Professor Wagner herzlich zur Ehrung!

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news-14672 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:31:52 +0100 DFG Research Project for Dr. Judith Offerhaus /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-research-project-for-dr-judith-offerhaus/ Attitudes toward Education and Educational Success

Dr. Judith Offerhaus, Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS), will lead a research project on "Attitudes toward Education and Educational Success", funded by the DFG German Research Foundation as part of the Priority Programme SPP 1646' Education as a Lifelong Process', starting in April 2018.

According to Offerhaus, a vast body of empirical literature confirms the considerably strong association between social origin and educational success. Yet, little is known about attitudes towards education and their relevance in this process. 

Thus, the project aims to test different theoretically driven assumptions about the attitude-education relationship: Is there a direct attitude effect on educational success? Are attitudes towards education mediating the relationship of social origin and educational success? Does the attitude-education relationship depend on social origin, meaning do attitudes have stronger effects for children of advantaged families or for children of lower social origin?

Further information about the project can be found on the ISS website

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news-14665 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:50:49 +0100 Welcome at the WiSo Faculty, Prof. Dr. Jan Recker /en/news/news-faculty/welcome-at-the-wiso-faculty-prof-dr-jan-recker/ Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development Since 02.01.2018, Prof. Jan Recker, Ph.D. is head of the Chair for Information Systems and Systems Development. We are very pleased to welcome him at our school!

Professor Recker previously worked at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he held the Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation and was most recently Head of the Digital Innovation Research Group. He is deemed to be one of the leading scientists in the field of business informatics. In his research, he focuses on the fields of conceptualization of information systems, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, and the use of information systems for sustainability.

Jan Recker is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Communications of the Association for Information Systems and is on the Editorial Board of journals such as the MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) and others.

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news-14651 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:42:06 +0100 Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. Nicole Naeve-Stoß /en/news/news-faculty/inaugural-lecture-prof-dr-nicole-naeve-stoss/ January 18th 2018 at 4pm

Prof. Dr. Nicole Naeve-Stoß, Professor for Economic Education at the Institute for Vocational, Economic and Social Eduaction, invites you to her inaugural Lecture on January 18th 2018 at 4pm in the IBW- Building of the University of Cologne.

The Subject of the inaugural Lecture:"Teacher Education: bothersome obligation or reflexive educational process?".

If interested please sign up per Email to nicole.naeve-stoss(at)uni-koeln.de.

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news-14648 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:17:28 +0100 Did you know that the quality of parent-child relationships is transmitted from one generation to the next? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-the-quality-of-parent-child-relationships-is-transmitted-from-one-generation-to-th/ Sociologists have been investigating the intergenerational transmission of social inequalities (such as educational opportunities) for a long time now. Along the same lines, demographers have shown that, for example, parents’ fertility behaviors or divorce risks affect their children’s related outcomes. However, barely any research has been conducted yet investigating whether the quality of parent-child relationships in the older generation is transmitted to the younger generation in a family.
ISS researcher Karsten Hank and his colleagues Veronika Salzburger and Merril Silverstein assessed this issue in a study using data from the German Family Panel (pairfam). The authors exploited pairfam’s so called multi-actor design, which allowed them to gather information about three generations in the same family: the youngest generation of children, aged 16-18 at the time of the interview, reported about the quality of their relationship to the middle generation, whose members reported about their relationship to the oldest generation of parents. Three specific dimensions of relationship quality were considered: emotional closeness, frequency of contact, and ambivalence (that is, the simultaneous occurrence of closeness and conflicts).
The study shows that greater emotional closeness, more frequent conflicts and stronger ambivalence between parents and children in older generation tends to translate into a similar pattern of parent-child relations in the family’s younger generation. The authors interpret this finding as indication of intergenerational transmission of relationship quality within families. Further analyses suggest that this kind of transmission more strongly originates from grandfather than from grandmother ties.
Whereas these gender specific findings call for further investigation, the study overall suggests that a comprehensive understanding of parent-child relationships requires a perspective that conceptualizes families as a complex multigenerational system.

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news-14640 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:11:56 +0100 Honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner /en/news/news-faculty/honorary-doctorate-to-prof-dr-gert-g-wagner/ On January 8 as part of the IWP lecture series Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin) will give a lecture on "Costs less inequality growth? On the significance of different objectives in the 'distribution debate'" within the lecture series of the Institute for Economic Policy (IWP).

This event will also include the award of a honorary doctorate in economics and social sciences (Dr. rer. pol. h. c.) to Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner. The WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne honours Professor Wagner for his achievements in the empirically based economic and social sciences, not only as author and publisher of numerous scientific publications, but also as promoter and mediator of the dialogue between science and practice.

When and where?

On 08.01.2018 at 17:45 o' clock
WiSo building, lecture room XXIV

More detailed information on the lecture series can be found in the following invitation flyer (pdf) and at the website of the IWP.

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news-14627 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:09:42 +0100 Refinancing the EEG /en/news/news-faculty/refinancing-the-eeg/ Study by EWI and FiFo The Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI Köln) and the FiFo Köln present three alternative solutions to replace the EEG apportionment in a joint study for dena (Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH). "The EEG apportionment has become a brake on the energy revolution. A revenue-neutral alternative should run without new debts over the federal budget ", demands co-author Dr. Michael Thöne.

Please find more information at FiFo Köln or dena

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news-14624 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:10:34 +0100 DFG approves second funding period /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-approves-second-funding-period/ DFG research group FOR 1452

After the first funding period "Marketing of hedonic media products in the context of digital social media",  Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner, Professor of the Marketing Area of the WiSo Faculty, succeeded in convincing the DFG main committee's panel of experts to continue the second funding period FOR 1452 "Marketing of products in the context of digital social media". She is the deputy spokesperson of the research group and is responsible for a subproject as principal investigator.

The dean of the WiSo faculty, Prof. Werner Mellis, congratulates this success: "This support underlines the social relevance of our research in keeping with our motto "Innovation for Society ".

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news-14622 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:40:56 +0100 Schmalenbach Award for Dr. Max Backhaus /en/news/news-faculty/schmalenbach-award-for-dr-max-backhaus/ Excellent dissertation awarded Dr. Max Backhaus has won the 2017 Schmalenbach Award. He was a doctoral student and research assistant at the Chair for Marketing and Market Research and graduated in 2017.

He has been awarded for his doctoral thesis "Econometric Essays on Protecting, Benefiting, and Growing from Customer-based Brand Equity".In his thesis, he answers the question of whether a crisis event has a negative effect on the course of brand perception in the subsequent weeks of the crisis. In addition, Dr. Backhaus investigated by which factors the effects of a brand crisis are intensified and mitigated. Dr. Backhaus convinced the jury with his combination of current brand management issues in combination with business management concepts and, in particular, with social responsibility effects based on sophisticated statistical methodology and a unique database.

The Schmalenbach Award is one of the most prestigious dissertation awards in Germany. Dr. Backhaus received the award at the 71. Deutscher Betriebswirtschafter-Tag in Düsseldorf, Germany (November 29, 2017).

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news-14616 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:46:05 +0100 ERC Advanced Grant for Axel Ockenfels /en/news/news-faculty/erc-advanced-grant-for-axel-ockenfels/ Prof. Dr. Ockenfels receives major European research funding The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the Cologne-based economic researcher Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels with the ERC Advanced Grant, which is regarded as the most important funding prize in the European research landscape. The project is entitled "Economic Engineering of Cooperation in Modern Markets".

Recent advances in computer technology have led to radical advances in market design and strategy design. These enable exciting new forms of social and economic relationships, but they also lead to new challenges. One question in the Ockenfels project is how algorithmic decision-making and action can serve important societal goals through intelligent design of market rules, and how undesirable excesses of digitisation can be prevented. Applications can be found in financial markets, Internet commerce and traffic management. Prof. Ockenfels also discusses how ethical principles can be taken into account when designing modern incentive systems that are used, for example, in climate protection or in the medical sector.
 
ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers for projects that, due to their innovative approach, are considered risky but can open up new avenues in their respective fields of research. Funding is provided for established scientists who have been working successfully at the highest international level for at least ten years.

Axel Ockenfels is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne. After research stays at Harvard University, Penn State University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, he founded the Laboratory for Economic Research and headed the Institute of Energy Economics until 2007. After a guest professorship at Stanford University, he has headed the newly founded "Centre of Excellence for Social and Economic Behavior" at Cologne University since 2015. Ockenfels is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy and member of the European, Berlin-Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2005, he was the first economist in 17 years to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his work on the design of markets and human behaviour. His expertise is in demand from governments, market platforms and companies.

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news-14572 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:14:35 +0100 "Bitcoin can act as a counterweight to banks' market power" /en/news/news-faculty/bitcoin-can-act-as-a-counterweight-to-banks-market-power/ Interview with Dainis Zegners on the topic of Bitcoin The digital currency Bitcoin is a dominant theme at the moment: Since the multiplication of the value in just one year and the rise of the exchange rate to over 17,000 dollars, the success story of the cryptocurrency is present in all media.

Dainis Zegners is Junior Professor at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne and part of the research initiative "Digital Transformation and Value Creation" (http://www.digital.uni-koeln.de/)at the University of Cologne, which is investigating digital change. He has been dealing with the digital currency Bitcoin for some time and has answered some questions about it.

You can read the interview here (in German): „Bitcoin kann als Gegengewicht zur Marktmacht der Banken fungieren“

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news-14569 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:04:36 +0100 Student Report Study Trip to India /en/news/news-faculty/student-report-study-trip-to-india/ Research project "Social Inequality beyond Europe. Education and Social Stratification in Developing Countries" As part of a two-semester research project titled "Social Inequality beyond Europe. Education and Social Stratification in Developing Countries" by Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob and Dr. Judith Offerhaus, students of the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) took part in a 14-day programme at Symbiosis International University in Pune with the topic "Indian Culture, Economy and Education System". The following is a report about her time in India in September 2017 by the participating student Myriam Baum.

Impressions from the Summer School by Myriam Baum

After everyone arrived in the busy, chaotic and very humid Mumbai, the program started in Pune the next day. The two following weeks were filled with a diverse and enjoyable program including Bollywood dancing, yoga, Ayurveda, Indian cooking and tribal art. As well, we got insights into interesting aspects of Indian history and learned about media in India.

We also participated in a stimulating case study with Indian students, where we talked about and compared various aspects of the Indian and German life regarding social inequality, e.g. health and education system, family planning or the labour market. This gave a deeply personal as well sociological insight into the Indian society.

We explored the city of Pune, including a medieval fort, old Hindu caves, the place were Gandhi was held under house arrest as well as colourful markets and temples. We had the incredible luck: our stay crossed with the end of the Ganesh festival. It ends with a colourful event, with parades and music, and Ganesh statues being immersed into the river. The celebrating Indians included us in their festivities, presented us a lot of sweets and took a lot of photos with us. This was a unique experience!

We got the chance to visit a registered slum and to see what is done in terms of corporate social responsibility activities to enable and help the population. Another vital agenda point was the visit to the Symbiosis Community College on the outskirts of Pune, where underprivileged adults, particularly women, can take short-term courses to acquire skills or even obtain a degree. This was very interesting and the work, which is done there is very important for the villages and poorer communities around Pune. One of the many highlights of the program was a trip to the stunning countryside, where we visited a small farm aiming at sustainable eco-friendly agriculture.

All in all, these two weeks were very enriching on a cultural, personal and on an academic level. We enjoyed the food and the hospitality and friendliness of the people we met and shared the time with. Everyone discovered unknown things about India and the Indian people. Also, many of us could gain some new insights for our research projects in Cologne. The Summer School provided us a safe way to explore India, so that some of us already, at least in our heads, planned another journey to “Incredible India”.

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news-14565 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:37:47 +0100 Conrad Ziller in an interview with DLF Kultur /en/news/news-faculty/conrad-ziller-in-an-interview-with-dlf-kultur/ Social cohesion in Germany Dr. Conrad Ziller from the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) at the University of Cologne in an interview with DLF Kultur on the Bertelsmann Stiftung's current study on social cohesion. Among other things, he expressed the view that social cohesion can be strengthened by reducing poverty and exclusion, upgrading urban areas and creating affordable housing.

Radio interview: Social Cohesion in Germany, DLF Kultur (mp3)

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news-14564 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:28:18 +0100 Buddy-Programm /en/news/news-faculty/buddy-programm/ Für Gaststudierende der WiSo-Fakultät im SoSe 2018

 

Das Zentrum für Internationale Beziehungen (ZIB) und der PIM & CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. organisieren jedes Semester ein Buddy Programm für die Gaststudierenden der WiSo-Fakultät. 

Gesucht werden Studierende und Doktoranden, die motiviert sind, Gaststudierenden im kommenden Sommersemester zur Seite zu stehen.

 

 

Als Buddy profitierst du von

  • Kontakt und Austausch mit internationalen Studierenden
  • Teilnahme an Welcome Days und an weiteren attraktiven sozialen Events mit internationalem  Charakter während des Semesters
  • Praxis der eigenen Fremdsprachenkenntnisse
  • Beweis von sozialem Engagement während des Studiums in Form einer Teilnahmebestätigung
  • Informationen über unsere Partneruniversitäten aus erster Hand  

Deine Aufgaben als Buddy

  • Kontaktaufnahme mit dem Vermieter des Incomings vor dessen Ankunft, falls erwünscht
  • Abholung des Schlüssels und Organisierung der Schlüsselübergabe
  • Abholung des Incomings vom Bahnhof / Flughafen und Begleitung zur Unterkunft
  • Unterstützung im Umgang mit Behörden (Anmeldeamt etc.)
  • Bei Bedarf Unterstützung von Incomings in anderen Bereichen zu Beginn ihres Aufenthalts 

 

Hast du Interesse? Wir freuen uns auf dein Engagement!

Das Anmeldeformular für das Buddy Programm findest du auf den Webseiten des ZIBs. Bei Fragen wende dich gerne an Jens Funk (j.funk(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de)

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news-14554 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:16:19 +0100 Tandem Fellowship for Matthias Pilz /en/news/news-faculty/tandem-fellowship-for-matthias-pilz/ Fellowships for innovation in university teaching The Stifterverband has selected the project proposal "Integrating basic economic understanding into non-economic courses of study - an example of case-based higher education for prospective biologists" by Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz and Prof. Dr. Jutta Papenbrock from the University of Hanover as one of two nationally funded tandem applications. The Stifterverband awards fellowships for innovation in university teaching.

Congratulations!

In the project, case studies designed as feasibility studies are to be didactically modelled and implemented. The flanking by economic experts and mentors of business education are intended to promote the learning activities of the biology students.

Further information can be found on the website of the Stifterverband.

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news-14540 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:34:52 +0100 ABB and the University of Cologne win CEMS Business Project of the Year /en/news/news-faculty/abb-and-the-university-of-cologne-win-cems-business-project-of-the-year/ Congratulations! Similar to the rise of the internet, digitalization will transform our everyday lives. Most tasks which can be based on algorithms will be done or at least semi-automated by artificial intelligence and robots. CEMS students studying at the University of Cologne in Germany had the unique opportunity to collaborate with ABB on a business project involving marketing intelligence around IBM's Watson. The project was voted as the 2017 CEMS Business Project of the Year.

Congratulations to all participants of the project!

More detailed information and interviews with the project participants (Oliver Lawrenz, Group Vice President Marketing & Sales - Performance Management, ABB; supervising professor at UoC Dr. Michael Becker-Peth; and students Daniel Zimpel, UoC; Felix Hütter, UoC; Yiran Yang, USYD; Peizhe Yang, UB) can be found on the CEMS website.

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news-14511 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:02:34 +0100 Older adults, neighborhood and cognitive functioning /en/news/news-faculty/older-adults-neighborhood-and-cognitive-functioning/ New study by the ISS Did you know that older adults living in the same neighborhood are similar in their cognitive functioning?

Against the backdrop of increasing life expectancy, understanding factors that predict the maintenance of cognitive functioning into old age has become increasingly relevant. Examples of cognitive functions include memory, reasoning, and the speed at which information can be processed. In general, physical as well as social and intellectual activities are viewed as beneficial for maintaining these functions. Furthermore, it has been speculated that the opportunities to engage in these activities are partially determined by one's residential neighborhood.

For that reason, ISS-researchers Jonathan Wörn and Lea Ellwardt– together with colleagues from Amsterdam and Oslo – examined whether the socioeconomic status and the degree of urbanity of a residential neighborhood are associated with the cognitive functioning of its older inhabitants.
To this end, the researchers used information on the average income and the density of residential and business addresses of 63 Dutch neighborhoods. This information was connected to data from the LASA Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam on 985 older inhabitants from these neighborhoods in order to analyze how different cognitive functions of 65- to 88-year-olds develop within 6 years.

Results of the study
The study found that older adults from neighborhoods with a higher average income performed better in two out of the four examined cognitive functions. However, the differences between neighborhoods were not caused by the neighborhoods themselves; rather, differences were explained by the higher education and higher income of individuals who lived in these neighborhoods. Both of these factors are positively associated with cognitive functioning and increase the likelihood to live in a neighborhood with an overall higher average income.

Urbanized neighborhoods = better performance on cognitive tests?
Additionally, older adults in more urbanized neighborhoods performed better on cognitive tests. The researchers explained that daily requirements in more urbanized neighborhoods (e.g. the multitude of information that has to be processed when moving in busy traffic) constitute a cognitive training on a day-to-day basis. However, this effect may reverse into poorer cognitive functioning if older adults in very highly urbanized neighborhoods feel overtaxed by the demands of their neighborhood.

Since the decline of cognitive functions in the observed period was independent of the neighborhood characteristics under consideration, the researchers concluded that the differences between older adults in more and less urbanized neighborhoods already came about earlier in life.

All in all, the observed differences between neighborhoods were rather small. Thus, the researchers recommend that measures to maintain the cognitive functioning of older adults should cater to the needs of individuals.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-14496 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:55:00 +0100 Financial Times business school ranking 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/financial-times-business-school-ranking-2017/ WiSo Faculty improves to No. 71 and ranks 12th in the category "Masters in Management salary today" In this year's Financial Times European Business School Rankings, the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) of the University of Cologne maintains position 71 and is thus on 6th rank of German universities.

With that result, the Faculty improves its position of the former year 2016 (position 78).

In the Masters in Management ranking, the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne ranks 12th in the category "Masters in Management salary today" with $76,680.

The Financial Times ranking assesses the world's best MBA programmes. It includes 159 programmes which must meet strict requirements in order to be considered. All the universities are internationally accredited and have offered their MBA programmes for at least four years; the programmes are completed by at least 30 graduates per year. The ranking is based on a number of criteria. First, the university is assessed through a survey of graduates who have studied full-time. 20 per cent of all the graduates must take part in the survey and complete at least 20 questions. At 59 per cent, the survey is given the highest weighting in the final ranking of the university. Other important criteria include diversity among staff, board members and students in terms of gender and nationality, the international reach of the MBA programme, the university's research ranking (as measured by the number of publications by full-time lecturers in 45 internationally recognised academic journals) and value for money (taking into account tuition fees and other costs as well as financial contributions from alumni).

For more information on the rankings, please see the Financial Times Rankings page.

You will find a selection of further rankings results of our Faculty in the section "Rankings".

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news-14494 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:04:07 +0100 Master‘s Information Day on January 20, 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/masters-information-day-on-january-20-2018/ Information about our Master's programmes Interested in a prestigious master's degree with international prospects?

Then take a look at the Master’s Information Day on 20 January 2018 and find out all about our Master’s programmes at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne.

Location:

WiSo Main Building (WiSo Foyer Entrance)
Universitätsstr. 22
50931 Cologne

From 11:30 am to 5 pm, we will present you one of the most scientifically renowned faculties for economics and social sciences in Europe and its affiliated Master's programmes. Our colleagues will be pleased to answer your questions after the individual programme presentations.

From 12 to 5 pm, we invite you to an information fair in the WiSo building, where representatives of important institutions and programmes are looking forward to your visit. We also offer you guided campus tours from 3pm to 4pm every half an hour. Further information on the schedule and the location can be found in the information flyer attached.

The programme of the event can be found here: Programme Master's Information Day on January 20, 2018.

The registration for the Master’s Information Day is possible here: Registration Master's Information Day 2018.

Get to know your opportunities for professional and personal development at the WiSo Faculty in Cologne. We look forward to see you there!

The team of the WiSo Student Service

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news-14489 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:32:36 +0100 Sarah Berens (CCCP) participates in SFB at the University of Bremen /en/news/news-faculty/sarah-berens-cccp-participates-in-sfb-at-the-university-of-bremen/ Collaborative Research Centre 1342 "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre ("Sonderforschungsbereich" = SFB) at the University of Bremen. The SFB will receive funding of around eleven million euros over the next four years. The University of Cologne is involved in the sub-project B03 of the project manager Dr. Sarah Berens. Dr. Berens is a research associate at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne. Together with Prof. Dr. Philip Manow (University of Bremen), she is investigating the complementary development of social policy in several countries under the conditions of intensified global economic integration as part of the sub-project "International Complementarities in the Development of National Welfare States: The Transatlantic Sphere (1870-2020)".

Contributing partners and members of the SFB
The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 encompasses the SOCIUM Research Centre for Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies (InIIS) as well as project leaders from the Research Centre for Eastern Europe, the Institute of History, the Institute for Geography, the Institute of Labour and Economics (IAW), the Centre for European Legal Policy and the Information Management Working Group of the Department of Computer Science. In addition to the University of Cologne, Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Duisburg-Essen are also involved.

The Collaborative Research Centre is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of 2018.

Further information on SFB 1342 can be found under the following link: http://www.socium.uni-bremen.de/about-the-socium/news/detail/en/?news=392

Contact:
Dr. Sarah Berens
Cologne Center for Comparative Politics
University of Cologne
Herbert-Lewin-Str. 2
50931 Cologne
E-mail: sarah.berens(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-14470 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:56:30 +0100 EEA-ESEM 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/eea-esem-2018/ Call for papers We are pleased to announce that the EEA-ESEM 2018 will take place in Cologne from August 27 to August 31. This Congress brings together the 33rd Annual Congress of the European Economic Association and 71st European Meeting of the Econometric Society. We are currently calling for papers. Economists and professionals working in related fields are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers in all areas of economics for presentation at the congress until February 15, 2018.

For more information please visit: www.eea-esem-congresses.org

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news-14445 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:14:02 +0100 Prof. Rosenkranz appointed to the Editorial Board /en/news/news-faculty/prof-rosenkranz-appointed-to-the-editorial-board/ Information Systems Journal Professor Christoph Rosenkranz has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Information Systems Journal, one of the leading scientific journals in the information systems discipline.

For more information please follow: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2575

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news-14418 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:58:00 +0100 Christmas turnover shifts towards Cyber Week /en/news/news-faculty/christmas-turnover-shifts-towards-cyber-week/ Survey of ECC Cologne and eBay According to a recent Marketplace KIX survey conducted by ECC Cologne and eBay, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming more important for the Christmas business of online marketplace traders: The importance of the second half of November, in which Cyber Week takes place, for Christmas sales is increasing. For 38 percent of the online marketplace traders surveyed, these weeks are the most important before the holidays. For comparison: In the previous year, this figure was just under 31 percent of marketplace KIX participants. Around 43 percent of online marketplaces expect to handle most of their Christmas business this year in the first half of December (2016:54%).

 

About the Marketplace KIX
The marketplace KIX from ECC Cologne and eBay surveys online marketplace traders twice a year about their sales via online marketplaces as well as about current topics of online trading. More information can be found on the website of the IFH Köln.

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news-14407 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:50:35 +0100 Jamaica has failed - now what? /en/news/news-faculty/jamaica-has-failed-now-what/ Interview with Professor Thomas Jäger Following the FDP's withdrawal from exploratory talks for a so-called "Jamaican coalition" consisting of the CDU/CSU, Green party and FDP, the question arises as to what this failure of talks means for Germany and the political parties. Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger from the Chair of International Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne has answered these and other questions on the current political situation in Germany.

You can find the interview in German language here: Interview with Thomas Jäger.

 

 

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news-14385 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:56:33 +0100 Award for Dr. Karina Copil /en/news/news-faculty/award-for-dr-karina-copil/ Werner Kern Prize for Research in Production Management The 11th Werner Kern Prize for Production Management Research for the years 2015 and 2016 was awarded to Dr. Karina Copil for her dissertation at the Seminar for Supply Chain Management and Production "Capacitated Lot-Sizing and Scheduling with Scarce Setup Resources" at the scientific autumn conference of the Commission Production Management at the Association of University Teachers for Business Administration on 10 November 2017 at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.

More information about the prize can be found on the website of the Werner Kern Association.

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news-14379 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:20:31 +0100 Axel Ockenfels appointed new member of acatech /en/news/news-faculty/axel-ockenfels-appointed-new-member-of-acatech/ National Academy of Science and Engineering Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels has been appointed as new member of acatech – the National Academy of Science and Engineering. As a working academy, acatech supports policy-makers and society, providing qualified technical evaluations and recommendations. It also provides a platform for exchanging ideas between the sciences and business and is involved in the promotion of young scientists and engineers.

More information on atatech can be found on the website of the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

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news-14362 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:33:10 +0100 Research Prizes 2018 /en/news/news-faculty/research-prizes-2018/ Two professors of our School awarded At the award ceremony with vice chancellor Axel Freimuth the University of Cologne paid tribute to five outstanding researchers for their excellence in research. We are happy that among the awardees are two of our School’s professors: Matthias Heinz (photo: on the left) and Matthias Sutter (third one from the right).

Find more information at the Website of the University of Cologne.

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news-14334 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:50:46 +0100 Productive 4.0 /en/news/news-faculty/productive-40/ EU lighthouse project ELECTRONICS AND ICT AS ENABLER FOR DIGITAL INDUSTRY AND OPTIMIZED SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT COVERING THE ENTIRE PRODUCT LIFECYCLE

The chair of Supply Chain Management and Production has embarked upon a new research and innovation project, co-funded by the European Union, ECSEL Joint Undertaking and National Funding Authorities from 19 involved countries. The lighthouse project “Productive 4.0” strives to digitalize the industry through new optimization models, improved processes and concepts for optimizing manufacturing and supply networks. The industry of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as well as semiconductor manufacturing are the focal point. The project aims to spread the knowledge to other industrial sectors, thus serving as an inspiration for upcoming research in the field of “Industry 4.0”.

Project participants and budget

Within this project companies such as Bosch, Infineon Technologies, Philips and BMW are involved. On the academic side, the engaged institutions are, among others, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Politecnico di Milano and the University of Cologne. The total budget amounts to over 106 Mio €. Productive 4.0 is split into ten different work packages.

Topic spectrum and objectives

The topics are ranging from standardization over Internet of Things to Automation & Digitization. Our chair is involved in both work-packages 4, “Process Virtualization” and 5, “Management of Digital Production Planning, Supply Chain Networks and Product Lifecycle”, with Prof. Horst Tempelmeier leading the latter in close collaboration with Bosch. These work packages aim to create a “digital twin” by linking the real with the digital world. Additionally, analytical performance evaluation models as well as optimization models will support smarter and more flexible production. As a result, a tool box will be created that enables fast and reliable decision making under real world circumstances which are subject to random influences on different levels.

Research focus

Our research will be focused on the complex semiconductor manufacturing process, based on the use case of the Bosch semiconductor plant in Reutlingen. After defining a hierarchical planning system, the focus will be on system design, operational planning, including an approach for master planning to coordinate stochastic dynamic demand and production, as well as scheduling and control policies. Finally, a performance assessment and optimization will be carried out using standard methods, algorithms and tools, including software development. The project will consequently involve the complete planning spectrum, ranging from dispatching of operations for single machines to long-term investment decisions.

The project is set to last three years, finalizing in April 2020.

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news-14310 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:49:47 +0100 Criminal offending reduces the perception sanction risks /en/news/news-faculty/criminal-offending-reduces-the-perception-sanction-risks/ Study by Daniel Seddig (ISS) et al. Did you know that criminal offending reduces the perception sanction risks?

Can young people be discouraged from criminal offending by a general deterrent effect of punishment? Previous research suggests that this is the case for young people’s perceptions of sanction risks. Social scientists explain this by means of a decision process, which considers the perceived risk and intensity of punishment (as costs) and the assets of criminal offending (as benefits).

When the cost outweigh the benefits, young people will decide against criminal offending. Thus, an increased perception of sanction risks has a deterrent effect on behavior. However, a reversed phenomenon implies that young people learn to make realistic assumption about sanction risks because of previous criminal behavior. Hence, personal experience leads to a decrease in the perception of sanction risks. However, which effect is dominant: a deterrence effect or an experiential effect?

ISS researcher Daniel Seddig and his colleagues Helmut Hirtenlehner (University of Linz) and Jost Reinecke (University of Bielefeld) examined this question in a study based on survey data from 1,950 adolescents in Duisburg. Results from statistical analyses indicate the dominance of an experiential effect. A systematic deterrent effect could not be verified.

Simple (criminal) behaviors are often carried out automatically and spontaneously. Therefore, expectations about the deterrent impact of threats of sanctions should not be exaggerated. However, the study could not exclude the possibility that small (sub-) groups of people respond to sanction risks.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-14286 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:02:00 +0100 Ubi meets Uni /en/news/news-faculty/ubi-meets-uni/ Start of a new research cooperation Prof. André Marchand and Andrea Schöndeling have been invited to the German Ubisoft headquarter to start a new research cooperation. Ubisoft is one of the top three global leading video game publishers with gaming brands such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Just Dance, and South Park generating yearly revenues about 1.5 billion €. Marketing Director Benedikt Schüler invited the researchers to the Ubisoft GmbH headquarters in Düsseldorf to discuss exciting research issues in the digital gaming industry. We are looking forward to the next steps of this “gamified” collaboration.

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news-14280 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:10:00 +0100 WiSo@NYC /en/news/news-faculty/wisonyc-4/ Join our infosession on Monday 20 Nov 2017 6pm, S11 Dear students at the WiSo faculty,
 
as every year, the ZIB-WiSo would like to invite you to submit your applications for participation in our annual summer school in New York City – WiSo@NYC (6 Aug – 14 Sept).
 
The 6-week programme offers a unique learning atmosphere in one the world’s most vibrant cities as well as the opportunity to earn up to 24 ECTS. The contemporary courses are all read by US-American guest professors. Furthermore, you will have the exclusive opportunity to further expand your practical skills and knowledge during several corporate- and institutional visits.
 
If you would like to learn more about this exciting programme please join us for the info session on Monday 20 November, 6pm – 7pm in S11 (Seminary Building).
 
In the meantime, you will find all details regarding accreditation, tentative course content as well as application details and the link for the ILIAS course folder here.
 
The ZIB-WiSo looks forward to receiving your applications!

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news-14244 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:46:00 +0200 Visit from Birmingham: Prof. Heiner Evanschitzky /en/news/news-faculty/visit-from-birmingham-prof-heiner-evanschitzky/ Guest at the Digital Research Initiative The research initiative 'Digital Transformation and Value Creation' at the University of Cologne contributes to our understanding of how the digital transformation adds value to society and especially business life for both customers and companies. Prof. Heiner Evanschitzky from Aston University in Birmingham is also working on this topic. His expertise focuses on Retailing and Customer Management. He published numerous articles from this field of research in highly ranked Journals like the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Retailing.

From October 24 to 25, he was a guest at the Digital Research Initiative. Together with Prof. André  Marchand and Andrea Schöndeling, he visited the IFH Köln to discuss current and future research questions on the digitalization of the retailing industry with managing director Boris Hedde.

As Prof. Evanschitzky is an expert on hierarchical linear models (HLM), the Marketing researchers of the University of Cologne appreciated that he also gave a short presentation in which he introduced this methodology and illustrated it by means of specific marketing problems.

We thank Prof. Evanschitzky for his visit and the insightful discussions. Until next time!

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news-14212 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:10:10 +0200 Programmed health: Digitization in medicine /en/news/news-faculty/programmed-health-digitization-in-medicine/ Start of the ceres ring lecture on 15.11.2017

The advancing digitization is changing medicine fundamentally. Collected health data are intended to allow tailor-made diagnoses and therapies. The shortage of doctors and the health-care crisis should be overcome by telematics. The new possibilities promise better health care and research in many respects. With a wide range of health apps, wearables, and other digital applications, we can have a huge impact on our health. Digital medicine is expected to have enormous potential.

But what are the challenges and risks of these opportunities?

What is the role of the doctor?

Can digital medicine meet the high expectations at all?

What should we do to protect the patient's safety and privacy, as well as our insurance system?

These questions are addressed to experts from science and practice at nine dates in the winter term 2017/18. They present current developments and discuss the effects of the digital revolution in medicine.

Date: 15.11.2017
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Main building of the University of Cologne, Auditorium XII, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne

You can find more information about the complete program of the ceres ring lecture at http://ceres.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/ceres-ringvorlesung/programm-201718/ 

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news-14199 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:11:02 +0200 National Taiwan University Ranking 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/national-taiwan-university-ranking-2017/ Ranking by Field - national: Social Sciences 5th rank This year's results of the National Taiwan University Ranking 2017 have been published. The NTU ranking assesses scientific publications from the top 800 universities worldwide.

Nationally, the University of Cologne is ranked 16th place and thus improved compared to the previous year. Internationally, the UzK is ranked 189th.

In the subject-specific rankings ("Ranking by Field"), the University of Cologne ranks 5th nationally in the field "2017 - Social Sciences" (Categories: Economics & Business; Social Sciences, General).

Sources:

National Taiwan University Ranking 2017 - Overall-Ranking
National Taiwan University Ranking 2017 - Ranking by Field: Social Sciences 2017 

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news-14193 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:26:25 +0200 Data, Experiments and Decisions 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/data-experiments-and-decisions-2017/ Executive Workshop 24. - 25. November The worksop brings together scientists experienced in analytics and data science and companies interested in using experiments to improve their business.

It shall focus on experiments for business and related techniques. Experiments are powerful and flexible tools for the analysis of markets, customers, and general human behavior. Market leaders experiment extensively online and offline, for example to maximize ROI, improve digital platforms and Apps, and rigorously evaluate business practices. 

We are looking for executives, managers, and experienced practitioners from all industries (including startups).

Together, we will:

  • study field data to solve problems,
  • design experiments that tackle hard questions,
  • and separate correlation from causation.

Please browse this site for more information about the program, to contact us, and to register: http://www.ded.uni-koeln.de/

A brief introduction to experiments is here.

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news-14184 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:44:33 +0200 WiSo Faculty on Instagram /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-faculty-on-instagram/ Follow us! Recently, the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne has joined Instagram. You can follow our photos of the faculty and campus at https://www.instagram.com/wisokoeln/

We are looking forward to get new followers!

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news-14186 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:08:00 +0200 Concerns about the minimum wage in nursing care /en/news/news-faculty/concerns-about-the-minimum-wage-in-nursing-care/ Article in the FAZ On the 20th of October 2017, an article concerning the minimum care wage was published in the German newspaper FAZ with the title "Concerns about the foreclosure of the care market" (p. 16). In the section "Order of the Economy", Steffen J. Roth from the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne (IWP) discusses the effects of the higher minimum wage in the nursing care industry as well as the regulatory economic assessment of the nursing commission responsible for determining the minimum working conditions in this sector.

The contribution is based on the Otto Wolff Discussion Paper 1/2017.

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news-14172 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:55:30 +0200 White-collar crime in companies /en/news/news-faculty/white-collar-crime-in-companies/ Bernd Irlenbusch asks for clear rules Professor Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch, professor and director of the Department for Business Development and Business Ethics, comments in an article in the German magazine "Personalwirtschaft" on the problem of white-collar crime in companies. In doing so, he cites opportunities to create better framework conditions for the avoidance of criminal or morally incorrect developments in companies.

"For example, companies should clearly define the maximum amount of gifts that employees can accept," is Irlenbusch's concrete suggestion - because otherwise there is a risk that employees could gradually accept even bigger gifts. A phenomenon that has been repeatedly mentioned in connection with the VW emissions scandal is the so-called "slippery slope effect", as demonstrated by Francesca Gino and Max Bazerman (Harvard University). This effect describes that it is less likely that ethically dubious activities will be criticized by others if morally wrong behaviour slowly and gradually creeps in.

"It is also important to adopt a realistic attitude. 'We're good, but not as good as we could be yet' is, in my opinion, a healthy attitude for a company. After all, nobody is super great," says Bernd Irlenbusch. This would be a sign of premature satisfaction with what has been achieved.

In addition, companies should not demand loyalty at all costs, but instead convey to their employees that they could contribute their own personal values.
"You can prevent people from behaving almost schizophrenically," says Irlenbusch. "That means: in the company different than at home."

According to Irlenbusch it is not enough to have a good corporate code of conduct, whistleblowing systems and employee training to ensure that employees abide by the rules. It is also important to strengthen the informal corporate culture.

Information about the article:
"White-collar crime: black sheep in the workplace" by Georg Berger and Nándor Hulverscheidt, in: Personalwirtschaft 10 / 2017, p. 47-49.

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news-14152 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:46:02 +0200 Prof. Buschfeld reappointed in Scientific Advisory Board /en/news/news-faculty/prof-buschfeld-reappointed-in-scientific-advisory-board/ Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) Prof. Dr. Detlef Buschfeld (Institute for Occupational, Economic and Social Policy) was reappointed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Bonn.

On 28 September 2017, the members of the Advisory Board elected Prof. Dr. Detlef Buschfeld as Chairman of the Advisory Board for his fourth term of office (2017-2021). The statutory tasks of the Scientific Advisory Board are to advise the two BIBB bodies (main committee and president) by means of opinions and recommendations.

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news-14105 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:59:40 +0200 Engaged tax policy with "Jamaica"? /en/news/news-faculty/engaged-tax-policy-with-jamaica/ Michael Thöne at the Loccumer Finanztagung Michael Thöne from the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne (FiFo Köln) takes the view in his lecture at the financial conference in Loccum ("Loccumer Finanztagung") that the tax policy of the new legislative period should not be confined to tax cuts. The necessary structural reforms would become more important and more controversial.

You can see the whole presentation of Michael Thöne at the financial conference in Loccum in German here: "Reformoptionen der steuerpolitischen Debatte" (pdf)

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news-14095 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:34:29 +0200 Marketing Camp /en/news/news-faculty/marketing-camp/ October 5th On October 5th, the Cologne Marketing Area hosted the annual Hamburg-Cologne Marketing Camp (organized by Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner).

The Marketing Camp provides a platform for an intensive exchange on current research topics with its combination of presentations, discussions and personal talks.

This year’s speakers came from the National University of Singapore, Tilburg University, the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

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news-14080 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:15:33 +0200 Lower Oil Prices and the US Economy: Is This Time Different? /en/news/news-faculty/lower-oil-prices-and-the-us-economy-is-this-time-different/ Lecture by Lutz Kilian (University of Michigan), Oct. 16 We are pleased to announce the third session of the Joint Seminar of the Economics Departments in Bonn & Cologne!

 
Date: Monday, October 16, 4:00 pm
Place: Neuer Senatssaal, Hauptgebäude, University of Cologne
 
Lutz Kilian will present some of his research on the relation between oil prices and the US economy, developed in papers jointly written with Christiane Baumeister and Xiaoqing Zhou. In these papers, Kilian and his coauthors analyze why the massive and unexpected decline of the oil prices between 2014 and 2016 did not have a strong economic impact and they relate their findings to similar periods in recent decades.

About Lutz Kilian:
Lutz Kilian is Professor at the University of Michigan, where he is a faculty member of the Department of Economics. His research focuses on empirical macroeconomics, international finance, time series econometrics and energy economics, with a special emphasis on oil prices and their transmission, fluctuations & forecasting.

Notice:
If you would like to meet with Prof. Kilian on that day, please contact Raphael Flore (Coordinator of the Competence Area “Social and Economic Behavior”) at flore(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-14067 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:31:44 +0200 Introduction to hierarchically linear models /en/news/news-faculty/introduction-to-hierarchically-linear-models/ Guest lecture on October 24: Prof. Evanschitzky From the 24th to the 25th of October, Professor Heiner Evanschitzky from Aston University in Birmingham will be guest at the Research Initiative "Digital Transformation and Value Creation" at the University of Cologne.

Heiner Evanschitzky has published in the journals JM, JR, JAMS, JPIM and JSR, among others, in the fields of trade and customer management. He is also an expert on hierarchical linear models (HLM) and will be introducing this methodology and illustrate it by means of specific marketing problems on the 24.10. from 6 pm to 7 pm in the seminar room in the Universitätsstr. 91.

All those who are interested in this methodology are welcome to join us. In addition, there is the opportunity for individual interviews with Prof. Evanschitzky. Please write a short e-mail to Professor André Marchand (marchand@wiso.uni-koeln.de).

List of abbreviations:

JM = Journal of Marketing
JR = Journal of Retailing
JAMS = Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
JPIM = Journal of Product Innovation Management
JSR = Journal of Service Research

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news-14049 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:54:11 +0200 New at the WiSo Faculty: Prof. Dr. Erik Hornung /en/news/news-faculty/new-at-the-wiso-faculty-prof-dr-erik-hornung/ Chair of Economic History We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Erik Hornung as new Professor at the WiSo-Faculty! Erik Hornung became Professor of Economic History at the University of Cologne in October 2017.

Before moving to Cologne, Erik Hornung was a Professor of Economics with a specialization in quantitative economic history at the University of Bayreuth and held positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance and the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich. He received his PhD from the LMU Munich in 2012. In his research he focusses on the econometric analysis of long-run development in economic history, i.e. the role of human capital, technological diffusion, and institutional change for long-run growth.

 

 

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news-14034 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:42:57 +0200 Managers and ethical capacity /en/news/news-faculty/managers-and-ethical-capacity/ Guest commentary by Bernd Irlenbusch and Julian Conrads Against the background of current scandals, effective advises for managers of enterprises seem more important than ever regarding its implementation. In their guest commentary, Prof. Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch and Dr. Julian Conrads of the Seminar of Corporate Development and Business Ethics delve into ethical behaviour in enterprises. They argue that the classical actions of Compliance Management (Code of Conduct, whistle-blower system, ISO certification etc.) were obviously not sufficient, for example in case of the diesel scandal of VW. Preventing such situations and blind spots, which limit ethical behaviour, depends on the environment the enterprise is constructing.

Irlenbusch and Conrads say: “The mainly part of unmoral actions which happen in the economy can be dedicated to people who do not recognise intuitively that they are going to be in an unethical situation. In science it is called blind spots.”

The complete commentary can be found here (in German): Ethical capacity in human behaviour is limited – qualified managers are aware about it! Published in Creating Corporate Cultures / Blog, guest commentary by Bernd Irlenbusch and Julian Conrads.

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news-14033 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:15:56 +0200 Cluster of Excellence “ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy” /en/news/news-faculty/cluster-of-excellence-econtribute-markets-and-public-policy/ German Research Foundation (DFG) asks University of Cologne to submit four full applications for Clusters of Excellence In the framework of the Excellence Strategy for German universities of the German federal and state governments, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has asked the University of Cologne to submit four full proposals for Clusters of Excellence. This significantly increases the chances of the UoC to succeed in the next round of the competition. Defending its status as an Excellence University would entail the long-term provision of millions of euros in external funding.

Professor Axel Freimuth, the Rector of the University of Cologne, is quite satisfied with the UoC’s performance in this first round of applications: “With this result, the University of Cologne is in an excellent position for the further course of the Excellence Strategy.”

On 27 and 28 September 2017, an international committee of experts came together in Bonn to select the most promising proposals from a total of 195 drafts. In total, the committee asked 88 projects to admit full applications for the final round of the competition. After the final round, the German Research Foundation will fund a total of 45 to 50 Clusters of Excellence.

The University of Cologne will now submit full proposals for the following Clusters of Excellence:

Cluster of Excellence “ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy”

The planned Cluster wants to develop a new paradigm for the dynamics of markets and the effects policies have on them. “In the face of the new challenges posed by global financial crises or the need to regulate digital markets, traditional approaches no longer suffice”, says Professor Felix Bierbrauer, the designated speaker of the Cluster for the University of Cologne. “What is more, these approaches do not systematically take into account advances in field of behavioral economics.” Besides these new challenges, the Cluster aims to account for new goals such as fair and socially accepted market result in its analysis. Research on the design of incentive systems, market mechanisms, and political decision-making processes will develop new instruments for economic policy. The research activities of the Cluster of Excellence will be conducted under the umbrella of the newly founded BCecon Research Institute. Besides the University of Cologne, the University of Bonn is involved and acts as the managing university in the planned Cluster of Excellence.

Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research “Cellular Stress Responses to Aging-associated Diseases”

At the Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research (CECAD) in Cologne, scientists are exploring the biological and medical foundations of the aging process. After the first two funding periods, which focused on research on cellular foundations, CECAD now wants to expand its research horizon in the framework of the Excellence Strategy. In future, it will focus on the interactions among organs: How do the liver and the brain, or the heart and the muscles communicate? “Cohort studies will moreover offer new insights into healthy aging”, says Professor Jens Brüning, the scientific head and speaker of the Cluster of Excellence. “This will allow CECAD to go one step further – from basic research to clinical application.” The Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research is a cooperation among the University of Cologne, Cologne University Hospital, and the Max Planck Institutes for Metabolism Research and Biology of Aging as well as the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). The University of Cologne is the managing university.

Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences “SMART Plants to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow”

The aim of the scientists at the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) is to lay the foundation for the development and breeding of crop plants that will predictably react to future challenges. The growing need for food and man-made climate change pose tremendous challenges for sustainable food production and the maintenance of ecosystems. Professor Stanislav Kopriva, speaker of the Cluster at the University of Cologne, says: “We have divided CEPLAS into four research areas, each of which approaches the task of developing productive plants for the future in a different way.” The Cluster of Excellence CEPLAS is a cooperation among the Universities of Cologne and Düsseldorf as well as the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Cluster of Excellence “Matter and Light for Quantum Computing: The Future of Computers”

The aim of the Cluster of Excellence is to develop new computing and networking architectures to utilize the principle of quantum mechanics, in which extremely fast processing units are modularly realized and optically connected to each other. “Their computing and networking capacity would by far surpass that of existing technologies and make quantum computers powerful tools in the design of new materials and drugs, and in making communication safer”, says Professor Yoichi Ando, the designated speaker of the Cluster of Excellence at the University of Cologne. The planned Cluster of Excellence is a cooperation involving the Universities of Cologne and Bonn, RWTH Aachen, and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The University of Cologne is the managing university.

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news-14021 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:46:00 +0200 Using the right incentives to improve forecast accuracy /en/news/news-faculty/using-the-right-incentives-to-improve-forecast-accuracy/ New insights from the Department of Supply Chain Management & Management Science Many companies act in markets with uncertain demand. Usually, it is the task of employees in marketing and sales departments to collect market information and to create demand forecasts. These forecasts are communicated to the operative units within the company and they serve as input to a long planning process – ranging from inventory levels to production plans and purchasing quantities.

In practice, however, it can be observed that demand forecasts are often systematically too high. That is, the forecasted quantities are greater than actual demand. One reason behind this phenomenon can be incentive systems that motivate sales people to maximize their sales volume. This objective can best be achieved if inventory levels are high. This way, there is little risk to be out of stock on a certain product. Hence, it is not surprising that demand forecasts are systematically inflated.

Pilot project with a global pharmaceutical company
Lisa Scheele and Ulrich Thonemann of the Department of Supply Chain Management & Management Science investigated, if new incentive systems for sales people can improve the accuracy of their forecasts. In a pilot project with a global pharmaceutical company, they found out that incentivizing forecast accuracy significantly increases the awareness of sales people for the importance of the topic. They also observed, that such incentives can lead to improvements in forecast accuracy.

Game-theoretic model and laboratory experiments
In a second step, the research team built a game-theoretic model that captures the forecast information exchange between a sales and a production department. The model not only includes different incentive systems for sales people, but it also allows for non-rational decision making. This means, for example, that human beings have a natural aversion to lying. That is, people do not like to communicate a distorted forecast. Also, payoff streams resulting from different objectives of an incentive system might be unequally weighted. In particular, penalizing a bad forecast accuracy weighs more heavily than rewarding a good sales performance. The researchers tested their model in laboratory experiments and developed incentive systems that penalize forecast errors and lead to truthful and unbiased demand forecasts. Interestingly, incentive systems that penalize overforecasting more heavily than underforecasting deliver the best results.

Implications for practice
The outcomes of this research project provide guidelines for the design of incentive systems in practice. To improve their forecast quality, companies should measure forecast accuracy and include corresponding targets in the incentive system of their sales people.

Publication:
Scheele, L.M., Thonemann, U.W., Slikker, M., Designing Incentive Systems for Truthful Forecast Information Sharing Within a Firm, Management Science, forthcoming.
http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/mnsc.2017.2805?journalCode=mnsc

(Permalink: https://doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2017.2805)

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news-14025 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:51:25 +0200 Solvers' Cup 2017 in Budapest /en/news/news-faculty/solvers-cup-2017-in-budapest/ University of Cologne’s case.study.course team wins the cup Congratulations: The University of Cologne’s case.study.course team brought the Solvers' Cup 2017 to Cologne! This year’s team consisted of CEMS MIM students Lars Brockmeier, Johannes Fuehner, Fabian Lorson, and Christian Haas. The team convinced the jury to take NNG, a leading navigation software provider for the automotive industry, to a successful future in a radically changing environment.

Teams from universities all over the world took part in the competition. Other universities included the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Calgary and the University of St. Gallen.

The case.study.course is a student initiative at the University of Cologne that organises workshops in cooperation with management consultancies.

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news-14022 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:18:10 +0200 Teacher Training Tool introduced /en/news/news-faculty/teacher-training-tool-introduced/ International project "ReCall" at the Chair of economics and business education.
How can self- and social-competencies  be trained at vocational schools in the retail sector? This question was focusedat the multiplier event at the Institute for Vocational, Economic and Social Education, which was aimed at teachers, school principals, training officers in companies, social partners, ministries and other interested parties.

On 22 September 2017, the results of the strategic partnership project "Retail Sector Competencies for all Teachers" (ReCall) were presented at the University of Cologne. The project has developed a new digital training tool to train teachers in teaching self- and social- competencies.

Overview of the international project

The project started at the end of 2015 and will run until 31.10.2017.

Three vocational schools, from Germany, Italy and Poland, as well as the University of Cologne, the University of Bergamo/Italy and the Pedagogical University of Krakow/Pland, were involved. In the course of the project ‘ReCall’ a digital information and training tool for teachers at vocational schools in the retail sector was developed.

Professor Dr. Matthias Pilz commented on the aims of the project: "Online learning has only limited reach in both academic teaching and teacher training so far. The project aims to push the existing boundaries much further."

Support for teachers: The Teacher Training Tool

The Teacher Training Tool (‘TTT’)  supports teachers in dealing with teaching-learning-arrangements in self- and social competencies. Teaching these competencieswithin the vocational education and training sector has great relevance to achieve employability in all European countries. This especially concerns the customer-intensive retail sector.

The TTT and the integrated teaching-learning materials promoting  self- and social competencies in the classroom are available "Open Educational Resources" (OER) on the internet. OER ensures the sustainable use and disseminationof the training and the connected teaching materials in the Europe-wide teacher training.

Publication of the TTT

The TTT will be available online and costless all over Europe in the languages German, English, Italian and Polish at the end of October 2017.


Further information about the project can be found here: www.recall.uni-koeln.de
The link to the TTT is published on the project website.

 

 ReCall Multiplikatorenveranstaltung - Teilnehmer*innen

Participants of the multiplier event on 22 September 2017

 

 

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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news-14017 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:40:47 +0200 WiSo Alumni Annual Meeting 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-alumni-annual-meeting-2017/ Review of an exciting evening

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at this first annual WiSoAlumni meeting! The meeting began with a casual welcoming in the foyer of the WiSo faculty in front of Lecture Hall I. After the warm welcome of Professor Mellis, Dean of the WiSo Faculty, a podium discussion on the topic "Future of Europe: The political and economic development of the EU" followed.

Participants of the discussion were Dr. Yvonne Nasshoven (Alumna and speaker at the Office of State Secretaries in the Federal Foreign Office), Dr. Carsten Pillath (Alumnus and Director-General of the General Secretary of the Council of the European Union) and Dr. Werner Hoyer (Alumnus and President of the European Investment Bank).

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Alumnus and holder of the Jean Monet Chair at CETEUS and European questions of the WiSo Faculty of the UzK) and Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter (Professor of Experimental Economic Research at the WiSo Faculty of the UzK and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Community Goods Research) took part in the WiSo conference.

Ulric Papendick, Alumnus and head of the Cologne School of Journalism, moderated the podium discussion.

Wolfgang Wessels said in the discussion that the EU is overstretched and overwhelmed by the deepening and enlargement. Werner Hoyer took the view that youth unemployment in Spain is a structural national problem and that not everything that goes wrong in the EU could be attributed to the failure of the system.

"No matter how horrible the Brexit is, it gives us the opportunity to think about what we want in the future," says Carsten Pillath, who also drew attention to possible opportunities: "The Brexit has opened a small window to consider what we want in the future.

The podium discussions were also attended by the audience members with their opinions and questions on the topic, thus contributing to an exciting and lively discussion. We would like to thank all participants of the Alumni Annual Meeting 2017 once again for a nice evening and we are looking forward to the next annual meeting next year, in which hopefully just as exciting discussions will take place!

The annual meeting took place in cooperation with KölnAlumni - The Network of the University of Cologne. #WiSoAlumni #KölnAlumni

The pictures of the evening can be found here.

More events for WiSo-Alumni can be found on our website in the WiSoAlumni section.

 

Here are some impressions from the annual meeting 2017 of the alumni of the WiSo faculty:

Alumni-Jahrestreffen 2017: Impressionen / Empfang im Foyer

Alumni-Jahrestreffen 2017: Impressionen

Photos: Dustin Preick

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news-14015 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:54:20 +0200 Did you know that consumer spending is increasingly seen as a more adequate indicator of poverty than income? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-consumer-spending-is-increasingly-seen-as-a-more-adequate-indicator-of-poverty-tha/ News from the Institute of Sociology & Social Psychology

However, the approach is not entirely new. As early as the nineteenth century, Ernst Engel (1857) was able to establish a link between the level of income and the distribution of expenditures on various consumer goods: the higher the share of expenditure on food, the poorer the household. Hermann Schwabe (1868) was able to establish a similar relationship for housing expenditure. Con-sumption as an independent factor of social differentiation next to employment was already dis-cussed in the early years of social stratification research. Pierre Bourdieu (1982), for example, men-tions the consumption and leisure sphere as a decisive factor for the reproduction of class struc-tures. While consumption is regularly used in lifestyle studies, the approach of using consumption expenditure as a wealth indicator has not been pursued too often, at least not for Germany. In the international context, there are several empirical studies, which use consumption expenditure to measure poverty and inequality and which explain why consumption expenditure is the more ade-quate wealth indicator compared to income. The fact that this topic is so little noticed in Germany is largely due to the fact that there was a long lack of meaningful and representative data bases. However, by providing the income and consumption survey, a detailed official statistics on the rev-enues and expenditure of over 60,000 households in Germany, the data infrastructure has im-proved significantly for the scientific community.

On this basis Katharina Hörstermann – together with Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Andreß – investigated differences between an income- and an consumption-based analysis of poverty and inequality. The results of the DFG-funded study are broadly consistent with those from international research: based on consumption the level of poverty and inequality is below the corresponding levels based on income. Moreover, the populations of income and consumption poor only partly intersect, with the coincidence increasing over time. The consumption poor differ from the income poor, especial-ly with regard to their assets: The percentage of home owners is high and correspondingly their debt ratio.

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news-14009 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:40:31 +0200 C-SEB research grants /en/news/news-faculty/c-seb-research-grants-2/ Application deadline: October 31st 2017 Student Grant
In order to strengthen the link between research and teaching at the UoC and to provide masters students with an opportunity to gain experience in experimental research, C-SEB offers Student Grants of up to 1.500 € for conducting economic or psychological experiments that are connected to the master thesis. The application deadline for the next round is October 31st
 2017.

More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Student-Grant.pdf


Junior Start-Up Grant
To provide junior researchers at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences and at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne with an opportunity to pursue their own scientific ideas and to further motivate academic exchange among junior researchers, C-SEB invites applications for the Junior Start-Up Grants. These grants of up to 3.000 € are available for junior researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects.

More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Junior-Start-Up-Grant.pdf


Gender Research Grant
To initiate new research projects on gender related topics, such as gender inequality, gender production, and conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity, C-SEB invites applications for the Gender Research Grants. These grants of up to 4.000 € are available for researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects approaching gender from a behavioral economics or social cognition perspective.


More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Gender-Research-Grant.pdf

More information about C-SEB grants: http://c-seb.de/en/grants/
Contact: Dr. Dominic Akyel, c-seb(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-14007 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:54:00 +0200 Trump at the United Nations /en/news/news-faculty/trump-at-the-united-nations/ Thomas Jäger interviewed by Deutschlandfunk Kultur

In the run-up to Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, Professor Thomas Jäger was interviewed on the 18th September 2017 by the radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. In the conversation, the political scientist analyzed the relationship between the USA and the UNO.

The article is available online: 
"Trump bei den Vereinten Nationen: America first – was sonst?", Thomas Jäger in conversation with Ute Welty, at: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, article from 18.9.2017.

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news-13930 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:42:55 +0200 Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/financial-times-masters-in-management-ranking-2017/ M.Sc. Business Administration Germany’s #1 in the area "Career Progress Rank", CEMS MIM is among top 10 worldwide

In this year's Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking, the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) of the University of Cologne maintains position 66  with the Master of Science Business Administration worldwide. Many section are used for the ranking, but only a few of them refer to the career success that is important for an applicant. Two important fields are the salary and career progress rank three years after graduation. In terms of salary, the school’s master programme  is on the fifth place in Germany, and in the "Career Progress Rank" in the first place.

Dr. Dieter Steinkamp, Chairman of RheinEnergie AG, WiSo Faculty’s alumnus and member of the Advisory Board, confirms: "In addition to my professional experience, my studies at the WiSo Faculty helped me prepare myself optimally for my leadership role as CEO of RheinEnergie AG.”

The CEMS programme of the Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is ranked ninth worldwide. This excellent positioning also confirms the success and worldwide recognition of the internationalization process of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.

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news-13907 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:57:23 +0200 THE Ranking: University of Cologne among TOP 150 Universities Worldwide /en/news/news-faculty/the-ranking-university-of-cologne-among-top-150-universities-worldwide/ University of Cologne climbs 25 positions to rank 145 and reaches a new top position since being part of the Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking The Times Higher Education World University Ranking published today points out that the University of Cologne (UoC) is among the World’s TOP 150. Out of 1,102 ranked universities, the University of Cologne came in at rank 145. Compared to the previous year, this is an improvement by 25 positions. On the national level, the University of Cologne climbed three positions and is now ranked 15th among the German universities.

Rector Professor Axel Freimuth is pleased with the positive result. He underlines that the UoC was able to improve its rank considerably: “We take this result as an additional indicator for the high quality of research and teaching at our University. It confirms our success in establishing new Collaborative Research Centers and our achievements in the Excellence Initiative. This contributes to our successful profiling efforts and increases the international visibility of our University.” Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis, Dean of the WiSo Faculty adds: “High ranking positions are an important quality indicator for research and teaching at the WiSo Faculty. Our excellent results in well-known rankings underscore the Faculty’s competitiveness in a national and international university environment.

In four out of five categories the UoC achieved very good results: In Teaching, Research, and Citations the UoC counts among the best 20 percent worldwide. In the category Industry Income the UoC was even placed in the top ten percent. In the fifth category, International Outlook, the UoC is positioned in the best 40 percent.

The THE World University Ranking is one of the most influential higher education rankings, aiming to assess universities according to their main tasks Research, Teaching, Knowledge Transfer, and International Outlook. The results are controlled by an independent audit. In the 2017/18 World Ranking, Times Higher Education evaluated more than 1,000 institutions, making it the most comprehensive international higher education ranking to date.

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news-13894 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:17:08 +0200 Handelsblatt Economics Ranking 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/handelsblatt-economics-ranking-2017/ Five of School’s researchers in the top 50 In the current Handelsblatt Economics 2017 ranking, which lists the most research intensive economists of the last five years in German-speaking countries, five researchers from the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences are within the top 50 list.

• Rank 7: Matthias Sutter
• Rank 20: Carlos Alos-Ferrer
• Rank 22: Patrick Schmitz
• Rank 31: Felix Bierbrauer
• Rank 48: Axel Ockenfels

Matthias Sutter achieved the highest ranking in the German-speaking area (DACH) with the fifth place (second in Germany).

In a separate ranking, the overall lifetime performance is ranked. Our researchers achieved following positions:

• Rank 31: Matthias Sutter
• Rank 34: Patrick Schmitz
• Rank 99: Carlos Alos-Ferrer
• Rank 109: Axel Ockenfels
• Rank 114: Jörg Breitung
• Rank 185: Andreas Schabert
• Rank 223: Felix Bierbrauer

The overall research performance of the researchers under 40 years is also listed. Oliver Gürtler was able to claim #14 place and Dominik Wied # 57.

More information can be found at the website of the Handelsblatt.

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news-13890 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 12:54:01 +0200 University of Cologne significantly improves its position in Humboldt Foundation’s Internationality Ranking /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-significantly-improves-its-position-in-humboldt-foundations-internationalit/ In national comparison, Cologne rose from rank 18 to rank 13. The University hosts a particularly high number of international guest scholars in the humanities and social sciences In the Internationality Ranking conducted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the University of Cologne was able to improve its position from 18 to 13. The ranking, which was published today, shows how many international guest scholars and scientists came to Germany with fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation over the past five years. It also details where they spent their research stays.

With a total of 124 guest scholars and scientists, the University of Cologne was able to jump from position 18 to 13 – one of the most significant improvements – in comparison to the last ranking conducted in 2014. The top-ranked universities in Germany are Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität Berlin, followed by Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and the Technical University of Munich.

‘The Humboldt Ranking is a quality seal in the area of internationality. And a good position does not depend on a university’s size’, says the president of the Humboldt Foundation, Professor Helmut Schwarz.

The ranking took into account the number of research stays by international top researchers and early-career researchers who came to Germany over the past five years with fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation. In order to avoid a distortion of the statistics resulting from differences in the size of the hosting institutions, the ranking took into account the total number of visitors in relation to the total number of professors at the respective university.

Besides the overall ranking, the Foundation also detailed the result by academic discipline. The University of Cologne is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences (position 8) and the life sciences (position 14).  

The complete ranking and further information is available at:
www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-ranking-2017.html 
    
Press and Communications:
Jürgen Rees
+49 221 470-3107
j.rees(at)verw.uni-koeln.de

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news-13880 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:37:51 +0200 University of Cologne in the SCM Journal List Ranking /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-in-the-scm-journal-list-ranking-1/ First place in Germany The annual SCM Journal List ranking ranks universities’ supply chain management research output in the leading supply chain management journals. The current SCM Journal List Ranking by Analytically-Focused Journals ranks the University of Cologne in Germany on the first place before the TU Munich, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and the University of Mannheim.

The international comparison shows the University of Cologne on the 41st place. The SCM Journal List Ranking by Analytically-Focused Journals is based on output in journals that are primarily analytically-focused (Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management).

The current SCM Journal List ranking and more information about the ranking can be found here.

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news-13876 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:39:08 +0200 Stronger willingness to create than to maintain public goods /en/news/news-faculty/stronger-willingness-to-create-than-to-maintain-public-goods/ The results of a research project describe that the maintenance of public goods obtains less approval than the creation of new resources. The scientists followed the principle of reciprocity: I only join in, if the others will do as well. The article will be published by Nature Human Behaviour.

Dr. Felix Kölle, research associate at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science at the University of Cologne, and his team raised the question how the principle of reciprocity (“Tit for tat”) affects public goods. In a test series the study participants (sample size n=876) were asked to whether go easy on a resource (maintenance of public goods) or to create a new resource (creation of public goods). The care about natural resources like water, limited CO2-Emissions or biodiversity are examples for the maintenance. Political engagement, donations or voluntary work are examples for the creation.

The willingness of the study participants to create a public good was stronger than willingness to care about an existing one. “Our results correspond with the observation that our society judges the exploitation of a public goods less sharp as the refusal to contribute to public goods”, classifies Felix Kölle the results around the research topic of “Economics: Design and Behaviour”.

Two different types of cooperation could be identified by the researchers. The first type, conditional cooperation, was a common reaction of the participants. They only had the willingness to cooperate, if the others would do as well. The second type, called free riders or also “social spongers”, never contribute to public goods, notwithstanding the above how much the others invest. If it is about the maintenance of a public good, the results show that less people are willing to cooperate conditionally and even more do not cooperate at all (free riders).

The research results suggest political efforts to more willingness to cooperativeness.


Original publication:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0191-5
(doi: 10.1038/s41562-017-0191-5)


Contact:

Dr. Felix Kölle
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science of the University of Cologne
+49 221 470-5317
felix.koelle(at)uni-koeln.de


Public Relations:

Corinna Kielwein
+49 221 470-1700
c.kielwein(at)verw.uni-koeln.de


Person responsible: Dr. Patrick Honecker MBA

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news-13855 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:31:18 +0200 Did you know that Germany harbours more opponents of abortion than the Western European countries neighbouring Germany? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-germany-harbours-more-opponents-of-abortion-than-the-western-european-countries-ne/ News from the Institute of Sociology & Social Psychology

ISS researcher Sarah Carol and her colleague Nadja Milewski from the University of Rostock investigated attitudes towards abortion in Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland. The analyses are based on the EURISLAM survey conducted among more than 5,000 natives and Muslim minorities from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, Morocco and Pakistan. 

The study shows that attitudes towards abortion vary across Western Europe (controlled for gender, age and education of the respondents). Despite similar regulations of abortion, natives in Germany are significantly more likely to oppose abortion than natives in France. The attitudes of Belgian, British and Swiss inhabitants lie in-between.

However, we see clear differences in the level of natives’ and migrants’ approval. While nearly every fifth migrant approves of abortion, every second native approves of abortion. These group and country differences can be partly explained by different levels of religiosity. Nevertheless, the gap between migrants and natives in France is the largest one. In relative terms, however, migrants and natives in France alike hold the least restrictive attitudes towards abortion. Overall, the similar country differences for migrants and natives suggest patterns of convergence.

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news-13825 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:52:41 +0200 Scholarship program at the University /en/news/news-faculty/scholarship-program-at-the-university/ Apply until 1st September 2017! The limitation period shall run for the scholarship program at the University of Cologne. The application is possible until 1st September 2017 via the online application server. Students from the University of Cologne have the possibility to make an application for three scholarship types (Germany scholarship, scholarship for disabled students and social scholarship).

You can get more information to that and the offered scholarships at the website of the University of Cologne.

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news-13814 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:20:03 +0200 Subventionszahlungen an die Privatwirtschaft /en/news/news-faculty/subventionszahlungen-an-die-privatwirtschaft/ Michael Thöne äußert sich im WDR und in der Süddeutschen Zeitung Dr. Michael Thöne vom Finanzwissenschaftlichen Forschungsinstitut an der Universität zu Köln (FiFo Köln) erläutert im WDR-Radiointerview die Fortschritte im Subventionswesen. Das Gespräch ist online als Audioversion abrufbar: "Aufräumen im Suventionsdschungel", in: WDR5 Morgenecho - Interview, 23.8.2017.

In einem Artikel in der Süddeutschen Zeitung äußert sich Michael Thöne ebenfalls und empfiehlt den Umbau der 24 Mrd. Euro EEG-Förderung zur echten budgetären Subvention:

"Regierung fördert die Wirtschaft stärker als zuvor", in: SZ, 22.8.2017.

 

 

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news-13751 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:07:45 +0200 Video games science /en/news/news-faculty/video-games-science/ New book by André Marchand and others The new book “New Perspectives on the Social Aspects of Digital Gaming: Multiplayer 2” has been published by Routledge and is a sequel of the first volume named “Multiplayer.” It explorers several areas related to digital and social gaming in detail.

Professor André Marchand is one of the contributing authors of this book and provide new marketing insights about multiplayer video games. His data analyses indicate different impacts of local and online multiplayer features on video games demand. Furthermore, he found an interaction effect of online multiplayer features with the age of a console generation.

Is a focus on online multiplayer always beneficial?

The analyses have several implications for the video games industry. For example, it might have been suboptimal for the demand of the Star Wars Battlefront 1 game that it focused on online multiplayer and did not feature a single player story mode, because of the relative low installed base of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at the time of its release (November 2015). For the upcoming sequel (Star Wars Battlefront 2), which will be shown at the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne next week, Electronic Arts announced a singleplayer story mode for this game. Professor André Marchand predicts that the sales of the sequel will surpass the sales of the predecessor by a factor of more than 1.5.

André Marchand at the Gamescom in Cologne

On August 22, Professor Marchand will discuss multiplayer and video games marketing issues with industry experts at the Gamescom Cologne, the leading European trade fair for digital gaming.

More about the book:

The book is now available directly from the publisher and other book retailers.
 “As with the previous volume, this book brings together an interesting and enlightening sampler of the latest original research on social aspects of digital games from talented new scholars and established leaders in the field. An excellent survey on where research on digital games is going, and where it should go.” – James D. Ivory, Virginia Tech, USA.

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news-13729 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:45:00 +0200 New Professor at the WiSo Faculty: Yves Robinson Kruse-Becher /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-wiso-faculty-yves-robinson-kruse-becher/ Welcome by Prof. Thonemann We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Yves Robinson Kruse-Becher as a professor at the WiSo Faculty! He was appointed at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne in August 2017 and has already been welcomed by Prof. Ulrich W. Thonemann, representing the dean.


Prof. Dr. Yves Robinson Kruse-Becher will work at the Department of Financial Econometrics.

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news-13738 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:14:18 +0200 New professor at the University of Cologne: Wolf Ketter! /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-university-of-cologne-wolf-ketter/ Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Thonemann welcomed Prof. Dr. Wolf Ketter Professor Dr. Ulrich W. Thonemann welcomed Professor Dr. Wolf Ketter as new professor in Cologne. On February, Professor Ketter moved to an information systems chair at the University of Cologne. At the same time of his appointment as professor at the University of Cologne he became director of the EWI (http://www.ewi.uni-koeln.de/). He continued his research stay at the University of California in Berkeley until summer 2017.

Professor Ketter’s research areas
Professor Ketter founded the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business in Rotterdam. In the field of energy, important research areas of Professor Ketter include algorithms for charging electric vehicles, Smart Electricity Markets, smart control systems for distribution networks or optimisation of distributed, linked electricity/heating systems. 

We are happy to greet him in Cologne!

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news-13731 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:23:26 +0200 Individualized marriages are more stable /en/news/news-faculty/individualized-marriages-are-more-stable/ Study by Nicole Hiekel and Michael Wagner Did you know that more individualized marriages are more stable, particularly when couples are married longer?

Nowadays, people tend to expect a high level of emotional closeness and fair communication from their marriage, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of keeping a great deal of personal autonomy. It has been proposed that the emergence of so-called individualized marriages explains increased divorce rates. People’s expectations regarding emotional gratification from a partnership would be unrealistically high, flexible roles and frequent bargaining processes would erode relationship quality and more personal autonomy would decrease costs to dissolve a marriage.

ISS researchers Nicole Hiekel and Michael Wagner analyzed the link between marital practices grasping the degree of individualism within a marriage and dissolution risk using data of the German Family Panel (pairfam). Approximately 3,000 men and women who were married to their partner in the first year of data collection (2008) for a duration between one and twenty years had been observed during the subsequent seven years of their marriage. During that period, every eighth marriage had been dissolved.

The yet unpublished study shows that individualized marital practices are widely diffused in the analyzed sample. Married women and men in Germany report a high degree of emotional closeness (intimacy), personal freedom (autonomy) and fair discourse in conflict situations (democracy). Such individualism within marriage is partly related to separation. Spouses who report a higher level of intimacy exhibit a strongly reduced risk of separation. This association is even stronger in long term marriages. Higher levels of autonomy are not related to dissolution risk. Spouses, whose conflict discourse is characterized by higher levels of democracy, hence large absence of dominance and permissiveness have a reduced risk of marriage dissolution at later years of their marriage. These results suggest that couples with individualized marital practices have more stable marriages because they successfully practice mutual appreciation both in harmonious and conflict situations, and particularly so at later years of their marriage.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results. 

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news-13716 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:27:14 +0200 "The hour of the populists?" /en/news/news-faculty/the-hour-of-the-populists/ Study by Dr. Christopher Wratil (CCCP) et al. for the Bertelsmann Foundation Dr. Christopher Wratil, Thyssen Postdoc Fellow at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP), published a new study entitled "The Hour of Populists? - Populist attitudes among voters and non-voters before the Bundestag election 2017" in cooperation with Dr. Robert Vehrkamp and on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation. The study is based on an online panel survey.

In the press the study has already been taken up, here a selection of publications:

"Warum deutsche Populisten "enttäuschte Demokraten" sind" , in: Süddeutsche Zeitung (25.7.2917).

"AfD-Populismus: „Nicht den Hauch einer Chance“", in: Handelsblatt (25.7.2017).

The study can be found here (pdf):

„Die Stunde der Populisten? – Populistische Einstellungen bei Wählern und Nichtwählern vor der Bundestagswahl 2017“

An interview with Christopher Wratil about the study can be found here:

„Populismus ist nicht nur öffentlich sondern auch wissenschaftlich ein umstrittenes Konzept“ (in German - English version coming soon!)

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news-13678 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:12:14 +0200 300.000€ Grant for CETEUS /en/news/news-faculty/300000eur-grant-for-ceteus/ European Union’s Erasmus+ programme The Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) at the University of Cologne, led by Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, has successfully applied for a grant in the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.

In the sub-programme “Jean Monnet Networks”, the CETEUS project was granted the sum of 300.000€ by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) which administrates the programme on behalf of the European Commission. Under the directorship of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels and Dr. Funda Tekin, VIADUCT represents a network of 40 partners in the EU, Turkey and the neighbourhood.

Jean Monnet Networks foster the creation and development of consortia of international players (Higher Education Institutions, Centres of Excellence, departments, teams, individual experts, etc.) in the area of European Union studies in order to gather information, exchange practices, build knowledge and promote the European integration process across the world. Entitled “"Enhancing VIsibility of the Academic DialogUe on EU-Turkey CooperaTion" (VIADUCT)”, the CETEUS application, drafted by Vice-Director Funda Tekin and the CETEUS-Team (Johannes Wolters and Alina Thieme), received an excellent rating (96,5 out of 100) in the evaluation procedure. Together with 45 different projects, it was selected for funding from among a field of more than 320 applications submitted.

Funda Tekin speaks in the name of the team: “We are honoured that VIADUCT enhances the internationalisation of research and teaching on EU-Turkey-relations.“

Congratulations on receiving the grant!

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news-13667 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:51:42 +0200 The Dean says goodbye to Prof. Dr. Dr. H.C. Werner Delfmann /en/news/news-faculty/the-dean-says-goodbye-to-prof-dr-dr-hc-werner-delfmann/ Thank you for 29 outstanding years of collaboration The Department of Business Policy and Logistics of the University of Cologne looks back on an over forty year old history. In 1988 Prof Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Delfmann took over the Department of Business Policy which was founded in 1970 and continously advanced the department's orientation towards its focus which is the linkage of the areas of "Business Policy" and "Logistics".

Prof. Delfmann is founder and director of national and international workgroups in the areas of strategic management and logistics with academics and practioners. Prof. Delfmanns main areas of research are strategic and international management, logistics and global supply chain management, management of service providers, aviation management and fair management. He published ten books  and wrote more than a 100 scientific articles. Furthermore he was also a co-founder of the CEMS-Network more than two decades ago.

On Thursday, the 20th of July, a goodbye lecture of Prof. Delfmann took place in lecture hall XXIV. In the name of the whole WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne we thank Prof. Delfmann for 29 outstanding years and wish him all the best.

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news-13664 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:31:32 +0200 Wolf Ketter's Research Wins Runner-Up Best Paper of the Year Award /en/news/news-faculty/wolf-ketters-research-wins-runner-up-best-paper-of-the-year-award/ At the digital leadership conference CIOCITY in Amsterdam “Competitive Benchmarking: An IS Research Approach to Address Wicked Problems with Big Data and Analytics” by Professor Wolf Ketter won the runner-up award for the 2017 CIONET European Research Paper of the Year. The award was presented at the digital leadership conference CIOCITY in Amsterdam in June. CIONET is the largest community of IT executives worldwide, with a membership of more than 6,500 CIOs, CTOs, and IT directors across Europe and South America.

Ketter’s paper, published in the MIS Quarterly (2015) was co-authored by Markus Peters of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and John Collins and Alok Gupta of the University of Minnesota.

The paper defines wicked problems, such as sustainable energy and financial market stability, as societal challenges that arise from complex socio-technical systems where many social, economic, political, and technical factors interact. To understand these factors better, the authors have developed a novel research method called competitive benchmarking (CB). CB tackles complex challenges of societal scale by using different types of data from a variety of sources, such as usage data from customers, production patterns from producers, and public policy and regulatory constraints. CB can then generate data that can be used to improve operational strategies and judge the effectiveness of regulatory regimes and policies. We apply this method to Smart Electricity Markets and have implemented it within the Power TAC (www.powertac.org) Smart Grid simulation platform.

More information: http://blog.cionet.com/2017/06/29/announcing-the-cionet-european-research-paper-of-the-year-2017/

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news-13174 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:24:24 +0200 New publication on digital word of mouth /en/news/news-faculty/new-publication-on-digital-word-of-mouth-1/ Article by Professor André Marchand in International Journal of Research in Marketing The expansion of the Internet and social media have triggered a differentiation of the word-of-mouth (WOM) concept, with consumer communication about brands and products now taking place in various settings and forms.

Two important digital WOM types are microblogs and consumer reviews. To clarify their differential roles for product success, this study by André Marchand, Thorsten Hennig-Thurau and Caroline Wiertz offers a theoretical framework of the influence of these two types of WOM, drawing from consumer information search theory and diffusion theory. The tests of the proposed framework use a longitudinal data set of video game sales and weekly information gathered from microblogs (i.e., over 13 million tweets from Twitter) and consumer reviews (i.e., more than 17,000 Amazon consumer reviews).

Influence of microblogs and consumer reviews
Analyzing a system of equations provides evidence that the influence of microblogs and consumer reviews on new product success changes over time. Prior to launch, the volumes of microblogs and consumer reviews, together with advertising, represent primary sales drivers. After launch, the volume of microblogs is initially influential, then loses impact, whereas the impact of the volume of consumer reviews continues to grow. The valence of consumer reviews gains significance only near the end of the observation period, but the valence of microblogging is never influential.

“Our findings have implications for marketing managers because they help companies focus their efforts on the information sources that consumers use most when making decisions at different points in time,” explains André Marchand.

Full paper:
Marchand, André; Hennig-Thurau, Thorsten and Wiertz, Caroline (2017), “Not all digital word of mouth is created equal: Understanding the respective impact of consumer reviews and microblogs on new product success,” International Journal of Research in Marketing, 34 (2), 336-354.

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news-13142 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:11:04 +0200 Listerine - from low involvement to high awareness /en/news/news-faculty/listerine-from-low-involvement-to-high-awareness/ Gastvortrag von Carola Grießhaber (Johnson & Johnson GmbH) am 10. Juli Im Rahmen der Bachelor-Vorlesung „Concepts of Marketing Mix Management“ des Seminars für ABWL, Marketing und Marktforschung findet ein Gastvortrag von Frau Carola Grießhaber, Johnson & Johnson GmbH mit dem Thema „Listerine - from low involvement to high awareness“ statt.

Wann und wo?

Am Montag, 10.07.2017, 12:00 - 13:30 Uhr in Hörsaal XXV.

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news-13134 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 17:01:39 +0200 Urbane Produktion und Digitalisierung /en/news/news-faculty/urbane-produktion-und-digitalisierung/ Hochschulen Kooperationspartner bei der nachhaltigen Gestaltung von Industrie 4.0 Die Digitalisierung beeinflusst viele Arbeits- und Lebensbereiche des Menschen. Auch für Städte ergeben sich neue Chancen ebenso wie neue Herausforderungen, etwa durch 3-D Druck oder andere ‚smarte‘ Technologien. Die internationale Stadtforschung weckt die Erwartung, dass sich durch Industrie 4.0 der städtische Raum als Standort der innovativen und kreativen Warenproduktion neu profilieren kann.

Denn die sogenannte Industrie 4.0 stellt ein Bündel diverser Innovationen dar, das an unterschiedlichen Stellen im Produktionsprozess ansetzt und neuartige Verbindungen von Software und materieller Produktion schafft. Grundlage sind Vernetzung, leistungsfähige Chips, Big Data und Cloud Computing. Wie diese neuen Technologien unsere Städte verändern, ist eine Frage, die sowohl Praktiker*innen als auch Wissenschaftler*innen herausfordert.

Zukunftsvisionen in einem Workshop an der WiSo-Fakultät

„Mit den neuen Technologien könnten sich kreative Manufakturen, junge Macher und bestehende Handwerksbetriebe ebenso wie Industrieunternehmen zukünftig deutlich verändern. Sie erschließen sich z.B. neue Geschäftsfelder und werden effizienter.”

Mit diesen Worten leitete Prof. Dr. Martina Fuchs, Professorin an der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät, eine Zukunftswerkstatt ein, die an der Universität zu Köln am Donnerstag, 29. Juni 2017, stattfand. Die Teilnehmer*innen aus verschiedenen gesellschaftlichen Bereichen, wie Industrie, VDI, Kammern, Wirtschaftsförderungen, Gewerkschaften sowie arbeits- und technikbezogenen Forschungsinstituten, tauschten im Workshop ihre Sichtweisen auf gegenwärtige Entwicklungen aus und entwickelten Zukunftsszenarien.

Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith fasste die Diskussion zusammen: „Eine ökonomisch, sozial und ökologisch nachhaltige Entwicklung bildet ein zentrales Ziel urbaner Produktion.” Die Praktiker hoben hervor, dass Hochschulen wichtige Kooperationspartner für die nachhaltige Gestaltung von Industrie 4.0 im urbanen Raum darstellen.

Gefördertes Forschungsprojekt untersucht Städte in NRW

Das laufende Forschungsprojekt wird vom FGW (Forschungsinstitut für Gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung) gefördert und untersucht urbane Produktion und Digitalisierung in ausgewählten Städten Nordrhein-Westfalens mit Blick auf Wirtschaft und Arbeit. Es wird gemeinsam von Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith (RWTH Aachen) und Prof. Dr. Martina Fuchs (Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographisches Institut, Universität zu Köln) durchgeführt.

Weitere Informationen zum Projekt finden Sie auf der Website des FGW: http://www.fgw-nrw.de/de/forschung/uebersicht/forschung-fgw/news/urbane-produktion-dynamisierung-stadtregionaler-arbeitsmaerkte-durch-digitalisierung-und-industrie.html

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news-13117 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:50:11 +0200 Tim Gottschalk erhält Wissenschaftspreis des FPSB /en/news/news-faculty/tim-gottschalk-erhaelt-wissenschaftspreis-des-fpsb/ Bachelorarbeit ausgezeichnet Tim Gottschalk hat für seine Bachelorarbeit im Fach Betriebswirtschaftslehre zum Thema „Konsequenzen der Niedrigzinspolitik auf das Anlageverhalten – Eine Analyse der Portfolios deutscher Privathaushalte“ den mit EUR 1.000 dotierten Wissenschaftspreis des Financial Planning Standards Board „FPSB“ in der Kategorie Bachelorarbeiten gewonnen. Die Arbeit wurde von Prof. Dr. Thomas Hartmann-Wendels (Seminar für ABWL und Bankbetriebslehre der Universität zu Köln) und Arndt Kund  betreut und für sehr gut (1,0) befunden.

Im Rahmen der Arbeit hat Tim Gottschalk das Anlageverhalten der deutschen Haushalte in der Zeit von 2010 bis 2016 anhand einer Bundesbank Studie analysiert. Ziel war es, die Auswirkungen der aktuellen Niedrigzinsphase zu quantifizieren. Im Rahmen dessen konnte Herr Gottschalk vor allem die Wichtigkeit von „Financial Literacy“ herausarbeiten. Das heißt, dass das Wissen, was Haushalte im Umgang mit ihren Finanzen haben, maßgeblich zu deren Anlageerfolg beiträgt. Ferner war es ihm möglich festzustellen, dass viele Portfolios unterdiversifiziert sind, und damit nicht optimal auf die Niedrigzinsphase vorbereitet sind.


Im folgenden Interview hat der Preisträger Tim Gottschalk uns Genaueres zum Thema seiner Bachelorarbeit verraten und gibt unter anderem Tipps für Kommiliton*innen.

Weitere Informationen zum Wissenschaftspreis des FPSB finden Sie hier:
http://www.fpsb.de/fpsb-deutschland/wissenschaftspreis.html

 

Interview mit Preisträger Tim Gottschalk


Herr Gottschalk, wie kamen Sie zum Thema Ihrer Bachelorarbeit?

Bereits zu meiner Schulzeit haben mich Finanz- und Kapitalmarktthemen sehr begeistert. Während des Studiums konnte ich meine Kenntnisse in diesem Bereich durch die Wahl geeigneter Schwerpunkte (primär Corporate Finance und Finanztheorie) weiter vertiefen.

Auch interessiere ich mich sehr für quantitative Zusammenhänge. Ich habe deshalb nach einem Thema mit Kapitalmarktbezug gesucht, das es mir erlaubt, Modellierungen auf Grundlage einer breiten Datenbasis durchzuführen. Die Auswirkungen der Niedrigzinspolitik mitsamt zugehöriger Haushaltsportfolios zu modellieren vereinte diese Interessen.

Was hat Sie an dem Thema gereizt?

Zum einen die Aktualität und Praxisrelevanz. Noch nie in der Geschichte gab es ein so lange andauerndes, globales Niedrigzinsumfeld. Dies stellt Sparer und Privathaushalte vor große Herausforderungen, weshalb ich es als sinnvoll erachtete, praxisnahe Handlungsempfehlungen auf Basis meiner Analysen abzuleiten. Zum anderen hat mich gereizt, dass in der Literatur noch keine ausführliche Untersuchung während des Niedrigzinszeitraums für deutsche Privathashalte stattfand. Ich konnte also ein Stück weit „Neuland“ betreten und an einem Thema arbeiten, das in dieser Form noch unerschlossen war.

Was waren besondere Herausforderungen?

Die größte Herausforderung bestand darin, die Haushaltsportfolios auf Basis nachvollziehbarer und realistischer Annahmen zu modellieren.  
Schließlich müssen Vereinfachungen getroffen werden, um 4500 Haushalte abzubilden. Zugleich soll dabei aber die Unterscheidbarkeit der Portfolios nicht verloren gehen. Dieser „Spagat“ ist am Ende dadurch gelungen, dass ich die Haushalte in verschiedene Klassen segmentiert und die Portfolios jeder Klasse aggregieret abgebildet und vergleichen habe. Eine zweite Schwierigkeit war es, an vollständige (Kapitalmarkt-)Daten zu gelangen, die eine Modellierung zuverlässig ermöglichen. Hierzu musste ich Indizes teils händisch bereinigen, da ich nicht auf Datenanbieter wie Bloomberg oder Capital IQ zurückgreifen konnte.

Haben Sie Tipps für Ihre Kommiliton*innen?

Wenn man quantitativ arbeiten möchte, empfehle ich in jedem Fall, erst die Analyse vollständig durchzuführen und sich von Anfang an eine klare Struktur zu überlegen. Hierbei ist zu beachten, dass es viel Zeit in Anspruch nehmen kann, bis man die angeforderten Daten erhält (bei mir waren es knapp 4 Wochen). Ich empfehle deshalb sich möglichst früh Gedanken zu machen, welche Daten in Frage kommen und welche Stellen für den Erhalt kontaktiert werden müssen.

Können Sie den Begriff Financial Literacy genauer erklären und deutlich machen, warum sie so wichtig ist?

Financial Literacy beschreibt knapp gesagt das Finanzwissen eines Haushalts, also wie gut er mit der Funktionsweise verschiedener Anlageklassen (Bankkonten, Versicherungen, Aktien oder  Rentenpapiere) vertraut ist. Dazu gehört, ob er den Nutzen von Diversifikation kennt und ob er sich der langfristigen Renditen und Risiken der einzelnen Anlageformen bewusst ist. Leider ist das Finanzwissen vieler Haushalte nicht besonders ausgeprägt. Beispielsweise nehmen sie Aktien als risikoreicher wahr, als sie es bei einer Betrachtung sehr langfristiger Anlagezeiträume tatsächlich sind. Hierdurch resultieren suboptimale und irrationale Anlageentscheidungen, die besonders in einem Umfeld niedriger Zinsen für Geldmarktkonten eine starke Auswirkung auf die Renditen haben.

Die Vermittlung von Wissen, um reflektiert, selbstbestimmt und unter Einbeziehung notweniger Kenntnisse Anlageentscheidungen treffen zu können, sollte deshalb dringend stärker gefördert werden. Ich halte es deshalb auch für sinnvoll, dieses Thema bereits in der Schule anzureißen bzw. grundlegende Kenntnisse über finanzielle Zusammenhänge zu vermitteln. Leider wird dies in der Praxis oft nicht getan.

Was bedeutet für Sie der Gewinn des Wissenschaftspreises?


Es freut mich sehr, dass eine Jury, bestehend aus 4 hochrangigen Professoren, meine Arbeit als sehr gut erachtet. Gleichzeitig ist es auch ein Lob für die gute Betreuung am Lehrstuhl Hartmann-Wendels. Nicht zuletzt freue ich mich über das Preisgeld von 1000 €, für welches man als Student immer eine Verwendung hat.

Wofür werden Sie das Preisgeld einsetzen?

Eigentlich müsste ich das Geld in das Portfolio investieren, welches sich in meiner Arbeit optimal erwiesen hat. Da ich aber ab Juli ein längeres Praktikum in der Strategieberatung in München mache, geben mir die 1.000 € bei der Wohnungssuche etwas mehr Spielraum, wofür ich ganz dankbar bin.

Wie sind Ihre Pläne, nachdem Sie Ihr Bachelorstudium abgeschlossen haben?

Bis Ende Juni absolviere ich noch ein Praktikum in der Transaktionsberatung in Frankfurt. Danach wechsle ich von Juli bis Ende September für ein Praktikum in der Strategieberatung nach München. Ab Herbst werde ich dann voraussichtlich mein Finance-Masterstudium beginnen, vermutlich ebenfalls an der Uni Köln.

Vielen Dank für das Interview, Herr Gottschalk!

Interview: Sarah Brender

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news-13116 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:47:29 +0200 "Das war kalkuliert" /en/news/news-faculty/das-war-kalkuliert/ Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger im Interview zur Abstimmung im Bundestag zur „Ehe für alle“ Wir haben Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger, Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Internationale Politik und Außenpolitik an der WiSo-Fakultät, zur Abstimmung im Bundestag über die Ehe für alle befragt.


Herr Prof. Dr. Jäger, der Bundestag beschloss heute Morgen die Einführung der Ehe für homosexuelle Paare. War dieses Abstimmungsergebnis abzusehen?

„Ja, denn klar war, dass die drei Fraktionen von SPD, Grünen und Linke geschlossen dafür stimmen werden. Da es auch in den Reihen der CDU eine Reihe von Befürwortern gab, war die Mehrheit sicher. Damit war absehbar: wenn der Tagesordnungspunkt aufgerufen wird, kommt eine Mehrheit zustande. Indem die CDU/CSU die Unterstützung der SPD nur zum Vertrauensbruch und nicht zum Bruch des Koalitionsvertrages erklärte, war die Tür hierfür geöffnet. Seitens der CDU/CSU hätte man mit dem Bruch der Koalition drohen müssen, um diese Abstimmung zu verhindern. Aber das wollte niemand. Denn auch wenn drei Viertel der Bundestagsabgeordneten der CDU/CSU mit Nein stimmten, die Mehrheit der Unionswähler war für ein Ja. Insgeheim wird die Unionsführung froh sein, dieses Thema so Knall auf Fall abserviert zu haben."


 „Ehe und Familie stehen unter dem besonderen Schutze der staatlichen Ordnung“, bestimmt Artikel 6 Absatz 1 des Grundgesetzes. Sehen Sie hier nun eine Notwendigkeit, das Grundgesetz zu ändern?


„Darüber werden sich möglicherweise die Richter des Bundesverfassungsgerichts Gedanken machen müssen, falls es eine Normenkontrollklage geben sollte. Ob es die gibt, ist nicht sicher, denn die Hürden sind im Bundestag hoch und welche Landesregierung dies anstreben sollte, erschließt sich mir derzeit nicht. Es stehen sich zwei Rechtspositionen gegenüber: Die eine sagt, Ehe und Familie in Artikel 6 des Grundgesetztes (Absatz 1: „Ehe und Familie stehen unter dem besonderen Schutze der staatlichen Ordnung“) sagt doch nichts über das Geschlecht aus und da haben sich seit 1949 die Auffassungen eben geändert. Die gegenstehende Auffassung bestreit diese Offenheit und erklärt: wenn sich die gesellschaftliche Auffassung geändert hat, dann muss man eben das Grundgesetz ändern. Ein einfaches Gesetz reicht hierzu nicht aus. Wahrscheinlich hat sich heute aber die normative Kraft des Faktischen durchgesetzt. Falls die Norm nicht doch noch durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht geprüft wird.“


Lange wurde die parlamentarische Entscheidung über die „Homo-Ehe“ hinausgezögert. Auch entschied sich Frau Merkel bei der heutigen Abstimmung dagegen, obwohl Sie Anfang der Woche für das Vorantreiben der Abstimmung im Bundestag plädierte. Welche politische Strategie könnte sie hiermit verfolgen?


„Der Bundeskanzlerin ging es aus meiner Sicht darum, eine Position zu räumen, die ihr im Wahlkampf schaden könnte. Eine breite Mehrheit der Bevölkerung, an die 80 Prozent, unterstützen dieses Gesetz und auch bei den Unionswählern ist die Mehrheit dafür. Die Kalkulation wird gewesen sein: wenn das Thema aus dem Wahlkampf gehalten wird, kann niemand Frau Merkel deswegen die Stimme verweigern. SPD, Grüne, Linke und auch die FDP hätten dann ein Wahlkampfthema gehabt, das ihnen heute abhanden gekommen ist. Und die von dieser Abstimmung enttäuschten Unionswähler haben angesichts des Niedergangs der AfD ja derzeit keine Alternative. Dass Frau Merkel mit Nein gestimmt hat, ertüchtigt sie dann sogar noch zu sagen, dass sie sich an das Grundstzprogramm der CDU gehalten hat. Dass sich Frau Merkel in dem Brigitte-Interview versprochen hat, wie es heute hieß: einen Schabowski-Moment hatte, sehe ich nicht. Das war kalkuliert.“
Vielen Dank für das Gespräch Herr Prof. Dr. Jäger.

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news-13105 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:09 +0200 Did you know that consumption patterns are increasingly less predicted by income and age? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-consumption-patterns-are-increasingly-less-predicted-by-income-and-age/ German Science Foundation project Consumption patterns, i.e., how total consumption is divided among different consumption categories, are usually regarded as an indicator of a person’s lifestyle. Each person must invest a certain part of its expenses in securing its basic needs. The rest of the disposable income can either be saved or, depending on the person’s preferences, be spent on different consumption purposes. For a long time it has been a controversial question of which factors influence a person’s consumption pattern. On the one hand, it is argued that socio-demographic characteristics, in particular income, determine how we consume. On the other hand, it is pointed out that by the dissolution of traditional ties and the general increase in the standard of living, the possibilities for individual life-styles have increased and the binding character of role-specific consumption norms increasingly dissipated. This in turn results in a decay of homogeneous, class-specific consumption styles and a destratification of consumption patterns.

In a recent German Science Foundation project, Katharina Hörstermann – together with Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Andreß – analyzed consumption patterns in Germany using data from the income and consumption survey of the years 1978 and 2008. Her study shows a change in the structure of consumption: expenditures on food, drinks, tobacco, clothing and footwear as well as furniture and household items were decreasing, while expenditures on housing, health and personal care, transport and news, and leisure time were increasing. They examined whether changes in the age and income distribution as well as in average household sizes in Germany between 1978 and 2008 can explain this change.

A descriptive comparison of the consumption patterns of different birth cohorts controlling for age, income and household size showed different patterns between cohorts that could ot be explained by effects of age, income, or household size. The results of a decomposition analysis, which kept the distribution of age, income and household size constant between 1978 and 2008, confirmed this result: socio-demographic changes are not able to explain the aforementioned shifts in the expenditure shares of different consumption categories. Much more, it seems that people have more possibilities to align their spending profile more strongly according to their own preferences.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-13075 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:25:38 +0200 Innovatives Wirtschaftsinformatik-Lehrbuch ausgezeichnet /en/news/news-faculty/innovatives-wirtschaftsinformatik-lehrbuch-ausgezeichnet/ Der Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft hat als „Bestes Lehrbuch“ ein innovatives Lehrbuch ausgezeichnet, das von Professor Dr. Detlef Schoder übersetzt und bearbeitet wurde.

Der Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (VHB) hat auf seiner Pfingsttagung in St. Gallen das Buch „Wirtschaftsinformatik – Eine Einführung“ von Kenneth C. Laudon, Jane Laudon und Detlef Schoder mit dem Lehrbuchpreis 2017 ausgezeichnet.

Das vierfarbige Werk ist didaktisch und optisch stringent aufgebaut und unterstützt die strukturierte Aneignung des Inhalts. Das thematische Spektrum reicht von vernetzter Unternehmenswelt, Informations- und kommunikationstechnische Infrastrukturen, inner- und überbetriebliche Informationsverarbeitung bis hin zu Gestaltung und Management von Informationssystemen.

„Der Wirtschaftsinformatik kommt eine Schlüsselrolle bei der digitalen Transformation von Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft zu. Kenntnisse über die Gestaltung und Einsatzmöglichkeiten innovativer Informationssysteme sind dafür unabdingbar“, so Professor Detlef Schoder. Die durch den VHB prämierte Einführung in die moderne Wirtschaftsinformatik in der nun dritten, vollständig überarbeiteten und erweiterten deutschsprachigen Auflage begreift Informationssysteme als soziotechnische Systeme und vermittelt diese aus den drei Perspektiven Technik, Management und Organisation. Die Basis dafür ist die 14. Auflage des amerikanischen Weltbestseller-Lehrbuchs Management Information Systems. Managing the Digital Firm von Professor Kenneth C. Laudon und Jane. P. Laudon, dessen Übersetzung Professor Dr. Detlef Schoder von der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln grundlegend überarbeitet, in Teilen erweitert und auf die Spezifika sowie Bedürfnisse Studierender und Dozenten im deutschsprachigen Raum angepasst hat.

Der renommierte Lehrbuchpreis des VHB wird jährlich an ein herausragendes, innovatives Lehrbuch vergeben, um die Bedeutung wissenschaftlich fundierter Lehre im Fach Betriebswirtschaft zu würdigen. Den Sieger bestimmt ein Gremium, das in diesem Jahr aus Professor Michael Eßig, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Stefan Helber, Leibniz Universität Hannover, und Professor Dr. Bernd Helmig, Universität Mannheim, bestand. Dem Ganzen geht ein kompetitives Auswahlprocedere voraus, bei welchem alle wissenschaftliche Kommissionen des VHB Vorschläge machen können. 

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news-13021 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:38:42 +0200 Two guest lectures at the Chair of Economics and Business Education /en/news/news-faculty/two-guest-lectures-at-the-chair-of-economics-and-business-education/ June, 27th and July, 4th The Chair of Economics and Business Education invites to two guest lectures. Both are part of the guest scientist’s programme of the faculty. The lectures take place at 2 p.m. in seminar room 102 in the IBW-building. The talks are in English.

The first guest lecture takes place on June 27th. Dr. Jim Hordern from the Bath Spa University, England talks on "Apprenticeship Developments and English VET".

The second guest lecture is one week later. On July 4th, Prof. Dr. Michele Brunelli from the University of Bergamo, Italy talks on "The Education System in Italy".

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news-13020 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:43:39 +0200 Edward Snowden via Live Stream at UoC /en/news/news-faculty/edward-snowden-via-live-stream-at-uoc/ 30th June 2017, presented by KölnAlumni "Speak not because it is safe, but because it is right"
(Edward Snowden)

Edward Snowden, US whistleblower and former CIA employee, uncovered the questionable practices of the foreign intelligence service NSA in 2013. Ever since, he has lived at a secret location in Russia. With his disclosures, he not only proved his courage, but also jeopardized his life and his personal freedom. What makes a person sacrifice his safety for an unprecedented contribution to civil society? Is it worthwhile, in times of nationalist tendencies on the one hand and mass surveillance and data mining on the other, to follow one’s conscience and stand up for one’s rights? KölnAlumni and the University of Cologne are happy to welcome the most famous whistleblower of our times via live stream from his Russian exile on 30 June 2017 in the University’s main auditorium (Aula). Edward Snowden will speak about topics that are important to him: courage, democracy, and freedom – not as privileges, but as the fundamental rights of all citizens.

The event is being hosted in cooperation with the foundation "The Right Livelihood Award" and AmerikaHaus e.V. NRW. 

Event:
Edward Snowden “Courage”
Live stream with podium discussion
Where: Aula I and II (main auditorium), main building, University of Cologne
When: 30 June 2017
Start: 7 p.m., auditorium will open at: 5:45 p.m.

If you would like to take part: For security reasons, it is necessary to register / book a free ticket to be admitted to the event. More information (in German) is available at www.koelnalumni.de and KölnAlumni’s Facebook page.

Press and Communication:
University of Cologne
Jürgen Rees
presse-unikoeln(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-13018 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:31:15 +0200 Zurich Guest Lecture on "Sportsponsoring" /en/news/news-faculty/zurich-guest-lecture-on-sportsponsoring-1/ Chair for Marketing and Market Research of Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer The Chair for Marketing and Market Research of Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer is delighted to announce Barbara Kaltz (Head of Sponsoring & Activation Zurich Gruppe Deutschland) and Annika Kristina Bäcker (Head of Marketing/Marktmanagement Zurich Gruppe Deutschland) for a guest lecture on "Sportsponsoring" at the University of Cologne. The lecture will take place in lecture hall XXI, main building ("Hauptgebäude"), on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm. 

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news-13009 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:03:05 +0200 New publication on corporate gifts /en/news/news-faculty/new-publication-on-corporate-gifts-1/ Article by Professor André Marchand in Journal of Service Research Companies spend several billion Euro every year on corporate gifts. Corporate gifts are benefits that a firm confers voluntarily on its customers, in its attempt to communicate appreciation and gratitude for their past purchases. In contrast to loyalty programs, they do not require recipients to perform any action (e.g., collecting points or miles) to receive them.

Professor André Marchand researches the impact of advertising gifts on customers and their consumer behaviour. The article “How Gifts Influence Relationships with Service Customers and Financial Outcomes for Firms” by Professor André Marchand and colleagues (Professors Michael Paul, Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, and Georg Puchner) has been published in the current issue of Journal of Service Research, the world’s leading service research journal.   

The authors study the effect of such corporate gifts on customer perceptions and real-world spending behavior. They use data from about 2,000 customers of a German airline—combining a longitudinal field experiment with internal customer database information. Their results show that corporate gifts can influence important customer perceptions (e.g., perceived relationship investment) and spending in a powerful way. “Corporate gifts deserve relationship marketing managers’ attention and budget allocations, but managers also must realize that there is no such thing as a ‘generalizable’ effect of gifts. Instead, our results strongly depend on the gifts’ design and underlying dimensions,” explains André Marchand, the study’s lead author.

The scholars investigate whether gifts are related to the core product and services of the firm and whether they have an economic or social motivation. They recommend that managers select economic related (e.g., flight coupons) and social unrelated (e.g., unbranded chocolate hearts) gift designs over economic unrelated (e.g., coupons for products from other companies) and social related (e.g., exclusive events with company chairpersons) ones. “In our study setting, economic related gifts work most effectively in terms of revenues and contribution margins, and social unrelated gifts appear most effective for relationship perceptions. In contrast, the economic unrelated gift even decreases revenues, which should inform managers’ decisions when designing gifts and allocating budgets,” says André Marchand. The negative impact for economic unrelated gifts may indicate that it causes a shift in customers’ interest to other companies, which in the study’s case implied traveling by rental car instead of air travel.

Economic gifts seem to function similarly to other monetary incentives, leading customers to adapt their behavior in the way desired by the company, because their loyalty “pays off.” However, managers should be aware that in the long run, repeated (instead of one-time) gifts for customer loyalty might be necessary; otherwise, the reciprocity process could wear out. These findings are situated in theoretical arguments, so they should transfer to other service industries and settings too. Managers may use these findings to design effective gifts and management processes (e.g., gift success tracking).

Abstract and full paper:
Marchand, André, Michael Paul, Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, and Georg Puchner (2017), “How Gifts Influence Relationships with Service Customers and Financial Outcomes for Firms,” Journal of Service Research, 20 (2), 105-119.

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news-13071 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:07:00 +0200 CEMS MIM has been ranked 9th /en/news/news-faculty/cems-mim-has-been-ranked-9th/ Master in Management Rankings by The Economist The CEMS Masters in International Management (CEMS MIM) has been ranked 9th in the Master in Management Rankings by The Economist!
The results: http://www.economist.com/whichmba/MiM/2017/Ranking
On our website you can find information about the CEMS MIM at the University of Cologne.

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news-12989 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:43:39 +0200 Professor André Marchand appointed as editorial board member /en/news/news-faculty/professor-andre-marchand-appointed-as-editorial-board-member/ Journal of Interactive Marketing Professor André Marchand has been appointed as an editorial board member of the Journal of Interactive Marketing. The Journal of Interactive Marketing is one of the leading scientific journals for interactive and digital marketing research. The editorial board consist of a number of international experts whose judgement is highly regarded within the journal’s discipline. They work with the regular reviewers providing peer reviews, identify new topics (e.g., for special editions), and support the editor of the journal.

More information on the website of the Journal of Interactive Marketing.

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news-12959 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:41:05 +0200 Zukunftspreise der Universität zu Köln /en/news/news-faculty/zukunftspreise-der-universitaet-zu-koeln/ Sechs exzellente ForscherInnen ausgezeichnet Die Universität zu Köln (UzK) ist der Überzeugung, dass individuelle wissenschaftliche Exzellenz der Kern des wissenschaftlichen Fortschritts ist und deshalb besonders gefördert und belohnt werden sollte. Im Rahmen ihres Zukunftskonzepts schreibt die UzK daher jährlich Forschungspreise in drei Kategorien aus: den Max-Delbrück-Preis für Lebens- und Naturwissenschaften, den Leo-Spitzer-Preis für Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Philosophischen und der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät sowie den Hans-Kelsen-Preis für Rechts-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften. In allen drei Kategorien wird zudem ein entsprechender Preis an herausragende Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler verliehen.

Die Forschungspreise sind mit jeweils 80.000 Euro pro Jahr für insgesamt drei Jahre, bzw. 48.000 Euro pro Jahr für zwei Jahre bei den Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern, ausgestattet. Hinzu kommt eine Fakultätspauschale in Höhe von 25 Prozent der Fördersumme.

Die PreisträgerInnen 2017 sind:

Max-Delbrück-Preis
Prof. Dr. Thomas Langer (Institut für Genetik/CECAD)

Max-Delbrück-Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler
Innen Dr. Sabrina Disch (Institut für Physikalische Chemie/QM2)

Leo-Spitzer-Preis
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Himmelmann (Institut für Linguistik)

Leo-Spitzer-Preis für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Diana Lengersdorf (Institut für Vergleichende Bildungsforschung)

Hans-Kelsen-Preis
Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel (Institut für internationales und ausländisches Privatrecht)

Hans-Kelsen-Preis für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen
Dr. Alexander Schmidt-Catran (Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie)

Die Forschungspreise sind Teil des Förderprogramms für Spitzenforschung der Universität zu Köln (ERSP – Excellent Research Support Program). Das Programm gibt Impulse für mehr akademische Freiheit und größere Forschungsflexibilität. Es ist so konzipiert, dass es auf allen Forschungsebenen gezielte Unterstützung bietet, das heißt für besonders gute Einzelforscherinnen und -forscher bis hin zu herausragenden großen koordinierten Projekten.

Die Preisverleihung findet am 11. Juli 2017, 18.00 Uhr im Seminargebäude der Universität, Albertus Magnus Platz, statt

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news-12939 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:04:03 +0200 WiSo Economy Cup 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-economy-cup-2017/ Fußballturnier der Lehrstühle und Studierendenorganisationen am 15.07.2017 Das traditionelle Fußballturnier der Lehrstühle und Studierendenorganisationen der WiSo-Fakultät findet im Juli statt.

Save the date: 15.07.2017

10 Uhr bis ca. 19 Uhr
Kunstrasenplatz, Zülpicher Wall1

Bitte beachten: Die Anmeldefrist für mitspielende Teams läuft bis zum 16. Juni! Die Turnierregeln und das Anmeldeformular finden Sie unter dieser Meldung. Anmeldung bitte per Mail an vers-whf(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-12890 Tue, 30 May 2017 17:31:11 +0200 New Professor for Digital Marketing: André Marchand /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-for-digital-marketing-andre-marchand/ Dean welcomes Professor Marchand On June 1, 2017, Professor Dr. André Marchand was appointed to a professorship at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science at the University of Cologne. The dean, Professor Dr. Werner Mellis, welcomed him in the name of the faculty.

Prior to joining the University of Cologne, Professor Marchand was an Assistant Professor at the University of Muenster. In 2016, he successfully finished his habilitation and obtained the Venia Legendi in Business Administration. He completed his doctoral thesis on media marketing in 2011 at the Bauhaus-University Weimar after he had finished his studies of Business Administration at the University of Cologne in 2006.

His research interest and expertise focus on marketing, digital innovations, and new media.

„Digitalization transforms marketing at a remarkable pace. Currently, almost all business units face a digital wave of innovation. As a researcher, these are exciting times,“ says André Marchand and adds: „I am looking forward to continuing my research and to cooperating with my colleagues at the prestigious Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science.“

Soon, further information will be available here.

Welcome!

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news-12877 Mon, 29 May 2017 16:05:04 +0200 Herausforderungen und Lösungsvorschläge bei der Bekämpfung des Klimawandels /en/news/news-faculty/herausforderungen-und-loesungsvorschlaege-bei-der-bekaempfung-des-klimawandels/ Prof. Dr. Ockenfels im Beirat zur Begleitung eines OECD-Projekts Prof. Axel Ockenfels von der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln ist von der Bundesumweltministerin Barbara Hendricks in einen Beirat zur Begleitung des Projektes “Growth, Investment and the Low Carbon Transition: Constructing a Climate-Resilient Future for the G20” im Rahmen der deutschen G20 Präsidentschaft berufen worden. In diesem Projekt werden Herausforderungen und Lösungsvorschläge bei der Bekämpfung des Klimawandels erarbeitet. Der Beirat ist mit 14 hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft in den G20 Staaten besetzt.

Mehr Informationen zum Projekt finden sich auf der OECD-Website.

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news-12741 Thu, 18 May 2017 15:04:00 +0200 Aromatic Substance Hedione Influences Human Behavior /en/news/news-faculty/aromatic-substance-hedione-influences-human-behavior/ New study indicates amplification of reciprocity Two economists and a cell physiologist from the Universities of Bern, Cologne, and Bochum have conducted a pioneering laboratory experiment on the effects of the aromatic substance Hedione on human behaviour. Hedione has a ligand for a human pheromone receptor, which suggests that it may influence behaviour in humans in a way similar to animal communication via pheromones. The study showed that Hedione does in fact amplify reciprocity in humans. However, further research is necessary to clarify the role pheromones play in human behaviour.

It is disputed whether humans communicate via pheromones the way animals do. An interdisciplinary study conducted by a cell physiologist and two behavioural economists from the Universities of Bochum, Bern, and Cologne has now made an important step towards resolving this question. The study suggests that Hedione, an aromatic substance with a flowery scent, influences human behaviour. In laboratory experiments, the scientists found out that Hedione amplifies reciprocity, that is, a ‘tit for tat’ sort of behaviour. These findings are particularly relevant because earlier research has identified Hedione as the only aromatic substance that has a ligand for the human pheromone receptor VN1R1. This activates a region of the brain that is involved in hormone regulation. Interestingly, this effect is ten times more pronounced in women than in men. (See also Ruhr-University Bochum’s press release: http://aktuell.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/pm2015/pm00049.html.de).

Joint interdisciplinary study of researchers from Bern, Cologne and Bochum

These new insights on the effects of Hedione have now been published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience by the economists Sebastian Berger (University of Bern) and Axel Ockenfels (University of Cologne), and the cell physiologist Hanns Hatt (University of Bochum).

In the experiments, people under the influence of Hedione reacted to other people’s trust with an increase in trustworthiness. When other participants in the experiment did not behave cooperatively, they tended more strongly to punish them. ‘Our test persons reacted in a slightly friendlier way to friendliness and in a slightly unfriendlier way to unfair behaviour’, says Sebastian Berger. These changes in reactions could be noted when the scent of Hedione was present in a room – in comparison to situations in which there was no scent at all or a different floral control scent. The concentration of the scents was so low that the test people did not consciously perceive them.

Do humans communicate via pheromones with eachother?

Whether people actually communicate via pheromones the way animals do is disputed, however. ‘The results of our experiment might indicate that humans also exhibit a reaction to pheromones that is different from our classic sense of smell’, says Hanns Hatt. Axel Ockenfels is convinced that ‘reciprocal behaviour is vitally important for human interaction because it facilitates cooperation. That is why it is at the centre of many behavioural models in evolutionary biology and other disciplines researching the origins of cooperation.’

‘Our study is a first step towards promising cooperation among cell physiologists and behavioural scientists. We now want to test the robustness of our results in other behavioural settings and identify the underlying mechanisms’, the researchers explain. It is also important to identify natural scent molecules in bodily secretions that are similar to Hedione, with a similar effect on the pheromone receptor. In order to find conclusive evidence of human communication via pheromones, the researchers first have to identify an odour produced by humans that produces a specific, reproducible reaction in other human beings. However, the state of research is still far from that point. The scientists nevertheless hope that their work will encourage further interdisciplinary studies in order to identify the role pheromones play in human behaviour.

Original publication: Sebastian Berger, Hanns Hatt, Axel Ockenfels: Exposure to Hedione increases reciprocity in humans, in: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, April 2017, doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00079

Link: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00079/full

Contact: 

Professor Sebastian Berger
Department of Organization
Department of Organization and Human Resource Management
University of Bern
Mail:sebastian.berger@iop.unibe.ch

Professor Axel Ockenfels
Department of Governance and Public Policy
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
University of Cologne
Mail: ockenfels(at)uni-koeln.de

Professor Hanns Hatt
Department of Cell Physiology
Ruhr-University Bochum
Mail: hanns.hatt(at)ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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news-12770 Tue, 16 May 2017 16:37:05 +0200 Productive4.0 /en/news/news-faculty/productive40/ Internationales Drittmittelprojekt unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Horst Tempelmeier Seit dem 1. Mai 2017 arbeitet das Seminar für ABWL, Supply Chain Management und Produktion (Prof. Dr. Horst Tempelmeier) in dem vom BMBF und der EU geförderten Verbundprojekt „Productive4.0 – Electronics and ICT as enabler for digital industry and optimized supply chain management covering the entire product lifecycle” unter Konsortialführung der Infineon Technologies AG mit, an dem sich über 110 internationale Partner aus Industrie und Wissenschaft beteiligen.

Im Rahmen von Productive4.0 sollen technische und ökonomische Probleme im Bereich Industrie4.0 (Digitalisierung, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, Automatisierung etc.) behandelt werden. Das Gesamtprojekt wird nicht nur als „ECSEL Innovation Action“, sondern auch als Initialprojekt der ersten „ECSEL Lighthouse Initiative on Industry4.0“ eingestuft. Es besteht aus den Säulen „Digital Production“, „Supply Networks“ und „Product Life Cycle Management“ mit insgesamt zehn Arbeitspaketen.

Prof. Tempelmeier ist zusammen mit einem Vertreter der Robert Bosch GmbH Koordinator des Arbeitspakets 5 (in der Säule „Supply Networks“), in dem Simulationsmodelle und analytische Evaluations- und Optimierungsmodelle zur Unterstützung von Entscheidungen im Supply Chain Management entwickelt und anhand konkreter Anwendungsszenarien aus der europäischen Industrie getestet werden sollen.

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news-12720 Tue, 09 May 2017 14:52:42 +0200 Coupling and Causality in Complex Systems /en/news/news-faculty/coupling-and-causality-in-complex-systems/ Conference, 25 - 27 September at the University of Cologne Complex systems such as the human brain, Earth’s climate and economy are characterized by a multitude of coupled processes on different spatial and temporal scales. In order to better understand the dynamics of the system at hand each scientific area has developed specific tools to identify, model and quantify these processes. The conference Coupling and Causality in Complex Systems (C3S) will present a collection of these approaches with the aim to provide scientists with new analysis strategies for their field. Prof. Dr. Jörg Breitung (professor at the WiSo faculty) is one of the speakers at the conference.

More information can be found here: c3s.uni-koeln.de

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news-12717 Tue, 09 May 2017 11:49:39 +0200 Open Campus 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/open-campus-2017/ Universität zu Köln lädt am 20. Mai zum Infotag für Studieninteressierte ein Die Universität zu Köln lädt Studieninteressierte, insbesondere Schülerinnen und Schüler und ihre Eltern, am 20. Mai zum Infotag „Open Campus“ ein. Sie gibt Interessierten damit die Möglichkeit, sich umfassend über ein Studium zu informieren und sich vor Ort einen konkreten Eindruck von der Hochschule zu verschaffen.

Ab 10.00 Uhr stellt die Universität in zahlreichen Vorträgen ihr Studienangebot vor. Dazu zählen Studiengänge aus den Bereichen Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Rechtswissenschaften, Medizin und Zahnmedizin, Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften sowie Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie. Ergänzend werden fachübergreifende Themen wie die Studienwahl, das Zulassungsverfahren, Stipendien und Studienaufenthalte im Ausland Teil des Programms sein. Im Rahmen einer Infomesse stehen zudem Beraterinnen und Berater der Zentralen Studienberatung sowie aus allen Fakultäten und weiteren Einrichtungen für ein persönliches Gespräch zur Verfügung.

Wann:  Samstag, 20. Mai 2017, 10.00 Uhr

Wo:  Universität zu Köln, Albertus-Magnus-Patz,
Hörsaalgebäude, Hauptgebäude, Philosophikum

Weitere Infos und Programm:  www.zsb.uni-koeln.de/opencampus

Bei Rückfragen:  Zentrale Studienberatung, Axel Niemeyer,
Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-4486,
E-Mail: a.niemeyer(at)verw.uni-koeln.de

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news-12714 Mon, 08 May 2017 14:59:39 +0200 Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer bei Horizont /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-marc-fischer-bei-horizont/ "Mathematik, Daten und Fakten waren nie die Freunde des klassischen Marketings" Bei dem Medien-Branchendienst "Horizont" ist ein Interview mit Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer von der Marketing-Area der WiSo-Fakultät erschienen. In dem Interview spricht er über Marketing Analytics und dessen Folgen. Professor Fischer ist zudem Redner auf der diesjährigen AxCon-Konferenz in Berlin. Das Interview finden Sie unter diesem Link.

Weitere Informationen zu Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer finden Sie hier.

Die Marketing-Area der WiSo-Fakultät ist unter diesem Link erreichbar.

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news-12713 Mon, 08 May 2017 14:12:47 +0200 „Moving Trades“ /en/news/news-faculty/moving-trades/ New international third-party funded project headed by Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch at the CCCP will analyse how worker migration affects collective skill formation Since the first of March 2017 the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics has a new research project with Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch as principal investigator and Dr. Janis Vossiek as postdoctoral researcher. The project studies the influence of skilled worker migration within Europe on the dual vocational training systems in Switzerland and Germany.

Funding of the research team at the CCCP from March 2017 to February 2020
The endeavour is part of the international research project „Moving Trades – Skill formation and the role of national vocational training in transnational European labour markets“ funded by The Research Council of Norway within the scope of the Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector (FINNUT, Project – No. 255001/H20) program.

Funding for the team at the CCCP is provided from March 2017 to February 2020 and amounts to €204,800 in total. Our international project partners are Jon Erik Dølvik, Line Eldring, Kristin Jesnes, Torgeir Nyen, Johannes Oldervoll, and Anna Hagen Tønder at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research (Oslo, Norway) and Christian Helms Jørgensen at Roskilde University (Denmark).

Key questions
The research project analyses how the increased migration of skilled workers in the context of the opening of European markets for labour and services influences vocational training institutions and the training behaviour of firms in countries that have long-standing traditions of collective skill formation. The project will investigate whether the greater availability of migrant workers affects the training behaviour of firms and if this in turn leads to institutional changes in vocational training.

Examples: Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany
Based on the cases of Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany we investigate to which degree employers adjust their training strategies when they can access a larger pool of workers, and compare how changed employment and training patterns vary across different occupations. Moreover, we will study how institutional and political factors, such as wage negotiation systems, professional licensure, labour market regulation, and different characteristics of firms (size, product market orientation) influence the nexus between skilled worker migration and the change of dual training systems.

In order to control for the effects of institutional, economic and political factors we choose a multi-level approach and analyse the relationship between vocational training and migration on different levels (firm, sector, and national level) and for various occupational branches with a strong tradition in dual training (construction, metalworking, hospitality). Our team in Cologne, Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch and Dr. Janis Vossiek, will primarily study the cases of Switzerland and Germany and is supported by Michael Kemmerling as research assistant.


For more information, please visit: http://www.cccp.uni-koeln.de/de/team/core-faculty/prof-dr-christine-trampusch/moving-trades/

Contact:
Dr. Janis Vossiek, Phone 0221-4705659, Email: vossiek(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-12702 Thu, 04 May 2017 12:57:54 +0200 Auftakt der "Adenauer Lectures" am 9. Mai /en/news/news-faculty/auftakt-der-adenauer-lectures-am-9-mai/ Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert spricht über die Zukunft unserer Parteiendemokratie Mit den Adenauer Lectures haben die Universität zu Köln und die Familie Adenauer eine hochkarätige neue Vortragsreihe ins Leben gerufen. International renommierte Persönlichkeiten diskutieren auf Einladung über die politische Kultur in Deutschland, Europa und der Welt und denken über die großen politischen Themen unserer Zeit nach. Das neue Format ehrt das Verdienst Konrad Adenauers für die Universität zu Köln. Nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg hatte Adenauer sich erfolgreich für die Gründung einer "neuen“ Universität in Köln eingesetzt und ist damit eng mit der jüngeren Hochschulgeschichte verbunden.

Zum Auftakt der Reihe spricht der Präsident des deutschen Bundestages, Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert. Sein Thema lautet "Entwicklung und Perspektiven der Parteiendemokratie“.

Adenauer Lecture 2017
Entwicklung und Perspektiven der Parteiendemokratie
Ein Vortrag des Bundestagspräsidenten Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert

Datum: Dienstag, 9. Mai 2017
Zeit: 18:30 - 20:00 Uhr, Einlass ab 17:30 Uhr
Ort: Aula im Hauptgebäude der Universität zu Köln,

Die Adenauer Lecture wird von Patrick Honecker, Pressesprecher der Universität zu Köln, moderiert. Die Begrüßung übernimmt Professor Dr. Axel Freimuth, Rektor der Universität zu Köln. Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich.

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news-12700 Thu, 04 May 2017 12:28:29 +0200 Career Family Coaching /en/news/news-faculty/career-family-coaching-2/ Send your application until 11th June 2017! The next round of the "Career Family Coaching Programme" for reconciling sciences/studies and parenthood starts in September 2017. Young researchers and advanced students with children of the University of Cologne and the German Sport University Cologne are eligible to apply until 11th June 2017.

Application documents and further information can be found here.

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news-12693 Wed, 03 May 2017 11:54:07 +0200 Did you know, that neighbourhood conflict emerges at fuzzy boundaries between ethnic communities? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-neighbourhood-conflict-emerges-at-fuzzy-boundaries-between-ethnic-communities/ Study by Merlin Schaeffer and Joscha Legewie Each year, 311 – New York City's main hub for government information and non-emergency services – receives millions of requests and complaints, including New Yorkers’ gripes about their neighbors. In a new study, ISS researcher Merlin Schaeffer and his colleague Joscha Legewie (Yale University) use 311 complaint data, to track when and where New Yorkers complain about their neighbors making noise, blocking driveways, or drinking in public. They found that these complaints – a defining aspect of urban life – are more likely to occur in areas sandwiched between two homogenous communities, where the boundaries between different ethnic and racial groups aren't clearly defined.

Neighborhood conflict arises from segregation and is particularly prevalent at ‘fuzzy’ boundaries between homogenous neighborhoods. The number of complaints jumped 26 percent from areas without boundaries to those with “fuzzy” boundaries. As the two sociologists explain, ethnic residential segregation strengthens group identities and claims about ethnically defined group turfs. Mixed areas that are sandwiched between two homogenous communities are particularly prone to conflict because these ‘fuzzy’ boundaries are contested, that is, they foster ambiguities about group turf.

To define neighborhood boundaries, the researchers adopted edge-detection algorithms used in science and engineering, including computer vision and image processing. For instance, engineers developing driverless cars rely on these algorithms to detect the boundaries of objects in order to navigate. They applied these edge-detection algorithms to census data on the makeup of New York City’s neighborhoods, which allowed them to identify boundaries between ethnically homogeneous areas and determine how sharp the boundaries are.

Then, using data from 4.7 million time stamped and geocoded 311 service requests from 2010, the researchers tracked complaint calls to measure neighborhood conflict. Indicators of neighborhood conflict include complaints of a blocked driveway, drinking in public, illegal conversion of residential space (such as short-term renting of living space), and certain noise complaints, including loud music or parties.

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results. 

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news-12690 Tue, 02 May 2017 14:14:48 +0200 Modernization of the federal budget /en/news/news-faculty/modernization-of-the-federal-budget/ Michael Thöne in the German Bundestag Dr. Michael Thöne, Managing Director of the Financial Research Institute at the University of Cologne (FiFo), pleads in the Bundestag for a budgetary investment rule to supplement the debt brake.
More information can be found at the following link (pdf): https://www.bundestag.de/blob/503744/0affb2a94d20ef3f5afc84e31fa79eab/dr--michael-thoene-data.pdf

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news-12686 Tue, 02 May 2017 11:34:34 +0200 Fulbright Scholarship for Flávio Azevedo /en/news/news-faculty/fulbright-scholarship-for-flavio-azevedo/ Congratulations! Flávio Azevedo, a second-year CGS PhD Fellow and a doctoral candidate at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) under the supervision of Prof André Kaiser, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Flávio is going to spend six months at New York University (NYU) and work with distinguished Professor of Political Psychology John Jost (https://psych.nyu.edu/jost/). Flávio's winning research project focusses on the psychological underpinnings of populism and conservatism in the US.

The Fulbright Program is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

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news-12685 Tue, 02 May 2017 10:49:50 +0200 Evaluation of 32 tax concessions /en/news/news-faculty/evaluation-of-32-tax-concessions/ On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance Tax subsidies must prove their usefulness and effectiveness just as much as direct subsidies. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne in cooperation with the ifo Institute Munich, ZEW Mannheim and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT starts evaluating 32 tax concessions in various areas. 

More information about the Institute for Public Economics can be found here.

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news-12678 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:03:42 +0200 Ostrich effect /en/news/news-faculty/ostrich-effect/ A study by Agne Kajackaite on how productive people in dubious organisations are Cologne Graduate School’s former Ph.D student and behavioral economist Agne Kajackaite wanted to know, what effect peoples’ productivity have when they finance dubious organizations through their work. Please read an interview to the study which was carried out at WiSo Faculty in the current issue of Harvard Business Manager.

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news-12394 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:42:15 +0200 New rankings of master’s programmes published at best-masters.com /en/news/news-faculty/new-rankings-of-masters-programmes-published-at-best-masterscom/ WiSo Faculty remains on road to success In April, Eduniversal published new ranking results of master’s programmes at www.best-masters.com. The WiSo faculty does very well again. In the category Taxation at the Top 50 – Global Ranking the faculty is rated 43rd place by facing other master’s programmes of 1.000 business schools worldwide. In the category “Health Management” and “Supply Chain and Logistics”, the faculty is placed 70th at the Top 100 – Global Ranking.

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news-12387 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:35:18 +0200 Johannes Pfeifer: New Professor at WiSo Faculty /en/news/news-faculty/johannes-pfeifer-new-professor-at-wiso-faculty/ Welcome by Dean Prof. Dr. Mellis We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Johannes Pfeifer as a new professor at the WiSo Faculty!  On April 1st, 2017 Johannes Pfeifer joined the Center for Macroeconomic Research at the University Cologne as an Associate Professor for Macroeconomics and has already been welcomed by our Dean Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis.

Before that, he was an assistant professor at the universities of Mannheim and Tübingen. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Bonn. His research focuses on the effects of fiscal policy and on uncertainty-driven business cycles. He is a member of the development team of the open source software Dynare, which allows solving and estimating economic models.

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news-12378 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:29:22 +0200 12th Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue /en/news/news-faculty/12th-cologne-economic-policy-dialogue/ May 15th 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Seminar Building The Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne and the Otto Wolff Stiftung organise the “Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue – Practice Meet Science”:

12th Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue
May 15th 2017, 12.00 - 1.30 pm
Conference Room, Seminar Building

The event is held in German language. It is about the opportunities offered to the electricity market by digitization and its resulting regulatory challenges. The intention of the event is to advance a fruitful exchange between practice and science and to discuss topics with a selected audience. It is open to representatives of associations, entrepreneurs, public sector staff, selected advanced students, teachers and other multipliers.

The speakers are Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, group leader Information and Market Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Barbie Kornelia Haller, Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency). The host is Prof. Dr. Felix Höffler, Director of the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne.

Further information and the application form can be found here.

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news-12370 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:03:17 +0200 Welcoming of first-year students /en/news/news-faculty/welcoming-of-first-year-students/ Welcome gifts for our new students That is a good way to start studying at the WiSo Faculty! Today, first-year students received a great welcome bag with useful information, a coffee-to-go-mug and a notepad. The bag was prepared in cooperation with REWE Group.

We wish our new students a good start in Cologne!

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news-12368 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:43:00 +0200 The REStud Tour 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/the-restud-tour-2017/ Conference, May 8-9, 2017 The Joint Seminar of the Economics Departments in Bonn & Cologne hosts a prestigious conference series this semester:

The REStud Tour 2017
(aka “The Review of Economic Studies May Meetings”)

Date: May 8, 10 am – 3 pm, and May 9, 9 am – 5 pm
Place: Günnewig Hotel Residence, Bonn (Map https://goo.gl/maps/gCnQNMJvddx)

Every year, The Review of Economic Studies selects the most promising job market candidates in the world from economics and finance and invites them to present their research at selected European universities. Since the speakers are promising candidates from the recent job market, they might not be well-known yet, but the experience from previous years has shown that many ‘upcoming stars’ are usually among the speakers of the REStud tour.

The Joint Seminar of the Economics Departments in Bonn & Cologne cordially invites you to participate in this exciting conference! Simply register in advance by using this form.

Note that there will also be possibilities for personal meetings with the speakers!

Information about speaker and the schedule of this year

List of previous participants (which includes, among many others, Raj Chetty, Esther Duflo, David Laibson, Steven Levitt, Thomas Piketty)

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news-12363 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:04:22 +0200 Cologne International Energy Summer (CIES) in Energy and Environmental Economics /en/news/news-faculty/cologne-international-energy-summer-cies-in-energy-and-environmental-economics-1/ Summer School, July 17 – 21, 2017 The Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) invites applications from advanced Master and Ph.D. students for
 
COLOGNE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY SUMMER (CIES)
in Energy and  Environmental Economics
from July 17 to July 21, 2017 in Cologne, Germany.
 
The CIES aims to promote the exchange between distinguished scholars and young researchers in the field of energy and environmental economics, discussing research advances and relevant policy issues. CIES is a summer school with emphasis on scientific interaction and exchange of thoughts. Professor Richard Green (Imperial College, London, UK) and Professor Werner Antweiler (University of British Columbia, Canada) will offer lectures on "Electricity Markets of the Future", "Investment in Electricity Generation and Transmission" and "Renewable Energy Finance and Markets".

Application deadline
: May 31, 2017
More Information: www.ewi.uni-koeln.de/en/themen/ewi-summer-school/

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news-12354 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:52:05 +0200 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/iata-air-cargo-innovation-awards-2017-1/ University of Cologne and Jettainer win Finalist Prize for Combining Artificial Intelligence with Big Data The project “Innovative Decision Support System (DSS) for ULD management” − a joint effort by Jettainer (a subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo AG) and University of Cologne / Prof. Schoder & Team – win the Finalist Prize at the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2017. The presentation and ceremony took place March 16, 2017, in Abu Dhabi, at the 11th IATA World Cargo Symposium. The worldwide IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards aims at encouraging new ideas to enrich customer experience and/ or to improve competitiveness of air logistics.

 

The core of the innovation is a software solution, which Jettainer has developed in conjunction with the University of Cologne. The team from the University of Cologne headed by Professor Detlef Schoder, Department of Information Systems and Information Management, combines Artificial Intelligence with Big Data. The resulting software system significantly improves the management of the 95,000 Unit Load Devices (ULDs), i.e. containers and pallets, from 25 international airlines at about 500 airports around the globe. By continuously collecting and assessing large amounts of data, the system provides controllers with support for decisions on how the ULDs can be moved in the most efficient manner in global flows of traffic. The improved management contributes to significant savings of Kerosine and CO2: Where possible, movements on ground at the airports are preferred over flying in ULDs from remote locations.

 

„The potential of combining Artificial Intelligence with the expertise of human decision makers is very promising. We call it human-machine symbioses. The project is a prime example for it.” so Professor Schoder.

 

The University of Cologne has emerged as one of the winners from the German Excellence Initiative. The area Information Systems headed by Professor Detlef Schoder ranks top according to various research and practitioner criteria. Its premier focus is to enable corporations to cope with challenges of today’s Digital Transformation.

 

Jettainer is the world-leader in ULD management outsourcing services. Based in Raunheim, near Frankfurt Airport, Jettainer’s employees take care of managing an overall fleet of more than 95,000 ULDs for 25 airlines at more than 500 airports throughout the world.

 

A few days later, the same project also won the German Innovation award. Further information on this Award can be found here (in German).

 

Contact for more information:

 

Department of Information Systems and Information Management
Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder
E-Mail: schoder(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Link the the department: www.wim.uni-koeln.de

 

Jettainer GmbH
Martin Kraemer (Head of Marketing & PR)
Link: www.jettainer.com

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news-12351 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:37:40 +0200 New Professor at WiSo Faculty /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-wiso-faculty/ Welcome Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dainis Zegners We warmly welcome Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dainis Zegners as new Professor at WiSo-Faculty! Dainis Zegners was appointed at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne on the 1 April 2017 and has already been welcomed by our Dean Professor Werner Mellis. 

 

Dainis Zegners will work for the Digital Transformation and Value Creation Research Initiative.

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news-12320 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:28:23 +0200 New Professor at the WiSo Faculty: Margarita Protopappa-Sieke /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-wiso-faculty-margarita-protopappa-sieke/ Welcome by Dean Prof. Dr. Mellis We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Margarita Protopappa-Sieke as a professor at the WiSo Faculty! She was appointed at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne on the 1 April 2017 and has already been welcomed by our Dean Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis.

Prof. Dr. Margarita Protopappa-Sieke will work at the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science.

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news-12318 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:36:06 +0200 New at the WiSo Faculty: Michael Stich /en/news/news-faculty/new-at-the-wiso-faculty-michael-stich/ Welcome by Dean Prof. Dr. Mellis We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Michael Stich as a new professor at the WiSo Faculty! Michael Stich was appointed at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne on the 1 April 2017 and has already been welcomed by our Dean Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis.

Prof. Dr. Michael Stich will work in the field Empirical Accounting (Value and Risk).

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news-12316 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:46:44 +0200 Universitäten Bonn und Köln gründen neues Institut /en/news/news-faculty/universitaeten-bonn-und-koeln-gruenden-neues-institut/ Bonn-Cologne Research Institute in Economics (BCecon) Die Universitäten Bonn und Köln haben gemeinsam das Bonn-Cologne Research Institute in Economics (BCecon) gegründet. Die Rektoren der beiden Hochschulen unterzeichneten einen Kooperationsvertrag, der die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Universitäten im Bereich der Wirtschaftswissenschaften auf eine neue Grundlage stellen soll. Das Institut wird zu Ehren des Nobelpreisträgers Reinhard Selten (1930-2016) gegründet und soll von seinen Schülern Prof. Dr. Benny Moldovanu und Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach als Gründungsdirektoren geleitet werden. Das Institut dient der Förderung exzellenter Forschung im Bereich der Wirtschaftswissenschaften.

„Die weltweit renommierte Bonner Ökonomie, die von unserem Nobelpreisträger Reinhard Selten nachhaltig geprägt wurde, gehört seit vielen Jahren zu den Exzellenzbereichen der Bonner Universität“, sagt Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch, Rektor der Bonner Alma mater. „Die Gründung des BCecon-Instituts, gemeinsam mit den ebenfalls erstklassigen Kölner Ökonomen, ist Ausdruck einer engen wissenschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit der WirtschaftswissenschaftlerInnen in Bonn und Köln.“ Es entsteht ein einzigartiges Forschungsinstitut in der Tradition von Reinhard Selten, in dem internationale GastwissenschaftlerInnen und Studierende die aktuellen Herausforderungen der theoretischen und angewandten Wirtschaftsforschung adressieren werden.

„Im BCecon haben sich zwei führende wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Institute zu einem international sichtbaren Flaggschiff zur Erforschung von aktuellen Fragestellungen in Verhaltensökonomie, Wirtschaftstheorie und Marktfunktionen zusammengeschlossen. Die Erfahrung globalen Marktversagens in der letzten Dekade, sowie das Entstehen neuer Märkte und die damit einhergehende Frage nach neuem Regulationsbedarf machen diese Forschung hochaktuell und notwendig“, sagt der Kölner Rektor Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth. Zu den aktuellen Herausforderungen zählt die Analyse drängender gesellschaftlicher Probleme, wie zum Beispiel die Digitalisierung oder der Klimawandel, mithilfe moderner Erkenntnisse aus der Wirtschaftstheorie und Verhaltensökonomik.

In die Forschung des Instituts sollen sowohl erfahrene als auch jüngere SpitzenforscherInnen eingebunden werden, die die aktuelle ökonomische Forschung auf höchstem Niveau vorantreiben sollen. Mit öffentlichen Veranstaltungen wendet sich das BCecon darüber hinaus an interessierte BürgerInnen. Mit einem eigenen Förderprogramm sollen neue Forschungsvorhaben angestoßen werden.

Das Institut wird anlässlich einer Forschungskonferenz zu Ehren von Reinhard Selten am 28. April 2017 in Bonn feierlich eröffnet (www.seltenconference.de).

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news-12314 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:28:09 +0200 Marketing Area Annual Report 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/marketing-area-annual-report-2016/ Now available online! Some detailed insight into the scope of the work during the past twelve months with this 5th edition of the Annual Marketing Area Report.

The Marketing Area at the University of Cologne with Professors Bruno, Fischer, Imschloss, Reinartz, and Völckner — along with its team of post-doctoral researchers, doctoral students, secretarial and student assistants — looks back on a very busy and productive year 2016.


In terms of research, we are excited that the “Digital Transformation and Value Creation” initiative, which is coordinated out of the Marketing Area, constitutes one of the six key research profile areas at the Faculty of Economics, Management, and Social Sciences. Members of the Marketing Area presented their work on digital transformation and related fields at several conferences, including the Winter AMA (American Marketing Association) Conference in Las Vegas, the Annual ISMS Marketing Science Conference in Shanghai, and the Annual Conference of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC) in Oslo. Last but not least, we further strengthened our junior faculty and welcomed two new post-doctoral researchers to our team. The research section of this report provides a summary of this year’s publications, conference presentations, dissertations, awards, and research grants.

 

Click here to download the Marketing Area Report 2016.

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news-12169 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:35:31 +0200 New at the WiSo Faculty: Paul Schempp /en/news/news-faculty/new-at-the-wiso-faculty-paul-schempp/ Welcome by Dean Prof. Dr. Mellis We warmly welcome Jun.-Prof. Dr. Paul Schempp as a new professor at the WiSo Faculty! Paul Schempp was appointed at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne on the 1 April 2017 and has already been welcomed by our Dean Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis. He is now working as Assistant Professor for Economics at the Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR) of the University of Cologne.

After earning his PhD on from Bonn University he worked for two years as a PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn. His main research interest is the theory of financial intermediation and bank regulation.

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news-11631 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:43:42 +0200 C-SEB research grants /en/news/news-faculty/c-seb-research-grants-1/ Application deadline: April 30th 2017 Student Grant
In order to strengthen the link between research and teaching at the UoC and to provide masters students with an opportunity to gain experience in experimental research, C-SEB offers Student Grants of up to 1.500 € for conducting economic or psychological experiments that are connected to the master thesis. The application deadline for the next round is April 30th 2017.

More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Student-Grant.pdf


Junior Start-Up Grant
To provide junior researchers at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences and at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne with an opportunity to pursue their own scientific ideas and to further motivate academic exchange among junior researchers, C-SEB invites applications for the Junior Start-Up Grants. These grants of up to 3.000 € are available for junior researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects.

More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Junior-Start-Up-Grant.pdf


Gender Research Grant
To initiate new research projects on gender related topics, such as gender inequality, gender production, and conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity, C-SEB invites applications for the Gender Research Grants. These grants of up to 4.000 € are available for researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects approaching gender from a behavioral economics or social cognition perspective.


More information: http://c-seb.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/C-SEB-Gender-Research-Grant.pdf


More information about C-SEB grants: http://c-seb.de/en/grants/
Contact: Dr. Dominic Akyel, c-seb(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-11609 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:53:18 +0200 Professor Ockenfels im Beirat zum Thema Klimawandel /en/news/news-faculty/professor-ockenfels-im-beirat-zum-thema-klimawandel/ Berufung durch Bundesumweltministerin Barbara Hendricks

Bundesumweltministerin Barbara Hendricks hat Professor Axel Ockenfels von der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln in einen internationalen Beirat berufen. Dieser Beirat begleitet das OECD Projekt “Growth, Investment and the Low Carbon Transition: Constructing a Climate-Resilient Future for the G20” im Rahmen der deutschen G20 Präsidentschaft. In dem Vorhaben werden Herausforderungen und Lösungsvorschläge bei der Bekämpfung des Klimawandels erarbeitet. Der Beirat ist mit 14 hochrangigen Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft aus den G20 Staaten besetzt. 

Axel Ockenfels befasst sich mit der Ausgestaltung von Märkten und ökonomischer Verhaltensforschung und dabei unter anderem mit der Frage, wie Klimaverhandlungen aussehen müssten, damit es zu internationaler Kooperation kommt. 

Siehe auch: http://www.oecd.org/environment/g20-climate.htm.   

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news-11575 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:36:48 +0100 Rankings of AIS 8 /en/news/news-faculty/rankings-of-ais-8/ 3rd rank in Germany! The Association for Information Systems (AIS) is an umbrella organisation for Information Systems. The rankings of AIS 8 (Journals: EJIS, ISJ, ISR, JAIS, JMIS, MISQ, JSIS, JIT), based on the years between 2012-2016, show rank 68 for the University of Cologne worldwide. With the selection "Europe, Africa, Middle East" and the years 2012-2016, the University of Cologne ranks 11th and within Germany, the University of Cologne reaches the 3rd rank.

Source: https://myvisionresearch.com/rankings/

More information about our School's ranking positions can be found here: "Rankings" on our website.

 

List of abbreviations/ Journals "AIS 8":

EJIS: European Journal of Information Systems 

ISJ: Information Systems Journal

ISR: Information Systems Research

JAIS: Journal of the Association for Information Systems

JMIS: Journal of Management Information Systems

MISQ: Management Information Systems Quarterly

JSIS: The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

JIT: Journal of Information Technology 

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news-11552 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:46:34 +0100 Project proposal by Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz at the German Research Foundation approved /en/news/news-faculty/project-proposal-by-prof-dr-matthias-pilz-at-the-german-research-foundation-approved/ Chair of economics and business education The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences is very pleased to announce the grant of a project proposal at the German Research Foundation (DFG) by Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz. Prof. Pilz is one of three managers of the Institute for Vocational, Economic and Social Education and chair holder at the chair of the economics and business. Project partner is the Institute of Education in London. The project is dated until 2018 and examines effects of technical and procedural standardization on employees’ training within the aviation industry in Germany and the United Kingdom.

More Information on the Institute for Vocational, Economic and Social Education can be found here.

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news-11548 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:24:43 +0100 Expensive taxi rides for business travellers /en/news/news-faculty/expensive-taxi-rides-for-business-travellers/ Taxi rides as business trips are more expensive than private trips We have all seen it: When you arrive in a unfamiliar city, you need a taxi driver and his local knowledge. Sometimes you supect the driver not to charge you correctly for the ride. This suspicion may be true says Professor. Dr. Matthias Sutter, chair in Economics: Design and Bahavior and his colleagues Loukas Balafoutas and Rudolf Kerschbamer of the University Innsbruck in their current study.

In a field experiment in the market for taxi rides the researchers investigate a phenomenon called second-degree moral hazard – the tendency of the supply side in a market to react to anticipated moral hazard on the demand side by increasing the extent or price of the service. The moral hazard manipulation consists of some passengers explicitly stating that their expenses will be reimbursed. This has a strong positive effect on the likelihood and the amount of overcharging and consequently increases consumer expenditure. The results suggest that second-degree moral hazard may have a severe impact on the provision of credence goods.

The study "Second-Degree Moral Hazard in a Real-World Credence Goods Market“ is published in The Economic Journal 127, February 2017. DOI: 10.111/ecoj.12260.


Contact
Professor Dr. Matthias Sutter
Phone: +49 (0) 221-470 1136
E-Mail: matthias.sutter@wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-11533 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:27:14 +0100 Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung /en/news/news-faculty/hochschultage-berufliche-bildung/ Tagung an der Universität zu Köln Vom 13. bis 15. März 2017 ermöglichen die „Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung“ einen Dialog von Expertinnen und Experten der Berufsbildungsforschung aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis. Das Thema der Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung 2017 lautet: Respektive - Bilanz und Zukunftsperspektive der Integration durch Bildung, Arbeit und Beruf in der Region. Wir freuen uns, dass die Hochschultage zu diesem spannenden Thema in Köln stattfinden. Die Rahmenbedingungen der Fachtagungen und Workshops des Jahres 2017 werden durch das Institut für Berufs-, Wirtschafts-und Sozialpädagogik der Universität zu Köln geschaffen.

In den 19. Hochschultagen Berufliche Bildung 2017 werden 17 Fachtagungen und 15 Workshops angeboten, zu denen rund 1000 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer erwartet werden.

Schirmherrin der „19. Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung“ in Köln ist Sylvia Löhrmann, Ministerin für Schule und Weiterbildung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Die Ministerin und der Präsident des Bundesinstituts für Berufliche Bildung Herr Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser werden auf der Eröffnungsveranstaltung am 13. März 2017 ab 17.00 Uhr zu den aktuellen Entwicklungen in der beruflichen Bildung im Hörsaal I vortragen.

Näheres zum Programm erfahren Sie auf der Website der Tagung: http://www.htbb-2017.uni-koeln.de/

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news-11516 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:06:44 +0100 New professor at the Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-faculty-for-economics-and-social-sciences-1/ Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis welcomes Prof. Dr. Nicole Naeve-Stoß Nicole Naeve-Stoß is professor of Business Education and Management Training at the University of Cologne since March 2017. Previously, she has been a full professor at the University of Siegen with a focus on school and teaching development in vocational education and training as well as inclusion in vocational education and training. She earned her doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Afterwards, she had a postdoctoral position at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Her current research topics focus on Curriculum Development, Teaching-Learning Processes in Vocational Education and Training as well as Teacher Education. Her key teaching activities include business didactics and the accompaniment of students in the context of school practice.

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news-11504 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 14:47:53 +0100 Webrelaunch /en/news/news-faculty/webrelaunch/ Fakultäts-Website in neuem Design Wir freuen uns, die WiSo-Fakultäts-Website im neuen Design präsentieren zu können! Die Website wurde somit an die aktuellen technologischen Standards angepasst und ist nun auch auf Tablets und Smartphones in speziellen angepassten Mobil-Versionen verfügbar.

Im Bereich "Studium" wurde außerdem die Struktur optimiert: Mit wenigen Klicks navigieren Nutzerinnen und Nutzer der neuen Website jetzt zu den Inhalten, die für sie relevant sind. So soll die Informationssuche erleichtert werden. Multimediale Inhalte ergänzen die Website. Wir hoffen, dass Ihnen die neue Website gefällt - klicken Sie sich durch! Über Feedback und Anregungen freuen wir uns unter der Emailadresse: wiso-news(at)uni-koeln.de

 

Weitere Informationen zum neuen Design finden Sie auf den Seiten der Universität zu Köln.

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news-11480 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:07:55 +0100 Axel Ockenfels is a new council member of the ZEW /en/news/news-faculty/axel-ockenfels-is-a-new-council-member-of-the-zew/ ZEW Scientific Advisory Council On 15 February 2017, the ZEW Scientific Advisory Council met for the first time this year. Professor Axel Ockenfels was appointed new council member. He is a professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Cologne, as well as the founder of the Cologne Laboratory for Economic Research. His main research areas are market design, game theory, behavioural economics and experimental economics.

The Scientific Advisory Council monitors and reviews ZEW's work and plays a significant role in the quality assurance of the institute's actvities regarding research and economic policy advice.

You will find further information on: www.zew.de

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news-11471 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:33:25 +0100 Support for refugees in wealthy Hamburg neighbourhood /en/news/news-faculty/support-for-refugees-in-wealthy-hamburg-neighbourhood/ Study shows that initial fears of residents could be dispersed Harvestehude is one of the wealthier areas of Hamburg, the big harbour city in northern Germany. Last year, there was an outcry when plans for a refugee shelter in Harvestehude became public. In the meantime, emotions have cooled and the neighbourhood has accepted its new inhabitants surprisingly well, a survey shows.


One year ago, 190 refugees moved into a shelter on Sophienstrasse in the wealthy Hamburg neighbourhood of Harvestehude. This move was preceded by successful lawsuits of residents against the influx of refugees into their neighbourhood. In the end, the litigators settled for a compromise: instead of the planned 220, only 190 refugees would move into the refurbished former military district recruiting office. How do residents assess the situation today? Professor Jürgen Friedrichs and his two colleagues Felix Leßke and Vera Schwarzenberg from the University of Cologne’s Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology explored this question in a survey of 279 residents. They found out that

  • the majority of respondents (83.1 %) believes that the shelter has advantages in the neighbourhood;
  • two thirds (73.4%) have a positive attitude towards the shelter;
  • only few people (9.0%) fear the depreciation of their neighbourhood, that the area will become unsafe (5.7%) or that there will be more conflicts (5.4%);
  • approximately one fourth (23.3%) believe it is good that the residents of this wealthy neighbourhood are being confronted with the reality of the refugees;
  • two thirds are not fearful of the influx of an even greater number of refugees to Germany,
  • only 24% have any direct contact with refugees, in some cases through the refugee aid initiative ‘Flüchtlingsinitiative Harvestehude’.

Residents tend not to believe that the refugees pose an economic threat, but they do perceive a cultural threat (34.5% and 51.7%, respectively).

Particularly in light of the numerous protests in Hamburg, the study concludes that accommodating a small number of refugees in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood or a wealthy neighbourhood is relatively unproblematic. It appears likely that the activities of ‘Flüchtlingsinitiative Harvestehude’ contributed to this success.

The research project will continue until the end of 2018. It is being funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

A detailed report is available upon request from Jürgen Friedrichs.

Contact:
Professor Jürgen Friedrichs
Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology
University of Cologne
friedrichs(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de
Phone: +49 221 470 2409
Mobile: +49 173 704 5007

Felix Leßke/Vera Schwarzenberg
Phone: +49 221 470 5658

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news-11463 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:11:30 +0100 Circle of Excellence in Marketing /en/news/news-faculty/circle-of-excellence-in-marketing-4/ Bewerbungsphase bis zum 15. März 2017 Der „Circle of Excellence in Marketing“ ist ein einjähriges Programm, das gemeinsam von den Lehrstühlen von Professor Fischer und Professor Reinartz von der Universität zu Köln in Zusammenarbeit mit fünf weiteren Marketinglehrstühlen der Universitäten Münster und FU Berlin angeboten wird. Es ist gezielt darauf ausgerichtet, die Studierenden auf interessante Managementaufgaben in international agierenden Unternehmen vorzubereiten. Teilnehmer des Circle of Excellence nehmen im Rahmen des angebotenen Programmes unter anderem an vielseitigen Workshops von Partnerunternehmen teil.

Die Bewerbungsphase für das Programm „Circle of Excellence in Marketing“ 2017/2018 läuft noch bis zum 15. März 2017.

Weitere Informationen zum Programm und zum Bewerbungsprozedere finden Sie auf www.circle-of-excellence-marketing.de/

Senden Sie bitte Ihre aussagekräftigen Bewerbungsunterlagen (Anschreiben, Lebenslauf, Notenübersicht, Zeugnisse) an Samuel Stäbler (Email: staebler(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de).

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news-11457 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:27:21 +0100 Memorial conference in honor of Reinhard Selten (1930-2016) /en/news/news-faculty/memorial-conference-in-honor-of-reinhard-selten-1930-2016-1/ Friday, April 28th 2017 in Bonn The University of Bonn and the University of Cologne are hosting a memorial conference in honor of Reinhard Selten (1930-2016) and his outstanding contributions to Economics.

The aim is to bring together renowned speakers presenting work connected to or inspired by Selten’s research. The conference will take place on Friday, April 28th 2017 at the Günnewig Hotel Bristol in Bonn, Germany.

For further information and registration, please see www.seltenconference.de

About Prof Dr. Dr. Reinhard Selten

Reinhard Selten was a pioneer of the analysis of strategic interaction of both fully rational players (game theory) and boundedly rational humans (experimental economics). From 1984 until his death in 2016, he was associated with the University of Bonn, where he established one of the first experimental laboratories in economics. In 1994, Selten was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, together with John Harsanyi and John Nash, for their pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games.

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news-11449 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:10:00 +0100 Did you know that people who strive to always choose the best are happy – in a different way? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-people-who-strive-to-always-choose-the-best-are-happy-in-a-different-way/ New study by the ISS-researcher Michail Kokkoris People vary in how much they want to make the best possible choice in various everyday situations. In psychology, people who strive to make the best choice and do not settle for second best are called “maximizers”, whereas people who make a choice as soon as they find an option that is acceptable and meets some basic criteria are called “satisficers”. A question that arises is: Are those who always seek the best and refuse to lower their standards happier in life? Or is that perhaps a recipe for misery, since they have to live with the doubt that they could have done better by searching more? For long, it has been assumed that maximizers are less happy than satisficers because the thought that there might be something better out there never lets maximizers enjoy life. 

Now, adding to emerging research challenging this assumption, a new study by ISS researcher Michail Kokkoris proposes that in order to investigate whether maximizers are indeed unhappy we need to distinguish between two types of happiness. On the one hand, happiness might mean to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Therefore, experiencing much more positive than negative emotions might be a way to be happy. This type of happiness is called hedonic happiness. On the other hand, pursuing pleasure might not be the only way to be happy. Alternatively, happiness might mean to realize one’s potential and pursue self-fulfillment. For example, a person might be happy by engaging in activities that are personally meaningful and self-expressive, such as improving one’s skills, acquiring new knowledge, or volunteering. Such activities may not be pleasurable on their own right but imbue people’s lives with meaning and motivate them to use their full potential. This type of happiness is called eudaimonic happiness.

So far, research on maximizing and happiness has neglected eudaimonic happiness. However, a more complete answer to the question whether maximizers are indeed less happy than satisficers would require assessing both types of happiness – not only hedonic, but also eudaimonic. Results of two empirical studies showed that maximizers scored higher on eudaimonic happiness than satisficers. This research challenges the long-held assumption that maximizers are unhappy. Although maximizers may not be happier than satisficers in terms of experiencing more pleasure and positive emotions, they definitely lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. In sum, striving to optimize one’s choices in life may provide people with opportunities to flourish. This might not be necessarily associated with more pleasure – but it is clearly associated with meaning and self-fulfillment, which are also important aspects of human happiness. 

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news-11444 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:06:34 +0100 Power Your Life – spannende Projektaufträge in Unternehmen /en/news/news-faculty/power-your-life-spannende-projektauftraege-in-unternehmen/ "Endlich in die Praxis!" mit Power Your Life im Sommersemester 2017 Unter dem Motto "Wissenschaft trifft Wirtschaft" bietet Ihnen die Veranstaltungsreihe „Power Your Life“ die Möglichkeit, Praxiserfahrung in realen Unternehmensprojekten zu sammeln. Arbeiten Sie gemeinsam in kleinen Studierendengruppen an realen Projektaufträgen von Unternehmen und sammeln dabei CreditPoints im Studium Integrale. Die Projekte werden in Kooperation mit folgenden Unternehmen und Institutionen ermöglicht, die insgesamt 21 Projekte für Sie anbieten:

  • apoBank - Deutsche Apotheker und Ärztebank
  • Decathlon GmbH
  • Deloitte.
  • FlowFact  GmbH
  • Ford-Werke GmbH
  • Galeria Kaufhof
  • KPMG AG
  • OBI GmbH & Co KG
  • OSCAR GmbH
  • rhenag – Rheinische Energie AG
  • Stadt Köln


Bearbeiten Sie spannende und vielseitige Projektaufträge im Unternehmen!
Die Projekte setzen einen unterschiedlichen Studienfokus, werden von Mentor_innen aus den Unternehmen begleitet und ermöglichen Ihnen Kontakt zu Personalverantwortlichen. Neben den semesterbegleitenden Projektarbeiten bieten die Auftakt- und Abschlussveranstaltung einen Einblick und Kontakt in die Welt der Praxis.

Anmeldung
Die Anmeldung erfolgt über einen Motivationsfragebogen welchen Sie bitte bis zum 07.04.2017 an folgende E-Mail-Adresse schicken: professionalcenter-pyl(at)uni-koeln.de.

Das ProfessionalCenter entscheidet in Abstimmung mit den jeweiligen Unternehmen und Institutionen über Ihre Zuteilung zu einem Projekt. Die Ergebnisse werden Ihnen per Email bekannt gegeben.

Nähere Informationen zu den Projekten und der Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

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news-11387 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:10:17 +0100 Universitätspreis 2016 in der Kategorie Lehre und Studium an Claudius Mandel /en/news/news-faculty/universitaetspreis-2016-in-der-kategorie-lehre-und-studium-an-claudius-mandel/ Verleihung im Rahmen des Neujahrsempfangs des Rektors Der Rektor der Universität zu Köln, Professor Dr. Axel Freimuth, hat am 24. Januar 2017 zum Jahresempfang in die Aula der Universität zu Köln geladen. Im Rahmen der Veranstaltung hat der Rektor die Menschen ausgezeichnet, die sich im vergangenen Jahr um die Universität verdient gemacht haben. In den Kategorien „Forschung“, „Lehre und Studium“ und „Verwaltung“ wurde der Universitätspreis verliehen.

Claudius Mandel, Doktorand am Lehrstuhl für Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte, erhielt als Anerkennung seines Engagements in der Entwicklung eines innovativen Lehrformats für die Lehrveranstaltung „Orientierung und Reflexion: Eine Dialogwerkstatt“ im Wintersemester 2015/2016 den Universitätspreis im Bereich „Lehre und Studium“. Die Laudatio wurde von Philipp Thimm, Studierender der WiSo-Fakultät, gehalten.

 

Orientierung und Reflexion: Eine Dialogwerkstatt

Ziel des Förderprojekts im Rahmen der universitären Ausschreibung „Innovation in der Lehre“ war die Auseinandersetzung mit zentralen gesellschaftsrelevanten Grundbegriffen, Fragestellungen und Konzepten der Moderne.  Im Wintersemester 2015/2016 ging es um Themen, wie „Was meint Gutes Leben?“, „Was ist Gerechtigkeit?“ und „Was bedeutet Freundschaft?“. Diese Themen entstammten einer Umfrage unter 250 Studierenden der Universität zu Köln. Damit knüpfte das Vorhaben an konkret vorhandene Interessen seitens der Studierenden an und hat zur eigenen Reflexion eingeladen.

„Lernen durch Verstehen“ war das durchgängige Prinzip: Jedes Thema stand vier Wochen lang im Fokus der Bearbeitung. Das Seminar wechselte dabei zwischen Input-Dialogen und Lektürekursen.

Innovative Impulse lieferte das Projekt in zweifacher Hinsicht:

  1. Thematisch innovativ war die Möglichkeit, fakultätsübergreifend, interdisziplinär und interkulturell, also mehrperspektivisch und nicht nur aus dem Blickwinkel einer Fachrichtung, grundlegende gesellschaftsrelevante Fragen zu diskutieren.
  2. Didaktische Innovation:
    Die Studierenden waren  im Sinne eines „Bottom-Up-Ansatzes“ an der Inhaltskonzeption der Veranstaltung beteiligt. Ihre Interessen standen im Mittelpunkt des Konzepts. Während der Veranstaltung stand das „Primat der Frage“ und damit die Förderung der Interaktion der Studierenden untereinander sowie mit der Seminarleitung und den Gästen im Vordergrund.
    Die Input-Dialoge verfolgten durch eine simultane Erarbeitung praktischer und theoretischer Orientierung einen integralen Ansatz - „Lernen durch Verstehen“: Über Beispiele, Gedankenexperimente und Gleichnisse, die der Erfahrungsrealität der Studierenden entlehnt waren, wurden in jedem Input-Dialog Situationen geschaffen, die Studierende dazu ermutigten, reale Problemstellungen selbständig zu reflektieren. Die Themen der Input-Dialoge wurden schließlich jeweils durch die Präsentation zentraler wissenschaftlicher Ansätze in diesen Feldern theoretisch fundiert.


Die Projektlaufzeit war zwei Semester lang - von Oktober 2015 bis September 2016 und lag im Verantwortungsbereich von Professor Dr. Wolfgang Leidhold, Lehrstuhl für Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

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news-11385 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:00:46 +0100 Dr. Markus Dertwinkel-Kalt ins Junge Kolleg aufgenommen /en/news/news-faculty/dr-markus-dertwinkel-kalt-ins-junge-kolleg-aufgenommen/ Bedeutende Auszeichnung für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler Dr. Markus Dertwinkel-Kalt vom Staatswissenschaftlichen Seminar wurde neben Dr. Sabine Disch, Nachwuchsgruppenleiterin im Department für Chemie der Universität zu Köln, in das Junge Kolleg der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste aufgenommen. Die Aufnahme in das Junge Kolleg gehört zu den bedeutendsten Auszeichnungen für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Seit 2007 wurden bisher insgesamt 106 Kollegiatinnen und Kollegiaten aufgenommen.

Dr. Markus Dertwinkel-Kalt (Jahrgang 1987) studierte von 2006 – 2011 zunächst Mathematik mit Nebenfach Physik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität (HHU) Düsseldorf. In dieser Zeit verbrachte er ein Auslandssemester an der ETH Zürich. Seine Masterarbeit in Topologie fertigte er 2010–2011 an der FU Berlin an, wo er zusätzlich das Studium der Volkswirtschaftslehre aufnahm. Nach seinem Masterabschluss in Mathematik (2011) studierte er an der HHU Philosophie (mit Nebenfach Germanistik). 2013 schloss er den Bachelor-Studiengang ab. Von 2011 bis 2015 promovierte er am Düsseldorf Institute of Competition Economics (DICE) in Volkswirtschaftslehre. In dieser Zeit forschte er als Gastdoktorand an der NHH Bergen, der CEU Budapest sowie am Royal Holloway College in London. Seit November 2015 lehrt und forscht er als Akademischer Rat auf Zeit an der Universität zu Köln. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in der Verhaltens- sowie der Industrieökonomik

Das Junge Kolleg

Zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in NRW wurde im Jahre 2006 das Junge Kolleg gegründet, anfangs mit finanzieller Unterstützung der Stiftung Mercator und seit 2014 getragen durch das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen. In das Junge Kolleg können bis zu 30 herausragende junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aller Fachrichtungen für jeweils vier Jahre berufen werden. Im Jahr 2015 ist zum ersten Mal auch ein Künstler in das Junge Kolleg berufen worden.

Im Jungen Kolleg wird den Mitgliedern eine interdisziplinäre Plattform zum Austausch und zur gemeinsamen Erarbeitung kritischer Bewertung gesellschaftlich relevanter Fragen geboten.

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news-11382 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:20:36 +0100 Vortrag: "Das Problem der deutsch-polnischen Grenze nach dem II. Weltkrieg" /en/news/news-faculty/vortrag-das-problem-der-deutsch-polnischen-grenze-nach-dem-ii-weltkrieg/ Gastvortrag mit Dr. Mariusz Kozerski Am Mittwoch, den 08. Februar, veranstaltet das Cologne Center for Comparative Politics einen Gastvortrag zum Thema "Das Problem der deutsch-polnischen Grenze nach dem II. Weltkrieg" mit  Dr. Mariusz Kozerski, Assistenzprofessor an der Universität Wroclaw/Polen. Der Vortrag findet von 16:00 - 17:00 Uhr im Hörsaal S13 im Seminargebäude der Universität zu Köln statt. Der Eintritt ist frei. Um Anmeldung wird unter cccp-sekretariat(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de gebeten.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Webseite des Cologne Center for Comparative Politics.

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news-11380 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:40:13 +0100 Horizont-Förderpreis 2017 an Dr. Alexander Edeling /en/news/news-faculty/horizont-foerderpreis-2017-an-dr-alexander-edeling/ Preisverleihung im Rahmen des Deutschen Medienkongresses Im Rahmen des Deutschen Medienkongresses 2017 wurde am Dienstag, den 17. Januar 2017 der Horizont Award unter anderem an Dr. Alexander Edeling, Seminar für ABWL, Marketing und Marktforschung, für seine Dissertation  “Essays on Strategic Marketing Behavior and its Financial Performance Implications“ verliehen.

Der Award wird jedes Jahr von der Hoizont-Stiftung vergeben und erfolgt in Form von Förderpreisen, Stipendien oder Forschungszuschüssen. Das Ziel der Stiftung ist die Förderung der Aus- und Fortbildung von Nachwuchskräften sowie von Wissenschaft und Forschung der Kommunikations-, Medien- und Werbeindustrie in den Bereichen Marketing, Media, Kreation und neue Medien.

Dr. Alexander Edeling ist seit 2011 am Seminar für ABWL, Marketing und Marktforschung und erhielt seinen Doktorgrad im Jahre 2016.

Dissertation “Essays on Strategic Marketing Behavior and its Financial Performance Implications“

Das Ziel dieser kumulativen Dissertation besteht in der Ableitung neuer und der Infragestellung bestehender empirischer Generalisierungen hinsichtlich Beziehungen und Phänomene des strategischen Marketings. Zwei der drei Aufsätze untersuchen den Einfluss wichtiger Marketingkonstrukte wie Marketingaktivitäten, Marketing Assets und Marktanteil auf die finanzielle Unternehmensperformance mit Hilfe meta-analytischer Ansätze. Der dritte Aufsatz beschäftigt sich mit der Frage, welche Entscheidungsmethoden Unternehmen verwenden, wenn sie ihre Marketingkommunikationsbudgets auf ihre Produkte verteilen. Mithin trägt die Dissertation zum wissenschaftlichem Erkenntnisgewinn im Hinblick auf die zwei fundamentalen Fragestellungen des strategischen Marketings gemäß Varadarajan (2010, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science) bei: (1) „Wie lassen sich Unterschiede in der Markt- und finanziellen Performance von konkurrierenden Marken/Produktlinien/Unternehmen erklären?“ und (2) „Wie lassen sich Unterschiede im Marketingverhalten von konkurrierenden Unternehmen erklären?“

Weitere Information zum Horizont-Förderpreis finden Sie hier.
 

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news-9650 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0100 Prof. Dr. Wolf Ketter is the new director at the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-wolf-ketter-is-the-new-director-at-the-institute-of-energy-economics-at-the-university-of/ Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth: „A luminary in the field of digitisation” Professor Dr. Wolf Ketter has been appointed as third director of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI). Together with the two former directors Professor Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge and Professor Dr. Felix Höffler, he will preside the institute.

Rector of the University of Cologne, Professor Dr. Axel Freimuth: “Wolf Ketter is a luminary in the field of digitisation and the use of data. His appointment to Cologne is a great success for the university as well as the EWI and will give new impetus to the energy research at the university. “

Currently, Wolf Ketter is professor for Next Generation Information Systems at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). He is known as a leading expert in the fields “big data” and “learning systems” worldwide.

Professor Ketter’s research areas

Professor Ketter founded the Erasmus Center for Future Energy Business in Rotterdam. In the field of energy, important research areas of Professor Ketter include algorithms for charging electric vehicles, smart control systems for distribution networks or optimisation of distributed, linked electricity/heating systems.

On 1 February, he moves to an information systems chair at the University of Cologne. He will continue his research stay at the University of California in Berkeley until summer 2017. At the same time of his appointment as professor at the University of Cologne he will become director of the EWI.

Digitisation of energy industry

With Wolf Ketter, the EWI expands its competences by the increasingly important area of digitisation in the energy industry. Already in recent years, the EWI developed detailed models of decentralised systems for the energy, heating and traffic sector. Directed by Professor Ketter, this branch of research will be deepened and expanded. Important first steps are the research initiative “digitisation” and a study on the subject “requirements of e-mobility to the energy management infrastructure”. Both projects are conducted together with partner companies in the energy sector.

Pleasant anticipation of future collaboration

Current EWI directors Professor Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge and Professor Dr. Felix Höffler are looking forward to work with Professor Ketter. “For many years, the EWI is one of the leading institutions for the analysis of energy markets and energy politics. Decentralisation and digitisation will characterise the transformation of the energy system significantly.

Therefore, multidisciplinary collaboration between information systems and economic research becomes even more important. With Wolf Ketter, we can tackle this jointly at the EWI.”, Professor Höffler comments. Professor Bettzüge adds: “The combination of digital competence and energy economic expertise, achieved by Wolf Ketter’s entry into the EWI, is outstanding. With a focus on the increasing decentralisation of the energy industry, the EWI will support policy maker in politics and economy even better.

Also president of the Society of Benefactors of the EWI, Dr. Marie-Luise Wolff-Hertwig is pleased about the appointment of Professor Dr. Wolf Ketter: “Considering the diverse challenges of the energy industry due to digitisation and big data, we are thrilled to win Professor Ketter, a world-renowned expert in that field, for the EWI”, chairwoman of the Entega AG said. 

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news-9651 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:12:45 +0100 "The Power of Pricing: How to get it right?" /en/news/news-faculty/the-power-of-pricing-how-to-get-it-right/ Gastvortrag im Rahmen der Vorlesung "Concepts of Marketing Mix Management" Am Dienstag, 24. Januar 2017, wird der Gastdozent Karl-Hubertus Gruber, Partner bei Homburg & Partner (Düsseldorf), im Rahmen der Bachelorvorlesung "Concepts of Marketing Mix Management" einen Vortrag zur Preisgestaltung geben.

Der Titel des Gastvortrags lautet "The Power of Pricing: How to get it right? A case study from the healthcare industry".

 

Zeit: Dienstag, 24. Januar 2017, 16:00 - 17:30 Uhr, Hörsaal C, Hörsaalgebäude

 

Mehr zu Karl-Hubertus Gruber erfahren Sie auf der folgenden Website: http://www.homburg-partner.com/de/partner/karl-hubertus-gruber/

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news-7928 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:32:19 +0100 New professor at the Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-faculty-for-economics-and-social-sciences/ Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis welcomes Prof. Dr. Eldad Davidov Prof. Dr. Eldad Davidov, is professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research and Statistics at the University of Cologne since October 2016. Eldad Davidov has been president of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) since 2015. His research interests concentrate on quantitative methods and empirical social research, cross-cultural comparisons, structural equation modeling, longitudinal survey data, attitudes and values, and rational choice theories.

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news-7926 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:08:56 +0100 New professor at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-faculty-of-economics-and-social-sciences/ Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis welcomes Prof. Dr. Sven-Oliver Proksch Sven-Oliver Proksch is Professor for European Politics at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science since January. He comes to Cologne from McGill University in Montreal, where he was associate professor and co-director of the European Union Centre of Excellence. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Mannheim. His research interests include political representation in Europe, parliamentary politics, and quantitative text analysis.

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news-7910 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:16:25 +0100 Information day at the WiSo Faculty /en/news/news-faculty/information-day-at-the-wiso-faculty/ Saturday, 14th of January Get in touch with the WiSo Faculty’s Master’s programmes: On Saturday, 14th of January, the information day on Master’s programmes at the WiSo Faculty will take place. Learn everything about the Master’s programmes at our faculty and ask your questions in a personal chat.

Between 10:00 and 15:00 we offer a versatile programme which aims to familiarise you with one of the scientifically renowned faculties for economics and social sciences in Europe and its Master’s programmes. Subsequently to individual presentations, our team is pleased to answer your individual questions. Between 12:00 and 15:00, we invite you to an information fair in the WiSo -building, where representatives of important institutions and programmes will welcome you. Further information can be found in this document (PDF, in German).

Learn about your opportunities for personal and professional development at the WiSo Faculty! We look forward to seeing you! 

Your team of the WiSo Student Service

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news-7889 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:05:39 +0100 Passen ökonomische Modelle in die Realität? /en/news/news-faculty/passen-oekonomische-modelle-in-die-realitaet/ Artikel von Axel Ockenfels in der FAZ In dem Artikel "Die Ökonomik im Realitätscheck“ erörtert Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels inwieweit ökonomische Modelle die Wirklichkeit widerspiegeln. "Ökonomen haben für fast jedes Phänomen ein passendes Modell – und auch für das Gegenteil.“, so Ockenfels. Unterschiedliche Problemstellungen könnten nicht nur auf Basis theoretischer Erklärungsmodelle gelöst werden: Sie benötigen auch einen Realitätscheck für den man Daten braucht, die in der heutigen Zeit eher im Überfluss vorhanden sind.

Die Nachfrage nach Verhaltensdaten steigt
Durch die Vielzahl der Daten hat sich der Anspruch an die Forschung bei der Entwicklung von Modellen geändert. Mehr und mehr werden datengestützte Modelle mit plausiblen Verhaltensannahmen gefordert. Aus diesem Grund steigt die Nachfrage an Verhaltensdaten an, die mithilfe von Experimenten in Laboratorien, Feldexperimenten und Umfragen erhoben werden sowie durch digitalen Daten aus dem Internet. "Mit jedem verfügbaren Datenpunkt steigt das Potential für ein besseres Verständnis ökonomischen und sozialen Verhaltens“, ist Ockenfels überzeugt.

Der Ökonom als Ingenieur
Seit einigen Jahren bildet sich gewissermaßen ein Ingenieurzweig unter den Ökonomen heraus, die erfolgreich Problemlösungen in der Wirtschaft erarbeiten, wie Design neuer ökonomischer Mechanismen und Reparatur fehlgeschlagener Märkte. Das führt dazu, dass Tech-Unternehmen mit Ihrer Masse an Daten, wie zum Beispiel Airbnb, Amazon, ebay oder Facebook, Ökonomen beauftragen damit Verhaltensprognosen, Preisstrategien etc. zu erstellen. Dabei wird die Wirtschaftswissenschaft durch die Informatik unterstützt, die bei großen Datenmengen Verhalten besser untersuchen kann als ökonomische Methoden. "Maschinelles Lernen erkennt Muster und Korrelationen“, so Ockenfels, es sei jedoch in der Prognose begrenzt. Unternehmerische Innovation und politische Intervention könnten so nicht beurteilt werden.

Experimente werden auch außerhalb der Wirtschaft immer beliebter, wie zum Beispiel im Bereich Gesundheit, Mitarbeitermotivation, Klimaschutz und Bildung. Axel Ockenfels meint dazu: "Es hat sich bei den wirtschaftlichen und politischen Entscheidungsträgern herumgesprochen, dass das Zusammenspiel von Experiment und Theorie nicht nur der Wissenschaft, sondern auch der Wirtschaftspraxis Erkenntnisgewinne verspricht.“

Er kommt schließlich zum Fazit, dass immer mehr Ökonomen den Realitätscheck suchen. Sie arbeiten sich mit Wissenschaftlern aus benachbarten Disziplinen durch immer größere Datenmengen und stellen sich komplexen realen Problemstellungen, um ein detailreiches Bild der Wirtschaft zu bekommen.


Der Artikel "Die Ökonomik im Realitätscheck“ von Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels erschien am 27. Dezember 2016 in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung Nr. 302, auf S. 18 im Bereich Wirtschaft.

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news-7884 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:35:30 +0100 Did you know that the previously unemployed benefit the most from entering retirement? /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-the-previously-unemployed-benefit-the-most-from-entering-retirement/ Study by Martin Wetzel, Oliver Huxhold und Clemens Tesch-Römer (DZA) It is often assumed that retirement changes life circumstances drastically. Therefore, retirement is also called a “critical life event”. However, previous research showed no clear findings – some studies found an increase in life satisfaction, others found a decrease, and further studies found no changes in life satisfaction at all.


ISS researcher Martin Wetzel and his colleagues Oliver Huxhold and Clemens Tesch-Römer from the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) recently analyzed data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP). This data set was used to track changes in life satisfaction from six years prior to eight years after retirement transition for more than 3,300 men and women.


The authors show in their study that people who had been unemployed prior to retirement were more satisfied with their life after retirement than before. In contrast, people who had been working prior retirement showed only minor increases in life satisfaction. The researchers understand this finding as indication that retirement is a socially accepted and predictable life event. For people who had been working, retirement was not associated with major changes in social status. However, people who had been previously out of work perceived retirement status as a relief from the stigma of being “unemployed.”


Additionally, the study finds that in the first eight years after retirement, people with higher education were more successful in maintaining their life satisfaction than people with lower education. The scientists interpret higher life satisfaction as ability to successfully establish new sustainable daily life routines. Hence, in particular, the higher educated more easily adjust to the new challenges of retirement since they have successively collected more resources over the course of their life. This results in increasing differences of life satisfaction between higher and lower educated people in the first eight years after retirement. The authors sum up, “while retirement leads in the short-term to a decrease of social inequalities, in the long-run they increase again.”

 

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-7875 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:26:01 +0100 Merry Christmas /en/news/news-faculty/merry-christmas/ ...and a Happy New Year! news-7868 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:44:00 +0100 Conference on Partner Relationships, Residential Relocations and Housing /en/news/news-faculty/conference-on-partner-relationships-residential-relocations-and-housing/ Cologne | July 27 - 29 2017 The international conference on "Partner Relationships, Residential Relocations and Housing in the Life Course" takes place on July 27 - 29 2017. It is organised as a part of a research project with the same name (PartnerLife), a colaborative project between the University of Groningen, the University of Cologne and the University of Liverpool. You can find further information about the project, the conference and opportunities for participation at the event website www.partnerlife.uni-koeln.de.

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news-7870 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:59:23 +0100 Conference on "Social Inequality and Mobility Revisited" /en/news/news-faculty/conference-on-social-inequality-and-mobility-revisited/ Cologne | March 30 - April 1 2017 The scientific conference on "Social Inequality and Mobility Revisited" takes place at the University of Cologne from March 30 - April 2017. It is organised by the research network Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). The RC28 is one of the oldest and largest associations within the ISA, and unites leading researchers in the field of sociology of inequality. You can find further information about the conference and opportunities for participation at the event website www.rc28.uni-koeln.de.

 

 

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news-7865 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:41:11 +0100 Selbstüberschätzung und Wirtschaft /en/news/news-faculty/selbstueberschaetzung-und-wirtschaft/ Artikel von Axel Ockenfels in der FAS In einem Artikel mit dem Titel "Mann, was bin ich großartig!" für die Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) hat sich Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels gemeinsam mit Ulrike Malmendier, Ökonomie-Professorin  an  der  University  of  California  in  Berkeley, mit dem Thema Selbstüberschätzung beschäftigt.

Laut einer amerikanischen Studie gaben 83 Prozent der Befragten an, sie glaubten von sich, zu den 30 Prozent der sichersten Fahrer zu gehören. In einer anderen Studie waren es sogar 93 Prozent, die angaben, besser als ein Fahrer mit durchschnittlichen Fähigkeiten zu fahren. Diese und weitere Beispiele führen die Autor*innen zu der Frage: Sind diese Einschätzungen realistisch? Die Antwort: Menschen neigen zur Selbstüberschätzung.

 

Selbstüberschätzung in der Wirtschaft

Dass Selbstüberschätzung nicht nur im Alltag relevant, sondern auch ein wichtiges Thema in punkto Börse ist, zeigen Ockenfels und Malmendier anhand mehrerer Beispiele auf und weisen außerdem darauf hin, dass etwa die Bildung von Preisblasen durch Selbstüberschätzung gefördert wird. Vielleicht, so ihre These, überschätzen sich Finanzmarktakteure sogar besonders stark, da Menschen, die glauben, schlauer zu sein als der Markt (also als die anderen), den größten Anreiz besitzen, in den Handel an den Finanzmärkten einzusteigen.

Empirische Untersuchungen zeigen außerdem laut den Autor*innen,  dass  sich selbst überschätzende Spitzenmanager zu viel investieren und bei Firmenzukäufen zu viel zahlen – jedenfalls, wenn ausreichend  interne  Finanzmittel zur Verfügung stehen. Zudem zeige sich analog zu dem Verhalten von privaten Investoren in Finanzmärkten, dass Spitzenmanager zu mehr Fehlern verleitet werden,  wenn  die  Selbstüberschätzung  zuvor durch Erfolge bestärkt wurde.

 

Die positive Seite der Selbstüberschätzung: Selbstvertrauen

Doch auch wenn sich die wissenschaftliche Literatur  überwiegend   mit den  negativen  Seiten  der  Selbstüberschätzung beschäftigt: Ockenfels und Malmendier weisen darauf hin, dass Selbstvertrauen erst einmal ist eine tolle Sache sei: "Wir wollen, dass Entscheider in verantwortlichen Positionen sich  sicher  fühlen und Sicherheit ausstrahlen und so gute Ergebnisse erreichen. Doch auch wenn aus  Selbstvertrauen Selbstüberschätzung wird, muss dies noch nicht in jedem Kontext schlecht sein."

Eine Studie zeige beispielsweise, dass Firmen, die auf Innovation und Wandel setzen, sich selbst überschätzende Manager bevorzugt einstellen. Die Autor*innen vermuten, dass solche Menschen möglicherweise  in manchen Kontexten auch zielstrebiger und risikofreudiger sein könnten.

Ockenfels und Melmendier kommen schließlich zum Fazit: Die Kunst sei es, seine Selbstüberschätzung klug und dosiert einsetzen zu können. "Doch die Forschung zeigt: Nicht allen gelingt dies."

Ulrike Malmendier und Axel Ockenfels: "Mann, was bin ich großartig!", erschienen am 18. Dezember 2016 in der FAS, Nr. 50 auf S. 40 in der Rubrik "Geld & mehr".

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news-7838 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:05:41 +0100 Matthias Heinz erhält Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis /en/news/news-faculty/matthias-heinz-erhaelt-joachim-herz-wirtschaftspreis/ Feierstunde im Rathaus der Hansestadt Hamburg Wann entscheiden Menschen anders, als es die rationalen Modelle der Wirtschaftswissenschaften vorsehen? Das ist eine der Fragen, die sich Wissenschaftler*innen in der Experimentellen Wirtschaftsforschung stellen. In Laboren und Feldexperimenten versuchen sie, Antworten auf Abweichungen vom Modell des „Homo oeconomicus“ zu finden. Für ihre Arbeiten in der Experimentellen Wirtschaftsforschung erhielten am 15. Dezember 2016 drei Forscher den Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis:

Neben Junior-Professor Matthias Heinz aus Köln wurde auch der Konstanzer Ökonom Urs Fischbacher sowie Associate Professor Heiner Schumacher aus Leuven in Belgien ausgezeichnet. Der Preis wurde bei einer Feierstunde mit Hamburgs Erstem Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz im Rathaus der Hansestadt Hamburg vergeben


Preise für Forschungswerk und Nachwuchswissenschaftler
Der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis wird in zwei Kategorien vergeben. Urs Fischbacher erhält 50.000 Euro für das „beste Forschungswerk eines etablierten Wissenschaftlers“. Matthias Heinz und Heiner Schumacher teilen sich 10.000 Euro für den „besten Beitrag von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern“.

Heinz und Schumacher gehen in ihrem ausgezeichneten Forschungsbeitrag der Frage nach, ob sich aus dem Lebenslauf eines Bewerbers erkennen lässt, wie gut er in Teams kooperiert. Die Antwort ist: ja. Wer in seinem Lebenslauf angibt, sich intensiv sozial zu engagieren, arbeitet gut mit anderen zusammen. Das haben die beiden Nachwuchswissenschaftler in ihren Experimenten mit über 350 Probanden nachgewiesen. Die gute Nachricht für alle sozial engagierten Bewerber: Auch Personalverantwortliche sehen soziales Engagement als wichtiges Kriterium bei der Personalauswahl an.

Die Bedeutung von Teamarbeit für Unternehmen
Es sei nicht überraschend, dass Unternehmen Teamarbeit immer wichtiger ist, denn, so Matthias Heinz: „Ein wachsender Anteil der Wertschöpfung in Firmen findet in Teams statt. Die Arbeit in Teams ermöglicht es, verschiedene Sichtweisen, Fähigkeiten und Erfahrung zu nutzen, um Produkte zu kreieren, die ein einzelnes Individuum nicht hervorbringen könnte. Daher ist es wenig verwunderlich, dass viele Firmen von ihren Bewerbern „Teamfähigkeit“ verlangen. Soziales Engagement zu zeigen, erlaubt darauf einen gewissen Rückschluss.“

Der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis
Der Preis wurde von der Joachim Herz Stiftung in diesem Jahr erstmals ausgelobt. Mit 60.000 Euro ist er eine der höchstdotierten Auszeichnungen in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften in Deutschland. „Wir wollen mit dem Preis Interdisziplinarität fördern und Forschungsansätze unterstützen, die die Perspektiven in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften erweitern. Das leisten die Arbeiten unserer Preisträger ganz hervorragend. Ich gratuliere ihnen herzlich zu dieser Auszeichnung“, sagte die stellvertretende Vorstandsvorsitzende der Stiftung Andrea Pauline Martin im Rathaus.

„Dieser Preis bedeutet uns sehr viel. Er animiert uns sicher zu weiteren gemeinsamen Forschungsprojekten“, so Heinz und Schumacher. Die Preisträger wurden von einer neunköpfigen Jury ausgewählt.

„Der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis ist ein bedeutender Preis, der in die Zeit passt und dazu beitragen wird, die Wirtschaftswissenschaften zu stärken und noch besser aufzustellen. Deshalb gratuliere ich heute gleich zweifach: der Stiftung zur Ausrichtung des Preises und den Preisträgern, dass Sie die Jury von Ihrer Arbeit so gut überzeugen konnten. Besonders freue ich mich darüber, dass Sie diese bedeutende Auszeichnung in unserer Stadt verleihen. Wir brauchen solche Brücken zur Forschung und gerade auch zu den Wirtschaftswissenschaften, an die sich gegenwärtig besonders viele Fragen richten“, sagte Bürgermeister Scholz in seinem Grußwort im Rathaus.


Weitere Informationen zum Preis und den Preisträgern
Mehr über den Preis und die Preisträger erfahren Sie unter www.joachim-herz-stiftung.de/wirtschaftspreis sowie im folgenden Video über die Preisträger in der Kategorie „Bester Beitrag von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern“: Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis 2016 - Preisträger Matthias Heinz und Heiner Schumacher (YouTube-Video)

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news-7829 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:02:31 +0100 The 2016 Junior Top Article Award (ERIM) goes to Fabian Sting /en/news/news-faculty/the-2016-junior-top-article-award-erim-goes-to-fabian-sting/ Congratulations! The best research – and the researchers responsible for it – have been honoured at the annual ERIM Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Academic prizes were awarded for achievements such as excellence in dissertations, and management impact.

The 2016 Junior Top Article Award, for the best publication in management with a junior ERIM member as the lead author, was presented to Prof. Dr. Fabian Sting for his article with Jürgen Mihm and Tan Wang On the Effectiveness of Patenting Strategies in Innovation Races published in Management Science. Fabian Sting is Professor at the WiSo Faculty in Cologne since October 2016 and Associate Professor of Operations Management at RSM. The jury said about his publication: “This is a very innovative study addressing a highly relevant topic about the trade-offs involved in patenting strategies.”

 

More about the prize and the ceremony can be found on the following website of ERIM: https://www.erim.eur.nl/research/news/detail/3910-erim-awards-for-research-form-patents-to-leadership-and-genetics/

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news-7827 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:13:00 +0100 Jahrestagung der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Marketing /en/news/news-faculty/jahrestagung-der-wissenschaftlichen-kommission-marketing/ 26. – 27. Januar 2017 im Seminargebäude Die 47. Jahrestagung der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Marketing findet vom 26. - 27. Januar 2017 im Seminargebäude der Universität zu Köln statt. Die Jahrestagung bietet eine wichtige Plattform zum Austausch der deutschsprachigen akademischen Marketing-Community. Neben den akademischen Präsentationen ausgesuchter laufender Forschungsprojekte steht der Austausch, das Netzwerken und die Diskussion über hochschulpolitische Angelegenheiten im Vordergrund.
Weitere Informationen zum Tagungsprogramm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie auf der Veranstaltungsseite


Die Wissenschaftliche Kommission Marketing

In der "Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Marketing" im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (VHB) werden alle Wissenschaftler angesprochen, die sich mit dem Fach Marketing in seinen verschiedensten Facetten, mit der Erforschung markt- und kundenorientierten Verhaltens von Organisationen aus den Bereichen Industrie, Handel, Dienstleistungen und Non-Profit Organisationen aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven (z.B. verhaltenswissenschaftlich, methodenorientiert, institutionenökonomisch) beschäftigen. Neben dem wissenschaftlichen Austausch ist die Förderung und Integration des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses wichtiger Teil der Kommissionsarbeit.

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news-7817 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:27:00 +0100 Wissenschaft und Techfirmen können voneinander lernen /en/news/news-faculty/wissenschaft-und-techfirmen-koennen-voneinander-lernen/ Artikel in der Wirtschaftswoche "VWL 4.0: Ökonomen befeuern digitale Unternehmen" lautet der Titel eines aktuellen Artikels in der Wirtschaftswoche. Dieser zeigt, wie Techunternehmen und Wissenschaft voneinander lernen können und thematisiert unter anderem Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels' Forschung zur Spieltheorie. Axel Ockenfels wird darin unter anderem folgendermaßen zitiert: „Der Technologiesektor bietet faszinierende Möglichkeiten für Ökonomen“, so Axel Ockenfels. „Für mich gibt es nichts Aufregenderes.“

Den Artikel finden Sie unter folgendem Link: http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/it/vwl-4-0-oekonomen-befeuern-digitale-unternehmen-/14821786.html

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news-7820 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:51:50 +0100 Spendenbereitschaft der Deutschen /en/news/news-faculty/spendenbereitschaft-der-deutschen/ Einladung zum Experiment von Matthias Sutter und der FAZ Wie spenden die Deutschen? Wann geben sie Geld an andere ab? Und wann behalten sie es lieber selbst? Unser Professor Matthias Sutter lädt Euch gemeinsam mit der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung zu einem Experiment ein.

Wie Sie bis zum 19. Dezember mitmachen, vielleicht etwas gewinnen können und damit gleichzeitig der Forschung helfen - hier erfahren Sie mehr:

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftswissen/spenden-oder-gewinnen-machen-sie-mit-uns-ein-spenden-experiment-14566436.html

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news-7816 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:32:00 +0100 We share – Projektgruppe für Integration und gegen Extremismus /en/news/news-faculty/we-share-projektgruppe-fuer-integration-und-gegen-extremismus/ Business Project des Chair of Marketing & Market Research von Prof. Dr. Fischer Eine Gruppe aus Masterstudierenden der WiSo Fakultät und internationalen CEMS Austauschstudenten hat sich mit "We Share" im Rahmen eines Business Projects des Chair of Marketing und Market Research von Prof. Dr. Fischer zum Ziel gesetzt, Kölner Flüchtlingsinitiativen  medial und organisatorisch zu unterstützen.

Zu diesem Zweck betreibt We Share eine Website und eine Facebook-Seite, auf der bestehende Kölner Initiativen vorgestellt und beworben werden. Bisher befindet sich We Share mit 60 Kölner Initiativen in Kontakt.
Ebenso organisiert die Projektgruppe zwei Offline-Events, um mit positivem Beispiel voran zu gehen.
Die Initiative ist Teilnehmer eines Wettbewerbs von EdVenture Partners bei dem 150 studentische Teams weltweit Kampagnen gegen Extremismus in jeglicher Form entwickeln, wird jedoch auch darüber hinaus weiterlaufen.

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news-7657 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:37:00 +0100 Internships and trainee programmes in the USA /en/news/news-faculty/internships-and-trainee-programmes-in-the-usa/ Info session by the GACC 13 December Are you interested in doing a practical training in the United States? Are you still looking for a host company? Would you like to know how to apply for a visa? Now is your chance to gather all the information you need.
On Tuesday, 13 December 2016 Cindy Klarwasser, Manager – Career Services, from the German American Chamber of Commerce (AHK) in New York is visiting the WiSo Faculty to give a talk about the J1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.


When?             Tuesday, 13 December, 2016, 5.30pm – 7pm
Where?          Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal D


Topics discussed are:

  • How does the visa process work?
  • How can I find a host company for an internship/traineeship in the U.S.?
  • What should I keep in mind when writing my application (resume, cover letter, Skype interview, etc.)?

Of course you are also welcome to ask individual questions.
If you have any additional queries, contact the International Relations Center at larissa.busch1(at)uni-koeln.de.

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news-7802 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:54:05 +0100 Guest lecture by Procter & Gamble /en/news/news-faculty/guest-lecture-by-procter-gamble/ 14.12.2016: Guest lecture on shopper-insights and point-of-sales design Procter & Gamble guest lecture: Coming Wednesday (14.12.2016; 10.15-11.45 am; room 410) Mr. Andreas Onnen, Associate Director Analytics & Insights Germany/Austria/Switzerland at Procter & Gamble, gives a guest lecture on shopper-insights and point-of-sales design. He will present insights into the work of the Analytics & Insights department at Procter & Gamble and will also talk about career options at Procter & Gamble. The presentation will be held in English.

 

If you are interested in Procter & Gamble as a potential employer or if you are interested in the topic of the presentation, please register in time via mail to imschloss(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de as seats are limited. First come, first served.

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news-7715 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:40:00 +0100 4th Workshop in Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics /en/news/news-faculty/4th-workshop-in-behavioral-and-experimental-health-economics/ Cologne, December 8-9, 2016 We are pleased to announce the 4th Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Health Economics in Cologne in December 2016.
The workshop brings together researchers who apply behavioral economics and experimental methods in health economics research. The workshop is an activity of the Faculty’s key research area “Behavioral Management Science” and the international research network Behavioral Experiments in Health.


You can find the workshop program here: http://www.beh-workshop.uni-koeln.de/de/program/

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news-7788 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:23:54 +0100 Neuer Professor Christian-Mathias Wellbrock /en/news/news-faculty/neuer-professor-christian-mathias-wellbrock/ Herzlich willkommen! Professor Dr. Christian-Mathias Wellbrock hat zum Dezember 2016 seine Professur im Bereich Medienmanagement an der WiSo-Fakultät angetreten. Der Dekan, Professor Dr. Werner Mellis, begrüßte ihn im Namen der Fakultät.

Christian-Mathias Wellbrock war zuvor Juniorprofessor für BWL, insbesondere Medienmanagement, an der Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft der Universität Hamburg. Seine Forschungsgebiete sind Medienmanagement, Medienökonomik und Sportökonomik. Dabei interessiert er sich besonders für journalistische Qualität/Media Performance und die Akzeptanz von Medientechnologien.

Er freut sich auf die neue Aufgabe an der WiSo-Fakultät in Köln: "Besonders freue ich mich auf das tolle akademische Umfeld an der Fakultät und natürlich auf die Stadt - von Hamburg nach Köln, von einer tollen Stadt in die nächste."
Christian-Mathias Wellbrock ist gebürtiger Bremer, aber im Münchner Norden aufgewachsen und mittlerweile mit einer Rheinländerin verheiratet. Er ist sportinteressiert und freut sich auch deshalb auf Köln.

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news-7787 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:25 +0100 Claudia Loebbecke im 12. WDR-Rundfunkrat /en/news/news-faculty/claudia-loebbecke-im-12-wdr-rundfunkrat/ Stellvertretendes, nicht verbandlich organisiertes Mitglied Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke vom Seminar für ABWL, Medien- und Technologiemanagement ist als stellvertretendes, nicht verbandlich organisiertes Mitglied (nach § 15 Absatz 5 WDR-Gesetz) im 12. WDR-Rundfunkrat vertreten. Die konstituierende Sitzung fand am 2.12.2016 statt. Der WDR-Rundfunkrat soll im WDR die Interessen der Allgemeinheit vertreten. Mehr zum WDR-Rundfunkrat finden Sie auf den Seiten des WDR: Der WDR-Rundfunkrat.

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news-7784 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:23:21 +0100 Herzlichen Glückwunsch an unsere Absolventinnen und Absolventen! /en/news/news-faculty/herzlichen-glueckwunsch-an-unsere-absolventinnen-und-absolventen-2/ Wintersemester 2016/2017 Am 26. November 2016 fanden in der Aula des Hauptgebäudes die Feierlichkeiten der Bachelor- und Master-Examensfeier der WiSo-Fakultät statt. Dabei wurde den mehr als 400 Absolvent*innen ihr Abschlusszeugnis überreicht.

Nach einem Grußwort der Fakultät durch unseren Dekan Professor Dr. Werner Mellis folgte bei den Bachelor- und Master-/Diplom-Examensfeiern zunächst die Begrüßung durch die 1. Vorsitzende der Fachschaft, Sally Hütter. Danach überreichte die Vorsitzende der Fachschaft den Albertus-Magnus-Preis an Professor Dr. Ulrich Thonemann.

Die Verleihung des Albertus-Magnus-Preises durch die Studierendenschaft dient der Anerkennung und Förderung besonderer Leistungen in der Lehre und für die Studierenden der WiSo-Fakultät. Die AbsolventInnen eines jeden Semesters nehmen durch ein Abstimmungsverfahren aktiv am Entscheidungsprozess der Preisvergabe teil.

Der Junior- Lehrpreis wurde von Professor Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt dieses Jahr für zwei Bachelor-Veranstaltungen verliehen. Joel Binckli erhielt den Preis für die Veranstaltung "Physische Aktivität" und Christian Müller-Gomez für die Veranstaltung "Schwerpunktseminar Europäische Politik – Das Demokratiedefizit der Europäischen Union und die Rolle des Europäischen Parlaments".  Der Junior-Lehrpreis für die beste Masterveranstaltung ging an Jun.-Prof. Julia Nasev für ihre Veranstaltung „Empirical Accounting Research Design“.

Die Festrede wurde dieses Jahr auf der Bachelorveranstaltung von Alumnus Dr. Marcus Keutel, Associate Partner McKinsey und bei der Masterveranstaltung von Alumnus Walter Gehlen, Geschäftsführer und Messedirektor Art.Fair gehalten. Im Anschluss wurde auf der Bachelorveranstaltung die Absolventenrede von Mirko Wilms und Dustin Preick gehalten. Zum Schluss folgte die feierliche Zeugnisübergabe. Für die musikalische Untermalung des Abends sorgte mal wieder das triologische Quartett.

Wir wünscht allen Absolventinnen und Absolventen alles Gute und viel Erfolg auf ihrem weiteren Lebensweg, sei es im Beruf, beim Master-Studium oder auf dem Weg zur Promotion!

Die nächste Abschlussfeier findet am Samstag, den 01. Juli 2017 in der Aula der Universität zu Köln statt.

Fotos und Impressionen der akademischen Abschlussfeier gibt es ab sofort unter:
http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/wiso-alumni

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news-7783 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:13 +0100 Neuer Professor Ingo Rohlfing /en/news/news-faculty/neuer-professor-ingo-rohlfing/ Herzlich willkommen! Ingo Rohlfing tritt ab heute, 1. Dezember, eine Professur für Methoden der Vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft an der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln an. Er war zuvor Professor for Political Science, Qualitative Methods an der Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS).

Ingo Rohlfing ist interessiert an nationaler und internationaler Politik, Wissenschaft und Politikwissenschaft. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen besonders im Bereich der sozialwissenschaftlichen Methoden und der kausalen Inferenz sowie im Themenbereich Parteienwettbewerb und Parteiorganisationen.

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news-7782 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:42:26 +0100 Neuer Juniorprofessor Dr. Peter Limbach /en/news/news-faculty/neuer-juniorprofessor-dr-peter-limbach/ Herzlich willkommen! Peter Limbach ist ab heute, 1. Dezember 2016, Juniorprofessor an der Universität zu Köln und tritt eine Professur für Investment am Centre for Financial Research (CfR) an. Peter Limbach studierte an der Universität Bonn Volkswirtschaftslehre und promovierte am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen im Bereich der Finanzwirtschaft und Banken.

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news-7778 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:20:12 +0100 Believing in scientific progress makes people more satisfied than believing in God /en/news/news-faculty/believing-in-scientific-progress-makes-people-more-satisfied-than-believing-in-god/ Article by Detlef Fetchenhauer (ISS) et al. Religiosity makes people happy – this has been shown in numerous studies. The belief in a higher power helps to preserve a feeling of control even if the here and now turns out to be chaotic. It prevents existential fears by rendering the world well-ordered and predictable.

But in modern societies fewer and fewer people believe in God. In former times, someone who got severely ill would pray to the Almighty Father – today many patients prefer to trust in modern medicine, at least in Western countries. For social scientists, the question about the consequences of this change is an intriguing one.

Can believing in scientific and technological progress convey a sense of control to people and thereby make them happy and satisfied? Olga Stavrova, Daniel Ehlebracht and Detlef Fetchenhauer have investigated this question in an article, analyzing data from two representative international population samples.

People in the Netherlands tended to be more satisfied with their lives

To begin with they showed that people in the Netherlands tended to be the more satisfied with their lives the more they believed in the progress of science and technology. The question if they were religious played a less important part. This correlation could partly be explained by the fact that people who believed in progress felt that they could exercise control over their lives.

However, the Netherlands are a quite secular nation – and the authors suspected that belief in progress makes people especially satisfied with their lives when they live in societies in which this belief is comparatively widespread. This is because we feel especially well when others around us perceive the world in the same way as we do: This facilitates social interaction and gives us the feeling to be right with our take on things.

Data from 72 countries

The authors thus also tested their results using data from 72 countries. In 69 of them they found a considerable positive correlation between the belief in progress and life satisfaction while religiosity only correlated positively with life satisfaction in 23 countries and even correlated negatively with it in ten countries.

Once more, people who believed in progress were more likely to have a sense of control over their lives, and indeed they were particularly more content with their lives when many of their fellow citizens shared their belief in progress. Thus, it does not only matter what we believe – but also where we believe it. In any case, the belief in God is not the only one that can make us happy.

 

Did you know that …?
On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-7764 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:56:41 +0100 "Mobile Fashion Shopping" /en/news/news-faculty/mobile-fashion-shopping/ Studie von ECC Köln und HSE24 zum mobilen Konsumverhalten von Frauen Social Media gilt als besonders wichtiger Inspirationsgeber und Kaufauslöser. Eine neue Studie von ECC Köln und HSE24 untersucht das mobile Konsumverhalten von Fashion-Shopperinnen.

Das Smartphone erobert auch den Fashion-Bereich: 77 Prozent der Frauen zwischen 25 und 40 Jahren shoppen eigenen Angaben zufolge häufiger Mode mit ihrem Smartphone als noch vor drei Jahren – so das Ergebnis einer aktuellen Studie von ECC Köln und HSE24.

Nicht nur unterwegs: Inspiration über das Smartphone als Second Screen
Vor allem in den eigenen vier Wänden lassen sich Frauen gerne über ihr Smartphone inspirieren und shoppen via Handy. Obwohl mit den mobilen Devices ortsunabhängig eingekauft werden kann, tätigen mehr als dreiviertel der Befragten ihre Fashion-Einkäufe von zu Hause aus. Insbesondere, wenn das TV-Gerät läuft: Etwa 54 Prozent der Befragten geben an, dass sie gerne während des Fernsehens mit dem Smartphone nach Fashion-Produkten suchen. Rund 44 Prozent haben schon häufiger während des Fernsehens Kleidung oder Accessoires über das Smartphone bestellt.
Social Media: Facebook, Blogs und Instagram lösen am häufigsten Fashion-Käufe aus
Nicht nur der Fernseher, auch die sozialen Medien haben einen festen Platz als Inspirationsquelle. Auch als konkrete Kaufauslöser werden sie immer wichtiger. Allen voran Facebook, Blogs und Instagram: Rund 77 Prozent der Frauen lassen sich auf Facebook in Sachen Mode inspirieren. Und: Für rund 58 Prozent der Facebook-Nutzerinnen war dies schon einmal der Impuls für einen Kauf. Fashion-Blogs sind inzwischen ähnlich relevant: Rund 52 Prozent der befragten Shopperinnen haben schon einmal etwas gekauft, das sie zuvor in einem Blog-Beitrag entdeckt haben. Die Fotoplattform Instagram liegt mit knapp 43 Prozent auch unter den Top 3-Kaufauslösern der Social Media-Kanäle.


Blogs: Fashion-Käuferinnen schätzen Modetrends, authentische Tipps und Angebote
53 Prozent der Fashion-Blog-Leserinnen suchen in Fashion-Blogs nach aktuellen Trends und neuesten Must-haves. Jede zweite Leserin holt sich dort außerdem authentische Tipps und Kaufempfehlungen. Rund 43 Prozent der Blog-Abonnentinnen sind auf der Jagd nach Rabatten und Aktionen. Nur 29 Prozent stehen Empfehlungen von Fashion-Bloggern kritisch gegenüber.
„Der Einfluss von Fashion-Bloggerinnen oder reichweitenstarken Instagram-Accounts wird immer größer. Diese sind schon heute ein wichtiger Kontaktpunkt in der Customer Journey der weiblichen Kunden. Fashion-Anbieter sollten in diesen Kanälen unbedingt präsent sein – selbst oder über strategische Partnerschaften. Der Mediamix und Werbespendings müssen je nach Zielgruppe unbedingt passend adaptiert werden“, so Dr. Kai Hudetz, Geschäftsführer des IFH Köln.


What’s next? Welche mobilen Fashion-Trends haben Zukunft?
Apps, Augmented Reality und Beratung über Messenger – grundlegend stoßen diese Services auf Interesse, jedoch müssen die Mehrwerte stimmen. 40 Prozent der Befragten haben mindestens eine App von Fashion-Händlern auf ihrem Smartphone. Für 75 Prozent derjenigen, die sich die Nutzung einer Fashion-App vorstellen können, sind beispielsweise Rabatte oder personalisierte Empfehlungen ein Grund für deren Installation. Auch Augmented Reality hat durchaus Potenzial: Rund 39 Prozent der Befragten würden eine virtuelle Anprobe für Fashion und Accessoires mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit nutzen. Fashion-Beratung in Echtzeit über einen Messenger ist in einigen Online-Shops bereits Praxis. Jedoch empfinden nur 28 Prozent der Fashion-Shopperinnen diesen Service als  hilfreich.


„Mobile Commerce ist eine große Chance für den Handel“, sagt Jörg Simon, Geschäftsleitung Omnichannel, Planung & Sales bei HSE24. „Bereits heute haben Social Media-Kanäle einen starken Einfluss auf die Kaufentscheidung. Auch aktuelle Trends wie Augmented Reality oder Beratung über Messenger gewinnen immer mehr an Bedeutung. Sie sind für die Kunden jedoch nur dann interessant, wenn sie einen konkreten Mehrwert haben.“

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news-7703 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:37:00 +0100 „Die Entscheidung zur Promotion sollte wohlüberlegt sein“ /en/news/news-faculty/die-entscheidung-zur-promotion-sollte-wohlueberlegt-sein/ WiSo-Alumnus Eugen Töws im Interview Promovieren, ja oder nein? Einen Doktortitel vor dem Namen zu haben, finden viele Studierende attraktiv. Wenn nach dem Studienabschluss diese Möglichkeit erwogen wird, geht es oft um die Frage nach dem Ziel – was will man mit einer Promotion erreichen?
Unser Alumnus Dr. Eugen Töws ist Financial Economist im Zentralbereich Banken und Finanzaufsicht bei der Deutschen Bundesbank in Frankfurt. Wir sprachen mit ihm unter anderem über die Erfordernisse einer Doktorarbeit sowie darüber, warum er persönlich sich für eine Promotion entschieden hat. Außerdem gibt er unseren Studierenden Tipps für ihr Studium und den Start ins Berufsleben:

Interview mit WiSo-Alumnus Eugen Tows

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news-7604 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:21:00 +0100 Summer School in New York /en/news/news-faculty/summer-school-in-new-york/ Article and info session on 25 November 2016 Please click here to read about the recent contribution of the German American Chamber of Commerce New York (GACC) as part of the annual WiSo@NYC summer school. This year, the colleagues in New York have supported our Bachelor and Master students with a skill seminar which – amongst other topics – focused on soft skills required for the US-American job market.

If you would like to become part of the WiSo@NYC 2017 experience, we cordially invite you to join us for the info session on 25 November 2016 at 4pm in S24.

For more information on the programme and the summer school and contact, please visit: https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/international/studies-abroad/wisonyc-now-for-bsc-msc/

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news-7750 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:46:02 +0100 90 Jahre Seminar für Genossenschaftswesen /en/news/news-faculty/90-jahre-seminar-fuer-genossenschaftswesen/ Festveranstaltung am 01.12.2016 Am 01.12.2016 feiert das Seminar für Genossenschaftswesen an der Universität zu Köln sein 90-jähriges Gründungsjubiläum. Die Jubiläumsfeier findet ab 16:30 Uhr im Neuen Senatssaal der Universität zu Köln statt.
Weitere Informationen zu Programm und Ablauf der Veranstaltung und der Anmeldung zum Festakt finden Sie auf der Website des Seminars für Genossenschaftswesen.

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news-7737 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:46:23 +0100 Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/hochschultage-berufliche-bildung-2017/ März 2017 in Köln Seit Jahrzehnten wird durch die „Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung“ ein Dialog zwischen Expertinnen und Experten der Berufsbildungsforschung aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis ermöglicht. Das Thema der Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung 2017 lautet: Respektive - Bilanz und Zukunftsperspektive der Integration durch Bildung, Arbeit und Beruf in der Region. Wir freuen uns, dass die Hochschultage zu diesem spannenden Thema im März 2017 in Köln stattfinden werden. Die Rahmenbedingungen der Fachtagungen und Workshops des Jahres 2017 werden durch das Institut für Berufs-, Wirtschafts-und Sozialpädagogik der Universität zu Köln geschaffen. 

In den Hochschultagen berufliche Bildung 2017 werden 17 Fachtagungen angeboten. Schirmherrin der „19. Hochschultage Berufliche Bildung“ in Köln ist Sylvia Löhrmann, Ministerin für Schule und Weiterbildung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Die Tagung findet vom 13. bis 15. März 2017 statt.

Näheres zum Programm erfahren Sie auf der Website der Tagung: http://www.htbb-2017.uni-koeln.de/

Dort ist es auch möglich, sich anzumelden. Eine Anmeldung bis Mitte Dezember 2016 hilft dem Organisationsteam bei der passenden Zuordnung der Räume. Nach dem 15. Dezember 2016 eingehende Anmeldungen stehen unter dem Vorbehalt der verfügbaren Platzkapazität.

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news-7721 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:32:00 +0100 Die Uni Köln auf dem Absolventenkongress /en/news/news-faculty/die-uni-koeln-auf-dem-absolventenkongress/ 24. bis 25. November 2016 in Köln Interessiert an einem Master-Studium oder einer Promotion an der Universität zu Köln? Dann besuchen Sie uns vom 24. bis 25. November 2016 auf dem Absolventenkongress, Stand Q 8,  Halle 8 der Koelnmesse.
Die Berater/innen der Zentralen Studienberatung, des WiSo-Studienberatungszentrums und des WiSo-Career Service beantworten Ihre Fragen rund um Inhalte und Voraussetzungen zu den Master-Studiengängen und den  Möglichkeiten einer Promotion. Die Beteiligung findet unter Mitwirkung des Professional Centers der Universität zu Köln statt.

Weitere Informationen zur Messe:
https://www.absolventenkongress.de/deutschland.html

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news-7722 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:44:15 +0100 "How to get men" /en/news/news-faculty/how-to-get-men/ Ekaterina Pervushina talks about NIVEA Men (Beiersdorf) Ekaterina Pervushina is International Senior Brand Manager Global Marketing Beiersdorf for NIVEA Men. She has been with Beiersdorf for 11 years, and has experienced local markets in Shopper and Customer Marketing and Brand Marketing fields as well as global marketing role.

 

Date: November, 28th, 2-3.30 pm, Room 410
Title: Talk on "How to get men" - NIVEA Men (Beiersdorf)

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news-7717 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:28:24 +0100 Jahresgutachten des Sachverständigenrats /en/news/news-faculty/jahresgutachten-des-sachverstaendigenrats/ Präsentation am 21.11.2016 durch Prof. Christoph M. Schmidt Am 21.11.2016 von 17:45 bis 19:15 Uhr präsentiert Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt, Vorsitzender des Sachverständigenrats zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung, das Jahresgutachten des Sachverständigenrats im HS 1 des WiSo-Gebäudes. Weitere Informationen gibt es hier: http://www.iwp.uni-koeln.de/

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news-7711 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:36:00 +0100 Hörfunk-Innovationen: Auf dem Weg zum interaktiven Radio /en/news/news-faculty/hoerfunk-innovationen-auf-dem-weg-zum-interaktiven-radio-1/ Videorückblick zur Jahrestagung Die Jahrestagung des Instituts für Rundfunkökonomie 2016 widmete sich im Oktober aktuellen und zukunftsweisenden Innovationen des Hörfunks aus einer Anwendungs- und Innovationsperspektive.

Führende Protagonist*innen aus dem Bereich des Hörfunks kamen zur Tagung und lieferten spannende Einblicke und ein breites Themenspektrum.


Einen Eindruck zur Jahrestagung können Sie durch das folgende Video gewinnen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX4aCwoOe2g

Mehr zur Tagung erfahren Sie auf der Webseite des Instituts für Rundfunkökonomie.

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news-7702 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:45:33 +0100 Onlinemarktplatzhändler rechnen mit gutem Weihnachtsgeschäft /en/news/news-faculty/onlinemarktplatzhaendler-rechnen-mit-gutem-weihnachtsgeschaeft/ Onlinebefragung von ECC Köln und eBay Onlinemarktplatzhändler rechnen in diesem Jahr mehrheitlich mit einem guten Weihnachtsgeschäft. So zeigen die aktuellen Ergebnisse des Marktplatz-KIX von ECC Köln und eBay: Fast jeder zweite Onlinemarktplatzhändler (48 %) geht davon aus, in dieser Weihnachtsaison insgesamt mehr umzusetzen als im vergangenen Jahr. Vier von zehn Befragten erwarten etwa gleichbleibende Weihnachtsumsätze. Die befragten Multi-Channel-Händler sehen Onlinemarktplätze nach wie vor als essentielles Standbein in der Festtagszeit: Für 56 Prozent der befragten Multi-Channel-Händler sind Onlinemarktplätze noch vor dem eigenen Online-Shop oder Ladengeschäft der größte Umsatztreiber im Weihnachtsgeschäft.


Die wichtigen Wochen vor Weihnachten
Die erste Dezemberhälfte ist für 54 Prozent der Befragten die wichtigste Umsatzzeit vor den Festtagen, während 30 Prozent der Onlinemarktplatzhändler schätzen, die größten Weihnachtsumsätze in der zweiten Novemberhälfte zu verzeichnen. Die Marktplatz-KIX-Ergebnisse zeigen auch, wie wichtig das Weihnachtsgeschäft für die Jahresbilanz ist: Rund 38 Prozent der Befragten gehen davon aus, in den Festtagswochen zwischen 20 und 40 Prozent des gesamten Jahresumsatzes einzunehmen. Gut 13 Prozent der Onlinemarktplatzhändler schätzen, dass das Weihnachtsgeschäft sogar mehr als 40 Prozent ihres diesjährigen Umsatzes ausmachen wird.

„Die Wochen vor Weihnachten sind wohl für nahezu jeden Händler die wichtigsten des gesamten Jahres. Sie sind auch eine Chance, neue Kunden zu gewinnen. Dabei gilt es, sich unter anderem durch exzellente Services nachhaltig in der Kundengunst zu positionieren, um so möglichst viele der Neukunden im kommenden Jahr zu Wiederkäufern zu machen. Eine umfassende und frühzeitige Vorbereitung auf das Weihnachtsgeschäft mit all seinen Spezifika ist entscheidend“, rät Dr. Kai Hudetz, Geschäftsführer des IFH Köln.

Wie wichtig sind Black Friday und Cyber Monday im Weihnachtsgeschäft?
Ende November bieten Händler insbesondere in den USA häufig Aktionen zum sogenannten Black Friday und Cyber Monday an. Auch acht von zehn Onlinemarktplatzhändlern in Deutschland kennen diese Aktionstage der Cyber Week. Für jeden Vierten von diesen sind sie eine wichtige Komponente im Weihnachtsgeschäft. Etwa ebenso viele Marktplatz-KIX-Teilnehmer planen daher besondere Angebote für die Cyber Week.

„Die Ergebnisse des Marktplatz-KIX zeigen anschaulich, dass auch die deutschen Onlinemarktplatzhändler die Bedeutung von Aktionstagen wie Black Friday und Cyber Monday erkannt haben“, so Stefan Wenzel, Deutschland-Chef von eBay. „Die wenigsten aber nutzen bereits diese Tage für Aktionen oder Rabatte und lassen somit Chancen zur Gewinnung und Aktivierung von Kunden liegen. Hier liegt für Händler auf reichweitenstarken Onlinemarktplätzen viel ungenutztes Potenzial zur Umsatzsteigerung“, erklärt Wenzel weiter.

Umsätze über Onlinemarktplätze: Index für kurzfristige Erwartung steigt erneut
Dass die Befragten insgesamt optimistisch auf das Weihnachtsgeschäft blicken, spiegelt sich auch in der Erwartung an die Umsätze über Onlinemarktplätze wider. Der Index für die erwartete Geschäftsentwicklung in den kommenden drei Monaten steigt zum dritten Mal in Folge an. Mit 152,2 Punkte liegt der Wert zwar unter dem Vorjahresniveau von 157 Punkten, aber weiterhin deutlich über der neutralen 100-Punkte-Marke.


Über den Marktplatz-KIX
Der Marktplatz-KIX von ECC Köln und dem Unternehmen eBay befragt einmal im Quartal Onlinemarktplatzhändler zu ihren aktuellen und erwarteten Onlinemarktplatzumsätzen sowie zu aktuellen Themen des Onlinehandels. An der Onlinekurzbefragung zum vierten Quartal 2016 haben sich 226 Onlinemarktplatzhändler beteiligt.

Die vollständigen Ergebnisse können unter www.ifhkoeln.de/marktplatz-kix oder presse.ebay.de kostenfrei heruntergeladen werden. Weitere Informationen zur Umfrage und zur Registrierung unter: www.ifhkoeln.de/marktplatz-kix

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news-7697 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:37:45 +0100 New video about the bachelor’s programmes /en/news/news-faculty/new-video-about-the-bachelors-programmes/ Thanks to all students and all the others involved! We already introduced the video concerning the master's programmes, we are now happy about our new video concerning the bachelor’s programmes of our WiSo Faculty. Many thanks to all students and all the others who were involved in the video shoot.

We hope you like the result:

The video concerning the bachelor’s programmes (YouTube, in German)

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news-7665 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:50:00 +0100 „Abundant reserves of fossil fuels are bad news“ /en/news/news-faculty/abundant-reserves-of-fossil-fuels-are-bad-news/ Video interview with Prof. Marc Oliver Bettzüge The global fight against climate change has been largely discussed for years now. But still there are a lot of unsolved problems. In the faculty’s new video series “A coffee chat with…” Professor Marc Oliver Bettzüge gives some explanations and evaluates in what sense German energy policy contributes to reducing global CO2-emissions. Marc Oliver Bettzüge is a Full Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) at the University of Cologne.

You can watch the interview with Prof. Prof. Marc Oliver Bettzüge on YouTube and also read it here:



The oil price has dropped from over 100 US Dollar per barrel to less than 50 just within a year. What are the reasons for this, Professor Bettzüge?

As in every other market the oil price is determined by supply and demand. Supply has increased on the global level, mostly due to developments on the US market. And demand has been weaker than expected. Together, these two effects have depressed the oil price.

Energy suppliers from the United States flood the market with oil which was produced via the unconventional new fracking-technology. How does this influence the oil price?

The additional supply coming from the U.S. adds to global production with obvious price effects. What is more, it has undermined market power potential for OPEC countries, thus removing certain price mark-ups we had seen before.


Does this mean that fossil fuels are more abundant than many have thought?


Yes, I think that the significant drop in the oil price shows that reserves can be expanded by improvements in production technology, especially during periods of high prices. As a consequence, reserves still are abundant, and production can potentially be even increased for at least a few more decades.

What does this mean for the global fight against climate change?

Well, from the CO2-perspective, it is actually bad news. The fact, that mankind has such an abundant supply of fossil fuels means we can actually extract and burn them - and thereby continue to increase the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. So, the CO2-challenge and the abundant fossil reserves are like two faces of the same coin.

This sounds like a vicious circle you cannot stop that quickly.

Maybe not a vicious circle, rather a classical tragedy of the commons. In a certain sense I would say that the abundance of fossil fuels is a second inconvenient truth adding to the one inconvenient truth about manmade climate change popularized by Al Gore some years ago.

But is it then possible to reach the ambitious climate targets?

The answer to that question contains a technological, an economic, and a political dimension. On the technology side, already today we dispose of technologies which would be substitutes for the use of fossil fuels. Economically, we know that doing so would entail additional costs. But these cost certainly don’t look prohibitive if the burden were appropriately shared within the World community. In essence, therefore, effective mitigation of CO2-emissions boils down to the political dimension, and to the question who is paying for these additional costs. Agreeing on such burden sharing is politically hard for the 200-odd national governments in the World.

Germany praises itself much for its so called Energiewende. But what does the “Energiewende” actually contribute to reduce global CO2-emissions?

One has to acknowledge that current German energy policies are not contributing much to directly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions – if at all. In the last decade, Germany has only slightly reduced its total CO2-emissions. E.g. reducing the use of nuclear and using coal instead did not necessarily help to get rid of CO2-emissions.

How do you evaluate the increasing number of wind turbines and solar systems in Germany?

The expansion of wind and solar in Germany is an expensive and inefficient investment program with no direct effect on CO2-emissions due the fixed European emissions cap. However, the German program has contributed to making these technologies available at much lower costs than a decade ago. This cost reduction makes it easier for all countries in the world to engage in more ambitious CO2 -mitigation strategies. So, one could argue that German policy has indirectly contributed to the global efforts to fight climate change, albeit at very large cost to the German electricity consumer.

Professor Bettzüge, thank you for talking with us!

 

Interview: Jennifer Garic & Kristina Wollseifen

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news-7685 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:41:27 +0100 "Populism is no longer sufficient – now Trump has to produce results" /en/news/news-faculty/populism-is-no-longer-sufficient-now-trump-has-to-produce-results/ Prof. Jäger about the new president of the USA What a lot of people could not imagine has happened: Donald Trump has won the US elections and will be the new president of the USA. Thomas Jäger,  Professor of International Politics and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, has summarized what according to him the new elected president Trump means for the United States but also for Europe.

According to Professor Jäger the president will be measured especially by three challenges. He believes that the main challenge for Trumps is to bring together a country which is torn by political differences.

You can read more at xing.com:  Populism is no longer sufficient – now Trump has to produce results by Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger (in German)

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news-7670 Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:45:00 +0100 Composition of social contacts in old age affects mortality /en/news/news-faculty/composition-of-social-contacts-in-old-age-affects-mortality/ Study by the ISS Strong social participation and integration into social relationships are generally considered to be health-promoting. Numerous studies have already shown a connection with lower mortality and therefore higher life expectancy in old age. Many of these studies investigate kin networks. Less is known, however, about the effect of social integration in non-kin networks, that is contacts outside the family, like friends, neighbors and colleagues.

ISS researcher Lea Ellwardt studied this effect together with colleagues from the Free University of Amsterdam and the NOVA Institute in Oslo in more detail. The researchers hypothesized that a complex composition of non-kin networks increases survival in old age. Networks should not only be large, but also manifold in their composition, since they potentially involve a variety of different support resources and reduce the dependence on single useful contacts.

In their recently published study, the researchers analyzed death and survey data of 2440 women and men aged 54 to 100 years, who were interviewed within the LASA Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam over 20 years. The researchers were able to show that individuals with larger and more diverse relationship patterns had greater survival chances than individuals with less diverse relationships with non-kin contacts. This result was independent of the total number of kin and health status.

Overall, differences were rather small. Nonetheless, the researchers conclude that in the future, especially non-kin contacts can make a difference where older people have little access to family support and are increasingly dependent on extra-family assistance.

 

Did you know that …?

On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-7679 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:06:10 +0100 "Diese Wahl wird unglaublich spannend" /en/news/news-faculty/diese-wahl-wird-unglaublich-spannend/ Prof. Jäger im Interview über die bevorstehende US-Wahl Professor Thomas Jäger vom Lehrstuhl für Internationale Politik und Außenpolitik an der Universität zu Köln wurde in der Tagesschau zum bevorstehenden Wahltag in den USA befragt. Dabei äußerte er sich unter anderem zu dem Eindruck, dass dieser Wahlkampf besonders schmutzig und negativ geführt wurde.

Das Video des Interviews ist hier abrufbar:

http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-229049.html

 

Außerdem sprach Professor Thomas Jäger in einem Interview mit der Augsburger Allgemeinen über die bevorstehende US-Wahl und erklärte, warum das Rennen offen ist:

http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/politik/Diese-Wahl-wird-unglaublich-spannend-Morgen-stimmen-die-Amerikaner-ab-id39663812.html

 

In der Wahlnacht wird Thomas Jäger im Studio des TV-Senders Phoenix zu Gast sein, um die aktuellen Ereignisse zu kommentieren: "Vor Ort: Wahl in den USA", Mi, 9.11. 2016 0.45 - 9.00 Uhr

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news-7671 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:11:13 +0100 "The Programmatic Transformation" /en/news/news-faculty/the-programmatic-transformation/ Gastvorlesung von Michael Plate (Google Germany) Am Dienstag, den 15.11.2016, wird Michael Plate von der Google Germany GmbH eine Gastvorlesung im Rahmen von Professor Marc Fischers Mastervorlesung "Marketing Performance Management" halten. Der Titel der Vorlesung lautet "The Programmatic Transformation". Interessierte Besucher*innen sind herzlich willkommen!


Zeit: 12:00 - 13:30 Uhr
Hörsaal: XXIII, WiSo-Schlauch
Titel: The Programmatic Transformation

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news-7667 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:44:01 +0100 „Die Auswirkung finanzieller Grundbildung auf ökonomische Präferenzen von Jugendlichen“ /en/news/news-faculty/die-auswirkung-finanzieller-grundbildung-auf-oekonomische-praeferenzen-von-jugendlichen/ Förderung für Forschungsprojekt von Prof. Matthias Sutter Die Diligentia-Stiftung für empirische Forschung mit Sitz in Köln fördert ein Forschungsprojekt von Professor Matthias Sutter mit dem Titel „Die Auswirkung finanzieller Grundbildung auf ökonomische Präferenzen von Jugendlichen“. Im Projekt wird auch die Doktorandin Anna Untertrifaller von der Cologne Graduate School mitarbeiten.

Unter finanzieller Grundbildung oder „financial literacy“ versteht man die Fähigkeit des Einzelnen, finanzielle Aspekte des täglichen Lebens richtig beurteilen und demnach sinnvolle und informierte Konsum- und Sparentscheidungen treffen zu können. Sie gilt daher als essentielle Lebenskompetenz (OECD, 2014). Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass knapp die Hälfte der deutschen Bevölkerung bei einfachen Tests zur financial literacy schlecht abschneidet (Bucher-Koenen & Lusardi, 2011). Zugleich wird die finanzielle Grundbildung in deutschen Schulen kaum gefördert. Dies sei, so die Forscher*innen, für junge Menschen problematisch, weil sie sich künftig eher mehr als weniger um Themen wie Geldanlage und Altersvorsorge kümmern werden müssen.

Förderung finanzieller Grundbildung von Jugendlichen
Mit dem Forschungsprojekt wollen Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter (Universität zu Köln), Anna Untertrifaller (Universität zu Köln) und Dr. Michael Weyland (Siebengebirgsgymnasium Bad Honnef und Universität Siegen) daher in einem ersten Teil einen konkreten Beitrag zur Förderung finanzieller Grundbildung bei Jugendlichen leisten. Dazu werden sie eine Unterrichtseinheit mit kompetenzorientierten Aufgaben zu den klassischen Inhaltsfeldern der financial literacy entwickeln.

In einem zweiten Teil des Forschungsprojekts soll erforscht werden, ob Jugendliche, die im Bereich finanzieller Grundbildung geschult wurden, langfristigere und risikoneutralere Entscheidungen treffen als Jugendliche, welche keine Intervention zum Thema finanzielle Grundbildung erhalten haben. Überraschenderweise gibt es bisher noch keine Studien zu der Frage, ob eine bessere finanzielle Grundbildung einen Einfluss auf ökonomische Präferenzen hat und daher die in der Regel positiven Effekte von besserer Grundbildung kommen.

Das Projekt hat eine Laufzeit von 2 Jahren.

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news-5893 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:58:00 +0100 “My time at the University of Cologne was fantastic” /en/news/news-faculty/my-time-at-the-university-of-cologne-was-fantastic/ Interview with CEMS MIM student Fabian Lorson 24-year-old Fabian Lorson is currently in the second term of the CEMS MIM programme at the University of Cologne. He was born and raised in a small town in Saarland. After completing alternative national service in 2011, he moved to Cologne to start his bachelor studies in Business Administration. Since the city, the people and the education provided matched his idea of a perfect place to study, he decided to come back after his gap year to embark on a CEMS Master at the University of Cologne. Soon he will be spending his term abroad at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona.   

We asked Fabian some questions about Cologne, his field of study, what he plans to do after graduation and what he likes to do in his leisure time.

Why did you choose to apply for the CEMS MIM in Cologne?

The main reasons were the top-notch management education and the practical experience gained through the business project or the internship abroad. Being based in Cologne also gives me the chance to study at a world-leading business school during my term abroad without any tuition fees.


How do you like Cologne and its people and the WiSo Faculty?


What makes Cologne special is the city’s fantastic vibe. People are helpful, friendly and it’s easy to have fun. There are a lot of cultural and sport activities. Also, the night life is really great!

The WiSo Faculty provides a suitable study environment with learning rooms, a cafeteria and friendly staff, who are always eager to help you.

What is your impression of the CEMS MIM programme at the University of Cologne?

My time at the University of Cologne was fantastic. The courses offered an interesting curriculum plus exciting case studies and projects. Away from our academic responsibilities, the local CEMS Club offered various social activities and we had some great nights with our fellow students.

What do you like about this programme?


The big advantage is that you develop broad academic knowledge about international management but you also have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen supplementary category (e.g. Supply Chain Management or Finance).  So the degree opens up various career options.

What do you want to do after you graduate?

Currently I am thinking about gaining some work experience in a consultancy for a couple of years and then going back to the academic world to do a PhD.

What do you do in your free time when you are not studying?

Cologne offers various possibilities to enjoy your free time. I like to go out with friends or play soccer and Padel tennis. I also constantly take part in different activities offered by the local student groups.

 

Fabian, thank you for the interview!

 

Interview: Sarah Brender

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news-7655 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:23:23 +0100 Angst vor Vergeltung /en/news/news-faculty/angst-vor-vergeltung/ Warum wir Regelverstöße nicht immer angemessen rügen Angenommen eine Gruppe von Reisenden beobachtet am Bahngleis zwei Umweltsünder. Eine Person wirft ihren leeren Kaffeebecher auf den Boden. Die andere verschmutzt den Bahnsteig nicht nur mit einem Kaffeebecher, sondern noch mit einem ganzen Müllbeutel dazu. Wer von beiden hätte eher mit einer Rüge der anderen Reisenden zu rechnen?

Obwohl das Wegwerfen eines ganzen Müllbeutels als größerer Regelbruch empfunden wird, ruft dies keine heftigere Reaktion der anwesenden Beobachter/innen hervor. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Studie um die Kölner Professorin für Experimental and Behavioral Economics Bettina Rockenbach. Zusammen mit Loukas Balafoutas (Universität Innsbruck) und Nikos Nikiforakis (New York University Abu Dhabi) hat sie untersucht, wie Menschen auf kleine und große Verstöße sozialer Normen im öffentlichen Raum reagieren. Die Ergebnisse der Studie „Altruistic punishment does not increase with the severity of norm violations in the field“ erscheinen nun in der Fachzeitschrift Nature Communications.

 

Gröbere Normverletzungen wird nicht stärker bestraft

Die Studie widerlegt damit, dass gröbere Normverletzungen von Anwesenden stärker bestraft werden als kleine Verstöße. Zu dem Ergebnis kamen die Wissenschaftler/innen, indem sie das Verhalten von Reisenden an deutschen Bahnhöfen in über 800 Fällen analysierten. Die Reisenden wurden dazu mit kleinen Verstößen (weggeworfener Kaffeebecher) auf der einen Seite sowie größeren Verstößen (weggeworfener Kaffeebecher und Müllbeutel) auf der anderen Seite konfrontiert. Die implizite Annahme war, dass die Reaktionen heftiger ausfallen, wenn mehr Müll liegenbleibt, die Übertretung also extremer ausfällt – ein Prinzip, das angefangen beim biblischen „Auge um Auge“ bis zur modernen Rechtsphilosophie der gerechten Strafe allgemein verbreitet ist und auch in Laborexperimenten nachgewiesen werden konnte. Der Umfang der Verschmutzung war jedoch weder ein Indikator für die Wahrscheinlichkeit noch für die Intensität einer Rüge durch die anwesenden Personen.

Stärkeres Empfinden führt nicht zum Eingreifen - warum?

Stärkere Regelverstöße lösen bei den Anwesenden negativere Emotionen als leichtere Verstöße aus und die Anwesenden sind der Meinung, dass stärkere Verstöße mit einer höheren Strafe geahndet werden sollten. Doch unabhängig von diesem Empfinden bleiben Individuen im Alltag zögerlich, die Regelbrecher angemessen zu rügen oder zu bestrafen.

Die Wissenschaftler/innen vermuten, dass dies mit der Angst vor der Gegenreaktion des Regelbrechers zusammenhängt. Diese ist bei größeren Regelverstößen größer als bei kleinen. Demnach erwarten die anwesenden Beobachter/innen bei größeren Regelverstößen auch eine heftigere Reaktion, wenn die Person anschließend mit einer Rüge konfrontiert wird. Die Studie zeigt, dass die soziale Selbstregulation Grenzen hat. Wir weisen einander auf Fehlverhalten hin, solange es sich in einem bestimmten Rahmen bewegt. Wenn die Übertretung aber extremer ausfällt, versagt diese Selbstregulierung und wir brauchen Behörden, Polizei, Sicherheitspersonal.

Originalveröffentlichung:

„Altruistic punishment does not increase with the severity of norm violations in the field“ | DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS13327
http://www.nature.com/naturecommunications

 

Hier finden Sie eine Auswahl weiterer Presseveröffentlichungen zu der Studie:

"Kölner Sozialexperiment: Angst bremst Courage" (WDR)

"Erosion sozialer Normen: Warum bei Regelverstößen selten einer den Mund aufmacht" Bettina Rockenbach im Gespräch mit Ralf Krauter (DLF)

Warum Rüpel so oft durchkommen (SZ)

"Would YOU tell someone off for littering?" (Daily Mail/ UK)

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news-7650 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:28:05 +0100 International Study Opportunities /en/news/news-faculty/international-study-opportunities/ 7. und 8. November 2016 Das ZIB-WiSo informiert in einem Vortrag am 7. November, 17:45-19:15 Uhr, Hörsaal XVIII Hauptgebäude (im Rahmen der Informationsveranstaltung Zweitsemester Bachelor) über die internationalen Angebote der WiSo-Fakultät. Am 8. November werden die Programm Manager (STAP, WiSo@NYC, Doppelmaster und CEMS) für persönliche Beratungen zwischen 09:00 und 12:00 Uhr im WiSo-Schlauch zur Verfügung stehen.

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news-7644 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:41:46 +0100 Deutscher Logistik-Preis /en/news/news-faculty/deutscher-logistik-preis/ Auszeichnung für innovatives Künstliche-Intelligenz-Projekt Mit ihrem Projekt „Innovatives Decision Support System (DSS)“ wurde die Jettainer GmbH (Tochter der Lufthansa Cargo) in Zusammenarbeit mit Wirtschaftsinformatikern der Universität zu Köln für die Finalrunde des Deutschen Logistik-Preises 2016 nominiert und errang schließlich den zweiten Platz. Die Urkunde wurde im Rahmen des 33. Deutschen Logistik-Kongresses der Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) in Berlin überreicht.

Die innovative Softwarelösung ist das Ergebnis einer langjährigen Praxiskooperation mit der Jettainer GmbH, dem Weltmarktführer für Lademittelmanagement. Das Kölner Uni-Team ─ Daniel Döppner, Honorata Siejka, Wolfgang Hennes ─ unter Leitung von Professor Detlef Schoder, Seminar für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Informationsmanagement, verknüpft Methoden der Künstlichen Intelligenz mit Big-Data-Ansätzen. Lademitteldisponenten werden damit in ihren Entscheidungen unterstützt, wie die weit über 90.000 Container und Paletten im weltweiten Luftfrachtverkehr kontinuierlich am effizientesten bewegt werden können.

„Bei Komplexitätsbeherrschung, Zusammenarbeit zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft sowie Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion erschien der Jury das von Jettainer eingereichte Projekt besonders vorbildlich“, so Prof. Thomas Wimmer, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der BVL. Dies sei für die gute Bewertung in einem überaus kompetitiven Wettbewerb ausschlaggebend gewesen.


Erfolg für die Wirtschaftsinformatik in Köln

„Für die Wirtschaftsinformatik in Köln ein großer Erfolg! Das Projekt zeigt die Leistungsfähigkeit klassischer Methoden der Künstlichen Intelligenz in Verbindung mit modernen Datenanalyseverfahren und stellt eine Blaupause für Unternehmen auf dem Weg digitaler Transformation dar“, so Professor Schoder.

„Wir sind sehr stolz, in Kooperation mit der Universität zu Köln als mittelständisches Unternehmen diese renommierte Auszeichnung erhalten zu haben. In Anbetracht der großen Konkurrenz, die sich jährlich um die begehrte Auszeichnung bewirbt, sind wir über den zweiten Platz sehr glücklich.“, sagte Kooperationspartner Carsten Hernig, Geschäftsführer der Jettainer GmbH, bei der Preisverleihung im Rahmen des Deutschen Logistik-Kongresses in Berlin.

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news-7639 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:01:59 +0100 New video about the master’s programmes /en/news/news-faculty/new-video-about-the-masters-programmes/ Thanks to all students and all the others involved! We are happy about our new video concerning the master’s programmes of our WiSo Faculty. Many thanks to all students and all the others who were involved in the video shoot. We hope you like the result!
Here you can view the video concerning the master’s programmes (YouTube)

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news-7631 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:47:33 +0100 Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis für Matthias Heinz /en/news/news-faculty/joachim-herz-wirtschaftspreis-fuer-matthias-heinz/ Wir gratulieren! Zum ersten Mal wird in diesem Jahr der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis vergeben, der Arbeiten zur Experimentellen Ökonomik auszeichnet. In der Kategorie „Bester Beitrag von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern“ wurden Matthias Heinz von der Universität zu Köln und Heiner Schumacher von der Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven ausgezeichnet.


Matthias Heinz und Heiner Schumacher gehen in ihrem ausgezeichneten Forschungsbeitrag der Frage nach, ob sich aus dem Lebenslauf eines Bewerbers erkennen lässt, wie gut er in Teams kooperiert. Die Antwort ist: ja. Wer in seinem Lebenslauf angibt, sich intensiv sozial zu engagieren, arbeitet gut mit anderen zusammen. Das haben die beiden Nachwuchswissenschaftler in ihren Experimenten mit über 350 Probanden nachgewiesen. Die gute Nachricht für alle sozial engagierten Bewerber: Auch Personalverantwortliche sehen soziales Engagement als wichtiges Kriterium bei der Personalauswahl an.

 

Die Bedeutung von Teamarbeit für Unternehmen
Es sei nicht überraschend, dass Unternehmen Teamarbeit immer wichtiger ist, denn, so Matthias Heinz: „Ein wachsender Anteil der Wertschöpfung in Firmen findet in Teams statt. Die Arbeit in Teams ermöglicht es, verschiedene Sichtweisen, Fähigkeiten und Erfahrung zu nutzen, um Produkte zu kreieren, die ein einzelnes Individuum nicht hervorbringen könnte. Daher ist es wenig verwunderlich, dass viele Firmen von ihren Bewerbern „Teamfähigkeit“ verlangen. Soziales Engagement zu zeigen, erlaubt darauf einen gewissen Rückschluss.“

 

Experimente helfen beim Verständnis menschlicher Entscheidungen
„Die Nachwuchswissenschaftler Heinz und Schumacher haben mit ihrem ausgezeichneten Beitrag bewiesen, dass Experimente über die Grenzen des Labors hinaus einen Beitrag zum Verständnis von menschlichen Entscheidungen leisten. Zu der Auszeichnung gratuliere ich allen Preisträgern herzlich“, sagte die stellvertretende Vorstandsvorsitzende der Joachim Herz Stiftung, Andrea Pauline Martin.
Matthias Heinz betonte, dass ihm der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis persönlich viel bedeutet und es ihn sehr freut, dass seine Forschungsarbeiten in der breiten Öffentlichkeit eine solche Beachtung und Anerkennung finden.

Dies ist bereits der vierte Forscherpreis, den Jun.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Heinz innerhalb von zwei Jahren erhält – so hat er für seine Forschungsarbeiten über Stellenstreichungen den Roman-Herzog Forschungspreis, den Erich-Gutenberg Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler und den IHK Frankfurt Dissertationspreis verliehen bekommen.

Preisverleihung im Dezember
Der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis wird den Preisträgern am 15.12.2016 bei einer Feierstunde im Hamburger Rathaus übergeben.



Über den Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis
Experimente unter Laborbedingungen erweitern die bisherigen Methoden in der wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Forschung. Sie ermöglichen das Verständnis von Phänomenen, die in einem natürlichen wirtschaftlichen Umfeld oder auf Basis von Beobachtungsdaten kaum oder gar nicht zu analysieren sind.
Der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis wird in zwei Kategorien vergeben. Gewürdigt werden das Forschungswerk eines etablierten Wissenschaftlers sowie der beste Beitrag von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern. Die Auswahl der Preisträger erfolgt durch eine Jury aus renommierten Forschern. Wichtig für die Auswahl der drei Forscher sind Qualität, Relevanz und Originalität ihrer Beiträge. Der Konstanzer Wirtschaftsprofessor Urs Fischbacher Fischbacher erhält ein Preisgeld von 50.000 Euro für das beste Forschungswerk, Heinz und Schumacher teilen sich 10.000 Euro für den besten Beitrag von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern. Mit insgesamt 60.000 Euro ist der Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis eine der höchstdotierten Auszeichnungen in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften in Deutschland.

Weitere Informationen zum Joachim Herz Wirtschaftspreis und zu den Preisträgern finden Sie unter
www.joachim-herz-stiftung.de/wirtschaftspreis.

 

Interview mit Matthias Heinz
Ein Interview mit Jun.-Professor Heinz zum Thema „Soziales Engagement im Lebenslauf“ können Sie hier nachlesen: http://newsroom.iza.org/de/2016/05/09/soziales-engagement-im-lebenslauf-signalisiert-teamfahigkeit/

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news-7610 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:02:56 +0200 University ranking 2016 “Wirtschaftswoche” /en/news/news-faculty/university-ranking-2016-wirtschaftswoche/ Business Administration, Economics, Information Systems We are delighted to be one of the best universities in Germany according to the current university ranking of the magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” which surveys the HR departments of German companies to find out which university they consider the best: 3rd place in Economics, 4th place in Business Administration, 4th place in Information Systems.

More information about the ranking can be found here: University ranking 2016 of the Wirtschaftswoche (in German).
Further rankings of our faculty can be found under the section rankings on our website.

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news-7596 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:02:00 +0200 Research Seminar Series on “Digital Transformation and Value Creation” /en/news/news-faculty/research-seminar-series-on-digital-transformation-and-value-creation/ Start of the series: November 3rd The Research Seminar Series on “Digital Transformation and Value Creation” starts with the following lecture:
 
Time & Location: Thursday, November 3rd, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm in room 310, WiSo-Building
Speaker: Dr. Ann-Kristin Knapp, University of Münster


Subject: Does the Social Media Power of a Brand Alliance Partner Impact New Product Success? The Case of Movie Stars
 
Determining the true value of social media for selling products is an important topic for both scholars and managers. In the context of brand alliances, managers can acquire an installed social media fan base of a partner brand, hoping that this social media base would enhance the success of new composite products that feature the partner brand. But does such an approach pay off, and how much is a brand alliance partner’s social media base really worth? We develop a conceptual model of the social media power of partner brands, including both social media variables and brand alliance factors. We empirically test our model with a unique dataset, combining information on 471 motion pictures (host brands), the movie stars involved in these films (partner brands), and their activities on social media. This project adds to our understanding of how social media influences the management of brands in today’s digital environment and offers multiple insights for managers of both host and partner brands, but also branding and social media scholars.

 

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the sessions.

For more information about the series, please visit http://www.digital.uni-koeln.de/events/

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news-7595 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:57:56 +0200 Die DNA der Heavy Online-Shopper /en/news/news-faculty/die-dna-der-heavy-online-shopper/ Studie des ECC Köln und Hermes Heavy Online-Shopper, Heavy Amazon-Shopper und Smart Natives – wie können Onlinehändler diese relevanten und umsatzstarken Zielgruppen erfolgreich ansprechen und binden? Die neue Studie „Wen begeistern Sie morgen? – Die DNA der Heavy Online-Shopper, Heavy Amazon-Shopper und Smart Natives“ des ECC Köln in Zusammenarbeit mit Hermes zeigt: Die begehrten Konsumenten für sich zu gewinnen, ist keine leichte Aufgabe für Onlinehändler. Online-Shopper sind Ziel- und Gewohnheitskäufer. Amazon wird häufig direkt angesteuert. Rund jeder zweite Heavy Online-Shopper und Smart Native hat seine letzte Online-Shopping-Tour bei Amazon beendet. Die Studie beleuchtet, wie es Onlinehändlern dennoch gelingen kann, Heavy Online-Shopper und Co. zu begeistern und von den eigenen Angeboten zu überzeugen.


Convenience und Geschwindigkeit bei Versand und Lieferung gefordert

Die Studienergebnisse zeigen: Amazon setzt in puncto Versandservices und Liefergeschwindigkeit Maßstäbe. Die Mehrheit der Heavy Amazon-Shopper (40 %) erwartet, dass sie ihr Paket einen Tag nach der Bestellung erhalten. Zum Vergleich: Nur 18 Prozent aller Online-Shopper haben diesen Anspruch. Auch unter den Heavy Online-Shoppern und Smart Natives ist die Zustellung nach einem Tag für einen vergleichsweise hohen Anteil relevant. Zudem sind Services, die die Convenience für den Empfänger erhöhen, für Heavy Online-Shopper und Co. besonders interessant. Dazu zählen zum Beispiel die Möglichkeit, Pakete während des Lieferprozesses an eine andere Adresse umzurouten oder sie sich innerhalb eines bestimmten Zeitfensters zustellen zu lassen.


Mobiloptimierung ist Pflicht
Bei der Kaufvorbereitung ist das Smartphone für Heavy Online-Shopper und Smart Natives deutlich wichtiger als für den durchschnittlichen Online-Shopper. Knapp 18 Prozent aller Online-Shopper, die sich Produktvideos anschauen, nutzen hierfür ihr Smartphone – bei den Heavy Online-Shoppern liegt der Anteil bei 28 Prozent, bei den Heavy Amazon-Shoppern bei 30 Prozent und unter den Smart Natives sogar bei 40 Prozent. Die Mobiloptimierung sollte für Onlinehändler also vor allem mit Blick auf junge Konsumenten einen hohen Stellenwert haben.


Kunden mit Verpackungen überraschen
Heavy Online-Shopper achten bei Verpackungen überdurchschnittlich stark auf die Optik. Rund 38 Prozent aller befragten Online-Shopper wünschen sich bei hochwertigen Produkten, dass auch die Verpackung wertig und ansprechend wirkt. Unter den Heavy Online-Shoppern gilt dies für 47 Prozent. Zudem sind 48 Prozent der Heavy Online-Shopper – und damit 14 Prozentpunkte mehr als der Durchschnitt aller Shopper – der Meinung, dass sich eine besonders gute Produktpräsentation im Inneren der Verpackung positiv auf das gesamte Einkaufserlebnis auswirkt.


„Kunden lassen sich von Services begeistern, mit denen Sie nicht gerechnet haben. Eine schöne Verpackung kann da zum i-Tüpfelchen der Onlinebestellung werden. Aber erst die Pflicht dann die Kür: Versandverpackungen sollten aus Konsumentensicht in erster Linie sicher, umweltfreundlich und sparsam sein“, so Sabrina Mertens, Leiterin des ECC Köln.

 

Die Studie steht auf der Website von Hermes zum kostenfreien Download bereit:  www.hermesworld.com/create-ecommerce

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news-7584 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:50:45 +0200 World Business Dialogue 2017 /en/news/news-faculty/world-business-dialogue-2017/ Application deadline: November 15 The World Business Dialogue is the largest student-run business convention worldwide. For its 20th Anniversary, the World Business Dialogue 2017 will place the focus on the only factor that remains constant among industries: CHANGE.
With the combination panels, keynotes, speeches and excecutive sessions, the team of the Business Dialogue aim to provide the attendees of the Dialogue with the most accurate and substantial information about matters of high relevance not only for the economy but all ambits concerning the world today.

You can apply now. The application deadline is November 15, 2016.

For more information, please visit https://www.world-business-dialogue.com/.

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news-6073 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:45:00 +0200 Matthias Sutter neuer Mitherausgeber des JEEA /en/news/news-faculty/matthias-sutter-neuer-mitherausgeber-des-jeea/ Journal of the European Economic Association Professor Matthias Sutter ist zum Mitherausgeber für das „Journal of the European Economic Association“ ernannt worden. Das Appointment beginnt ab Januar 2017.

Das Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA) ist eine wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Zeitschrift. Sie erscheint alle zwei Monate im Namen der "European Economic Association" (EEA).

 

Hier erfahren Sie mehr über die European Economic Association: https://www.eeassoc.org/

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news-5850 Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:42:00 +0200 The new leasing standard IFRS 16 /en/news/news-faculty/the-new-leasing-standard-ifrs-16/ Symposium, 16th November 2016 The institute for Leasing Research at the University of Cologne will organize a symposium about the new leasing standard IFRS 16 (title of the symposium in German: „Der neue Leasing-Standard IFRS 16“).
 
Event date: 16th November 2016
 
Event location: Conference Room (Seminar Building) of the University of Cologne
 
Time: 4:00 p.m.
 
1st Speaker: Prof. Dr. Thomas Gruber, Berlin School of Economics and Law
Topic: "Welche bilanzpolitischen Gestaltungsräume belässt der neue IFRS 16?" (Which opportunities in accounting are left with the new IFRS 16?)
 
2nd Speaker: Jens Berger, Partner, Deloitte & Touche GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Topic: "Unterschiede in der Leasing-Bilanzierung nach IFRS und US-GAAP" (Differences in lease accounting between IFRS and US-GAAP)
 
You’ll find further information at the website of the Institute for Leasing Research (in German).

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news-6071 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:13:59 +0200 "Eigentlich wollte ich Unternehmensberaterin werden" /en/news/news-faculty/eigentlich-wollte-ich-unternehmensberaterin-werden/ Donya Farahani im WiSoAlumni-Interview Unsere Alumna Donya Farahani arbeitet freiberuflich als Moderatorin und Reporterin, unter anderem für das WDR-Fernsehen, 1LIVE und DRadio Wissen. Sie hat Wirtschaftsinformatik an der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu  Köln studiert und 2010 ihren Abschluss gemacht. Während ihres Wirtschaftsinformatik-Studiums engagierte sie sich bereits beim Kölner Hochschulradio Kölncampus.
Wir sprachen mit ihr über ihren Weg in den Journalismus und was sie an ihrer Tätigkeit schätzt. Darüber hinaus erzählte sie uns eine Anekdote aus ihrer Studienzeit, die sie noch heute zum Schmunzeln bringt.

 

Hier können Sie das Interview mit Donya Farahani lesen.

Hier können Sie das Interview mit Nicoleta-Simina Proștean lesen.

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news-6067 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:32:10 +0200 Global Business Schools E-Fair 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/global-business-schools-e-fair-2016/ Virtual event on the 26th of October Top Management school's programmes and the CEMS MIM programme will be presented at the E-Fair on the 26th of October 2016. You can speak with university representatives to gain valuable admission advice and find out what their school has to offer. You can also chat with students across the globe about campus life, view videos, share your CV and download brochures.

More information can be found here: https://cems.imaste-ips.com/prefair/

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news-6060 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:11:20 +0200 Contract signed for the Special Library Sociology /en/news/news-faculty/contract-signed-for-the-special-library-sociology/ Ceremony on the 4th of October 2016

On October 4, 2016, a contract was signed for the Special Library Sociology. Thus, it is officially sealed, as it has been hinted at through close collaboration for the past two years: The library for sociology merged with the USB Cologne.

From now on, the advantages of a special library can now be fully exploited: The USB carries out the acquisition work for the special library Sociology and makes available its automated lending. In addition, the stock is perceived and utilized on a nationwide basis by the participation in the North Rhine-Westphalia Union Catalog.

Dean Werner Mellis underlined in his speech a change over time in form of digitization as well as changed accompanying demands on libraries by students and employees. In this context, Mr. Mellis sincerely thanked the library team for the commitment and patience they show daily in their dedicated work.

At an official ceremony Prof. Clemens Kroneberg of the Institute for Sociology and Social psychology (ISS) and the dean of the WiSo Faculty, Prof. Werner Mellis, signed the contract for a shared special library Sociology. The director of the USB, Dr. Hubertus Neuhausen, was represented by Dr. Christiane Suthaus.

We are pleased about the Special Library Sociolgy with its newly gained benefits for the users of the library!

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news-5955 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:04:40 +0200 The personal “distance of well-being” /en/news/news-faculty/the-personal-distance-of-well-being/ Professor Fetchenhauer in a radio interview How much physical closeness feels good in a conversation? Moreover: Where are the limits of our “distance of well-being”?
Professor Dr. Detlef Fetchenhauer of the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) at the University of Cologne has been the guest at WDR5's radio show “Leonardo” and was interviewed on the exciting topic of the personal distance of well-being.


Information about the show can be found at:
http://www1.wdr.de/radio/wdr5/sendungen/leonardo/call-in/proxemik-koerpernaehe-100.html


The complete show can be listened to here:
http://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/audio/wdr5/wdr5-leonardo/audio-wdr--leonardo-ganze-sendung--154.html

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news-5950 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:48:37 +0200 Matthias Sutter wins the 2016 Pater Johannes Schasching award /en/news/news-faculty/matthias-sutter-wins-the-2016-pater-johannes-schasching-award/ We congratulate Professor Matthias Sutter is the winner of the 2016 Pater Johannes Schasching award. The award is an initiative of the Federation of Austrian Industry and the University of Linz. It is awarded to support scientific works that address the relationship between the economy and ethics, theology, religion, and the church. Matthias Sutter receives the award for his article on „Market design and moral behavior“, together with Michael Kirchler, Jürgen Huber und Matthias Stefan, that was published in the research journal “Management Science”. We congratulate Prof. Sutter to this outstanding award!


Learn more about the 2016 Pater Johannes Schasching award on the website of the University of Linz (in German).

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news-5890 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:38:00 +0200 “I like the holistic view” /en/news/news-faculty/i-like-the-holistic-view/ Interview with CEMS MIM student Michelle Cheng Michelle Cheng grew up in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and acquired her bachelor degree in International Business at the National ChengChi University. She worked in consumer banking and international business for almost 3 years after graduating from university. Through her work experience, she became more certain about the area she was interested in and started the Master in International Management/CEMS programme in Cologne in October 2015.  She is now at the end of her second term and will be going to the University of St. Gallen for her CEMS exchange term in the autumn. We asked her some questions about her studies at the WiSo Faculty in Cologne.

 

Michelle, why did you choose to apply for the CEMS MIM in Cologne?

I was considering a CEMS programme at several CEMS schools due to the programme’s international network and strong relations with businesses. I finally decided to come to Cologne because of the positive experience I had in Germany when I did a one-year exchange at the LMU during my bachelor studies. I planned to improve my German and expand my network in Europe.

How do you like Cologne and its people and the WiSo Faculty?

Cologne is a vibrant town with plenty of transportation connections to other major cities in Europe. The locals here are generally quite laid back and they get pleasantly crazier during carnival time. The WiSo Faculty is on very good terms with multinational companies such as McKinsey and Henkel. I find it beneficial that the Faculty offers many insightful guest lectures by lecturers from those businesses as well as interactive, informative events with companies. As well as supporting my academic learning, these events give me an opportunity to find out how things are done in practice.

What is your impression of the CEMS MIM programme at the University of Cologne?

Higher education generally requires a high degree of self-discipline and goal orientation and CEMS MIM is no exception. The advantage of CEMS MIM is that it provides a good structure with its compulsory exchange term, internship and third language requirements for graduation.  For me, the workload has been challenging but manageable. Besides the MIM courses offered by the University of Cologne, I also attended a CEMS forum in Stockholm this term and collaborated with students from other CEMS schools on several case study courses offered by businesses. The CEMS MIM at the University of Cologne allows me to polish my cross-cultural communication skills while expanding my network in Europe.

What do you like about this field of study?

I like the holistic view the general management courses of this programme offer. No matter what post I hold in my future career, I will be able to consider the different interests of and conflicts between different functions. I also like the fact that the programme provides six specialisations to choose from for each student to acquire more in-depth knowledge in the area they are interested in.


What do you want to do after you graduate?


After graduation, I plan to make use of my academic knowledge and cross-cultural negotiation skills in the area of supply chain strategy to leverage a company’s capabilities and resources for a more competitive supply chain through smoother transitions.

What do you do in your free time when you are not studying?

I learn German and Indonesian and spend time with friends – mostly cooking, travelling or for a few drinks. Coming from Taiwan, where mountains are ubiquitous, I also enjoy hiking.  


Do you have a favourite book you read for your studies? And could you also name a favourite book you like to read in your leisure time?


I read Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking fast and slow” when it was first out and found it to be very insightful. This term I had a course that relates to lots of behavioural aspects the book addressed so I’ve been rereading the book.
My most recent favourite book is a Chinese classic— “Art of war” by Sun Tzu in 5th century B.C. Although military strategy and tactics are the most direct subjects addressed in the book, the book also provides food for thought on how one could formulate one’s strategy in the modern business world, which is to some extent also like a battlefield. I’ve read it before but I go back to it and reflect upon my personal experience from time to time.

Thank you for the interview!

 

Interview: Sarah Brender

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news-5880 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:35:40 +0200 The future of shopping /en/news/news-faculty/the-future-of-shopping/ CEMS Business Project with Gillette CEMS Business Project: Gillette, Cologne, Germany in collaboration with the WiSo-Faculty


The way we shop is constantly changing, with new trends appearing at an increasingly fast pace. Expanding usage of P&G products is crucial to business success and a key to gaining new Gillette shoppers in the future will require keeping ahead of the trends. It’s difficult, however, to predict what these trends might be and how the environment, retailers and product usage will change. This was the starting point for the CEMS Business Project: let’s jump 14 years ahead, analyze available data on shoppers, consumers, but also societal trends to develop marketing & sales strategies for Gillette in 2030.


In contrast to typical in-class case studies, CEMS Business Projects give students the possibility to have a real impact. “Our business project was very practical and since we were in close contact with P&G it felt like a real consulting project. To hear that they are planning on implementing one of our main ideas is also truly rewarding and means that they take our recommendations seriously,” says Louise Berndtson, a CEMS Student working on the project. “Working with students allows us to get new insights by thinking out of the box. We are so deeply familiar with our business, that we sometimes lack the outside view on some topics. Diversity is a key success driver for P&G and thus, working in international teams delivers new perspectives and innovative solutions to a given challenge that we highly appreciate,” says Mahsan Salamat, an Assistant Brand Manager at P&G who was leading the project from the company side.


Students were able to interact with P&G employees in Marketing, Finance, as well as Market Strategy & Planning and the Gillette brand team, giving them a great perspective of how the teams operate at P&G.


Find out more about the Business Project: http://cems.me/2dZkN7B


About CEMS MIM

The CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a master’s programme in the field of business and management, which is delivered by 30 leading universities from around the world in cooperation with more than 70 multinational corporations and four social partners. In Cologne the CEMS MIM is offered as part of the 2-year MSc in International Management.


An international focus and strong links with industry and business set the programme apart from others. Alongside internationally aligned courses, Skill Seminars and Business Projects, it includes an internship abroad and a term at a CEMS partner institution in another country. In addition to being the most international management programme on the market, it is the starting point for lifelong professional and personal networks.

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news-5839 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:07:00 +0200 Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/financial-times-masters-in-management-ranking-2016/ WiSo Faculty is excellent regarding career prospects The WiSo Faculty takes a stand in this year´s Masters in Management Ranking by Financial Times and holds in this year sixth place in Germany and sixty-sixth in the world. Under the heading „Careers Rank“, the WiSo Faculty receives a Germany-wide top position. In this process, it is considered how many graduates three years after their graduation account for leadership positions and what the company`s size in question is. The dean of the WiSo Faculty, Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis, is pleased with the result: „High ranking positions are an important quality indication of research and teaching at the WiSo Faculty. The current positon underlines the competitiveness of the WiSo Faculty in a national as well as an international university environment.”


The current Financial Times Ranking can be found here: Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2016.


Further ranking results of the WiSo Faculty are available in the rankings section on our website.

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news-5846 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:06:01 +0200 „Business needs more moral“ /en/news/news-faculty/business-needs-more-moral/ Video interview with Professor Bernd Irlenbusch The Volkswagen emissions scandal has been discussed in the media for months now. How could it come to the scandal? How do managers of the future need to change their attitude? Professor Bernd Irlenbusch gives answers in the faculty's new video series „A coffee chat with...“ in which young journalists talk to professors of the department about current economical and political topics. Bernd Irlenbusch is professor for Corporate Development and Business Ethics at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.

 

You can watch the video on Youtube: Interview with Professor Bernd Irlenbusch

 

„Business needs more moral“
Interview with Professor Bernd Irlenbusch

 

The German Volkswagen group cheated on emission tests in the US to fullfil the country’s technical requirements. Mr. Irlenbusch, do managers of today have no morals?

No, I wouldn’t argue like that. In fact it has become much more complicated for managers to lead an organisation in an ethical way. For example the interaction between employees and other stakeholders has become more complex. Additionally companies act globally and need to take different cultural, social and legal norms into consideration. Given these constraints it is no longer enough that employees and managers know about ethics theories. It needs more to change behaviour.

The Volkswagen group likes to present itself as a social and environmentally-friendly company. In spite of this it came to a scandal. How could this happen?

Research shows that unethical behaviour occurs in a systematic way. First there is a behavioural tendency called Moral Licensing: People who consider themselves as very moral think that this would provide them with a license to sometimes cross the line. Secondly there is a behavioural tendency called Slippery Slope: It has been found that people have difficulties to perceive own moral transgressions or those of others as being unethical if they come in small additive steps.

Could you explain this referring to Volkswagen in detail?

I will give an example for the Slippery Slope effect: Volkswagen like other companies of the automobile sector has always been achieving better results in emission tests by using small tricks: For example they used smaller tyres or only half-full batteries while testing. So the decision to manipulate software was only one further step on the already taken path and could be interpreted as grey area.


Who is the person responsible?


In many companies the responsibility diffuses along the hierarchical line. The boss wants his employee to do everything for achieving a certain goal – he doesn’t really want to know how, the main thing is that the result is satisfying. So he delegates responsibility. But his employee isn’t aware of any responsibility either because he only does what his boss wants him to do.


What do managers of tomorrow need to change so that they will be able to avoid such a behaviour in their business and further scandals?


The managers of the future need to know more about behavioural tendencies that might lead to unethical conduct, like the ones I have explained - Moral Licensing, Slippery Slope and Diffusion of responsibility – in orderto avoid inappropriate behaviour in their companies. If a manager knows about the slippery slope effect, for example, he will be vigilant to recognize the first steps into the direction of unethical decisions in order to prevent  more such steps down the slope – and maybe also a further scandal.

Do managers of tomorrow need another attitude?  

Nowadays many people think that private values like honesty or fairness don’t belong to business. But managers of tomorrow must be encouraged to bring their own values into the working life. So it would be possible that more ethical decisions will be made in companies. That’s something I also often tell my students.

Professor Irlenbusch, thank you for talking with us!

 

Interview: Jennifer Garic & Kristina Wollseifen

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news-5832 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:41:00 +0200 „Der ganz normale Wahnsinn? Psychische Erkrankungen als gesellschaftliche Aufgabe” /en/news/news-faculty/der-ganz-normale-wahnsinn-psychische-erkrankungen-als-gesellschaftliche-aufgabe/ Auftakt der ceres-Ringvorlesung am 25.10.2016 Psychische Erkrankungen sind längst als Volkskrankheiten verstanden und betreffen uns alle. Ziel der diesjährigen ceres-Ringvorlesung ist es, die Bedeutung psychischer Erkrankungen und unserer gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung im Umgang mit den Betroffenen möglichst facettenreich abzubilden.

An neun Terminen im Wintersemester 2016/17 werden jeweils zwei Vertreter/innen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis über aktuelle Erkenntnisse aus Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Sozialwissenschaften, Recht und Wirtschaftswissenschaften berichten.

In der Auftaktveranstaltung „Psychische Krankheit gestern und heute“ gehen Dr. Stefanie Coché (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen) und Dr. Eva-Maria Fahrmüller (Verband für Film- und Fernsehdramaturgie) u.a. der Frage nach, wie sich unser Verständnis von psychischen Erkrankungen im Laufe der Geschichte gewandelt hat.

Datum: 25.10.2016
Zeit: 18.00 bis 19.30 Uhr
Ort: FORUM Volkshochschule im Kulturquartier, Cäcilienstr. 29-33. 50667 Köln

Nähere Informationen zum kompletten Programm der ceres-Ringvorlesung finden Sie unter http://ceres.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/ceres-ringvorlesung/programm-201617/

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news-5830 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:01:16 +0200 Germans working in Switzerland earn more money than the Swiss /en/news/news-faculty/germans-working-in-switzerland-earn-more-money-than-the-swiss/ Study by ISS researcher Christian Ebner and his colleague Marc Helbling Low unemployment rates and the prospering economy have made Switzerland a highly attractive destination for a range of migrant groups. The diverse population and a high proportion of skilled labour migrants from Germany were two important reasons for analysing the integration of immigrants in the Swiss labour market in more detail.
The study conducted by ISS researcher Christian Ebner and his colleague Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg) is based on representative data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) for the years 2010 and 2011. The SLFS covers the permanently resident population of Switzerland and in addition to the basic sample, a large number of foreigners have been surveyed. The study population consists of adults aged between 25 and 64 who are working for pay.
The empirical findings indicate that earnings of immigrants vary to a great extent depending on their country of origin. German immigrants, net of education, even earned significantly higher salaries than Swiss-born individuals. Germans speak one of the Swiss national languages and the German education system is very similar to the Swiss education system. They perform specialist tasks and help ameliorate the skills shortage in Switzerland, which gives them more bargaining power in wage negotiations. For many other immigrant groups in Switzerland severe wage disadvantages can be detected. Ethnic disadvantage on the labour market increases as the social distance, which is determined by culture, language and the education system between the sending and receiving societies, grows. Particularly low wages were found for immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and Turkey. Policies should include targeted language training and education.

 

Did you know that …?

On the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) researchers report regularly on their latest results.

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news-5790 Sat, 01 Oct 2016 14:36:00 +0200 "Digitale Ökonomie" /en/news/news-faculty/digitale-oekonomie/ Ringvorlesung des iwp im Wintersemester 2016/17 Die Ringvorlesung des iwp beschäftigt sich mit Themen rund um die digitale Ökonomie. Unter anderem werden Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph. D.  vom Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) und Professor Dr. Axel Ockenfels Vorträge halten.

 

Wann?

Ab 24.10.2016, montags 17:45 - 19:15 Uhr, Universität zu Köln, WiSo-Gebäude, Hörsaal XXIV

Studium Integrale: Die Konstituierende Sitzung findet am 17.10.2016 von 17:45 bis 19:15 im Hörsaal XXIV statt (nur für Studium Integrale)

Adressaten:
Die Ringvorlesung richtet sich an die Mitglieder aller Fakultäten der Universität zu Köln, Gasthörer/-innen, Lehrer/-innen und Schüler/-innen sowie die interessierte Öffentlichkeit. Bachelor-Studierende aller Fakultäten haben die Möglichkeit, sich die Ringvorlesung im Studium Integrale mit 6 Leistungspunkten anrechnen zu lassen.

Studierende, die die Veranstaltung im Rahmen vom Studium Integrale besuchen wollen, können sich bis zum 10. Oktober über das Online-Formular anmelden.

Auszug aus dem Vortragsprogramm:

24.10.2016 Digitalisierung und Soziale Marktwirtschaft – Welche Herausforderungen stellen sich? Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph. D. | Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW), Mannheim

31.10.2016 Was bedeutet die Transformation der Märkte im digitalen Zeitalter? Ökonomische Grundlagen, Prof. Dr. Dennis Kundisch | Universität Paderborn

07.11.2016 Stärkt oder reduziert die Internetökonomie den Wettbewerb? Marktmacht in Zeiten zunehmender Bedeutung von Daten, Prof. Dr. Ralf Dewenter | Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg

14.11.2016 Elektronische Märkte – Design und Verhalten, Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels | Universität zu Köln

Mehr Informationen und das komplette Vortragsprogramm gibt es auf der Website des Instituts für Wirtschaftspolitik an der Universität zu Köln.

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news-5807 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:27:20 +0200 Welcome our new PhD students /en/news/news-faculty/welcome-our-new-phd-students/ Invitation Please join the Faculty in welcoming the new PhD students on October 4. After a short welcome ceremony, we invite all Professors, PhDs and “Fast Trackers” to meet their fellow students and faculty members and join us for some drinks.
 
October 4, 3 pm Room S21 in the Seminar Building.

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news-5795 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:18:49 +0200 C-SEB Research Grants /en/news/news-faculty/c-seb-research-grants/ Application deadline: October 31, 2016 In order to strengthen the link between research and teaching at the UoC and to provide masters students with an opportunity to gain experience in experimental research, the Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB) offers Student Grants of up to 1.500 € for conducting economic or psychological experiments that are connected to the master thesis. The application deadline for the next round is October 31, 2016.

You will find more information here (pdf).

Two other funding lines are available to members of the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Science and the Faculty of Human Sciences of the UoC. Junior Start-Up Grants, endowed with € 3,000, are aimed at young scientists seeking to carry out a research project on their own responsibility. To support projects in behavioral economics or behavioral psychology within the field of experimental gender research, C-SEB awards Gender Research Grants in an amount of up to € 4,000.  

More information can be found on the website of C-SEB.

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news-5787 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:16 +0200 Rhineland Workshop in Economics 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/rhineland-workshop-in-economics-2016/ CMR and BSGE present projects of young researchers The Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR) and the Competence Area II: Social and Economic Behaviour at the University of Cologne are happy to host the Rhineland Workshop 2016.
 
At the workshop young researchers of the CMR and the Bonn Graduate School in Economics (BGSE) of the University Bonn will present recent projects in Macroeconomic and Public Economics. The Workshop will take place on October 5th in the COPT-Building, S 231 - PDF directions
 
Details about presentations schedule can be found here.
 
Interested students and scholars are welcome – please just register via email: office-cmr(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-5774 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:53:47 +0200 Master Day Business & Economics Köln /en/news/news-faculty/master-day-business-economics-koeln/ Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Master-Programme im Fokus Der Master Day des Veranstalters e-fellows.net richtet sich an Bachelor-Studenten ab dem 3. Semester und Absolventen aller Fachrichtungen mit Interesse an einem wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Master-Programm oder Berufseinstieg.

 

Veranstalter: e-fellows.net

Ort: Köln Marriott Hotel

Datum: Freitag, 21. Oktober 2016

Bewerbungsfrist: Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2016 (für Einzelgespräche),

Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2016 (allgemein)

 

Zielgruppe: Bachelor-Studenten und -Absolventen mit Interesse an einem wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Master-Programm oder Berufseinstieg

Mehr Informationen zum Master Day Business & Economics Köln und den Bewerbungsvoraussetzungen gibt es auf den Seiten des Veranstalters: http://www.e-fellows.net/Events/Master-Day/Koeln-Hochschulen-Unternehmen-Programm

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news-5773 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:39:05 +0200 Auftaktveranstaltung des CETEUS am 13. Oktober /en/news/news-faculty/auftaktveranstaltung-des-ceteus-am-13-oktober/ „Bridge over troubled waters? A New Research and Teaching Agenda on the EU and Turkey-EU Relations“ Das Thema der Auftaktveranstaltung des neuen Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) der Universität zu Köln lautet: „Bridge over troubled waters? A New Research and Teaching Agenda on the EU and Turkey-EU Relations“.

Zeit: Donnerstag, den 13. Oktober 2016, 17:30 Uhr

Ort: Alter Senatssaal, University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne

Das Programm finden Sie hier (PDF).

Im Anschluss lädt das CETEUS seine Gäste herzlich ein, im Rahmen eines Stehempfangs im angrenzenden Dozierendenzimmer ins Gespräch zu kommen und sich anhand einiger Posterpräsentationen über Projekte des CETEUS zu informieren.


Die Veranstaltung findet in Kooperation mit der Cologne Monnet Association (COMOS) und mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Hanns Martin Schleyer Stiftung sowie der Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Instituts für Politische Wissenschaft und Europäische Fragen der Universität zu Köln statt.

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten. Bitte senden Sie eine kurze Email an: christian.raphael(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-5739 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:38:51 +0200 First cohort starts Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA /en/news/news-faculty/first-cohort-starts-cologne-rotterdam-executive-mba/ Welcoming the professionals participating On Monday 5 September 2016, the Business School of the University of Cologne welcomed the 21 professionals participating in the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. The 24-month international part-time programme of the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA has been developed by both Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the Business School of the University of Cologne (UoC). The Double Degree provides all the content that helps forming excellent leaders by combining an international focus with demanding business content and courses regarding soft skills. This year students form an interesting and diverse group of professionals with 8 years of work experience in average, coming from various sectors such as consulting, chemical and pharmacy, logistics, IT, financial service, medicine, engineering and law. We look forward to the upcoming two years and wish the students an intensive and exciting EMBA experience in Cologne and in Rotterdam.

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news-5716 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:47:30 +0200 NRW-Solidaritätsumlage verfassungskonform /en/news/news-faculty/nrw-solidaritaetsumlage-verfassungskonform/ Beschwerde einnahmensstarker Städte und Gemeinden zurückgewiesen Der nordrhein-westfälische Verfassungsgerichtshof weist die Beschwerde einnahmensstarker Städte und Gemeinden zurück. Unter anderem auf der Grundlage aktueller FiFo-Forschung macht das Gericht deutlich, dass das Instrument gewiss nicht makellos ist – aber deswegen noch lange nicht verfassungswidrig. In einer Studie analysierte und bewertete das Finanzwissenschaftliche Forschungsinstitut an der Universität zu Köln zentrale Gestaltungsfragen der Solidaritätsumlage aus finanzwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Parallel setzt sich die Untersuchung mit den finanzwissenschaftlichen Argumenten auseinander, die in der Verfassungsbeschwerde von mehr als 70 Städten und Gemeinden gegen die Umlage vorgebracht werden.

In der Summe zeigt das FiFo Köln in seiner Forschungsarbeit klar die Stärken und Schwächen dieser besonderen Art der Abundanzumlage. Die Solidaritätsumlage präsentiert sich als ein ökonomisch keineswegs makelloses Instrument, das aber noch lange nicht als verfassungswidrig gelten kann.

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news-5711 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:51:00 +0200 Game theorist and mathematician Reinhard Selten passed away /en/news/news-faculty/game-theorist-and-mathematician-reinhard-selten-passed-away/ Tribute by C-SEB speaker Axel Ockenfels We deeply regret to hear about the death of Reinhard Selten, who was a pioneer of behavioral research and game theory. With him we lose one of the most influential economists of our days. Reinhard Selten has inspired many of us with his work and his inexhaustible creativity and was a mentor and co-author to some of us. He also showed great interest in and supported the rapid development of economics at the UoC during the last years. We are grateful to him for his advice and commitment.

Reinhard Selten was driven by the desire to understand the nature of economic behavior. But he did not allow himself to be distracted by economic mainstream or by the opinions of others. This independence together with methodological brilliance and passion made him a pioneer in economic behavioral science.

In 1994 Reinhard Selten was awarded the Nobel Prize, together with John Harsanyi and John Nash, for his groundbreaking research in the field of game theory. He emphasized that the assumptions of game theory about the rationality of the players failed to stand a descriptive test, and that recommendations derived from game theory are difficult to convey. Confronted with the seeming contradiction in his works, Selten answered: “I am not schizophrenic, I am a methodological dualist. I believe that it is useful to think about how fully rational actors would behave, because individuals finally pursue rationality. On the other hand it is important to look at the actual behavior of individuals, because actors are not capable to act fully rational.”

Reinhard Selten distinguished three sources of economic behavior in his works: adaption, motivation, and cognition. All three areas have been neglected by economists, but our knowledge about them has improved greatly during the last years – also as a result of our research endeavors in Cologne.

I am also personally grateful and happy that Reinhard Selten guided and inspired me during my research career, starting with supervising my Diploma thesis up to joint projects in the recent past. I am sad that this era has come to an end now.

There are still big challenges and goals in behavior research. Reinhard Selten would surely have liked to further shape the future of economics. On August 23rd he died at age 85. We will always honor his memory.  

Axel Ockenfels (C-SEB Speaker)

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news-5687 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:49:55 +0200 Richtfest zur Erweiterung "Campus Nord WiSo" /en/news/news-faculty/richtfest-zur-erweiterung-campus-nord-wiso/ Neue Flächen für Lehrende und Studierende In dichter Nachbarschaft zum Albertus-Magnus-Platz entsteht ein wichtiger weiterer Baustein für die Universität zu Köln: Mit Mitteln aus dem Hochschulpakt werden neue Flächen für die Lehrenden und Studierenden errichtet.

Beim Richtfest zum neu entstehenden Erweiterungsbau "Campus Nord WiSo" kamen am 30. August 2016 die geladenen Gäste zusammen, um das Richtfest zu feiern.

Nach der Begrüßung durch den Moderator der Veranstaltung, Dipl.-Ing. Markus Greitemann, Dezernatsleiter des Gebäude- und Liegenschaftsmanagement der Universität, folgte die Projektvorstellung. Reden hielten die Vizekanzlerin der Universität zu Köln, Ina Gabriel, der Architekt Professor Johannes Kister von der beauftragten Firma ksg Architekten sowie der Dekan der WiSo-Fakultät, Professor Dr. Werner Mellis.

 

Ein großer Schritt für die Fakultät

Professor Mellis nannte den Bau einen "großen Schritt für die Fakultät". Für Studierende sollen so zukünftig kurze Wege zwischen den einzelnen Serviceeinrichtungen der WiSo-Fakultät möglich werden, da die WiSo-Student Services (WiSo-Studienberatungszentrum und Career Services), WiSo-ZIB und WiSo-Prüfungsämter alle in dem neuen Gebäude untergebracht werden.

Albert Ruland, Dachdeckermeister aus der Eifel, sprach im Anschluss auf dem Dach des Erweiterungsbaus den Richtspruch, bevor das Büfett eröffnet wurde.

Wir sind gespannt auf das Endergebnis des Bauprojekts und freuen uns über die entstehenden neuen Flächen für Lehrende und Studierende!

 

Hier erfahren Sie mehr zum WiSo-Erweiterungsbau.

Mehr zu weiteren Bauprojekten der Universität finden Sie hier.

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news-5685 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:23:50 +0200 "Gay and lesbian family issues" /en/news/news-faculty/gay-and-lesbian-family-issues/ Karsten Hank in a video interview On Cologne’s streets every year homosexuals demonstrate for their rights. Sociologist Karsten Hank of the University of Cologne told us in our series “Coffee Chat with…” that social science research provides no evidence at all that children being raised by same sex parents grow up worse than those of heterosexual parents.

Here you find the video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JIIBleAS8E

 

"Coffee Chat with..." Professor Dr. Karsten Hank!

 

Laurin Meyer: Prof. Hank, some of your recent research deals with gays’ and lesbians’ relationships within families. How much worse is it to grow up with homosexual parents?


Prof. Karsten Hank: Well, there is indeed great public concern that children being raised by same sex parents might grow up worse than those being raised by heterosexual parents. And this concern is also reflected in the legislation: Politicians make it much more difficult for same sex couples to adopt a child than for heterosexual couples. But social science research provides no evidence at all that children being raised by same sex parents grow up worse than those of heterosexual parents.


Meyer: If that is the case, can you think of any other surprising findings in this field, maybe even from your own work?


Hank: When I started to get interested in gay and lesbian family issues, my first surprise was how little research there was on that topic up to that point in time. In Germany we are in the lucky situation that there is the German Family Panel, called pairfam, which started with an initial sample of 12.000 respondents. That was large enough to include a sufficient number of homosexuals to allow quantitative analyses on this group. In one study we looked at intergenerational relationship quality, comparing gay and lesbian children with heterosexual children. We were interested in whether the quality of the relationship to their parents was better or worse depending on their sexual orientation.


Meyer: What was the result?


Hank: We found no difference at all, which is good news.


Meyer: Why are you interested in gays and lesbians family issues?


Hank: The gay and lesbian population allows us to further test many of our theories and assumptions which were initially developed taking a perspective on heterosexuals only. The actual idea to dig into this topic, however, came when I saw that in almost every pairfam presentation it says homosexuals were deleted from this analysis – because it would mess up the sample, if we would pool heterosexuals and homosexuals. And I thought, these interviews with the homosexuals cost taxpayers money and somebody has to do something with it.


Meyer: For the German Family Panel you ask people questions about frequency and quality of sexual intercourse. How can you be sure that your study participants tell you the truth?


Hank: Well, we cannot be sure that they tell us the truth. But it is said that the respondent never lies and you only have to interpret his or her answers correctly.  Fortunately we know quite a bit about people’s response behaviors. We know that there is an effect called social desirability. People tend to give the answer they think they are expected to give or they think is politically correct. We know that males report higher incomes when they are interviewed by females instead of males.
In the interviews for pairfam, when it comes to these sensitive questions, we have specific approach to prevent these effects. Pairfam interviews are conducted as computer-assisted personal interviews. For all the questions about sexuality, the interviewer just turns around the computer and the respondent is supposed to enter the answers by himself or herself.
By the way: My first encounter with pairfam was as a secondary respondent. My wife was drawn for the pairfam pre-test-sample in Mannheim and one of my students interviewed her about our relationship. And I as well had to answer some sensitive questions and my colleagues are still threatening me that one day they are going to identify us in the data.


Meyer: So first, you and your colleagues put a lot of effort in your work and publish it. But then, the media and politicians might come along and misunderstand your results - isn’t that a problem?


Hank: That is a problem and sometimes it is really frustrating. Though I think we have to be fair, if we talk about politicians. They have their own interests, they want to be re-elected in the next elections and there is no reason to complain about that. If you think of a current example, extending working life until the age of 70 - that is nothing anybody is spontaneously happy about. But there are good reasons to extend working life until the age of 70. We as scientists have to educate politicians, so that they realize that in the end, extending working life until the age of 70 is in the interest of their voters. If we convince politicians, politicians will be hopefully able to convince their voters. And if we convince journalists, they will inform the public and we will hopefully end up living in in a better world. 


Meyer: Were your results ever misinterpreted?


Hank: My first job after I finished my diploma at the University of Bochum was to work for the ‘Armutsbericht’ North-Rhine Westphalia 1998. And we produced tons of statistics and one indicator showed a decline in poverty in North-Rhine Westphalia, while all other indicators showed that there might even be a slight increase. And you can imagine the press information that the ministry gave the next day: ‘Poverty in North-Rhine Westphalia is declining.’ That was a very important lesson for me.


Meyer: So you have to work hard to convince politicians.


Hank: I think that is one of the dominant aims of most researchers in our department to provide a sound scientific basis for policy makers. There are hypothesis like the one that parents of homosexual children should comply with hetero norms. In other words: ‘We expect you to give us a grandchild and we expect you to give us a son-in-law.’ But that is not the case. And that surprised me. I mean that are very good news. So it seems that a lot of the debate about homosexuals being so different is actually a discussion without any sound empirical basis.


Meyer: How can students in Cologne take advantage from these insights?


Hank: Well, our students are the future scientists. Hopefully, if we educate them well, they will continue to provide information for politicians. And if they become politicians, they will hopefully be aware of social science research and that this might be relevant knowledge for them when they make decisions.

 

Interview: Nándor Hulverscheidt & Laurin Meyer

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news-5678 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:50:48 +0200 „I appreciated the openness of the people of Cologne“ /en/news/news-faculty/i-appreciated-the-openness-of-the-people-of-cologne/ Nicoleta-Simina Proștean in an interview Our international Alumna Nicoleta-Simina Proștean comes from the beautiful medieval city of Mediaş in Transylvania, Romania. We questioned her for our series "WiSoAlumni in an interview" about her experience as an international student at the WiSo-Faculty Cologne. Furthermore she tells us about her career start after studying for her Masters and provides tips for international students.


Here you can read the English version of the interview with Nicoleta-Simina Prostean.

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news-5666 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:37:14 +0200 Religious Christians in Europe on average more tolerant /en/news/news-faculty/religious-christians-in-europe-on-average-more-tolerant/ Topic islamic education A study funded by the European Commission (EURISLAM-Survey) in six European countries showed that religious Christians and Muslims accept the religious rights of the other group to a greater extent than less religious individuals. This finding illustrates that religious individuals solidarize with each other across religious boundaries.
Sarah Carol (University of Cologne), Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg) und Ines Michalowski (WZB) investigated attitudes towards religious rights for Christians and Muslims in Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Switzerland. The analyses are based on the EURISLAM survey conducted among more than 7,000 natives and Muslim minorities from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, Morocco and Pakistan.

 

Natives do not reject Islamic rights per se
The focus lies on attitudes towards Christian religious symbols for teachers (e.g. habit or cross), the headscarf for teachers, Islamic education and Christian education in public schools.
The researchers were able to show that natives do not reject Islamic rights per se, but clearly differentiate between religious symbols for teachers and religious education. They accept Islamic education to a greater extent than the headscarf for teachers. However, also Muslim minorities themselves support the headscarf for teachers to a lesser extent than religious education. Yet, there are differences between ethnic groups: Moroccan and Pakistani minorities are more likely to support religious rights than the Yugoslav or Turkish minority.

 

Cross-national differences
Besides differences between ethnic groups, they observe cross-national differences:
Controlled for gender, age and education of the individuals, they find that Dutch natives accept the headscarf to the greatest extent (natives 45%, minorities 79%). In Germany only 36% of the natives and 66% of the minorities said so. On average, Christian and Islamic education is most supported in Germany and Belgium (about 70% of the natives), and least supported in France and Great Britain. Switzerland and Netherlands are positioned in-between. In France, a large gap between natives’ and minorities’ attitudes towards religious education is observed, which is a potential source of conflict.

 

Did you know that …?

More interesting and often surprising research results can be found on the website of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS).

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news-5651 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:55:54 +0200 Phänomen Einsamkeit - Sendung im Deutschlandfunk /en/news/news-faculty/phaenomen-einsamkeit-sendung-im-deutschlandfunk/ Maike Luhmann und Lea Ellwardt im Interview Maike Luhmann, Professorin für Psychologie an der Universität zu Köln, hat sich für eine Studie mit dem Phänomen der Einsamkeit beschäftigt. Zu diesem Thema wurden sie und Professorin Lea Ellwardt vom Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (ISS) vom Deutschlandfunk interviewt.

Warum sich besonders viele um die 30-jährige und 60-jährige einsam fühlen und wie das sogenannte "Empty-Nest-Syndrom" und die "Rush Hour des Lebens"  damit zusammenhängen, kann man hier nachhören oder nachlesen: Sendung im Deutschlandfunk vom 11. August 2016 - "30- und 60-Jährige besonders anfällig für Einsamkeit"

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news-5637 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0200 Radio innovations: On the way to interactive radio /en/news/news-faculty/radio-innovations-on-the-way-to-interactive-radio/ Annual conference 2016 of the Institute for Broadcasting Economics

The combination of traditional radio with Internet leads to innovative treatments: They range from on-demand media libraries to individualised sound broadcasting. Especially in the area of musical programming innovative features and usage variations are implemented with great success (e.g. Spotify or Amazon Prime Music).


The annual conference of the Institute for Broadcasting Economics is focused on the current and pioneering innovations of the text-/language-based radio world (e.g. language features, interviews, messages, audio plays etc.). Along with the conceptional fundamentals, challenges and implications of interactive radio shall be discussed.

Several experts from industry and science will deal with these and many other issues. Furthermore within this framework arises the opportunity to exchange ideas and use the chance to network.
The speakers include innovative protagonists, for example: BR; NPR Digital Media, USA; BBC, UK; Deutschlandradio; Soundticker, SWR, …

#RadioConf16

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 from 9:00 to 17:45

Conference venue:
University of Cologne
Seminargebäude
Conference room, main floor
Universitätstraße 37
50931 Cologne

Conference fee: 30,00 Euro

Further informations on the programme and the registration can be found here.

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news-5628 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0200 "Clever use of IT is a competitive necessity" /en/news/news-faculty/clever-use-of-it-is-a-competitive-necessity/ Prof. Claudia Loebbecke in an interview Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke, the Chair of Media and Technology Management at the University of Cologne, responds to 10 questions on the website of the Association for Information Systems and provides an insight into her experiences and views concerning the field of Information Systems.

Her answers to the ten questions can be found here: https://aisnet.org/news/302471/Ten-Questions-Featuring-Claudia-Loebbecke.htm

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news-5626 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:29:35 +0200 WiSo@NYC visits AT Kearney’s New York Office /en/news/news-faculty/wisonyc-visits-at-kearneys-new-york-office/ Summer School As part of the annual WiSo@NYC Summer School which opened on Monday, 01 August, this year’s cohort once again was given the precious opportunity to visit AT Kearney’s New York Office.  
 
Moritz Breuninger and Ann-Cathrin Seifried kindly spared their Friday afternoon to welcome our group and pass on invaluable insights around the challenges and rewards of working for a major management consulting firm.  
 
After cracking a model business case our 28 students were given a tour of the office at 7 Times Square, had the opportunity to ask specific questions and find out about recruitment opportunities.
 
The International Relations Center would like to thank AT Kearney for again supporting our programme and is looking forward to continuing this fantastic cooperation.

 

For more information on the WiSo@NYC Programme please visit
https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/international/studies-abroad/wisonyc-now-for-bsc-msc/
or contact Moritz Ehen (moritz.ehlen(at)uni-koeln.de).

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news-5605 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:27:22 +0200 The new power of fund companies /en/news/news-faculty/the-new-power-of-fund-companies/ Guest article by Prof. Axel Ockenfels in the FAZ What are the problems with the new power of fund companies and which new control mechanisms are required in order not to jeopardise competition? These are some of the questions debated in the guest article in the German newspaper FAZ written by Axel Ockenfels (Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne) and Martin Schmalz (Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor).

The authors therein plead among other things for „transparency provisions and a consistent merger control in fund componies which considers and states the investments in portfolio companies”:

„Whether major fund companies finally turn out to be a blessing or a curse will depend on if it will work out to stop the observed trend to highly concentrated ownership rights in the hands of fewer influential companies in time. First of all the role of science is to raise awareness for this.”

The guest article can be found here (in German): http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftswissen/fondsgesellschaften-schaden-dem-wettbewerb-14361696.html

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news-5595 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:38:50 +0200 WiSo@NYC 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/wisonyc-2016/ Summer School has started The International Relations Center of the WiSo Faculty (ZIB WiSo) is delighted to announce the successful opening of the 6th annual WiSo@NYC Summer School on Monday 01 August in New York City.
 
For the first time since the implementation of WiSo@NYC in 2011, the WiSo Faculty has taken across almost 50 students on both, undergraduate and graduate level.
 
In addition, we are very pleased to have on board once again three students from the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
 
Alongside excellent academic content delivered by colleagues from NYU, CUNY, Indiana University and the University of Texas at Austin, the 7-week programme includes corporate visits as well as a skill seminar by the German American Chamber of Commerce on how to be successful in a US-American business environment.
 
If you are thinking of applying for this exciting and challenging programme in 2017, we would like to invite you to join us for the info session on Friday, 25 November at 4pm in S24 (Seminargebäude).
 
In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about general aspects of the programme please contact Moritz Ehlen at moritz.ehlen(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-5581 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:12:58 +0200 “Overtreatment is a waste of resources” /en/news/news-faculty/overtreatment-is-a-waste-of-resources/ Video interview with Professor Matthias Sutter The computer or car must be repaired, or you need to take medicine: These are examples for credence goods – goods which often cause informational asymmetries between seller and buyer. In the faculty’s new video series “A coffee chat with…” Professor Matthias Sutter explains the problems occurring due to this asymmetry and why it generates inefficiencies. Matthias Sutter is a Professor of Experimental Economics at the University of Cologne.

 

Interview with Professor Matthias Sutter, July 2016

Jennifer Garic & Kristina Wollseifen

 

Here you can find the video of the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poBoKPdAK9s


Professor Sutter, at the moment you do research on credence goods. Medicines are goods like that because buyers neither before nor after the purchase know what exactly they need. What is problematic about that in detail?

Credence goods markets are characterized by an informational asymmetry between the expert sellers and the buyers. This means that the expert sellers know better what the buyer really needs than the buyer himself. And this is even true after the credence good has been provided. This is very crucial.

You mention three types of problems which are triggered by the informational asymmetry.

Yes, exactly. The first one is overtreatment: As a costumer you can get too much. For example: You bring your car to the repair and your motor block is changed instead of cleaning a filter. The second effect is overcharging: You bring your car to the repair and suddenly on the bill you see five hours of working time although the mechanic only needed two. Since people are typically not present during the repair this can happen. The third one is undertreatment. You get some repair, you get the bill too, but the problem is not solved. In all cases the seller can exploit the buyer due the informational advantage of the seller.

You created an undercover field experiment in which manipulated computers were brought to several repair shops in Austria. Could you please shortly explain the course of action?

We bought new computers and damaged them by manipulating the random access module (RAM) which basically means that you cannot start the computer. So if you opened it up an error message appeared and the expert seller must know what to do.

How was the conversation between the expert seller and the consumer structured?

We had two randomly designed conditions. In the first condition we brought the computer to the shop, explained the problem and at the end of the conversation we said that we needed a bill. This basically indicates that there is no tax evasion going on, it is an official transaction. In the other treatment everything was the same except for the last sentence: Now we said that we needed a bill for an insurance. This little difference had a huge impact.

What are the main findings of the experiment?

The average cost for the repair was 70 euros without mentioning insurance, it increased to 130 euros with mentioning it. This is an increase of 80 percent or 60 euros. By inspecting the computers we could disentangle the sources of the increased bill: About one third, so about 20 euros, are due to overprovision. This means, that the shops do too much, like changing the keyboard instead of simply replacing the RAM. About two thirds is due to overcharging in working time by writing about 0.5 hours more on the bill than what has actually been needed.

What does this behaviour indicate for the efficient working of an economy?

Markets which are obviously plagued by informational asymmetries generate inefficiencies, because overtreatment is simply a waste of resources: You don’t need it, they do it, no one cares about it, but you have to pay the bill. This basically leads to the situation that these markets have inflated prices because there is a waste of resources. Additionally there is a transfer of resources from the buyers to the expert sellers because they can exploit their informational advantage.

Professor Sutter, thank you for the interview!

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news-5577 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:41:29 +0200 Conrad Ziller receives study prize /en/news/news-faculty/conrad-ziller-receives-study-prize/ Dissertation: “Social Trust in the Face of Ethnic Diversity” The Körber Foundation has chosen the most important dissertations in the past year. Dr. Conrad Ziller, researcher at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS), receives one of the second prizes of the German study prizes for his dissertation “Social Trust in the Face of Ethnic Diversity: The Moderating Role of Economic, Cultural, and Political Contexts”.

With the German study prize, the Körber Foundation under the auspices of Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, honours excellent dissertations with a particular high societal relevance. The doctoral thesis of Conrad Ziller examines if immigration weakens the social trust in Europe and the role of economic, cultural and political conditions. Conrad Ziller did his doctorate between 2011 and 2015 at the Research Training Group “Social Order and Life Chances in Cross-National Comparison” (SOCLIFE) of the University of Cologne. By now, he is a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (Chair of Empirical Social and Economic Research, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Andreß).

Award ceremony in Berlin in November

Together with the patron of the German study prize, Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, the award ceremony takes place on the 8th November in Berlin. More information on the award can be found on the Körber Foundation’s website.

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news-5564 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:48:46 +0200 Enrolment of Master's students for winter term 16/17 /en/news/news-faculty/enrolment-of-masters-students-for-winter-term-1617/ Dean welcomes first Master student The registration procedure for the master’s programme has started today and runs to 8 August 2016. The first master student for the winter term 2016/17 was welcomed by Faculty’s Dean Professor Dr. Werner Mellis. She will study the master programme in Health Economics.
We wish her and all other students who begin their studies at our faculty in the coming winter term a good start and successful studies.

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news-5561 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:06:42 +0200 Sympathy important to the acceptance of immigrants /en/news/news-faculty/sympathy-important-to-the-acceptance-of-immigrants/ Study by Christian Czymara and Alexander Schmidt-Catran The so-called (PE)GIDA protests and the increasing number of immigrants and refugees coming to Germany have been dominating public and political debates in Germany for more than a year. A central issue is the question who shall be welcome in Germany and who not. A study by Christian Czymara and Alexander Schmidt-Catran takes up this dispute by investigating which characteristics determine the public acceptance of immigrants. To this end, they conducted a factorial survey where respondents had to rate 14 fictitious immigrants. They differentiate respondents’ acceptance along three dimensions: the general right to live in Germany, the right to seek employment in Germany, and the right to receive social benefits from the German welfare state.

Generally, the surveyed sample has a rather positive view on immigrants, many even accepted all 14 fictitious immigrants regardless of their actual characteristics. But a significant amount of respondents also universally rejected all immigrants. The latter is especially true for the right to receive social benefits from the German welfare state, whereas respondents almost consensually agreed on giving immigrants the possibility to work in Germany.

Investigating the effects of an immigrant’s characteristics on her or his acceptance, the study shows that an immigrant’s perceived impact on society as well as on the national economy plays a key role: higher qualification, good skills in the German language, and a prospective job all significantly increase an immigrant’s likelihood of being accepted on all three dimensions. Anticipated competition on the labor market and economic self-interest, on the other hand, fail to predict respondent’s acceptance.

Most acceptance, however, is shown toward individuals who flee from political persecution. This points to the possibility that sympathy may be able to reduce considerations about an immigrant’s profitability under certain circumstances. Non-economic aspects are important, too: individuals from France, which is arguably culturally more similar to Germany, have a higher likelihood of being accepted as compared to those coming from Kenia or Lebanon. Furthermore, Muslims were significantly less accepted than Christians or non-religious immigrants.

 

Did you know that …?
More interesting and often surprising research results of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) can be found here:
http://www.iss-wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/home/singlepage/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=4139&cHash=40d9bd450c17ab801585e56c2ddecb20

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news-5557 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:14:34 +0200 The candidates of the United States Presidential Election /en/news/news-faculty/the-candidates-of-the-united-states-presidential-election/ Contribution from Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger in German news The upcoming election in November 2016 in the USA leads to much discussions in the media at the moment. Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger, Chair for International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, analysed the performance of the official presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Republican Convention for the German news magazine Tagesschau:
http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/us-wahl-jaeger-uni-koeln-trump-101.html (Link just in German)
On the 4th of August 2016 in an interview with PHOENIX about the presidential candidate Donald Trump: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8jT28R_ujM
Below, you will find further publications with Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger concerning the US election:

Interview with Augsburger Allgemeine, a german newspaper, about the US election, police violence against Blacks and hyphenated Amercians:
http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/panorama/USA-Experte-Donald-Trump-kann-die-US-Wahl-gewinnen-id38546637.html (Link just in German)

The topic Ted Cruz at focus online, a german news magazine:
http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/panorama/USA-Experte-Donald-Trump-kann-die-US-Wahl-gewinnen-id38546637.html (Link just in German)

A note of Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger “Sons and Daughters – not only Donald: A new dynasty makes a bid for power in the USA”:
http://www.focus.de/politik/experten/jaeger/trumps-soehne-und-toechter-bringen-sich-in-stellung-nicht-nur-donald-eine-neue-dynastie-greift-nach-der-macht-in-den-usa_id_5747940.html (Link just in German)

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news-5555 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:43:06 +0200 Klemens Fischer is new Honorary Professor /en/news/news-faculty/klemens-fischer-is-new-honorary-professor/ Congratulations! Senior Research Fellow Dr. Klemens H. Fischer has been appointed Honorary Professor. Klemens H. Fischer is Austrian EU-Diplomat and enrichens with his practice background the lectures in International Relations at the Chair for International and Foreign Policy of Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger. In November 2015, Fischer has already been honored by the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences with the Junior Teaching Award 2015 for his seminar "Foreign Politics - Comparative Foreign and Security Policy: EU - USA - Russia - China". Fischer says about his teaching approach: “As Minister at the Austrian EU-Embassy in Brussels, I am dealing with foreign affairs and international relations on a daily basis. Here at Cologne University, I can share my experience and knowledge with my students and so building together with them the bridge between theory and practice.“
We sincerely congratulate Professor Dr. Klemens H. Fischer and wish to thank him for his great commitment to our University.

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news-5550 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:23:57 +0200 Before the election, think about post-election /en/news/news-faculty/before-the-election-think-about-post-election/ FiFo-Memorandum about tax subsidies In 2017, a new federal Government should be capable to reform taxation significantly. For that, it needs off-setting cuts in subsidies, says Dr. Michael Thöne, Managing Director of the Institute of Public Economics (FiFo) at the University of Cologne. A new FiFo-Memorandum finds 11 billion Euros alone in tax expenditures and suggests with respect to the federal subsidy report three steps for the nature of German subsidy: cutting, reviewing and observing from there.

For futher details please check the Memorandum of Dr. Michael Thöne (Memorandum/pdf just in German): http://www.fifo-koeln.org/images/stories/fifo-memo_vor-der-wahl-an-nach-der-wahl-denken_14.07.2016.pdf

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news-5528 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:13:19 +0200 „I wanted to make a change“ /en/news/news-faculty/i-wanted-to-make-a-change/ Alumna Katharina Dröge in an interview As part of our interview series with alumni, we talked to Katharina Dröge. Our alumna Katharina Dröge studied Economics before her career path lead her to politics. Since September 2013 she is member of the German Bundestag for her political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. Katharina Dröge is chairlady of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy and speaker for competition policy of the faction of a parliamentary party in the German Bundestag (in German: Bundestagsfraktion), Bündnis 90/Die Grünen.

We asked her among other things, how she came to work as a politician, how she manages to  reconcile family and work and if her study in Economics at the WiSo Faculty in Cologne helped her in her professional life as a politician.
 
The interview can be found here (in German): https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/wiso-alumni/wiso-alumni-im-interview/katharina-droege/

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news-5503 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:53:00 +0200 “Challenging Extremism in a Digital Environment“ /en/news/news-faculty/challenging-extremism-in-a-digital-environment/ Business Workshop in cooperation with EdVenture Partners and Facebook In winter term 16/17 the chair of Professor Dr. Marc Fisher (Chair for Marketing and Market Research) offers the business project "Challenging Extremism in the Digital Environment" for master students. This project is held in cooperation with EdVentures and Facebook. Especially young people are targeted by propaganda of extremist groups in social media. The aim of the business project is to create and implement a social media campaign to counter this kind of propaganda in social media.

Workshop held in English. Application for business projects is possible during the 1st enrolment period at Klips 2.

Module: Marketing VI: Business Project / Praxisseminar
Credit points: 12 ECTS
Eligibility: Major Marketing, CEMS
Grading: Strategy brief, project documentation, presentation

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
The Goal:
Implement a social media and digital campaign in the form of an initiative, product or tool to counter the online presence of extremism.
 

The Challenge:
Utilizing a $2,000 USD operational budget, and $400 USD in Facebook Ad Credits, you will be challenged to consider how best to counter the current online presence and narrative of extremism through the development, implementation and analysis of a unique initiative, product or tool designed to counter the online messaging and recruitment efforts of extremist groups. Your strategy should motivate, empower and encourage others to become involved and take action in countering violent extremism.
Your campaign will also be considered on the possible merits of building out your concept globally.
Form a real social and digital media agency and compete to present your campaign in a global face-off competition held in Washington, DC.

Contact:
Max Backhaus
WiSo, Room 407
Tel.: 0221/470-8684
Email: backhaus@wiso.uni-koeln.de
Chair for Marketing and Market Research
University of Cologne

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news-5496 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:34:11 +0200 Connection between Ethnoracial Diversity and Neighbourhood Conflict /en/news/news-faculty/connection-between-ethnoracial-diversity-and-neighbourhood-conflict/ Research study by Merlin Schaeffer among others One neighbors cranks up the music in the middle of the night, another one keeps blocking the driveway with his car. In cities, not a day passes without neighborhood conflicts. The sociologists Merlin Schaeffer (Department for Sociology and Social Sciences, University of Cologne) and Joscha Legewie (Yale University) found out that cities with a high degree of ethnic segregation also exhibit more conflicts – particularly where the boundaries between two homogenous groups are not clearly defined. They came to this conclusion after analyzing 4.7 million neighborhood complaints lodged in New York City. Their study appeared in the American Journal of Sociology on 12 July 2016.

Example New York City: High Segregation

With the decision to use New York for their study, the two scientists selected a city with a comparably high degree of segregation. For example, there are areas with a white population surrounded by blocks of houses with black residents. Neighborhood conflicts occur particularly often where the boundary between two groups is not clearly defined. Complaints are approximately 26 percent higher there than in areas with clear boundaries between groups or in homogenous areas with no boundaries. They believe that segregation fosters ethnic or racial group identities, and hence territorial claims. That is why “fuzzy” boundaries lead to conflicts.

More conflicts in cites with a high degree of ethnic segregation

“In cities where different groups mix, this phenomenon is quite rare,” says Schaeffler. “Segregation creates the precondition for boundary conflicts.” In international comparison, Germany exhibits a rather low degree of segregation.

Schaeffler and Legewie defined boundaries between neighborhoods using so called edge-detection algorithms. These kinds of algorithms are also used in the development of driverless cars to detect the edges of objects. With the help of these algorithms, Schaeffler and Legewie analyzed the population data of New York City, making the boundaries between ethnically homogenous neighborhoods visible. This allowed them to identify where boundaries between ethnic groups were clearly defined and where they were fuzzy.

Complaints at 311 hotline

Schaeffler and his colleague came to their conclusions by analyzing telephone complaints lodged under 311, the central hotline for the complaints of citizens. They analyzed the data of 4.7 telephone calls in the year 2010. The most common complaints were about blocked driveways, drinking in public, loud noise and the illegal subletting of apartments. Explicitly excluded from the analysis were complaints about matters that could not be traced back to individual behavior, such as noise from construction work or restaurants.

Big Data as source for sociologists

“Increasingly, we are seeing debates in society about the risks and potentials of ‘big data’,” Schaeffler argues. “But this analysis of millions of complaints is an example of how sociologists can gain valuable insights into the preconditions of peaceful coexistence in complex, ethnically mixed societies.”

Link to the original publication:
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/686942

Alternatively:
http://jlegewie.com/files/Legewie-Schaeffer-2016-ContestedBoundaries.pdf

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news-5485 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:50:59 +0200 Albertus-Magnus-Award for Axel Ockenfels /en/news/news-faculty/albertus-magnus-award-for-axel-ockenfels/ Prize of the student body The prize-giving of the Albertus-Magnus-Award by the student body shall give recognition and encouragement for special accomplishments in teaching and caring for the students of the WiSo Faculty. The alumni of every semester take an active part in the decision process.

This time this special prize was given to Professor Dr. Axel Ockenfels. The award was given to him at the Award Ceremony on Saturday the 9th of July 2016 in the form of a little statue of Albertus-Magnus and handed over to Professor Ockenfels by Sally Hütter. She is the 1st chairlady of the WiSo student association.

Professor Axel Ockenfels gave thanks to the students and is delighted about the award: "I was very delighted to get the prize. My subject is the key. The game theory and behavioral economics are fun. It’s possible to have an active dialogue, they are useful for the big and small problems of mankind, and who doesn’t like to play games? It would be great if the price would lead to even more students in our range of lectures to be inspired by the newest results of research!”

We congratulate Professor Axel Ockenfels for winning the Albertus-Magnus-Award!

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news-5484 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:05:48 +0200 Graduation Ceremony summer term 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/graduation-ceremony-summer-term-2016/ Congratulations to all our graduates At the 9 July 2016 all graduates received their certificates in a festive ceremony. The graduation ceremony started with a greeting from Professor Dr. Werner Mellis, Dean of the WiSo-Faculty, followed by a welcome speech from Sally Hütter, president of the faculty student association.

Afterwards, Professor Dr. Axel Ockenfels was awarded with the Albertus-Magnus-Price, voted by the faculty’s students. This award honours, and aims to encourage, exceptional performance in teaching. Therefore, the faculty’s graduates of each term elect the winner themselves.

The Junior Teaching Award was conferred to Dr. Irene Somm for the bachelor course “Gruppendiskussionsverfahren in der Ungleichheitsforschung” and to Michael Cristescu for the master course “Conducting Experiments with zTree”,

Dr. Matthias Sutter, Department of Ecnomics, Design and Behaviour, gave a speech for the Bachelor graduates and alumna Katharina Dröge, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, spoke to the master graduates. After a music act of the ‘triologische Quartett’, the graduate speech was held by Laura Krumm (bachelor ceremony) and Cynthia Pawelski (master and diploma ceremony).

Warmest congratulations to all our graduates! We wish you all the best for your future!

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news-5482 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:55:49 +0200 Doctoral awards ceremony /en/news/news-faculty/doctoral-awards-ceremony/ Congratulations to all graduates! The doctoral awards ceremony for our students from the WiSo Faculty who graduate with a PhD took place on July 8 2016.

We congratulate all graduates and wish them all the best for their future!

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news-5477 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:59:59 +0200 #DiabetesGoesDigital /en/news/news-faculty/diabetesgoesdigital/ Guest lecture on the 13th of July 2016 On Wednesday, the 13th of July 2016, there will be a guest lecture about Health Care and the effects of the digital revolution. The guest lecture by Bernhard Schmidt is taking place in the scope of the master lecture „Service and Media Marketing“ by Professor Dr. Marc Fischer.

#DiabetesGoesDigital
How the digital revolution will create better Health Care

Guest lecturer: Bernhard Schmidt
Regional Business Leader bGM & Strategic Business Support
Roche Diabetes Care Deutschland GmbH
Wednesday, July 13 2016
Time: 10:00 Uhr - 11:30 a.m.
Place: HS XII, main building

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news-5473 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:47:53 +0200 "Boom: Zalando’s Way from Zero to Hero – Marketing in the Age of Digitalization" /en/news/news-faculty/boom-zalandos-way-from-zero-to-hero-marketing-in-the-age-of-digitalization/ Guest lecture on July 12 Invited by the Chair for Marketing and Market Research of Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer, there will be a guest lecture by Christian Meermann, founding partner of Cherry Ventures. The subject of the lecture is marketing in times of the digitalisation, using Zalando as an example. The lecture is part of the lecture series "Concepts of Marketing Mix Management".

Boom: Zalando’s Way from Zero to Hero – Marketing in the Age of Digitalization
Lecturer: Christian Meermann / Founding Partner of Cherry Ventures
Tuesday, the 12th of July 2016, 16:00 – 17:30 p.m.
Aula 2, main building
Lecture in Englisch
(Part of the lecture series "Concepts of Marketing Mix Management")

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news-5471 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:49:54 +0200 The digitilisation of trade /en/news/news-faculty/the-digitilisation-of-trade/ Comment by Professor Werner Reinartz in the Harvard Business Manager In the Harvard Business Manager 7/2016, Professor Werner Reinartz of the Department of Retailing and Customer Management at the University of Cologne comments on the digitilisation of trade. Among other things, he is debating the new meaning of the word "shopping”. In this context, concurrency is an important key word.
The comment with the title "The end of shopping lists" by Professor Werner Reinartz can be found here (in German): https://heft.harvardbusinessmanager.de/digital/#HM/2016/7/145210961

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news-5461 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 18:14:00 +0200 Online marketplace: Every third retailer delivers within two days /en/news/news-faculty/online-marketplace-every-third-retailer-delivers-within-two-days/ Marktplatz-KIX from ECC Köln und eBay Which delivery service do online marketplace dealers offer their customers? How important is shipping in other countries? What do online marketplace dealers think about returns?

ECC Köln and ebay asked 240 online marketplace dealers to find answers to the questions relating to deliveries. The key results show that one third of the online marketplace dealers delivers mainly within one or two days, shipment tracking is mostly provided and processing of returns is for ‘Marktplatz-KIX”-participants an important distinguishing feature.

You find more information here (pdf/ German): http://presse.ebay.de/sites/default/files/Berichtsband_Q2_Marktplatz-KIX.pdf

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news-5454 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:25:01 +0200 Professor Wessels receives „Vision for Europe“ Award /en/news/news-faculty/professor-wessels-receives-vision-for-europe-award/ Honoring his engagement for European integration We are happy and congratulate Professor Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, director of the Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) and holder of an 'Ad Personam' Jean Monnet Chair for European Politics: He was awarded in Prague with the yearly given „Vision for Europe“ Award of the Prague European Summit.

The award „Vision for Europe“ is annually bestowed to distinguished personalities who have, in the course of their lives, devoted substantial energies to the establishment and development of European ideals. This includes strengthening peaceful cooperation among European nations, developing a fair institutional arrangement of European integration, making European integration more accessible to European publics, and overcoming prejudices and misconceptions related to the integration process. The awarding ceremony is part of the annual Prague European Summit, and it is accompanied by a “European Vision” speech, delivered by the awardee.

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news-5443 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:47:24 +0200 „We should be more open to be surprised by people“ /en/news/news-faculty/we-should-be-more-open-to-be-surprised-by-people/ Professor Detlef Fetchenhauer in an interview Prof. Detlef Fetchenhauer of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS)  is, among other things, researching our capability of self-assessment and external assessment – and why and in which cases we trust one another.
The interview in German can be found here: http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/aktuelles-und-neuigkeiten/news-einzelansicht/wir-sollten-uns-mehr-von-menschen-ueberraschen-lassen/

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news-5430 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:56:33 +0200 Television broadcast about Brexit /en/news/news-faculty/television-broadcast-about-brexit/ Prof. Wolfgang Wessels in an interview with Phoenix on 28., 29. & 30. June 2016 Coming soon, Professor Wolfgang Wessels from the CETEUS (Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies) of the University of Cologne, will be interviewed at the TV-studio of Phoenix. He will commentate the current situation and development after the UK’s European Union referendum.

Tuesday, 28 June, 09:15 am – 10:00 am, Programme about the extraordinary meeting of the European Parliament
Wednesday, 29 June, 09:00 am – 11:00 am, Programme about the meeting of the European Council in Brussels
Thursday, 30 June, 10:45 am – 12:00 am, Key subject “In which direction is Europe headed?”

https://www.phoenix.de/content/phoenix/die_sendungen/ereignisse/vor_ort:_u_a_regierungserklaerung_vor_dem_eu_gipfel/1113838?datum=2016-06-28


Professor Wolfgang Wessels was already interviewed at the TV-studio of phoenix on 24. June 2016. Phoenix-Journalist Kathrin Augustin talked with her guests Wolfgang Wessels and the British journalist Grahame Lucas (Deutsche Welle) about the current situation after the UK’s European Union referendum. Britain’s voted to leave the EU with a majority.

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news-5429 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:24:07 +0200 Brexit referendum /en/news/news-faculty/brexit-referendum/ Professor Thomas Jäger about possible consequences and the reaction of the EU The decision is made: Most Britains have voted on the 23th of June 2016 to leave the EU. What does that mean for Great Britain and the EU? "The referendum is not obligatory", says Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger of the Chair for International Relations and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne. Talking to the radio station SR 2 KulturRadio he offers his opinion that it is now the turn of the British government to act.

Why he is comparing the reaction of the EU to a startled flock of chickens and how he hopes that the EU will have a change of thinking can be read and listened to here (in German):
http://www.sr.de/sr/sr2/themen/politik/20160627_prof_jaeger_ueber_brexit_europa_interview100.html

http://www.sr.de/sr/sr2/themen/politik/20160627_prof_jaeger_ueber_brexit_europa_interview100.html
Professor Thomas Jäger also comments the brexit in the following article on FOCUS Online (in German):
http://www.focus.de/politik/experten/jaeger/un-sicherheitsrat-g7-diplomatennetz-eu-jammert-ueber-innere-brexit-folgen-die-aeusseren-hat-sie-noch-gar-nicht-erkannt_id_5671291.html

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news-5425 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:54:00 +0200 Increase in divorce rates in Germany /en/news/news-faculty/increase-in-divorce-rates-in-germany/ It cannot be explained by a change in the role of women In Germany, divorce rates have continued to rise over the past 100 years. Only recently, this trend might have stagnated. A prominent thesis in family sociology suggests that the increase in divorce rates could be explained by a change of the role of women. This change includes increases in women’s labour market participation and improvements of their educational opportunities. The question is whether this rise in female employment and educational attainment explains the increase in divorce rates. Employment raises the earning ability of women. Therefore, employed women are more financially independent from a spouse and less bound to a malfunctioning marriage. Moreover, the negative financial impact of a divorce is less severe for employed women. Finally, it can be expected that a gainful employment of both partners leads to a more balanced division of domestic work. This might reduce the gains a male partner would get from a gendered division of domestic work and in fact destabilize the marriage.

 

Empirical studies
In empirical studies, Michael Wagner, Lisa Schmid (ISS) und Bernd Weiß (University Duisburg-Essen) analyse data from the German Life History Study (GLHS).  The GLHS contains observations of marriages formed between 1936 and 2005 and distinguishes six marriage cohorts (1936-1945, 1946-1955, 1956-1965, 1966-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-2005). The study is confined to West Germany since divorce rates developed differently in eastern and western Germany. The empirical analysis shows that divorce rates are higher in younger marriage cohorts. This finding is consistent with the corresponding numbers in official statistics. The educational attainment of women as well as the proportion of married women in the labour force increases from the earliest to the most recent marriage cohort observed. However, these trends cannot explain sufficiently the continuous rise in divorce rates. Neither does the increasing proportion of well-educated or employed women explain the rise of the divorce rates over the years, nor has the effect of educational attainment or labour market participation on the risk of divorce substantially changed in the observed time range.

Possible explanations for the increase in divorce rates
In their article, Wagner et al. 2015 discuss alternative explanations for the historical development of the divorce rates. It seems likely that normative barriers constraining the possibilities of a divorce have become weaker in more recent marriage cohorts. Furthermore, partners in more recent cohorts may have higher demands (to express themselves) on their spouses, which may not be met in an increasing number of marriages. In conclusion, it may be the case that a cultural instead of a sociostructural change accounts for the increase in divorce rates.


Did you know that…?
If you are interested in learning more surprising cognitions by the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS), you can find more here: http://www.iss-wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/home/singlepage/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=4139&cHash=40d9bd450c17ab801585e56c2ddecb20

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news-5423 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:12:31 +0200 Brexit and the consequences /en/news/news-faculty/brexit-and-the-consequences/ Professor Wolfgang Wessels in an interview with phoenix Professor Wolfgang Wessels from the CETEUS (Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies) of the University of Cologne, was interviewed at the TV-studio of phoenix. Journalist Kathrin Augustin talked with her guests Wolfgang Wessels and the British journalist Grahame Lucas (Deutsche Welle) about the current situation after the UK’s European Union referendum. The referendum was held on the 23rd of June to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. A majority voted to leave the EU.
Professor Wessels spoke for making new arrangements with reason. He also emphasized that in this discussion about Brexit, the media has accented the importance of the EU much more than before.


The broadcast can be found on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/xr0RmnBKhxo
https://youtu.be/NUoqNDaVUcc
https://youtu.be/LmR5ZZw_0lw

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news-5421 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:09:09 +0200 „Unethical behaviour often has to do with wrong company culture“ /en/news/news-faculty/unethical-behaviour-often-has-to-do-with-wrong-company-culture/ Professor Bernd Irlenbusch in an interview Why are people acting unethical? "Lies and deception between colleagues – why we are turning into toads at work" is the title of an article in the economic magazine WirtschaftsWoche that is dealing with this issue.
„Unethical behaviour often has to do with the wrong company culture“, says Professor Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch of the Seminar for Business Administration, Corporate Development and Economic Ethics, who was interviewed by the Wirtschaftswoche. He calls for the responsibility of executive personnel and proposes ways to encourage ethical behaviour.


The article in the WirtschaftsWoche can be found here (in German):
http://www.wiwo.de/erfolg/trends/lug-und-betrug-unter-kollegen-warum-wir-im-job-zum-ekel-werden/13708780.html

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news-5412 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:30:01 +0200 Expensive services for insured customers /en/news/news-faculty/expensive-services-for-insured-customers/ Study, among others, by Prof. Dr. Sutter If the quality of provided services cannot be measured by customers, it is easier to cheat for sellers compared to other goods. Markets for so called credence goods like repair costs or medical therapies present large incentives for cheating. Together with his colleagues Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kerschbamer and Dr. Daniel Neururer from the University of Innsbruck, Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter, chairholder of the “Chair of Economics: Design and Behavior” examined the role of insurances in these markets.

Costs increase by 80 percent for insured customers

Their result: Costs of repairing a computer increased by 80%, if the seller knew these costs were covered by an insurance company. Unnecessarily, single computer parts were replaced and the working hours were overstated. According to the study, insured customers are less critical compared to uninsured customers, as a third party bears the costs. Prof. Sutter and his colleagues call the buyer’s as well as the seller’s behaviour as second degree moral hazard.

The study

The study can be found in the current issue of “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (PNAS): http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/06/16/1518015113

A more detailed version of this news is available in German.

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news-5397 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:56:42 +0200 Invitation: WiSo exam celebration /en/news/news-faculty/invitation-wiso-exam-celebration/ On Saturday, July 9 2016 Dear graduates of the WiSo Faculty,

we are pleased to welcome you, your family members and friends on Saturday, July 9 2016 in the auditorium of the University of Cologne to celebrate your study graduation at our WiSo exam celebration.

After the ceremony in the auditorium you have the opportunity to toast glasses on your success with the sparkling wine of the WiSo Fachschaft.
Later in the evening you are welcome to join an exclusive buffet with subsequent after-show party in the Lecture Hall Building.
Attending to the official ceremony in the auditorium is free for you and three of your relatives.
Participation at the summer exam celebration is open to all graduates who have achieved their examinations and whose ratings were received by the WiSo Prüfungsamt until 30/06/16 - 12 p.m.

Important information regarding ticket reservations, ticket sales can be found on the website of the WiSo Fachschaft.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening with you!

Your WiSo Faculty and your WiSo Fachschaft

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news-5390 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:06:50 +0200 Sebastian Tonke receives Junior Scholars Award /en/news/news-faculty/sebastian-tonke-receives-junior-scholars-award/ Within the scope of the Behavioural Exchange 2016 at Harvard University Within the scope of the Behavioural Exchange 2016 at Harvard University, Sebastian Tonke, PhD student at the Cologne Graduate School of the WiSo Faculty received the Junior Scholars Award. The Junior Scholars Award honors young scientists for exceptional innovative research with practical relevance. The honored research project is taking part within the UoC forum „Advancing Common Pool Resource Management“ led by behavioural scientist Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach, who is also supervising the dissertation of Sebastian Tonke.

Behavioural economic findings with practical relevance

In his research, the PhD student uses behavioural cognitions to better the payment morale in rural Namibia. Bills that are not paid impede the supply and maintenance of the water network. In a country threatened by drought and water shortages, this can have catastrophic impacts. But why are costumers not paying their bills? There are many different opinions that range from the scarcity of money to the opinion that it is not proper to pay for money because it is a source given as a gift by god. To get to the real reasons for not paying the bills, the research team at the University of Cologne did more than 380 interviews by phone, interviews with experts and focus group talks.

Study about the willingness to pay

On the ground of this perceptions the researchers made an experimental study with 10.000 costumers. To serve as a basis, a free monthly payment service via text message was implemented. Furthermore the researchers tested two nudges in the form of a voluntary self-commitment strategy. The text message itself led to a rise in payments by 45% and the text message including the self-commitment led even to a rise by 78%. The positive effects of the experimental intervention still maintained one year after the first text message. The unusual and successful intervention shows the potential of behavioral economics when taken to the practice. Moreover, there was an increase of approximately 5% in national revenues in consumer business for the water company who also registered the most successful months since its foundation.

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news-5388 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:37:59 +0200 „Kein CFO oder CEO wird in der Zukunft an der IT vorbei kommen“ /en/news/news-faculty/kein-cfo-oder-ceo-wird-in-der-zukunft-an-der-it-vorbei-kommen/ Alumna Romana Engler im Interview Für unsere Reihe „WiSoAlumni im Interview“ haben wir unsere Alumna Romana Engler befragt. Sie leitete nach ihrem Studium der Wirtschaftsinformatik als Spezialistin für Datenanalyse internationale Teams zur Untersuchung von Wirtschaftskriminalität. Heute absolviert Romana Engler bei Siemens ein Entwicklungsprogramm für Führungskräfte im Bereich Controlling & Finance Audit. Mit uns hat sie über ihren Berufseinstieg, ihre beruflichen Auslandsaufenthalte, Fernweh und ihre Studentenzeit in Köln gesprochen.

Warum sie außerdem der Meinung ist, dass kein CFO oder CEO  in der Zukunft an der IT vorbei kommen wird, können Sie in unserem Interview mit Romana Engler lesen.

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news-5378 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:32:00 +0200 Cologne team participates in exclusive international case competition /en/news/news-faculty/cologne-team-participates-in-exclusive-international-case-competition/ Sofaer International Strategic Case Competition (SICC) 2016 For the second time, a team from the WiSo Faculty was selected to participate in the prestigious Sofaer International Strategic Case Competition (SICC) of the Tel Aviv University, Coller School of Management, Israel, which is also one of the WiSo Faculty’s partner universities.
The SICC is an annual case competition on an Israeli company operating in markets abroad. This year’s topic was ‘Foresight’, an Israeli high-tech company that is developing leading technology in the area of ADAS – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Every year, the event brings together 8 global teams from leading business schools worldwide to compete alongside one local team. In 2016, prestigious schools such as the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK), HKUST Business School (Hong Kong) or the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Canada) participated in the competition.

This year, Johannes Fühner, Lars Brockmeier and Fabian Lorson, three CEMS Master’s in Management students as well as Maximilian Preuß, a student of the BSc Business Administration, represented the Cologne WiSo Faculty. All of them are current or former members of the Cologne student initiative ‘Case Study Course e.V’. Niklas Hinkel from the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI) / Cologne Graduate School joined the group as academic supervising member.
We would like to highlight our MSc/BSc team’s successful performance alongside the other 8 international MBA teams and congratulate the winning team from the Rotman School of Management!


Further information on the case competition: https://en-coller.tau.ac.il/SICC

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news-5385 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:23:00 +0200 Eleventh Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue on the 6th of July /en/news/news-faculty/eleventh-cologne-economic-policy-dialogue-on-the-6th-of-july/ Impacts of immigration on the labour market The eleventh Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue takes place at the 6th of July 2016. The dialogue’s subject is the impacts of immigration on the labour market. What are the challenges and what are the chances of the immigration to Germany? Which framework conditions need to be set in order to facilitate a successful integration into the labour market? These and further questions will be explored.

06. Juli 2016,
12.00 – 13.30 Uhr,
followed by a reception

Location:
University of Cologne,
Albertus-Magnus Platz 1,
50931 Köln,
main building,
Neuer Senatssaal

The Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue is organised by the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne and the Otto Wolf foundation.

A prior registration via www.iwp.uni-koeln.de/koelnerdialog or by phone on 0221/470 5347 is requested. Further information can be found on this website.

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news-5373 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:05:47 +0200 DZ BANK and WGZ BANK: Challenges and chances of the merger /en/news/news-faculty/dz-bank-and-wgz-bank-challenges-and-chances-of-the-merger/ Lecture by Wolfgang Kirsch, chairman of the DZ BANK, on July 7 On the 7th of July, Wolfgang Kirsch, chairman of the DZ BANK, will give a lecture about the challenges and chances regarding a merger of two central banks (DZ BANK and WGZ-Bank).
The merger of the two remaining central banks in the cooperative financial network is on its way: The boards of management signed the merger agreement already back in April and if the representatives of cooperative banks as shareholders in the respective general assembly of the DZ BANK as well as the WGZ BANK agree, the joint cooperative central bank begins operating as the third largest bank in Germany on 1st August 2016.
The merger of the two unequal large central banks will create synergetic effect of approximately 100-150 Mio. EUR per year for the proprietaries. At the same time, together with the “Volksbanken” and “Raiffeisenbanken” market share in the medium-sized businesses is to be expanded. The merger of the central banks enables the implementation of a holding model within the all-finance group at the same time. In order to transform such synergetic effects into economic growth more than innovation in the organisational structure and downsizing is necessary.
The lecture informs about the chances and challenges on the way towards an efficient united central bank. Prospectively, this united central bank will be named “DZ BANK. Die Initiativbank”.

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news-5367 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:10:14 +0200 "Microfoundations of Politics - Social Preferences and Political Behavior" /en/news/news-faculty/microfoundations-of-politics-social-preferences-and-political-behavior/ Lecture series Competence Area II: Social and Economic Behavior We would like to invite you to the lecture series "Microfoundations of Politics - Social Preferences and Political Behavior" within the Competence Area II: Social and Economic Behavior, organized by the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics.
For a long time, empirical research in political science has been dominated by studies on the macro-level. However, all social phenomena result from motivations and actions of individual agents. This calls for theoretical explanations referring to individual behavior and empirical tests on the micro-level. The lecture series highlights the importance of micro-level-based research in political science and features a broad variety of theoretical and empirical approaches.
The lecture series takes place both in the summer term 2016 and the next semester (fall term 2016/17). Upcoming lectures in June examine the influence of poverty on political preferences and vote choices:


Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 17:45-19:15
Dr. Anja Neundorf (University of Nottingham)
Does Material Hardship Affect Political Preferences? It Depends on the Political Context
Seminarraum 2 (Institutshörsaal) des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft
Gebäude 203, Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6, 50931 Köln   


Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 17:45-19:15
Dr. Eva Wegner (German Institute of Global and Area Studies GIGA)
Efficacy, System Justification and the Political Choices of the Poor
Seminarraum 2 (Institutshörsaal) des Instituts für Politikwissenschaft
Gebäude 203, Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6, 50931 Köln  


For further information and updates on the fall program please visit: www.cccp.uni-koeln.de/lectureseries.html

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news-5376 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:41:00 +0200 Conservative environment makes conservatives happier /en/news/news-faculty/conservative-environment-makes-conservatives-happier/ Research study by Dr. Olga Stavrova and Dr. Maike Luhmann Past studies have found that conservatives are happier than liberals. Dr. Olga Stavrova from the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) and Junior Professor Maike Luhmann from the Psychology Department at the University of Cologne were able to show in two studies that the positive effect of a conservative ideology on people also depends on the ideological orientation of their social surroundings.

If the dominant ideology in society is rather conservative, adherents of a conservative ideology tend to be happier than liberals. With decreasing social conservatism, the conservatives tended to forfeit their “satisfaction advantage.” In the studies, the scientists used the data of 200,000 survey respondents from the USA and 92 countries around the world. The results of the studies will be published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Volume 63, August 2016, Pages 29–35).

Political attitude and life satisfaction

In recent years, psychologists have scrutinized the correlation between people’s political attitudes and their life satisfaction. Studies on the influence of the political mainstream on the life satisfaction of conservatives or liberals found out that, all in all, conservatives are happier. “The influence of ideological convictions on life satisfaction is not quite as high as, for example, personality or social relations. But it does matter,” says Stavrova.

However, most studies have been based on data from the United States. “That is why it makes sense to check whether this small correlation between conservatism and life satisfaction also exists in Europe.” The two researchers believe a prevailing conservative mood in society to have a positive effect on the life satisfaction of conservatives.

The thesis

In order to verify or disprove this thesis, in their first study Stavrova and Luhmann relied on the data of the General Social Survey (GSS) from the past forty years. The GSS is a recognized survey of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and conducted biennially. It serves as the basis of various scientific studies. For their research, Stavrova and Luhmann used the data of more than 40,000 respondents.

The approach

“At the individual level, we looked at the correlation between individual political attitude and life satisfaction,” Stavrova explains. “At the level of time, we looked at the general political climate.” They first determined the overall number of people with a conservative attitude. If they were the largest absolute group, all in all the year was rather conservative. “Then we checked whether the correlation between personal life satisfaction and political attitude could be explained by the overall political climate.”

In their second study, Stavrova and Luhmann added the data of more than 150 000 respondents from 92 countries from the World Values Survey to the data from the United States. The World Values Survey is compiled by an international network of political and social scientists.

USA

For the United States, the researchers concluded that the correlation between a person’s individual political attitude and happiness is stronger in those years in which this political attitude is broadly accepted and widespread – conservative Americans were at their happiest when the overall political climate was rather conservative. In those years in which a more liberal climate prevailed, they were not generally happier than liberals. This explains the fluctuations that can be observed for the United States over the past 40 years. “In 2004, when the climate was decidedly conservative, there was a particularly strong correlation. In that year, life satisfaction was very high among conservatives,” says Stavrova.

Worldwide

Similar phenomena can be observed around the world. Generally, conservatives are happier than non-conservatives. However, “that is mostly the case in conservative countries. In liberal countries, they do not have any advantage.” In Germany, there is hardly any correlation between political ideology and life satisfaction.

Differences to liberals

It is mostly conservatives who are influenced by their environment. No such correlation was discernible in for people with a liberal attitude. In this context, the researchers noted that all the characteristics facilitating life satisfaction, for example religiosity or personality, help an individual attain popularity and respect in society.” In this regard, conservatives feel better. They have better relationships with others, feel understood and validated in their views.”

Scientists call this the “person–culture fit” – the individual “fits” into his or her environment. “We believe this to be at the heart of our results. It is nothing intrinsic to the conservative ideology,” Stavrova argues. “For conservatives, social belonging seems to matter a great deal. Liberals are more autonomous.”

Web:           
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092656616300356

Contact:       
PD Dr. Olga Stavrova
+49 221 470 2842
stavrova@wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-5228 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:16:00 +0200 University of Cologne’s summer celebration 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-colognes-summer-celebration-2016/ *Football, Koelsch & Currywurst* University of Cologne’s summer celebration is imminent. This year’s motto is *football, Koelsch & currywurst*. Employees and students are invited to enjoy cool Koelsch, refreshing cocktails, tasty barbecue and live music.
Opening is at 5 p.m. with the in Cologne well-known and popular band “Joe White and the Hot Seven Dwarfs” (http://www.joe-white.de/). At 7 p.m., University of Cologne’s big band „The Swingcredibles“ (http://www.swingcredibles.de/) continues. Subsequently, beginning at 9 p.m. the European Championship quarter final match is broadcasted live & in colour on an LED big screen outside on the meadow.
Like every year, all earnings of the summer celebration are transferred to a project of “Stiftung Studium und Lehre” by the University of Cologne.


Summer celebration 2016:
30 June 2016 from 5 till 11 p.m.
Campus of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Gronewaldstr. 2, 50931 Cologne.
Admission is free. More information can be found here: http://www.portal.uni-koeln.de/11382.html

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news-5325 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:32:56 +0200 Guest Lectures by Prof. Dr. Roger Harris /en/news/news-faculty/guest-lectures-by-prof-dr-roger-harris/ School of Education, University of South Australia

The Chair for Economic and Social Education of Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz is happy to announce two guest lectures hold by Prof. Dr. Roger Harris. Professor Harris is a recommended expert from the School of Education, University of South Australia. His research interest focuses on curriculum development and evaluation as well as educational policy and reform.

Lecture 1:

“What part of the elephant are you touching? An overview of VET, HRD and workforce development in Australia” 

6th July 2016, 2:00 pm; S102, IBW-Gebäude 

Lecture 2: 

“The big issue in Australian VET: quality – what has been happening?”

17th July 2016, 10:00 am; S102, IBW-Gebäude

Those interested are welcome to attend the session!

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news-5324 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:42:25 +0200 Integration work for refugees /en/news/news-faculty/integration-work-for-refugees/ News article in the FAZ by Dr. Steffen J. Roth On June 3 2016, a newspaper article by Dr. Steffen J. Roth, managing director of the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne, was published by the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung (FAZ). The news article is titled “Integration work: A proposal” („Integrationsarbeit, ein Vorschlag“).
The author is debating the proposal of the German Federal Government to get refugees into the working world by the so called One-Euro-jobs. His own proposal is the integration work as an alternative way.
Steffen J. Roth: „Integrationsarbeit, ein Vorschlag“, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (3. Juni 2016), page 16.

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news-5233 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:18:51 +0200 Teodora Marinova in an interview /en/news/news-faculty/teodora-marinova-in-an-interview/ WiSoAlumni interview series Our new series of WiSo Alumni interviews continues with the Bulgarian Alumna Teodora Marinova. Teodora Marinova’s Master in Marketing was made possible by the ERP-scholarship programme that was initiated by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). We asked her some questions about her time at the WiSo Faculty and afterwards.
Among other things, we questioned her about how she came to study in Cologne, if her marketing course prepared her for her job and who or what inspires her.
You can read the interview with Teodora Marinova here: http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/wiso-alumni/wiso-alumni-im-interview/teodora-marinova/

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news-5225 Tue, 31 May 2016 10:50:52 +0200 Doing Business in Germany /en/news/news-faculty/doing-business-in-germany/ New programme for selected WiSo partners The WiSo Faculty is delighted to announce the successful launch of its first Doing Business in Germany programme. The newly developed DBi Germany concept is designed to give international (E)MBA students of selected partner institutions detailed insights into the characteristics of German management and leadership strategies.

In May 2016, the 12-day programme focused on the current challenges within the German automotive industry and included visits to Ford, BMW, Deloitte, the VDA, as well as various expert talks and guest lectures.  

The WiSo Faculty is looking forward to further expanding the concept in 2017. Please contact Moritz Ehlen (moritz.ehlen(at)uni-koeln.de) for any enquires about the programme and visit the website at: http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/international/summer-schools-in-cologne/dbi-germany/  

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news-5220 Mon, 30 May 2016 15:47:18 +0200 University of Cologne in the SCM Journal List Ranking /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-in-the-scm-journal-list-ranking/ First place in Germany The annual SCM Journal List ranking ranks universities’ supply chain management research output in the leading supply chain management journals. The current SCM Journal List Ranking by Analytically-Focused Journals ranks the University of Cologne in Germany on the first place before the TU Munich, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and the University of Mannheim. The international comparison shows the University of Cologne on the 52th place.

The SCM Journal List Ranking by Analytically-Focused Journals is based on output in journals that are primarily analytically-focused (Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management).

The current SCM Journal List ranking and more information about the ranking can be found here:
http://www.scmlist.com/home/university-rankings/analytical-report/

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news-5209 Fri, 27 May 2016 11:46:22 +0200 “Pitching Research” /en/news/news-faculty/pitching-research/ Guest lecture by Prof. Robert Faff on June 17 Professor Robert Faff from the UQ Business School has developed a simple and methodical template tool to clarify thinking and sharpen up the drafting of initial proposals for research projects, well before any major effort has taken place to execute the research. On the 17th of June, Prof. Robert Faff will be at the University of Cologne and will hold the lecture “PITCHING RESEARCH” (10:00-11:30 a.m., lecture room V, main building). He was invited by the Department of Accounting und the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS).


Professor Robert Faff's “pitching research” template is of particular relevance to beginning PhD students and to early career researchers facing the common challenge of starting a new piece of research, that they can be confident is worthwhile. But, even for researchers beyond the initial proposal stage of their project, there is likely to be considerable merit in rethinking the project at regular intervals to keep it on track. The notion of “pitching” the project anew can benefit the project in many ways, not least of which is retention of focus, trimming tangential matter, recalibrating the scope and refining the method to match the type and amount of data that turns out to be available.

About Robert Faff:

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 Australian Research Council grants (funding exceeding Euros 2.5 million, equivalent); more than 290 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 8,400 (Google Scholar); and a h-index of 48 (Google Scholar).
His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations.

 

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2462059

Pitching Research by Prof. Robert Faff, Professor of Finance & Director of Research, UQ Business School
June 17 2016
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Lecture room V, main building

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news-5207 Fri, 27 May 2016 09:47:31 +0200 WiSoAlumni interviews /en/news/news-faculty/wisoalumni-interviews/ Start of a new series of interviews with alumni WiSoAlumni starts a new series of interviews with alumni. We asked our graduates the following questions: How did you like your time at the WiSo Faculty? How did you manage the start into your professional life? Which career challenges did you master? Which tips do you have for our current sudents?

The interview series starts with our Alumna Juliane Kronen.  She is engaged for sustainable alternatives:
http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/wiso-alumni/wiso-alumni-im-interview/juliane-kronen/ (in German)

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news-5177 Mon, 23 May 2016 10:18:08 +0200 More success by having patience? /en/news/news-faculty/more-success-by-having-patience/ Quiz with Professor Matthias Sutter on ZEIT ONLINE The series “Beat the Prof” by ZEIT Campus introduces scientific problems in an entertaining way by asking questions in a quiz. Our professor Matthias Sutter from the Chair of  Economics: Design and Behavior provides ten questions about patience.
The quiz with Matthias Sutter about patience and success (German title: “Sind geduldige Menschen erfolgreicher?”)  can be found here:  http://www.zeit.de/campus/2016/beat-the-prof-geduld

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news-5171 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:38:32 +0200 The relations between Germany and Turkey /en/news/news-faculty/the-relations-between-germany-and-turkey/ Panel discussion on June 1st 2016 On June 1st 2016, there will be a panel discussion about the relations between Germany and Turkey (title of the discussion in German: "Die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei"). The event by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) will be hosted in cooperation with the Chair of International Politics and Foreign Policy Studies at the University of Cologne.

Guests of the panel discussion will be the German ambassador in Turkey, Martin Erdmann, Burak Çopur, political scientist at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Hasnain Kazim, journalist und foreign correspondent. Moderator of the discussion will be Professor Dr. Thomas Jäger from the Chair of International Politics and Foreign Policy Studies at the University of Cologne.

"Die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei", panel discussion
University of Cologne, WiSo Building, lecture room XXIV
June 1st 2016, 18:30

More information about the event and its guests can be found on the following website of the ifa (in German): www.ifa.de/de/kultur-und-aussenpolitik/forschung-und-dialog/aussenpolitik-live.html

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news-5163 Thu, 19 May 2016 18:05:00 +0200 „Digital Transformation and Value Creation“ /en/news/news-faculty/digital-transformation-and-value-creation/ New research initiative explores digital economics Ten scientists of our WiSo Faculty are exploring the digital transformation and its impact on business life and society. Marketing expert Prof. Dr. Werner Reinartz leads the interdisciplinary initiative „Digital Transformation and Value Creation“. It comprises data experts and psychologists, economists and marketing experts.
A cooperation with companies and institutions of public life is planned, too. The initiative is hosted interdisciplinary at the WiSo Faculty, but other disciplines shall be integrated if required.
The goal of the research initiative is to broaden the knowledge about how consumer think, feel and act in digital environments – and what effects that has for the value and success of companies.

Students shall be trained as digital experts that are needed at the labor market.
More information and news about „Digital Transformation and Value Creation“ can be found on the website:
www.digital.uni-koeln.de

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news-5150 Wed, 18 May 2016 10:28:50 +0200 Parenthood and scholarship /en/news/news-faculty/parenthood-and-scholarship/ Career Family Coaching: Extended application deadline! Junior researcher and advanced students with child or children can apply until the 31th of May 2016 for the Career Family Coaching-Programme. The one-year-programme consists of
a)    the core elements „workshops“ and „exchange with others in support-groups“ and
b)    the optional modules „coaching“ und „mentoring“.
You can work on the strategies for a better compatibility of scholarship/job and parenthood.


More information about the programme and application process can be found here:
http://ukoeln.de/8G1FU

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news-5155 Tue, 17 May 2016 17:14:00 +0200 Pay with fingerprint /en/news/news-faculty/pay-with-fingerprint/ ECC-Payment-Study about biometric authentication of payment transactions The imagination of payment transactions authentication with fingerprint is no science fiction anymore for German consumers - rather an interesting alternative to major payment methods. The ECC-Payment-Study in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Malte Krüger were able to show that two third of the consumers could imagine to pay their shopping with biometric identifying characteristics.


About the ECC-Payment-Study
For the “ECC-Payment-Study Vol. 20 – Der Internetzahlungsverkehr aus Sicht der Händler und Verbraucher” the data of 1.877 consumers in December 2015 are used. The consumers are divided in 883 consumers from Germany, 500 from Austria and 494 from Swiss. Furthermore, a survey was conducted with 394 German online-dealer from November 2015 – January 2016.

For more information, please visit the website of ECC Köln (Link just in German):
www.ifhkoeln.de/blog/details/warum-biometrische-zahlungsverfahren-mobile-payment-abloesen-koennten/

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news-5137 Thu, 12 May 2016 15:08:24 +0200 Sustainable Marketing on the Example of “The Body Shop” /en/news/news-faculty/sustainable-marketing-on-the-example-of-the-body-shop/ Guest lecture on the 30th of May 2016 The next guest lecture of the lecture series "Brand Management: A Sustainable Marketing Perspective" of the Department of Marketing and Brand Management is taking place on the  30th of May 2016: "Sustainable Marketing on the Example of 'The Body Shop'” with lecturer  Yvonne Rostock. She is Managing Director of The Body Shop, Germany.


Titel of the guest lecture: Sustainable Marketing on the Example of “The Body Shop”
Lecturer: Yvonne Rostock, Managing Director of The Body Shop, Germany
Date: 30.05.2016
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Place: HS 80, Philosophikum

The lecture is open to the public.
We are looking forward to see you!

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news-5127 Tue, 10 May 2016 17:41:13 +0200 Big Data for the Benefit of Patients /en/news/news-faculty/big-data-for-the-benefit-of-patients/ ceres Lecture on May 23rd 2016 The fifth ceres Lecture is taking place at the University of Cologne on May 23rd 2016. Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach, managing partner and co-founder of dievini Hopp BioTech Holding GmbH & Co. KG, will present insights into the role of Big Data in Medicine in his talk „Big Data for the Benefit of Patients: Precision Medicine and the Challenges of Different Kinds of Data.” The ceres lecture is free and open to everyone interested.


In his ceres Lecture, von Bohlen und Halbach will discuss potential benefits and challenges of Big Data for modern medicine. The constantly growing amount of health-related data is changing health care practice fundamentally. While medicine is expected to be personalized and to allow for increasingly precise predictions as well as individualized therapies, it is not settled whether Precision Medicine will automatically lead to better patient care. Which risks are associated with data-driven care, and how can we ensure its beneficial use? Discuss with a life-science and data expert and share your own insights and thoughts!


About the Lecturer:
Dr. von Bohlen holds a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
He has more than 10 years of entrepreneurial experience in the Life Sciences. As former CEO of Lion Bioscience AG he led Lion's IPO in 2000 at 'Neuer Markt', Frankfurt and at Nasdaq, New York. In addition to that, he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the German Entrepreneur of the Year prize in 1999 by Ernst & Young, SAP and Manager Magazin. Today, he is chairman of various biotech companies as well as member of the evaluation board of Wyss Translational Center Zurich.

Big Data for the Benefit of Patients: Precision Medicine and the Challenges of Different Kinds of Data

Lecturer: Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach (dievini Hopp BioTech holding GmbH & Co. KG)
Date: May 23rd, 2016
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Place: University of Cologne, Lecture Hall I, LFI-Building, Kerpener Str. 62, 50937 Cologne


Free public lecture, open to everyone interested.
Please register via e-mail to: ceres-formate(at)uni-koeln.de

ceres-formate(at)uni-koeln.de
For further information on the event, please visit http://www.ceres.uni-koeln.de/en/events/ceres-lecture/

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news-5114 Fri, 06 May 2016 10:34:23 +0200 “New Approaches to the Political Economy of Social Policy” /en/news/news-faculty/new-approaches-to-the-political-economy-of-social-policy/ Upcoming workshop on May 23rd - 24th 2016 New Approaches to the Political Economy of Social Policy: This workshop will be held at the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung in Cologne on May 23rd - 24th 2016.
The upcoming workshop within the Competence Area II: Social and Economic Behavior is organized by the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics.
 
The deadline for registration is May 18th, 2016.

Here is a list of local and international speakers for the workshop:

Melina Altamirano, Duke University
Sarah Berens, University Of Cologne
Matthew Carnes, Georgetown University
David Doyle, Oxford University
German Feierherd, Yale University

Santiago López-Cariboni, Catholic University Of Uruguay
Fabiana Machado, Inter-American Development Bank
Irene Menéndez Gonzalez, University Of Zurich

Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Harvard University

David Rueda, Oxford University

You can find the full program and further information about the event online at: www.polecon-socialpolicy.org

In order to warrant a workshop atmosphere, the event is open to a limited number of guests. Please register at http://www.polecon-socialpolicy.org/contact.html
Deadline for registration: May 18th, 2016.

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news-5104 Tue, 03 May 2016 12:26:22 +0200 Guest lectures: Batten & Company and Armedangels on the 9th and 11th of May /en/news/news-faculty/guest-lectures-batten-company-and-armedangels-on-the-9th-and-11th-of-may/ Lecture series "Brandmanagement: A Sustainable Marketing Perspective" The Department of Marketing and Brand Management hosts a series of guest lectures with the topic: "Brandmanagement: A Sustainable Marketing Perspective".
On the 9th of May 2016 Johanna Busching and Steffen Thiel of Batten & Company will present a lecture called "Sustainability and sustainable Brand Management: Two sides of the same coin?". On the 11th of May 2016 follows a lecture by Katja Winter and Julia Kirschner from the fashion label Armedangels (Social Fashion Company): "Time to change the game - Marketing & Sustainability at Fair Fashion Label ARMEDANGELS".
 

"Brandmanagement: A Sustainable Marketing Perspective" – upcoming lectures:

09.05.16: "Sustainability and sustainable Brand Management: Two sides of the same coin?"
12:00 - 13:30 in HS 80 Philosophikum: Batten & Company
Steffen Thiel and Johanna Busching

11.05.16:  "Time to change the game - Marketing & Sustainability at Fair Fashion Label ARMEDANGELS"
10:00 -11:30 in HS XII main building
Katja Winter and Julia Kirschner, Armedangels, Social Fashion Company GmbH

30.05.16: "Sustainable Marketing on the Example of `The Body Shop'"
14:00 - 15:30 in HS 80 Philosophikum
Frau Yvonne Rostock, business executive of TBS, Deutschland

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news-5101 Mon, 02 May 2016 14:34:02 +0200 Career Week: The application process /en/news/news-faculty/career-week-the-application-process/ 09 – 14 May 2016 The career week of the University of Cologne will take place from 09. – 14. May 2016 and has the topic “The application process”. There will be a varied programme with presentation and workshops as well as complimentary application photos.

The programme will include the following topics:

+ recent application documents
+ job interviews
+ EU Careers – career opportunities in the European Union
+ Assessment Centre Training
+ Career Coaching

You can find further information and the complete programme at the website of the Professional Centre of the University of Cologne (Link in German) www.professionalcenter.uni-koeln.de/careerweek

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news-5092 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:44:14 +0200 Payroll tax subsidies for shipowners /en/news/news-faculty/payroll-tax-subsidies-for-shipowners/ Michael Thöne about the government aid To secure jobs at seagoing vessels, the German Bundestag and Bundesrat have approved an act that initiates the so called „Lohnsteuereinbehalt“. That means that the payroll tax for  employees on German-flagged ships, the payroll tax will be omitted. What is still needed is the approvel oft he EU Commision.

At the program „plusminus“ of the television channel ARD, experts were questioned about the theme. Dr. Michael Thöne is business executive at the FiFo Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne. He advised the German Bundestag before the voting about the act. He estimates the costs after the act takes effect will be around 25.000 Euro subsidy per year for every position.  

The video, which has been aired on April 27 2016, can be seen here (in German): http://www.daserste.de/information/wirtschaft-boerse/plusminus/sendung/reeder-100.html

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news-5084 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:01:48 +0200 Strategisches Timing als Problem /en/news/news-faculty/strategisches-timing-als-problem/ Axel Ockenfels über Gefahren des Hochfrequenzhandels Strategisches Timing - ob bei Ebay-Auktionen oder an der Börse, das Thema stellt eine Herausforderung dar. In der FAZ vom 18. April 2016 ist zu diesem Thema ein gemeinsamer Artikel der Professoren Axel Ockenfels und Peter Cramton erschienen.

Der weitverbreitete Versuch, erst kurz vor Ende einer Internetauktion zum Beispiel bei Ebay zu bieten: Dieses "Sniping" genannte Verhalten, also ein Bieten in letzter Sekunde, hält laut Ockenfels und Cramton die Preise oft niedrig und lässt die Markteffizienz leiden. Ziel des strategisch späten Timings: Andere Wettbewerber sollen so nicht mehr reagieren können und der Preis dadurch möglichst gering gehalten werden.

Dieses verzögerte Reagieren mit Hintergedanken sei auch in der Finanzwelt teilweise lohnend. Vor allem aber gehe es an der Börse beispielsweise darum, als Händler schneller als die Wettbewerber zu reagieren.  Im Fall von Kursveränderungen, etwa infolge von guten Umsatzzahlen einzelner Unternehmen, könne das schnelle Reagieren auf Marktveränderungen an den Börsen Vorteile bringen.
Der Wunsch, schneller zu sein als die anderen, führt dabei zu einem Wettrüsten im gesamten Finanzmarktsystem, so Ockenfels und Cramton. Der Hochfrequenzhandel ist die Folge: eine Handelstechnik, bei der Wertpapiertransaktionen immer stärker von eigenständigen, extrem schnellen Hochleistungscomputern ausgeführt werden.

Die beiden zweifeln jedoch an dem gesamtwirtschaftlichen Nutzen dieser Entwicklungen: Es bestehe so der Anreiz, in immer schnellere Verbindungen zu investieren, auch wenn so gesamtwirtschaftlich keine zusätzlichen Werte geschaffen werden.
Die Lösung sehen die Autoren im Marktdesign. Dieses biete zum Beispiel bei den vom Sniping betroffenen Internetauktionen die Möglichkeit, durch ein "weiches Auktionsende" bei späten Auktionen die Laufzeit der Auktion automatisch auszudehnen.

Im Fall des Snipings bei Finanzmärkten werden ebenfalls Lösungsmöglichkeiten diskutiert. Eine Option sehen die Autoren des Artikels darin, die eingehenden Gebote nicht nacheinander abzuarbeiten. Stattdessen könnten beispielsweise 100 Millisekunden als fester Intervall gesetzt werden, um die minimalen Geschwindigkeitsvorsprünge, mit denen der Effizienzverlust einhergeht, zu reduzieren.
Cramton und Ockenfels sind überzeugt, der Wettbewerb um die größte Geschwindigkeit würde sich so in einen Wettbewerb um den besten Preis verwandeln lassen.

Peter Cramton, Ph. D., lehrt an der Universität von Maryland. Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels lehrt an der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln.
Der genannte Artikel erschien in der FAZ: "Hohe Frequenz, geringe Effizienz" von Peter Cramton und Axel Ockenfels, 18. April 2016, Nr. 90, S. 18.

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news-5080 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:19:57 +0200 New junior professor at the WiSo Faculty /en/news/news-faculty/new-junior-professor-at-the-wiso-faculty/ A warm welcome! Susanne Steffes is since May 2016 assistant professor at the University of Cologne and deputy head of ZEW's Research Department "Labour Markets, Human Resources, and Social Policy". She studied economics at the University of Mannheim and received her doctoral degree from the Albrecht-Ludwigs University in Freiburg.
The main research interests of Susanne Steffes are the effects of human resource management on job quality. In particular she is working on the impact of HR management on employee retention, the optimal design and the effects of flexible work, and the effects of personnel development and equality of opportunities on individual careers.

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news-5028 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:00 +0200 Attitude towards religious rights for Christians and Muslims /en/news/news-faculty/attitude-towards-religious-rights-for-christians-and-muslims/ EURISLAM-survey in 6 European countries The results of a survey in six European countries show that Christians in Europe are more adversed against the headscarf for female teachers than against religious education.
But not only the Christian natives are on the average more critical of head scarfs for female teachers, Muslims are critical, too. That shows the study which is sponsored by the European Commission (EURISLAM-survey).

The study by Professor Dr. Sarah Carol of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) , Professor Dr. Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg, WZB Berlin) and Dr. Ines Michalowski (WZB Berlin) is called “A Struggle over Religious Rights? How Muslim Immigrants and Christian Natives View the Accommodation of Religion in Six European Countries”.

The social scientists examined the attitudes towards religious rights for Christians and Muslims in six European countries: In Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and in Switzerland. More than 7000 people were polled, with and without Jugoslav, Turkey, Moroccan and Pakistani migratory background. Thematised were attitudes towards religious symbols of female teachers, f. e. the head scarf, or Christian symbols like the Christian cross as well as habit. Religious classes for Christians and Muslims at public schools were also in focus.

The study shows, that the questioned people did not in general reject religious rights. Instead, a differentiated assessment of religious symbols in the case of teachers and in the case of religious education takes place.

More information and link:
“A Struggle over Religious Rights? How Muslim Immigrants and Christian Natives View the Accommodation of Religion in Six European Countries”. Erschienen in der Fachzeitschrift Social Forces, Volume 94, Issue 2, S.647-671. (http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/94/2/647)

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news-5033 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:49:00 +0200 “Brand Management – A sustainability marketing perspective” /en/news/news-faculty/brand-management-a-sustainability-marketing-perspective/ Series of guest lectures “Brand Management – A sustainability marketing perspective” is thematised at the Department of Marketing and Brand Management in a series of guest lectures.
On the 2nd of May 2016, Mareike Klein will give a lecture about „Sustainability at Henkel – responsibility along the value chain”. Mareike Klein is Sustainability Manager at Henkel since 2011 and responsible for the company-wide implementation of measures regarding the sustainability issue. Her task includes the application of sustainability strategies, the realization of common projects with various business units and enterprise functions and to prepare the annual sustainability report.
After graduating with a degree in business administration in Düsseldorf and France Mareike Klein started her professional career at leading German communication agencies before changing to Cognis/BASF in the area of sustainability communication.
 

“Brand Management – A sustainability marketing perspective” – upcoming guest lectures:

 
02.05.16: "Sustainability at Henkel - responsibility  along the value chain"
14:00 - 15:30 in HS 80 Philosophikum:
Henkel, Mareike Klein
 
09.05.16: "Sustainability and sustainable Brand Management: Two sides of the same coin?"
12:00 - 13:30 in HS 80 Philosophikum: Batten & Company
Steffen Thiel and Johanna Busching

11.05.16:  Armedangels, Social Fashion Company GmbH
10:00 -11:30 in HS XII main building
Mrs. Winter

30.05.16: Vortrag The Body Shop
14:00 - 15:30 in HS 80 Philosophikum

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news-5052 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:25:02 +0200 Claudia Loebbecke advises Bundesnetzagentur /en/news/news-faculty/claudia-loebbecke-advises-bundesnetzagentur/ Member of the „Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis für Regulierungsfragen“ Since January 2016, Professor Claudia Loebbecke is one of the members of the „Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis für Regulierungsfragen (WAR)“, a scientific working group about regulatory questions by the Bundesnetzagentur for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post und rail (in German shortened to BNetzA). The Bundesnetzagentur is an independent higher federal authority in the business area of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy based in Bonn. It is advised on a regular basis by the working group WAR.
Claudia Loebbecke is professor at the Department of Business, Media and Technology Management at the University of Cologne.

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news-5034 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:16:46 +0200 "Being successful by having patience – what behavioral science teaches" /en/news/news-faculty/being-successful-by-having-patience-what-behavioral-science-teaches/ Lecture by Matthias Sutter on the 26th of April 2016 In the summer semester 2016, the lecture series by the ProfessionalCenter thematises „Exzellent. Spitzenforschung an der Universität zu Köln“. It gives the possibility to get to know more about the chances and challenges of the Exczellence Initiative. The lecture series is public. If you are interested, we look forward to your participation.


As part of this lecture series, Professor Dr. Matthias Sutter will give a lecture on the  26th of April 2016 about "Being successful by having patience – what behavioral science teaches" (the German title of the lecture is "Mit Geduld zum Erfolg - was uns die Verhaltensforschung dazu lehrt").

Patience is important to be able to reach long-dated goals in the future. That means that patience is also crucial for success and health. And not only for adults – patience plays an important role especially for children and their educational career. Why is it this way and how can you learn to be more patient?
These are the questions which are at the center of the lecture by Matthias Sutter. He will introduce current research results and show how interventions by the educational policy can support behavior that is future-oriented.

The lecture "Mit Geduld zum Erfolg - was uns die Verhaltensforschung dazu lehrt" takes place on the 26th of April from 5.45 pm  to 7.125 pm at the Hörsaal II of the main building of the University of Cologne (Albertus Magnus Platz).
More information can be found at the Website of the ProfessionalCenter (in German).

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news-5024 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:50:14 +0200 EMBA INFO EVENT on 23 April /en/news/news-faculty/emba-info-event-on-23-april/ On the campus in Cologne The Business School of the University of Cologne hosts the INFO EVENT about the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA on 23 April 2016 on the campus in Cologne.

From 10 am to about 3 pm the two-year executive education programme will be presented. Visitors can meet representatives of both universities and get to know more about the programme. There will be a sample lecture by Wilhelm Hofmann, one of the executive faculty members. An overview about the agenda and more information about the event can be found on the website of the Business School.

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news-5004 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0200 Affordable living space in NRW /en/news/news-faculty/affordable-living-space-in-nrw/ Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue on the 4th of May On the 4th of May the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne hosts together with the Otto Wolff Stiftung the 10th Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue, an economic-political dialogue that wants to encourage exchange between practice and science. The upcoming event thematises the tense situation on the German apartment market in built-up areas.
Referents are Michael Groschek, minister for Building, Housing, Urban Development and Transport for North Rhine-Westphalia and Prof. Dr. Ulrich van Suntum, director of the Institute of Spatial and Housing Economics at the University of Münster. Anchorman is Dr. Oliver Arentz, vice business executive of the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne (iwp).

Time and place:
4th of May 2016, 12 o’clock to 13.30 with subsequent reception at the  University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus Platz 1, 50931 Köln, Building 106 (Seminargebäude), conference room 004. After the discussion, there will the possibility to have a snack.
Registration is needed, more information can be found on the website of the Institute for Economic Policy (in German).

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news-4980 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:28:38 +0200 Divide and rule? Decentralisation in focus /en/news/news-faculty/divide-and-rule-decentralisation-in-focus/ DFG project by Professor André Kaiser und Leonce Röth Decentralisation – that means the political steps that give more power to the regional political levels. But which reasons are there for governing political parties to cede power?  Und what are the longterm effects for the people as a result of the decentralisation process?

Professor André Kaiser and Leonce Röth (Cologne Center for Comparative Politics) are pursuing  this questions in their research project supported by the DFG. Among others they are addressing the case of decentralization in Turkey.  You can find an interview with both researchers and more information here.

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news-4972 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:21:04 +0200 Susanne Prantl new member of the Scientific Advisory Board /en/news/news-faculty/susanne-prantl-new-member-of-the-scientific-advisory-board/ Advice for the DIW Berlin Susanne Prantl, Professor of Economics at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne, was appointed on 6th of April 2016 as a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) for four years.
The DIW Berlin is member of the Leibniz Society and is one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany. The Scientific Advisory Board of the DIW Berlin is comprised of twelve internationally recognized scholars who advise the Institute.

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news-4945 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:29:23 +0200 Research at Stanford University /en/news/news-faculty/research-at-stanford-university/ An interview with Professor Axel Ockenfels Last year, Professor Axel Ockenfels spent several months researching at Stanford University. In an interview with the International Office (University of Cologne), he talks about his experiences in California, his research – and what he does when he isn’t thinking.

Axel Ockenfels is recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and has been serving as the speaker of the University of Cologne's Excellence Center for Social and Economic Behavior (C-SEB) since 2015. According to the Global Thought Leader Index, since 2015 he can count himself among the most influential thinkers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

To read the interview with Axel Ockenfels, click here.

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news-4922 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:08:43 +0200 Low-skilled workers: with a migration background you earn more /en/news/news-faculty/low-skilled-workers-with-a-migration-background-you-earn-more/ The study provides exciting results A recent study indicates that the cliché of migrants with low-skilled qualifications as an integration failure and a social loser is not true. The study shows: migrants often have a higher income than equally qualified employees without migration background. This applies in particular to groups with typically uneducated families of origin.

In Germany early school leavers with Turkish background earn approximately 2,20 Euro per hour more than locals without a school-leaving qualification. They earn more, because they carry out activities which demand a higher educational level for example as a machine operator, a plant operator or a construction plant operator. For people with Italian or Greek background the results performed similarly. In contrast, low-skilled workers without migration background rarely take the step into challenging occupations.

In a study ISS researcher Merlin Schaeffer together with Jutta Höhne (WSI – Hans Böckler Foundation) and Céline Teney (University of Bremen) compared the income of locals with the income of migrants who visited school in Germany bv using micro-census data from 2005 to 2011. In order to ensure that the results are comparable, they examined only that part of the income which statistically cannot be attributed neither to individual characteristics such as age, gender or marital status nor to regional wage levels and a range of other labour-market relevant conditions.

The three sociologists declare the operative findings against the background of the research into educational success of children with a migration background: children of immigrants set higher education goals in spite of their less well academic performance and are very motivated to improve their social status. Because someone who took on emigration from one country to another did this with the firm intention to build a better life.
According to the authors of the study, the ambitions of the immigrant parents reflect the ambitious goals of their children. However, at the same time immigrants cannot often assist their children enough with homework and with decisions about their school career, because they are lacking in language skills, education and material resources and they are not familiar with the German school system. Due to this disadvantage, the children of immigrants cannot acquire the educational certificates which would correspond to their high ambitions, diligence and stamina.

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news-4910 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0200 Career Family Coaching Bewerbungsphase gestartet! /en/news/news-faculty/career-family-coaching-bewerbungsphase-gestartet/ für den Durchgang 2016/17 Der nächste Durchgang des Programms zur Vereinbarung von Wissenschaft/Studium und Elternschaft startet im September 2016. Nachwuchswissenschaftler_innen und fortgeschrittene Studierende können sich vom 1.4.-15.05.2016 bewerben. Bewerbungsunterlagen und Informationen finden Sie unter diesem Link.

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news-4918 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:16:06 +0200 Master‘s Programmes / Double Master‘s Programmes fall 2016/17 /en/news/news-faculty/masters-programmes-double-masters-programmes-fall-201617/ Apply now! Prospective students can apply for up to three of our Master‘s Programmes or apply for the international Double Master‘s Programmes (DMP) in fall 2016/17. To apply for the following Master's Programmes, you don't need to certificate German language skills: Sociology and Social Research, Economics, Corporate Development, Finance, Marketing.

You can find the master application portal with more information about the process of application and the application deadlines here.

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news-4915 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:55:17 +0200 Professor Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt elected as chairman /en/news/news-faculty/professor-dr-frank-schulz-nieswandt-elected-as-chairman/ Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe with new board The Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe has elected Professor Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt as chairman. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt is full professor at the chair for Social Policy and Methods of Qualitative Social Research at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS). He is also the executive director at the Department of Cooperative Studies at the University of Cologne.

Tuesday, the 22th of March 2016, there was an extraordinary general assembly of the Kuratorium Deutsche Altershilfe in Cologne. Within this meeting, the new chair was voted. Dr. Almut Satrapa-Schill and Ulrich Christofczik were elected to vice chairwoman and vice chairman.

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news-4906 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:49:00 +0100 Open Campus April 30th /en/news/news-faculty/open-campus-april-30th/ Information day about studying On Saturday, the 30th of April 2016, the University of Cologne hosts the Open Campus at the Albertus-Magnus-Platz. The WiSo Faculty is participating. Pupils, parents, teachers and everyone else who is interested in studying are welcome to visit us.

From 10 o‘clock to 3 pm, an information fair will take place at the Foyer of the auditorium building, at the Arts and Humanities Building and at the main building. Prospective students get the possibility to talk to employees of the Student Guidance and Counselling Services, employees of the faculties and other facilities.
The WiSo Faculty is participating with info stands at the main building so that you have contact persons to answer your open questions.

The WiSo Faculty also offers a wide range of sample lectures that will take place in the main building. More information about the programme is available on the following website (in German).

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news-4903 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:40:01 +0100 "Voting by Veto" – Help for votings with potential for conflicts /en/news/news-faculty/voting-by-veto-help-for-votings-with-potential-for-conflicts/ DFG supports research project by Dr. Jan Sauermann The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) supports for two years the research project "Voting by Veto" by Dr. Jan Sauermann at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics.

Voting by Veto is a two-stage voting mechanism for small and medium-sized groups. Initially every member of the group makes a proposal. This suggestions of group members, added to the status quo, form the amount of possibilities. By coincidence, the order of the votes is decided. In the next step, the members of the group eliminate the suggestions after one another. Once everyone has voted, there is only one winning alternative.

Voting by Veto has some theoretical features that can maybe make it a suitable decision mechanism   in difficult situations, for example in case of large social or economic heterogeneity.  Especially the possible prospect to be able to get more procedural fairness and distributional justice makes it considerable in situations with a high potential for conflicts. But at the moment, there is no empirical evidence about how the mechanism is actually working. The project strives to close this gap by using experimental methods.

Jan Sauermann is working as academic advice at the chair of Comparative Politics held by Prof. Dr. André Kaiser.
To find more information, you can visit the research project website.

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news-4888 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:39:44 +0100 YOU know where you want to go. /en/news/news-faculty/you-know-where-you-want-to-go/ WE know how to get you there. Taking a programme at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne will give you everything you need to turn your career plans into reality. One of Germany’s largest educational institutions, the Faculty regularly ranks among the top providers of management and business education.

 

For more information click here.

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news-4872 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:43:03 +0100 XIII. KölnAlumni symposium April 22th 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/xiii-koelnalumni-symposium-april-22th-2016/ "Europe: Limits and commonalities. Status and prospect of the European Union" The idea of the European Union in its concrete realization is currently confronted by many problems and challenges. The refugee crisis, instability of the Euro, discussions about leaving the EU – what does that mean to the European Union? The danger of failing or a radical reorganisation seems to be possible.

All this leads to the questions that will be discussed within the XIII. KölnAlumni symposium. The impacts of the crisis will be examined, and the following questions will be discussed: How bleak is the future?  Is the cohesion of the union in danger? Or is the crises one of many and the EU will emerge strengthened?

The following experts will contribute their views of contemporary history, legal history, politics and economics on the theme of the European crisis. The role of individual nations, the perspective of the youth, the responsibility of Germany and possible future plans will also be discussed:

Prof. Simon Bulmer, PhD
Professor for "European Politics" at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, Great Britain

Dr. Martin Heipertz
Head of division, ”Fundamental issues of European Policy” at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin

Dr. Yvonne Nasshoven
Diplomat, speaker for fundamental issues of the EU at the headquarters of the foreign office, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger
Judge at European Court of Justice in Straßburg, director of the Institute of Eastern European Law and Comparative Law at the University of Cologne


Moderation: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Wolfgang Wessels

Director of the "Centrum für Türkei und EU Studien der Universität zu Köln“ (CETEUS)

Application: https://alumni.uni-koeln.de/public/termine.aspx?t=283

The event is free of charge and open to the public. The event will start at 7 pm.
For more information, please visit this website: www.koelnalumni.de

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news-4869 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:38:40 +0100 Survey about favorite payment possibilities online /en/news/news-faculty/survey-about-favorite-payment-possibilities-online/ Payment per invoice suffers a loss of popularity A new survey by the ECC Cologne shows a decrease in popularity for the payment per invoice online.
It is still the favorite payment method for online purchases, but alternate modes of payment are gaining popularity.
39.9 percent of the questioned costumers ordering online preferred payment per invoice. In the previous year, this number was significantly higher: 50.4 percent.
On average, the survey states that there are currently 5.3 possible payment methods available for online costumers.

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news-4852 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0100 Crossover donations for kidney patients /en/news/news-faculty/crossover-donations-for-kidney-patients/ A guest contribution to Süddeutsche Zeitung by Prof. Axel Ockenfels and Thomas Gutmann What can I do, if my relative is a kidney patient and I want to donate an organ, but it’s not possible because of incompatibility?
An expedient are the so called "crossover donations". The term describes the situation, if for example you are not able to donate a kidney to your child because of incompatibility, but another relative of another sick child can. Crossover donations would give the possibility to donate respectively to the other patient. But in Germany, these kind of crossover donations of organs are not legally permitted.

An article at the Süddeutsche Zeitung by Axel Ockenfels, Professor for Economics and speaker of the Center of Excellence for Social and Economic Behavior at the University of Cologne and Thomas Gutmann deals with this topic.

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news-4851 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:53:33 +0100 CMR and FiFo hosted the 5th workshop of the DFG-priority programme 1578 /en/news/news-faculty/cmr-and-fifo-hosted-the-5th-workshop-of-the-dfg-priority-programme-1578/ "Financial Market Imperfections and Macroeconomic Performance" Professor Dr. Andreas Schabert from the Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR) at the University of Cologne hosted in cooperation with the FiFo Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne the 5th workshop of the DFG-priority programme 1578 "Financial Market Imperfections and Macroeconomic Performance". At the two-day session in the conference rooms of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, lectures on the current research findings of the priority programme were the centre of attention.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) as the main organization for the support of research projects at German universities and public research institutes promotes national inter-university collaborative research projects with its priority programmes.

The main objective of the priority programme 1578 "Financial Market Imperfections and Macroeconomic Performance" is to drive forward the German research in the border region between macroeconomics and finance. The individual research projects deal with influences from frictions in the financial market, macroeconomic volatility, and long-term growth.

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news-4826 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:55:00 +0100 New international master’s programme at the WiSo Faculty /en/news/news-faculty/new-international-masters-programme-at-the-wiso-faculty/ Demography and Social Inequality The WiSo Faculty has launched a new Double Master’s Programme with a focus on Demography and Social Inequality.

The attractive international master’s programme was developed jointly with the University of Groningen and gives students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. After completing their first study year at the University of Cologne and their second study year at the University of Groningen, successful graduates are awarded two Master’s degrees.

The study programme reflects the research cluster "Demography and Social Inequality" at the ISS of the WiSo Faculty. It focuses on demographic change, population dynamics and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. Students will learn to apply advanced social research methods and data analysis, providing necessary methodological expertise to deal with current issues such as ageing, social inequality, family, integration and education, among others. Students will have the possibility of developing interdisciplinary research skills.

Application will close on 15 May 2016 for a study start in the upcoming fall term 2016/17. For more information on the programme and the admission procedure, please visit the website of the Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality.

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news-4820 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:42:08 +0100 New Junior Professor Dr. Andreas Fügener /en/news/news-faculty/new-junior-professor-dr-andreas-fuegener/ At the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science Prof. Ulrich W. Thonemann, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science at the WiSo-faculty, welcomes his new colleague Jun. Prof. Dr. Andreas Fügener.

Fügener studied business administration and mathematics. He did his PhD at Technische Universität München in Operations Management and worked for two years as a post-doc at the Chair of Health Care Operations/Health Information Management in Augsburg. Besides he worked several years as a management consultant. His research focuses on capacity planning (especially personnel scheduling) in health care and behavioral aspects in operations management.

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news-4747 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:37:44 +0100 Young investors in Germany /en/news/news-faculty/young-investors-in-germany/ How German managers see Chinese and Indian acquisitions Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a part of everyday life for German executives in the face of globalization. Currently, many Chinese and Indian companies are investing in medium-sized companies in Germany. For German executives, these acquisitions are not "hostile" but appreciated takeovers. But a closer inspection shows various challenges in such intercultural M&A.

The economic geographers Prof. Martina Fuchs and Martin Schalljo are researching these difficulties within a project by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Methodologically they evaluate narrative interviews with top managers of German industries, to reconstruct the general structural logics of takeover interpretations.

Schalljo reported that German managers often see their new business partners as very hierarchical and bureaucratic. Although the young investors would often be referred to as ,learning investors', the interviews show quite the opposite:  the German managers tried as much as possible to keep their partners out of the operational processes.

Schalljo: "One of the interviewed German managers called the Chinese side of the Board ,foreign body'. Another manager was glad that the partners were not housed in the factory, but outside in another city."
The hermeneutic look behind the scenes thus revealed significant levels of interference in these cross-border M&A, so that the financially welcome acquisition seems to be seen as a kind of ,marriage of convenience'.

Fuchs: "The old headlines warning about ,Chinese shopping spree' in the German mittelstand or about the ,the Indian Tiger', are polemics. But it would be wrong to tell just smooth success stories about such acquisitions. Behind the scenes, much effort is waiting for the parties of such cross-border M&A, ultimately on both sides."

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news-4741 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:05:03 +0100 Die Universität zu Köln auf der Einstieg Köln /en/news/news-faculty/die-universitaet-zu-koeln-auf-der-einstieg-koeln/ 4. bis 5. März 2016 Treffen Sie Beraterinnen und Berater zur Studien- und Ausbildungsmesse Einstieg Köln an den Messeständen der Universität zu Köln, Stand Nr. 22, in Halle 7 der Koelnmesse.

Beratung zu Fächerangebot und -kombinationen, Studienabschlüssen, Studienaufbau, Studienwahl, Entscheidungshilfen, Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsverfahren, Numerus Clausus:

Beratung zum Lehramt:

Beratung zu den Fächergruppen:

Wir laden Sie ein, sich über das Studienangebot und alle Themen rund um das Studium an der Uni Köln zu informieren.
Rund 28.000 Besucherinnen und Besucher sowie über 300 Aussteller werden zur Messe erwartet!

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news-4735 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:27:26 +0100 Marketing Area Annual Report 2015 is published /en/news/news-faculty/marketing-area-annual-report-2015-is-published/ Collaborative work of WiSo-faculty's Marketing Area The Marketing Area Report 2015 is now published and gives an overview and detailed insight to the scope of the Marketing Area's work of the year 2015. It introduces the chairs and their teams, the research directions, and the multifaceted output. This output is made possible to a large degree by the excellent and highly talented team of PostDocs, doctoral students, and student and secretarial assistants. The professors involved are Hernán Bruno, Monika Imschloß, Marc Fischer, Werner Reinartz, and Franziska Völckner.

You can find the Annual Reports of the years 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 here.

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news-4731 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:21:46 +0100 India: Preparation for the world of work – Education System and school to work transition /en/news/news-faculty/india-preparation-for-the-world-of-work-education-system-and-school-to-work-transition/ Book presentation at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore On 12 February 2016, Professor Matthias Pilz invited to the book presentation "India: Preparation for the world of work - Education System and school to work transition", which took place in India. The book allows an integrated overview of the Indian training- and labour market systems. Furthermore, the readers are informed of the latest research results on this subject.

The celebrations took place in the renowned Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore by communicating with Prof. Tara Nayana and Prof. K. Kumar. More than ten authors participated in the event. Moreover, the Consul General Mr. Jörn Rohde presided over as the Chief Guest at the book launch.

Further information about the book presentation you can find here: www.india.diplo.de/Booklaunchwww.iimb.ernet.in/Booklaunch.

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news-4713 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:31:24 +0100 Dr. Dirk Basten elected as Best Reviewer of the Year 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/dr-dirk-basten-elected-as-best-reviewer-of-the-year-2015/ Award by the Journal of Strategic Information Systems The Journal of Strategic Information Systems announced their six winners for the Reviewer of the year award 2015. Dr. Dirk Basten, Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems and Systems Development, was the only representative of a German University winning this award. This highlights the WiSo Faculty’s competitiveness in international context. We sincerely congratulate Dr. Basten to this achievement.

Here are all the six winners in alphabetical order:

Dirk Basten, University of Cologne, Germany

Riitta Hekkala, Aalto University, Finland

Peter Seddon, University of Melbourne, Australia

Karen Stark, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Mari-Klara Stein, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Toomas Tamm, University of New South Wales, Australia

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news-4608 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 16:16:22 +0100 DAAD supports research internship at the Yale University /en/news/news-faculty/daad-supports-research-internship-at-the-yale-university/ Three months funding for WiSo-faculty students The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) awards grants for two WiSo-faculty students for a three months research internship in July 2016 within the ‚RISE Worldwide‘-program at the Yale University.
German undergraduate students with good grades and recommendations from the fields of earth sciences, engineering, natural sciences, medicine, and related disciplines will be matched with researchers worldwide. DAAD provides scholarships for the successful applicants to help cover part of the living and travel costs. Students will support a proposed research project and are supervised by local researchers. The research internship is enabled by a collaboration of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ali Sunyaev (University of Cologne) and Prof. Jacub Szefer (Computer Architecture and Security Laboratory, Yale University, USA).
The students Andrea Quinting and Muhammed Demircan were able to manage a national competitive selection process successfully. In late 2016, they will support the department of information systems in cutting-edge research projects. Andrea Quinting will focus on the development of dynamic certifications to assure continuously reliable and secure cloud services. She is going to develop metrics, methods, and design guidelines for continuous monitoring and (semi) automatic certification of cloud services. Thereby ultimately enhancing cloud service adoption. The objective of Muhammed’s work is the development of a software prototype to categorize and summarize separate segments of privacy policies. This enables users to inform themselves in a transparent manner and to assess the content of privacy policies without perusing the entire privacy policy.

Congratulations to Andrea and Muhammed! We wish you an exciting and enlightening research internship.

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news-4592 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:31:42 +0100 Expert opinion of the Institute for Public Economics: /en/news/news-faculty/expert-opinion-of-the-institute-for-public-economics/ Balanced financing of refugee policy The FiFo Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne carried out an expertise for the Robert Bosch Committee of Experts. The report states that not just the total amount of the refugee resources is the main challenge but the proper distribution among the communities and the Federal and regional authorities.
DIE ZEIT, FAZ, SZ, WDR, WELT and many others report on this expert opinion.

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news-4589 Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:16:01 +0100 Professor Christoph Rosenkranz at the CERES conference for Digital Transformation /en/news/news-faculty/professor-christoph-rosenkranz-at-the-ceres-conference-for-digital-transformation/ Christoph Rosenkranz hosted a discussion about the future of digitized work on stage Dr. Christoph Rosenkranz, Professor of computer science and integrated information systems at the Cologne Faculty of Management and Social Sciences hosted a discussion on stage at the Ceres conference for Digital Transformation. The discussion themed the future of digitized work and the challenges business and enterprises are facing with future digitized work processes.

Digitization changes the requirements for employees and employers alike.
Automation and dematerialization of services call old working models into questions and require new skills . Companies need to act globally and create attractive working conditions locally. Prof. Dr. Christoph Rosenkranz led expertly by the panel discussion and gave representatives from the audience possibilities to speak as well.

Dr. Oliver Stettes of the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft left open whether old employment processes remain. Work needs to be efficient  re-organized. Timm Peters, Chairman of the Digital Analytics Group reminded the audience that a good management needs intellectual and emotional intelligence equally to set the right course for processes in collaborative mode. Digital Controlling is an important part in corporate governance in the future. Dr. Constanze Kurz, head of the department ` Future of Arbeit` IG Metall reported from the field of technical assistance systems used by Bosch Rexroth. The digital world of work must be designed on a human scale, so that assistance systems are a relief and not lead to excessive control and glassy employees.

The discussion with the audience quickly showed the central thesis of the future of digitized work: education and training. There is an urgent need to create new concepts to impart basic skills early in schools and universities, to enable further development and provide even low-skilled workers with the necessary know -how to succeed in complex crosslinked work. "This is a complex issue we have to deal with", so it was agreed.

The CERES conference provided valuable input for visitors and stakeholders concerning the design of digitization in private companies, education and society and brought successful solutions from research and practice in line.

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news-4579 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:16:35 +0100 Razi Faruk and Steffen Roth posted in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”-Forum /en/news/news-faculty/razi-faruk-and-steffen-roth-posted-in-the-sueddeutsche-zeitung-forum/ Article from 15.02.2016 A guest contribution by Razi Faruk and Steffen Roth was published in “Süddeutsche Zeitung” on 15.02.2016. The article is about the importance of education for the integration of refugees. Farukh studies Master’s programme in Economics at the WiSo-Faculty, Roth is managing director of the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne. The article is published online at this link (in German). 

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news-4576 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:01:08 +0100 Prof. Dr. Marc Fischer one of three finalists /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-marc-fischer-one-of-three-finalists/ Gary L. Lilien MSI-ISMS Practice Prize  Prof. Marc Fischer has been selected as one of three finalists in the competition for the prestigious Gary L. Lilien MSI-ISMS Practice Prize. The prize is awarded for outstanding implementations of marketing science work in practice. The project Prof. Fischer presents is joint work with Mercedes-Benz and TNS Infratest on "Managing New Product Launch Campaigns in the Automobile Industry". The final round of the competition will be held at the Marketing Science Conference in Shanghai. 

For more information on Fischer's chair for Marketing and Market Research please follow this link.

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news-4577 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:57:27 +0100 Power Your Life /en/news/news-faculty/power-your-life/ - exciting project orders in companies According to the motto "Science Meets Economy", the series of events 'Power Your Life', organised by the ProfessionalCenter at the University of Cologne, provide an opportunity to gain practical experience in real corporate projects.

The cooperation of 9 companies and institutions enables in total 14 projects which focus on different studies, are accompanied by mentors from the firms, and allow contact with HR managers.

Registration for participation is possible until 4 April 2016!
You can find further information about projects and registration on the webside of the ProfessionalCenter.

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news-4550 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:28:28 +0100 Did you know that... /en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that/ cynicism grabs into your wallet? People usually hold quite specific views of human nature, assessing others in general as either good, honest, and trustworthy or egoistic, deceitful, and evil. But which effects do these very different views of human nature have on the lives of cynical or idealistic individuals?While previous studies have proved that, compared to idealists, cynical individuals show a lower sense of subjective well-being, poorer physical and mental health, higher mortality, and poorer social relationships, a recently published study by Olga Stavrova and Daniel Ehlebracht deals with the question of how cynicism affects a person’s economic success. First, one might assume that persons with cynical beliefs are better protected against deception and fraud and should therefore be better off than trustful and idealistic persons. The authors argue, however, that cynics often considerably overrate the danger of becoming a victim of deceit. Consequently, they shy away from valuable opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and miss out on achieving their goals with combined strength. Longitudinal analyses of representative samples from the US and Germany confirm this hypothesis and show that cynical beliefs about human nature negatively affect individuals’ income and lead to flatter income development trajectories than idealistic beliefs. Apparently, for cynical individuals the costs of missing out on cooperation opportunities exceed the potential benefits of protection against presumed exploitation. Apart from that, a final cross-cultural comparison using representative survey data from 41 countries shows that the financial losses resulting from cynical beliefs are greater the more positive the social climate in a country is. In a country with a cooperative climate and low crime rates, financial losses are substantial. In countries with low helping and high crime rates, however, there is often no negative correlation to be found between cynicism and income.  The results of the analyses imply that cynical persons generally cultivate unrealistically negative beliefs about human nature, which causes them to distrust people unnecessarily and to avoid cooperation. Because of missed opportunities for mutual help, in most socio-cultural contexts cynics have to sustain financial losses compared to idealistic persons. Following the authors, it therefore may often be financially worthwhile to abandon cynical beliefs and rather regard other people in a more favorable way.

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news-4548 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:03:12 +0100 DFG founds IT-Outsourcing research project /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-founds-it-outsourcing-research-project/ "The Effect of Cultural Differences on Trust and Control: A Cross-Cultural Study on Information Technology Outsourcing Relationships" The German Research Foundation (DFG) agreed on a two year founding of the professorship for integrated Information systems research project: "The Effect of Cultural Differences on Trust and Control: A Cross-Cultural Study on Information Technology Outsourcing Relationships", supervised by Prof. Rosenkranz. The research project will focus on evaluating the effect of cultural differences between client and vendor organizations on ITO client-vendor relationship quality and ITO success by answering the following general research question: "How do cultural differences between client and vendor influence the ITO client-vendor relationship quality?".

 

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news-4538 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:13:26 +0100 Institut für Handelsforschung Köln /en/news/news-faculty/institut-fuer-handelsforschung-koeln/ Website relaunch As an industry expert the “Institut für Handelsforschung” (IFH) provides information, research and consulting about questions regarding commerce in the digital age. Since 1929, the associated institute of the University of Cologne is the first contact for well-founded data, analyses and concepts, which make companies successful und sustainable. Traders, manufacturers, service providers, unions and public institutions trust on the IFH as independent partner. The website now features a new structure and design. Take a look: http://www.ifhkoeln.de/en

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news-4505 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:41:55 +0100 Axel Ockenfels appointed as member of European Academy of Sciences /en/news/news-faculty/axel-ockenfels-appointed-as-member-of-european-academy-of-sciences/ University of Cologne Professor Axel Ockenfels, speaker of the University of Cologne Excellence Center for Social and Economic Behavior, has been appointed as a member of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) in Brussels, Belgium.

EURASC is a non-profit and non-governmental organization of the most distinguished scholars and engineers performing pioneering research and fostering the development of advanced technologies. Its members are united by a commitment to promoting science and technology and fulfilling their essential roles in fostering social and economic development.

Prof. Ockenfels is an internationally renowned specialist in behavioral economics and the practice of market design. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische and North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, and of the Academic Advisory Board at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. His research on economic design and behavior has been influenced by collaborations with numerous researchers, governments, market platforms, and companies across Europe and the US.

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news-4489 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:49:08 +0100 Dr. Felix Koelle wins young young researchers price /en/news/news-faculty/dr-felix-koelle-wins-young-young-researchers-price/ Modigliani Research Grant by UniCredit & Universities Dr. Felix Kölle is a postdoc and research fellow at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter. His research paper "Governance and Group Conflict" convinced the jury and he won one of three main prices of the Modigliani Research Grant by UniCredit & Universities in the field of Economics and Finance. Each award is worth €10,000 per year.

We congratulate Dr. Felix Kölle to this significant award!

Please click here for more information regarding the award. The Chair of Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter can be found here.

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news-4478 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:12:31 +0100 New Professor at the Faculty of Management, Economics & Social Science. /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-faculty-of-management-economics-social-science/ Dean Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis welcomes Prof. Dr. Emanuel Hansen His area of expertise includes Public Economics and Political Economics. Prof. Dr. Emanuel Hansen holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn and the European Doctoral Programme in Quantitative Economics.  He spent one year of his PhD studies at the London School of Economics. In both his research and teaching, he focuses on theoretical approaches in Political Economics and Public Economics, with a particular interest in the Theory of Optimal Taxation.

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news-4460 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:34:00 +0100 4th Symposium “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment” /en/news/news-faculty/4th-symposium-value-creation-in-a-changing-customer-and-media-environment/ The symposium took place on January 22nd 2016 The 4th academic Symposium particularly focused on the ever-increasing number of communication technologies and the digitization of fundamental economic and social processes. Four academic experts from around the world presented their latest research projects. More than 50 attendees gathered the latest research insights on digital transformation.

In addition to Professors from the University of Cologne: Werner Reinartz, Hernan Bruno, Erik Hölzl, Franziska Völckner, Jörn Grahl, Marc Fischer and Esther Kang, professors from other countries participated in the symposium. Puneet Manchanda, professor and chairholder for marketing, arrived from Michigan. Also Anja Lambrecht, professor at the London Business School, Oliver Hinz, professor at the Technical University Darmstadt, and Thorsten Wiesel, professor at the Westphalian Wilhelm University of Münster, involved in the exchange.

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news-4458 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:19:33 +0100 Conference on “Digital Transformation – On the Future of Our Society” /en/news/news-faculty/conference-on-digital-transformation-on-the-future-of-our-society/ February 19, 2016, in Cologne Digital technologies drastically exert their influence upon core domains of our society, leading to radical changes. Uncertainties in the context of digitalization pose a number of socio-ethical problems in theory and practice, and require multi-dimensional solutions. Current research on digitalization focuses on establishing reliable and valid operationalized criteria within the framework of digitalization systems.

The conference will focus on the challenge how we want (and should) handle all the new opportunities and risks that digitalization has to offer not only today, but also regarding the future of our society.

Keynotes will be hold by Timotheus Höttges (CEO of the Deutsche Telekom AG) and Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost (Berlin University of the Arts, and Digital Champion for Germany at the European Union) on the „Digital Human Being“ and the „Future Digital Society”.

Please register until February 10, the number of participants is limited. More details on the event and registration can be found here.

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news-4452 Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:32:46 +0100 Patience please! /en/news/news-faculty/patience-please/ A guest article by Professor Matthias Sutter in the FAZ Matthias Sutter is Professor and Chairholder of "Economics: Design and Behavior" at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. On 12 January, the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published his guest article in the field of educational research. This article is about the ability to be patient, which is an extremely significant factor for later success and educational career.

In the eighties, a study was conducted by consulting American youths regarding the characteristic of their patience and observing them during the school and educational career. This and other surveys, like those implemented by Walter Mischel, have shown that impatient people suffer from worse health and have a lower educational level in adulthood. The level of patience of a person already manifests in the childhood and can be influenced with assistance from interventions.

Prof. Sutter indicates that on the basis of these results it would be sustainable to encourage future-oriented behaviour especially in the education sector and suggests a greater cooperation between researchers and politicians holding responsibility for education.

Click here to read the article.

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news-4438 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:32:47 +0100 The Future of EU Finances /en/news/news-faculty/the-future-of-eu-finances/ Symposium with Wolfgang Schäuble, Kristalina Georgieva and Mario Monti On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance of Germany, the FiFo Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne, in cooperation with the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, has conducted a project on the EU own resources system. For a discussion of findings and conclusions, we held the symposium.

 

More information about the Symposium

 

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news-4432 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:22:13 +0100 The challenges of changes and complexity /en/news/news-faculty/the-challenges-of-changes-and-complexity/ 4th symposium in Cologne On Friday, 22 January 2016, the 4th academic symposium on “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment” will take place. The event focuses on the ever-increasing number of communication technologies and the digitization of fundamental economic and social processes. It brings together academic experts from around the world to present their latest research results. Anja Lambrecht, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the London Business School is one of the attending speakers. Furthermore the symposium offers a platform to share and discuss insights on the digital transformation.

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news-4413 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:46:48 +0100 Circle of Excellence in Marketing /en/news/news-faculty/circle-of-excellence-in-marketing/ New round of applications for the Talent Programme The Circle of Excellence in Marketing (CoEM) is a one year long Talent Programme for outstanding marketing students of the University of Münster, the University of Cologne, the Free University in Berlin and the Zurich Technical College (ETH). It is focussed in order to prepare the students for interesting management tasks in internationally operating companies. Within the scope of the CoEM-Programme the participants take part inter alia in a range of workshops of partner companies.

5 reasons for participating in Circle of Excellence in Marketing:

  • contact with leading international companies
  • attractive and versatile workshops and fireside evenings
  • Circle of Excellence certificate
  • regular alumni reunions to exchange experiences among former CoEM students
  • regular meetings to get to know the marketing chairs off the courses

Further information on the program and application you will find here.

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news-4374 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:09:37 +0100 New professor at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-at-the-faculty-of-management-economics-and-social-science/ Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis welcomes Prof. Dr. Martin Fochmann The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science is happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Martin Fochman as a new professor for Behavioral Accounting, Taxation and Finance.
Prof. Dr. Martin Fochmann already teaches Fundamentals in International Taxation at our faculty this fall semester. Regarding his research, he is primarily focusing on behavioral taxation. The research target is to gain insights into the optimal design of fiscal incentive schemes and tax regulations from a behavioral perspective. In particular, he is interested in taxpayers’ tax evasion behavior and the influence of taxes on the willingness to invest and to take risk of firms and individuals.
All the best wishes for the future at the WiSo faculty!

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news-4352 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:01:00 +0100 M.Sc. International Management (CEMS MIM) starting October 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/msc-international-management-cems-mim-starting-october-2016/ Apply now until 31 March 2016 The University of Cologne – a founding member of the CEMS Alliance – is the only German university to deliver the prestigious CEMS Master’s in International Management degree. This network is a global alliance of 29 leading business schools, more than 60 multinational corporations and four social partners that together offer the CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM), which is currently ranked # 1 in Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking on a national basis (# 4 worldwide). This two year Master’s programme offers you international course experience in intercultural study groups.You will study one term abroad at one of the top business schools of the CEMS Global Alliance in Management Education. You will also take part in an consultancy project carried out in collaboration with multinational companies and soft skills seminars geared towards developing leadership skills. We offer numerous opportunities to meet and network with representatives of globally active companies as well as all other members of the CEMS network all over the world.The programme is taught in English and starts in October 2016.

Interested in the most international and culturally diverse M.Sc. on the market place? Then apply now until 31 March 2016: https://cemsmim.wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-4368 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:41:42 +0100 Axel Ockenfels ranks among the Global Thought Leaders /en/news/news-faculty/axel-ockenfels-ranks-among-the-global-thought-leaders/ Cologne economist in the top group of the 400 most influential idea providers Professor Dr. Axel Ockenfels was profiled as one of the most influential idea providers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by the Global Thought Leader Index 2015. The index maps the conversation in the internet and its most influential vote. Different lists determined by the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and The WorldPost with the collaboration of the MIT-researcher Peter Gloor contain almost 400 contemporary thinkers.

In the German speaking countries Professor Ockenfels is on rank 31. Therefore he is ranked ahead national and international thinkers such as Hans-Werner Sinn, Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Al Gore, Jürgen Habermas, Umberto Eco or Noam Chomsky. Overall, Ockenfels is in prominent company: At the top of the list are Edward Snowden, Pope Franziskus, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and other worldwide popular personalities.

Here you can find the list of the most influential idea providers in German speaking countries.

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news-4360 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:07:53 +0100 Öffentliche Ringvorlesung: Vorbereitet für die Alten? /en/news/news-faculty/oeffentliche-ringvorlesung-vorbereitet-fuer-die-alten/ Dienstag, 19.01 18-20 Uhr im Forum Volkshochschule im Kulturmuseum, Cäcilienstraße 29-33, 50676 Köln Politische Beteiligung im Alter – Was ist dran an der ‚Altenrepublik‘?
Wenn im Rahmen des demografischen Wandels alte Menschen in Deutschland einen zunehmend größeren Anteil an der Bevölkerung stellen, sollten sie auch ein entsprechendes Gewicht in der Politik haben – sowohl bezüglich ihrer Interessen als auch als politisch aktiv Gestaltende. Welche Rolle spielt das Alter im politischen Kontext? Wer geht im Alter wählen, wie verändern sich politische Einstellungen und wie politisches Engagement im Laufe des Lebens? Werden die Interessen der Älteren im politischen Alltag hinreichend berücksichtigt? Diesen und weiteren Themen widmen wir uns in der siebten Sitzung der Ringvorlesung. 

 

Herr Prof. Dr. Achim Goerres, Professur für Empirische Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Duisburg-Essen 
Demokratie in Grau oder in Silber? Warum das Eigeninteresse von Älteren nicht ihr politisches Verhalten bestimmt


Frau Henriette Reker, Oberbürgermeisterin von Köln, ehemalige Dezernentin für Soziales, Integration und Umwelt der Stadt Köln 
Chancengerechtigkeit in der Demokratie – haben ältere Menschen eine Lobby im politischen Alltag?

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news-4349 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:28:29 +0100 DFG fördert Forschungsprojekt zu IT-Outsourcing /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-foerdert-forschungsprojekt-zu-it-outsourcing/ DFG-Förderung für die Professur für Integrierte Informationssysteme Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fördert das Forschungsprojekt „Der Einfluss von kulturellen Unterschieden auf Vertrauen und Kontrolle: eine transkulturelle Studie von Kunden-Lieferantenprojekten im IT-Outsourcing“ der Professur für Integrierte Informationssysteme von Prof. Dr. Rosenkranz für eine Dauer von zwei Jahren. Das Ziel des Projektes ist die Analyse von kulturellen Unterschieden in internationalen IT Outsourcing-Projekten sowie deren Einfluss auf die Beziehung zwischen Kunden- und Lieferanten-Organisationen. Hierbei verfolgt das Forscherteam einen multi-dimensionalen Ansatz und evaluiert das Konzept Kultur auf verschiedenen Ebenen (Nationalkultur, Organisationskultur und Teamkultur). Das von der DFG geförderte Projekt beginnt in 2016 und wird von verschiedenen Praxispartnern (u.a. Accenture, Commerzbank, Detecon und Sollers Consulting) unterstützt. Bei Fragen zum Projekt können Sie sich jederzeit an Prof. Dr. Rosenkranz sowie Nikolaus Schmidt (Projektleiter) wenden.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Website des Forschungsprojektes unter http://www.iis.uni-koeln.de/de/forschung/it-outsourcing/

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news-4348 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:31:46 +0100 Tagung „Digitale Transformation – Zur Zukunft der Gesellschaft“ /en/news/news-faculty/tagung-digitale-transformation-zur-zukunft-der-gesellschaft/ 19.02.2016 in der IHK Köln  Digitale Technologien nehmen vermehrt Einfluss auf zentrale Gesellschaftsbereiche und verändern diese grundlegend. Gemeinsam wollen wir ergründen, wie wir heute und auch zukünftig mit den neuen Möglichkeiten der Digitalisierung umgehen möchten und sollten.

ExpertInnen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis diskutieren über Grundlagen der Technik, der Informationssicherheit und des Datenschutzes sowie die Auswirkungen der digitalen Transformation auf Gesundheitswesen, Arbeitswelt, zwischenmenschliche Beziehungen und Konsum. In Keynotes widmen sich Timotheus Höttges (Vorstandsvorsitzender der Deutschen Telekom AG) dem "Digitalen Menschen" und Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost (UdK Berlin) der "Digitalen Gesellschaft der Zukunft."

Datum: 19. Februar 2016
Uhrzeit: 10 – 18 Uhr
Ort: Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Köln, Unter Sachsenhausen 10-26, 50667 Köln
Anmeldung: Bis zum 10. Februar an ceres-tagung(at)uni-koeln.de (bitte unter Angabe des Forums, an dem Sie teilnehmen möchten) oder online unter http://ceres.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/tagungen/digitale-transformation/. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt.

Anmeldungen werden in der Reihenfolge ihres Eingangs berücksichtigt. Einzelheiten zur Veranstaltung finden Sie unter http://ceres.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/tagungen/digitale-transformation/.

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news-4318 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:30:34 +0100 Season's Greetings and a happy new year 2016 /en/news/news-faculty/seasons-greetings-and-a-happy-new-year-2016/ We wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year this year we were experiencing lots of encouraging positive developments at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne (WiSo):


SUCCESS IN ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES AT THE WiSo-FACULTY
Successful appointments prove the consistent attractiveness of the WiSo-Faculty. In 2015, we successfully completed almost all appointment and tenure negotiations. This year alone, 12 professors have accepted the offer  to teach and to do research at the WiSo. In 2016 we will as well allocate vacant professorships and new departments with renowned scientists in order to guarantee the high quality of research and teaching at our faculty.
SUCCESSFUL RANKING RESULTS
University rankings play an important role in the perception of the university in national and international environments. We are pleased that we were able to expand our position in many prestigious rankings this year:
Top research: 1st place among German universities in business administration and economics Handelsblatt ranking1
Top Education: 2nd place in business administration and information systems, 3rd place in economics according to the latest Business Week ranking; thus our graduates² are being preferred by HR Managers 
Top Degrees: 7 Bachelor's, 13 Master's programs including Master in International Management / CEMS MIM, which is offered in Germany only in Cologne. (CEMS: for years at the top places in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking³), international double masters programmes, international PhD programmes.
(1Sum of points from the current Handelsblatt research ranking BWL 2015 and Economics 2014 (154 points); ²2015 Wirtschaftswoche ranking BWL, Information Systems 2nd and Economics Place 3; ³ Financial Times Masters in Management ranking 2015 CEMS program no. 4 all around the world.)
GET OFF TO A GOOD START AT THE WISO-FACULTY
This year more than 2.000 students have started in our accredited study programmes at the WiSo-Faculty. We are proud of our students and are looking forward to accompany them with our WiSo Student Services and the International Relations Center.
HIGHLIGHTS 2015
LAUNCH: Cologne Rotterdam Executive MBA: - We have developed a Triple Crown accredited (AACSB, ABMA, EQUIS) training program at the Excellence University of Cologne this year. Our Executive MBA is the result of a close cooperation of the University of Cologne (WiSo) and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). This joint Executive MBA program brings RSM’s expertise in delivering premium management education to Cologne, at the crossroads of Europe’s trade routes.
JOINT VENTURE: WiSo Student Services. The WiSo Student Services include two important counselling institutions (the WiSo Career Service and the WiSo student guidance center) for current  and prospective students. With this joint venture of the two institutions, our students will be supervised centrally and accompanied by the Student Lifecycle.
NEW: WiSo Alumni Service. We want to communicate with you! Since the beginning of December we are offering our WiSo Alumni Services. Please visit us and let us know about your expectations and ideas, so that we can continue to develop our alumni service offerings. We are pleased to cooperate with KölnAlumni and complement their services to jointly foster a global, subject specific relationship between our Alumni and the WiSo Faculty.
ECO-CUP 2015: The winner of our soccer tournament “WiSo Eco Cup” is team "locomotive Logistics" from the Department of Business Policy and Logistics - Professor Delfmann.
It has been a busy and a successful year for the WiSo-Faculty.
We were able to accomplish this only because of the outstanding commitment of all colleagues and employees in in research, teaching, management and administration, excellent students and the support of our friends and partners. Therefor I would like to thank you all.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2016.

Best regards
Werner Mellis


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news-4299 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:52:14 +0100 Junior Teaching Award /en/news/news-faculty/junior-teaching-award/ Joung researchers are honored for their exceptional teaching performance! Privatdozent Dr. Klemens Fischer, as well as Dr. Dirk Basten and Nikolaus Schmidt receive the WiSo-Faculty’s Junior Teaching award for the best courses hold in either Bachelor or Master programs!

For the first time the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences has conferred the junior’s Teaching Award for excellent performance in teaching by young academics. The Faculty hereby honors exceptional effort put into teaching tasks by its members throughout all levels.

Good teaching is an important and essential part of an academic career, thus we are very glad to announce that:

PD Dr. Klemens Fischer for his Seminar „Seminar Außenpolitik - Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik im Vergleich: EU – USA – Russland – China”

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Dr. Dirk Basten and Herr Nikolaus Schmidt for their joint course „Selected Issues in Information I/II – IT Strategy & Governance“

Have been elected to receive this award, based on the evaluation results by the Faculty’s Study Advisory.

Privatdozent Dr. Fischer teaches as Senior Reasearch Fellow at the chair for International Politics and Foreign Policy, besides that he is an Envoy and Head of Department at the Austrian Permanent Representation at the European Union in Brussels.

Dr. Dirk Basten is a researcher at the Seminar for Information Systems and System Development at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Nikolaus Schmidt is a research fellow at the professorship for Information Systems and Integrated information Systems. His research Focus lays on IT outsourcing and Industry 4.0

The awards have been handed over on stage at the Faculty’s graduation ceremonies.

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news-4297 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:16:20 +0100 Albertus Magnus Price /en/news/news-faculty/albertus-magnus-price/ Prof. Dr. Rosenkranz is awarded with the students voted “Albertus-Magnus-Price” for exceptional performance in teaching. We’re glad to announce that Information Systems Professor. Dr. Rosenkranz is awarded with the 2015 Fall-Term Albertus-Magnus-Price, voted by the faculty’s students.
This award honors, and aims to encourage, exceptional performance in teaching. Therefore the faculty’s graduates of each term elect the winner themselves. 
Prof. Dr. Rosenkranz received his award personally on stage at the fall term graduation ceremony. Since 2014 he is professor for information systems at the Faculty for Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne and is a first time awardee of the Albertus-Magnus-Price. We’re glad that someone from the future-orientated department of Information Systems was able to win this award.
Information System graduates have the often sought dual qualification from the fields of business administration and informatics. The WiSo Faculty’s Information System study program offers an excellent foundation for sophisticated and exceptionally remunerated Jobs in many business Segemnts.
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news-4287 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:45:45 +0100 DFG Grant for Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch /en/news/news-faculty/dfg-grant-for-prof-dr-christine-trampusch/ for Project on Municipal Swap Deals With 463,150 euro the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) funds the research project “Municipalities and their Expecations on Pay-Offs of Swap Deals”. The project is part of the DFG priority programme “Experiences and Expectations: Historical Foundations of Economic Behaviour”.  Together with a postdoctoral researcher and a doctoral researcher, Christine Trampusch will investigate local authorities’ expectations on swap deals. State and local governments have used derivatives in their public debt management since the mid-1980s but the outcomes of these practices have not always been positive. Significant losses from the use of these financial investments have hit the headlines in past decades: Orange County and the State of West Virginia in the USA, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in the UK, and the municipalities Hagen and Dortmund in Germany are only some examples of major losses resulting from the use of derivatives instruments. Christine Trampusch’s team will examine expectations which local treasurers have when they conduct swap activities through case studies of selected swap deals in the U.S., U.K., and Germany between the early 1980s and 2014. The project aims at a synthesis of theoretical insights from political science, economic sociology, and behavioral economics in order to enhance our understanding of changing expectations and financial practices in the public sphere. The project is approved for three years and will start in February 2016.

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news-4285 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:13:07 +0100 Weihnachtsvorlesung /en/news/news-faculty/weihnachtsvorlesung-1/ 15. Dez. 2015 16 bis 17:30 Uhr in der Aula

Weihnachten zerstört Werte: Geschenke, die dem Beschenkten nicht gefallen, sind unsinnig. Der Pullover der Tante, der nur im Schrank liegt, ist rausgeworfenes Geld. Warum schenken wir uns also nicht einfach Geld zu Weihnachten? Unterm Weihnachtsbaum zücken alle ihr Portemonnaie... Diese und andere Phänomene rund ums Schenken sind Thema der Weihnachtsvorlesung von Herrn Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels und Prof. Dr. Achim Wambach.

Eingeladen sind alle Interessierten. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

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news-4282 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 09:48:48 +0100 Wussten Sie schon, dass... /en/news/news-faculty/wussten-sie-schon-dass-1/ „man selbst zu sein“ verschiedene Bedeutungen in unterschiedlichen Kulturen hat?

In den letzten Jahren hat sich die Psychologie intensiv mit der subjektiven Erfahrung von Authentizität beschäftigt. Diese Erfahrung beschreibt das Gefühl, dass das Verhalten einer Person ihrem „echten“ Selbst entspricht, d.h. ihren persönlichen Einstellungen, Werten, oder Vorlieben. Authentizität spielt  eine wichtige Rolle in verschiedenen Aspekten des Alltags. Menschen mit höherer Authentizität verfügen nachweislich über mehr Wohlbefinden und Selbstwertgefühl, führen glücklichere romantische Beziehungen und finden eine stärkere und klare Bedeutung für ihr Leben. Aber ist die Bedeutung von „authentisch sein“ gleich in verschiedenen Kulturen? Was wird in verschiedenen Kulturen als authentisch wahrgenommen?

Michail Kokkoris vom Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (ISS) und Ulrich Kühnen von der Jacobs University Bremen gingen dieser Frage mit einer empirischen Studie  nach, im Rahmen derer 160 Probanden in Deutschland und China befragt wurden. Die Forscher nahmen an, dass man in eher individualistischen Kulturen (wie in Deutschland) dann authentisch wirkt, wenn man seine persönlichen Eigenschaften deutlich ausdrückt und das eigene Selbst klar von anderen Individuen abgrenzt. In eher kollektivistischen Kulturen (wie in China) würde man authentisch wirken, wenn man seine persönlichen Eigenschaften nicht zu stark betont, da es sonst eventuell zu Konflikten mit anderen Personen kommen kann.

Anhand der Beschreibung von Vorlieben und Abneigung von Filmen bewerteten die Studienteilnehmer, wie authentisch die beschriebene Person auf sie wirkt. Die deutschen Teilnehmer bewerteten eine Person als authentischer, die sowohl Neigung als auch Abneigung für bestimmte Filme ausdrückte. Die chinesischen Teilnehmer bezeichneten hingegen eine Person, die lediglich eine Vorliebe für gewisse Filme ausdrückte und keine Angaben über Filme machte die sie nicht mag, als authentischer und mehr „sie selbst“.

Verschiedene Darstellungen von Vorlieben und Abneigungen prägen somit auch unsere Wahrnehmung und Einschätzung von der Authentizität anderer Personen je nach Kultur unterschiedlich. Solche Erkenntnisse fördern unser Verständnis für Kommunikation auf internationaler Ebene und bilden eine Basis für erfolgreiche soziale und wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit.

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news-4265 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:50:28 +0100 Congatulations to all our graduates /en/news/news-faculty/congatulations-to-all-our-graduates/ Winter term 2015/2016 Warmest congratulations to all our students who graduated on, 28 November 2015. The WiSo-Faculty is very proud of all students who graduated with their well-earned degrees.
Good luck for the future, whatever your plans.

Pictures of the academic graduation ceremony will be available soon at:
http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/fakultaet/wiso-alumni

 

The next graduation ceremony of the WiSo-Faculty will held on, 09 July 2015.

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news-4259 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:23:08 +0100 Wissenschaftliche Expertise an der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät zu Köln /en/news/news-faculty/wissenschaftliche-expertise-an-der-wirtschafts-und-sozialwissenschaftlichen-fakultaet-zu-koeln/ Prof. Dr. Mark Ebers, Prof. Dr. Carlos Alós-Ferrer und Prof. Dr. Kaiser in die Fachkollegien der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft gewählt. Die Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität zu Köln verfügt über eine lange Tradition in der Verbindung von Lehre und Forschung. Neben der Ausbildung von exzellenten Wirtschaftswissenschaftlern bietet die Fakultät ein breites Spektrum an Forschungsfeldern, die Entwicklungen und Trends in der Unternehmenswelt, Wirtschaftspolitik und in der Gesellschaft als Ganzes aufzeigen. Aus diesem Grund sind wir besonders stolz, dass drei namenhafte Wissenschaftler und Lehrende der WiSo Fakultät durch Wahl der Deutschen Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) zu Mitgliedern in zentralen Fachkollegien ernannt wurden:

Prof. Dr. Mark Ebers ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Unternehmensentwicklung und Organisation an der WiSo-Fakultät der Universität zu Köln und wird ab sofort im Fachkollegium Betriebswirtschaftslehre der DFG sein. Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft ist die Selbstverwaltungsorganisation der Wissenschaft in Deutschland, deren Kernaufgabe darin besteht die besten Forschungsvorhaben von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern an Hochschulen und Instituten zu fördern und zu finanzieren. In den Fachkollegien wirken die Mitglieder aktiv an der Selbstverwaltung der Wirtschaft mit, haben die Möglichkeit zur fachnahen Mitbestimmung und stellen die Weichen für die künftige Wissenschaftsförderung durch die DFG.

Prof Dr. Carlos Alós-Ferrer wird als Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Mikroökonomie an der Universität zu Köln seine Expertise im Fachkollegium Wirtschaftswissenschaften der DFG vertreten.

Prof. Dr. André Kaiser wird für die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft künftig im Fachkollegium Sozialwissenschaften an der Weichenstellung der zukünftigen Forschungs- und Förderthemen mitwirken.

Wir freuen uns außerordentlich, dass Wissenschaftler unseres Hauses mit Ihrer Expertise ab sofort nicht nur unsere Studentinnen und Studenten in Lehre und Forschung an unserer Fakultät unterstützen, sondern auch aktiv übergeordnet über Mittel und Freiräume für eine erfolgreiche Forschung im In- und Ausland mitentscheiden.

Wir wünschen ihnen viel Erfolg bei Ihrer Tätigkeit in den Fachkollegien der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft.

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news-4224 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:28:54 +0100 Public Policy and Social & Economic Behavior Conference /en/news/news-faculty/public-policy-and-social-economic-behavior-conference/ On December, 17th and 18th In the last decade, researchers in economics, political science, and sociology have provided a multitude of new insights into the regularities and origins of human behavior in social and economic contexts. The Conference "Public Policy and Social & Economic Behavior" focuses at the implications of these findings for the design of public policies. It comprises a public lecture and four sessions on different topics. Roger Farmer (UCLA) delivers the public lecture on “Unemployment and Financial Crises”. The sessions feature talks by renowned international scholars from all involved disciplines. 

More information can be found here.

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news-4202 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:10:45 +0100 The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is to have a new director /en/news/news-faculty/the-centre-for-european-economic-research-zew-is-to-have-a-new-director/ Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph. D, becomes the new president of the ZEW in Mannheim Prof. Ph. D. Achim Wambach will be the successor of Clemens Fuest, current president and scientific director of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). This was announced by a spokesperson for ZEW on Tuesday confirming a report by the "Mannheimer Morgen". In the spring of 2016, Clemens Fuest will be the successor of Hans-Werner Sinn at the head of the Munich ifo-Institute, so that Prof. Dr. Wambach will take over his position as the president of ZEW. The date has not been fixed yet and will be announced shortly. ZEW's Supervisory Board has already agreed. The committees of the University of Mannheim still have to consent, because ZEW's presidency is combined with a professorship at the University of Mannheim.
Wambach is director of the Institute for Economic Policy (iwp) at the University of Cologne and a chair holder at the Department of Policy Studies at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. Furthermore, he is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal Ministry of Economics and a member of the Monopoly Commission. The Monopoly Commission is a consultative body for the federal government in the domains of competition policy.

Huge congratulations to Prof. Wambach for his success and the new position!

The Cologne Stadtanzeiger wrote also an article on it, which you can read here.

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news-4170 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:37:43 +0100 Dr. Magdalena Bekk received the „Nachwuchsförderpreis Verbraucherforschung“ 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/dr-magdalena-bekk-received-the-nachwuchsfoerderpreis-verbraucherforschung-2015/ Congratulations to Magdalena Bekk! For her dissertation on the effects of personality and fit on consumer behavior Dr. Magdalena Bekk was awarded with the “Nachwuchsförderpreis Verbraucherforschung” 2015 by the consumer advice center, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research and the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Dr. Magdalena Bekk is post-doctoral researcher at the Departement of Marketing and Brand Management of Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner. More information on the price can be found here (in German).

The WiSo-Faculty congratulates Magdalena Bekk!

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news-4160 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:33:33 +0100 The relationship between social contacts in old age and cognitive skills /en/news/news-faculty/the-relationship-between-social-contacts-in-old-age-and-cognitive-skills/ Results of a study by Prof. Dr. Lea Ellwardt of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) Strong social involvement in high age and the embedding in social networks of relationships reduce the loss of cognitive skills and therefore the risk of dementia. Basic assumption is that contacts to other persons stimulate and train the brain, a condition to preserve cognitive skills.

Together with collegues of the VU University Amsterdam, Prof. Dr. Lea Ellwardt assumes that not just the quantity of social contacts is pivotal but also the diversity of these contacts. Diversity is high, if persons maintain contact to persons of different social circles, meaning to maintain active relationships to contacts in the circles of relatives, friends, neighbours or former colleagues. The idea is that various contacts offer diverse stimulation.

The study based on 3,107 women and men in the age of 54 till 100 who were interviewed as part of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). The researcher were able to show that individuals with an intense network of relationships possessed higher cognitive skills than individuals with a less intense network of relationships. The results are independent of the quantitative of social contacts or the specific kind of relationships within the social circle.

Nevertheless, an increasing variety of contacts has just a marginal effect on the reduction of cognitive skills. In the future, more research is necessary to answer the question, to what extend the network of relationships can protect against the loss of cognitive skills, respectively, to delay this loss.

More information on the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology can be found here.

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news-4159 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:33:29 +0100 International horizon 2020 - research project on the EU-Turkey relations /en/news/news-faculty/international-horizon-2020-research-project-on-the-eu-turkey-relations/ New project of the Jean Monnet Chair The waves of refugees on Europe's borders and the elections that took place at the beginning of November in Turkey once again underlined the importance of this neighbouring country for Europe and the region. So the project „FEUTURE: The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios“ deals with a highly topical issue. The goal of this research is to examine Turkey's multifaceted relationships with Europe and its role in the region from a historical perspective, and also to develop scenarios for the future. This interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary analysis creates the foundation for policy recommendations and takes into account not only the prospect of accession but also other possible forms of partnership with Turkey.
The Jean Monnet Chair in European Policy at the WiSo-Faculty of the University of Cologne received in intense competition a payment of 2.5 million euros for the research project on the EU-Turkey relations from the horizon 2020-Framework Programme of the European Commission.
Prof. Wolfgang Wessels will coordinate a consortium of 12 further renowned international universities and think tanks for the project duration of three years together with Dr. Nathalie Tocci, Vice-Director of the Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rom and Advisor to the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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news-4140 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:12:55 +0100 WiSo exam celebration on Saturday, November 28, 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-exam-celebration-on-saturday-november-28-2015/ in the Aula (Main Building) Dear graduates of the WiSo Faculty,

we are glad to invite you, your family members and friends to the WiSo exam celebration on Saturday the 28 of November.
The event takes place in the Aula of the University of Cologne and you`re warmly welcome to celebrate your graduation ceremony.

After the official academic part of the event in the auditorium will you have the opportunity to toast to your degree with vintage sparkling wine of the WiSo student council .
Later in the evening the student council welcomes you to an exclusive buffet with subsequent after-show party in the Hörsaalgebäude .
Taking part in the official ceremony is free for you and 3 of your relatives/friends .
Important information regarding ticket reservation and sales can be found on the page of WiSo student council.

We`re looking forward to a nice evening with you !
Your WiSo Faculty and your WiSo Student Council

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news-4114 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 16:35:51 +0100 Prof. Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch about the emissions scandal at Volkswagen /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-bernd-irlenbusch-about-the-emissions-scandal-at-volkswagen/ Head of the institute for Corporate Development and Business Ethics Prof. Dr. Bernd Irlenbusch, head of the institute for Corporate Development and Business Ethics at the University of Cologne was interviewed several times in the last weeks regarding the emissions scandal at the Volkswagen group. An interview with Thielko Grieß of Deutschlandfunk is available at this website. The original interview is available as an audio file, a written version can also be found on the website. In an article by Johannes Pennekamp of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Prof. Dr. Irlenbusch is quoted several times. The articel is available following this link.

Both interviews are in German only.

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news-4068 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:14:46 +0100 Workshop at the CCCP: „Social Policy and Clientelism“ /en/news/news-faculty/workshop-at-the-cccp-social-policy-and-clientelism/ November 7th, 2015 The Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) which is part of the Institute of Political Science hosts an international workshop about “Social Policy and Clientelism” on November 7th, 2015. The workshop is organized by Dr. Sarah Berens who works at the chair of Professor André Kaiser, CCCP. The workshop is organized in cooperation with Herbert Kitschelt, George V. Allen Professor of International Relations at the Duke University. Participants of the workshop will deal with deficits and challenges of welfare policies in middle- and low-income countries. The focus will be drawn on an analysis about connections of social policy programs and clientelism in Latin America. The role of the informal sector in order to build universal welfare programs will be added to this analysis. A central phenomenon of party competition in Latin America is political clientelism which is characterized through vote buying and patronage. Consequences of vote buying and patronage manipulates the representation of voters. These consequences and the missing political responsibility will be main aspects of the workshop. The program will focus on incentive structures and the behavior of political parties and voters. The influence of clientelism and the outcome of a welfare state can be characterized as important aspects for the workshop. It will be drawn a comparison between the micro and macro perspective. For this event, the CCCP welcomes international scientist from the field of comparative political economy from the Duke University, the University of Zurich, the Harvard University and the University of Goteborg.

The workshop takes place at the lecture hall at the Institute of Political Science (203 Gottfried-Keller-Str. 6). It will start at 9.00 am and it will end at 5.30 pm. Please contact Dr. Sarah Behrens (sarah.berens(at)uni-koeln.de) to register for the workshop, and in case you have further questions. The program can be reviewed through this link.

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news-4061 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 11:52:29 +0100 Current election of PIM - Partnership in International Management /en/news/news-faculty/current-election-of-pim-partnership-in-international-management/ Christoph Sonnenschein became the Chairman for the regions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) On 16 October 2015, the Partnership in International Management (PIM) elected Christoph Sonnenschein Chairman for the regions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Sonnenschein is director of the International Relations Center at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne and prevailed at the election as new Chairman over totally 62 other Business Schools.

The Partnership in International Management is a consortium of top business schools from around the world and is devoted to student’s mobility with a focus on special exchange programmes of various kinds. Mr Sonnenschein has been elected for a period of 3 years. He looks forward to the task to assist the PIM network, to which most of the important partners oft he WiSo faculty belong, in a leading role. Besides advocacy of current members his focus will be the strategic expansion of the network on the African continent.
Huge congratulations to Christoph Sonnenschein!

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news-4048 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:44:07 +0100 Meet & Greet with Stephan Füsti-Molnár, general manager of Henkel Laundry & Home Care /en/news/news-faculty/meet-greet-with-stephan-fuesti-molnar-general-manager-of-henkel-laundry-home-care/ Get an insight into the daily work at Henkel Laundry & Home Care On November 17, Henkel Laundry & Home Care will be welcoming ~20 students of the University of Cologne in order to give you an insight into our daily work. You will get the chance to meet Stephan Füsti-Molnár, our general manager of Henkel Laundry & Home Care, as well as other colleagues working in different marketing functions. In the morning, we invite you to work on a real marketing case. Afterwards, you may present your results to one of our managers who will give you feedback on your thoughts. We have also prepared a speed-networking session and we will take you on a tour through our premises.

Please send your application for this event to Kristina Klein (k.klein(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de) by November 4. We are looking forward to receiving your CV in English, including a note on why you want to participate and when you would be available for an internship or direct job entry. You may also indicate if there is a special field of marketing which you are interested in. You will have feedback from us by November 7.

  • Get to know our marketing-related departments
  • Tuesday, November 17, 9 am – 7 pm
  • Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Henkelstraße 67, 40589 Düsseldorf
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news-4044 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:58:47 +0100 C-SEB member Dr. Dominic Akyel wins "Fritz Thyssen Prize" /en/news/news-faculty/c-seb-member-dr-dominic-akyel-wins-fritz-thyssen-prize/ Dr. Dominic Akyel is Managing Director of the The Center for Social and Economic Behavior Dr. Dominic Akyel (Managing Director of the The Center for Social and Economic Behavior) is one of the winners of the "Preis der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für sozialwissenschaftliche Aufsätze". The prize is awarded to him and Jens Beckert by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for their 2014 publication "Pietät und Profit - Kultureller Wandel und Marktentstehung am Beispiel des Bestattungsmarktes". The WiSo-Faculty congratulates Dr. Dominic Akyel to this outstanding award.

The article can be downloaded via this link.

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news-4043 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:45:17 +0100 Information events about studying abroad /en/news/news-faculty/information-events-about-studying-abroad/ Two events for Bachelor students of the WiSo Faculty We will be hosting two events on Thursday, 5 November 2015 focusing on ways of making your studies more internationally oriented.

Go Global ! – Hörsaal F, 10.00 – 11.30 am

Together with the student board (WiSo Fachschaft), the ZIB WiSo, the International Office and others will provide information about the different possibilities of studying abroad (STAP, CEMS, Summer Schools and Double Master’s Programmes).

CEMS International Business School Tour – WiSo-Schlauch, 11.00 am – 14.30 pm

Several CEMS member schools will provide information about their international master’s programmes: Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Mailand), Universität St. Gallen, Stockholm School of Economics and Louvain School of Management. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to direct any queries to members of ZIB WiSo and the WiSo Student Service at the information desks.

Both events are addressed to Bachelor students of the WiSo Faculty.

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news-4021 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:36:35 +0200 New Professors@WiSo /en/news/news-faculty/new-professorswiso/ A warm welcome We are glad to welcome our new professors at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences:

Professor Hernan Bruno:

Hernan A. Bruno is a Professor of Marketing and Digital Environment at the University of Cologne. Before that, he was a faculty member at INSEAD (Fontainebleau) and at Erasmus University (Rotterdam). He holds a PhD in Marketing from the London Business School, in the UK. He specializes on econometric models to understand the behavior of customers both in consumer settings as well as industrial settings. His general approach to research is to develop econometric models tailored to use existing company data to reveal specific patterns of customer behavior, and to infer customer metrics that can help managerial decisions making. His research has been published in Marketing Science and the Journal of Marketing Research. He has taught Strategic Marketing in Executive Programs, Company Programmes, MBA and Bachelor levels. He has written several business cases and other pedagogical material (one of them recipient of the Best Case Award from ECCH).

 

Professor Florian Engl:

Florian Engl use theoretical and experimental methods to answer questions in the field of behavioral economics and, in particular, behavioral ethics. Topics include the strategic use of willful ignorance to deflect blame, the determinants of responsibility attributions and the effect of institutions on cooperative behavior.

 

Professor Yingshuai Zhao:

Yingshuai Zhao is a new team member of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science.Her research focuses on Behavioral Management Science, especially in the field of Supply Chain Management (e.g. inventory management, contract design and revenue management). The topic mainly explores the interactions between human behavioral factors and implementations of well-accepted managerial models.

Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them every success!

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news-4012 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:31:30 +0200 Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. Lorna Unwin /en/news/news-faculty/guest-lecture-by-prof-dr-lorna-unwin/ “Rescuing VET from its system straightjacket towards a more fluid concept of skill formation“ The chair for Economic and Social Education Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz is happy to announce a guest lecture on “Why VET needs to change: towards a more fluid concept of skill formation“ on November 12th at 8:00 am in the “WiSo Trackt”, HS XII. Prof. Lorna Unwin from the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, is a recommended expert from Institute of Education, University College London and her research interest focus on the changing nature and development of vocational expertise and on work as a site for learning and the improvement of life chances.

Those interested are welcome to attend the session.

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news-4014 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:26:27 +0200 Axel Ockenfels and Peter Cramton about the emissions scandal at Volkswagen /en/news/news-faculty/axel-ockenfels-and-peter-cramton-about-the-emissions-scandal-at-volkswagen/ Article in German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" from October, 4th. In an article in the German newspaper "Welt am Sonntag" from October 4th economists Prof. Dr. Axel Oeckenfels and Prof. Peter Cramton, Ph.D. give recommendations to Volkswagen on how to handle the current emissions scandal. Follow this link to read the article online. There is no English version of this article.

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news-4007 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:30:10 +0200 Want to study at one of the top Business Schools? /en/news/news-faculty/want-to-study-at-one-of-the-top-business-schools/ Register now! Learn about the Top Management school's programmes and the specific CEMS MIM programme within our global alliance. Speak with university representatives to gain valuable admission advice and find out what their school has to offer you! From the comfort of your home, you can chat with students across the globe about campus life, view videos, share your CV, and download brochures.
More information and registration at http://www.globalbusinessefair.com

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news-3986 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:02:19 +0200 Career Week: Assessment process /en/news/news-faculty/career-week-assessment-process/ From 26th until 31st of October at the University of Cologne The professional center at the University of Cologne invites to this term’s Career Week. From 26th to 31st October various lectures and workshops focusing the assessment process are offered. Lectures can be visited without prior registration, for workshops and other events a registration is required. The program is available at http://www.professionalcenter.uni-koeln.de/careerweek/. The program is held in German. 

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news-3943 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:21:23 +0200 Ringvorlesung des iwp: Demographischer Wandel /en/news/news-faculty/ringvorlesung-des-iwp-demographischer-wandel/ Ab 19.10.2015, montags 17:45 - 19:15 Uhr, Universität zu Köln, WiSo-Gebäude Hörsaal XXIV Am 19.10.2015 um 17:45 Uhr startet in Hörsaal XXIV die Ringvorlesung des Instituts für Wirtschaftspolitik (iwp) „Demographischer Wandel – Fakten, Prognosen, Herausforderungen und Chancen“. In insgesamt zwölf Vorträgen diskutieren renommierte Referenten spezielle Fragen, die sich aus den Veränderungen der Altersstruktur ergeben: Was wissen wir aus den Statistiken? Welche Aussagekraft haben Prognosen zur Bevölkerungsentwicklung? Welche Strategien eignen sich für Unternehmen, um das Wissen und die Erfahrung älterer Mitarbeiter lange nutzen zu können? Ist ein höheres Lebensalter automatisch gleichzusetzen mit einer längeren Pflegephase und höheren Gesundheitskosten? Welche Rolle spielen familiäre und freundschaftliche Beziehungen zwischen den Generationen? Wie bestimmt der demographische Wandel die finanzielle Entwicklung in den Kommunen?
Die Ringvorlesung richtet sich an die Mitglieder aller Fakultäten der Universität zu Köln, Gasthörer/-innen, Lehrer/-innen und Schüler/-innen sowie die interessierte Öffentlichkeit.

Anmeldungen sind noch bis zum 16.10. auf der Webseite des iwp möglich!

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news-3942 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:29:02 +0200 Update: Wissenschaftler zeigen, wie internationale Klimakooperation funktionieren kann /en/news/news-faculty/update-wissenschaftler-zeigen-wie-internationale-klimakooperation-funktionieren-kann/ Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels in Zusammenarbeit mit Wissenschaftlern aus Großbritannien und den Vereinigten Staaten Anlässlich der bevorstehenden UN-Klimakonferenz in Paris haben sich 4 Wissenschaftler, darunter Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels (Lehrstuhlinhaber und Professor der Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln), in der renommierten Wissenschaftszeitschrift „Nature“ an die Klimapolitik gewandt. Die Wissenschaftler erläutern in dem Artikel "Price carbon — I will if you will", warum trotz diplomatischem Zweckoptimismus auch in Paris nicht mit einem nachhaltigen Erfolg im Kampf gegen den Klimawandel gerechnet werden kann. Der Grund liegt darin, dass sich Paris allein auf das altruistische Wohlwollen der Staaten verlässt. Die Erfahrung und die Kooperationsforschung lehren jedoch nachdrücklich, dass dies bei weitem nicht für die notwendigen Kooperationsanstrengungen ausreichen wird.
Um die Klimaverhandlungen zum Erfolg zu führen, empfehlen die Wissenschaftler zunächst, eine gemeinsame Verpflichtung anzustreben. Prof. Dr. Ockenfels, Experte für Kooperationsforschung und Verhandlungsdesign erklärt: "Alle Wissenschaftsdisziplinen, die sich mit Kooperation beschäftigen, haben gezeigt, dass Gegenseitigkeit der Schlüssel zum Erfolg ist: ‚ich kooperiere, wenn ihr auch kooperiert’. Das gilt für die Frage, wer den Abwasch in der Wohngemeinschaft macht, genauso wie bei internationalen Handels- oder Rüstungsabkommen. So entstehen Anreize, mit zu machen, und letztlich auch das Vertrauen, das für jede Kooperation essenziell ist. Gegenseitigkeit kann aber nur mit einer gemeinsamen Verpflichtung funktionieren. Leider setzt Paris aber auf hunderte, selbst-definierte und unvergleichbare Pläne der Staaten; so schafft man allenfalls Misstrauen.“
Die Wissenschaftler schlagen konkret vor, dass sich die Verhandlungen auf international verbindliche Preisziele für die Emission von CO2 konzentrieren. Diese bilden einen einfachen und akzeptablen Fokalpunkt für nationale Selbstverpflichtungen, reduzieren nationale Risiken im Vergleich zu Emissionszielen, lassen sich flexibel mit vielen populären Politikinstrumenten vereinbaren, wie dem Emissionshandel oder der Brennstoffsteuer, und führen effektiv zur Emissionsvermeidung.

Weitere Informationen zu diesem Thema finden Sie auch im Artikel der FAZ.

Update vom 20.10.2015: Auch die Süddeutsche-Zeitung berichtet über dieses Thema. Die Online-Version des Artikels ist über diesen Link aufrufbar.

Update vom 27.10.2015: Ein weiterer Beitrag zu diesem Thema ist am 23. Oktober unter dem Titel "Ein Ausweg aus der Klima-Sackgasse" in der FAZ erschienen. Mittlerweile ist dieser Aufsatz von Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels und Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer unter diesem Link aufrufbar.

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news-3917 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:06:40 +0200 Interview with Dr. Sebastian Sattler by "Süddeutschen Zeitung" /en/news/news-faculty/interview-with-dr-sebastian-sattler-by-sueddeutschen-zeitung/ Dr. Sattler speaks about the accusation of plagiarism regarding Ursula von der Leyen Dr. Sebastian Sattler from the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) was interviewed by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” about the accusation of plagiarism regarding Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defence. In addition to this current issue, the interview is about similar cases in the past and the distinction between sloppiness and intention. The interview is available here (unfortunately there is no English version). 

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news-3907 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:19:24 +0200 WiSo @ NYC /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-nyc/ Debut for Master's students On Monday, 05 October 2015 the WiSo Faculty’s 6-week intensive programme in New York City – WiSo@NYC – celebrated its debut for Master’s students. The new WiSo@NYC graduate track is offered for the first time this year and bears 24 ECTS.

The programme consist of academic courses in the area of leadership, business strategy and management practices taught by US-American faculty members. Furthermore, participants are given the opportunity to visit international companies and institutions to get insights into real-life business structures in the US.

An additional course offered in cooperation with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) equips students with valuable soft-skills and expertise necessary in order to succeed in the US-American job market.

WiSo@NYC is open to BSc- and MSc-students from several study programmes at the Faculty. If you would like to learn more about WiSo@NYC 2016 please feel free to join us for the Info Session on 26 November at 2pm in S11. Also, be sure to visit the programme website: http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/nyc.html. Please direct any queries to Moritz Ehlen (ZIB-WiSo) at moritz.ehlen(at)uni-koeln.de.

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news-3887 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:58:00 +0200 A Global Right to Health Care? /en/news/news-faculty/a-global-right-to-health-care/ ceres Lecture: Prof. Norman Daniels, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health) Abstract:

A moral right to health or, more narrowly, health care, within a society (governed by a state) is a special case of a right to fair equality of opportunity. To claim such a moral right globally (across national borders) requires improvements of global governance adequate to carry out the function of a fair process in specifying the entitlements of such a right and the function of raising the resources necessary to meet those entitlements. Our speaker will explore whether such capabilities of global governance are feasible. His main argument is that it is improbable that we can solve the coordination problem involved if we assume a world of nation-states, such as we have now.

 

About the lecturer:

Norman Daniels is Mary B. Saltonstall Professor and Professor of Ethics and Population Health at Harvard School of Public Health. He is one of the leading experts world-wide in the field of the philosophy of science, ethics, political and social philosophy and medical ethics and has published over 150 articles in anthologies and numerous internationally high-ranking journals.

His books include Just Health Care (Cambridge, 1985); From Chance to Choice: Genetics and Justice (Cambridge, 2000; with Bruce Kennedy and Ichiro Kawachi); Is Inequality Bad for Health? (Beacon Press, 2000); and Setting Limits Fairly: Can We Learn to Share Medical Resources? (Oxford, 2002; 2nd edition 2008; with James Sabin).

 

ceres Lecture: Prof. Norman Daniels, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health): A Global Right to Health Care?

Date: October 19, 2015, 6 p.m.

Time: 6-7.30 pm

Location: University of Cologne, Main Auditorium Hall (Aula 2), Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50937 Cologne

Further Information: www.ceres.uni-koeln.de/ceres-lecture.html

 

Also consider:

Meet the Expert for Students and Scientists

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news-3867 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 10:33:58 +0200 5th Rhenich Multivariate Time Series Econometrics Meeting (RMSE) /en/news/news-faculty/5th-rhenich-multivariate-time-series-econometrics-meeting-rmse/ On 8 and 9 October 2015 at the University of Cologne The 5th Rhenich Multivariate Time Series Econometrics Meeting (RMSE) provides a platform for presenting research in multivariate time series econometrics, for both junior and senior faculty. It aims at bringing together international researchers and fostering a diverse and stimulating exchange of ideas. Sponsors of the meeting are the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management and the Institute of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Cologne.
Organizers are Jörg Breitung (University of Cologne), Roman Liesenfeld (University of Cologne) and Michael Massmann (WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management).  
For more information please visit:  http://www.wisostat.uni-koeln.de/28658.html?&L=1


Speakers:
Sander Barendse (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Charles Bos (Free University Amsterdam)
Matei Demetrescu (University of Kiel)
Michael Frömmel (Univertity of Ghent)
Oliver Grothe (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Christian Hafner (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Uwe Hassler (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Siem Jan Koopman (Free University Amsterdam)
Robin Kruse (University of Groningen)
Rutger Lit (Free University Amsterdam)
Alexander Mayer (WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management)
Ryo Okui (Free University Amsterdam)
Sven Otto (University of Cologne)
Andreas Pick (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Julia Schaumburg (Free University Amsterdam)
Maren Ulm (University of Göttingen)

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news-3860 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:04:00 +0200 Low skilled employees with immigrant backgrounds obtain income advantages /en/news/news-faculty/low-skilled-employees-with-immigrant-backgrounds-obtain-income-advantages/ The article by Professor Dr. Merlin Schaeffer was published in the European Sociological Review Although they are often called Integration failures or social losers, a new study of the University of Cologne shows: The income of low-skilled migrants is often higher than that of equally qualified employees without a migration background. They work very frequently in professions in which they are unskilled. "Employers assess employees with a migration background as especially ambitious, resilient and reliable" implies Merlin Schaeffer, Professor of Demography and Social Inequality at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology of the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne.

Prof. Dr. Schaeffer worked with Jutta Höhne (head of division at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) - Hans Böckler Foundation) and Céline Teney (Professor of Sociology at the University Bremen) and compared the income of locals with those of migrants who have attended school in Germany, based on the Micro Census data of 2005-2011. The study proves that low-skilled men and women with a migration background receive income benefits, especially those with uneducated families. So German-born early school leavers with Turkish background earn about 2,20 euro more per hour than locals without a school-leaving qualification. There are similar results for people from Italian and Greek backgrounds. Low-skilled people without a migration background rarely find more demanding employment.
"Our results underscore that the capability of people with a migration background living in Germany is underestimated in the public debate", this is Merlin Schaeffer's conclusion. "Early school leaver do often more than people trust them to do".

This study was published in the European Sociological Review:
Income Advantages of Poorly Qualified Immigrant Minorities: Why School Dropouts of Turkish Origin Earn More in Germany

Merlin Schaeffer; Jutta Hohne; Celine Teney
European Sociological Review 2015;
doi: 10.1093/esr/jcv09

For any queries:
Professor Dr. Merlin Schaeffer
Tel: 0221/470-89160
schaeffer@wiso.uni-koeln.de

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news-3853 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:00:30 +0200 New Professors @ WiSo /en/news/news-faculty/new-professors-wiso/ A warm Welcome We are glad to welcome our new professors at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences:

Professor Sarah Carol:
Sarah Carol is a new team member of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS).
Throughout her research, Prof. Carol focuses on the role of religion for demographic behaviour including partner choice, divorce, abortion, and interethnic relationships of immigrants. In her recent project she is also studying whether religion acts as a bridge or a buffer for educational achievements of Muslim minorities in Europe.

Professor Lea Cassar:
Lea Cassar became a new Junior Professor in Behavioral Managerial Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich and a MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Her main research interests are Organizational Economics, Contract Theory, and Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Mrs Cassar's work focuses in particular on the role of non-monetary incentives in screening and motivating employees.

Professor Monika Imschloß:
Monika Imschloß was appointed the new IFH Junior Professor for Marketing and Retailing at the Department of Retailing and Customer Management. Her research fields at the University of Cologne are Multi-Sensory Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Shopper Marketing.

Professor Esther Kang:
Esther Kang has been named as the new Assistant Professor of Consumer Psychology and Behavior in the research division of “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment”. She holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Professor Kang's research interests include consumer’s information processing, imagery and memory in the context of new media such as social media, online retailing, and online marketing campaigns.

Professor Merlin Schaeffer:
Merlin Schaeffer holds a doctorate degree from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a Master of Arts from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Previously he was a researcher at WZB–Berlin Social Science Center and a guest professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His research interests include (ethnic) stratification and mobility, intergroup and inter-cultural conflicts, and research methods. Professor Schaeffer further strengthens the research cluster "Demography and Social Inequality" at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS).

Professor Daniel Wiesen:
Daniel Wiesen was appointed the new associate Professor in Behavioral Service Management and became a new team member of the Department of Business Administration and Health Care Management. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at University of Bonn in 2011. Before his appointment Daniel worked in management consulting and as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management at the University of Cologne. Since 2014 Daniel holds a visiting researcher position at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on Health economics, Experimental and behavioral economics, and Decision making under risk.

Professor Yingshuai Zhao:
Yingshuai Zhao is a new team member of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science.Her research focuses on Behavioral Management Science, especially in the field of Supply Chain Management (e.g. inventory management, contract design and revenue management). The topic mainly explores the interactions between human behavioral factors and implementations of well-accepted managerial models.

 

Please join us in congratulating them and wishing them every success in the new role!

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news-3844 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:50:34 +0200 Handelsblatt's faculties-ranking 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/handelsblatts-faculties-ranking-2015/ University of Cologne at place 4 of the top faculties for economics In comparison with the ranking in 2013 the university of Cologne was able to advance by two places and reached this year the 4th position in the ranking of top faculties for economics. Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter from the Chair of  Economics: Design and Behavior is in this ranking the leader in research at the faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. Considering exclusively the german universities, the university of Cologne ranks 3rd place directly behind LMU Munich and university Bonn. If you add the points for economics (71) and the points for business administration in 2014 (83), the university of Cologne gains 154 points and surpasses all other german universities.

The economic-ranking of the business and financial newspaper Handelsblatt is published every second year. For that Handelsblatt regularly examines the research achievement of the faculties of economics on the basis of scientific publications of the economists in professional journals. On behalf of Handelsblatt the Institute for Business Cycle Research of ETH Zurich evaluates more than 1500 professional journals. From the rankings of the economists the institute computes the ranking lists of the best-performing faculties in research.

We congratulate all involved researchers for this excellent achievement!

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news-3834 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:21:22 +0200 University of Cologne and RSM launch Executive MBA in Cologne /en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-and-rsm-launch-executive-mba-in-cologne/ Programme starts in 2016 With the launch of a new Executive MBA programme, business education is the latest commodity to travel a centuries-old trade route between Cologne in the west of Germany and Rotterdam in the west of the Netherlands. The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA (CR-EMBA) is an international executive development programme for managers, developed by two esteemed institutions; the University of Cologne (UoC) and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The programme was officially launched on 18 September 2015 at the University of Cologne.

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news-3761 Mon, 07 Sep 2015 17:04:02 +0200 Professors of the WiSo-Faculty gain excellent results in the ranking of the economists 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/professors-of-the-wiso-faculty-gain-excellent-results-in-the-ranking-of-the-economists-2015/ Handelsblatt published the newest ranking In the current economists-ranking for 2015 of the business and financial newspaper Handelsblatt professors of the faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences have again achieved good results.

In the category of "best research performance", which considers the current publications of the professors, the WiSo-Faculty is doubly represented in the top 10: in comparison with the year 2013 Prof. Dr. Patrick W. Schmitz was able to advance by four places and reached 4th position in this ranking, Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter occupied 6th position. In the category of "lifework", which regards all of the published studies, Prof. Dr. Patrick W. Schmitz (13th rang) and Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter (21th rang) reached also the best results of the WiSo-faculty. In the category of "Researchers below 40" Prof. Dr. Oliver Gürtler and Prof. Dr. Felix Bierbrauer occupy the 10th and the 11th place.

Sincere congratulations to our researchers for the great achievements!

You can find the entire ranking and a detailed explanation of the methodology here.

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news-3769 Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:30:00 +0200 "Why are smartphones of particular importance for refugees?" /en/news/news-faculty/why-are-smartphones-of-particular-importance-for-refugees/ Regulatory commentary by Dr. Steffen J. Roth "Do not begrudge the refugees their smartphone - give them free internet" is the heading of the regulatory commentary by Dr. Steffen J. Roth, the managing director at the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne (iwp). The commentary was published on September 5, 2015 in the daily newspaper „Die Welt“ (p. 13). In this comment Mr. Roth explains why a smartphone does not perform as a luxury product for the refugees, but is indispensable for them. Firstly it provides information about escape routes and secondly it allows the communication with family and friends in their homeland. This communication could also clear up misinformation about asylum procedures and maintaining employment in Germany, which is in the general interest.

If you are interested in further information, you can read the shortened version or the online version.

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news-3735 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:53:17 +0200 Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz als Koordinator des neuen EU-Projektes /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-matthias-pilz-als-koordinator-des-neuen-eu-projektes/ ReCall: Retail Sector Competencies for all Teachers Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz vom Lehrstuhl für Wirtschafts- und Sozialpädagogik übernimmt die Projektleitung und Koordination des neuen EU-Projektes ReCall (Retail Sector Competencies for all Teachers). Es startet bereits am 01.11.2015 und läuft über zwei Jahre bis zum 31.10.2017. Das Projekt involviert drei berufsbildende Schulen, jeweils aus den Ländern Polen, Italien und Deutschland, sowie die Universität Bergamo/Italien und die Pädagogische Hochschule Krakau/Polen.

Konkret wird das Projekt ReCall ein Lehrunterstützungsprogramm für Berufsschullehrer/innen im Bereich Einzelhandel entwickeln und testen. Der Fokus wird auf die berufliche Entwicklung der Lehrkräfte gerichtet. Sie werden mit Hilfe eines im Rahmen des Projekts entwickelten webbasierten Teacher-Training-Tools (TTT) in der Vermittlung von Selbst- und Sozialkompetenzen im Unterricht geschult. Die Vermittlung dieser Kompetenzen im Berufsbildungsbereich ist in allen europäischen Ländern von großer Relevanz, um Beschäftigungsfähigkeit zu erreichen. Dies gilt insbesondere für den kundenintensiven Sektor des Einzelhandels.

Wir freuen uns und gratulieren Prof. Dr. Pilz zur Bewilligung dieses einmaligen und spannenden Projektes!

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news-3725 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:43:51 +0200 Article about Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels /en/news/news-faculty/article-about-prof-dr-axel-ockenfels/ Published in 'Süddeutsche Zeitung' The German newspaper 'Süddeutsche Zeitung' published an article about Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels, focussing on his work in behaviour research and the foundation of the Cologne Laboratory for Economic Research (CLER). The article can be found here. There is no English version available. 

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news-3716 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:23:55 +0200 Faszination Handel 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/faszination-handel-2015/ Back to Basic – Stationäre Stärken im digitalen Zeitalter Der Kundenfokus ist für Handelsunternehmen wichtiger als je zuvor.
Online-Handel beeinflusst die Handelsstrukturen in Deutschland und verändert die Handelslandschaft nachhaltig. Dies wirft verstärkt Fragen zur Zukunft des stationären Einzelhandels auf:

  • Welche Auswirkungen hat die digitale Transformation auf das Konsumentenverhalten?
  • Wie können sich stationäre Händler zukunftsfähig aufstellen und kulturelle Hürden überwinden?
  • Welche Kompetenzen sollten sie fokussieren, um sich vom wachsenden Online-Handel zu differenzieren?

Antworten liefern die Vorträge im Rahmen der achten Ausgabe „Faszination Handel“ am 24.09.2015 in Köln. Profitieren Sie von Impulsen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis und tauschen Sie sich mit Experten der Handelsbranche aus.

Weitere Informationen zum Programm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

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news-3632 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:48:00 +0200 WiSo@NYC 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/wisonyc-2015/ The Summer School's 5th Anniversary On Monday, 03 August 2015 the WiSo Faculty’s annual intensive programme in New York City – WiSo@NYC – has officially kicked off for the fifth time.

The opening event was held at 871 United Nations Plaza in Manhattan – the very same location that houses the Consulate General of Germany, the German Mission to the United Nations as well as the University’s New York Office.  

2015 also being the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli post-war diplomatic relations, we are particularly pleased to have on board for the first time three students from the School of Management at Tel Aviv University.

WiSo@NYC is open to BSc- and MSc-students from several study programmes at the Faculty. If you would like to learn more about WiSo@NYC 2016 please feel free to join us for the Info Session on 26 November at 2pm in S11.

Also, be sure to visit the programme website - www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/nyc.html

Please direct any queries to Moritz Ehlen (ZIB-WiSo) at moritz.ehlen(at)uni-koeln.de.

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news-3621 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:16:38 +0200 Department of Information Systems with excellent rating /en/news/news-faculty/department-of-information-systems-with-excellent-rating/ Information Systems climbs on second position Graduates of Information Systems at the University of Cologne are ranked among the most highly skilled experts by German personnel managers. This confirms the newly published ranking Germany's best universities of the German weekly magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” - from the perspective of personnel managers. Information Systems at the University of Cologne is ranked second-most popular university for recruiting new young talents, following the Technical University of Munich. The Department of Information Systems thus reinforces its positioning in the national and international competitive environment of higher education. For the university ranking, the consulting company “Universum” asked 540 human resource managers which universities educate best for their needs.

“We are pleased with the outstanding results in the current "Wirtschaftswoche" ranking. This confirms the attractiveness of the Bachelor and Master degree in computer science industry for both the students and the personnel managers of well-known companies.” says Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder, area spokesman for Information Systems.

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news-3613 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:22:00 +0200 Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter wins “Exeter Prize” /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-matthias-sutter-wins-exeter-prize/ Experimental games on networks: underpinnings of behavior and equilibrium selection Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter (Chair of Economics: Design and Behavior) is a winner of the 2015 Exeter Prize for Research in Experimental Economics, Decision Theory and Behavioral Economics for the paper “Experimental games on networks: underpinnings of behavior and equilibrium selection” with Gary Charness, Francesco Feri and Miguel Melendez, published in Econometrica.

This paper provides a balanced portfolio of theory, experimental design, and the pursuit of alternative explanations for behavioral puzzles. Considering designs that span a wide range of interesting networks, they find that theory predicts behavior tightly when there is a unique equilibrium. And when there are multiple equilibria, traditional characteristics describing the network play an important role in describing behavior. Their study establishes a careful, informed behavioral base from which further research into network behavior will proceed.

The WiSo Faculty congratulates Prof. Sutter for this outstanding award.

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news-3504 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:05:59 +0200 Enrollment of Master's students /en/news/news-faculty/enrollment-of-masters-students/ Dean welcomes first student in Media and Technology Management On Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at 9.00 a.m., enrolling of the Master's students started. As the first student Alexander Boden has enrolled in the new  Master of Science Business Administration “Media and Technology Management”. For this he was welcomed by Faculty’s Dean Prof. Werner Mellis. The Dean handed him out the WiSo Bag* as a welcome gift. The WiSo Faculty welcomes all students who enroll in the coming days and wishes all students a successful start. Many useful tips and information for new students are summarized in the StudyGuide, which will be handed out at registration and is also available online. If you have questions in preparation for the study, the staff at the WiSo Student Service Center are happy to help. Registration procedure basically runs to 6 August.

*with the friendly assistance of AXA Konzern AG

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news-3499 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:53:28 +0200 WiSo Faculty top ranked in current "Wirtschaftswoche" Ranking /en/news/news-faculty/wiso-faculty-top-ranked-in-current-wirtschaftswoche-ranking/ Business Administration on position 2 Economics and Business Administration graduates of the WiSo Faculty are among the most highly skilled experts in the German personnel managers. This confirms the newly published University Ranking 2015 Germany's best universities of the German weekly magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” - from the perspective of hiring managers. Thus, graduates of WiSo Faculty are number 2 in the field of Business Administration (BWL) and 3rd place in the Economics (VWL).
14.5 percent of surveyed HR professionals reported that Master graduates of the WiSo Faculty fit the best for their needs (16 percent LMU Munich to # 1). Moved up to 2nd place is WiSo Faculty’s Information Systems that rates behind so the TU Munich and before the TU Dresden.
Thus the WiSo Faculty strengthens its position in the national and international competitive environment of higher education.
For the university ranking, the consulting company “Universum” asked 540 human resource managers which form universities best suited for their needs.

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news-3479 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:12:06 +0200 3rd Symposium “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment” /en/news/news-faculty/3rd-symposium-value-creation-in-a-changing-customer-and-media-environment/ successful scientific exchange On July 9th, 2015, the 3rd Symposium on “Digital Transformation: Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment” took place at the University of Cologne.

Four academic experts from around the world presented their latest research projects. More than 50 attendees gathered the latest research insights on how the digital transformation is likely to impact product management and branding.

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news-3465 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:17:05 +0200 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony /en/news/news-faculty/doctoral-hooding-ceremony/ summer term 2015 Commencement Each term, the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne holds a ceremony to honor doctoral graduates and celebrate the successful completion of their studies. The summer term 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony was held on Friday, July 10, 2015. 27 students participated in the ceremony to have their academic hoods conferred. Each graduate came to the stage to receive their academic graduation hood conferred by the vice dean of research Professor Marita Jacob.
Congratualtions!

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news-3463 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:54:48 +0200 Campus Innovation Challenge 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/campus-innovation-challenge-2015/ Hervorragende Wirtschaftsinformatiker Das Studierendenteam "Flipchart Cologne" des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftsinformatik hat mit der im Rahmen der Bachelor-Veranstaltung „Laboratory Course on Development“ entwickelten Software-Applikation GECO die Accenture Campus Innovation Challenge gewonnen. Die Studierenden haben sich am vergangenen Freitag im Finale gegen die Universitäten TU München, RWTH Aachen, Uni Bern, Uni Wien und HDM Stuttgart (FH) durchgesetzt, nachdem die Gruppe eine Woche vorher bereits das Regionalfinale gegen Duisburg-Essen und Münster gewinnen konnte.
Die Accenture Campus Innovation Challenge wird jedes Jahr von Accenture an allen Hochschulen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz ausgeschrieben und fand in diesem Jahr unter dem Motto „Smarter Cities“ statt. Wir Gratulieren!

Mehr Informationen finden Sie hier:

https://www.facebook.com/winfo.unikoeln/posts/491518114359047?notif_t=notify_me_page

 

 

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news-3426 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:19:33 +0200 Juniorprofessor Matthias Heinz erhält Roman Herzog Forschungspreis /en/news/news-faculty/juniorprofessor-matthias-heinz-erhaelt-roman-herzog-forschungspreis/ Forschungspreis Soziale Marktwirtschaft 2015 für wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Dissertation ausgezeichnet Juniorprofessor Dr. Matthias Heinz wurde gestern für seine wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Dissertation mit dem Roman Herzog Forschungspreis Soziale Marktwirtschaft 2015 ausgezeichnet. Das Roman Herzog Institut prämiert jedes Jahr hervorragende Dissertationen und Habilitationen von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern, die sich mit dem Themenkomplex der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft auseinandersetzen. Der Forschungspreis gehört zu einer der höchstdotierten Auszeichnungen im Bereich der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften. Die Preisträger wurden im Rahmen einer feierlichen Zeremonie am 07. Juli in München geehrt.

In einem Brief hat der Oberbürgermeister von Köln Prof. Dr. Heinz und der Universität zu Köln zu der Auszeichnung mit dem Roman Herzog Forschungspreis gratuliert und unterstrichen, wie wichtig diese Auszeichnung für die Universität zu Köln, die Stadt und den Wissenschaftsstandort ist.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Heinz hatte für seine Doktorarbeit bereits im vergangenen Jahr den Dissertationspreis der Industrie- und Handelskammer Frankfurt sowie den Erich-Gutenberg-Preis für Nachwuchswissenschaftler erhalten.
Seit April 2014 forscht und lehrt Matthias Heinz an der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln, am Seminar für ABWL und Personalwirtschaftslehre.

Wir gratulieren Juniorprofessor Heinz ganz herzlich und freuen uns sehr für seinen Erfolg!

Fotoquelle: Roman Herzog Institut

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news-3418 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:17:49 +0200 3rd symposium: “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment” /en/news/news-faculty/3rd-symposium-value-creation-in-a-changing-customer-and-media-environment-1/ Chair for Marketing and Market Research The 3rd Symposium on "Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment" will take place on July 9th.
This symposium is centered around product management and branding (in a broad sense) in digital environments.
It brings together academic experts from around the world to present their latest research results and offers a platform to share and discuss insights on the developments within the product and brand management domain.

Further information here.

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news-3391 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:12:49 +0200 New partnership with the University of Cape Town – Graduate School of Business, South Africa /en/news/news-faculty/new-partnership-with-the-university-of-cape-town-graduate-school-of-business-south-africa/ Exchange agreement signed The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences has signed a cooperation agreement for the Master level with the University of Cape Town - Graduate School of Business (UCT).

Home to the only full-time African MBA ranked in the top 100 by the prestigious Financial Times, the UCT Graduate Business School is of the few schools world-wide to be “triple-crowned” (accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and the AACSB). Cologne graduate students can apply for a term at UCT Graduate Business School through the International Relations Center (ZIB WiSo).

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news-3378 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:54:18 +0200 Albertus-Magnus-Lehrpreis an der WiSo-Fakultät /en/news/news-faculty/albertus-magnus-lehrpreis-an-der-wiso-fakultaet/ Auszeichnung für Prof. Dr. Sliwka Der Albertus-Magnus-Preis dient der Anerkennung und Förderung besonderer Leistungen in der Lehre und für die Studierenden der WiSo-Fakultät und wird durch die Studierendenschaft verliehen.

Dieses Semester wurde der Preis auf der Bachelor-Examensfeier am 27. Juni 2015 an Prof. Dr. Dirk Sliwka, Direktor des Seminars für ABWL und Personalwirtschaftslehre, vergeben.

Die WiSo-Fakultät gratuliert herzlich zu dieser Auszeichnung!

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news-3364 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:21:33 +0200 Foundation of the University of Cologne Business School is decided /en/news/news-faculty/foundation-of-the-university-of-cologne-business-school-is-decided/ Programme starts in September 2016 The University Council and the Senate of the University of Cologne have agreed to the development of executive education in management, economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne. The activities will be bundled in a new society, the "University of Cologne Business School". The first planned executive programme is a joint venture with Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. This Executive MBA, the Cologne - Rotterdam EMBA, is aimed at executives who are looking for an international education opportunity in the Rhine-Ruhr region. Scheduled start time of the programme is in September 2016.

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news-3350 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:13:36 +0200 Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph.D. wird Mitglied eines Beratungsgremiums der Bundesregierung /en/news/news-faculty/prof-achim-wambach-phd-wird-mitglied-eines-beratungsgremiums-der-bundesregierung/ Im Bereich der Elektromobilität Prof. Achim Wambach, Ph.D. wurde zum 1.7.2015 zum Mitglied des Lenkungskreises der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität (NPE) und zum Vorsitzenden der Arbeitsgruppe 6 „Rahmenbedingungen“ ernannt.

Die Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität (NPE) ist ein Beratungsgremium der deutschen Bundesregierung, das die wesentlichen Akteure aus Industrie, Wissenschaft, Politik, Gewerkschaften und Verbänden zum strategischen Dialog zusammenbringt. Die NPE beobachtet und analysiert die Entwicklungen im Bereich der Elektromobilität.
In sieben Arbeitsgruppen werden unter der Koordination des Lenkungskreises die Schwerpunktthemen der Elektromobilität behandelt und Empfehlungen zur Umsetzung des Regierungsprogramms Elektromobilität erarbeitet.

Diese Ernennung steht für eine großartige Leistung.

Wir gratulieren herzlich!

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news-3332 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:08:24 +0200 UniSommerfest der Universität zu Köln /en/news/news-faculty/unisommerfest-der-universitaet-zu-koeln/ 9. Juli 2015 Liebe Studenten,
die Uni Köln lädt Sie ganz herzlich zum diesjährigen UniSommerfest zu *Kölsch, Currywurst und Live-Musik* ein!
Es findet am 9. Juli um 17:00 Uhr auf der Wiese der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät statt und bietet einiges an Unterhaltung.

Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung finden Sie auf der Facebookseite hier.

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news-3325 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:43:57 +0200 Gastvortrag Jens Wagener /en/news/news-faculty/gastvortrag-jens-wagener/ Heute um 14:00 Uhr! Heute, den 23.06.2015, um 14:00 Uhr findet im Hörsaal XXV des WiSo-Gebäudes eine Gastvorlesung von Jens Wagener statt. Herr Wagener ist Manager in Pricing & Sales Excellence der DORMA Deutschland GmbH und sein Vortrag ist Teil der Vorlesungskonzepte des Marketing Mix Management.

Sie sind herzlich eingeladen!

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news-3206 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:47:38 +0200 Prof. Dr. Horst Tempelmeier one of the most productive researchers in Operations Management /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-horst-tempelmeier-one-of-the-most-productive-researchers-in-operations-management/ The only German in the top 100 The current study "Twenty-six years of operations management research (1985–2010): authorship patterns and research constituents in eleven top rated journals" of four academics from the USA, Guangzhi Shang, Brooke Saladin, Tim Fry und Joan Donohue, investigates the research contributions of academic institutions and individual authors in the area of operations management over a period of 26 years.
As a measure for research productivity the authors utilise all published research articles, also shared articles of several researchers, in the field of operations management in 11 top-rated and well-known academic journals over the time period from 1985 to 2010.
The result of this study is a ranking of the top 100 most productive researchers worldwide, measured against the quantity of articles per author.
In this ranking of the top 100 Prof. Dr. Horst Tempelmeier is the only German.
Congratulations!

You can find the total study here.

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news-2988 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:03:54 +0200 Dr. Patrick Kampkötter receives Best Conference Paper Award 2015 /en/news/news-faculty/dr-patrick-kampkoetter-receives-best-conference-paper-award-2015/ German Academic Association for Business Research awards excellent article at annual conference Dr. Patrick Kampkötter from the Seminar of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management by Prof. Dr. Dirk Sliwka receives for the best submitted article (title: “Performance Appraisals and Job Satisfaction”) the Best Conference Paper Award 2015 awarded by the German Academic Association for Business Research.

The study examines how formal performance evaluations by superiors affect the job satisfaction of their employees. The empirical analysis is based on a representative data set of approximately 10,500 employees of the Socio-Economic Panel for three years. Employees were asked whether their formal performance evaluation is combined with monetary or career-related consequences, such as bonuses, promotions and salary increase or neither of these consequences result. Using fixed effects panel regressions the causal effects of performance evaluations on job satisfaction can be estimated more accurately this study than in previous empirical studies based mainly on cross-sectional data.

More information about the German Academic Association for Business Research can be found here. The WiSo-Faculty congratulates!

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news-2944 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:17:57 +0200 New Professor @ WiSo /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-wiso-2/ Prof. Dr. Jörn Grahl Since 1 June 2015 Jörn Grahl has been appointed as a Professor in Digital Transformation with focus on UoC’s Project Initiative “Value Creation in a Changing Customer and Media Environment”.
After receiving his PhD at University of Mannheim he worked as an Assistant Professor at Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz.  His current research focuses on analytics with a focus on social commerce, causal inference in big datasets (digital experimentation), machine learning, and social and information networks. Please join us in congratulating Jörn Grahl on his appointment and wishing him every success in his new role!

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news-2942 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:13:26 +0200 New Professor @ WiSo /en/news/news-faculty/new-professor-wiso-3/ Prof. Dr. Alexander Westkamp Since 1 June 2015 Alexander Westkamp has been appointed as a W2 Professor in Economics, especially in Behavior and Design.
After receiving his PhD at Graduate School of Economics of University Bonn he worked as an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, Netherlands.  His current research focuses on matching markets, market and mechanism design, and microeconomic theory in general.
Please join us in congratulating Alexander Westkamp on his appointment and wishing him every success in his new role!

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news-2933 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:03:03 +0200 Ninth Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue on June, 29th /en/news/news-faculty/ninth-cologne-economic-policy-dialogue-on-june-29th/ By the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne On Monday, June 29th the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne invites to the ninth Cologne Economic Policy Dialogue. Dr. Clemens Muth (Member of the Board of Management of ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG) and Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schradin (Director of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance) will talk about the topic “Impact of the low interest rates on the insurance buisness”. The event starts at 12 p.m. in room #004 in the Seminar-building (building #106).

Participation is free but prior registration is requested. For information and an application form please click here.

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news-2925 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:27:10 +0200 Towards Defining the Biological Basis of Ageing /en/news/news-faculty/towards-defining-the-biological-basis-of-ageing/ ceres lecture mit Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning, Direktor und Principal Investigator des CECAD und des MPI für Stoffwechselforschung in Köln Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning, Direktor und Principal Investigator des CECAD und des MPI für Stoffwechselforschung in Köln, konzentriert sich mit seiner Forschung auf die komplexen zellbiologischen und stoffwechselbedingten Hintergründe altersassoziierter und neurodegenerativer Erkrankungen wie Morbus Alzheimer und Parkinson.

In unserer dritten ceres Lecture am 22. Juni 2015 wird er Einblicke in seine Arbeit gewähren und der Frage nach den biologischen Grundlagen des Alterns nachgehen. Der Abendvortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt und richtet sich an WissenschaftlerInnen aller Fakultäten sowie die interessierte Öffentlichkeit.

Fortbildungspunkte für Ärzte sind beantragt.

Datum: 22. Juni 2015

Zeit: 18.00 Uhr s.t.- 19.30 Uhr

Ort: MPI für Biologie des Alterns, Vortragssaal, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9b,

Anmeldung: Um besser planen zu können, bitten wir um formlose Anmeldung bis zum 20. Juni 2015 an ceres-formate(at)uni-koeln.de

Weitere Informationen unter:
http://ceres.uni-koeln.de/veranstaltungen/ceres-lecture/bruening/

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news-2918 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:01:39 +0200 Game theorist and mathematician John Nash passed away /en/news/news-faculty/game-theorist-and-mathematician-john-nash-passed-away/ Tribute by the speaker of the Center for Social and Economic Behavior, Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels John Nash and his wife, Alicia, died in a taxi accident last week. He invented game theory's equilibrium concept. Game theory is the theory of rational decision making and at the same time the basis for much of the behavioral and design research conducted in our Center and in our Faculty. Indeed, what is probably less known is, that John also conducted some of the first economics experiments in order to better understand human decision making, and that he was fascinated by the many exciting applications that are currently popping up.

I invited John to visit Cologne in 2006. He talked about his current theoretical research agenda as well as his interest in human behavior and cooperation in our faculty's research seminar. We also organized a public symposium on game theory and experimental economics, which was easily the most overcrowded scientific event at the University of Cologne ever. While many of those who could snatch a seat in the University's auditorium expected to see an eccentric scientist, he struck everybody as a wonderful, curious and warmhearted person, interested in virtually all aspects of life. Afterwards he stayed in contact with Cologne and was interested to hear what we have been building up in the last ten years.

I was very shocked to hear of his and his wife's sudden death. My thoughts are with their son.

We will continue enjoying his contributions every day and can smile with memories of his moving life and beautiful mind.

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news-2899 Thu, 28 May 2015 11:35:19 +0200 Gastvortrag "Marketing-Effizienz im Handel" /en/news/news-faculty/gastvortrag-marketing-effizienz-im-handel/ am Mittwoch, 03.06.2015 im Rahmen der Vorlesung 'Marketing Performance Management' von Professor Marc Fischer wird eine Gastvorlesung von Herrn Dr. Tobias Maria Günter von Simon Kucher & Partners stattfinden.

 

Wo: HS XII, Hauptgebäude
Wann: Mittwoch, den 3. Juni, 12:00 - 13:30 Uhr

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news-2884 Tue, 19 May 2015 16:45:19 +0200 PIM&CEMS Club Cologne celebrates its 30th anniversary /en/news/news-faculty/pimcems-club-cologne-celebrates-its-30th-anniversary/ Party on 13th June 2015 The PIM&CEMS Club Cologne celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is going to host a special party, with exciting highlights, cool drinks and awesome people like You.
It’s a great opportunity to meet old and new friends, spend an unforgettable night with diverse show acts and look back proudly on the results of 30 years of teamwork and engagement.
Therefore, we invite all of you to spend the night of the 13th June 2015 with us. And yes, this event will take place on a chartered boat, including a band, DJ, tombola and other awesome specials!

For more information please click here.

Tickets can be purchased at the pre-selling-station between 9:30 am - 2 pm in the WiSo-Schlauch, starting the 1st June!

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news-2875 Mon, 18 May 2015 15:34:00 +0200 Prof. Dr. Patrick Schmitz receives research prize /en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-patrick-schmitz-receives-research-prize/ Expert in contract theory is awarded with Hans-Kelsen prize for outstanding academic performance In a ceremony at the University of Cologne on May 12th, Prof. Dr. Patrick Schmitz of the Department of Economics at the WiSo-faculty received this year’s Hans-Kelsen award.
In his research, Prof. Dr. Patrick Schmitz focuses on fundamental microeconomic questions: Why do firms exist at all? Which effects have different ownership structures on investment incentives? How should public projects be organized? Prof. Schmitz examines these questions with the help of contract theory, i.e. using formal models in which asymmetric information plays a central role.
The University of Cologne strongly believes that individual scientific excellence is at the heart of research progress and should therefore be encouraged and rewarded. To this end, as part of the institutional strategy of the University of Cologne, a Hans-Kelsen prize is awarded annually to a researcher with outstanding scientific achievements in the field of law or economics in the past five years.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Schmitz // Hans-Kelsen-Preis 2015

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news-2870 Tue, 12 May 2015 13:42:41 +0200 German Academic Association for Business Research awards young talents from WiSo /en/news/news-faculty/german-academic-association-for-business-research-awards-young-talents-from-wiso/ Young scientists are nominated for their outstanding international publications Three UoC's young scientists are nominated for the Young Talent Award of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB). The Association awards this prize annually to younger members of the association or upcoming scientists, who do not have a PhD in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This award is for outstanding publications by upcoming scientists and is aimed at encouraging and motivating budding scientists to present their research activities in a renowned area, publish beyond the German-speaking sphere and open themselves up to international discourse.
This nomination underlines the scientific achievements of Stephan Schneider (research assistant at the Department of Information Systems and Systems Development), Ali Sunyaev (Assistant Professor for Information Systems and Information Systems Quality) and Hendrik Wilhelm (Assistant Professor at the Seminar for Business Administration, Corporate Development and Organization).
The Scientific Commission Information Systems (WK WI) has nominated Stephan Schneider and Ali Sunyaev as candidates for the award because of their journal article „Determinant Factors of Cloud-Sourcing Decisions: reflecting on the IT Outsourcing Literature in the Era of Cloud Computing“, appeared in the Journal of Information Technology. The Scientific Commission Organisation (WK ORG) has nominated Hendrik Wilhelm because of his dissertation text „Changing Organizational Routines: Antecedents, Processes, Outcomes“.
In total four papers have been nominated for this award, so this year half of the nominated articles are from the UoC's Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. This emphasizes the research performance of the young scientists at the University of Cologne.

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news-2868 Tue, 12 May 2015 12:53:32 +0200 PEAK convention /en/news/news-faculty/peak-convention/ Prof. Reinartz holds the key note address On May 12, 2015 the yearly PEAK, the convention of German Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), is taking place in Berlin. The topic is "Trade for the City of Tomorrow".
Prof. Dr. Werner Reinartz is one of the top speakers and holds the key note address.  He presents the latest findings on the study “Retailing 2020 – Economic and Infrastructure Perspectives”.

For more information please visit here.

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news-2865 Mon, 11 May 2015 14:15:37 +0200 Department of Marketing and Brand Management /en/news/news-faculty/department-of-marketing-and-brand-management/ Wednesday, 13th 2015 At the Department of Marketing and Brand Management of Prof. Dr. Franziska Völckner two guest lectures will be given on Wednesday, 13th 2015.The guest lectures are part of the lecture “Brand Management”.

At 10 a.m. Andreas Neef and Natalie Janotta of L'ORÉAL Deutschland GmbH talk about „Digital Branding“. At 12 p.m. Axel Mittelstaedt of Liesegang Aymans Decker Mittelstaedt und Partner (LADM) gives a lecture regarding "IP Management".

Both lectures take place in lecture hall XII. A registration is not required.

More information on Department of Marketing and Brand Management can be found here.

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news-2861 Fri, 08 May 2015 15:16:39 +0200 New Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM): Application ends! /en/news/news-faculty/new-masters-in-international-management-cems-mim-application-ends/ Application deadline is Friday, 15th 2015 Application deadline for the new Master’s programme in International Management (CEMS MIM), starting at winter semester 2015/16 at the WiSo-faculty, ends on Friday, 15th 2015.

The programme provides a new framework for the CEMS network’s “CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM)” certificate and is designed for a period of two years, within which the CEMS certificate is acquired. As an international programme this course can be studied entirely in English and includes a semester abroad at one of the 28 partner universities. More information on this programme is here available.

Please note that application for all Double-Master programmes ends on Friday, 15th 2015 as well.

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