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Research

Our long tradition of fundamental and applied research provides us with the ideal basis to fulfil our "Innovation for Society" mission through precision and relevance. In doing so, we strive to develop insights through rigorous fundamental research, which is published in relevant specialist magazines and is pertinent to business practice, the economy and the development of society. Through our interdisciplinary research approach, our seminars and institutes contribute significantly to the excellence initiative at the University of Cologne.


The six „Key Research Profile Areas“ we have identified help us to provide individual excellence through innovative interdisciplinary approaches in special research units:

Thanks to our long-established subject variety, top-level research, practical relevance and internationality, we stand out in the national and international business education landscape. Our current positions in theHandelsblatt Research Ranking are testimony to the success of this strategy:

  • Handelsblatt Economics ranking 2015: third best German university
  • Handelsblatt Business Administration ranking 2014: fourth best German university
  • 1st place: Handelsblatt aggregated Business Administration/Economics ranking 2014/15: best German research organisation, with a total of 154 points


Excellent education of the next generation of academics is also very important to us. PhD students teach and conduct research in an extremely international and dynamic environment on an integrated doctoral programme at our  Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) , or through one of the Faculty's departments.

We offer all of our academics and researchers ideal conditions both in terms of work environment and work/life balance and special incentives for particularly motivated staff.

Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob

International, cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary research teams is a key feature of the WiSo Faculty. At the same time, we have a strong practical focus, which means that our research results can be applied and implemented in industry and are relevant to social and political processes.

Prof. Dr. Marita Jacob, Vice-Dean of Research

Research at the WiSo Faculty: