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 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 01:28:11 +0200 Sun, 25 Aug 2019 01:28:11 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-17731 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:16:42 +0200 Did you know that studying abroad does not automatically help getting a better job? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-studying-abroad-does-not-automatically-help-getting-a-better-job-1/ New study by Prof Dr Marita Jacob and Dr Michael Kühhirt Did you know that studying abroad does not automatically help getting a better job?

Studying abroad has become a common among students in Europe. It is considered beneficial, for example, to improve foreign language skills and intercultural knowledge and to foster personal and academic growth. Surprisingly, empirical evidence whether and to what extent international experiences actually helps to find better jobs with higher income or higher occupational status is less clear.

A recently published study by ISS researchers Marita Jacob and Michael Kühhirt together with Margarida Rodrigues (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa) examines job characteristics five years after graduations for those who studied abroad and those who didn’t. This empirical analyses of graduates from 13 European countries finds large country differences in the impact of studying abroad on both wages and attaining a high occupational position in Europe, i.e. in some countries studying abroad does result in better jobs, in other countries it does not. Generally, the labour market returns to international experience were larger in countries in Eastern and Southern Europe, countries in which university quality is lower, with high graduate unemployment, and fewer students with experiences abroad. In contrast, in countries with higher university quality and a less competition among graduates, international experience does not increase job chances. Hence, studying abroad improving employability only holds true under particular circumstances.

All contributions from the series "Did you know that...?" can be found on the website of the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS)

news-17729 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:37:01 +0200 „Shanghai-Ranking“ 2019 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/shanghai-ranking-2019/ University of Cologne improves ranking positions The University of Cologne has achieved top positions in this year's Academic Ranking of World Universities ("Shanghai Ranking") once again.

ARWU uses six indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university.  More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published.

The department of Sociology with the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology of the WiSo Faculty (ISS) is still the number one in Germany and has improved its international ranking from 76-100 to 51-75.

In addition, the ranking of the department of Economics has improved: last year, the department was ranked 4th, this year the University of Cologne is ranked 3rd in the national ranking and 76-100th in the international comparison.

In the range of Management, the University of Cologne ranks 3rd in the national ranking and 151-200 in the international ranking. The Department of Finance is ranked 4th in the national ranking and 151-200th in the international ranking. In the Business Administration area, the University of Cologne ranked 4th nationally and 151-200 internationally.

On the website of ShanghaiRanking Consultancy you will find the complete ranking overview.



news-17724 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:12:57 +0200 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/2018-emeraldefmd-outstanding-doctoral-research-awards/ Congratulations to Martin P. Fritze Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) have honored Martin P. Fritze with a Highly Commended Award for his dissertation “Sharing Economy and Dematerialization: Essays on the Role of Ownership for Consumer Behavior and Business Models in Service Contexts”, which he completed at University of Rostock (Supervisor: Martin Benkenstein) in 2017 before joining University of Cologne as an Assistant Professor of Trade Fair Management and Marketing. His doctoral research has been chosen by the editorial team of European Journal of Marketing to win the prestigious award in the Marketing category. 
The 2018 awards were open to those who had completed and satisfied examination requirements for a doctoral award, between 15 Jan 2016 and 28 February 2019, and had not applied previously for one of these awards.
The entries were judged by the Editor(s) and at least one Editorial Advisory Board member of the sponsoring journal. Entries were judged on the following criteria:
1.            Significance/implications for theory and practice.
2.            Originality and innovation.
3.            Appropriateness and application of the methodology.
4.            Quality of data/research.
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, publisher of the largest collection of international business and management journals, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global membership organization with more than 700 institutional members from academia, business and public services, seek to celebrate excellence in research by sponsoring the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards.
We congratulate Mr. Fritze on his award and are pleased to have him as a distinguished researcher at the WiSo Faculty. More information about Martin P. Fritze can be found on the Find an Expert pages.

news-17686 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:22:26 +0200 Interview with Prof Dr Clemens Kroneberg https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/interview-with-prof-dr-clemens-kroneberg/ ERC project investigates processes of integration and demarcation in the school context Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg talkes about the European Research Council project "Social Integration and Boundary Making in Adolescence" (SOCIALBOND). The ERC project investigates processes of integration and demarcation in the school context and aims to develop a theory that explains on the basis of which combinations of characteristics (e.g. gender, ethnic or social origin) groups and identities develop among young people.

You can read the full interview here: Prof. Dr. Clemens Kroneberg about his ERC Starting Grant

news-17673 Mon, 05 Aug 2019 11:07:52 +0200 Welcome to the WiSo Faculty, Prof. Dr. Pia Pinger! https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/welcome-to-the-wiso-faculty-prof-dr-pia-pinger/ Dean Thonemann welcomes new professor On August 1st, 2019 Prof. Dr. Pia Pinger was appointed to the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne and takes up her professorship in the economic research focus "Economics: Design & Behavior". Her work also supports the clusters of excellence C-SEB and ECONTribute.

She completed her own education in Paris, Chicago and Mannheim. For her dissertation, she received the "The Future of Labor" prize, awarded by the ZEW/Volksbank Weinheim Foundation, and in 2015 the prize for the best dissertation in the field of educational economics, awarded by the Bildungsökonomischer Ausschuss and the Verein für Socialpolitik.

Already during her studies and as an assistant professor at the University of Bonn she has gained a lot of teaching experience having taught at various seminars, workshops and summer schools. In 2015 she received an "Excellence in teaching award" from the University of Bonn.

Prof. Dr. Pia Pinger works on questions of equality of opportunity, human capital accumulation, and on the integration of psychological concepts into empirical models of economic decision-making. Her research fields are the economics of education, health economics, and applied econometrics. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Nature Communications, the Economic Journal, or the Journal of Political Economy. Further papers are currently being prepared.

The Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economic and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Thonemann, personally welcomed Ms. Pinger and is delighted to have won her as an excellent addition to the outstanding professorship of the WiSo Faculty.

We wish her a good start and much success!

news-17666 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:50:05 +0200 Refurbishment of the WiSo building starting October 2019 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/refurbishment-of-the-wiso-building-starting-october-2019-1/ Changes in WiSo‘s working and teaching environment starting October 2019 Dear users and visitors of the WiSo building,
From October 2019, the WiSo main building and the flat wing (connection to the main university building) will be renovated. The renovation will bring about some changes in WiSo‘s working and teaching environment. We have put together a summary on the follwing webpage to give you an overview of the planned measures and changes.

news-17633 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:14:37 +0200 A warm welcome to all our first semester students! https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/a-warm-welcome-to-all-our-first-semester-students-1/ All information about the start of your studies We are very pleased that you have decided to study at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo-Fakultät). You can look forward to exciting studies at one of the most renowned faculties of management, economics and social sciences in an attractive and vibrant city.
All important information about the start of studies for „WiSo-Erstis“ at a glance is available on our website. As a bachelor students you will find information on preliminary courses, module recommendations for the 1st semester, a sample courseplan and explanatory video tutorials as well as further tips on starting studies for all students.
If you have any further questions concerning your studies, please feel free to contact our study advisors of the WiSo Student Service Point. We would be pleased to inform you about our advisory and service offers.

See here what you can expect from us:

Bachelor studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kawnbIZGFSI&feature=youtu.behttps%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FkawnbIZGFSI

Master studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFsItVNxUW0&feature=youtu.be




news-17630 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:02:59 +0200 Good results at the WiWo Supermaster https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/good-results-at-the-wiwo-supermaster/ Ann-Christin Heilig and Andre Grosse Kamphake represented the University of Cologne amongst the ten best participants. In Germany alone, almost 138,000 students completed a Master's degree last year. In order to honour some of the master thesis submitted, Wirtschaftswoche, together with the Federal Association of German Economists and Business Economists, initiated the "Supermaster" competition, in which applicants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were able to submit a graded and passed master thesis with a corresponding business reference.

The University of Cologne was also represented twice in the final round among the ten best. Ann-Christin Heilig was able to present her work on "Female selection in management positions and the role of personality and preferences - an empirical study based on the Linked Personnel Panel" at the award ceremony on July 4th. On the same evening, Andre Grosse Kamphake spoke about " Digitalisation in Controlling - A Study on the Automation of Forecasting Processes".

Heilig answered the question to what extent her participation in the competition had helped her as follows:
"The participation gave me the great opportunity to deal with the topic again after completing my master's thesis and to present it to an audience by doing a pitch. This really was a nerve-racking, but also incredibly valuable experience for me and even if it didn't work out in the end coming in first place, I am very proud to be among the ten best. I also got to know a lot of nice and interesting people and it was fun to talk to them about their recent career entry.
All in all, I once again became aware of how important the issue of gender equality is and that we should utilize every opportunity to make it more present in our society."

However, Heilig became aware of the competition randomly while surfing the web, and the advertisement that jumped into her eye immediately appealed to her. Another motivating factor for her was first and foremost the chance to present her work to a more broaden audience and perhaps even to get a chance to publish it.

On the same evening, all finalists presented their works to a jury, which then selected the winner. The jury not only included WirtschaftsWoche editor-in-chief Beat Balzli, but also the well-known economist Hans-Werner Sinn and Thomas Buschmann from Deutsche Bank, as well as star investor Frank Thelen.

The prize of the competition was rewarded with 25,000 Euros. In addition, the best participants had a chance to travel to China and were introduced in WirtschaftsWoche. The winner of the competition was Florian Molder from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, but none of the participants had to hide from the result of the evening.

More information can be found here.


news-17617 Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:07:29 +0200 University of Cologne loses its status as a university of excellence https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-loses-its-status-as-a-university-of-excellence/ WiSo Faculty still member of the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute and the Center of Excellence C-SEB On 19 July 2019, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced its decision on excellence. Although the University of Cologne was shortlisted, it is unfortunately not one of the winners. The decision is regrettable, especially since the University has developed outstandingly in recent years and had submitted a very conclusive strategy for further development.

The Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economic and Social Sciences, Prof. Ulrich Thonemann, sees the decision as a backlash for the faculty as well, but is convinced that the successful course of the faculty can still be continued: together with the University of Bonn, research will continue in the only existing cluster of excellence in economic sciences. The faculty has also been among the best in Germany in terms of research performance for decades. It will continue to build on this research strength and go on with its successful course creating profile-building research areas and research centres such as C-SEB and ECONtribute.

The press release of the university can be found here.


news-17558 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:19:48 +0200 "Ethics Advisory Board HR-Tech" presents guidelines for the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in HR management https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/ethics-advisory-board-hr-tech-presents-guidelines-for-the-responsible-use-of-artificial-intelligen/ Prof Dr Bernd Irlenbusch made a significant contribution to the definition of these guidelines as a member of the committee. Artificial intelligence changes the work environment of the present and the future. The use of robots and intelligent machines is constantly increasing. In order to facilitate the ethical use of artificial intelligence in HR work for employers and companies, the so-called "Ethics Advisory Board HR-Tech" presented a draft for guidelines for the responsible practice-oriented use of artificial intelligence (AI) in HR management last week.

Prof Dr Bernd Irlenbusch from the Seminar for Business Administration, Corporate Development and Economic Ethics made a significant contribution as a member of the committee towards the definition of these guidelines and significantly shaped the discourse on the framework conditions for AI in HR work in Germany. The guidelines define, for example, the transparent use of AI as well as their liability and responsibility in human resources work. In addition, it is intended to ensure that people keep decision-making authority for important issues in HR.
More information can be found here in the press release of the Ethics Advisory Board HR-Tech at https://www.hkp.com/article/425 and in the article of the F.A.Z. https://www.faz.net/aktuell/beruf-chance/beruf/neuer-ethikbeirat-wenn-computer-bewerber-auswaehlen-16257834.html.

news-17556 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 13:48:23 +0200 Strong brands are even more important online than they are in stores https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/strong-brands-are-even-more-important-online-than-they-are-in-stores/ Prof Dr Marc Fischer analyses the influence of brands on online shopping in his study Strong brands are even more important online than they are in stores

They reduce the risks and offer orientation / By Marc Fischer, Sascha Lehmann and Nils Lietdke

Online shopping is cheap and convenient. But what if your long-awaited package never arrives even though the bill has long been paid? Then good advice is expensive. Online users prevent such disappointments by adhering to strong brands. This is shown by the latest survey by McKinsey and the University of Cologne on brand significance on the internet.

The importance of brands for consumer purchasing decisions has been growing for years. The McKinsey Marketing Practice and the University of Cologne have been following this development since 2002 in a long-term study. Especially in the years 2010 to 2016, the brand importance in almost all industries went up steeply; the increase amounted to more than 11 percent in this period. The average value has been stable at a high level since 2016. In the latest wave, the survey was expanded to include six entirely online categories, ranging from mail order, delivery services and media streaming portals to platforms for travel bookings or insurance policies. More than 1000 users of all age groups were surveyed.

The surprising conclusion: on the internet, brands are not less important, but at least as important as in the stationary offline sector. From the consumer's point of view, brands are even 14 percent more important when shopping online than they are when shopping in a local store. How does this match the image of online shoppers as bargain hunters who are only interested in low prices and fast delivery? A deeper analysis of the brand functions provides the explanation. We distinguish between information efficiency, self-fulfilment and risk reduction. For online shoppers, risk reduction is by far the most important brand function. The corresponding value is more than 13 percent higher than for self-fulfilment. A strong brand creates trust and protects consumers from the consequences of a wrong decision.

Which consequences should brand managers draw from this? Even pure online brands should not underestimate the importance of clear positioning and well-defined values. Many consumers perceive the internet as a confusing and potentially dangerous place. Strong brands help overcome such reservations. However, campaigns that only target clicks and sales are not enough. Trust only develops when a brand shows an attitude and takes the consumer seriously as its counterpart. If the development of your own brand exceeds the means of a provider, you should consider cooperation with established partners such as Amazon and Ebay. Strong partners with trustworthy brands such as Paypal or DHL, which like Amazon and Ebay are now among the most valuable brands in the world, are also recommended for processing. The good image of the cooperation partners radiates to the own brand and indirectly strengthens the trust of the consumers.

The brand significance of online dating is even higher than that of online shopping. If you are looking for a partner on the Internet, you not only spend a lot of time and money on it, but also reveal a lot about yourself and make yourself vulnerable. In order to prevent this trust from being exploited or abused, users stick to providers with strong brands and a good reputation. In addition, the brand serves as a source of social distinction and an indicator of the seriousness of potential partners. A provider who demands detailed profiles and a monthly membership fee from its users is perceived as serious. If, on the other hand, use is free of charge and revealing photos dominate the offer, users tend to be presumed to be rather superficial.

The study does not only provide important clues for the strategy of purely online brands. Brands that are present in several sales channels can also use the results to compare the needs of their offline customers with those of online shoppers.

In some areas, one brand is sufficient to successfully cover all channels. But in certain industries and markets, it can pay to invest in a separate online brand or even multiple micro-brands to meet the increasingly differentiated expectations of target customers. We therefore recommend that our clients accurately analyze the dominant decision paths and buying factors in their competitive environment. Only on the foundation of such a factual basis can the right decisions be made for a valuable management of individual brands and brand portfolios that is oriented towards long-term corporate success.

Marc Fischer holds the Chair for Marketing and Market Research at the University of Cologne. Sascha Lehmann is a partner, Nils Lietdke is a senior expert at McKinsey & Company.

This article was published in the F.A.Z. of July 1st 2019, Wirtschaft (Wirtschaft), on page 16.

news-17546 Tue, 02 Jul 2019 08:29:13 +0200 Did you know that resisting temptations makes certain persons more satisfied than others? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/did-you-know-that-resisting-temptations-makes-certain-persons-more-satisfied-than-others-1/ New study published by Erik Hölzl, Michail Kokkoris and Carlos Alós-Ferrer. Many decisions in everyday life require self-control. Should one eat the delicious dessert although one tries to lose weight? Should one buy a beautiful piece of clothing although one wants to save money? In such situations, people face a temptation and they can decide to resist or to give in. Which decision makes more satisfied? And are there systematic differences between people? 
A recently published article by ISS researcher Erik Hölzl and his colleagues Michail Kokkoris and Carlos Alós-Ferrer studied the satisfaction with decisions to resist a temptation or to give in. The results from 11 studies with over more than 3000 participants showed that individual differences in the dimension of ‘lay rationalism’ play a crucial role. Lay rationalism captures the tendency to rely primarily on reasons rather than on feelings when making a decision. In decisions to resist a temptation, participants high on lay rationalism reported being more satisfied than those low on lay rationalism. However, in decisions to indulge a temptation, participants low on lay rationalism were more satisfied than those high on lay rationalism. This effect was due to perceived authenticity, i.e., the impression to act in line with one’s ‘true self’. The results indicate that self-control and restraint not always lead to higher satisfaction, but that it matters what a person sees as a legitimate basis for decisions. 

news-17535 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:00:23 +0200 WiSo Slogan Contest https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/wiso-slogan-contest/ We appreciate your particiaption The WiSo faculty is refreshing its mission and vision. We would like to take this opportunity to update our long-standing faculty slogan "Innovation for society". Any person who is or feels related to the WiSo faculty is welcome to participate. Find out more about the voting process and submit your own suggestions for a slogan that will present us as WiSo both internally and externally: www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/faculty/profile/wiso-slogan-contest/

news-17240 Mon, 08 Apr 2019 09:17:46 +0200 Klassenunterschiede und Populismus: Journalist Michael Seemann eröffnet Vortragsreihe https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/klassenunterschiede-und-populismus-journalist-michael-seemann-eroeffnet-vortragsreihe/ Fortführung der Debatten-Reihe „Wahrheit, Populismus, Internet“ Menschen, die im Privaten der Globalisierung positiv gegenüberstehen, erleben Populismus anders. Das ist eine Kernthese des Medienwissenschaftlers, Bloggers und Journalisten Michael Seemann über die „Globale Klasse“, über die er am 11. April in der öffentlichen Debatten-Reihe „Wahrheit, Populismus, Internet – Recht und Regulierung im digitalen Zeitalter“ sprechen wird. Die Presse sowie alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger sind herzlich zur Veranstaltungsreihe eingeladen.




Donnerstag, 11. April 2019, 18:00 Uhr
„Die Globale Klasse: Impuls-Vortrag von Michael Seemann in der Reihe Wahrheit, Populismus, Internet“
Universität zu Köln, Hörsaalgebäude, Hörsaal D, Universitätsstr. 35, 50923 Köln

„Recht und Regulierung im digitalen Zeitalter“ im Sommersemester 2019 ist die Fortsetzung der Reihe „Fake News und Macht im digitalen Zeitalter“, die im letzten Semester sehr erfolgreich angelaufen war und im WDR3, dem Kulturpartner der Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek, übertragen wurde. So drehen sich die Veranstaltungen nun um die Konstellationen neuer populistischer Kommunikation und der Frage nach Regulierung, Regulierbarkeit, Regulierungsbedarf und Überregulierung im Internet.

Weitere Termine:
Montag, 13. Mai 2019, 18:00 Uhr
„Rattenfänger, Lügner, Demokraten? Populistische Kommunikation in neuesten Medien (Podiumsdiskussion)“
Universität zu Köln, Seminargebäude, Tagungsraum im Erdgeschoss, Universitätsstr. 37, 50923 Köln

Montag, 1. Juli 2019, 18:00 Uhr
„Regeln für Facebook & Co? Gesetze, Konventionen und Bedingungen für die neue Mediengesellschaft (Podiumsdiskussion)“
Universität zu Köln, Seminargebäude, Tagungsraum im Erdgeschoss, Universitätsstr. 37, 50923 Köln

Die Reihe wird gemeinsam von der Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln, dem Institut für Medienkultur und Theater, dem Center for Data and Simulation Science, dem Institut für Digital Humanities und dem Dezernat für Kommunikation und Marketing der Universität zu Köln veranstaltet. Initiatoren sind der Medienkulturwissenschaftler Professor Dr. Stephan Packard und Bibliotheksdirektor Dr. Hubertus Neuhausen.

Stephan Packard sagt: „In der Angst vor populistischen Bewegungen und technisch verbreiteter Desinformation, aber auch vor Überwachung, Hate Speech und Gewaltandrohungen sowie vor Verletzungen von Privatsphären, Persönlichkeitsrechten und geistigem Eigentum wird eine dreifache Sorge laut: Dass im Internet ein rechtsfreier Raum entstehe, der nicht mehr gesetzlich zu regulieren sei; dass andererseits und im Gegenteil ein überregulierter Raum entstehe, in denen Gesetzgeber Meinungsfreiheit, Briefgeheimnis und andere Grundrechte nicht mehr achten; oder aber dass der digitale Raum unter den Einfluss neuer Mächte fallen könnte, die aus kommerziellen oder politischen Interessen das Verhalten der Nutzerinnen und Nutzer gegen deren Willen und vielleicht ohne ihr Wissen regulieren.“ Über diese Ängste soll es in der Veranstaltungsreihe gehen.

news-17124 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:00:28 +0100 Versorgungsketten nach einem Brexit: Teurere Produkte und Lieferverzögerung drohen https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/versorgungsketten-nach-einem-brexit-teurere-produkte-und-lieferverzoegerung-drohen/ Interview mit Andreas Fügener Ein No-Deal Brexit, also ein Austritt Großbritanniens aus der Europäischen Union, rückt näher.

Wie sich das auf die Lieferkette von Produkten auswirken kann, erklärt Jun-Prof. Dr. Andreas Fügener, Supply Chain Management-Experte an der Universität zu Köln, im folgenden Gespräch:

Presseinformation der Universität zu Köln vom 13. 3. 2019

news-16987 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:38:29 +0100 Winners of the "Junior Teaching Prize" for the spring term 2018 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/winners-of-the-junior-teaching-prize-for-the-spring-term-2018/ The prize honors the implementation of excellent teaching The winners of the Junior Teaching Award were honoured at this year's Bachelor Examination Ceremony. This year's prizewinners are Dr. Michael Schwan, who was awarded the Junior Teaching Prize of the WiSo Faculty for his Bachelor course "Political Economy of the Federal Republic of Germany" in the spring term 2018. The award also goes to Mr. Dennis Walheiser for the seminar "Gründungsplansspiel". Both received the award for the implementation of excellent teaching in the category "Events with up to 50 participants". 

In the category "Events with more than 50 participants", we can congratulate Jun.-Prof. Dr. Peter Limbach, who received the Junior Teaching Award for his lecture "Corporate Governance".

You can find the photos of the event in the category WiSo-Alumni on our website.

news-16976 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:11:37 +0100 Soziologischer Aschermittwoch https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/soziologischer-aschermittwoch/ Mit Hartmut Esser, Thomas Hinz, Stefan Hirschauer, Stephan Lessenich und Monika Wohlrab-Sahr Vor 100 Jahren wurde in Köln das erste Forschungsinstitut für Sozialwissenschaften in Deutschland gegründet. Neben einer Reihe anderer Veranstaltungen zum 100jährigen Jubiläum findet aus diesem Anlass am 6. März 2019 der erste „soziologische Aschermittwoch“ statt. Bezugspunkt dieser öffentlichen Diskussionsveranstaltung ist die aktuelle Auseinandersetzung um die zukünftige Ausrichtung der Soziologie und den Umgang mit der dieses Fach kennzeichnenden Vielfalt an Ansätzen, Methoden und Wissenschaftsverständnissen.

Wie kritisch kann und soll die Soziologie sein?
Hintergrund ist die Gründung der sog. „Akademie für Soziologie“, die teilweise als Konkurrenz zur „Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie“ wahrgenommen wird. Dabei wird gerade das Verhältnis von empirisch-analytischer Soziologie – die häufig als Kern der sog. „Kölner Schule“ angesehen wird – zu anderen Ansätzen kontrovers diskutiert: Wie kritisch oder wertneutral kann und soll die Soziologie sein? Wie positioniert sie sich im Verhältnis zu Nachbardisziplinen? Welche methodischen Standards sind einzuhalten und wie kann die Soziologie der lauter werdenden gesellschaftlich-politischen Polemik gegenüber wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnis entgegentreten?

Der von Professor Clemens Kroneberg (Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie) und der Hochschulgruppe Sozialwissenschaften organisierte „soziologische Aschermittwoch“ soll diese Diskussion in Köln gerade auch für Studierende sichtbar machen. Hierzu kommen am 6. März 2019 zentrale Figuren dieser Diskussion und bekannte Fachvertreter*innen nach Köln.

Den Anfang machen zwei Impulsvorträge von Thomas Hinz (Konstanz) und Stephan Lessenich (München), die anhand konkreter Beispiele veranschaulichen werden, was Soziologie ihrer Ansicht nach (nicht) leisten kann und sollte. Daran an schließt eine 90minütige Podiumsdiskussion, an der neben den beiden Referenten Hartmut Esser (Mannheim), Stefan Hirschauer (Mainz) und Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Leipzig) teilnehmen werden. Auch für das Publikum besteht die Möglichkeit sich in die Diskussion einzubringen. Der soziologische Aschermittwoch ist einem offenen, kontroversen Austausch verpflichtet und wird im besten Fall sowohl lehrreich als auch unterhaltsam sein.

Bitte registrieren Sie sich vorab kostenlos für die Veranstaltung über die folgende Webseite: Eventbrite

news-16846 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:30:47 +0100 Jan Recker research-strongest business economist below 40 years https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/jan-recker-research-strongest-business-economist-below-40-years/ Ranking by WirtschaftsWoche Professor Jan Recker from the University of Cologne is the most successful business economist below the age of 40 in the German-speaking world according to a current weekly economic ranking. His research focuses on the design of information systems and digital innovations. According to Recker, the aim here is to understand man and machine equally and to bring them together in research. In his most recent publication, he addresses the connection between digitalization and sustainable corporate development. Recker explains to WirtschaftsWoche that this is important because IT is one of the biggest resource guzzlers of our time.

More about the ranking (in German): Jan Recker: Wie tickt der Jungstar der BWL? (WiWo, 21.1. 2019)

Further information about the person: Jan Recker bei "Find an Expert"

news-16842 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:41:54 +0100 Committee elections from 22.01. to 24.01. https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/committee-elections-from-2201-to-2401/ Elections to the senate, to the gender equality commission and to the Faculty Council From today, 22.01., until Thursday, 24.01., the elections for the senate, the gender equality commission and the Faculty Council will take place.

Employees of the University of Cologne can cast their votes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 20 (Fakultätssitzungssaal) in the WiSo-Schlauch.

You can view the individual candidates on the election lists here: Announcement of the candidates for the elections from 22.01. to 24.01.2019

news-16829 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:23:05 +0100 Honorary Professorship for Dr. Christian Glasmacher https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/honorary-professorship-for-dr-christian-glasmacher/ Appointment by the Institute of Trade Fair Management of the University of Cologne We congratulate Dr. Christian Glasmacher: On 16 January 2019 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor. For 12 years he has been a lecturer at the Institute for Trade Fair Economics at the University of Cologne, which Koelnmesse co-founded in 1999. As a member of Koelnmesse's Executive Board and Head of Corporate Development, he acts as an interface between the institute and the company.

On the occasion of Koelnmesse's 75th anniversary in the summer of 1999, the Institute for Trade Fair Management was founded jointly with the University of Cologne and affiliated to the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. This was the first German institute for trade fair management at university level. "I am proud of our years of successful cooperation with the university. Koelnmesse's involvement enables students to gain a direct insight into the trade fair business through lectures by renowned speakers and visits to trade fair events," explains Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.

On the initiative of the university, Dr. Christian Glasmacher has now been nominated for an honorary professorship after 12 years of teaching. He was officially awarded the title at a ceremony held at the university by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Werner Mellis. "I am very pleased about this award and thank you very much for the trust you have placed in me," said the newly appointed Prof. Christian Glasmacher.

Bachelor students at the Institute of Trade Fair Management can take the focus specialization module Trade Fair Management as one of two profile groups in the Bachelor's programme, in which Prof. Glasmacher holds the two courses "Strategic Trade Fair Management" and "Operative Trade Fair Management". "It is enriching to prepare young people for their professional careers and to take the opportunity to introduce young talents to the trade fair business. In this way, we provide targeted support for education and science in Cologne and at the same time promote the next generation of managers in our industry," adds Prof. Glasmacher.

Unique training opportunities at the trade fair institute

Since 1999, the institute has been supervising the bachelor's degree specialization module "Trade Fair Management", conducting basic and applied research on trade fair-related topics and promoting the implementation of scientific results in practice.

The university education of executives for the trade fair industry as it is lived at the University of Cologne is unique. The institute sees itself as an interface between theory and practice: every year, numerous Koelnmesse employees are involved as guest lecturers and thus ensure optimal practical relevance in addition to theory. Since the institute was founded, more and more students have attended the institute's lectures and have given it above-average valuation in surveys. And a number of graduates have long been active in key positions in the trade fair industry throughout Germany and beyond.

news-16479 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:11:36 +0100 Joint project "OERinForm" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/joint-project-oerinform/ Consulting for media and e-learning centres at universities The joint project "OERinForm" provides extensive support for teachers and e-learning centres at the University of Cologne.

You can find the complete article here:
"OER: Netzwerk Medien ist Kompetenzzentrum im Bereich frei zugänglicher Bildungsmaterialien"

news-16404 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:43:33 +0100 Trust in the banking system? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/trust-in-the-banking-system/ An interview with Prof. Thomas Hartmann-Wendels

Bank stress tests, the upcoming US elections for the House of Representatives, low interest rates or digitization: banks currently have many construction sites. But a healthy economic development is based on trust in banks. An interview with Prof. Thomas Hartmann-Wendels from the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne about major crises and German banks.

You can find the complete interview here:
"Vertrauen in Bankensystem: „Politischer Radikalismus führt zur Zurückhaltung bei Investitionen“"

About the person
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hartmann-Wendels is Director at the Department of General Business Administration and Banking Management and at the Research Institute for Leasing and Managing Director of the Banking Department at the Institute for Banking Economics and Banking Law at the University of Cologne.

news-16196 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:29:59 +0200 WiSo Mentoring Programme https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/wiso-mentoring-programme/ Students of the WiSo faculty can become mentees

Dear students of the WiSo Faculty,

become a mentee in the WiSo Mentoring Programme and be accompanied for one year during your Master's degree in Business Administration - Corporate Development by a mentor.

With the support of a mentor, your skills and potential in the transition phase from studies to career can be promoted. At targeted seminars, workshops, networking meetings and much more, you will get a lot of helpful advice as well as contacts for your later professional life.

Are you interested in applying as a mentee of the WiSo faculty? Then we would be pleased if you contact us by e-mail via mentoring(at)wiso.unikoeln.de. We would be happy to inform you personally about the contents and structure of the programme.

Project Coordinator:
Kristin Pfeiffer
Tel.: +49 - (0) 221 / 470 89257
Website: Wiso Mentoring Programme

news-16170 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 13:33:46 +0200 Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Comparative Politics https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/theoretical-and-methodological-innovations-in-comparative-politics-1/ CCCP Workshop

On November 22 and 23, the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) will host an international workshop for early-career scholars. 

On the first day of the workshop, academics from different universities will address the topics Electoral Politics and Representation in Europe and Political Institutions. The topics Political Economy and New Methods for Comparative Research will be discussed on the second day. Finally, there will be a concluding discussion. 

Further information and registration options can be found on the CCCP website: https://www.cccp.uni-koeln.de/de/workshop/ 

news-16038 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:57:51 +0200 Job-related further training maintains status quo https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/job-related-further-training-maintains-status-quo/ New study by ISS

Did you know that job-related further training helps to maintain the professional status quo?

Job-related further training is often recommended to employees who want to develop professionally. This is illustrated, for example, by the Federal Ministry of Education’s programme "Aufstieg durch Bildung [Advancement through Education]". A study by ISS researcher Christian Ebner and Martin Ehlert (Social Science Research Center Berlin) has now examined whether individual participation in further training has a positive effect on the professional careers of employed persons in Germany. 


The analysis focuses on non-formal further training 

The effects of so-called "non-formal" further training activities were analyzed. These activities include the many training courses, which are usually relatively short and do not lead to recognised educational qualifications. This includes, for example, software or language courses, presentation training and much more. Non-formal further training makes up the majority of employees’ learning activities. While there are clear indications of career improvements with regards to the much rarer formal further training (e.g. a “Meister” degree following an apprenticeship), the findings on the topic of non-formal further training are anything but clear.

Effects of non-formal further training on career development

Possible career mobility due to non-formal further training was examined by analyzing employees’ changes of occupation, firm changes, improvements and deterioration in the income hierarchy as well as becoming labour market inactive (e.g. unemployment). The empirical analyses were based on data from the National Education Panel (NEPS). The NEPS addresses educational processes, competencies and returns over the entire life span. The starting cohort 6 analysed here is a sample of the cohorts born 1944-1986 in Germany. The authors use the seven panel waves of 2009-2016, as detailed information on non-formal training courses is available here. 

Non-formal further training works as a kind of "safety net" to counteract downward mobility

The results show that further training courses do not function as a stepping stone. Rather, it became apparent that employed persons who participate in further training courses tend to remain in their jobs. Participation in further training thus stabilizes employment careers. This means that non-formal further training has the function of a "safety net" and counteracts downward mobility and labour market inactivity. However, as a result of non-formal further training, there are also fewer career advancements, fewer company and fewer career changes.

Did you know that …?

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

news-15874 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:35:13 +0200 Exit from coal-fired power generation https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/exit-from-coal-fired-power-generation/ Why an exit is counterproductive

Prof. Dr. Axel Ockenfels and Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt have written an article dealing with the reasons why a German exit from coal-fired power generation is not sufficient. The article also deals with a solution to the problem: an internationally coordinated CO2 price. 

You can find the detailed article under the following link: "Bloß kein Alleingang".

news-15866 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:09:41 +0200 Graduate exchange with HKUST Business School https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/graduate-exchange-with-hkust-business-school/ Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

From the academic year 2019/20 on, HKUST Business School will be available for an exchange term for Business and Economics master students within the WiSo Faculty‘s STAP programme.

Founded in 1991, HKUST is today approved as one of the best young universities. It outdoes many of its counterparts in terms of rankings, for instance, the 1st in Times's Best young universities rankings in 2018 and 2nd in the QS Top 50 Under 50 from 2015 to 2018 successively.

The HKUST Business School was the first business school in the region accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS. It is strategically located at the heart of Asia's economic center. At HKUST, students not only enjoy access to a unique fusion of East-meets-West, but also excellent proximity to China and the opportunity to experience the vitality of one of the world's most important economies.

news-15728 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:02:48 +0200 Almost a third of cooperatives were recently founded https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/almost-a-third-of-cooperatives-were-recently-founded/ New study by the ISS Did you know that almost a third of cooperatives in Germany were recently founded?

Since the turn of the millennium, more than 2,400 new cooperatives have been founded, so that today almost 8,000 companies exist in Germany in the legal form of cooperatives. Nevertheless, the total number of cooperatives has almost halved since 1970, while at the same time the number of memberships has almost doubled. This overall decline in the number of companies despite the many new start-ups is by no means due to insolvencies - on the contrary, the cooperatives are rightly regarded as particularly insolvency-proof. Mergers in the credit cooperative sector in particular have often led to comparatively large cooperative companies. Nevertheless, as in the entire cooperative sector, regional roots and proximity to members and customers continue to be part of the brand.

Results of the study

The new foundations since the turn of the millennium strengthen the cooperative sector. Interestingly, by far the majority of cooperative founders chose this legal form to occupy new business models and areas. The economic sectors traditionally occupied by cooperatives, such as the banking industry, agriculture, trade, crafts and housing, play only a minor role in the establishment of new companies. Most new foundations can be found in the energy cooperatives, but also medical and social cooperatives as well as other community-oriented cooperatives are entering new cooperative business areas.

In 2014, this boom in new cooperatives was the occasion for a study on the potentials and obstacles to entrepreneurial activity in the legal form of a cooperative, which was carried out by ISS researchers Johannes Blome Drees, Philipp Degens and Clemens Schimmele together with employees of the management consultancy Kienbaum. Among other things, it had to be examined whether the amendment to the cooperative law implemented in 2006 actually led to the establishment of new cooperatives. The study showed that the new legislation does not provide an appropriate legal framework for all cooperative projects. As a result, the Cooperatives Act was further amended.

Why are there so many new companies?

The hallmark of many new foundations is often a very high level of civil society commitment on the part of the members in order to achieve the goals of their joint project. Cooperatives are valued for their needs-economic orientation - they do not produce for an anonymous market, but are oriented towards the needs of their members - as well as personal democracy. In addition, there is the identity of the owners with the customers, suppliers or, in the case of productive cooperatives, with the employees. Thus cooperatives correspond in a central aspect to what today characterizes the change of the consumer role under terms such as prosuming, collaborative consumption or co-production.Proven examples of these phenomena can be found in the tradition of consumer or producer-consumer cooperatives; new forms such as solidary agriculture or special housing projects are being added, in some cases with opportunities for working together. Digital platforms in cooperative hands could ensure that the revenues of the platform operators benefit the users. In contrast to the large platforms of sharing (Uber or Airbnb) that have become established in recent years, the profits of cooperative companies remain in the cooperative company or are distributed to the members and thus to the users.

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

news-15490 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:50:02 +0200 What does luxury mean in a service context? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/what-does-luxury-mean-in-a-service-context/ Research cooperation with Johann Lafer In the future, Professor Dr. Martin Paul Fritze (Koelnmesse Endowed Chair of Trade Fair Management and Marketing, University of Cologne) will deal with luxury in a service context. With the help of a new research cooperation between the junior professor and the star chef, entrepreneur and cookbook author Johann Lafer, luxury in the service context is to be examined using the example of the catering and hotel industry. Johann Lafer, well-known from numerous cooking shows, will provide the University of Cologne with insights into the practice of a luxury service provider as part of a joint research project.

Research topic and cooperation
This is a research cooperation on the subject of luxury services. The cooperation agreement was concluded on May 30, 2018 during a joint meeting at Johann Lafers Stromburg.

Jun. professor Dr. Martin Paul Fritze is already looking forward to working with Johann Lafer:

"I am very pleased that we were able to win Johann Lafer as a partner for this research project. We want to find out how luxury is perceived when services are used. This glance into practice is a great opportunity for us to understand this better from both the customer's and the company's perspective".

news-15053 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:22:43 +0100 Marketing Area Annual Report 2017 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/marketing-area-annual-report-2017/ Now online The 5th edition of the Annual Marketing Area Report provides a detailed insight into the work of the Marketing Area at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne during the last 12 months.

The Marketing Area of the University of Cologne with its professors Hernán Bruno, Marc Fischer, Monika Imschloss, André Marchand, Werner Reinartz, Franziska Völckner - together with the team of post-doctoral students, PhD students, secretarial and student assistants - looks back on a busy and successful year in 2017.

The research report provides a summary of this year's publications, conference presentations, doctoral theses, awards and research grants.

Here you can download the marketing report: Marketing Area Annual Report 2017.