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, 11 Dec 2018 00:11:09 +0100 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:11:09 +0100 TYPO3 EXT:news news-16648 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:29:03 +0100 ShanghaiRanking 2018 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/shanghairanking-2018/ University of Cologne best German university in the subject sociology In the ShanghaiRanking 2018 (subject ranking sociology), the sociology of the WiSo Faculty ranked 76th. This puts the University of Cologne ahead of the University of Bielefeld and makes it the best German university in this ranking.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities ("ShanghaiRanking") is a renowned worldwide university ranking. It has been updated and published annually by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, since 2003. Since 2009, the ranking is published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

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news-16625 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:38:46 +0100 Financial Times business school ranking 2018 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/financial-times-business-school-ranking-2018/ WiSo Faculty on place 73 In this year´s Financial Times Ranking of European Business Schools 2018, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) at the University of Cologne ranked 73rd. Our faculty was ranked seventh in Germany. At the same time, it is the best German comprehensive university.

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-16624 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:13:30 +0100 Vom Umgang mit Fakten https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/vom-umgang-mit-fakten/ Renommierte Forscherinnen und Forscher beziehen Position zum Thema Fake News und alternative Fakten Professor Günter Blamberger, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaftler der Universität zu Köln, Professor Axel Freimuth, Rektor der Universität zu Köln und Professor Peter Strohschneider, Germanistischer Mediävist der Universität München und Präsident der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, sind die Herausgeber eines neuen Buches, das sich unter anderem mit dem Vertrauen zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft und Wissenschaftsfeindlichkeit beschäftigt.

Die Rolle der Wissenschaft, auch als maßgebliche Grundlage für demokratische Entscheidungsprozesse, war angesichts der Debatte über alternative Fakten vielleicht nie so ambivalent wie sie es heute ist. Aber wie können wir der Anfeindung wissenschaftlicher Forschung entgegentreten – welche Möglichkeiten hat die Wissenschaftskommunikation? Welcher „Umgang mit Fakten" wird in den verschiedenen Disziplinen gepflegt und wie kann eine offene Kommunikation darüber zu einer vertrauensvollen Beziehung zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft beitragen?

Wir möchten die Öffentlichkeit und Presse gern einladen, wenn DFG-Präsident Peter Strohschneider, der Rektor der Universität zu Köln Axel Freimuth und Günter Blamberger, Direktor des Internationalen Kollegs Morphomata der Universität zu Köln und Präsident der Kleist-Gesellschaft, diese Fragen diskutieren und dabei Bezug nehmen auf das kürzlich von ihnen herausgegebene Buch „Vom Umgang mit Fakten – Antworten aus Natur-, Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften" (Verlag Wilhelm Fink). Im Anschluss an die Diskussion ist Zeit für Publikumsfragen. Zu einem kleinen Empfang wird geladen.

Öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion und Pressegespräch
„Vom Umgang mit Fakten“

Wann: Montag, 10. Dezember 2018
Zeit: 18.00 Uhr
Ort: Seminargebäude der Universität zu Köln, Tagungsraum (EG)
Gesprächspartner: Prof. Dr. Günter Blamberger, Präsident Heinrich-von-Kleist-Gesellschaft, Universität zu Köln, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Axel Freimuth, Rektor Universität zu Köln. Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, Präsident Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Moderation: Volker Stollorz, Geschäftsführer Science Media Center Germany

Anmeldung: Eine formlose Anmeldung per E-Mail an Frau Stephanie Stein, vomumgangmitfakten(at)congressa.de hilft bei der Planung der Veranstaltung. Kurzfristiges Erscheinen ist aber ebenfalls willkommen.

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news-16612 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:31:15 +0100 Uni Köln eröffnet voll automatisiertes Filmstudio zur Aufnahme von Lehrvideos https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/uni-koeln-eroeffnet-voll-automatisiertes-filmstudio-zur-aufnahme-von-lehrvideos/ Deutschlandweit bisher einzigartiges „One Button Recording Studio“ Wichtiger Beitrag zur digitalen und barrierefreien Lehre

Die Universität zu Köln eröffnet mit dem „One Button Recording Studio“ (OBRS) ein vollautomatisiertes Filmstudio, mit dem Lehrende selbstständig und auf Knopfdruck Vorträge, Lehr- und Erklärvideos erstellen können. Alle technischen Komponenten wie Kamera, Licht und Tontechnik werden automatisch an die vortragende Person angepasst und ausgerichtet. Besondere technische Vorkenntnisse sind daher nicht erforderlich. Das OBRS ist deutschlandweit das erste seiner Art und wurde vom Netzwerk Medien der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät entwickelt. Das vollautomatisierte Studio ist ein wichtiger Beitrag der Universität zu Köln im Ausbau der digitalen und barrierefreien Lehre.

Das OBRS kann von einer Person selbstständig bedient werden. Es besteht aber auch die Möglichkeit, Interviewpartner und -partnerinnen oder Gebärdensprachdolmetscher einzubinden. Darüber hinaus lassen sich während der Aufnahme Präsentation einblenden, die von einem mobilen Gerät oder dem vor Ort stationären PC aus abgespielt werden. Als Alternative zur Präsentation steht auch eine Dokumentenkamera zur Verfügung.

Das OBRS verfügt über eine Auswahl verschiedener Aufnahmeszenarien, die unterschiedliche Einstellungen von Kamera, Licht und Ton bieten. Hier unterscheidet sich das OBRS von anderen Selbstaufzeichnungsstudios, die diese Flexibilität nicht aufweisen und stattdessen nur ein festes Szenario vorgeben. Die Aufnahme kann dann selbstständig mit einem Tablet gestartet und angehalten werden.

Nach Abschluss jeder Aufnahme besteht die Möglichkeit, das Ergebnis zu betrachten und zu entscheiden, ob eine weitere Aufnahme nötig ist, ob die Sitzung beendet oder ein anderes Szenario gewählt werden soll. Das fertige Material kann auf ein externes Speichermedium aufgespielt oder auch direkt online geladen werden, damit es den Studierenden als ergänzendes Lehrmaterial zur Verfügung steht.

In Kooperation mit dem Rechenzentrum der Universität (RRZK) ist bereits eine automatisierte Anbindung der Aufnahmen an das Lehr- Lernsystem ILIAS sowie der Aufbau eines zweiten Studios in Planung, das zeitnah eingerichtet werden soll. Das Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik (ZHD) bietet zudem ab sofort Workshops für Dozierende an, um die neuen didaktischen Möglichkeiten in ihrer Vielfalt für die digitale Lehre aufzuzeigen.

Auf der Webseite der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät finden Sie weitere Informationen zum "One Button Recording Studio".

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news-16606 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 09:08:53 +0100 University of Cologne founds Institute for Business Informatics https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/university-of-cologne-founds-institute-for-business-informatics/ Foundation of the Cologne Institute for Business Informatics Structure of the Institute
The Cologne Institute for Information Systems is part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. It consists of the seminars Digital Transformation and Analytics, Information Management, Integrated Information Systems, Information Systems for a Sustainable Society and System Development. "The newly founded institute as a scientific institution of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences not only bundles our digital competencies, but also promises more intensive cooperation both within the university and as a scientific unit with external scientific and practical partners," says the Dean of the WiSo Faculty, Professor Dr. Werner Mellis.

Contents of research, teaching and transfer
The research, teaching and transfer of the Cologne Institute focuses on artificial intelligence, data-based business models, data science and business analytics, social (media) network analysis and network sciences. The spectrum of the institute also includes digital business start-ups, business informatics and sustainability, energy economics and politics, business process management and digital transformation, system development and project management as well as IT outsourcing and cloud computing.

Teaching services
The lecturers at CIIS provide teaching services in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes (joint degree programmes with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) and in postgraduate continuing education, including the Cologne Business School, on an equal footing with research.

Senior Professors
The departments and working groups of CIIS are headed by: Prof. Dr. Peter Gloor (Collective Intelligence), Prof. Dr. Jörn Grahl (Digital Transformation and Analytics), Prof. Dr. Wolf Ketter (Business Informatics for a Sustainable Society), Prof. Dr. Jan Recker (Business Informatics and Systems Development), Prof. Dr. Christoph Rosenkranz (Integrated Information Systems) and Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder (Information Management).  

Study focus
"With the recently completed new appointments, we are sharpening our research and teaching profile," says Professor Dr. Detlef Schoder, Managing Director of CIIS. For example, the Cologne Business Informatics Master offers three main areas of study in its updated profile: Business Analytics and Data Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Sustainable Society.

CIIS will continue to expand its existing activities in the form of numerous cooperation projects with practitioners.

Further information: 
Information on research, studies and cooperation opportunities can be found on the CIIS website.

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news-16536 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:21:42 +0100 Kandidat*innen für die Gremienwahlen an der WiSo-Fakultät https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/kandidatinnen-fuer-die-gremienwahlen-an-der-wiso-fakultaet/ Bekanntmachung

Vom 3. bis 7. Dezember 2018 finden die studentischen Wahlen an der Universität zu Köln statt.

Die Bekanntmachung der Kandidat*innen für die Wahl zum Senat, zur Gleichstellungskommission, zum SHK-Rat und zu den Engeren Fakultäten in den Gruppen der Studierenden in der Zeit vom 03.-07.12.2018 finden Sie als pdf jeweils unter den folgenden Links:

Kandidat*innen Wahl des SHK-Rates der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät in der Gruppe der Studierenden

Kandidat*innen Wahl der Engeren Fakultät (Fachbereichsrat) der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät in der Gruppe der Studierenden

Weitere Informationen zu den Gremienwahlen finden Sie auf den zentralen Seiten der Universität zu Köln: Hochschulentwicklung und akademische Angelegenheiten.

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news-16534 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:38:23 +0100 „Oberberg fairsorgt" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/oberberg-fairsorgt/ 11.2 million euros in funding in prospect

As one of 93 applications, Oberberg applied for funding from the Innovation Fund after approval by the political committees. This fund is financed by all statutory health insurance funds and distributes a total of approximately 250 million euros annually for projects to further develop forms of care. Now the "Oberberg fairsorgt" project has 11.2 million euros in store. The final decision will be made at the end of November.

The project, which would run for 4 years, aims to improve the quality of life of senior citizens in need of care and the care of nursing home residents. In addition, the support and strengthening of informal care by relatives is a priority. The list of goals also includes the promotion and maintenance of patient autonomy for people who remain in their home environment despite medical and nursing care needs. 

The project is scientifically supported by the Chair of Social Policy and Cooperative System Studies under the direction of Prof. Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt, University of Cologne.

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news-16530 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:52:27 +0100 Research on luxury services https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/research-on-luxury-services/ Prof. Fritze interviews customers at Johann Lafer's Stromburg

Together with his research team, Professor Martin P. Fritze took part in the summer house party at Johann Lafer's Stromburg. There he asked the guests about luxury and what it means for them. His research is about finding out which elements contribute to customers perceiving a service as luxury. In Germany, this area is still relatively undeveloped in comparison to other countries, but luxury services have moved more and more to the centre of attention in recent years.

Further impressions, videos and pictures can be found in the multimedia story of the University of Cologne: Luxury.

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news-16519 Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:40:05 +0100 Compare prices on the internet https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/compare-prices-on-the-internet/ State of NRW supports consumer research project at the University of Cologne A team at the Institute for Economic Policy under the direction of Professor Dr. Felix Höffler examines the market principles of online comparison platform and handling consumer data.

The project "Comparison platforms on the Internet: Incentives for the use of consumer data and for data transfer and their regulation from the point of view of consumer protection" by Prof. Dr. Felix Höffler (Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences) is funded by the Competence Center Consumer Research NRW. The KVF NRW is a cooperation of the Consumer Centre NRW as well as the Ministries of Culture and Science and of the Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection.

Höffler's project focuses on comparative platforms for prices on the Internet. More and more consumer contracts are initiated and concluded via the Internet. "The common business model of a comparison portal is to provide the consumer with a listed overview of contract offers and then to communicate the contract preferred by the consumer. For this service, the platform is usually remunerated by the seller," explains Höffler.

Consumer contracts that are also widespread are temporary supply agreements for basic goods such as electricity, gas or telecommunications. When a corresponding search query is made on a comparison portal and a contract is concluded via the platform, consumers leave behind data on their place of residence or consumption values as well as other important information: For example, the date of the visit or the mediated conclusion of the contract indicates the probable end date of the contract.

"We are interested in how the platforms use this information and with what intention: Why does it use the platform to inform the consumer when the contract is about to expire? Do the platforms provide information about the approaching end of the contract to competing providers with the current seller, so that they then submit competing offers before the expiry of the notice period of the contract? From this point of view, we want to check whether the use and transfer of data is really in the consumer's interest," explains Höffler.

Any successful regulation in the sense of consumer protection must be based on a good understanding of the market and the interests of the market players. The aim of this research project is therefore to understand which economic incentives exist for the price comparison platforms when using or passing on consumer data during contract periods. Building on this, this project will examine how the consumer side would be affected by the expected strategy of a comparison platform and which regulatory options would appear to make sense.

Further information can be found here (in German): "Projekte Verbraucherforschung NRW 2018".

 

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news-16503 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:24:52 +0100 "Behavioral Inventory and Order Decisions" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/behavioral-inventory-and-order-decisions/ Ulrich Thonemann and Michael Becker-Peth about human decision making in the business context

Human decision making is likely to be more irrational than rational, in everyday life and in business. Over the last ten years, Prof. Ulrich Thonemann and his team have analysed human decision making in supply chains and gained a good understanding of the impact of incentive systems, risk preferences, information presentation and many other aspects of business decisions.

The current state of knowledge about human decision making in the business context is summarized in a new book, the Handbook of Behavioral Operations. In the newly published Handbook of Behavioral Operations (Wiley 2018), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thonemann and Dr. Michael Becker-Peth discuss Behavioral Inventory Decisions in Chapter 11.  

Why do people often select poor order quantities? How do supply contracts work? You can find out more about this and other questions on this topic in Chapter 11.

Further information can be found here: Wiley Online Library

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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"

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news-16474 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:51:41 +0100 Less violence against immigrants https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/less-violence-against-immigrants/ New study by ISS

Did you know that highly-efficient local governments have witnessed fewer attacks on refugees during the so-called refugee crisis in Germany?

In 2015, over 1 million asylum seekers came to Germany, the single largest intake by any European country since World War II. Germany proved an attractive destination because of its robust labor market, but also because of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unilateral suspension of European Union rules that require states to send refugees back to their country of entry (Dublin Convention). This open door was initially supported by an explicit welcome culture ("We can do it"). At the same time, there are signs of increasing xenophobia, such as the rallies of PEGIDA and the popularity and electoral success of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD). In addition, violence against refugees and Muslims in the wake of the so-called refugee crisis increased sharply. These attacks occur with significant spatial clustering which points to a critical role of regional and local factors.

Efficient administration creates better integration of immigrants

In a study, ISS researcher Conrad Ziller (together with Sara Goodman of UC Irvine, USA) investigates the extent to which local government efficiency influences violence against immigrants. The argument states that efficient administrations, on the one hand, are better able to cope with the integration of immigrants and, on the other hand, mitigate political deprivation of citizens. Political deprivation refers to the perception that people have no influence on politics and that politicians and public officials are not sufficiently responsive to citizens’ concerns and needs—motives that were quite salient during the refugee crisis and are related to frustration, negative sentiments toward outgroups and even violence.

Efficiency of improved public services 

The empirical analysis uses data on violent attacks on refugees in Germany in 2015, which are available for all 402 German districts. Local government efficiency was measured using a novel indicator that relates expenditures of municipalities with specific characteristics about service provision, such as accessibility of public transport, schools, and doctors. The results show a robust negative correlation between local government efficiency and violence, which could also be confirmed in another empirical study using corresponding data from the Netherlands. By improving the efficiency of the public services local governments provide, they not only improve the quality of cities and communities (and thus the satisfaction of their residents), but also the native-immigrant relations.

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-16456 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:44:41 +0100 "For the American democracy, this is a very precarious process" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/for-the-american-democracy-this-is-a-very-precarious-process/ Prof. Thomas Jäger in an interview on the American President's dealings with the press, possible consequences of the Midterm election results and the resignation of Jeff Sessions

The results of the midterm elections in the USA were eagerly awaited. The Americans have re-elected part of the Senate, the entire House of Representatives and a number of governors. In the following interview, Prof. Dr. Thomas Jäger from the Chair of International and Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne analyses the results of the Midterms, answers questions about the resignation of the former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions shortly after the election and possible consequences for the Russian investigations. He also comments on the scandal at the press conference in the White House, after which CNN reporter Jim Acosta's accreditation was revoked.

Read the interview here: Interview with Professor Thomas Jäger (in German).

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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.

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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

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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/ 

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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news-15664 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:22:37 +0200 22nd Cologne Venture TradeFair and presentation of the "TradeFair Award“ https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/22nd-cologne-venture-tradefair-and-presentation-of-the-tradefair-award/ Friday, 6th July between 14 and 16 o'clock

The Cologne-based venture TradeFair will present innovative business concepts in the field of media and technology management at the University of Cologne on Friday, 6th July between 2 pm and 4 pm. During a ten-week seminar, students developed business ideas on their own responsibility.

TradeFair' has been a central part of Prof. Dr. Claudia Loebbecke's teaching at the Department of Media and Technology Management for many years. Within the framework of a course, student groups develop and calculate innovative business concepts on their own responsibility.

At eleven stands on July 6, visitors will have the opportunity to be surprised by the developers, their ideas and their enthusiasm. The highlight of the event will be the presentation of the "Trade Fair Award" sponsored by "MTM-Verein" by an external jury at 4 pm.

WHEN? 
On Friday, 6.7.2018
14:00 - 16:00 h TradeFair
16:00 h TradeFair Award ceremony

WHERE?
In the foyer of the lecture hall building of the University of Cologne

Videos and photos of previous years' events can be found at www.mtm.uni-koeln.de.

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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".

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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.

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news-15035 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:00:16 +0100 Master Day Business & Economics https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/master-day-business-economics/ Find your Master at the Master Day

On the Master's Day, you can find out more about Master's programmes in economics from Europe's best business schools. Selected companies present their job, master and internship offers for bachelor's degrees. The next dates in an overview:

  • Master Day Business & Economics Stuttgart on 10.03.2018
  • Master Day Business & Economics Frankfurt 17.03.2018
  • Master Day Business & Economics Munich 24.03.2018

Further information can be found here: Master's Day Business & Economics

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news-14909 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:44:00 +0100 Smart aircraft containers https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/smart-aircraft-containers/ Project as part of the Laboratory Course on Development In the last summer semester a great innovation project was created within the framework of the "Laboratory Course on Development" together with Jettainer.

Under the title "Air Cargo 4.0", the student team dealt with the digitization of the airfreight industry and developed a smart container.

Best wishes to all involved, the result is very impressive!

Further information about the project can be found here: "Universitätsprojekt: Kölner Studenten entwickeln smarten Container"

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news-14880 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:21:49 +0100 The Bachelor-Newsletter will be send out through WhatsApp now as well https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/the-bachelor-newsletter-will-be-send-out-through-whatsapp-now-as-well/ Registration is possible from now on Starting next week the bachelor-newsletter will also be available on WhatsApp. Registration is possible from now on under this link (all the way down): Newsletter of the WiSo student & Career services

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