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, 28 Jan 2020 00:10:52 +0100 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:10:52 +0100 TYPO3 EXT:news news-18612 Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:12:38 +0100 Understanding families better with FReDA https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/understanding-families-better-with-freda/ Federal government supports ISS joint research project. Why do couples decide to have children and why are children's wishes often not realised? How do family forms change and what does this mean for relationships, family ties or the cohesion of the generations? To better understand these and other questions of family and demographic development, research based on solid data and innovative methods is necessary. Last week, a research project was launched in this sense with substantial participation of the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) of the University of Cologne, which will create a new family demographic data infrastructure.

The study "FReDA - The Family Demographic Panel" is being jointly developed by the ISS, the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB) and the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences GESIS. At the core of this data collection are annual repeat surveys of 18- to 49-year-old women and men in a representative sample. The data will be made available free of charge to the scientific community, the public and politicians.

What is new for a survey of this size is that a web-based survey is combined with classical surveys. This not only saves money, but also reaches the target groups better. The findings for Germany can be systematically compared with other countries.

This major scientific project is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs (BMI). The BMBF will provide start-up funding of 12.5 million euros until 2024, and the BMI has announced that it will ensure the continuation of the project if the evaluation is positive.

Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek is looking forward to the study: "In order to be able to provide targeted support for families, we need to know how attitudes towards family and children are changing. It is worthwhile to investigate this thoroughly. The studies must also ensure international comparability so that countries can learn from each other. I am already looking forward to the results that the new data infrastructure for family and generation research will collect. It is also designed in such a way that it will always take up new research questions and thus always remain up to date.

news-18598 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:27:48 +0100 First "Reinhart Koselleck-Project" in Economics https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/first-reinhart-koselleck-project-in-economics/ Prof. Dr. Patrick Schmitz wins DFG support to conduct basic research in the field of contract theory For the first time an economist has succeeded in attracting a "Reinhart Koselleck-Project". Professor Dr. Patrick W. Schmitz from the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne can be pleased about the funding commitment of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG will support his project "Incomplete Contracts and the Design of Institutions" with 915,000 euros. The project is concerned with basic research in the field of contract theory, a subfield of microeconomics.

The theory of incomplete contracts is one of the most important advances in microeconomic research in the last three decades. In traditional economic models, decision makers can agree on comprehensive contracts that specify every aspect of their relationship. In reality, it is not possible to write such detailed contracts. If in the future a contingency realizes that was not taken care of in the contract, the question arises who has the right to make decisions. Hence, the theory of incomplete contracts allows us to formulate concepts such as power and control precisely. This is an indispensable prerequisite for the formal analysis of institutions.

However, the theory of incomplete contracts has been subject to fundamental criticism for some years now. The aim of Professor Schmitz's project is to return to the almost forgotten origins of the theory in order to bring about a much-needed change in perspective. To this end, basic research is to be carried out using game-theoretic methods. Important insights can be expected in fields such as political economy, environmental economics, and public procurement. For instance, research on incomplete contracts can help to find innovative answers to current questions such as „How should referenda be designed against the background of the Brexit vote, for example?“ „How should control rights be assigned in order to facilitate agreements on the reduction of harmful emissions?“ or „How should institutions be designed to increase cost efficiency in view of the delays and cost increases in cases such as the Capital Airport BER?“

Since 2008, the DFG has provided funding for "Reinhart Koselleck-Projects" for scientists who have distinguished themselves through outstanding scientific achievements. This is intended to give them the freedom to concentrate on particularly innovative and risky research for five years. To date, 103 Koselleck projects have been funded. Professor Schmitz is the first economist in Germany to be granted a Koselleck project. Third-party funding amounts to 915,000 euros (including programme allowance).

The international economic database IDEAS ranks Professor Schmitz, who obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Bonn, among the world's leading researchers in the field of contract theory and applications. Professor Schmitz is the second scientist to succeed in bringing a Koselleck project to Cologne. The first Koselleck project in Cologne was awarded five years ago to the biologist Professor Dr. Thomas Langer (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing).

news-18592 Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:10:49 +0100 Final of the founding ideas competition: "A true pitch firework" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/final-of-the-founding-ideas-competition-a-true-pitch-firework/ Excellence Start-up Center of the start-up service GATEWAY starts The start-up future is digital, as the award ceremony at the first student start-up idea competition "start up your idea" of the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne on monday (January, 20) in the RheinEnergieSTADION showed. With the competition,also the Excellence Start-up Center (ESC) GATEWAY celebrated the official kick-off of its five-year funding phase.

First place with prize money of 2,500 euros went to the Raketenstart team with its online platform based on artificial intelligence, which offers a digital legal department for founders* and the self-employed. Second and third place out of a total of five finalists went to the teams of Peaunique and Perception. They each received €1,500 and €1,000 prize money for the invention of a smart skin cream mixing system in a jar and a business model for training visually impaired people to become masseurs.

However, founder Madeleine Heuts from the start-up Raketenstart particularly impressed the expert jury during the pitch round, in which the teams presented their business idea in just a few minutes. "Raketenstart put down a real pitch firework and competently answered every question from the jury, no matter how difficult," praised jury member and ESC board member Prof. Dr. Christian Schwens the team.

"The evening confirms that there is enormous creative potential and enthusiasm for start-ups and start-up culture at the University of Cologne," said Marc Kley, Managing Director of the ESC in GATEWAY. "This is exactly what we want to promote with the Excellence Start-up Center and encourage students and scientists* to use entrepreneurial thinking for their own career paths and to invest in their ideas and research".

Overall, business ideas using AI technologies and digital methods predominated among the five finalist teams. The teams from Ψµ AI - Influencer Matching (pronounced psi mü AI) and Vinum Divitiae each presented influencer matching using artificial intelligence and an online wine brokerage service.

With the WiSo Faculty's start-up idea competition "start up your idea", the Excellence Start-up Center in GATEWAY is taking the first step in its broad-based support program to increase the number of knowledge and technology-based start-ups at the university and to increase the professional diversity of start-up projects. To this end, students and scientists are sensitised to entrepreneurial thinking at an early stage within a broad qualification programme in so-called eight work packages and, depending on their level of knowledge or plans, are advised and supported up to the point of founding a company.


news-18588 Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:59:05 +0100 Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA Info Day https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/cologne-rotterdam-executive-mba-info-day/ On Saturday, 15 February 2020 - Register now! Why the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA?

Join our Info Day on Campus and get to know the unique characteristics of our EMBA programme and the two partner universities. We will start off the day with a short introduction of the programme with its main benefits and requirements. Afterwards, you will receive insights from enrolled EMBA students and alumni. In the end you will have the chance to listen to a sample lecture by one of our faculty members. Use our networking opportunities throughout the day: Talk to our staff, students, alumni and other prospective applicants to get answers to all your questions. At the end of the session, we will leave room for individual talks with our Admissions Team.


09.45   Registration
Welcome at our Business School 

10.00   Information about the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA by Dr Stephan Anders,  Managing Director of the University of Cologne Executive School
Learn all about the programme and its courses, international study trips, career boosting opportunities and requirements 

10:30   Insights from EMBA students / Q&A session
Get first-hand information from former and current students about their personal EMBA experiences 

11.15   Get together coffee break
Chat with staff and students of the Business School in an informal environment 

11.45   EMBA Sample Lecture
Get a sense of how an EMBA class typically looks like

12.30   Networking
Talk to staff, students and applicants to get answers to all your questions

13.30   End of session and meet the Admissions Team
Seize the opportunity for individual talks, CV checks etc. 

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Location: University of Cologne Business School, Seminarbuilding, Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Cologne

What are you waiting for? Sign up for the event and convince yourself that the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA is the right choice to take your career to the next level.

For registration or in case of any questions, please contact our Marketing & Admissions Team via mba-admissionSpamProtectionuni-koeln.de

We are looking forward to meeting you in Cologne!

news-18565 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:16:38 +0100 111 Deutschlandstipendien for students of the WiSo Faculty in 2020 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/111-deutschlandstipendien-for-students-of-the-wiso-faculty-in-2020/ Ceremonial presentation of the certificates in the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Cologne Together with committed sponsors, the University of Cologne supports students with above-average performance with the Deutschlandstipendium. Particularly qualified first-year students* as well as students in higher semesters and Master's students receive at least 300 euros per month over a minimum period of two semesters.

Half of the scholarship is financed by public funds. Private sponsors lay the foundation for each Deutschlandstipendium with their donations, and the Federal Government increases the amount accordingly. In selecting the scholarship holders, personal biography as well as social commitment play a role in addition to good high school graduations and study achievements.

On Thursday evening (January 16, 2020), this year's scholarships were awarded at a ceremony in the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. Representatives of the university and the sponsors presented the certificates to the scholarship holders. During a subsequent get-together, scholarship holders and sponsors got to know each other personally and engaged in a lively exchange.

For the winter semester 2019/20, the University of Cologne, with the support of the sponsors, is awarding a total of around 310 scholarships worth over 1.1 million euros. 111 scholarships will go to students of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

• list of the sponsors

news-18554 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:44:18 +0100 Control in agile software development https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/control-in-agile-software-development/ WiSo scientists awarded at renowned conference We congratulate Professor Christoph Rosenkranz, Phil Diegmann and Tim Dreesen: At the 53rd Hawaiian International Conference on System Science (HICSS) from January 7 to 10, the three researchers of the Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS) received the "Best Paper Award" in the track "Software Technology" on the topic "Control in Agile Information Systems Development"

Their awarded paper is entitled "The Impact of Modes, Styles, and Congruence of Control on Agile Teams: Insights from a Multiple Case Study". In this study, they examined how control can be enacted in agile teams and how these control mechanisms influence team autonomy and team performance. Based on four case studies, Christoph Rosenkranz, Phil Diegmann und Tim Dreesen were able to show that it is not a question of ‘what’ controls should be exercised (e.g. outcome control), but rather ‘how’ controllers enact these controls in practice (e.g. more authoritative or enabling). The study thus contributes to a better understanding of agile software development projects.

The HICSS is considered one of the best known and longest established conferences in the field of information systems. Every year the conference, which is mainly hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, brings together around 1,000 experts from almost 50 countries.

The study can be accessed online from the HICSS platform
Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
• Find an Expert page of Professor Christoph Rosenkranz




news-18523 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:41:56 +0100 Welcome to the WiSo Faculty Prof Dr Nicolas Fugger https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/welcome-to-the-wiso-faculty-prof-dr-nicolas-fugger/ Dean Ulrich Thonemann welcomes new Professor for Behavioral Supply Chain Management. As of January 1, 2020, Professor Nicolas Fugger has been appointed to the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) of the University of Cologne and will strengthen the faculty in the Chair of Behavioral Supply Chain Management.

At the beginning of the week, WiSo Dean Ulrich Thonemann personally welcomed Prof Dr Fugger. Both scientists have known each other for quite some time: Even before and during his doctorate with a focus on procurement design, Professor Fugger supported research in the DFG Research Unit Design & Behavior - Economic Engineering of Firms and Markets.

After completing his doctorate Nicolas Fugger worked at the Mannheim ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - where he has been Deputy Head of the Market Design Unit since 2017. In future Professor Fugger will especially support the WiSo Faculty's key research initiatives "Design & Behavior" and "Behavioral Management Science". In addition, Prof. Dr. Fugger will be active in the Cluster of Excellence ECONtribute: Markets and Public Policy.

Nicolas Fugger is well equipped for this interdisciplinary and international work with his research focus on shopping design and applied auction theory. In addition to his guest residency at Pennsylvania State University, he can also point to several publications in renowned magazines as for example „Management Science“.

We are pleased that the WiSo Faculty has been able to attract a promising researcher in Professor Fugger and wish him a good start and much success!

news-18438 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:28:54 +0100 "Outstanding contribution" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/outstanding-contribution/ WiSo Professor Fabian J. Sting on the shortlist for this year's Best Paper Award With the "Best Paper Award", the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) annually honours a remarkable international publication that has appeared in the last two years. A scientific commission selects scientific works published during this period, which, according to the criteria for the award, "represent an outstanding contribution".

In this sense we are pleased that Fabian Sting, Professor for Supply Chain Management - Strategy and Innovation at the University of Cologne, is one of the nominees for the 2020 edition. The study "The ideator's bias: How identity-induced self-efficacy drives overestimation in employee-driven process innovation", written jointly with Prof. Dr. Christoph Fuchs and Prof. Dr. Oliver Alexy from the Technical University of Munich, as well as Dr. Maik Schlickel (Nobilia GmbH, Gütersloh), is, in the view of the VHB colleagues, one of the nine prize-worthy papers.

With the help of a company data set on employee-driven process innovations, a qualitative study and four scenario-based experiments, the four authors investigated the extent to which idea generators in companies systematically overestimate their own innovation ideas, and why certain ideas are more susceptible to these distorted evaluations than others. For companies, the results contain important implications, since understanding the true value of ideas is crucial for the success of innovation.

news-18381 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:20:50 +0100 The Openness Phenomenon https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/the-openness-phenomenon/ "Open-Resourced-base View": A new theory, co-developed by WiSo Professor Detlef Schoder, explains how companies can benefit from opening up their properties. That Companies publish resources, which give them a strategic advantage over their competitors unprotected, must surprise at first glance and actually contradicts conventional business models almost diametrically.
VRIN information resources (for valuable, rare, inimitable, and non-substitutable) are usually classified as protected trade secrets. Traditional resource-level theories suggest protecting such resources rather than giving them away for free.

Nevertheless, successful firms such as IBM, Google, Tesla, Facebook, and Apple have opened once proprietary VRIN information resources (e.g., digital content, code, and APIs) to public use via the Internet. Why do organizations open up their resource base, for example give away for free patents or allow free access to their information resources or other intellectual property? Practice shows that openness plays a decisive role for gaining competitive advantage, business model innovation, and business performance.

A promising new stream of research to explain the economic rationale for such observed market behavior of firms is now presented by Professor Detlef Schoder (Department of Information Systems and Information Management), Professor Kai Fischbach (University of Bamberg) and Dr Daniel Schlagwein (Associate Professor, University of Sdney).

With the “Open-Resource-based View / ORBV” they first develop the concept of “resources openness” in its two dimensions, access and control, and building on this, a theoretical model to explain the impacts of these two openness dimensions on firms’ value creation and value appropriation. The theory thus also provides managerial implications including advice how firms should approach the openness phenomenon for their own strategic positioning on how to conduct their information resource base.

The research paper "Open Resource-Based View (ORBV): A Theory of Resource Openness" was (as „Completed Research Paper“) officially published on Wednesday. The paper was presented at ICIS 2019 in Munich, one of the world's most renowned conferences in the field of information systems.


news-18295 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:35:38 +0100 “It’s up to our generation to end climate crisis” – millennials https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/its-up-to-our-generation-to-end-climate-crisis-millennials/ Survey finds more than half are confident that humanity can find a solution. The ‘Millennial’ generation believes that the future of the planet rests in their hands, according to a survey of recent master’s graduates in 40 countries.

The international survey conducted by CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, of which University of Cologne is an academic member, found that 80% - most in their mid to late twenties - believe the responsibility will lie with their generation to find the solution to climate change.

Of the 333 survey respondents, many of whom will go on to become business leaders and entrepreneurs, more than half (51%) were confident that humans will find a solution to the problem, while 49% were not confident, reflecting the global air of uncertainty.

"In recent months, young people, pupils and students, not least in the "Fridays for Future" movement, have loudly raised their voices against the climate crisis. The young people do not want to maintain the status quo, but are committed to active change and are willing to take genuine responsibility to keep our planet worth living on. We strongly support all constructive efforts in this direction," emphasizes Marc Fischer, Academic Director & Professor at the University of Cologne, in view of the survey results.

Professor Greg Whitwell, Chair of the CEMS Global Alliance and Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, also comments: graduates clearly “understand that climate change is not just an environmental concern.”

“They know that businesses and governments need to work together for the survival of the planet,” Professor Whitwell said. “They believe that their generation will be required to be the change-makers and do not take this responsibility lightly.”

CEMS is an alliance of 32 of the world’s leading business schools, 70 corporate partners and 7 NGOs, which deliver the CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM). The CEMS programme is offered as part of the Master of Science International Management at the University of Cologne. Regarding the current Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2019 it is the best international management education in Germany.

“Through CEMS we are dedicated to preparing future leaders who are equipped with not only the passion and knowledge needed to tackle climate change, but also the skills required to transform organisations from the inside out,” Professor Whitwell said.

“Across the globe we see our graduates carrying their commitment to the environment and sustainability from the classroom into the business world, as transformative leaders and entrepreneurs.”

“It is crucial that businesses and governments act on the ambition of these young people if they hope to secure the future of the planet,” Professor Whitwell said. “Who better than the future generation of leaders with their energizing can-do attitude to convert such enormous challenges into solutions?”

Commitment to climate action

An example of CEMS graduates’ commitment to climate action, Plan A was found 2017 by Lubomila Jordanova a CEMS graduate from the London School of Economics.

Plan A is a data-driven platform that uses artificial intelligence to pinpoint areas on the planet that are most vulnerable to climate change and a software which helps businesses monitor, offset and reduce their carbon footprint.
Commenting on the survey findings, Lubomila said that, "the climate change crisis is the result of a history of disregard to the planet and exhaustion of its resources”.

“Now our generation face nature's response to this behaviour and can only address the crisis effectively through a collaborative approach, which gets businesses, individuals, scientists, NGOs and governments working together,” Lubomila said.

Tackling climate change through global business education

The CEMS Business and the Environment faculty group, open to all member schools, was founded in the mid-90s with the aim of researching and teaching the managerial implications of the relationship between business and the natural environment.

Members are grounded in a broad variety of disciplinary fields (including management and economics, chemistry, biology, mathematics), which has allowed them to develop and implement new way to introduce environmental issues into mainstream business education.  

Out of this faculty group has emerged innovative initiatives such as the Model UNFCCC simulation, the culmination of a semester long programme on climate policy which takes place at CEMS schools across Europe. Now in its 11th year, 180 MIM from 30 nationalities came together in Cologne in May for the 2019 simulation.

During the event students are assigned roles which mirror those participating in the actual negotiations and work to obtain a consensus around ambitious strategies to implement the global objective of maintaining climate change below 2 degrees.

• Further information about the CEMS Master International Management at the WiSo Faculty

news-18273 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:22:06 +0100 Many tax benefits miss their target https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/many-tax-benefits-miss-their-target/ Team of researchers led by FiFo Köln evaluates 33 tax concessions. Tax concessions amounting to billions are not effective and could be abolished. This is the conclusion of a study by FiFo Köln, ZEW Mannheim, ifo Institute and Fraunhofer FIT. The four research institutes evaluated a total of 33 state tax breaks for the Federal Ministry of Finance amounting to 7.4 billion euros.

"The majority of the tax concessions examined are only mediocre. After all, ten measures totalling 1.8 billion euros per year are so weak that they should be urgently adapted or immediately abolished," says Michael Thöne, head of the FiFo Institute for Public Economics at the University of Cologne, which headed the evaluation.

These mainly include reductions and exemptions from energy and electricity taxes. "But light and shadow are close together. Especially with these levies, we also have great privileges, which are still indispensable," adds Thöne.

The studies on the effectiveness, relevance, sustainability and transparency of the 33 very different tax relief rules in income and vehicle tax as well as in energy and electricity tax show how decisive regular evaluations are for a policy that wants to work more and more evidence-based and result-oriented.

"For a climate policy that can be financed sustainably, in future, attention should be paid to a more targeted, i.e. narrower, definition of the benefits granted," says ZEW economist Daniela Steinbrenner.

"Unfortunately, the objectives and effects of the individual instruments are rarely in line with each other in the area of income tax relief for the commercial sector," says Florian Neumeier of the ifo Institute. "Most of the benefits granted miss their purpose or even lead to deadweight effects."

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (Fraunhofer FIT) has taken over the quantification of revenue losses for public budgets for all tax concessions. "The tax losses examined for the individual measures range from just under one million to well over one billion euros a year," explains Sven Stöwhase, head of the FIT's quantification team: "From very small to very large - with sometimes very different numbers of people and companies directly affected by the benefit: A solid quantification is the central yardstick for political assessment. It allows all citizens to determine for themselves whether the results are worth the taxpayers' money spent."

The examples given are only an excerpt. The various objectives of the benefits evaluated are primarily in the areas of climate protection, international competitiveness, housing construction, cultural and monument protection, asset sharing and employee capital participation, promotion of public transport, agriculture and shipping.

The research results offer - despite the more than 1,000 pages - rapid access to a rich pool of findings and instrumental suggestions in many policy areas via a uniform scoring system and short subsidy identification sheets. The results of the evaluations are compiled in a joint volume of results. There and in the five sub-reports A to E, the evaluation of each of the 33 tax concessions is also presented on a uniform, two- to three-page subsidy identification sheet.

• An overview of the results is available on the FiFo website

news-18232 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:52:35 +0100 Happiness, secularization or the return of religion? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/happiness-secularization-or-the-return-of-religion/ Public lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Heiner Meulemann A simple answer to the question what makes happy, WiSo educational sociologist Professor em. Dr. Heiner Meulemann (in the current FAZ interview) cannot give either. No one can give a serious answer to this question, but anyone who has been researching life historys and value change for more than 40 years has an expertise that makes him a sought-after authority in his field.

Last but not least, Professor Meulemann has outstanding long-term insight into the changes in political and social attitudes in European countries. With regard to personal happiness, for example, it seems, as he describes in the above-mentioned interview, that people consider internal factors such as diligence and effort to be more important for their success in life than external factors such as happiness or parental care, and that this attitude also remains stable over 40 years.

An interesting lecture can therefore be expected when Heiner Meulemann will give a lecture on "Secularisation or return of religion in Germany, Europe and elsewhere" on 6 November 2019. How this topic area is related to the increasing number of high school graduates and the socially determined differences in the actual access to higher education is one of the questions that the lecture will clarify and which will make sociology an exciting science.

The lecture is part of the public lecture series "100 Years of Sociology". Admission is free.

Event dates:

„Säkularisierung oder Wiederkehr der Religion in Deutschland, Europa und anderswo“ ("100 Years of Sociology" lecture series - Understanding Society - Current Research from the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology)
Prof. em. Dr. Heiner Meulemann
6 November 2019, from 18:00 - 19:30 o'clock
Lecture hall B (Lecture hall building, Universitätsstraße 35, 50931 Köln)

• Further information on the lecture by Prof. em Dr. Heiner Meulemann (german)

news-18225 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:20:43 +0100 Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2019: CEMS programme continues to rank number 1 in Germany https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/financial-times-masters-in-management-ranking-2019-cems-programme-continues-to-rank-number-1-in-ger/ Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2019: CEMS programme continues to rank number 1 in Germany
In this year's Masters in Management Ranking of the Financial Times (FT), the WiSo Faculty is happy to report two success stories: Worldwide, the Master in Business Administration has improved three places from 63 to 60 - the best positioning since 2015. Within Germany, we are now in eighth place - and as in recent years, we are once again among the top 10.

The CEMS programme also continues to be the leader in International Management Education in Germany. The entire ranking with the respective sub-categories can be found under http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-management-2019.

• Information about theFinancial Times Ranking „Masters in Management 2019“ (WiSo Faculty)

• Master of Science International Management (CEMS MIM)


news-18009 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:46:55 +0200 Innovation management study awarded https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/innovation-management-study-awarded/ We congratulate Fabian J. Sting to the Jürgen Hauschildt Award 2019! "The award honors empirical work on innovation management of excellent scientific quality that deals with a relevant problem." This is the award criteria for the Jürgen Hauschildt Prize, which the Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB) awards every autumn for the "best scientific publication on empirically founded innovation management".

This year, Prof. Dr. Fabian J. Sting can be pleased about the recognition by his colleagues. Prof. Dr. Sting, from the Supply Chain Management Area of the WiSo Faculty, was awarded for the work published jointly with Prof. Dr. Christoph Fuchs and Prof. Dr. Oliver Alexy from the Technical University Munich and Dr. Maik Schlickel (Nobilia GmbH, Gütersloh): The Ideator's Bias: How Identity-induced Self-efficacy Drives Overestimation in Employee-driven Process Innovation.

In their study, the researchers investigated how it can happen that ideators in a company do systematically err in predicting the value of their own innovation idea and why certain ideas are more prone to biased evaluations than others.

Biased idea evaluations are closely related to the self-efficacy that an ideator within a company can derive from its specific role and social identity. It is therefore a situation-specific perspective from which overconfidence in innovation ideas result. Fabian J. Sting and his colleagues tested this research prediction on the basis of one of a corporate dataset on process innovations and their valuations. Furthermore, they triangulated the predicted mechanism. Through a series of additional interviews and four scenario-based experiments, they were able to exclude alternative explanations.
The researchers found that ideas from employees at a higher (vs. lower) organizational level and from employees generating ideas in groups (vs. individually) are more prone to an ideator’s bias. The situation-specific, identity-based approach was thus confirmed.

The findings have important practical consequences for companies and organizations. in a real-life organizational context, the findings make it easier to predict when an ideator’s bias prevails. At the same time, the results raises caution about some current proxies to identify high-potential ideas (e.g., of groups whose creativity may be viewed), because the understanding of the true value of ideas is essential for a companies' innovation success.
WiSo Dean Ulrich W. Thonemann congratulated Professor Sting and also the entire WiSo Faculty is pleased about the participation in the “best scientific publication of the year on empirically based innovation management”.

• The study is published in the Academy of Management Journal
• Prof Dr Fabian J. Sting’s find an expert-page

news-18007 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:13:04 +0200 "Ein starker Händedruck schadet nie" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/ein-starker-haendedruck-schadet-nie/ Interview with WiSo-Alumna Diana zur Löwen Successful since 2012 as an influencer with a focus on fashion, beauty and lifestyle, WiSo-Alumna Diana zur Löwen (Bachelor of Business Administration) recently attracted attention for her commitment to women's empowerment and "Europe". Lorraine Hoffmann spoke for us with Diana about her commitment and her studies at the University of Cologne.

The whole interview (only in german available) can be found on our alumni pages.

news-17997 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 11:33:08 +0200 Prof. Dr. Rainer Minz honoured https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/prof-dr-rainer-minz-honoured/ WiSo Dean Ulrich W. Thonemann awards honorary professorship to Dr. Rainer Minz We cordially congratulate Dr. Rainer Minz on his appointment as honorary professor at the WiSo faculty of the University of Cologne on August 8, 2019.

Rainer Minz has been committed to the faculty for more than 30 years. First, after his doctorate in the winter term of 1987, for five years as a lecturer at the University of Cologne. He interrupted this activity when he joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a manager in 1991.

After 25 years of successful service, he left BCG in April 2015 as Senior Partner. Rainer Minz, still a Senior Advisor to the global management consultancy, was now able to return to his Alma Mater to reactivate his teaching position at the Wiso Faculty.
In October 2017, he also assumed the role of Rectorate Representative for Alumni, Fundraising and Transfer. In this function, he has achieved considerable success for our university in recent years. Our alumni membership, for example, has since grown by around 4,000 to over 60,000.

In fundraising, Rainer Minz played a key role in the establishment of the new Cologne University Foundation, which now has a donation volume of around 40 million euros. He played a decisive role in the orientation of the transfer strategy towards the establishment of start-ups by students and doctoral candidates. In 2015 the university opened its "Gateway" incubator, co-founded the Cologne digital hub in 2016 and InsurLab Germany in 2017. In January 2019, the University of Cologne received a grant of around 25 million euros as "Excellence Startup Cluster NRW"  by NRW Innovation Minister Andreas Pinkwart, distributed over five years. The University of Cologne and the WiSo Faculty in particular have thus become an essential factor in the booming Cologne start-up ecosystem.

Consequently, Rainer Minz also shifted his teaching activities from auditing to strategic management and entrepreneurship. With these topics in mind, he now works for the new Endowed Chair for Interdisciplinary Management Science (Prof. Schwens), as well as for the Executive Business School.

On the initiative of the university, after 10 years of teaching, Dr. Rainer Minz has now been nominated for an honorary professorship. The title was officially awarded to him by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Thonemann, on 3 September 2019. "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. Dr. Rainer Minz.

Master students can attend Prof. Minz's Englisch held courses in English at the Business School (winter term) and as a Business Project Course called "Build your own Business" in the summer term. "It is enriching to teach young people the entrepreneurial skills they need today, even in companies," says Prof. Dr. Rainer Minz. "In this way we support the Cologne start-up ecosystem and can differentiate ourselves from other universities.

• Rainer Minz - curriculum vitae (Cologne University Foundation)

news-17981 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:02:00 +0200 The Gender Gap in Wage expectations https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/the-gender-gap-in-wage-expectations/ New study highlights the wage gap in people's minds. Even before completing their studies, young women expect to earn significantly less than their male counterparts and these differences in expectations likely translate into actual earnings differentials. This is the conclusion reached by a research team led by WiSo professor Pia Pinger in a recent study.

While female students expect an average starting salary of around 33,400 euros, male graduates expect significantly higher sums of just over 39,000 euros. The gap in wage expectations is thus surprisingly close to the real wage differences. For their study, the researchers evaluated data from 15,348 students and 1,155 graduates.
Male-female wage expectations with regard to professional careers diverge even before graduation. For example, the wage that men expect to earn on average after only nine years of employment almost equals the salary that women expect as the highest wage of their entire career (49,000 euros after nine years for male students compared to a max of 51,000 euros for female students).
The study revealed that women's lower income expectations were almost independent of the subject of study. Confidence in one's own abilities proved largely unimportant as did exposure to different wage gaps in actual labour market.
The results of the study rather suggest that, in addition to the selection of occupations and sectors, different negotiation styles of men and women translate into expected wage differences. In prospective wage negotiations, women mostly plan to ask for a wage close to their reservation wage. In contrast, male students pose higher initial demands leaving more room for negotiation. A bolder negotiating style among male career starters thus seems to pay off.
In the opinion of the scientists, targeted negotiation trainings for women could, therefore, be a means to close the wage gap in people's minds and in reality. In addition, they conclude that it might be more promising, to inform women about the actual wage gap and about child-related wage penalties, than to encourage women to enter male-dominated fields, where relative wage differences are larger. This could motivate young women to negotiate a more equal distribution of child rearing responsibilities in a world where expectations seem to affect reality more than vice versa.

IZA working paper No. 12522: Gender Differences in Wage Expectations: Sorting, Children, and Negotiation Styles

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. The programme for the Master's Welcome Days is provided here.

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-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-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"