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 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:04:08 +0200 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:04:08 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-17304 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:16:24 +0200 Dr. Conrad Ziller publishes article in the UK Newspaper https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/dr-conrad-ziller-publishes-article-in-the-uk-newspaper/ Dr. Conrad Zillers article about efficient local government witnessing fewer incidents of anti-immigrant violence can now be read in the UK Newspaper. Dr. Conrad Ziller publishes some of his research findings about efficient local government witnessing fewer incidents of anti-immigrant violence in the UK Newspaper. The article can be read here.

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news-17285 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:21:58 +0200 Happy Easter .. https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/happy-easter/ .. wishes the WiSo Faculty The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences wishes everyone a happy and blessed Easter and sunny spring days!

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news-17278 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:00:25 +0200 New Deadline for Center for Social and Economic Behavior grant programs https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/new-deadline-for-center-for-social-and-economic-behavior-grant-programs/ New application deadline for next grant is April 30th 2019. The C-SEB regularly funds outstanding individuals and excellent collaborative research projects in the field of behavioral economics and social cognition. Three of these grant programs are available to members of the Faculty of Economics & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Human Sciences of the UoC. The application deadline for the next round is April 30th 2019.


Student Grant
In order to strengthen the link between research and teaching at the UoC and to provide masters students with an opportunity to gain experience in experimental research, C-SEB offers Student Grants of up to 1.500 € for conducting economic or psychological experiments that are connected to the master thesis.
For more information click here.
 
Junior Start-Up Grant
To provide junior researchers at the Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences and at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne with an opportunity to pursue their own scientific ideas and to further motivate academic exchange among junior researchers, C-SEB invites applications for the Junior Start-Up Grants. These grants of up to 3.000 € are available for junior researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects.
For more information click here.
 
Gender Research Grant
To initiate new research projects on gender related topics, such as gender inequality, gender production, and conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity, C-SEB invites applications for the Gender Research Grants. These grants of up to 4.000 € are available for researchers with promising ideas for new scientific projects approaching gender from a behavioral economics or social cognition perspective.
For more information click here.
 
For more information about C-SEB grants click here.
Contact: Rebekka Cordes, c-seb@uni-koeln.de

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news-17276 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:47:10 +0200 Games for Good? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/games-for-good/ Digital businesses use game design elements to make profit A big question of marketing these days is how to design meaningful digital experiences for customers. The fast lane speed of the digital economy makes it hard for marketers to cut through the noise of videos (e.g., YouTube), photos (e.g., Instagram), snaps (e.g., Snapchat) and tweets (e.g., Twitter) in order to gain and retain customers’ attention. Recent academic literature suggests that one strategy to do so is Gamification, which denotes the use of game design elements in non-game contexts. Prominent examples of gamification are apps like Runtastic (fitness app), Tinder (dating app) or Babbel (language learning app). Critical questions, however, remained about the most effective way to enhance customer engagement and increase sales by applying gamification, i.e., what works in gamification and why? 

The author team around Prof. Marchand and Asst.Prof. Fritze from University of Cologne recently filled in this gap with an article in the prestigious International Journal of Research in Marketing. The researchers revealed the constitutive elements of gamification (e.g., social interaction, goals, progress tracking, rewards), which assists managers to design effective  gamified digital apps. Critically, they evidenced that the use of gamification boosts customer engagement with the app and increases company sales within the app. Besides that, the team explains that gamification works by eliciting hope for customers and as such dissent with the common wisdom that game elements are merely getting consumers hooked, i.e.,  eliciting a behavior coming close to game addiction. Hope is the central explanation of gamification and shows that it can create value for customers directly, by guiding and motivating them to change their behaviors and achieve meaningful, long-term objectives. 

The researcher conclude that gamification not only helps customers to stay on track reaching their goals with the help of digital apps such as losing weight, learning a new language or saving money, but also is an efficient tool for the managers to increase in-app purchases such as additional features or premium accounts. 

You can download the article here:
Hook vs. hope: How to enhance customer engagement through gamification

Feel free to contact the researcher for further questions and press enquiries:
Prof. André Marchand
Asst.Prof. Martin P. Fritze

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news-17246 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:30:49 +0200 5th Diversity Week from 13 - 17 May 2019 https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/5th-diversity-week-from-13-17-may-2019/ Under the motto "You make the difference!", the 5th Diversity Week will take place at the University of Cologne
From 13 May to 17 May 2019, the Vice-Rectorate for Gender Equality and Diversity, together with the Department of Gender & Diversity Management, is organizing the 5th Diversity Week at the University of Cologne under the motto "You make the difference!" The aim of the Diversity Week is to use events, campaigns and information to sensitise people to diversity and equal opportunities at the University of Cologne and to draw their attention to the corresponding offerings and institutions at the University. This year, numerous institutions at the University will once again be offering workshops, lectures, readings and campus activities and opening their courses to interested parties.
On May 14, 2019 from 4 pm - 6 pm the anniversary event on the subject of educational justice will take place with the lecture "Talents. The smartest investment in our future" by the social scientist Suat Yilmaz. The entire program includes more than 40 exciting and wide-ranging events and can be accessed at https://dumachstdenunterschied.uni-koeln.de .

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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.

 

 

 

Termin:
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.

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news-17239 Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:49:08 +0200 Was ist erfolgreicher digitaler Journalismus? https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/was-ist-erfolgreicher-digitaler-journalismus/ Interview mit Christian Wellbrock Was sind die Herausforderungen und Chancen für erfolgreichen Journalismus in einer zunehmend digitalen Welt? Ende 2018 fand zu diesem spannenden Thema ein eintägiges Symposium unter dem Titel „Erfolgreicher digitaler Journalismus“ der Professur für Medien- und Technologiemanagement statt, bei dem Referent*innen und Gäste aus Wissenschaft und Praxis lebhaft im Kölner Startplatz diskutierten. Der Hashtag der Veranstaltung, #edj18, erreichte dabei zeitweise Platz eins der deutschen Twitter-Trends. Am 25. und 26. September 2019 soll es eine Fortsetzung des Symposiums geben, dann mit Schwerpunkt auf „Entrepreneurial Journalism“. 

Christian-Mathias Wellbrock, Professor für Medien- und Technologiemanagement an der Universität zu Köln, erklärt im Interview unter anderem, was für ihn erfolgreicher digitaler Journalismus ist, wie ein gangbarer Weg in punkto Zahlungsbereitschaft für Onlinemedien aussehen kann - und warum er selbst kein Journalist, sondern Wissenschaftler geworden ist: Interview mit Christian Wellbrock: Erfolgreicher digitaler Journalismus

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news-17227 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 13:55:59 +0200 Cynicism impairs your health https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/cynicism-impairs-your-health/ How cynicism affects your health - and vice versa Did you know that cynicism is detrimental to your health but a bad health also leads to cynicism?


Are most people only interested in their own benefit? Should I always distrust strangers? These are questions cynical people would answer in the affirmative: Cynicism describes a worldview within which people and their motives are evaluated negatively. Seeing the world in this way may impair one’s health: People who think of others as self-interested and dishonest have a higher likelihood of falling ill with diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, and dementia than people who see others favorably – and they even have a higher mortality risk.

Results of the study


A study by ISS researcher Daniel Ehlebracht and Olga Stavrova from the University of Tilburg now shows that for this phenomenon, causality goes both ways: Cynicism makes people sick – but being sick also makes people cynical. There are even historical examples for this such as Henry VIII.: Initially an open and progressive ruler, he is said to have become distrustful in a nothing less than paranoid way after incurring a severe riding accident. To systematically assess whether such an effect exists, the two social psychologists analyzed data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS). In both samples, the authors found an effect of bad health on cynicism. For their analysis, they looked at subjective evaluations of health – for which the effect consistently appeared – as well as objective health measures such as the number of doctoral diagnoses and medical test results. For the objective measures, the effect only showed for health problems that perceivably constrained subjects’ lives: For example, if a bad lung function keeps someone from climbing stairs and makes him or her dependent on others, this will more likely foster a cynical worldview than elevated blood pressure that might not noticeably impair quality of life.
So it is mainly perceived constraints and the related loss of personal control over one’s life that are responsible for the effect of illness on cynicism. The fact that cynicism in turn impairs people’s health may set off a vicious circle. However, stable social networks and a well-functioning institutional support might possibly be factors suitable to break this vicious circle.

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-17217 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:43:42 +0200 Dr. Steffen J. Roth critisizes upload filters https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/dr-steffen-j-roth-critisizes-upload-filters/ "EU copyright reform strengthens dominant companies on the Internet" The planned EU copyright reform demands responsiblility from internet platform operators. In the future, providers will be jointly liable for any copyright infringements from the moment videos, images and music are uploaded. Dr. Steffen J. Roth of the Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne takes a critical view of this:

"Should the copyright reform of the EU be implemented, many experts believe that a comprehensive filter technology would have to be developed, operated and constantly improved. The bundling of internet content at a few large places, which is necessary to filter data, leads to data protection problems and further strengthens the already large companies, which can afford the very expensive technology of upload filters. Many small platform providers will disappear and those who remain will become dependent on the big players. Article 13 of the EU Copyright Reform therefore seems anti-competitive in its current version and would significantly strengthen the oligopoly of the big players".

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news-17200 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:36:28 +0100 Interview mit Clemens Kroneberg https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/interview-mit-clemens-kroneberg/ Richtungsstreit in der Soziologie Am 6. März 2019 fand der erste „soziologische Aschermittwoch“ an der Universität zu Köln statt. Bezugspunkt dieser öffentlichen Diskussionsveranstaltung war die aktuelle Auseinandersetzung um die zukünftige Ausrichtung der Soziologie und den Umgang mit der dieses Fach kennzeichnenden Vielfalt an Ansätzen, Methoden und Wissenschaftsverständnissen.
Der von Professor Clemens Kroneberg (Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie) und der Hochschulgruppe Sozialwissenschaften organisierte soziologische Aschermittwoch brachte bekannte Fachvertreter*innen nach Köln. Es ergab sich eine lebendige Diskussion, die im Video festgehalten wurde. Professor Kroneberg ordnet für uns im folgenden Interview die Diskussion ein: Interview mit Clemens Kroneberg zum Richtungsstreit in der Soziologie

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news-17182 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:03:46 +0100 "The employees' perspective: digitalisation" https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/the-employees-perspective-digitalisation-1/ Study by researchers from the University of Cologne examines attitudes towards Industry 4.0 In a study, researchers Prof. Dr. Fabian J. Sting and Paul Schneider, research associate and PhD student at the seminar of Supply Chain Management - Strategy and Innovation, examined how employees in production view digitalisation and Industry 4.0. Five types of attitudes were identified, each of which are characterized by a different perception of digital innovations. More information about the study can be found here: Harvard Business Mangager 4 / 2019: Employees in production: Industry 4.0.

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news-17169 Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:27:33 +0100 Farewell and a New Beginning: Dean's Change at the WiSo Faculty https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/farewell-and-a-new-beginning-deans-change-at-the-wiso-faculty/ Ulrich W. Thonemann succeeds Dean Werner Mellis Professor Dr. Werner Mellis has been Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences ("WiSo Faculty") of the University of Cologne since 2011. In April 2019, he will hand over his office to his successor, Professor Ulrich Thonemann, Ph.D., who was elected in December 2018. On Monday, 25 March 2019, the upcoming farewell and the start of the new Dean were solemnly celebrated at the WiSo Faculty. In his farewell speech, Werner Mellis took stock of his time as Dean and thanked all members of the Faculty.

The Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Axel Freimuth praised Werner Mellis in his speech as a competent and committed dean who always had the long-term strategy in mind and thanked him for the excellent cooperation.

The current Vice Dean for Teaching, Professor Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt, will take office as First Vice Dean from 1 April. He paid tribute to Werner Mellis for his many years of service to the Faculty: "Werner Mellis' achievements can only be adequately understood analytically if the complexity of the overall situation is taken into account."
Professor Schulz-Nieswandt particularly emphasized that in recent years the WiSo Faculty has developed towards an even stronger value orientation of teaching and research. Schulz-Nieswandt also made it clear that the future also holds a variety of tasks.

Ulrich Thonemann also thanked his predecessor Werner Mellis for his services and also gave some insights into his plans for the future of the WiSo Faculty. The involvement of the entire Faculty is important to him. Among other things, he would like to develop a new mission together with all Faculty members and use an online platform that will be developed with the support of Professor Dr. Fabian Sting. The previous Faculty motto "Innovation for Society" is to be replaced by a new motto that will be developed in dialogue with the entire Faculty (professors, academic staff, non-academic staff, students).

The deanship of the WiSo Faculty will be completed as of April 1, 2019 by the First Vice Dean Professor Dr. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt, the Vice Dean for Research Professor Dr. Marita Jacob, the Vice Dean for Teaching Professor Dr. Michael Overesch, and the Vice Dean for International Affairs Professor Dr. Andreas Schabert.

We thank Werner Mellis once again heartily for his many years of commitment to the Faculty and are also looking forward to welcome with Ulrich Thonemann yet again a competent and motivated new Dean!

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news-17152 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:28:17 +0100 Debate among the top candidates for the office of President of the European Commission https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/news/news-faculty/debate-among-the-top-candidates-for-the-office-of-president-of-the-european-commission/ Livestream on April 29, 2019 On April 29, 2019, for the second time since 2014, a debate will take place in Maastricht between the top candidates for the office of President of the European Commission. The Cologne Center for Comparative Politics will broadcast the debate as a live stream in lecture hall A1 and cordially invites all interested parties to participate in the event. The debate will take place in English and will start at 7 pm.

You can find out more about the event and how to register on the website of the Department of Political Science and European Affairs.

 

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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

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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.

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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.

Referent*innen
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.

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

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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"

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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

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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.

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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-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-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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