Our Fellows

Senior Fellows

John Bessant

John Bessant

University of Exeter

John Bessant

Originally a chemical engineer, Prof. John Bessant, Ph.D. has been active in research and consultancy in technology and innovation management for over 25 years.  He currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University where he is also Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer.

In 2003 he was awarded a Fellowship with the Advanced Institute for Management Research and was also elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management.  He served on the Business and Management Panel of both the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises and has acted as advisor to various national governments, companies and international bodies.

His most recent books include “Managing Innovation” (now in its 4th edition) and ‘High Involvement Innovation’.

Innovation as unusual

nnovation is essential for survival and growth – but exploiting its potential depends on our ability to organize and manage the process of change.  Whilst we know a lot about how to do this under what can be called “steady state” conditions we still have much to learn about dealing with the challenge of discontinuity.  When new technologies arrive, when new markets emerge, when surprising events shake the foundations of our normal world, we need new skills in enabling innovation.

Professor Bessant’s research will build on a shared learning process involving academics working alongside public and private sector organizations in a network of “innovation laboratories” trying to explore these challenges and develop tools to help meet them effectively.

Thomas L. Brewer

Thomas L. Brewer

Georgetown University
Thomas L. Brewer

Prof. Thomas L. Brewer is on the faculty of the Georgetown University School of Business in Washington, DC. His publications on climate change issues include five articles in the refereed journal, Climate Policy, as well as chapters in books published by Cambridge University and The Brookings Institution, Elsevier and Routledge. He is the symposium editor for a forthcoming special issue of the refereed journal The World Economy, on issues at the intersection of trade and climate change.

He has made presentations on climate change issues at conferences at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Tokyo, the European Union Commission and Parliament, COP/MOP climate change conferences, and numerous other venues. He has also published articles on international trade and investment issues in refereed journals and in the Oxford Handbook of International Business.

He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and US Special Advisor for Climate Strategies in Cambridge, UK.

International Trade and International Climate Change: Issues at the Intersection

This research has two principal focal topics: Firstly, international competitiveness issues posed by an international economic environment with different carbon prices emerging from different climate policies, including comparative research on the EU and the US. Secondly, international transfers of climate friendly technologies. This work includes the international trade, investment and technology transfer practices of multinational firms and the government policies that encourage or inhibit them.

Adamantios Diamantopoulos

Adamantios Diamantopoulos

Universität Wien
Adamantios Diamantopoulos

Prof. DDr. Adamantios Diamantopoulos holds the Chair of International Marketing at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is also Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His work has appeared, among others, in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Retailing. In the recent Handelsblatt ranking of business academics in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, he was ranked #3 in terms of current research productivity (2005-2009) and #4 in terms of lifetime research performance.

Consumers’ Responses to Country-of-Origin, Region-of-Origin, and Brand-Specific Cues: Cognitive and Affective Dimensions

Through a set of complementary studies, this project investigates the impact of alternative intonations (cognitive vs. affective) of country- and region-of-origin information on consumers’ brand perceptions, buying intentions and willingness to pay. Particular emphasis is placed on (a) the relative importance of cognitive and affective dimensions of origin designation on consumer responses, (b) the role that multiple (i.e. national and regional) consumer identities play in shaping such responses, and (c) potential variations across different product categories.

Imran Rasul

Imran Rasul

University College London
Imran Rasul

Prof. Rasul, Ph.D. obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. He is now a Professor at the University College London, co-director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute of Fiscal Studies, and research co-director of the Entrepreneurship Research Program of the International Growth Centre. His research interests include labor, development and public economics. From 2009 to 2013, he was a managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies journal. He was awarded the 2007 IZA Young Economist Prize and the 2008 CESIfo Distinguished Affiliate Award.

Understanding Illicit Behaviour

The research project analyses the causes of illicit behaviour in multiple studies. In a first project, the determinants of tax compliance in settings where individuals tax themselves by self-assessing their taxable income will be identified. In a second project, the causes of criminal behaviour and how they interlink with policing strategies related to the drug market will be investigated.

Carol S. Saunders

Carol S. Saunders

University of Central Florida
Carol S. Saunders

Prof. Carol S. Saunders, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Florida. She is a LEO award winner for lifetime accomplishments to the IS discipline and an Association of Information Systems Fellow. She served on a number of editorial boards, including a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of MIS Quarterly. She also served as General Conference Chair of a premier Information Systems (IS) conference, ICIS. Her outstanding research status is reflected in over 50 publications in top-ranked Information Systems, Computer Science, Management and Communications journals. She held a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar Chair at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) and further research chairs in New Zealand, Singapore, and the Netherlands. In 2012, she was guest professor at the Institute of Information Systems at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Understanding Information Overload

Using the Emotional-Cognitive Model (ECM) of overload the cognitive processing of stimuli created by new information or requests to adopt new technologies will be studied. ECM suggests that individuals’ cognitive systems differentially handle load as a function of cognitive and emotional schemata encoded in memory. Consequently, not everyone experiences overload in the same way – if at all. ECM may help explain the sometimes overwhelming cognitive and emotional consequences of dealing with information stimuli and requests to use new Information Technologies in today’s digital world.

Ritu Agarwal

Ritu Agarwal

University of Maryland
Ritu Agarwal

Prof. Ritu Agarwal, Ph.D. is Professor and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems. Dr. Agarwal has published over 90 papers in leading academic journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Management Science, and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Her current research is focused on the digital transformation of healthcare, use of IT in clinical routines, health informatics, digital information privacy, and the role of technology in patient engagement..

The Digital Transformation of Healthcare: Technology-Mediated Mobile Social Engagement (MOSE) for the Management of Chronic Disease

As mobile devices become more integrated into daily lives and routines, they represent a striking opportunity for enhancing individual’s engagement with health management and wellness and reducing healthcare costs. Professor Agarwal’s research will investigate how social interactions with peers and healthcare professionals on a technology mediated platform empower and motivate older patients to engage in self-management of diabetes, and the effects of such interactions on health outcomes. The project will advance the science of the design, implementation, and evaluation of mobile device-based social engagement (MOSE) apps that can improve the health and wellbeing of patients with chronic conditions.

Andy Neely

Andy Neely

University of Cambridge
Andy Neely

Prof. Andy Neely, Ph.D. Andy Neely is Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance and the Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Complex Services at the University of Cambridge. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing and strategic performance measurement. Previously he has held appointments at Cranfield University, London Business School, Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research – the UK’s management research initiative – from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2007, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008 and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.

Service Business Model Innovation: The Impact of Big Data

Much of the discussion about big data focuses on customer analytics, yet there is increasing evidence that big data can be used in business model innovation. Leading firms are already experimenting with how new sources of data might enable them to create new value for customers, supported by innovative service business models. In this project we will: (i) explore the scope and potential for big data to stimulate business model innovation in manufacturing firms making the shift to services; (ii) identify the practical and theoretical challenges in making better use of big data for business model innovation; and (iii) develop and test a methodology that can be used to stimulate creative thinking about the scope for new business models drawing on big data.

David Burgstahler

David Burgstahler

University of Washington
David Burgstahler

Prof. David Burgstahler, Ph.D. is Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. Professor Burgstahler has been on the Foster School of Business faculty since 1981 and served as Associate Dean for Masters Programs from 2002-2004 and as Acting Dean from January to May 2005. He has also served as Vice-President for Publications of the American Accounting Association from 2007-2009. His research and teaching interests include earnings management, capital market reactions to earnings surprises, valuation, statistical methods in auditing, and research methods. He received the 2002 AAA-AICPA Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award.

Size Management by European Private Firms to Minimize Disclosure and Audit Costs

David Burgstahler evaluates evidence of size management to avoid competitive costs of disclosure, as well as the cost of audits, for small, private firms in Europe. Disclosure and audit requirements are determined by firm size, as measured by total assets, sales, and number of employees. While there is substantial variation across jurisdictions, small firms are frequently not required to disclose a complete set of financial statements nor to have an audit. Thus, to the extent expanded financial statement disclosures and audits are costly, firms have incentives to manage their size to remain below the thresholds that impose audit and disclosure requirements.

Shirley Gregor

Shirley Gregor

Australian National University
Shirley Gregor

Prof. Shirley Gregor, Ph.D. is Professor of Information Systems at the Australian National University, Canberra, where she is a Director of the National Centre for Information Systems Research. Shirley Gregor’s research interests include the adoption and strategic use of information and communications technologies, intelligent systems, human-computer interaction and the philosophy of technology. Dr Gregor has published in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems and Information Technology & People. Professor Gregor was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in June 2005 for services as an educator and researcher in the field of information systems and for work in e-commerce in the agribusiness sector. She is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.

Knowledge-Design-Innovation (KDI) Research Program

As Senior Schöller Fellows, Alan R. Hevner and Shirley Gregor work on a collaborative project with the goal of integrating research streams in the areas of knowledge, design, and innovation (KDI). They are currently working on a unifying framework for investigating and managing innovation. Drawing on their widely-cited publications on design science research methods, they propose a new framework for understanding innovation, the Knowledge Innovation Matrix (KIM). This framework is based on the two dimensions of knowledge (solution) and application (problem) maturity. In an expansion of their earlier work, they plan an extensive literature review of processes, theories and outcomes that characterize innovation in each of the four KIM quadrants.

The overall aim of the KDI research program is to develop the Knowledge-Innovation Matrix (KIM) for use in managing innovation processes and outcomes and bridging boundaries between research disciplines and stakeholders in business, academia, and government. The next step envisaged for the research program is to develop a tool for managing innovation. Subsequent steps will investigate academic-industry collaboration in innovation and governance policies for assessing and encouraging innovation at global and national levels.

Alan R. Hevner

Alan R. Hevner

University of South Florida
Alan R. Hevner

Prof. Alan R. Hevner, Ph.D. is an Eminent Scholar and Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department in the College of Business at the University of South Florida. He holds the Citigroup/Hidden River Chair of Distributed Technology. Dr. Hevner’s areas of research interest include information systems development, software engineering, distributed database systems, healthcare systems, and service-oriented computing. He has published over 200 research papers on these topics and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Hevner received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. Alan R. Hevner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Information Systems Research (INFORMS).

Knowledge-Design-Innovation (KDI) Research Program


As Senior Schöller Fellows, Alan R. Hevner and Shirley Gregor work on a collaborative project with the goal of integrating research streams in the areas of knowledge, design, and innovation (KDI). They are currently working on a unifying framework for investigating and managing innovation. Drawing on their widely-cited publications on design science research methods, they propose a new framework for understanding innovation, the Knowledge Innovation Matrix (KIM). This framework is based on the two dimensions of knowledge (solution) and application (problem) maturity. In an expansion of their earlier work, they plan an extensive literature review of processes, theories and outcomes that characterize innovation in each of the four KIM quadrants.

The overall aim of the KDI research program is to develop the Knowledge-Innovation Matrix (KIM) for use in managing innovation processes and outcomes and bridging boundaries between research disciplines and stakeholders in business, academia, and government. The next step envisaged for the research program is to develop a tool for managing innovation. Subsequent steps will investigate academic-industry collaboration in innovation and governance policies for assessing and encouraging innovation at global and national levels.

Ian P. King

Ian P. King

University of Queensland
Ian P. King

Prof. Ian P. King, Ph.D. completed his PhD in Economics at Queens University (Canada), in 1989. He held positions at the University of Calgary and the University of Victoria (Canada), the University of Iowa (USA), the University of Auckland and University of Otago (New Zealand) and at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Currently, he is Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Queensland (Australia). He is published in top journals such as Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Economic Theory. He was editor of the New Zealand Economic Papers and is currently the Chair of Board of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society.

Income Inequality, Unemployment, and Public Policy


The project studies how income inequality and unemployment are jointly determined, the effects of public policies on both, and will identify optimal policy settings. A quantitative model will be built where workers have different skills and firms create both high and low quality jobs. Policy variables such as unemployment benefits, job subsidies, and an income tax structure, with a government budget constraint, will be introduced to examine the influences of each of these variables, and how they can be harmonized. The funds will mostly be used as part of a graduate-level student exchange program, to foster collaborative research among German and Australian macroeconomists on this topic.

Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Deakin University
Nilmini Wickramasinghe

Prof. Nilmini Wickramasinghe Ph.D. is Director for Health Informatics Management at Epworth HealthCare & Deakin University. Her research focuses on the design, development and application of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to effect superior, patient centric healthcare delivery. She collaborates with leading scholars at various premier healthcare organizations throughout Australasia, the US and Europe. She is well published with more than 300 referred scholarly articles, more than 10 books, numerous book chapters, an encyclopaedia, and a well established funded research track record.

An Investigation Into The Role For Pervasive Technologies To Support Superior Healthcare Delivery


The goal of this proposed study is to focus on how mobile applications and emerging technologies can be utilized to address the challenges faced by healthcare such as escalating cost pressures, an increasing aging population, an increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, and a move to a preventive care focus. Integral to these solutions is a patient-centric view in order to satisfy consumer expectations and provide high quality care. Specifically, the aim is to assess the usability, acceptability and functionality of a pervasive technology solution for patients including; patient compliance, patient and professional satisfaction and accuracy/benefits over standard care choices.

Evangelia Demerouti

Evangelia Demerouti

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Evangelia Demerouti

Prof. Dr. Evangelia Demerouti, born in 1970, studied psychology at the University of Crete (Greece). After graduating (cum laude), she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Office to work on her PhD. She obtained her PhD (cum laude, 1999) on the Job Demands-Resources burnout model from the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany). In September 2009 she was appointed as full-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research focuses on the processes enabling performance, including the effects of job characteristics, decision making, well-being, work-life balance and job crafting. She has over 200 publications and is associate editor of two journals.

Improving both Performance and Well-Being through Participative Methods of Performance Management: When and why does it work?


The research project will examine whether that individual job crafting contributes to explain the performance-promoting aspect of management-techniques (ProMES) and to enhance employees’ innovative behavior and resources as well as their health and well-being. These assumptions will be tested using existing diary data and a new ProMES intervention. During the ProMES intervention, daily job crafting-behavior of employees will be measured using innovative IT instruments (i.e. smartphone app to track job crafting behavior). The goal is to expand the IT instrument for broader implementation of ProMES and job crafting in organizations. Supporting innovations with IT tools that provide feedback to employees about their performance and job crafting can enhance innovativeness of organizations and individuals.

Samir Chatterjee

Samir Chatterjee

Claremont Graduate University
Samir Chatterjee

Prof. Samir Chatterjee, Ph.D. Samir Chatterjee is Professor and Fletcher Jones Chair of Design, Technology & Management at CGU’s Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT) at the Claremont Graduate University. He is the founding director of IDEA Labs (Innovations Design Empowerment Applications Laboratory). In 2015, he was awarded the distinguished lifetime achievement award for contributions to Design Science Research. He has been a visiting scholar at Indian Institute of Management, (Ahmadabad & Kolkata), Kanwal Rekhi School of IT at IIT Mumbai, Alto University, Finland and CBS Copenhagen. Since 2017 Spring Semester, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Design & Innovation at USC Iovine & Young Academy.

Chatterjee’s initial research focused on technical algorithm design in high-speed networks such as congestion control in ATM networks, performance of TCP over asymmetric networks and graph models. In 2000-2001 he became active in VoIP area and helped the SIP standardization process which eventually led to the formation of ITU-T standard known as H.350 that is a standard feature in today’s Cisco and Polycom VC products. Today his work is highly transdisciplinary that crosses domains such as computer science, design thinking, persuasive technology, evaluation, health engineering and behavior psychology.

His entry into healthcare field has been via Telemedicine. Today he leads the emerging field of Persuasive Technology which is a stimulating interdisciplinary research field that focuses on how interactive technologies and services can be designed to influence people’s attitudes and support positive behavior change. His current projects include designing ICT and mobile solutions to address chronic disease management such as obesity/diabetes, heart-failure, oral health hygiene and he is also working closely with Loma Linda Medical center on a remote monitoring technology to assist Congestive Heart Failure patients.

Chatterjee received a B. Tech (Hons) in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering (1988) from Jadavpur University, India; an MS (1991) and a PhD (1994) in Computer Science from the School of Computer Science, University of Central Florida . He was Co-founder & Chairman of VoiceCore Technologies Inc., which he formed back in 2001. In 2013, he founded DCL Health (Dr. Chatterjee’s Laboratories Health LLC), a wireless healthcare startup.

Towards a Healthier Living: Aging with Sensors and Internet-of-Things Technology for Elderly Patients


In his research project, Samir Chatterjee aims to make both theoretical as well as practical advances to knowledge in the realm of aging with technology. The project will explore how best to design monitoring systems using latest sensor technology and Internet-of-Things (IOT) along with a focus on chronic disease self-management, message tailoring, goal setting as well as understanding how best to help the patients deal with behavior change issues. The project will use the design science research methodology and develop several assistive artifacts. The efficacy and utility of our design interventions will be tested through control group studies. .

Fellows

Friederike Mengel

Friederike Mengel

University of Essex
Friederike Mengel
Prof. Dr. Friederike Mengel was born in Karlsruhe in 1979. After her economic studies in Mainz and Paris-X-Nanterre, she earned a doctorate at the University of Alicante with Fernando Vega Redondo being her doctoral advisor. At the moment, she is a professor at the University of Essex.

Her major fields of research include (evolutionary) game theory, social networks and models of limited rational behavior. Her work has been published in journals across all academic fields like Games and Economic Behavior or the Journal of Theoretical Biology. She was a guest researcher at Cornell University, MPI Jena, New York University, Santa Fe Institute and others.

Procedural Fairness

In the course of the project, neuronal reactions to mechanisms of distribution of limitedly available resources are to be examined. As many studies display, the acceptance of “unfair” allocations highly correlates with the processes through which they materialize. It is unclear whether the acceptance of fair institutions is caused by the satisfaction with the result or by the fact that individuals repress their dissatisfaction with the result due to the nondiscriminatory routine.

The answer to this question considerably affects the attractiveness of such mechanisms when seen from a welfare perspective and the question whether procedural fair institutions are stable in the long term.

Jonas Puck

Jonas Puck

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Jonas Puck
Prof. Dr. Jonas Puck is Head of the Department of Global Business & Trade, Head of the Institute for International Business and Full Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Beforehand, he was employed at the chair of International Management at the School of Business and Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg where he earned a doctorate in 2007 and habilitated in 2009. Additionally, he lectures or rather lectured as a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), the UIBE (Beijing, China), the Tshingua School of Management (Beijing, China) and Bradford University (UK). His main area of work lies in the department of international strategic management and human resource management..

Foreign market intelligence of immigrants as source of international companies’ competitiveness

Currently, there are 15 million people with migration background living in Germany. In public controversy, they are usually seen as a problem or at least as a challenge for society, politics and economy. In other countries, such as the USA, Australia, UK or Canada, immigrants are often seen from a different perspective. Immigrants are often important economic factors in various regions.

One of their particular characteristics is their expert knowledge of their home country which companies can make use of for their international business activities. The project’s purpose is to make a contribution to gaining knowledge about the assignment of immigrants in order to enhance the companies‘ international competitiveness.

Sanjay Chugh

Sanjay Chugh

Boston College
Sanjay Chugh
Prof. Sanjay Chugh, Ph.D. obtained his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Maryland in August 2007, after serving as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 2004-2007, where he worked on both research and policy analysis. Since 2012, he is Assistant Professor at the Boston College. Most of his research has been aimed at developing general insights for macroeconomic policy analysis based on the search and matching framework, with published papers on this and other topics appearing in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, the Review of Economic Dynamics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and Economics Letters. Professor Chugh teaches undergraduate and graduate macroeconomics.

Matching, Selection, and Labour Markets

The workhorse framework for studying unemployment has been the “search and matching” model. While matching analysis has many realistic predictions, other margins of adjustment are also important for quantitatively understanding labor markets, especially following deep recessions. This project incorporates “selection effects,” which previous work has shown is quantitatively descriptive, into matching analysis. The central idea of the “selection model” is that individuals with whom firms match may not have suitable skills and thus may not be “selected,” or hired, to work. The conjunction of models describes the view that matching and hiring are distinct activities, a clear idea that has not been formalized in quantitative models. The fully-developed framework will be tested using U.S. and German data.

Michael Grottke

Michael Grottke

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Michael Grottke
Prof. Dr. Michael Grottke studied Business Administration at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and obtained a Master of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, USA. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, he was a Research Associate and Assistant Research Professor at Duke University in Durham, USA. In 2010, he habilitated in the fields of Statistics and Business Administration at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research activities focus on the reliability, availability and performance of software systems as well as on software engineering economics.

Why software fails – and how you can deal with software faults

We all depend on the correct behavior of software-controlled systems. Therefore, software faults need to be dealt with in an adequate way. The techniques appropriate for a specific fault depend on its characteristics. For example, faults like memory leaks cause the accumulation of internal error conditions within the running system. Stress tests can boost the detection of such “aging-related” faults. In this project, faults contained in open source software will be analyzed. The proportions determined for the various fault types can for example be used by software testers as a benchmark to reveal an insufficient amount or quality of certain tests.

Andreas König

Andreas König

Universität Passau
Andreas König
Prof. Dr. Andreas König is Professor at the University of Passau and Affiliated Research Fellow at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne. His research focuses in particular on how established companies react on discontinuous change and the role the CEOs play. He has published in magazines such as “Research Policy” and the “Review of Managerial Science”. In 2011 he has been awarded the Glueck Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management. From 2002 to 2004 he studied business administration at the HHL Leipzig. Previously Andreas König, who studied at the College of music in Rotterdam and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, worked as an international concert trumpeter.

How do the world views of CEOs influence the strategic behavior of firms? - A conceptual metaphoric approach to the Upper Echelons theory

The goal of this research project is to decrypt the core issue of the Upper Echelon-research: “How do the world views of top managers – that is the deeply rooted basic cognitive structures and assumptions of management – influence the strategic behavior of companies they run”. The study uses the approach, which originates from the cognitive linguistics, of the conceptual metaphor theory, which assumes that the world view of a person manifests itself in the use of certain metaphors. The text sources for the analysis of CEO-world views are the transcripts of the analysts’ conference of several hundred CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry.

Andrea Wechsler

Andrea Wechsler

Hochschule Pforzheim
Andrea Wechsler
Prof. Dr. Andrea Wechsler is Professor of Economic Law at the Pforzheim University, Affiliated Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for intellectual property, and Visiting Professor at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. Her research interests are international, Asian and European commercial law, international commercial arbitration and the economical analysis of law. She graduated from the University of Oxford, Columbia University School of Law, Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Peking University. Her work experience includes activities in the international competition and innovation, McKinsey & Company, at the European Court of Justice, and various teaching assignments.

The transformation of law implementation in Europe using the example of antitrust

The main objective of the research project is the investigation and assessment of the transformation of law enforcement in European antitrust law. Disclosure and assessment of the transformation processes and their implications from a dogmatic, legal-theoretical and institutional as well as a procedural and substantive perspective is intended. The scientific and social relevance lies in the consideration whether and how the dynamics of European legal harmonization, the economisation, and privatization require a new internal system of antitrust enforcement as well as appropriate legal policy responses.

Hossein S. Zadeh

Hossein S. Zadeh

Defence Science & Technology Group
Hossein S. Zadeh
Hossein S. Zadeh, Ph.D. was a senior IT manager and management consultant, before he turned to research. He currently holds the position of a Science Team Leader at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) of the Australian Governmnent. His research interests include multidimensional optimization, decision support, healthcare, and evolutionary algorithms. Throughout his career, he has held several teaching and research requests in Hongkong, Singapore, Vietnam and Sweden. Hossein is the recipient of the University Team Teaching Award and the University Certificate of Achievement in Innovative. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious IBM Faculty Award. He is reviewer of several prominent journals and conferences.

Enhanced aged-care using pervasive technologies: advancements and application of smart fabrics in the healthcare sector

Many developed societies are confronting significant social and economic implications due to rapidly ageing populations and related health issues. Pervasive technology offers the potential to significantly optimise decision making in the healthcare system and enhance the responsiveness of care for the elderly particularly for early intervention. The Schoeller project can potentially revolutionise critical care systems by integrating intelligent systems with new developments in smart fabrics. These can bring about significant transformation of healthcare paradigms and enhance preventative and on-time healthcare services, which can have a radical and positive effect for the society and businesses.

Nadja Dwenger

Nadja Dwenger

Universität Hohenheim
Nadja Dwenger
Prof. Dr. Nadja Dwenger is professor of Economics and head of the research group Public Economics at the University of Hohenheim. She obtained her doctorate in 2010 at the Freie Universität Berlin and was postdoctoral researcher of empirical science at the Max-Planck-Institute for Tax and Public Finance in Munich. In 2012, she was a guest researcher at the University of Berkeley. Her research focuses mainly on the question, how individuals and businesses react on governmental regulations and institutional parameters, and how this behaviour orientates at the public welfare.

Tax Morale and Pro-Social Behavior

The main objective of the research project is to identify conditions that have a positive effect on a high tax morale. Despite their importance to society, these conditions remain poorly understood in the scientific literature. The project will particularly examine why many individuals are willing to pay their taxes even if a tax audit is unlikely or even impossible. Subsequently, the project will investigate the relationship between tax compliance and pro-social behavior in various other contexts. Both laboratory and field experiments will be conducted.

Martin Emmert

Martin Emmert

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Martin Emmert
PD Dr. Martin Emmert studied business administration at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Universidad Cristóbal Colon in Veracruz (Mexico). After he finished his studies, he was a research assistant at the health management chair, where he did his doctorate in 2008. Since 2011, he is junior professor for health care management at the School of Business and Economics at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research activities focus on health economic evaluation studies, public reporting as well as Pay for Performance.

Comprehensiblity of (Risk-Adjusted) Outcomes of Hospitals on the Internet

Several studies have shown remarkable variability in the quality of care across hospitals within the German health care system. However, patients are not likely to be generally aware of these existing quality differences. One reason for this is the limited amount of publicly reported quality information on health care providers. Within the last years, it has become a major challenge to create more transparency about the quality of health care providers to remedy this deficiency. Besides the publication of the German hospital quality reports, patients can obtain information about the quality of care of hospitals on the internet. However, it remains uncertain whether the information provided on these websites is comprehensible to patients. In this context, this investigation will assess the comprehensibility of (risk-adjusted) outcomes which are provided to the public on the internet.

Julia Klier

Julia Klier

Universität Regensburg
Julia Klier
Dr. Julia Klier studied finance and information management at the University of Augsburg and the TU Munich. In 2009, she did her doctorate in business informatics at the University of Augsburg. She is project manager at McKinsey & Company as well as associate researcher at the University of Regensburg. In 2010, she was awarded Young Academic of the Year by the career portal of the newspaper DIE ZEIT. Her research focuses on social media and social network analysis, E-government and (digital) customer relation management.

The Use of Modern Information and Communication Technologies for the Reduction of (Youth-)Unemployment

Youth unemployment is a complex social problem for politics, society, and economy in Germany and increasingly in many southern European countries. The main objective of the research project of Julia Klier is to examine how the use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT), such as mobile applications (e.g. apps), social technologies (e.g. social networks, such as Facebook), and open digital platforms (e.g. open data) can reduce (youth-)unemployment.

In her research project, Dr. Klier focuses on the analysis of the following aspects: 1) the benefits of open data applications (e. g. labor market monitor) and other platforms, 2) the role of mobile apps (e.g. apps for job search), 3) how the unemployed manage to use electronic self services (e.g. in the work agencies) and what effects their use might bring .The main goal of the design-science oriented research project is the development and evaluation of ICT-artefacts.

Tassilo Schuster

Tassilo Schuster

LMU München
Tassilo Schuster
Prof. Dr. Tassilo Schuster is Professor for Business Administration, especially for the Economy of Japan at LMU München. He completed his PhD at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of International Management since September 2017. He is published in renowned journals such as the Journal of Product Innovation Management, International Business Review, and the Journal of International Management. Since 2013, he has been Associate Editor of South Asian Journal of Global Business Research. His major fields of research include International Management, Human Resource Management and Management in Emerging Markets, which include topics such as Business strategies at the Bottom of the Pyramid and Expatriate Management in high-risk countries.

Inpatriates – Foreign employees as strategic success factors of companies

A great number of companies from the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region have become global actors and sell leading products and services worldwide today. The global presence has increased the number of foreign employees who are delegated to the parent company (inpatriation) as hereby an efficient coordination of the subsidiaries and a reciprocal knowledge transfer between parent company and subsidiaries is achieved. However, it has become increasingly difficult for companies to attract highly qualified foreign employees to work and live in the region. Even though the Nuernberg Metropolitan Region is economically important, it is considered as less attractive compared to other metropolitan areas such as Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris, or London.

The research project analyzes the employment of inpatriates in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region in order to enhance the companies‘ international competitiveness.

Michael W. Stich

Michael W. Stich

Universität zu Köln
Michael W. Stich
Prof. Dr. Michael W. Stich studied Business Administration at the University of Regensburg and the Catholic University of Leuven (2004-2009). After his studies, he was a Research Assistant at the Ruhr-University Bochum where he received his Ph.D. in finance and auditing in 2011. From April 2012 to March 2017, he was junior professor for accounting with a focus on empirical methods and issues at the School of Business and Economics at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. Since April 2017, he is professor of Empircal Accounting (Value and Risk) at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of the publication of financial and non-financial corporate information, and moreover, how accounting standards affect the behavior of social decision makers directly and / or indirectly.

Risks and Side Effects of Accounting Standards for Sustainable Management

For several years, society is trying hard to use available resources sustainably. Various initiatives and legislation on a national, European and international level make companies focus on sustainable and long-term goals. However, some accounting standards at the European level are suspected to undermine these goals indirectly. For example, it is speculated that the duty to report quarterly makes managers come to short-term – and often less sustainable – entrepreneurial decisions.

The research project scrutinzes such indirect, potentially adverse effects of accounting standards on sustainable management.

Alexander Bohnert

Alexander Bohnert

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Alexander Bohnert
Dr. Alexander Bohnert studied Mathematics and Economics at the University of Ulm, Germany, and at the University of West Florida, USA. Since then, he works at the Department of Insurance Economics and Risk Management at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. During that time, research visits took him to the Aarhus University (Denmark) and to the Florida State University (USA). Since his doctorate in 2013, he works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at FAU and publishes papers in leading national and international journals. His main research fields are Enterprise Risk Management, Innovative Life Insurance Products, (Life) Insurance Mathematics as well as Regulation and Solvency Assessment in the Financial Services Industry.

Determinants and Value of Enterprise Risk Management in European Insurance Companies

Enterprise risk management (ERM) has attracted considerable attention in the literature as well as in the industry and it is vital for managing risks in corporations such as insurance companies and banks. A holistic and comprehensive risk management approach aims at increasing a company’s shareholder value, however, its implementation requires considerable financial and human resources.

The major research objective of this project is to empirically analyze the impact of enterprise risk management on the shareholder value of European insurance companies as well as the identification of company characteristics (determinants) that promote an ERM implementation. The project thus also provides valuable insights for responsible actions and firm decisions regarding the implementation of a risk management system.

Christian Pescher

Christian Pescher

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Christian Pescher
Prof. Dr. Christian Pescher studied business economics with focus on statistics and marketing at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt as well as speech science at the University of Regensburg. During his studies, he completed semesters abroad in Chile, Brazil, and Mexico. He graduated from the University of Passau and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich on the topic “Social Networks in Marketing and Innovation”. Following his graduation, he completed a research visit at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA). Before accepting the junior professorship for digital marketing at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, he worked for the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and was responsible for the planning and reporting in Europe.

Idea Screening in Crowdsourcing

The basic idea behind crowdsourcing is to outsource internally conducted activities to a large crowd of anonymous users on the internet, the so-called “crowd”. This enables organizations to access the diverse and heterogenic knowledge of a large number of people. A popular field of use for crowdsourcing is ideation. Ideation consists of two phases: idea generation and idea selection. While generating a large amount of ideas is unproblematic, the selection phase utilizes evaluation through other participants (potential conflict of interests) or experts (cognitively prone to mistakes with large amounts of ideas).

The research project will identify both the pre-inventive thought-structures of the participants, with the use of semantic networks as well as freely available information-structures from the internet. Based upon the results of former crowdsourcing-competitions, patterns which differentiate good from bad ideas will be presented. This enables an automation of the idea-selection process.

Agnis Stibe

Agnis Stibe

ESLSCA Business School Paris
Agnis Stibe
Prof. Agnis Stibe, Ph.D. is professor of Transformational Sociotech Design at ESLSCA Business School Paris. In his recent TEDx talk, Dr. Stibe envisions future persuasive cities that encourage healthy and sustainable routines. His research is built upon socio-psychological theories to design Socially Influencing Systems (SIS) for health behavior change at scale. Dr. Stibe frequently speaks at conferences and effectively collaborates with industry. He has worked for a number of multinational companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and First Data. Dr. Stibe has twice been recognized from the Minister of Education and Science for his long-term creative work. He holds a master degree in computer science (University of Latvia), an MBA (RTU Riga Business School), a PhD (University of Oulu), and a postdoctoral training from the renowned MIT Media Lab in Cambridge (USA).

Nuremberg – a Persuasive City for Sustainable Wellbeing and Innovation

 

Quality of life in Nuremberg can be improved through reshaping and advancing urban spaces with seamless persuasive and socially influencing strategies, thus empowering communities to succeed in achieving sustainable wellbeing. This project aims at helping people to acquire healthy and resource-efficient everyday routines through persuasive urban interventions that facilitate societal changes at scale. The project seeks to create socially engaging environments supporting wellbeing and innovation through reshaping behavioral patterns, intelligent outdoor sensing, interactive public feedback channels, designing responsive neighborhoods, and fostering adoption of novel experiences in Nuremberg.

Lorenz Graf-Vlachy

Lorenz Graf-Vlachy

Universität Passau
Lorenz Graf-Vlachy
Dr. Lorenz Graf-Vlachy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Passau. His research focuses on behavioral strategy as well as innovation and digitalization. He holds a master’s level degree in Information Systems and a doctoral degree in Strategic Management from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. He also studied in Indiana University’s MBA program and at Tongji University. Furthermore, he was a Visiting Scholar at Penn State University. Prior to academia, he worked as a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Munich and at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva.

CEO cognitive complexity

Firms’ strategic behavior is, to a substantial degree, a reflection of personality characteristics of their Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). One thus far understudied personality characteristic of CEOs’ is their cognitive complexity. Cognitive complexity describes mental structures, i.e., it is concerned not with what is on a person’s mind, but with how a person’s mind functions and is organized. The research program attempts to answer two central questions: 1) Which factors determine CEOs’ cognitive complexity? 2) Which consequences does the cognitive complexity of CEOs have for the firms they lead?

Tim Alexander Herberger

Tim Alexander Herberger

Andrássy Universität Budapest
Tim Alexander Herberger
Dr. Tim Alexander Herberger studied business administration at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of St. Gallen. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Finance of the Bamberg University as research and teaching assistant and received his doctor’s degree for analyzing individual financing strategies during education and further education of students. Currently, he is chair of Business Administration I at the Andrássy University Budapest. His research interests are empirical capital market research, valuation of human capital as well as financial intermediation and communication on financial markets.

Social Media-Channels as Information Intermediaries – Influence on Capital Market Participants, Market Microstructure and Digitization in Financial Intermediation, Accounting, Auditing & Corporate Media Relations

Information intermediaries can help sustainably increase company value in communicating corporate news. Lower costs while at the same time faster information search, information spread and extension of the addressee circle are the reason. This also applies to the use of social media-channels. The aim of the project is to analyze the extent to which the use of social media-channels in the course of communication, in particular of company information for capital markets, can be realized for various stakeholders as well as the underlying market microstructure. This includes a critical analysis of possible risks arising from the use of such intermediaries. In this way implications for the financial intermediation as well as the digitization in accounting are pointed out.

Cynthia Sende

Cynthia Sende

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Cynthia Sende
Dr. Cynthia Sende studied psychology at the Dresden University of Technology and worked initially as project manager for a HR management consultancy. She obtained her doctorate from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2016. Her main research fields are methods of personnel selection (especially validity and reliability of references), flexible deployment of personnel (e.g., temporary agency workers), and psychological effects of the use of digital media in university and at work.

Digital Stress: When the Use of Information and Communication Technology can influence Health and Performance

The research project, which is designed as longitudinal study, will analyze influencing factors (e.g., self-regulation, fear of missing out) on the use of digital media and the consequences of media use for well-being, academic performance, and job performance.

Julia Fehrer

Julia Fehrer

University of Auckland
Julia Fehrer
Dr. Julia Fehrer is Research Fellow in Marketing at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand and Lecturer in Marketing & Services Management at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her research focus includes actor engagement in networks, systemic business models, market shaping and innovation. Her teaching focus is on digital marketing, digital transformation, contemporary service management, service design and service marketing. She has twelve years of professional experience with senior roles in marketing across countries in the insurance industry. Her expertise in strategy development and customer relationship management ensures managerial relevance and a theorizing process that resonates with industry experts.

Service Innovation in Social-Cyber-Physical Systems: Investigating Design, Adoption and Learning Processes for Radical Technological Innovation

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI), soft robotics and social-cyber-physical systems are fundamentally changing social interaction, allowing humans and technology to engage and connect with their environment in a completely new way leading to the disruption of various sectors. Technology continues to radically and rapidly change the nature of service and service innovation. AI, wearables and implants come with a huge variety of application fields, for example in medicine, sport or data exchange to name only a few. This variety makes them unpredictable and scary for most parts of a society. With this research project we suggest to rethink radical innovation by viewing it from a truly systemic perspective, where potential customers, developers, investors, technology and even competitors learn from and with each other. We will explore and experiment with system design methods that support adoption and learning processes of versatile actors to provide guidance for managers and entrepreneurs as to how to successfully facilitate systemic innovations.

Jacob Hörisch

Jacob Hörisch

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Jacob Hörisch
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Prof. Dr. Jacob Hörisch holds the Junior-Professorship for Sustainability Economics & Management at the Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His main research interests are in the fields of sustainability management, sustainable entrepreneurship, stakeholder theory and sustainability economics. Jacob Hörisch has published various journal articles on these topics. His research was rewarded with best paper awards at international conferences and with the Leuphana Best Young Researcher Award.

The Influence of Ethical Cultures on Corporate Sustainability

As businesses are essential for tackling sustainability problems, the question arises how they can successfully address corporate sustainability. It is often expected that ethical cultures form a basis which allow companies to address sustainability challenges. Motivated by this expectation, the research project examines whether and how ethical cultures influence corporate sustainability by using a mixed methods approach. The underlying goal is to conceptualize the definition and differences of explicit ethical corporate cultures, the philosophical or ideological values that are forming the basis of such ethical cultures and its effects on corporate sustainability.

Julia Kraft

Julia Kraft

HHU Düsseldorf
Julia Kraft
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Dr. Julia Kraft studied law at the University of Passau, the Université de Genève/Switzerland and the LMU Munich. Furthermore, she completed the LL.M. programme of the KU Leuven/Belgium. In 2005, she obtained her doctorate with a work on European company law at the University of Bayreuth. At present, she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Before her scientific activity, she acted as a civil court judge and a public prosecutor (Department for Economic Crime and Fight Against Corruption) and as a specialist advisor in the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (Department for European Company Law, Group and Conversion Law), Berlin.

Poverty in Private Law

Law is an important instrument of poverty policy, the policy field which covers both the protection against and the overcoming of poverty. This does not only apply to social law, but also to private law. The aim of poverty prevention has already become the motor of legislative initiatives under private law. In addition, legal policy has identified people at risk of poverty as a “special consumer group” with need for support. The project takes this development as a starting point to enquire about the legal position of people in need in the area of private law. This legal position is to be analysed and evaluated by means of a welfare economic approach for the definition of the individual well-being. In this process, the guiding principle will be the fact that the well-being of a person cannot be defined with a mere view to his/her income and assets, as these values are not desirable for their own sake.

Daniel Kühnle

Daniel Kühnle

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Daniel Kühnle
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Dr. Daniel Kuehnle studied Politics and Economics at the University of Leeds and Lund University, and received a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Policy from Manchester University in 2008. From 2009 to 2011, Daniel worked as a Research Officer at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia. Since then, he has been working at the Chair of Statistics and Empirical Economics at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he completed his doctorate in 2014. Several research visits have taken him to Sydney University, Boston University, and Northwestern University. His research focuses on empirical health and labour economics and the economics of early childhood education.

Effects of paid parental leave on firms and co-workers

Paid parental leave schemes are an important policy tool in many OECD countries to assist young families in reconciling work responsibilities and family life. However, in the labour market there is a potential trade-off when it comes to parental leave taking between the interests of the companies and the parents: while parents tend to want longer career breaks, employers are looking for the shortest possible career breaks to minimize the costs of restructuring. The goal of this research project therefore is to examine the external effects of parental leave on firms, colleagues, and children.

Harry van der Weijde

Harry van der Weijde

University of Edinburgh
Harry van der Weijde
University of Edinburgh & Alan Turing Institute for Data Science
Dr. Harry van der Weijde is an interdisciplinary energy economist and modeller who works at the intersection between economics, engineering and operational research. He is Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science, having previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in spatial economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an MSc in economics from the University of Edinburgh. He is principal or co-investigator on more than £30M in research funding, including as co-investigator in the UK National Centre for Energy Systems Integration and work package leader in the EU-funded Energy Systems in Transition training network.

Modelling risk and uncertainty in electricity markets: methods and implications

European electricity systems are going through a period of enormous change. As a result, a large amount of investment in network and generation capacity is needed. Models have been developed to help deliver this at the lowest cost, but these are oversimplified, as they do not take into account that investors in electricity markets are risk averse. They also focus on US markets.
This project will develop methods to include uncertainty and risk aversion in optimisation and equilibrium models of European electricity markets. We will then use these to analyse the effects of uncertainty and risk on spatial distributions of generation capacity investment, optimal transmission expansion strategies and energy market design.

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August-Wilhelm Scheer

August-Wilhelm Scheer

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer, born on July 27th 1941, was director of the Institute for Information Systems (IWi) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at Saarland University from May 1979 until February 2005, with his major field of research being information and business process management in manufacturing, service industry and administration. Since March 2005, he is a consulting professor at DFKI.

In 1984, he founded the international software and consulting company IDS Scheer AG which maintains subsidiaries in 27 countries. In 1991, the book „ARIS Architektur integrierter Informationssysteme – Grundlagen der Unternehmensmodellierung“, which contains the basic design of the ARIS Toolsets developed by IDS, was released. In 1997, he founded IMC AG (Information Multimedia Communication AG) and is supervisory board chairman of both companies today.

In 1997, Professor Scheer was awarded the honorary doctorate of the Pilsen University (Czech Republic) for his scientific merits for the development of methods to design information systems and for the analysis of business processes. Since November 1999, he is the Saarland’s minister-president’s authorized representative for the fields of innovation technology and research.

In 2001, he founded the August Wilhelm Scheer foundation for science and art. In July 2001, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Saarland by its minister-president. In October 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Hohenheim University. In October 2003, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the category “Information Technology”.

In 2005, he was awarded the Erich-Gutenberg-Prize and the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since 2006, he is a member of the Advisory Board for Innovation and Growth of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2007, he was elected president of the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM).

Horst Steinmann

Horst Steinmann

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Steinmann, born 17 July 1934 in Bad Salzuflen, Lippe, graduated in 1962 at the TU Clausthal where he also habilitated five years later. Moreover, he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration with highest distinction at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in 1965. In 1968, he became holder of the Chair of Operations Research at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1970, he left for the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg where he took over the Chair of Management.

During his tenure as holder of this chair, he received several offerings from various universities (Paderborn, Darmstadt, Freie Universität Berlin) but turned down all of them. Furthermore, he was conferred honorary doctorates by the Department of Economics at the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 1996 and the Robert Schumann University in Strasbourg, France, in 1999 for his widely noticed work in the field of Management and particularly in the field of Business Ethics. A large number of his graduate students, doctoral students, and post-doctoral students have become renowned researchers or practitioners.

Besides his appointment as university professor, he founded the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) in 1986 and the German Business Ethics Network (DNWE) in 1993, whose president he was until 2000. Furthermore, he is a member of the US-based Academy of Management and Society for Business Ethics as well as of the German Academic Association for Business Research. He also officiated as deputy chairman for the latter from 1979 to 1980.

His research focus lies on the fields of Operations Research, Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Control, Organizational Theory, Business Ethics and Economic Theory. He continues to hold lectures and write articles. He published 300 papers and 25 books as a (co-)author or (co-)editor, respectively, many of which have been translated into Polish, Czech, Japanese, and Chinese.

Jürgen Mittelstraß

Jürgen Mittelstraß

Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. mult. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Jürgen Mittelstraß, born in 1936 in Düsseldorf, studied philosophy, German studies, and Protestant theology in Bonn, Erlangen, Hamburg, and Oxford. In 1961, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he habilitated in 1968. Two years later, he was appointed professor of philosophy and philosophy of science at the University of Konstanz. From 1990 to 2005, he was director of the Center of Science and Philosophy. Currently, he is the chairman of the Austrian Science Council in Vienna and also works as director of the Science Forum in Konstanz.

The philosopher and scientific theorist has been a member of several renowned academic institutions and academies. He was a member of the Academia Europaea (from 2002 to 2008 as president), the Science Council, the Senate of the German Research Council as well as the Council for Research, Technology, and Innovation to the Federal Chancellor. Furthermore, he was President of the General Society for Philosophy in Germany and a founding member of the German-American Council. In 2010, Professor Mittelstraß was appointed to the World Commission for Ethics in Science and Technology (COMEST), an advising organ of UNESCO.

From 2000 to 2007, he received honorary Ph.D. degrees from six prestigious national and international universities as well as the honorary senator degree at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. In addition, he was honored with the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Council and the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.

Professor Mittelstraß’ research deals mainly with questions from the general scientific theory, history of philosophy and science, epistemology, philosophy of language, and cultural theory. Influenced by the constuctivist concept of the Erlangen school of philosophy, he is considered one of the main founders and representatives of the Konstanz school of philosophy. Furthermore, he is the editor of the “Enzyklopädie Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie” (Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science).

Peter Mertens

Peter Mertens

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Mertens (born in 1937) studied industrial engineering at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, where he also did his doctorate in 1961. He then worked at the Technische Universität in Munich, the Johannes Kepler University in Linz as well as at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1966, Peter Mertens submitted the first habilitation paper in the German-speaking world on business informatics at the Technische Universität in Munich: “Die zwischenbetriebliche Kooperation und Integration bei der automatisierten Datenverarbeitung”. Subsequently, he worked as a CEO for a consultancy in Zurich.

In 1968, he hold the first chair in the German-speaking world, which concentrated on corporate information processing at the University in Linz. From 1970 until 2005, Peter Mertens was head of the Chair of Information Systems I at the School of Business and Economics at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. At the same time, he was the director of the research group “Betriebliche Anwendungen” at the Faculty of Engineering. Since its foundation in 1999 until 2011, he taught at the “Bayerische Elite Akademie”.

Including the adapted editions and translations into Chinese, English, Italian and Russian, Peter Mertens published 77 books and nearly 600 articles in journals and edited books and volumes. His monograph “Integrierte Informationsverarbeitung 1: Operative Systeme in der Industrie” was released in 18 editions.

Peter Mertens was co-director of the Regional Computer Centre Erlangen for many years, member of the “Senatskommission für Rechenanlagen der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft”, board member and chairman of the “Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft”, member of the presidium of the “Gesellschaft für Informatik”, and editor-in-chief of the journal WIRTSCHAFTSINFORMATIK.

Peter Mertens is fellow of the “Gesellschaft für Informatik”, honorary member of the “Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft” as well as honorary doctorate at the Universities in Augsburg and Bern, at the TU Darmstadt, the Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz-Vallendar, and the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. He was honored with the Federal Cross of Merit and the Ring of Honor of the University of Economics and Business in Vienna.

Hans-Jörg Bullinger

Hans-Jörg Bullinger

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, born in 1944, studied mechanical engineering (specializing in production engineering) and received his Ph.D. at the University of Stuttgart. In 1975, a year after his doctorate, he became head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer IPA) in Stuttgart. After his habilitation, he was appointed Professor of Industrial Science/Human Engineering at the University of Hagen. In 1982, he was became Chair of Industrial Science and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart. Hans-Jörg Bullinger was director of the Fraunhofer IAO from 1981 to 2002 and President of the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) from 2002 to 2012. Since 2013, he is member of the Fraunhofer Senate.

The Otto Kienzle commemorative medal awarded by the German university association of production engineers (Hochschulgruppe Fertigungstechnik), the VDI gold award as well as the Arthur-Burkhardt-Prize are among Hans-Jörg Bullingers’s numerous national and international awards. Moreover, he received the Medal for Merit of Baden-Württemberg, the Grashof commemorative medal of the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award in the category Thought Leadership as well as the Hans Peter Stihl prize. In 2009, he was selected Manager of the Year by the Manager Magazin.

Hans-Jörg Bullinger received honorary doctorates at the University Novi Sad (Serbia-Montenegro) and the Polytechnic University Temeswar (Romania) as well as the honorary professor at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei (China). He was honored with the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, medal and ribbon for outstanding services to German science, industry and society (1998); the First Class Order of the Federal Republic of Germany (2003) for extraordinary services to German science and research; and the Order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for promoting the transfer of knowledge between science and industry (2006). In 2012, he received the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Helmut Haussmann

Helmut Haussmann

Prof. Dr. Helmut Haussmann, born in 1943 in Tübingen, studied economics and social sciences in Tübingen, Hamburg, and Nuremberg. After he finished his diploma studies in 1968, he became the executive director of the company Berninger & Spilcke KG in Bad Urach. From 1971, he was Assistant Researcher at the Chair of Business Management at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg where he received his Ph.D. in 1975.

Helmut Haussmann’s political career started in 1975 when he became town councilor in Bad Urach and regional chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Reutlingen. As a member of the German Bundestag (1976-2002) and secretary general of the FDP (1984-1988), Helmut Haussmann was appointed Minister of Economics of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1988 to 1991. From 1991 to 2002, he became a member of the Federal Committee on Foreign Affairs and a Speaker for European Affairs of the FDP in the German Bundestag. Currently, he is a representative of the Cabinet of Germany in the Board of the Asia-Europe-Foundation (ASEF), Singapore.

Since 1991, Helmut Haussmann is Vice President of the international IT- and consulting firm Capgemini in Berlin. He is a member of various national and international committees and advisory boards. Helmut Haussmann is honorary professor at the Chair of International Management at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research focuses on the role of medium sized companies in the process of globalization. Moreover, he is a guest professor for International Business at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen.

Since 1996, he is a a member of the board of trustees of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation and the Theodor-Heuss-Haus-Foundation. Helmut Haussmann is Commander of the French Legion of Honor and was honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the the Medal of Honor of the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is honorary chairman of the Reutlingen County Chapter of the FDP.

Karl-Dieter Grüske

Karl-Dieter Grüske

Prof. Dr. Karl-Dieter Grüske, born 1946 in Erlangen, studied economics in Erlangen/Nuremberg (FAU) and Munich. From 1972 to 1988, he was assistant and associate professor under Prof. H.C. Recktenwald in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences at FAU. In 1978, he completed his doctoral thesis “summa cum laude” on distribution effects of public budgeting. For his habilitation thesis in 1986 he received both an FAU award and the prestigious Wolfgang-Ritter-Preis (Bremen). In 2010, Karl-Dieter Grüske was awarded the Order of Merit by the Federal President of Germany. In 2015, he was awarded the Medal of the Bavarian Constitution.

During research stays abroad, he spent time in Indonesia (1974), Yemen (1982), China (1985) and the USA (1987). From 1988 to 1990, he was academic project manager under Prof. Meinhard Miegel at the Bonn Institute for Economics and Social Research. In 1990, he was offered a chair at the Bundeswehr University, Hamburg. In 1991, he accepted the Chair of Public Finance at FAU. He is a member of all the important societies and associations in his discipline, and has published three books and numerous scientific papers and is co-editor of the renowned ‘Klassiker der Nationalökonomie’ (Classics of Political Economy), among other works.

Due to his vast knowledge and experience, Karl-Dieter Grüske is a valued member of numerous committees. In 1993, he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council for Family Affairs at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth, a position which he held until 2010. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of the Advisory Council for Administrative Reform of the Hessian Ministries and Universities; he has also been involved in several other committees for university reforms and a member of the standing committees for economics and education economics in Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association). From 1999 to 2003, he also acted as a member of the Advisory Council of the German Institute for Youth in Munich. During the years 1993 to 2006, he served as chairman of the Gesellschaft für Finanzwissenschaftliche Forschung (Society for Research in Public Finance). In 2008, he became honorary professor of the University for International Business and Economics in Beijing. He was a member of the DAAD’s Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2015.

Between 1994 and 1996, Karl-Dieter Grüske was dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences, from 1996 to 2000, he served on the Senate, and from 2000 to 2002 as prorector of the University. From April 2002 to March 2015, he was rector and then, after the office was renamed in 2010, president of FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg. After two years as deputy speaker, he was chairman of Universität Bayern e.V from 2009 to 2011. He was vice president for research of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) from 2008 to 2014.

Since his retirement on 1 April 2015, he has continued to fulfil a variety of roles, including as chairman of the Advisory Board for Research Migration at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, vice president of the Virtual University of Bavaria, and a member of the HRK’s Executive Board, the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, various HRK commissions, the Advisory Board of Sparkasse Nuremberg and two supervisory boards, and as honorary chairman of the Confucius Institute Nürnberg-Erlangen. He also acts as a reviewer (e.g. in evaluation committees) and as a speaker on higher education policy.

Frank-Jürgen Weise

Frank-Jürgen Weise

From 2004 until 2017, Dr. h.c. Frank-Jürgen was CEO of the German Federal Agency for Employment and, from 2015 until 2016, he also headed the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

He started his professional career in the German Bundeswehr in 1972, where he was trained as an army officer and studied business administration. As company commander (parachutist), he also acted as a youth officer. As reserve officer, he was battalion commander, deputy regimental commander, and deputy in the NATO staff in Brussels with many foreign missions as well as a Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr for recruitment. He currently holds the rank of a reserve colonel.

From 1985, Weise was Controller at the VDO Adolf Schindling AG and from 1989, chairman of the management at the Braunschweiger Hüttenwerk GmbH. He then served as Managing Director of the Societät für Unternehmensplanung in Frankfurt and Basel. From 1997, he was a member of the Executive Board of FAG Automobiltechnik AG in Schweinfurt and, in addition, director of human resources for the executives of the global FAG Group. Weise was co-founder, then CEO of the company Microlog Logistics AG in Frankfurt, which was later sold to the DELTON Holding of Stefan Quandt.

In 2002, he was appointed to the executive board of the German Federal Agency for Employment and was responsible for finance, human resources and information technology. In 2004, he was appointed CEO and resigned from office at the end of March 2017.

In 2010, he was head of the Commission on Structural Reform of the German Bundeswehr. At the end of 2015 until 2016, Weise also headed the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. In 2017, he was Federal Government Commissioner for Refugee Management.

Weise is a board member of the Post-Foundation, the IZA (Institut der Zukunft der Arbeit, Institute of Labor Economics), the KPS Capital GmbH and Odewald SME II. In addition to his work as a partner at Rantum Capital GmbH, Frankfurt and the company KPS New York, he is Senator of the Deutsche Nationalstiftung (German National Foundation), Chairman of the Board of the non-profit Hertie Foundation and Honorary President of the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe.