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Institutes and competence centres

Research at FOM University of

Applied Sciences

Well-established – practice-oriented – interdisciplinary

Institutes and

competence centres


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The Board of FOM University of Applied Sciences

Responsible:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heupel, Vice-President Research

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Last updated:

July 2019

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Application-based and

teaching-oriented research profile

Research plays a key role at FOM University of Applied Sciences and is consequently firmly anchored

in the university‘s mission statement. The benefits of research – apart from direct attainment of

knowledge – are the scientific development of teaching, the transfer of scientific findings to business

practice, and the qualification of students to conduct scholarly work.

With over 400 full-time teaching professors, FOM today has one of the biggest faculties for business

administration in Germany. This circle of recognised experts is a think tank with the potential to initiate

numerous interdisciplinary research projects. Researchers at FOM are actively involved in international

research networks and groups, they give lectures at international conferences and produce high-level

publications according to internationally recognized rankings.

Renowned research scientists at FOM‘s various study centres have given the University a distinct profile

thanks to their broad-ranging scientific endeavours. In order to provide the best possible working

conditions for this group of individuals, the University focuses on the following factors in its efforts to

promote research: teaching-oriented development and consolidation of scientific institutions (institutes

and competence centres), the expansion of publishing activities, development of event formats, and

quality assurance in the development and implementation of research activities.

The following pages provide you with an overview of the thematic breadth of the University‘s scientific

institutions and the spectrum of services offered by FOM‘s Department of Research Support. Based

upon our research brochure, you have the opportunity to enter directly into scholarly discourse with

our researchers. I look forward to many more constructive and interesting contacts in future!

Prof. Dr. Burghard Hermeier

President of FOM University of Applied Sciences

Research at FOM University of Applied Sciences

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Overview

p. 06 Institutes at FOM University of Applied Sciences

p. 08 iaim Institute of Automation & Industrial Management

p. 09 iap Institut für Arbeit & Personal

p. 10 ifes Institut für Empirie & Statistik

p. 11 ifgs Institut für Gesundheit & Soziales

p. 12 ifid Institut für IT-Management & Digitalisierung

p. 13 ifpm Institut für Public Management

p. 14 ild Institut für Logistik- & Dienstleistungsmanagement

p. 15 ipo Institut für Personal- & Organisationsforschung

p. 16 isf Institute for Strategic Finance

p. 17 iwp Institut für Wirtschaftspsychologie

p. 18 mis Institute of Management & Information Systems

p. 21 Competence Centres of FOM University of Applied Sciences

p. 22 KCAT KompetenzCentrum für Accounting & Taxation

p. 23 KCBT German-Sino Competence Center of Business & Technology

p. 24 KCC KompetenzCentrum für Corporate Social Responsibility

p. 25 KCD KompetenzCentrum für Didaktik in der Hochschullehre für Berufstätige

p. 26 KCE KompetenzCentrum für Entrepreneurship & Mittelstand

p. 27 KCI KompetenzCentrum für interdisziplinäre Wirtschaftsforschung & Verhaltensoekonomie

p. 28 KCM KompetenzCentrum für Medizinoekonomie

p. 29 KCMS KompetenzCentrum für Marketing & Sales Management

p. 30 KCN KompetenzCentrum für nachhaltige Entwicklung

p. 31 KCT KompetenzCentrum für Technologie- & Innovationsmanagement

p. 32 KCU KompetenzCentrum für Unternehmensführung & Corporate Governance

p. 33 KCW KompetenzCentrum für Wirtschaftsrecht

p. 35 FOM’s Department of Research Support


Institutionalisation and

regionalisation of research at FOM

FOM takes its research assignment ery seriously. In addition to individual research, a largely

institutionalised and teaching-oriented research landscape has been established and developed at the

University through the foundation of institutes and competence centres. The research institutions pool

the competencies and the individual research and teaching focuses of the university teachers and operate

through internal networking and coordination processes in cooperation with the University’s Board of

Management. A competence centre can be developed into an institute if the research field in question

is consolidated and relevant external funding can be obtained. FOM‘s institutes have externally funded

scientific and non-scientific staff and carry out assignments in applied research and development,

knowledge transfer and the promotion of innovation.

Target-oriented research development is not only being carried out at FOM‘s headquarters in Essen.

University teachers at 29 university study centres in 29 cities of Germany and in Vienna are involved

in the research process, thus enhancing the research profile with regional diversity. Institutes and competence

centres and project offices have been established in various locations, some of which equipped

with an infrastructure designed exclusively for research purposes. Close ties to local businesses and

strong links with regional university partners and associations have enabled FOM to establish itself

in the educational landscape of the various regions with each centre being perceived as the respective

„local“ university.

The basis of quality management in research consists of the „Guidelines for the Safeguarding of Good

Scientific Conduct“ issued by the University‘s Board of Management, which are in accordance with

the German Research Foundation’s (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) decrees. A Research

Advisory Board made up of renowned external experts also evaluates FOM‘s research activities and

supports the parties involved in an advisory capacity.

We are happy to help you play an active part in this process of scientific dialogue.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heupel

Vice-President of Research

Research at FOM University of Applied Sciences


Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. h. c. Joachim Metzner

Former President of Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Vice-President of the German University Rectors‘ Conference (HRK)

FOM realised very early on that a high standard of teaching

and future-proof scientific training for skilled employees

require advanced applied research. The University has carefully

devised its research strategy on the basis of this recognition.

Exceptional research output is the result of this visionary policy.

FOM therefore fully meets the expectations placed today in a

university of distinction, and this includes the area of research.“


Institutes at FOM

University of

Applied Sciences


iaim

Institute of Automation &

Industrial Management

FOM University of Applied Sciences

iaim Institute of Automation and Industrial Management

Research Director:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Russack

Chairman of the Advisory Board:

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Jerrentrup

Institute for applied engineering

iaim brings together research activities in the

areas of technology, engineering and industrial

and production management. Together with its

partners, it develops academically sound and

application-based innovative solutions, including

for example:

organisationally methodical implementation of

industry 4.0 and Smart Factory solutions,

intelligent networking of machines, products,

infrastructures and people in value chains

and networks,

integration of additive manufacturing processes,

design of human-machine interactions during

the use of robot systems and

promoting specialist training tailored to specific

target groups in the field of future-oriented

engineering.

iaim combines application-based research,

practice-oriented university education and scientific

support for application partners during

implementation and includes all engineering

disciplines as well as other subject areas (e.g.

computer science and data science). Through

conference contributions, publications, research

projects and cooperative projects, iaim supports

the integration of technology-driven innovations

in business practice and the academic world. It

also supports the academic further education of

university members and cooperation partners.

In cooperation with zdi-Zentrum MINTNetzwerk

Essen, iaim is working on the goal of systematically

promoting young talent in mathematics,

information technology, natural sciences and

technology (MINT) - with particular regard to the

shortage of skilled workers, which is critical to the

success of business. FOM is a founding partner of

zdi-Zentrum, a joint project of schools, vocational

colleges, business associations and institutions,

companies, independent educational institutes and

universities as part of the joint initiative Zukunft

durch Innovation.NRW (zdi).

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iap Institut für Arbeit & Personal

(Institute of Work and Human Resources)

Under the scientific supervision of Prof. Ulrike

Hellert, iap Institut für Arbeit & Personal collates

FOM‘s research and transfer activities in the

fields of modern work design, human resource

management, occupational and organisational

psychology as well as stress prevention and selfmanagement.

iap examines concepts on innovative and flexible

organisation of working time and on recommendations

for chronobiological organisation in

the context of the modern world of work. The

Zeitbüro FOM is an integral part of the institute

as an information centre for modern working

time arrangements.

Based on research in occupational and organisational

psychology, the aim is to develop new

concepts that significantly reduce work-related

psychological stress due to time and performance

pressure and thus increase work ability,

employability and skills acquisition. Practical tools

are developed in virtual cooperation structures

which promote the two resources of trust and

time competence. Authentic self-management is

becoming increasingly important in the modern

world of work. iap therefore examines concepts

for empathetic communication in leadership

which are conducive to a psychologically healthy

work environment.

In addition, iap develops solutions for human

resources management in light of demographic

change. The focus here is on recruitment and

the organisation of skill-enhancing working time

arrangements. A range of research activities focus

on answers to the question of how human

resources can be developed, retained and utilised

in the long term to drive necessary innovations.

iap‘s work is thus oriented towards the key

objective of developing scientifically sound concepts

for companies that enable them to master

challenges in a globalised world with exemplary

innovative work structures and suitably qualified

and competent employees.

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Hellert

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ifes Institut für Empirie & Statistik

(Institute of Empiricism & Statistics)

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Bianca Krol

The aim of ifes is to pool the FOM’s empirical

expertise and further advance applied research

in the university’s empirical field. Ifes has three

main areas of activity: Firstly, ifes’ members help

FOM teachers develop skills and competencies in

the field of empirical research, thereby guaranteeing

constant quality assurance and compliance

with the guidelines of good scientific practice

in research and development projects. The key

areas of ifes’ activity are questions that can be

answered using statistical methods of empirical

research. These include externally funded (collaborative)

projects with an empirical focus, such as

the NEO-Indikatorik project.

into the introductory lectures in order to increase

students’ understanding of these concepts. In

accordance with the recommendations of the

American Statistical Association, students learn

key skills such as responsible handling of data

and data-driven acquisition of knowledge and

decision-making processes. The objective is to

live up to the FOM’s mission, which states that

FOM students receive a sound education in data

literacy that benefits their businesses and society

as a whole.

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gansser

Secondly, ifes annually conducts two large nationwide

survey projects. Since 2008, for example,

consumers in Germany have been surveyed about

their shopping habits with regard to Christmas

presents, and since 2012 a summer survey has

been conducted on various current topics such

as voting behaviour, digitisation and artificial

intelligence. Ifes was thus able to develop a typology

of human behaviour based on an extensive

database. Furthermore, ifes plays an important

part in developing and supporting method training

in the teaching of the University’s degree

programmes. Teaching methods in the area of

statistics have developed considerably in recent

years: Concepts such as randomisation, simulation,

resampling and modelling are already integrated

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ifgs Institut für Gesundheit & Soziales

(Institute of Health and Social Affairs)

ifgs is active in the fields of research and development

as well as knowledge transfer and the

promotion of innovation in the field of health

and social management at the interface between

science and practical application.

In international research and development projects,

ifgs deals with analyses of transferability of

model health regions and health tourism as well as

with the capture of circumstances in comparison

between countries and requirements of a digital

expert system for rural healthcare. In addition,

it examines the socio-cultural openness and the

institutional shift in medicine and healthcare

especially in relation to migrant professionals

and patients.

Further points of focus lie in the effects of digitisation

on health and social economy and corporate

health management.

Key areas of research include

health & social management

public health/health sciences

health economics

health policy

digital health

routine data in healthcare

evidence-based public health (EbPH)

care research

social economy

ethics of the digital healthcare industry &

medicine

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. habil. Manfred Cassens

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. David Matusiewicz

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Institut für IT-Management &

Digitalisierung

der FOM University of Applied Sciences

ifid Institut für IT-Management & Digitalisierung

(Institute of IT Management and Digitisation)

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Buchkremer

The ifid Institut für IT-Management & Digitalisierung,

founded in February 2017, pools competencies in

the research areas of artificial intelligence (AI), IT

management and digital transformation.

The institute is active in the fields of research

and development as well as knowledge transfer

and the promotion of innovation at the interface

between science and practical application. The

transfer of research findings into teaching also

plays a major role.

To carry out these tasks, the research group,

which now consists of nine professors and 13

research fellows, uses state-of-the-art Big Data

architectures and AI analysis systems. We collaborate

with major technology companies and

institutes from the sector.

Our researchers focus in particular on the

following topics:

artificial intelligence / machine learning / data

science / Big Data

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

enterprise architectures (especially Big Data)

use of blockchain technologies

digitisation of processes

integration of research results into teaching

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Institutes at FOM University of Applied Sciences


ifpm

Institut für Public Management

der FOM Hochschule

für Oekonomie & Management

ifpm Institut für Public Management

(Institute of Public Management)

In times of digitisation and demographic change,

the public sector is facing major challenges. Legal

parameters and technical developments and the

dynamically changing needs of customers and

citizens as well as discussions regarding digitisation,

agility and ambidexterity require new approaches

in the management and culture of administration

to achieve agile public management in the true

meaning of the expression.

This is where ifpm comes in: Its goal is to initiate

processes of change in the public sector, support

planning processes for resources and for futureoriented

administrative structures on the basis of

applied research, and to further develop the exchange

of knowledge between the parties involved

in the sector and those in research and education.

Practice-oriented scientific impulses and ideas

are developed and introduced into the academic

debate. The focus is on the following questions:

How is digitisation changing the public sector?

What are the consequences for leadership and

decision-making processes in particular, bearing in

mind the relevant political and legal restrictions?

What contribution can the findings of classical

business administration make to the public sector

and how can they improve the effectiveness of

administrative management?

How can strategic HR management concepts be

successfully implemented in the public sector?

This focus is reflected in various practice-oriented

research projects that deal with the development of

approaches to strategic HR planning (see DAQ and

IntraKomp), with leadership in digital administration

(FührDiV) and the promotion and implementation

of agile work approaches (AgilKom). The

basis of each project is the research paradigm of

action research, which enables the application of

theoretical constructs in a way that is suitable for

practical application and their adaptation to the

respective environment.

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Gottfried Richenhagen

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Schat

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Anja Seng

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ild Institut für Logistik- & Dienstleistungsmanagement

(Institute of Logistics and Service Management)

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp

The global and complex world of logistics and

supply chain management is evolving, bringing

with it new challenges. Technologies such as

RFID, peer-to-peer transportation, new drive

technologies and the use of artificial intelligence

(AI) in procurement, production and distribution

are significantly changing logistics processes in

businesses throughout the world. At the same

time, customer integration (e-commerce, returns

management, „digital impatience“) and the

trend towards other criteria such as sustainability,

flexibility and resilience are on the rise. Industry,

trade and logistics service providers are embarking

upon new strategic directions, for example,

in the areas of cyber physical systems (CPS), the

internet of things (IoT) or additive manufacturing

(„3D printing“). To this end, employees at all levels

must acquire new competencies and undergo

continuous further training.

The members of the ild research team examine

innovative and sustainable logistics and service

concepts in the areas of training and skills management,

digitisation, sustainability, internationalisation,

operations research, process management and

quality management. ild welcomes all interested

parties to inform themselves about our institute’s

work, to participate in projects and to contribute

their experiences to research topics.

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanke

Logistics competence as well as the qualification,

experience and flexibility of those involved in

logistics are the locational advantage of Germany

and the common European market. Here, global

responsibility and complex process control go hand

in hand and enable future-oriented and sustainable

value creation. In this sense, the goal of ild Institut

für Logistik- & Dienstleistungsmanagement is the

exchange and transfer of information between

scientifically sound research and business practice.

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ipo Institut für Personal- & Organisationsforschung

(Institute of Human Resources and Organisational Research)

ipo Institut für Personal- & Organisationsforschung

is an in-house institute of FOM and deals with

questions of human resources and organisational

research as well as education research. The primary

goals of the institute include application-oriented

research and the promotion of dialogue between

research and practice.

Under the scientific supervision of Prof. Marco

Zimmer and Prof. Christian Rüttgers, FOM pools its

expertise in personnel and organisational research

at the university study centres in Hamburg and

Duisburg. The institute’s objective is to use its

research results to provide impulses for innovative

ideas for corporate management and organisational

design. The institute involves students in

practical and research projects and transfers the

knowledge gained into current teaching.

The institute focuses on research questions regarding

personnel management and organisational

theory and their interdependencies, including:

the impact of digitisation on organisations

and their staff,

the design and optimisation of personnel

management processes (best practices),

education research and education management,

the interaction between corporate strategies,

personnel strategies and organisation.

As an institute of the FOM University, ipo can

draw on the experience of an extensive network

of scientists and experts from business practice.

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Marco Zimmer

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Christian Rüttgers

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isf Institute for Strategic Finance

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Eric Frère

The international interconnection of capital

markets and increasing regulatory requirements

in the financial sector are presenting businesses

and banks with new challenges in the competition

for capital. Financial decisions are therefore becoming

strategically more important and therefore

require the development of integrated financial

and investment strategies, which in turn open up

a wide range of options in terms of applicationbased

research approaches.

As an institute of financial research at FOM University

of Applied Sciences in Essen, isf Institute

for Strategic Finance covers the following areas

of research:

We cordially invite interested parties to inform

themselves about the work of isf Institute for

Strategic Finance, to participate in projects and

to contribute research topics.

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Joachim Rojahn CFA

Investor protection and investor behaviour

Corporate finance and asset management

Digital transformation and

digital entrepreneurship

Customer behaviour and information

management in financial consulting

Business evaluation and

company succession of SMEs

Management of default risks

Risk management and sustainability (FIRST)

Value-oriented capital market analysis

Scientific Coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zureck MBA

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iwp Institut für Wirtschaftspsychologie

(Institute of Business Psychology)

iwp Institut für Wirtschaftspsychologie conducts

research in the four major areas of application

of business psychology: work, organisation, personnel

and consumers. The research projects are

characterised by their pursuit of scientific relevance

and application orientation. The objective is to

develop diagnostic and intervention methods

that can be transferred into business practice.

In the field of organisation, iwp focuses on the

areas of organisational diagnosis and leadership

research. Robust and easy-to-use tests for HR

professionals are developed in the field of personnel.

The majority of the research in the field of

consumers deals with purchase decision-making

processes and financial decisions as well as the

development of new measurement methods.

iwp focuses, for example, on the demands and

effects of work in virtual teams in which temporal,

spatial and structural boundaries have largely been

eliminated. Job satisfaction and commitment are

further topics of research in the field of work.

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. habil. Sandra Sülzenbrück

Deputy Research Director:

Prof. Dr. habil. Sebastian Sauer

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mis Institute of Management &

Information Systems

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Oliver Koch

mis Institute of Management & Information

Systems brings together FOM’s research activities

in the areas of management and business

information systems.

A team led by Prof. Lischka is currently working

on the BMBF-funded WiViTe project, which

focuses on knowledge transfer and knowledge

generation in virtual teams. The research group

„Robotic Process Automation (RPA)“, led by Prof.

Koch, deals with the evaluation and prototypical

development of solutions for IT- and AI-supported

optimisation and automation of business processes.

The research group „SoftwareLAB“, headed by

the two institute directors, is setting up a laboratory

for the professional evaluation of modern

technological drivers of business development

and innovation.

In the past, mis has focused its research on IT support

for HR processes including the use of online

social networks, which led to highly interesting

research projects at the interface between computer

science / mathematics, business administration

and psychology. In the period 2012-2016, for

example, mis carried out the BMBF-funded project

„efficientRecruiting 2.0 - Effizientes Recruiting

von Fachkräften im Web 2.0“.

To promote scientific exchange, mis works in close

contact with research partners from other FOM

institutes and other universities in project-related

cooperation networks. The institute’s goal is to

produce research results that are not only scientifically

sound but also applicable in practice. To

this end, the institute cooperates with numerous

business partners of various sizes.

Research Director:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Lischka

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”With numerous very well-organised study centres throughout

the country and thanks to the considerable efforts – also including

construction projects – undertaken at various locations such as

Düsseldorf, FOM has become an important provider of a broad

range of study programmes.

FOM‘s practice-based Bachelor and Master degree courses specifically

for working students are FOM‘s trademark, also in an international

context. With its unique educational programme, FOM

perfectly supplements the courses offered by publicly funded

universities. In view of the above, FOM can justifiably claim to be

an indispensable part of the university landscape.

Prof. Ulf Pallme König

Former Chancellor of

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf


Competence centres

at FOM University

of Applied Sciences


KCAT KompetenzCentrum für Accounting & Taxation

(Competence Centre of Accounting & Taxation)

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Bernd Neitz

KCAT KompetenzCentrum für Accounting &

Taxation is a platform for all FOM’s researchers

and colleagues who are interested in research

and who have a connection to the topics of

accounting and taxation.

The research activities of all FOM’s scientists are

pooled here, thus making a significant contribution

to the development of the FOM research

landscape. KCAT serves as a platform for the

exchange of knowledge and information.

The main topics of research are worked on collaboratively

throughout Germany – currently at the

FOM university study centres in Berlin, Duisburg,

Hamburg, Leipzig and Mannheim.

The main topics are:

Tax planning and tax structures

International tax law - international accounting

Accounting in accordance with German

commercial code (HGB) and IFRS

Controlling with key figures from financial

reporting

Balance sheet analysis in accordance with

changing accounting standards

Comparative analyses of German and Chinese

financial reporting

These activities contribute to ensuring that the

latest state of research at FOM is directly incorporated

into teaching content.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Claudia Rademacher-

Gottwald

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German-Sino Competence Center

of Business & Technology

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCBT German-Sino Competence Center

of Business & Technology

KCBT pools the research activities of the FOM

German-Sino School of Business & Technology

and also integrates China-related research

activities from other FOM institutes and competence

centres. The objective is to present

the international causes, effects, interdependencies

and perspectives of general, global

developments.

Thematically, the research is based on the 13th

five-year plan of the People‘s Republic of China

(2016-2020):

transformation of the economy with structural

reforms (state enterprises, SMEs);

upgrading industrial production through

increased technological progress (digitisation,

made in China 2025);

increasing domestic demand and promoting

service sectors (finance, logistics, education,

cyber economy etc., One Belt One Road

initiative),

improvement of environmental protection

(climate protection, local emissions, recycling),

and

increasing the welfare of the population (health

care, demographic change, urbanisation).

The members of the KCBT focus on the

following areas:

energy and environment, small and mediumsized

enterprises, digitisation and structural

change

demographic change and urbanisation

globalisation and international banking, corporate

finance, capital market research and

behavioural finance

intercultural management, human resources

and business psychology

applied statistics and Big Data

IT security and IT governance

non-neoclassical economics, psychosocial

management theory, medical economics

law and taxation

The research activities themselves involve scientists

from both FOM and our Chinese partner

universities.

Head of Research:

Prof. Andreas Oberheitmann

Deputy Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Axel Müller

Competence Centres of FOM University of Applied Sciences

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KCC KompetenzCentrum

für Corporate Social Responsibility

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCC KompetenzCentrum für Corporate Social Responsibility

(Competence Centre of Corporate Social Responsibility)

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Linda O‘Riordan

KCC KompetenzCentrum für Corporate Social

Responsibility is an internationally oriented scientific

institution affiliated to FOM that focuses on CSR

and related areas of research. All activities are

based upon the sustainable and goal-oriented

scientific study of managerial challenges in the

area of intersection of economic, social and

ecological fields. As a think tank for scholars

and in dialogue with management experts and

managers from business practice, KCC focuses

on CSR management research and sustainable

management solutions.

Selected areas of research:

Sustainable business solutions and circular

economy

Shared value and new business models

Innovation and base of the pyramid strategies

Management frameworks and CSR reporting

Soft law and standards

Social banking and responsible sustainable

investment

Sustainable development goals (SDGs) –

role of companies

Deputy Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Piotr Zmuda

The results of KCC’s research aim to both integrate

the further development of CSR theory in

terms of content and terminology, and to help

companies from various sectors to develop and

implement new function-related and crossfunctional

management concepts and business

models that positively promote the concept of

sustainable development. The starting point of

the analysis is always based on the assumption

that when organisations take responsibility for the

effects of their decisions and activities on society

and the environment, this can lead to innovative

solutions and to the creation of „common added

value“, and so to long-term success.

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KCD KompetenzCentrum für Didaktik

in der Hochschullehre für Berufstätige

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCD KompetenzCentrum für

Didaktik in der Hochschullehre für Berufstätige

(Competence Centre of University Didactics for Professionals)

The highest standard of teaching and systematic

competence orientation are key factors for FOM’s

success. FOM’s didactic concept focuses not only

on the special requirements of professionals

studying part-time degree programmes, but also

on the benefits their work experience offer. KCD

KompetenzCentrum für Didaktik in der Hochschullehre

für Berufstätige provides a platform

for the development, testing and evaluation of

innovative teaching and learning methods for

academic teaching.

Quality-assured, application-oriented teaching

requires individualised didactic approaches, into

which new findings are continuously integrated.

FOM has therefore developed a transfer learning

method, which ensures that the specific

occupational relevance of teaching methods and

examinations for FOM students is systematically

integrated into the scientific teaching content. It

provides the primary didactic reference framework

for students and teachers that integrates both

the students’ professional experience and the

influences of businesses and society.

In FOM transfer learning, classic facets of competence

are also expanded to include transfer skills.

This enables FOM students to make multidimensional

decisions in their professional practice and

thus to solve complex practical challenges.

Due to its transfer-oriented didactics, both FOM’s

part-time and full-time study programmes can draw

on real potentials for application and expertise

from the academic and the business world and

thus offer correspondingly well-rounded teaching.

In order to promote individual learning processes,

our teaching methods are now increasingly implementing

digital media for teaching and learning.

As a mediator of transfer didactics, KCD is a service

platform for both teachers and students by

providing concepts, methods and instruments of

transfer-oriented teaching and specialised media

didactic training and support for teachers.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Sabine Fichtner-Rosada

Deputy Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Frank P. Schulte

Coordination:

Dr. Henrik Dindas

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KCE KompetenzCentrum

für Entrepreneurship & Mittelstand

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCE KompetenzCentrum für

Entrepreneurship & Mittelstand

(Competence Centre of Entrepreneurship and Medium-Sized Businesses)

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Farid Vatanparast

The objective of KCE KompetenzCentrum für

Entrepreneurship & Mittelstand is to help safeguard

and further develop SMEs as a key location

factor. Together with medium-sized companies

and associations, we examine questions of business

management, for example from the areas

of entrepreneurship, founding new companies

and succession issues. It is vital that the research

projects are application-oriented – research findings

should ultimately lead to usable results that can

be implemented in medium-sized companies.

In addition to working together with trade associations

and companies, high priority is given to

cooperation with other research institutions. Students

and lecturers are also welcome to participate

in KCE projects. Every seminar paper, bachelor‘s

or master‘s thesis contributes to the amount of

knowledge we have about the interrelationships

of the two research fields of entrepreneurship

and small and medium-sized enterprises and the

effects they have on one another.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Holger Wassermann

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KCI KompetenzCentrum für interdisziplinäre

Wirtschaftsforschung & Verhaltensoekonomie

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCI KompetenzCentrum für interdisziplinäre

Wirtschaftsforschung & Verhaltensoekonomie

(Competence Centre of Interdisciplinary Economic Research and Behavioural Economics)

A large proportion of human decisions are made

unconsciously. Only a small number are a result

of reflection and careful consideration – and

even these largely cognitive decisions are also

influenced by unconscious processes and emotions.

KCI KompetenzCentrum für interdisziplinäre

Wirtschaftsforschung & Verhaltensoekonomie

explores the causes of these behavioural patterns

and decisions and their determinants.

KCI’s main focus is on networking and the active

exchange of knowledge between relevant parties

involved in various scientific disciplines and in

business.

This is realised in particular by means of:

planning and carrying out specialist events,

initiating and moderating the transfer of know-how

between associations, companies and institutions,

research and development in the fields of interdisciplinary

business research and behavioural

economics,

supporting the further development of teaching

methods and content,

creation of a knowledge database, indexing

interdisciplinary and non-business administrationrelated

articles and approaches,

supporting interested researchers and lecturers at

FOM with their KCI-related interdisciplinary work,

publication of studies and work results on interdisciplinary

topics in the university‘s own publication series

or specialist journals and external specialist publishers,

suggestions for and supervision of theses in the

Master degree programme that deal with the

integration of approaches from other disciplines.

Head of Research Interdisciplinary

Economic Research:

Prof. Dr. Lutz Hoffmann

Head of Research

in Behavioural Economics:

Prof. Dr. Winand Dittrich

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KCM

KCM KompetenzCentrum

für Medizinoekonomie

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCM KompetenzCentrum für Medizinoekonomie

(Competence Centre of Medical Economics)

Applied research and development as well as

knowledge transfer in the field of medical economics

are the focus of KCM KompetenzCentrum

für Medizinoekonomie founded in 2010, initially

under the name KCG. The activities of KCM as

one of FOM’s scientific institutions aim to pool

the university‘s core competencies in the field of

medical economics and further expand them through

targeted application-related research activities.

Within the course of the accreditation process

of the degree programme by the FIBAA, several

criteria, including the „integration of theory and

practice“ and „professional qualification“, were

rated as being above average.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. pol.

Christian Thielscher

Specifically, KCM has recently focused on the

questions of measuring quality, marketing and

the use of EDP systems in the health sector as

well as examining the state of health care across

the country. The research work carried out by

KCM as part of a scientific development project

with AOK Rheinland/Hamburg and the Contilia

Akademie also led to the conception of the FOM

Bachelor degree programme “Health and social

management”.

Coordination:

Gesine Hahn M.A.

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KCMS KompetenzCentrum für

Marketing & Sales Management

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCMS KompetenzCentrum für

Marketing & Sales Management

(Competence Centre of Marketing & Sales Management)

KCMS is an internationally orientated scientific

institution affiliated to FOM that specialises in

the areas of marketing, sales and related research

subjects. As a think tank for scientists, KCMS, in

dialogue with marketing and sales experts and

business executives, focuses on the future of

market-oriented corporate management and on

sales and marketing strategies from an economic

perspective.

The point of departure for these activities can

be found in the interdisciplinary roots of both

areas of research, which, besides economics, can

also be identified as psychology and information

technology. As one of FOM’s scientific research

fields, KCMS does not, however, see itself as a

mediator of operational skills, but seeks rather

to examine the sector from a management perspective,

i.e. from an economic angle.

Our research focus can be outlined as follows:

Increasingly interchangeable products and services

as well as ever more demanding customers

present many companies with new challenges.

Nowadays it is no longer sufficient to convince

the customer with good product argumentation

and a supposedly competitive price. Today,

excellent analytical skills are required in order to

truly understand the customer and to be able

to offer customer-oriented benefit strategies.

The previously operative function of marketing

and sales has now been replaced by the role

of creating value, which is responsible for one

of the two components of the corporate profit

equation and thus to a significantly degree also

for the success of the company.

Our primary mission: KCMS conducts applied research

to develop innovative and efficient solutions

for modern and practice-relevant marketing and

sales questions. We strive to deliver „Scientific

Sales Management“ and „Scientific Customer

Insight“ by underpinning customer orientation

with a scientifically sound basis.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Julia Naskrent

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Marcus Stumpf

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Jörg Westphal

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KCN KompetenzCentrum

für nachhaltige Entwicklung

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCN KompetenzCentrum für nachhaltige Entwicklung

(Competence Centre of Sustainable Development)

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Estelle L. A. Herlyn

The objective of the KompetenzCentrum für

nachhaltige Entwicklung is to contribute towards

implementing Agenda 2030, achieving the 17

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the

2°C climate target. KCN stimulates debate and

discussion of the systemic character of Agenda

2030 and the challenges it poses. It contributes

to the development of solutions which, despite

all the challenges, offer cause for hope and

develops recommendations for practical action.

In order to deal with the systemic character of

the sustainability challenge, coordinated action

must be taken from the local to the global level.

To this effect, KCN would like to contribute its own

activities to the current debate on sustainability,

which focuses on four fields of action:

research projects

stimulating social dialogue (Third Mission)

promoting relevant cooperation and networks

supporting BNE – Bildung für nachhaltige

Entwicklung (Education for Sustainable

Development), especially in the field of

business education, not only within FOM.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Magdalène Lévy-Tödter

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KCT KompetenzCentrum

für Technologie- & Innovationsmanagement

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCT KompetenzCentrum

für Technologie- & Innovationsmanagement

(Competence Centre of Technology and Innovation Management)

KCT is an internationally oriented scientific competence

centre for technology and innovation

management and related areas of research. It acts

as a link between research, teaching and business.

KCT‘s objective is to pool expertise from all over

the country and develop application-oriented and

interdisciplinary research output in the areas of

technology and innovation. KCT therefore works in

close collaboration with a network of companies,

trade associations and scientific research institutions.

By enlisting the help of experts from

different disciplines and social groups, current

challenges are critically analysed and

assessed in order to find answers to key

questions. The competence centre therefore

transfers scientific findings from applied research

to the University‘s study programmes,

for example, to the MSc degree in Technology

and Innovation Management.

To promote intensive theory-practice dialogue, KCT

with Prof. Thomas Abele as its head of research is

supported by a nationwide team of experienced

scientists and practitioners.

Events that stimulate intensive dialogue between

scientists and experts from industrial practice also

take place at regular intervals.

KCT‘s activities are currently accompanied by a

large number of publications produced by the

KCT team. Apart from documenting the results of

academic conferences and expert forums, KCT‘s

series of publications aims to make KCT research

findings available to a wider audience.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Abele

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KCU KompetenzCentrum

für Unternehmensführung & Corporate Governance

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCU KompetenzCentrum für

Unternehmensführung & Corporate Governance

(Competence Centre of Business Management & Corporate Governance)

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Peter Ruhwedel

KCU KompetenzCentrum für Unternehmensführung

& Corporate Governance conducts applicationoriented

and interdisciplinary research. A key

objective is the initiation and implementation of

research projects that bring scientists and experts

from industrial practice together and offer added

value for companies. This approach covers both

internal and external corporate governance subjects:

Aspects of internal corporate governance:

Corporate monitoring by supervisory and

advisory boards

Risk management and internal monitoring

Management teams and leadership

Corporate management and incentive systems

Organisational design and development

Aspects of external corporate governance:

Requirements of investors (external investors /

rating agencies, equity investors / analysts)

Role and tasks of the annual auditor

Corporate co-determination

German and European CG rules and codes

Liability and liability defence of the management

board and supervisory board

Fraud and compliance management

KCU works in close cooperation with a network

of companies, trade associations and scientific

research institutions. By enlisting the help of

experts from different disciplines and social

groups, the current challenges of good corporate

governance and monitoring are critically

analysed in order to find answers to the central

questions of good governance. To this end, KCU

organises events as part of the FOM Forum Corporate

Governance and regularly publishes the

Supervisory Board score, in which members of

supervisory boards in DAX and MDAX companies

are benchmarked. This dialogue between scientists

and experts from industrial practice is supported

by an advisory board consisting of experienced

experts from business practice.

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KCW KompetenzCentrum

für Wirtschaftsrecht

der FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management

KCW KompetenzCentrum für Wirtschaftsrecht

(Competence Centre of Business Law)

KCW KompetenzCentrum für Wirtschaftsrecht

carries out research into areas of law relevant to

commercial enterprises, focusing on questions

arising in business practice from the perspective

of companies and hence leading to the practical

orientation of the questions raised in connection

with the research projects.

Alongside research work, KCW attaches great

importance to knowledge transfer. Further training

and courses are therefore regularly offered for

companies and organisations. The latest research

results are also integrated into course content at

FOM University.

Head of Research:

Prof. Dr. Tim Jesgarzewski

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Research at universities of applied science traditionally stands in

the shadows of universities and major research institutions as a

result of the distribution of responsibilities and allocation of funds

by the state.

The development of research at FOM is all the more remarkable.

Thanks to the idealism, creativity and expertise of everyone

involved, FOM has succeeded in securing an outstanding position

in several areas of applied research in the national competition

for research funding and awards. This significantly contributes

towards the high quality and exclusivity of teaching standards,

from which in particular Master‘s students benefit.“

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Maier

Former Vice-President of Munich University of Applied Sciences


Department of

Research Support


Key contacts Research Support

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heupel,

Vice-President of Research

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christoph Hohoff,

Vice-Chancellor

Research Organisation

Dipl.-Päd. Irena Darga,

Deputy Head of Department;

Head of Project Department

Gesine Hahn M.A.,

Head of Institutes Department

Contact

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heupel

Phone 0201 81004-582

thomas.heupel@fom.de

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christoph Hohoff

Phone 0201 81004-449

christoph.hohoff@fom.de

Dipl.-Päd. Irena Darga

Phone 0201 81004-614

irena.darga@fom.de

Gesine Hahn M.A.

Phone 0201 81004-581

gesine.hahn@fom.de

The FOM research concept describes the self-image

of the university as a research institute and defines

processes for research management.

This concept and the research strategy derived from

it are constantly being further developed, parallel

to the continuing development of the university’s

mission statement by the Vice-President Research

and the Vice-Chancellor for Research Organisation.

The annual research report documents the current

status of concept implementation.

FOM‘s Department of Research Support was set up

to help members of university staff and research institutions

develop and undertake research projects.

This service takes on much of the formal and

organisational work, allowing researchers to concentrate

on their research subjects.

FOM’s Department of Research Support supports

research and development results being transferred

to science and business practice by publishing

work in its own publication series and those of

specialist partner publishing companies.

The Department of Research Support focuses on

supporting and coordinating the development

and realisation of research and transfer projects

at FOM.

Selected FOM University projects are supported by, inter alia:

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Dipl.-jur. Kai Enno Stumpp,

Team Leader Publishing Services;

Editorship

Dipl.-Kfm. Gerrit Landherr,

EU Funding Advisor

Yasmin Lindner-Dehghan

Manchadi M.A.,

Research Communications

The Publishing Department supports the scientific

publication process of teaching staff and students

with the aim of documenting FOM research in

teaching, science and practice in a way that is appropriate

for the target group.

The research institutions’ members and employees

form the Institutes Department and contribute to

the institutions’ research and development work.

The head of the Institutes Department supports

the research institutions in complying with reporting

requirements as well as various administrative tasks.

University Partner Publishing Companies inter alia:

Services for university teaching staff

Identification of suitable external funding

programmes to fund projects

Assistance with formal project design

Handling of formal questions and issues relating

to funding law

Support with the preparation of applications for

third-party funding

Resource management and public procurement

Providing proof of the correct use of third-party funds

Budget controlling and quality assurance

Coordination of the development of transfer media

Individual publication consulting

Event management of publication workshops at

all university study centres in accordance with

their individual needs

Initiating, supporting and developing scientific

FOM publication series

Cooperation with partner publishers

Contact

Dipl.-jur. Kai Enno Stumpp

Phone 0201 81004-155

kai.stumpp@fom.de

Dipl.-Kfm. Gerrit Landherr

Phone 0201 81004-639

gerrit.landherr@fom.de

Yasmin Lindner-Dehghan

Manchadi M.A.

Phone 0201 81004-984

yasmin.lindner@fom.de

Department of Research Support at FOM

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More information on the internet:

Homepage of the department:

https://www.fom.de/en

„Fom forscht“ - FOM‘s science blog (only in German):

www.fom-blog.de

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Since 1993, FOM University of Business Administration has been offering study

programmes to working professionals tailored to the current requirements

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Founded on the initiative of the non-profit Stiftung BildungsCentrum der

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In contrast to distance learning, the close contact with university teachers

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