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  • Accounting and Taxation

    Prof. Dr. Jannis Bischof

    Prof. Dr. Jannis Bischof

    Chair of Business Administration and Accounting

    • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
    • Accounting for Financial Instruments
    • Fair Value Accounting
    • Bank Accounting
    • Bank Regulation
    • Securities Regulation
    • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
    • German GAAP
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Auditing
    • Management behavior in corporate reporting
    Prof. Stephen Campbell, Ph.D.

    Prof. Stephen Campbell, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Accounting and Taxation

    • Tax Incidence
    • Tax Avoidance
    • Taxation and Firm Decisions
    • Effects of Corporate Income Taxation
    Prof. Dr. Holger Daske

    Prof. Dr. Holger Daske

    Chair of Accounting and Capital Markets

    • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
    • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
    • U.S. GAAP
    • Standard Setting
    • Capital Market Communication
    • Investor Relations and Corporate Valuation
    • Financial Statement Analysis
    • Financial Analysis
    • Accounting of Financial Institutions
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Dörrenberg

    Prof. Dr. Philipp Dörrenberg

    Chair of Business Administration and Taxation

    • Behavioral Effects of Taxes
    • Tax Effects on Financial Markets
    • Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud
    • Behavioral Economic Aspects of Taxation
    Prof. Dr. Gunther Glenk

    Prof. Dr. Gunther Glenk

    Assistant Professor at the Mannheim Institute for Sustainable Energy Studies

    • Cost and Profitability Analysis
    • Economics of Decarbonization
    • Carbon Accounting
    Prof. Reeyarn Li, Ph.D.

    Prof. Reeyarn Li, Ph.D.

    Chair of Accounting

    • Accounting Information and Capital Market Research
    Prof. Dr. Katharina Nicolay

    Prof. Dr. Katharina Nicolay

    Assistant Professorship of Accounting & Taxation, especially Business Taxation

    • Taxation and the Decision Behavior of Multinational Firms
    • Tax Reform Analysis
    • Empirical taxation impact analysis
    • Tax Accounting
    Prof. Stefan Reichelstein, Ph.D.

    Prof. Stefan Reichelstein, Ph.D.

    Endowed Chair in Business Administration

    • Cost and Profitability Analysis
    • Decentralization
    • Internal Pricing
    • Performance Measurement
    Prof. Dr. Dirk Simons

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Simons

    Chair of Accounting

    • International Accounting
    • Theory of Accounting and Auditing
    • Corporate Disclosure
    • New Institutional Economics
    Prof. Dr. Christoph Spengel

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Spengel

    Chair of International Taxation (Taxation II)

    • International Taxation and Tax Planning
    • Tax Accounting
    • Harmonization of Company Taxation in Europe
    • Measurement of Effective Tax Burdens
    • Taxation and Innovation
    • Taxation in the Digital Economy
    Prof. Felix W. Vetter, Ph.D.

    Prof. Felix W. Vetter, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professorship of Accounting & Taxation

    • Regulation
    • Audit markets,
    • Labor economics
    • Real effects of disclosure and transparency in financial and labor markets
    Prof. Dr. Johannes Voget

    Prof. Dr. Johannes Voget

    Chair of Taxation and Finance

    • Corporate Finance
    • International Taxation
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Applied Econometrics
    Prof. Dr. Jens Wüstemann

    Prof. Dr. Jens Wüstemann

    Chair of Accounting and Auditing

    • Financial Accounting
    • Normative Accounting Research
    • Institutional Economics
    • Behavioral Law and Economics
    • Business Valuation
    • Corporate Governance and Auditing
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance

    Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen

    Prof. Dr. Tabea Bucher-Koenen

    Chair of Business Administration, Financial Systems and Development Finance

    • Household Finance
    • Economic consequences of demographic change
    • Private and public pension systems
    • Impact of long-term financial decisions
    Prof. Ernst Maug, Ph.D.

    Prof. Ernst Maug, Ph.D.

    Chair of Corporate Finance

    • Corporate Governance
    • Executive Compensation
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Shareholder Voting and Board Structures
    • Behavioral Finance
    • Corporate Bankruptcy
    • Corporate Finance
    Prof. Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi

    Prof. Dr. Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi

    Chair of Corporate Governance

    • Gender Differences on Capital Markets
    • Corporate Governance
    • Behavioral Finance
    • Corporate Finance
    • Asset Management
    • Empirical Banking
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruenzi

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Ruenzi

    Chair of International Finance

    • Asset Management
    • Mutual Funds
    • Hedge Funds
    • Empirical Asset Pricing
    • Advertising & Capital Markets
    • Media & Capital Markets
    • Ethical Investing
    • Gender and Finance
    • Textual Analysis
    • Diversity & Team Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Liquidity
    • Experimental Finance
    • Financial Analysts
    Prof. Dr. Oliver Spalt

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Spalt

    Chair of Financial Markets and Financial Institutions

    • Behavioral Finance
    • Corporate Governance
    • Financial Market Institutions
    Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen

    Prof. Dr. Erik Theissen

    Chair of Finance

    • Empirical Research in Financial Markets
    • Market Microstructure
    • Corporate Finance
    • Corporate Governance
    • Blockchain applications and crypto currencies
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin Weber

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin Weber

    Chair of Senior Professor Weber

    • Banking
    • Empirical Research on Capital Markets
    • Experimental Economics
    • Decision Theory
    • Behavioral Finance
    • Market Efficiency
    • Household Finance
  • Economic and Business Education

    Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea

    Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea

    Chair of Economic and Business Education – Instructional Systems Design and Evaluation

    • Financial and Economic Literacy Education for the 21st Century
    • Connectivity of Vocational Learning and Teaching in the Era of Digital Transformation
    • Resilience in Learning and Professional Contexts
    • Curriculum and Lesson Development in Business and Economics Education
    • Design Thinking in Business and Economics Education
    Prof. Dr. Viola Deutscher

    Prof. Dr. Viola Deutscher

    Chair of Economic Competence Assessments Educational Quality of Workplace Learning Teacher Education Research

    • Competence Development and Diagnosis
    • Didactics in Higher Education
    • Educational Quality of Workplace Learning
    • Development and Evaluation of Digital Learning and Examination Environments
    Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Ifenthaler

    Chair of Economic and Business Education, Learning, Design and Technology

    • Digital Technologies for Schools
    • Learning Analytics
    • Organizational Learning
    • First-year Students
    • Game-based Learning
    • Change Management
    • Technology Integration, Automated Assessment and Feedback
    • Adaptive and Personalized Learning
    • School Development
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Rausch

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Rausch

    Chair of Economic and Business Education - Workplace Learning

    • Learning at the Workplace
    • Evaluation of Professional Competences
    • Process analysis of domain-specific problem solving and learning
    • Quality of Education and Training
    • Simulation-based training
    • Evaluation of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and further education
    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seifried

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Seifried

    Chair of Economic and Business Education – Professional Teaching and Learning

    • Teacher Education Research
    • Development and Measurement of Economic Competence
    • Workplace Learning
  • Information Systems

    Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl

    Prof. Dr. Armin Heinzl

    Chair of General Management and Information Systems

    • Information Systems Outsourcing, Governance and Cloud Computing
    • Digital Innovation (Platform Ecosystems, Agile Methodologies, and Conversational Agents)
    • Health Care IT (Mobile Health Applications, AI-driven Decision Automation and Augmentation)
    • Agile Software Development and Multi-Team Coordination
    • Human Information Behavior (Technology Use and Adoption, Social Identity and User Resistance)
    • Information Systems in Healthcare
    • Platform Ecosystems
    • Digitalization
    • Human-Computer-Interfaces and Anthropomorphism
    • Block Chain
    • Open Source Communities
    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle

    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Höhle

    Chair of Enterprise Systems

    • Design, Implementation und Use of Enterprise Systems
    • Management of Enterprise Systems Security
    • Information Systems Outsourcing and Governance
    • Agile Software Development and Multi-Team Coordination
    • Human Information Behavior
    • Information Systems in Healthcare
    • Platform Ecosystems
    Prof. Dr. Jana-Rebecca Rehse

    Prof. Dr. Jana-Rebecca Rehse

    Assistant Professor for Management Analytics

    • Applications of artificial intelligence in business process management
    • Process mining & Process analytics
    • Machine Learning for process prediction
    • Domain-specific process assistance systems
    • Process automation
    Prof. Dr. Markus Strohmaier

    Prof. Dr. Markus Strohmaier

    Chair of Data Science in the Economic and Social Sciences

    • Computational Social Science
    • Social and Economic Data Science
    • Network Science
    • Text Mining
  • Management

    Prof. Dr. Torsten Biemann

    Prof. Dr. Torsten Biemann

    Chair of Business Administration, Human Resource Management and Leadership

    • International Human Resource Management
    • Dynamics of human resource management systems
    • Leadership and leadership success
    • Careers and career patterns
    • Effectiveness of HR practices
    • Team processes and team performance
    • Methods of management research
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Brauer

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Brauer

    Chair of Strategic and International Management

    • Strategic Corporate Transformation and Restructuring (i.e. M&A, Divestitures)
    • Corporate Governance and Compliance: Responsibly Managing Business Groups
    • Managing Growth
    • Effectiveness of Management “Tools” and Practices in Strategy Formulation and Implementation
    • Strategic Decision-Making
    Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons

    Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons

    Chair of Sustainable Business

    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Consumer Responsibility and Sustainable Behavior
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Innovative Business Models and Pricing Mechanisms
    Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig

    Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig

    Chair of Public and Nonprofit Management

    • Societal Oriented Service Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
    Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl

    Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl

    Chair of Organization and Innovation

    • Knowledge management (e.g., knowledge acquisition and knowledge recombination, open innovation)
    • Creativity and inventiveness (e.g., Organizational learning and creativity)
    • IP strategy (e.g., protection and commercialization of innovations)
    • Teams
    • Labor Mobility
    • Management and sociology of science
    • Entrepreneurial finance
    • Innovation under Extreme Conditions
    • Women in STEM
    Prof. Dr. Marc Lerchenmüller

    Prof. Dr. Marc Lerchenmüller

    Assistant Professorship of Technological Innovation & Management Science

    • Economics of innovation
    • Technology and innovation management
    • Science policy and translational science
    Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

    Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

    Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Family Business Research
    • Industry Life Cycles
    • Organizational Design
    • Digitization
    • New Self-Employment
    Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk

    Prof. Dr. Dominika Wruk

    Assistant Professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship

    • Sharing Economy and Platform Economy
    • Sustainable Entrepreneurship, sustainable organizational forms
    • Emergence and diffusion of management concepts and organizational forms
    • Organizatoin theories, in particular neo-institutional theory
  • Marketing and Sales

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christian Homburg

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Christian Homburg

    Chair of Business-to-Business Marketing, Sales & Pricing

    • Market-oriented Management
    • Customer Relations Management
    • Distribution Management
    • Price Management
    • International Marketing
    • Product and Innovation Management
    • Innovation and Technology Marketing
    • Marketing Strategy
    • Consumer Behavior
    Prof. Dr. Florian Kraus

    Prof. Dr. Florian Kraus

    Dr. Werner Jackstädt Endowed Chair of Sales & Services Marketing

    • Distribution Management
    • Service Marketing
    • Direct Distribution
    • Distribution of Solutions
    • Hybrid Combinations of Products and Services
    • Personal Sales
    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuester

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuester

    Chair of Marketing & Innovation

    • Marketing of Innovations
    • Marketing Strategy
    • Marketing Management
    • International Marketing
    • Digital Marketing
    Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl

    Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl

    Lehrstuhl für Quantitatives Marketing und Konsumentenverhalten

    • Advertising and Sales Promotion
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Brand Appearance and Brand Management
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Consumer Choice Models and Demand Estimation
    • Consumer Psychology of Product Consumption and Usage
    • Customer Management – Understanding the Impact of Marketing and Branding on Customer Acquisition and Customer Loyalty
    • Digital Marketing and Digital Business Models
    • Pricing and Price Strategies for Digital Products and Digital Services
    • Social Listening
    • Social Media Communications
    • Social Networks in Marketing
    Prof. Dr. Arnd Vomberg

    Prof. Dr. Arnd Vomberg

    Chair of Digital Marketing and Marketing Transformation

    • Omnichannel strategies
    • Online pricing
    • Marketing automation
    • Agile transformation
    • Marketing-technology
    • Governance instruments
    • Brand management
    • Marketing-HRM interface
    • Socially responsible Marketing concept
  • Operations Management

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Bode

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Bode

    Endowed Chair of Procurement

    • Customer-Supplier-Relations
    • Innovation in Inter-Company Networks
    • Procurement and Distribution Management
    • Risks and disruptions in the Value Chain
    • Sustainability
    • Strategies and performance
    Prof. Dr. Moritz Fleischmann

    Prof. Dr. Moritz Fleischmann

    Chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    • Supply Chain Management and Inventory Management
    • Revenue Management and Demand Fulfillment
    • E-Fulfillment and Omni-Channel Distribution
    • Closed-Loop Logistics and Sustainability in Logistics
    • Incentive Conflicts und New Product Development, R&D and Innovation Management
    Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schön

    Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schön

    Chair of Service Operations Management

    • Integrative Optimization Approaches for Service Design
    • Quantitative Decision-Making Support in Service Operations Management
    • Optimization Approaches for Product Line Design
    • Revenue Management: Capacity Control & Dynamic Pricing, Stochastic Dynamic Models, Assortment Optimization
    • Sustainable Value Adding (e.g. Servicizing) & Green Product/Operations Design
    Prof. Dr. Danja R. Sonntag

    Prof. Dr. Danja R. Sonntag

    Assistant Professorship of Operations Management

    • Inventory management with stochastic production yield
    • Multi-Echelon Inventory Systems
    Prof. Dr. Raik Stolletz

    Prof. Dr. Raik Stolletz

    Chair of Production Management

    • Quantitative Decision-Making Support
    • Methods in Operations Research
    • Analysis of Time-Dependend Queue Systems
    • Performance Analysis and Optimization of Dynamic Stochastic Systems
    • Design of Lean Production Systems
    • HR Planning
    • Planning of Production Processes
    • Fields of Application: Automotive Production, Distribution Centers, Call Centers, Airports