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Welcome to the website of the Management Research Group!
The group's vision is to contribute to solving urgent environmental and societal challenges through (a) rigorous and relevant management research and (b) teaching that develops responsible managers, employees, and academics. To achieve these goals, the group works on topics at the interface of strategic management, sustainability, and innovation. Empirically, the research focuses on the energy and mobility sectors. In addition, current projects deal with strategic change of companies in the context of the digital transformation.
Please use the navigation on the left to learn more about our team and our research and teaching activities.
The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School has published a policy co-authored by Joern Hoppmann. The brief is based on the article "Beyond innovation and deployment: modeling the impact of technology-push and demand-pull policies in Germany's solar policy mix," which was recently published in the journal Research Policy. The policy brief can be accessed on the following website:
Joern Hoppmann was recently interviewed for an article by ZEIT ONLINE and the sustainability research platform Flip. The article asks why, on several occasions in the past, individuals (e.g. Fynn Kliemann) and companies (e.g. Got Bag) have been awarded the German Sustainability Award, even though the products or services for which the awards were given were inadequate in terms of their sustainability performance.
In its new issue, SPIEGEL exclusively reports on the results of a supplier study by Strategy& (the strategy consultancy of PwC), which was prepared in cooperation with the Management Research Group. Among other things, the study estimates labor requirements in the supplier industry in the growth areas of charging infrastructure, software, and battery recycling in order to examine the extent to which jobs lost due to electromobility can be compensated for. Parts of this analysis are based on a master's thesis prepared by Nils Göpel and supervised by Katharina Gärtner and Jörn Hoppmann from the Chair of Management. The SPIEGEL article on the study can be found here: www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/autozulieferer-trotzen-der-krise-mit-umsatzsprung-a-6b919187-48de-44bf-b605-5b4d6036f5eb
On Wednesday, July 20, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., a virtual guest lecture by Alexander Langguth, Managing Partner of Übermorgen Ventures, will take place as part of the "Corporate Social Responsibility" course and in cooperation with the Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS).
Übermorgen Ventures is a Zurich-based venture capital investor specializing in climate change mitigation. During the presentation, titled "Using impact investing and venture capital to solve climate change", Mr. Langguth will address what change processes need to be triggered in the economy to achieve decarbonization. Based on this, he will discuss why start-ups have a particularly important role to play in this context and how the financial sector can support innovative solutions through impact investments.
All interested persons are most welcome to join. If you are interested in attending the virtual guest lecture, please send a short email to Swantje Freund (email@example.com). She will then send you the access data for the video conference.
The Management Research Group is looking for two new research assistants (each up to 15 hrs./month) starting in the winter semester 2022. First, we are looking for an assistant in the research group who will take over supporting activities in research, such as data collection and preparation of documents. Furthermore, we are looking for an assistant for the master module Renewable Energy Management. Tasks include assisting in the organization of the course, maintaining our online teaching tool, and assisting in exam correction. Further details about the position can be found in the position announcement (in German). Deadline for applications is July 17, 2022.
The Management Research Group in the Department of Business Administration, Economics, and Law is currently looking for 7 tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachelor module "Introduction to Business Administration" as well as five tutors (up to 30 hours/month) for the Bachlor module "Business Strategies" to be held in the winter term 2020/2021.
For details on the positions, please see the position announcements (in German). The deadline for applications is July 10, 2021.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the winter semester 2022. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2022. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals.
An article authored by Joern Hoppmann in collaboration with Alejandro Nunez-Jimenez, Christof Knoeri, and Volker Hoffmann from ETH Zurich and Harvard University, respectively, has been accepted for publication in the journal Research Policy. In the article "Beyond innovation and deployment: modeling the impact of technology-push and demand-pull policies in Germany's solar policy mix" the team of authors uses an agent-based model to test how alternative scenarios for photovoltaic support would have affected technology diffusion, industry development, and international trade. The simulations show that a unilateral focus of policy support on innovation and technology diffusion can lead to the implementation of policy mixes that are suboptimal with respect to other dimensions, such as job creation. Moreover, the simulation shows that even small changes in the design of support mechanisms can have a large impact on their effectiveness, due to path-dependent interactions between policy instruments.
The paper can be accessed here: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733322001093
Denise Dornieden joined the Management Research Group as an external PhD candidate in May 2022. Since 2018, she has been working as a sustainability manager in the Group Development department of EWE AG and is currently supporting the Group in its climate-neutral orientation. After studying media economics and journalism at the Jade University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven and the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, she completed a master's degree in "Management Consulting" at the University of Oldenburg. Her research interest is the sustainability transformation of the real and financial economy. In the context of her PhD, she is working on inertia in a climate context as well as stranded assets.
At the end of March, the project funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) "Electric, connected and sustainable? Discourses on the Future of Mobility in Times of Climate Change and Digitalization" was completed. As part of the project, a total of three public events (so-called future platforms) and 58 pre- and post-event interviews with experts were conducted. An overview of the events as well as the central results of the project can be found on the project page at uol.de/en/management/research/zukunftsplattformen.
Several papers of members of the Chair of Management have been accepted at international conferences in the field of management and sustainability. Two papers were accepted at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, one paper was accepted at the Strategic Management Society, two papers were accepted at the Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN) conference, and one paper was accepted at the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). The team looks forward to presenting and discussing the papers during the events.
The website for the joint research project Digital Growth of the Management Research Group and the Business Information Systems Group is now available online and can be accessed at digital-growth.org. Further information and news about the project can be found there.
Joern Hoppmann has become a member of the "Working Group for Integrated Reporting and Sustainable Management" of the Schmalenbach Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft in February 2022. The aim of the working group, which is made up of representatives from practice and academia, is to discuss relevant issues in the context of integrated sustainability reporting and sustainable management and to provide assistance to companies through its own analyses. More detailed information can be found on the website of the working group: schmalenbach.org/index.php/arbeitskreise/finanz-und-rechnungswesen-steuern/integrated-reporting-und-sustainable-management
In the context of the events "Introduction to Business Administration" and "Renewable Energy Management" Siegfried Flohr (Siemens Gamesa) and Florian Hauser (Audi AG) gave guest lectures. Mr. Flohr spoke on the topic "Project management in Onshore Wind". Florian Hauser provided exciting insights electromobility and sustainability-oriented transformation at Audi AG. After the presentations, students had the opportunity to ask questions.
In the category "Bachelor and Master Theses", you can now find the proposals for theses topics in the summer semester 2022. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2022. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the corresponding proposals.
On November 25, Oldenburg's coworking space CORE hosted the first "Sound of Science" event, which will feature regular discussions on scientific topics embedded in a musical program. In the kick-off event, which was broadcast by Oldenburg's local radio station Oldenburg Eins, Joern Hoppmann discussed the topic of "Business and Sustainability" with the CEO of the BÜFA Group. Prof. Dr. Werner Brinker, Chairman of the Oldenburg University Society, and Bianca von Husen, moderator of OEins, led through the evening.
The journal "Finance Research Letters" has published an article authored by Josua Oll in collaboration with Dirk Baur (University of Western Australia). While climate-related criticism of Bitcoin is primarily based on the network's absolute carbon emissions, the authors draw on a relative emission perspective that considers the market value of Bitcoin. The results show that adding Bitcoin to a diversified equity portfolio can both enhance the risk-return relationship of the portfolio and reduce the portfolio's aggregate carbon emissions. This finding persists under various assumptions regarding Bitcoin prices, carbon emission estimates, and carbon prices.
The article can be accessed at: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1544612321005262