Diverse research

In 2018, professors of the faculty successfully acquired third-party funding for their projects from the German Research Foundation (DFG), federal and state ministries as well as other third-party funding agencies. They also presented their research contributions at international conferences and published them in high-ranking journals.

Prof. Andreas Oestreicher (project coordinator), Prof. Jan Muntermann and Prof. Robert Schwager, for example, have successfully obtained funding from the German Federal Ministry of Finance for their research project "Consequences of digitalization on the determination and auditing of tax transfer prices – The future of the transactional profit split method". The project "From wanting a child to the desired child? Modern reproductive medicine in the intersecting area between markets and morals in the Federal Republic (1970-1990)? " is conducted by Denise Lehner, doctoral student at the Institute for Economic and Social History. It has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2018.

As part of the international research project "Knowledge and Innovation in, to and from Emerging Markets" (KITFEM), which was launched in 2017 and funded by the European Commission, a research workshop with project partners took place in Göttingen in November. Keynote speakers were Professor Klaus Meyer from the Ivey Business School of the Canadian Western University and Professor Grazia Santangelo from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Klaus Meyer is also DAAD visiting professor for international management in the winter semester 2018/ 2019. The workshop was organized by Prof. Fabian J. Froese’s Chair of Human Resources Management and Asian Business, which is involved in the project. At the beginning of the year, a first project report of the chair on "Expatriate Knowledge Transfer to and from Emerging Markets" was fully approved by the European Commission.

In 2018, for example, the research project "Objects of Experts. Materializations of Experiential Knowledge in Handcrafting Between Tradition and Innovation (OMAHETI)", which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was completed. Using two very different areas of craftsmanship - organ building and clay building - the researchers showed what experience-based knowledge constitutes in trade and how it results in innovations. In the project coordinated by Prof. Kilian Bizer, researchers from the fields of economics, business education, economic history and cultural anthropology worked together. Based on the research results, two documentaries have already been produced. In addition, the findings will be converted into new exhibition formats

Workshops, conferences and summer schools
The workshop "International Economic Relations" took place in February for the 20th time already. Around 60 researchers dealt with the interdependencies of international financial markets, the strategies of multinational companies as well as problems of European integration and the worldwide reduction of protectionism. The workshop takes place every year. The event is chaired by Prof. Gerhard Rübel (Chair of International and Monetary Economics) and Prof. Carsten Eckel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich).

In May, thirty international master's students and doctoral students from 8 nations worked on central health issues at the interface between poverty and economic development in the summer school "Global Health and Poverty". In various working groups, they dealt, for example, with the current status quo of health systems in developing and emerging countries and the resulting challenges for these countries. Prof. Sebastian Vollmer organised the summer school in cooperation with Göttingen International.

From 27 August to 1 September 2018, the Institute for Economic and Social History organised the summer school "Mittelstand goes Global: Local Roots and Internationalization Pathways of SMEs" in Göttingen. 35 students from over 20 countries took part. They dealt with the challenges that globalisation poses to medium-sized companies in Germany and other European countries and examined how such companies operate in foreign markets.

At the beginning of September, the annual conference of the International Network for Economic Research (INFER) took place in Göttingen. Experts from various fields such as micro- and macroeconomics, finance, international economics, development and regional economics as well as game theory and experimental economic research discussed current research results. The Göttingen organising committee consisted of Dr Alexia Gaudeul, Prof. Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, PhD, and Dr Stephan Müller.

Finally, in December, scientists from the universities of Amsterdam, Bologna and Trier discussed current issues concerning digitisation in supply chain management and logistics with students of the faculty and representatives from Bohnen Logistik, Duisport Group Duisburg, Mahr Göttingen and REWE Logistik München. Prof. Matthias Klumpp had organized the research workshop "Digital Supply Chains and the Human Factor". The academic lectures were followed by an excursion for students to the Göttingen company Mahr.