Looking beyond the horizon. International Business and Economics

Starting this winter semester, the Faculty of Management and Economics will be offering a new English-language Bachelor’s degree programme, International Business and Economics. We asked the programme director, Dmitri Blüschke, a few pertinent questions..

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Is a team composed of the best always the best team?

At the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014, Russia’s ice hockey “dream team”, programmed for gold, lost to Finland during the quarter finals following a series of disappointing games. They were eliminated even though the team was effectively comprised entirely of superstars, the most powerful individual players from all of the nation’s teams. Was it a simple coincidence, or is there a systematic explanation?

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The river, a legal entity

In November 2016, the Constitutional Court of Colombia decided to grant the Río Atrato personality rights. The judgement was published in May 2017. As part of his doctoral thesis, the geographer Moremi Zeil is investigating the framework conditions, causes and – above all – the consequences of this judgement. 

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Performing good deeds and keeping employees informed

When companies perform good deeds, they do this for different reasons: From altruism to image considerations – the motives for so-called CSR measures are manifold. What is essential, however, is that CSR measures must be perceived as credible by the employees, as they are often the ones who constitute the “face” of a company. They implement the CSR measures and communicate the commitment beyond the borders of the company. Sarah Desirée Schäfer is investigating the perception and evaluation as well as the impact of CSR measures and CSR communication upon employees.

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Fall down, stand up, straighten your crown & carry on: Looking at failure among entrepreneurs

Zulaicha Parastuty investigates how entrepreneurs exit from companies:  Her studies have revealed different circumstances and effects in relation to the affected individuals. She is due to complete her doctoral thesis on this subject in the spring.

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Patience and perseverance on the journey to entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs with Pakistani, Indian and Afghan roots are at the centre of Muhammad Zubair’s research efforts. He studies the socio-economic impact of entrepreneurs from migrant backgrounds. To this end, he set off from Pakistan to pursue his research and to work in this country.

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