Business & Economics
The department of Business & Economics is home to programs including Global Economics and Management, and International Business Administration. Expertise in these disciplines contribute to Jacobs focus on Diversity.
When considering the development of our modern global society, individuals are regarded as indivisible biological, psychological and socially determined beings. This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.
Thinking beyond national borders is important – especially in science. Every year, renowned scientists from abroad decide to spend a research stay at Jacobs University. According to the recently published Humboldt Rankings, the international university in Bremen is one of the most popular universities among researchers from abroad. The English-speaking Jacobs University ranked an outstanding seventh place in the Germany-wide comparison.
The coronavirus threatens and changes our lives in many ways: It attacks individual cells, influences the value system of humans and has massive economic consequences. At Jacobs University, scientists from a wide range of disciplines are researching its effects. "We want to contribute to a better understanding of the virus and to its successful control. In doing so, it is important to us to draw lessons for the future," says Prof. Thomas Auf der Heyde, Provost at the international university.
Creative thinking forms the basis for many innovations in business, science, culture or everyday life. Despite its importance, the neurobiology of creativity has been researched very little. Scientists at Jacobs University have now measured our ability to develop new and original solutions – and discovered, among other things, that creativity can be specifically promoted through brain stimulation. The results of the study have recently been published in the renowned journal "Brain Structure and Function".
Jacobs University has established itself as one of the world's best young universities. For the third year in a row, the private university performed excellently in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking, one of the leading global university comparisons for universities younger than 50. In this year's ranking, Jacobs University took 33rd place out of 414 participating universities worldwide. In a Germany-wide comparison, it is among the four best young universities.
Wearing a face mask, washing your hands frequently, sufficient physical distance to other people, working remotely – the corona pandemic and the hygiene and distance policies that come with it, have a major impact on our everyday life. How far-reaching are these changes? A team of researchers at Jacobs University Bremen aims to find answers through a scientifically based online survey.
The promotion of young scientists and strengthening the common good are part of their guidelines: As one of Bremen's major scientific foundations, the Wolfgang Ritter-Foundation is committed to opening up opportunities and enabling talented young people to study at Jacobs University. "When I see that our support has an effect, that young, committed people are seizing their opportunities, I am deeply moved," says Alexander Witte, member of the Board of the Wolfgang Ritter-Foundation.
Jacobs University’s economics students receive an excellent education. This confirms the latest CHE-university ranking. The private, English-speaking campus university receives particularly good marks for the support at the beginning of studies, which lays the foundation for later academic success, and for its efficiency: almost all economics students complete their studies within the standard period of study.
By describing values and attitudes that shape the actions and behavior of employees, organizational culture can make a significant contribution to the success of a company. But how can that culture best be understood – and changed if necessary? A research project at Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the global consulting company Hofstede Insights aims to develop a new application for measuring and monitoring corporate culture. The goal is to provide companies with a tool that increases effectiveness by aligning organizational culture and strategy.
She seems to be doing something right: "Exceptionally well structured and prepared" – "Extremely committed and fair to her students" – "Teaches with passion and dedication". Once a year, Jacobs University’s students choose the best university teachers. Last year, the historian Dr. Julia Timpe won this title in the field of "Diversity", one of the three Focus Areas at the university. And that already for the second time. The coronavirus has also changed her teaching.
Many patients do not understand their caregivers, doctors or therapists properly or do not seem to follow their recommendations. How can nurses in particular better support patients with little health competence? Within the framework of the European research project "IMPACCT", experts at Jacobs University Bremen have developed appropriate learning units for the training of future healthcare professionals. Their recommendations can be read in a recently published article in the nursing journal "PADUA".
Jacobs University is suspending in-person teaching activities on their campus in Bremen starting Friday, 13 March 2020. The international university is transferring their teaching operations to electronic platforms by 23 March. The decision was reached after assessing the risk and high level of concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus. The suspension is in place until 14 April with the option of extension if deemed necessary.
Despite being highly motivated in the beginning, only very few individuals receiving a temporary disability pension manage to return to work. According to a recently published study, on average only one in a hundred respondents succeeds in doing so. The scientific study was conducted by Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen (German Pension Insurance Oldenburg-Bremen). "The reintegration of temporary disability pensioners is a major challenge," says Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke, health psychologist at Jacobs University. "An increased social participation by means of returning to work would pay off both for the individual and for society as a whole.“
After graduating from Jacobs University, they moved to England to continue their studies at the University of Oxford. But Finn Klebe and Biruk Terrefe are still connected to their alma mater. As part of a lecture series in Oxford, Finn Klebe invited Jacobs Professor Claas Knoop for a talk on the political and economic developments in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa to the UK.
A mechanical engineering company that offers its customers predictive maintenance, a manufacturer of 3D printers that builds an online information platform for its products – there is no way around the development of digital services for companies. But for many companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, the development of digital services poses a major challenge. Scientists and practitioners from all over Germany, including a team from Jacobs University Bremen, have now published a process description designed to simplify the development of digital services – DIN SPEC 33453.
Enormous growth rates over decades: The Chinese economy has been booming for a long time, but growth rates have slowed down recently. Is there a risk of a "middle income trap"? Are the reforms introduced under the Xi Jinping government taking effect? These are questions that Tobias ten Brink, Professor for Chinese Economy and Society at the English-medium Jacobs University Bremen, asks in the project on the stability of the Chinese economic model funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).