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.
Most people are aware that regular exercise is important to feel fit, healthy and connected. However, many don't know how to start exercising or they never find the right time to do the first step for a more physically active lifestyle. The aim of the new “Fit im Nord-Westen” program is to help people aged 60 and over who have so far done little or no physical activity at all. This program aims to help them becoming more active and age successfully. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the research project is being carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS), Jacobs University Bremen, the Institute for Computer Science in Oldenburg (OFFIS) and Chemnitz University of Technology. The patron is Anja Stahmann, Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport in Bremen.
Information technologies such as tablet PCs are playing an increasingly important role in the communication with patients. But how effective are they for older adults, who often have difficulties understanding medical information and who are not technology-affine? A recently published study by Jacobs University has investigated this. The result: traditional paper formats are better suited for this target group to communicate health-related information than those on tablet PCs.
More efficient power grids are essential prerequisites for a successful transformation of the energy system. To ensure this, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) extends the funding for an interdisciplinary research project for three years, involving seven institutes, including Jacobs University with the Professors Gert Brunekreeft, Stefan Kettemann and Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns. The joint project is funded by the BMBF with a total of 2.5 million euros; Jacobs University will receive funding of about 430,000 euros. Talented applicants can apply for two PhD positions.
The Jacobs Foundation and Jacobs University Bremen are organizing an international challenge to find innovative and radical ideas for future higher education. The guidelines were developed in November 2018 during the symposium "B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries". Applications can be submitted effective immediately. In the course of the challenge, the Jacobs Foundation will fund selected projects with a total amount of up to 650,000 Euros (750,000 Swiss francs).
It is about the interaction of humans and robots in school education: Starting Monday, 15 international researchers from various disciplines will spend a week on the campus of Jacobs University discussing this topic. The workshop is part of the European Union-funded research program "ANIMATAS", which promotes intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social skills for school education. Jacobs University is part of the research consortium.
Andrew Fiocco did it. At the World Championships in Bench Pressing, the World Powerlifting Congress in Florida, the student from Jacobs University Bremen won the title in his weight class. The 21-year-old lifted more than twice his body weight: 140 kilograms with an own weight of 65.6 kilograms.
No matter whether it's childcare, care, mobility, education or neighbourhood services: In contrast to industry, there has been little sign of comprehensive digitization in such person-related services to date. But that is just changing. In an interdisciplinary joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the participation of Jacobs University Bremen, scientists want to find out how new solutions and offers for tomorrow's services are created and could look like.
Each year Jacobs University awards a professor, lecturer or language instructor among the many dedicated faculty members for their excellent teaching in the past academic year. The awardees are decided by a university committee based on the nominations from students.
It was represented by artists such as Henri Matisse, Emil Nolde, Käthe Kollwitz and Oskar Kokoschka. Starting in France and Germany, Expressionism spread worldwide at the beginning of the 20th century. In her book "The Routledge Companion to Expressionism in a Transnational Context", Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University Bremen, describes how this happened and which regional varieties developed.
How healthy are we - and how healthy is our environment? Anyone interested in these questions can gain exciting insights at the stands of Jacobs University Bremen and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT). Next weekend (22 and 23 September, each from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), both institutions will present themselves, among other things, with a joint research project on the “Forschungsmeile” (research mile) at the Schlachte in Bremen’s city centre.
Everyone is talking about digital transformation, and many companies regard it as one of their most important tasks. But existing approaches do not go far enough, a digitization of business processes - the "digital transformation" - alone is not enough to survive in competition in the long run. To be fit for the future, a "digital rebirth" is necessary, argues Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen, in his new book published jointly with Professor Marius Leibold. Their message: Companies need to reinvent themselves if their digitization shall be successful.
Dr. Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, took up his post as President of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP) during this year's international congress of the organization in Guelph, Canada. This well-known organization, founded in 1972, brings together psychologists from about 80 countries. Their work focuses particularly on the question of how cultural context determines human behavior. Like Jacobs University, the IACCP stands for a cosmopolitan approach and for cooperation across the boundaries of individual nations and disciplines.
When she found out the result, she was very proud. In the latest CHE ranking, the most important university ranking in the German-speaking world, “her” course of study “International Relations: Politics and History” achieved excellent results. “That was fantastic, an incredible confirmation,” says the political scientist Prof. Dr. Karen Smith Stegen, who not only teaches the course at Jacobs University Bremen, but also designs and coordinates it.
It is the oldest association of psychologists in the world: the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) was founded in 1920. At its international conference, which takes place just once every four years, health psychologist Professor Dr. Sonia Lippke from Jacobs University Bremen took office as President of the Health Psychology Division a few days ago.
Another reason to visit the capital city: after exhibitions at the Universum Bremen and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the interactive exhibition "EY ALTER - Find out about yourself" can now be seen until 19 January 2019 at the Gasometer in Berlin-Schöneberg. Heino Niederhausen, Head of Human Resources at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, and Sven Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen, came up with ideas for the entertaining and instructive discussion of aging.
He is considered to be one of the world's leading scientists in the field of comparative cultural psychology. Prof. Dr. Shinobu Kitayama has now received the Humboldt Research Award for his work. The prize money of 60,000 euros is linked to a research collaboration with a German scientist. Kitayama is joining this project with Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, Professor of Psychology and Head of the Master's program in Psychology at Jacobs University Bremen.
A healthy, low-fat diet and undisturbed sleep play an important role in staying fit and full of energy during the day. Sleep quantity, on the other hand, is of less importance. This is the finding of a recently published study in the journal "Health Behavior & Policy Review," which was conducted at Jacobs University Bremen.
His back rests on a bench, his feet support him and his hands clasp the barbell. For some two seconds, the weights are on his chest. Then comes the hard part - lifting the weight high into the air with straight arms. Andrew Fiocco, himself weighing 66.9 kilograms, mastered 150 kilograms in March - his personal best and a German record in bench pressing. This success garnered him a nomination for the world championship. In November Andrew, who is studying “International Relations: Politics and History” at Jacobs University Bremen, will represent Germany in the US, his native country.
She says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made, but what attracts a young Chinese student from Shanghai to study at a university 8,600 kilometers away from home? In the case of Shuqing Zhao, it was the international orientation of Jacobs University that was the deciding factor – as well as her love of the multiplicity of German music.
Long, drawn-out meetings are not her thing. Adele Diederich values clear, quick decisions; her manner of communication is equally clear and unambiguous. “I love straight talk,” says the Professor of Psychology who has high expectations of herself and others. And her approach has been exceptionally successful, as evidenced by her fundraising achievements. Adele Diederich’s expertise in cognitive and mathematical psychology is in high demand.