Research Centres and Institutes
Research at HWR Berlin takes place not only as part of individual projects, but at numerous research institutes that look at specific questions and topics.
Individual research scientists have founded their own institutes at which university members pursue specific research questions. There they pool information and investigate their research interests.
In addition, HWR Berlin is a member of the Institute for Applied Research Berlin (IFAF) along with three other public universities in Berlin.
The Institute for Applied Research Berlin e. V. (IFAF) has as its aim the compiling and disseminating of research results through transfer and mobilisation, thus making results more accessible and more visible. IFAF Berlin is a cooperation between HWR Berlin and three other Berlin universities: Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences. The institute is funded by the Berlin Senate.
Further information on IFAF Berlin, including its structure, funding instruments and current calls for proposals, can be found on the IFAF homepage.
IFAF Berlin provides support through:
- supplying advice and information on opportunities offered by its members in the fields of applied research
- organising the implementation of and participation in projects in the field of applied research in cooperation with SMEs and non-profit organisations
- putting knowledge transfer into practice
- leading in the conception and implementation of lectures, events, conferences as well as training and further education methods
- arranging cooperation with non-profit bodies, associations, organisations as well as public bodies in the field of applied research.
T: +49 30 30877-1007
Campus Schöneberg, Haus A, Raum 2.32
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Aden
T: +49 30 30877-1004
Campus Schöneberg, Haus A, Raum A 2.51
HWR Berlin Research Institutes
The Berlin Institute for International Business Studies (BIIBS) examines issues relating to companies’ international business activities. The questions that arise are complex and multifaceted in and of themselves, but also are highly relevant to economic, political and social issues. Topics which may be covered include international business management as well as the political and economic environment in which internationalisation occurs.
Accordingly, the institute aims to promote dialogue within and between business management sub-disciplines. Simultaneously, it aspires to interdisciplinary exchange - especially approaches that employ economic, sociological and political science perspectives.
The institute envisages itself as a place of specialist and interdisciplinary integration and cooperation. This cooperation is represented by:
- the collective promotion of young scientists,
- subject-centred "Paper Development Workshops",
- workshop discussions concerning research methodology and didactic questions,
- coordinated acquisition of third-party funds.
BIIBS seeks intensive exchange with equivalent scientific institutes at home and abroad, for example through its "Young Scholars in Residence" programme. In addition, the institute regularly caters to interested members of the public through its scientific lectures, panel discussions and media work.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Dörrenbächer
T: +49 30 30877-1491
The Berlin Institute for Safety and Security Research (FÖPS Berlin) examines a wide range of public and private security issues from both national and international perspectives. To this end, the institute conducts a large number of research projects.
FÖPS Berlin was founded in 2013 by lecturers from the Department of Police and Security Management at HWR Berlin. The complexity of security issues is reflected by the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches taken by the institute. An important feature of FÖPS Berlin is its interlinked professional competencies, especially the fields of police, law, criminology, social sciences and psychology. This is particularly important in the context of public and private security research. The institute plans to expand its competences in business management, economics and IT.
Its current research focus specialisations include:
- legal prerequisites and framework for police action
- crime prevention
- multiple and repeat offenders
- violence and violence prevention
- critical infrastructure protection (KRITIS)
- crisis and disaster management for critical infrastructures
- company and private individual security
Prof. Dr. Clemens Arzt
T: +49 30 30877-2872
The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute for Economic and Gender Studies was founded in 2001 at the former FHW Berlin. The institute is named after the British economist and women's moment trailblazer Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858).
The establishment of Gender Studies as an institutionalised discipline in Economics is bound up with the many years of study and research at HWR Berlin spent focused on “Economics and Gender Relations". Since FHW Berlin merged with FHVR Berlin to form HWR Berlin, the Harriet Taylor Mill Institute has intensified its work on gender issues in law and administration.
The Harriet Taylor Mill Institute is the only research institute at a German university where researchers and lectures from the fields of economics, business administration, sociology, computer science and law can devote themselves to interdisciplinary work focused on foundational questions in economics, law, and administration.
Prof. Dr. Claudia Gather
T: +49 30 30877-1005
The interdisciplinary EMF Institute frees economics as a discipline from its traditional conceptualisation as "learning about the operation of large companies". Its research is focused on family businesses, small and medium sized businesses, entrepreneurship, company formation, and succession. Members of the EMF Institute develop new research questions and communicate the results of their research to experts, the public at large, and the teaching community.
The institute aims to achieve the following goals through events and research projects:
- to identify concrete teaching needs and implement them in innovative teaching content and structures (more particularly as they relate to degree programmes at HWR Berlin);
- to develop the institute’s research focuses into core competences at HWR Berlin;
- to expand practical orientation and integration, upon which networks of theory and practice can be attached and concrete company projects can be implemented.
The institute’s main research focuses comprise:
Entrepreneurship and concept-creative companies:
innovative organisational and sales models based on new business models, changes in industry structures, and entrepreneurship education.
Small and medium sized businesses/SMEs:
Strategic management in SMEs, management tools, and the relationship between enterprise and gender.
Success factors and management structures in family businesses, systemic models, and family business governance.
Company valuation, changes of management and ownership, innovative tools and instruments for succession.
Prof. Dr. Birgit Felden
T: +49 30 30877-1192
Competence centre for applied logistics and transfer management
The Institute for Logistics plans and directs research and teaching activities for logistics and related fields at HWR Berlin. As a result, HWR Berlin has its own competence centre for the examination of practice-oriented logistics. In this role, for example, the institute advises commissioning companies on questions of practical relevance. Projects connected to practical knowledge transfer, as well as degree theses are of particular importance.
The institute pays particular attention on the one hand to Berlin’s status as a capital city in the face of continuing globalisation, and on the other to the entire Berlin-Brandenburg region as an economic and logistical stepping stone to Eastern Europe.
The institute focuses on the analysis, planning and design
- Supply Chain Management
Configuration of integrated logistics networks at national and international levels as part of site and transport planning, using quantitative and qualitative methods as well as data processing procedures
- Multimodal transport structures
Traffic system decisions, combined freight traffic, terminal management, city logistics
- Logistics information management
Design of information structures and control of information flows, IT enabling, agile systems, self-management, business rule management, fleet management, logistics information systems in trade, industry and transport, etc.
- Organisational structures and business processes in logistics service provision
Outsourcing, cooperation, logistics service providers (3PL, 4PL), legal frameworks (transport and logistics law, national and international contract law, etc.)
- Investment in and financing of logistics and transport infrastructure
Financing of transport infrastructure, financing of logistics facilities and equipment, PPP models
- Sector logistics concepts, especially in industry and trade
Distribution networks and site structures, contract logistics
Distribution networks and site structures, contract logistics
- Corporate social responsibility and sustainable management
Identification of the primary CSR aspects in logistics value chains, implementation of sustainability goals through sustainable management, and development of control instruments
Changes in transport policy fundamentals and ecological factors, regulation and deregulation in the transport sector, mobility structures in freight and passenger transportation, effects of European transport policy on the freight transport industry
- Training and continuing professional development in logistics
Development of study programmes and further training programmes in business logistics, internationalisation of logistics training.
IfL General Manager
Prof. Dr. Harald Gleißner
T: +49 (0)30 30877-2010
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The Institute for Sustainability was founded in 2012 so that research and teaching relating to sustainable science and sustainable economics at HWR Berlin could be consolidated for increased impact.
The institute assists in the sustainable restructuring of global economies and companies. To this end, theoretical principles have been formulated by the institute’s members, which are, in turn, integrated into teaching, companies and organisations.
The Institute for Sustainability is devoted to work and research on sustainable economics, sustainable management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics, environmental law, and social-ecological transformation processes.
Its main areas of focus include:
1. Implementation of sustainable science content in teaching. This includes further development programmes:
- the Master’s degree programme, Sustainability and Quality Management;
- the Master’s degree programme, Business Engineering – Energy and Natural Resources;
- the Bachelor’s degree programme, Business Engineering in Environmental Science;
- elective classes in these subject areas.
2. Intensification of research through joint projects and programmes:
- the programme "Jahrbuch Nachhaltige Ökonomie" which ran for 10 years from 2009 to 2018 and through which four projects were financed;
- a series of individual research projects.
3. Conferences and public events:
- the sustainability forum “Nachhaltigkeitsforum” which has run since 2012 in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Nachhaltigkeit (GfN) and the SUSTAINUM institute;
- a series of other events devoted to sustainability in a number of specialist areas;
4. Members’ publications:
- textbooks and other monographs;
- edited volumes;
- contributions in edited volumes and journals;
5. Student involvement and doctoral study:
- Students are integrated into research projects and are involved in the further development of teaching through teaching assignments. The institute wishes to increases the numbers of its doctoral students.
6. Long-term cooperation:
From its foundations, the institute has cooperated with organisations that focus on these aforementioned fields of research. These include:
- SUSTAINUM at HWR Berlin;
- the Gesellschaft für Nachhaltigkeit (GfN);
- the Network for Sustainable Economics (Netzwerk Nachhaltige Ökonomie)
The institute safeguards HWR Berlin’s high reputation as one of the most important universities devoted to the study of sustainable science in the German-speaking world.
Direction of the Institute
Dr. Katharina Gapp-Schmeling
T: +49 30 30877-2446
The Institute for International Political Economy Berlin (IPE Berlin) analyses the connections between the economy and politics, industry and state markets, and political power in a globalised world. IPE Berlin uses its findings to advise political, societal and economic actors. The institute enables interdisciplinary research approaches: the institute’s members include economists, political scientists and sociologists.
A central focus of research is the charged relationship between economic globalisation and international political regulation. The inherent contradictions in this relationship have become increasingly apparent in recent years. Recurrent serious financial crises, increasing social inequality, long-term unemployment, disregard for human rights, and dramatically worsening ecological crises are all indicative proof of this.
The primary focuses of IPE Berlin are:
The political economy of Europe
- Problems of monetary integration and macroeconomic policy
- Germany’s role in the EMU
- Labour market policy, labour policy, distribution policy and social policy
- Energy policy
- Comparison of national institutional systems
Finance-dominated capitalism in the globalised world
- Finance-dominated capitalism, instability and crises
- Distribution and economic and social development
- Regional and global integration of production and trade, transnational supply chains
- International institutions and regimes
- Financial markets, financial systems and financial market regulation
- Ecological crisis and social inequality
- Imperial ways of living
- Green capitalism
- Democratisation of societal relationships to nature
- Alternative economics policy
Research on these topics is conducted at IPE Berlin, based on which workshops and conferences are organised. Additionally, the institute advisees in policy areas pertaining to its main areas of research. This advice is aimed at trade unions and social movements, government institutions, public sector institutions and companies.
As far as possible, students participate in individual research projects or are integrated into the work of IPE Berlin as part of writing up their degree theses (especially for Master's degree programmes).
Directors of IPE Berlin
Prof. Dr. Sigrid Betzelt
T: +49 30 30877-1234
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Hein
T: +49 30 30877-1139
HWR Berlin Research Institutes
As a non-profit affiliated institute of HWR Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Finance, Innovation and Digitalization (BIFID) specializes in promoting sustainable research. The institute analyses the structural development of the finance community at national and international levels.
BIFID focuses its research in particular on the continued digitalisation of common business processes. This includes changes and trends that arise for all actors in today’s globalised world.
The institute finances scientific research projects as part of doctoral study, as well as supporting younger students at earlier stages of their careers.
Prof. Dr. Martin Užík
T: +49 30 30877-1377
The German Banking Institute’s focus is the promotion and cultivation of research into and teaching of banking. An especial focal point is the teaching of scientific and practical training to young academics, as well as the promotion of education and research. The aim is to establish a systematic overview of the current training situation for the banking profession in Germany. On this basis, the institute has generated a prognosis for the future.
As an institute affiliated to HWR Berlin, the German Banking Institute operates in a scientifically rigorous manner, independently and on a non-profit basis. The institute is open to initiatives and proposals from third parties. From these joint enterprises may be initiated, new competencies may be developed or existing competencies may be combined and strengthened.
Prof. Dr. Henrik Schütt
T: +49 30 30877-2210
The Institute for Tourism Berlin (IfTB) envisages itself as an expert contact point for all specialist tourism topics. The institute supports and promotes excellence in research and teaching, and is committed to goal-oriented cooperation between science and the tourism industry.
The institute’s principles are the generation and transfer of knowledge, the promotion of research, advanced training at university level, as well as close cooperation with the tourism industry.
This non-profit association was founded in 2010 and recognised as an affiliated institute of HWR Berlin. The institute is an effective work platform for the tourism industry. Its duties and responsibilities are reflected in its cooperation with HWR Berlin, especially in the field of tourism. Its primary focus is successful knowledge transfer between theory and industry practice.
The IfTB sees itself as a competence centre for tourism studies in Berlin and the surrounding region. The institute’s main interests are:
- the networking of companies and institutions with HWR Berlin
- knowledge transfer between the university and practice
- advanced training and professional development at university level for employees in the tourism industry
- the promotion of research in the tourism industry
- research-based management consulting
- academic events and conferences
- monitoring for travel agents and tour operators
Prof. Dr. Jörg Soller
T: +49 30 30877-2300
The Institute for Insurance supports, cultivates and combines academic teaching, training, advanced vocational training as well as research in the insurance sector. Its main focus of interest is the gleaning of knowledge for the players in the insurance sector, above all insurance companies and their employees. Students also benefit from the transfer of knowledge into teaching.
The institute’s field of research encompasses almost all business management issues pertaining to insurance management as well as insurance sales. The institute works together with experts from the field as well as with German and international research scientists and academics. Research activities result in the production of, for example market studies, investigations into current issues and expert reports.
The Institute for Insurance’s executive director is Prof. Dr. Thomas Köhne, who is also the head of Insurance at the Department of Cooperative Studies at HWR Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Köhne
T: +49 30 30877-2318
The Institute for Knowledge Transfer in Public Administration and Legal Studies (IWVR) promotes the networking of scientific findings and research between HWR Berlin, public administration, administration of justice, and business. The IWVR primarily conducts concrete research projects or organises conferences devoted to administration, the non-profit sector and the administration of justice. This it done in close cooperation with Kommunales Bildungswerk e.V. Consequently, the institute has extremely close contact with Kommunales Bildungswerk. The IWVR has been involved, for example, in research projects examining modernisation in public administration in Eastern Europe and has organised conferences on current developments in legal issues.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Keller
T: +49 30 30877-2758
The Steinbeis Research Centre (SFZ) at the Department of Cooperative Studies is devoted to questions of sustainability in the construction industry, i.e. it researches the impact of building processes, procedures and materials on the environment. The purpose of this research is to ensure that the correct decisions are made with respect for future generations and the environment in every phase of the building process – right from the construction phase through to a building’s demolition.
Alongside partners from the industry, the SFZ develops ecological building materials from renewable raw materials and optimises them for structural integrity, stability and construction. The research centre’s work is based on a cooperation agreement between the Steinbeis Foundation's transfer network and Berufsakademie Berlin.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hans-Volker Huth
Fachbereich Duales Studium
T: +49 30 30877-2411