Because of its interdisciplinary profile, the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics is involved in a wide range of research activities. These tackle the current burning issues in the fields of economic, business administration and informatics. With this as the foundation, special attention is paid to the energy, health-care, trade and service providing industries as well as logistics, the automotive industry, IT enterprises and the auditing, tax and management consultancy professions.

Interdisciplinary research partnerships

The particular strength of the Faculty is the manner by which it bundles its areas of expertise within interdisciplinary partnerships. In this context, the Faculty’s researchers interlink their understanding of business administration, business information systems, economics and informatics with the aim of identifying and analysing complex academic issues concerning global social and economic developments and to develop solutions. The role of informatics in this amalgamation of expertise is to serve as a key to the development of new technologies. One example in this respect is the research project headed by Professor Dr. Klaus Echtle (Chair for Reliability of Computer Systems). Together with employees in the industry, the researchers analyse developments in IT in the health-care system, such as the new electronic health-care card.

These interdisciplinary, cutting-edge fields of research are also a sign of how the Faculty will develop in the coming years, influencing as they will the specialist areas of the professorships that have to be filled in the future.

Doctoral student training

The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics has a long-term commitment to providing up and coming academic researchers with optimum educational facilities. Doctoral students within the Faculty chairs are systematically integrated into research projects and purposefully guided towards presenting their research results at national and international conferences.

The „Ruhr Graduate School in Economics“ is funded by the University of Duisburg-Essen in partnership with the University of Dortmund, the University of Bochum and the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI).

This international research school focuses on theoretical modelling and the econometric analysis of real economic problems experienced in open economies, and it enables doctoral students to enjoy education of the highest international quality.

The Faculty is also planning the establishment of a doctoral forum to promote the participation by external candidates in doctoral programmes focusing on informatics and business informatics.