Research areas

IBES and ICB areas of research

Both the Institute of Business and Economic Studies and the Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems are research-intensive institutions with specific research focuses.

The IBES embraces the following core research fields:

• Employment market
• Social security
• Private pension provisions
• International money and financial markets
• Capital market research
• Game theory
• HR research
• Consumer behaviour research
• Management of organisation change
• Method-supported auditing techniques

It also undertakes special in-depth research into the energy industry, the health-care industry and empirical economic research.

The ICB focuses on the following core research fields:

• Software-intensive systems
• Business modelling and integration
• e-Business, particularly e-Entrepreneurship and e-Procurement
• System modelling, simulation and reliability
• Computer networks and business communication
• Knowledge management
• e-Learning

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Information on research areas and relevant contact details can be found via the Institute websites.

CINCH – National Research Center for Health Economics

„Competent in competition and healthˮ – both claim and aspiration of the health economic research center CINCH in Essen. The current public debate on health care in Germany revolves around the conflict between providing comprehensive and high-quality medical services on the one hand and curbing the costs of health care on the other. More competition in the markets for health care and insurance can help mitigate this trade-off. Issues of competition in health care are therefore at the core of health economics research at CINCH, which is organized within two junior research groups and several complementary projects.

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Essener Labor für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung (elfe)

eBay instead of the flea market, My-Hammer instead of a business directory — the online auction is one of the fastest growing sectors of eCommerce. Academic research projects are increasingly looking at this phenomenon.

Opened in 2009, the aim of the laboratory is to analyse the effect of various types of communication on the economic decision-making of participants in virtual markets. How do people make decisions when confronted with social dilemmas and what is the role of communication in this process? Which auction mechanisms will win out among the variety of platforms available? To what extent can communication be harnessed as a reputation mechanism? 

With 26 modern computer workstations including 12 sound-insulation booths, which are interconnected via a video and audio conference system, elfe is the world's best equipped experimental laboratory for researching business interaction and communication. 

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House of Energy Markets and Finance

The newly founded House of Energy Markets and Finance (HEMF) has the objective to become Germany’s leading research institution for research at the interface between energy economics and finance. The HEMF is based on the expertise and international visibility of its members and is actively looking for cooperation with companies, other universities and research institutions.

Especially, the link from methods of financial mathematics and energy economics is unique. Additionally the HEMF serves as a centre of competences in the field of energy economics. The intention is to integrate expertise of environmental economics and finance as well as competences of information technology and engineering. The HEMF provides a platform for scientific analysis and support for the transformation of the energy system.

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paluno - The Ruhr Institute of Software Technology

Paluno develops methods and techniques for the development of innovative software systems. Innovative software systems increasingly feature the ability to respond to high demands for adaptability and are characterised by their composibility with other systems and integration with the physical environment. In the future these factors will constitute the decisive pre-requisites for the competitiveness of business, because they enable rapid adaptation to constantly changing markets.

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