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Managing Board

Dean: Prof. Ulrich Thonemann, Ph.D.

studied industrial engineering and management at the Universities of Berkeley, Paderborn and Stanford. He gained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering. After that, he worked for three years as an assistant professor in Stanford, after that for three years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Cologne. He started his academic career in Germany at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, before joining the University of Cologne. Here, he heads the Chair for Supply Chain Management & Management Science at the WiSo Faculty. In his role as First Vice Dean he was first responsible for the internationalization of the WiSo faculty, after that he set up and developed the Business School of the University of Cologne. Since April 2019, Professor Thonemann is Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne.

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Vice Dean: Prof. Dr Frank Schulz-Nieswandt

studied social sciences at the University of Bochum. He obtained his doctorate in 1986 and his postdoctoral lecture qualification (habilitation) in 1991. His research assistance term was spent at the Universities of Bochum, Cologne and Regensburg. Following visiting and interim professorships in Constance, Regensburg, Göttingen, Kassel, Bielefeld and Bochum, he accepted the post as Scientific Director of the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) in Berlin. He declined the offer of a Chair for Health Policy in Kassel, rather accepting the Chair for Social Policy in Cologne in 1998.

Professor Schulz-Nieswandt was a member of the Second and Third Commissions for Reporting on Ageing instituted by the German Federal Government. Since 1998, he has been the president of the Association for Social Progress. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the DZA and the Gesellschaft für Öffentliche Wirtschaft (GÖW); he is moreover a member of the International Scientific Commission on Social and Cooperative Economy of the International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy – CIRIEC.

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Vice Dean of Research: Prof. Dr Oliver Gürtler

Prof. Dr Oliver Gürtler studied economics at the University of Bonn and was habilitated in 2009. In the same year, the University of Cologne appointed him to the Professorship at the Department of Economics. From 2011 to 2016, he completed a parallel degree in mathematics at the FernUniversität in Hagen. Since 2017, Prof. Dr Gürtler is an affiliate professor at the Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies. In the same year, he was ranked 15th in the Handelsblatt research ranking of economists under 40.

His work has been published in renowned international journals such as the RAND Journal of Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics. His research focuses on personnel economics, labour economics and organisation theory.

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Vice Dean of Academic Career: Prof. Dr Marita Jacob

studied Social Sciences, Mathematics and Economics at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, at Westminster University London and the Freie Universität Berlin. Since May 2011, Marita Jacob has been a professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS).

Her research work is devoted to social inequalities in the life course, especially educational inequalities and employment market issues. Further, Marita Jacob is involved in the promotion of interdisciplinary empirical educational research. Her research work has been published in leading sociological journals (e.g. Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility). Topics addressed, includes the influence of social background on educational decisions and pathways, and the correlation between education and fertility as well as labour market entry and unemployment. 

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Vice Dean of Studies: Prof. Dr Michael Overesch

has been Vice Dean of Studies at the WiSo Faculty since April 2019. He is Professor of Business Taxation at the University of Cologne since 2013. Before working at the University of Cologne, Prof. Overesch was Professor of Business Taxation at Goethe University in Frankfurt (2011 - 2013). His research interests lie in the influence of taxation on the decision making of companies. A research focus is tax planning of international companies. He examined cross-border profit shifting activities and optimal tax investment and location decisions of international companies in numerous publications.

The lectures of Prof. Dr Overesch teach basic tax knowledge and its involvement in business decisions. 

Prof. Dr Overesch studied economics in Osnabrück and Mannheim and graduated in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim. He completed a doctorate at the University of Mannheim. After that he worked at the department of business taxation of Prof. Ulrich Schreiber at the University of Mannheim and at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). He also worked as a guest researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Managing Director: Gerold Gnau

is the Managing Director of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences. Thus, as a member of the Managing Board, he supports the development and implementation of the faculty strategy.

Together with the various service areas and the Dean's Office team, he is responsible for an efficient and effective student-centred administration that supports teaching and research and provides tangible added value for students. In addition, he is in charge of all commercial matters of the faculty in coordination with the dean.