Our long tradition of fundamental and applied research provides us with the ideal basis to fulfil our "Innovation for Society" mission through precision and relevance. In doing so, we strive to develop insights through rigorous fundamental research, which is published in relevant specialist magazines and is pertinent to business practice, the economy and the development of society. Through our interdisciplinary research approach, our seminars and institutes contribute significantly to the excellence initiative at the University of Cologne.
We have been established two research centers for interdisciplinary exchange and bundling of excellent research expertise during the Excellence Competitions 2015 and 2018:
The „Key Research Initiatives“ we have identified help us to provide individual excellence through innovative interdisciplinary approaches in special research units:
- Analytics & Transformation
- Behavioural Management Science
- Demography & Social Inequality
- Sustainable smart Energy & Mobility
Thanks to our long-established subject variety, top-level research, practical relevance and internationality, we stand out in the national and international business education landscape. Our current positions in the WirtschaftsWoche Research Ranking are testimony to the success of this strategy:
- WirtschaftsWoche Business Administration ranking 2018: third best German university
- WirtschaftsWoche Economics ranking 2018: fourth best German university
- 1st place: WiWo/Handelsblatt aggregated Business Administration/Economics ranking 2017/18: best German research organisation, with a total of 154 points
Excellent education of the next generation of academics is also very important to us. PhD students teach and conduct research in an extremely international and dynamic environment at our Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) .
We offer all of our academics and researchers ideal conditions both in terms of work environment and work/life balance and special incentives for particularly motivated staff.
International, cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary research teams is a key feature of the WiSo Faculty. At the same time, we have a strong practical focus, which means that our research results can be applied and implemented in industry and are relevant to social and political processes.
The WiSo-Faculty aligns its research activities with the DFG Code "Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice“.