New Advisory Board backs the Center for Sustainable Economic and Corporate Policy (SECP) at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

In an inaugural meeting on May 7, 2021, the Center for Sustainable Economic and Corporate Policy (SECP), located at the Darmstadt Business School of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da), constituted its new advisory board. Four years after its founding, the SECP completes its organizational structure. The members of the advisory board, all working on a voluntary basis, represent the broad spectrum of sustainability topics for which the SECP stands. They are supposed to voice the expectations of businesses, civil society, workers, and the public sector towards the SECP. The Board intends to give recommendations on setting priorities in research, teaching and third mission activities, as well as impulses for specific projects.

In alphabetical order, the following members form the new Advisory Council: Barbara Akdeniz, full-time city councilor of the City of Science Darmstadt and head of the department for social affairs, youth, family, women, housing and employment policy as well as the environment; Dr. Dirk Aßmann, Head of the Technical and Methods Department at the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH; Auditor Nicolette Behncke, Partner Sustainability Services at Pricewaterhouse Coopers GmbH; Dr. Christian Hey, Head of the Sustainability, Climate and Nature Conservation Department at the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; Benedikt Hoffmann, founder and CEO of AfriKairos GmbH and the Circular Economy Innovation Partnership Africa and Chairman of the Research Group on Ethical-Ecological Rating; Katrin Redmann, Global Innovation Portfolio Lead & University Relations, SAP University Relations and SAP Next-Gen, and Sandra Monja Scherer, Head of the Joint Works Council of Merck KGaA.

“In the first few years of its existence, the SECP has developed into an integral part of Darmstadt Business School, something we now want to build on,” said Ulrich Klüh, spokesman for the SECP’s board of directors. “We are extremely pleased that we can rely on the impulses and suggestions of such distinguished personalities in our further development”.

W:NE seminar series: Dates for the summer semester 2021

The dates for our seminar series “Business in Dialogue on: Sustainable Developments” for the coming summer semester 2021 have been scheduled. We are looking forward to many exciting and informative presentations by internal and external researchers*.

Please feel free to download our flyer. Further information and access data can be found on the W:NE page.

We are looking forward to all participants!

Resilience from the perspective of organisational development

What factors influence our resilience? What does this “neo-normal” have to do with it? And do we actually unlearn our natural curiosity as we get older? Prof. Dr. Werner Stork from the h_da finds insightful answers to these and other exciting questions in an interview with the eLearning Journal and ventures an outlook on the effects of the new normal on our learning scenarios.

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Online-Panel “Wachstum, Globalisierung und der Europäische Green Deal”

The SECP cordially invites you to participate in the online panel of the event “Wachstum, Globalisierung und der Europäische Green Deal”. It will take place on 11th March from 16:00 to 17:45 in cooperation with the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing and the University of Graz.

Content: Growth, market-mediated division of labour and globalisation are reaching their limits. What models and instruments can be used to change course? What is the role of the tax and contribution system, what is the role of coordinated investments? Do consumption-fixated mental models have to change?

Further information on registration and the programme can be found on the website of the Akademie Tutzing.

SECP Discussion Papers: New publication by Prof. Dr. Edel and colleagues

Diversity and equal opportunity are now established topics in organizational practice. In this context, the public sector, as the largest employer in Germany, is considered to play a pioneering role, even if it still has potential for development in this regard, as the few studies in the German context suggest. This study explores which organizational contextual factors prove relevant to LGBTIQ employees’ experience of discrimination in public administration (N=15 problem-centered interviews with LGBTIQ employees from eight local governments).

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SECP Discussion Papers: New publication by Prof. Dr. Stork and colleagues

Stress and psychological strain are dominant phenomena in modern Western societies and play an ever-increasing role among students. In the business environment there are already various concepts that serve to reduce stress and build up resilience and usually there is also a high level of attention from management and executives. On the other hand relevant activities at universities are rather rare and above all little systematically developed.

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Klaus-Michael Ahrend in the Frankfurter Allgemeine: Meaningful work requires companies that take measurable action in terms of sustainability

In a recently published article on meaningful work, our colleague Klaus-Michael Ahrend explains what young professionals need to pay attention to if they are interested in a career related to sustainability. You can find the article here: FAZ.

P.S. If you are also interested in working in this: Please have a look at the website of our study programme Public Management or our major “Public and Non-Profit Management“.