The Institute of Business Administration at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Münster has a vacancy for the soonest possible date as a Research Associate (E13 TV-L) with 65% of the regular weekly working hours. The position is initially limited to 3 years, but can be extended in the context of the doctorate. The full-time teaching load is 4 SWS.
Twice we had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Nils Dülfer, Managing Director of IMP³ROVE, the innovation unit of the global, American management consultancy Kearney, as a virtual speaker. Dr. Dülfer did us the honor on the one hand as a speaker in front of our master students of business chemistry on the 13th of May and on the other hand as a guest speaker in the context of the doctoral seminar "Innovation management in research-intensive industries" on the 25th of May 2022.
On the 20th of May 2022 we were pleased to welcome Dr. Felix Schröder and Dr. Kai Künnemann from the global management and strategy consultancy Accenture to our institute. After a short introduction into the daily work routine in the consulting industry and the work at Accenture, the two strategists organised a workshop on the topic "Circular Economy - The Recycling of Polystyrene" with the students of business chemistry. In this fictitious case study, the students had to prove their skills as consultants for a waste management company. Finally, all results were presented and discussed in plenary.
We would like to thank Dr. Schröder and Dr. Künnemann for the exciting insights behind the scenes of the consulting company with over 600,000 employees and the both educational and fun workshop!
On the 18th of May 2022, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Stephan Göttke, Chief Business Development Officer of BÜFA Holding, to our doctoral seminar on "Innovation Management in Research-Intensive Industries". Mr Göttke himself completed his doctorate in chemistry at the WWU about 20 years ago and, after a number of exciting stations in industrial and academic organisations, finally joined the medium-sized chemical company from Oldenburg in Lower Saxony in 2017. For the BÜFA Group, sustainability and innovative strength are of great relevance in its three business segments "Chemicals", "Cleaning" and "Composites", which is why Mr. Göttke gave the doctoral students practical insights into sustainability and innovation in the chemical industry in his lecture.
The agenda therefore included exciting topics such as the path of sustainability in the chemical industry, the integration of "Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)" in sustainability reporting or also sustainability in today's world, where both a reduction of the CO2 balance and bio-based chemicals as alternatives for oil- and gas-based substances would provide interesting starting points for a targeted climate neutrality, explained Dr. Göttke.
In order to achieve the climate goals, said Dr. Göttke, BÜFA always relies on innovative approaches in order to contribute to the sustainable transformation of the chemical industry by means of many partners in a strong network.
We thank Mr. Göttke for the inspiring insights into the business development of a medium-sized company in the chemical industry in family hands towards a sustainable innovative future and wish him and the BÜFA Group all the best for the future!
The 4th International Workshop on Innovation and Production Management in the Process Industries (IPM2022) took place at Industriepark Höchst from 12-13 May. Together with ZIN, the Department of NawiT and other partners, a forum was created for scientists and practitioners concerned with the transformation of the process industries to CO2 neutrality.
Over two days, participants from five countries discussed the challenges of the transformation within the framework of the project Process4Sustainability: Cluster for a climate-neutral process industry in Hesse. Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels (SPIRE), Dr. Florian Ausfelder, Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer, Prof. Dr. Stefan Lechtenböhmer and Angelique Terrien shared their expertise from research and practice. The workshop was rounded off by roundtable discussions on the topics of recycling, bioeconomy, sustainability management, digitalisation and energy transition.
We would like to thank all speakers and participants and give all interested parties the opportunity to read the summary of the workshop here.
Technological innovation vs. tightening raw material markets: falling battery costs put at risk
As an Institute of Business Administration at the department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, profitability analyses of current chemical technologies and trends are a core competence of the institute. Thus, it is evident that the battery team of the IfbM intensively deals with a cost-efficient design of the energy transition in order to make an essential contribution to a climate-friendly, economically relevant technology development. In this context, the cost reduction of battery materials is considered an important prerequisite for an economically viable transition to a climate-neutral society. Although market analysts are concerned about rising raw material prices, all forecast studies assume that battery costs will decrease in the future. The respective authors base their cost estimates on past material price trends rather than explicit technology roadmaps.
In this recently published study by researchers at the Institute of Business Management, both future material price expectations and cost reductions due to technological innovations are taken into account. Therefore, based on market expectations and expert knowledge, a roadmap for automotive battery technology and its production process until 2030 is defined. This roadmap is translated into annual cell costs using two engineering-based bottom-up material and process cost models, with a projected decrease from over $100 to about $70 kW h-1 in 2030 at current raw material prices. Simulations of analysts' price expectations for critical materials show that this decline could flatten significantly or, in the most pessimistic case, disappear altogether. A particularly high risk to cell costs is associated with nickel prices, and implications for research and industry to mitigate this risk are outlined.
The study was published in the March issue of the prestigious scientific journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is available online at the following link: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2022/ya/d1ya00052g
As part of their scientific publication, the research group was even awarded the cover of the Journal of Energy Advances, so that the IfbM can now proudly present its first cover in a chemistry context.
The courage to innovate and digital transformation in a traditional company
On November 18, we had the pleasure of welcoming Frank Demmer, member of the board of LBS Westdeutsche Landesbausparkasse, to our lecture 'Strategic Analysis'. Different strategies such as the cooperation of the company with start-ups, the internal promotion of innovations through the 'Ideenwerkstatt' or the omni-channel strategy were presented and elaborated in a lively discussion with the students.
We thank Mr. Demmer for the insights behind the scenes of this traditional company and look forward to the digital and innovative further development of the company.
Climate Change and Consulting
On November 17, we were delighted to welcome Florian Frieden, management consultant at FutureCamp and PhD student at our institute, to our Strategic Analysis course. FutureCamp serves the competence fields climate, sustainability, energy and environment, of which climate was especially on yesterday's agenda. Exciting topics that companies have to face today in the course of climate change were lectured and also discussed at the end. For example, the students gained insights into the impact of greenhouse gases and the possible solutions to reduce them, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the Fuel Emissions Trading Act (BEHG). Trends and drivers in climate protection from politics, business and society, such as nuclear power, were also discussed. Finally, from a consulting perspective, the students learned how companies are approached with a holistic climate strategy - from the analysis of the environment to the implementation of measures.
We are looking forward to further interesting lectures in the context of our lectures!
Consequences of Covid-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our institute building will be open to institute staff only as of 3/18/2020. However, all staff members can still be reached via email and phone. For the latest information and other announcements from the University, click here.
The application deadline for the Master's Degree in Business Chemistry has been extended due to Corona and ends on August 20, 2020.
There will be an information session for all interested students on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm.
If you would like to participate in the information session, please send a short e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching in times of contact ban - we have met this challenge for the summer semester 2020.
How can we ensure that students can successfully complete the semester despite the current situation?
For digital teaching, we have not only digitized all teaching materials, but also developed special scripts for self-study. All information is made available to students on the Learnweb and we support their learning process with a regular offer of webinars (Zoom).
Further, our students have the opportunity to participate in digital workshops to gain insights into professional practice and to apply the acquired knowledge.
We hope that we will be able to offer face-to-face courses in the second semester term and remain with digital greetings.
At the digital ISPIM Innovation Conference 2020, Magdalena Kohut presented her research on Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) units from R&D-intensive industries. Based on a semi-structured interview, she analyzed the relationship between the investment objectives of CVC units, their organizational structures and their performance. The results enable CVC professionals to optimize their investment units and to strike the right balance between start-up and corporate characteristics.
On June 25th we had the pleasure to welcome Niklas Tauch, co-founder of the startup Liefergrün, in the seminar New Business Development & Entrepreneurship. Liefergrün is a plastic-free delivery service for food that addresses the need for a sustainability in e-commerce solution. Mr. Tauch not only gave the students an insight into the development of Liefergrün but also shared his personal experiences regarding the founding of a startup during his studies.
We wish Mr. Tauch all the best for his career as a founder and are looking forward to the further development of Liefergrün.
On 26.02.2020, the Wirtschaftschemie, represented by Prof. Dr. Jens Leker, Dr. Chie Hoon Song, Dr. Lars Jahnke and Dr. Lukas Aaldering, was a guest at Creavis in Marl. The representatives of the economic chemistry gave insights into their business intelligence research and presented modern data science methods. A particular focus was on the evaluation of freely accessible information from the microblogging service Twitter using big data analyses (see figure) and the prediction of convergence in the context of biotechnology using network analyses. In addition, current findings on the role of start-ups in converging markets were discussed.
The scientific article "Uncovering the dynamics of market convergence through M&A" can be found at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.08.012 .
The team of the IfbM would like to thank Dr. Valeri Leich, Prof. Buchholz and all other employees of Evonik for the nice day and is looking forward to future cooperation projects!
On 13.02.2020, we welcomed Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt, CIO of Evonik Industries AG, to our institute. During the full-day event, Mr. Küsthardt took the time to give feedback on the current research being conducted at our institute. In addition to the research, the institute's cooperation with student initiatives was also presented. At the end of the day, Mr. Küsthardt provided insights into the working methods of Creavis' Corporate Foresight Unit, not only for the PhD students of the institute, but also for participants of the PhD student seminar.
We would like to thank Mr. Küsthardt for many interesting impressions and would be pleased to welcome him again at our institute in the future!
On Friday, February 7th, we had the pleasure to welcome the research groups of Prof. Bröring (Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness) and Prof. Möhrle (Project Management and Innovation) at our institute for a joint convergence workshop. After an intensive exchange about various projects and methods, we concluded the event with a networking evening.
Thanks to all participants for this successful workshop, we are looking forward to future exchanges of this kind!
This winter semester we were again able to welcome Ms. Madl and Mr. Wiesemann from Procter & Gamble to our institute. On Friday, January 31st, they conducted a case study with our business chemistry students. In the case study, the students combined the marketing perspective with the research & development perspective to develop a new strategy for product placement in the market. A special focus was laid on the challenges and opportunities in interface areas.
We would like to thank Ms. Madl and Mr. Wiesemann for their support and hope to welcome them again next year!
On January 10, 2020, we had the pleasure of welcoming Volker Lesch and Christian Bäurer of the IT consultancy Senacor. During a one-day workshop they gave our students not only insights into the daily work of a consultant, but also into the most important steps of the agile project management method SCRUM. Equipped with the theoretical background knowledge, the students worked on a fictitious project in order to put the learned theoretical elements into practice.
We would like to thank Mr. Lesch and Mr. Bräurer and hope to welcome them next year for the 6th time.
On Thursday, 21st November, we welcomed Giuseppe Mariggió and Sebastian Eidam from the consultancy Alcimed to our institute. In the scope of the lecture "Strategic Analysis" they not only shared insights into their daily work, but also presented a case study the students could work on during the course. Therby, the online program "Kahoot" was used to compare the identified interim solutions. Within this program the participants* had 20 seconds to choose the right solution from their point of view -the faster they answered, the more points they got. This small internal competition not only eased the mood, but also sparked the ambition of the students. After the lecture and after the announcement of the winner, Mr. Mariggió and Mr. Eidam took time for a personal round of questions. We thank Mr. Mariggió and Mr. Eidam very much for their time and are looking forward to welcoming them again on November 27th at a doctoral seminar.
Workshop with CAMELOT
On 7th – 8th November we had the pleasure to welcome Mr. Yorck Dietrich and Mr. André Oppel from CAMELOT Management Consultants to our institute. Within the scope of the course ‘Strategic Analysis’, the students were given insights into project-based tasks of a consulting firm focusing on the chemical industry. The next day, a ‘hands-on’ workshop followed, during which our business chemistry students worked on a real problem in form of a case study. The aim of the case study was to maximize the project profit by analysing the value chain, material optimization and value flow. Subsequent to this exciting workshop, the consultants were able to give the participants valuable tips on how to improve their workflow.
We are very pleased that Mr. Dietrich and Mr. Oppel made time for our students and would be delighted to welcome them again next year!
On Friday, the 18th of October we were guests at the ‘Haus der Technik’ in Essen to talk to consultants of A.T. Kearney about Circular Economy. In the format of a Design-Thinking Workshop, we looked at products of daily use and considered how they could be designed more sustainably. We particularly liked the stimulation of the discussion by the "circular strategy cards", on which some strategies for the circular economy were explained. By combining these strategies, we have developed new product concepts for packaging, office chairs, and sports shoes. In sum, we had a fun an insightful day.
CREAVIS Chemtrepreneur Award 2018
On the 16.11.2018, 15 students of business chemistry from WWU Münster took part in the Creavis Innovation Challenge. With innovative business ideas they competed for the CREAVIS Chemtrepreneur Award 2018.
The students faced the challenge of developing an innovative idea in the areas of additive manufacturing, feed ingredients and membranes. The ideas were developed into a business model in a full-day workshop. At the end, the innovative business ideas were presented to the plenum and a CREAVIS-Jury consisting of leading employees of the business unit.
This year's CREAVIS Chemtrepreneur Award 2018 went to the “RealRock” team for their approach to 3D-printed climbing grips. The winners can also look forward to being considered to participate in the Evonik Perspectives Student Support Program.
Insight into the cooperation between science and practice can also be found in the video.