Research at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Research follows the traditional profile in Kiel, meaning it involves a strong theoretical basis and emphasizes the quantitative, empirical search for knowledge. In that manner, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences achieves not only considerable national and international visibility, but also guarantees that the contents of its teaching and transfer of knowledge are high-quality and up-to-date. The faculty consists of seven institutes which have their own priority research areas and other interconnected topics:

Institute of Business

Research at the Institute of Business primarily addresses innovation management. It concerns the development and introduction of new products, services and procedures, as well as financing and management tools.

Empirical analysis of change in organisations is the main priority research area at the Institute of Business. It includes management of technology-based innovation processes, the increasing networking of added value and marketing’s reaction to changing social needs.

Department of Economics

The members of the Department of Economics focus on a wide range of topics in terms of both their fields of research and their research methods. Their priority research areas focus above all on international economic relationships and issues relating to environmental and resource economics.

Institute for Statistics and Econometrics

The priority research areas at the Institute for Statistics and Econometrics lie in two fields, the first of which is empirical macroeconomics and applied economic analysis. The second field is statistical and econometric methodology with a particular focus on time series analyses, which can be used to help appropriately examine data relating to overall economies and specific financial markets. In addition, the topic of forecasting plays an important role in teaching and research at the institute.

Institute for Quantitative Business and Economics Research (QBER)

Research at the Institute for Quantitative Business and Economics Research addresses issues relating to business, economics and methodology which are related to the broadly interpreted topic area of financial markets. Research focuses on the points of intersection between sub-disciplines in economics. Current projects address topics including time series econometrics, market microstructures of foreign currency markets and financial decisions made in private households.


Institute for Regional Science, Environmental and Resource Economics

The Institute for Regional Science addresses economic processes in geographic spaces: what causes spatial differences in levels of development? How do they develop over time? And what influence can public institutions exert on their development, such as through infrastructure policy?

Institute for Innovation Research

The Institute for Innovation Research (IfI) primarily examines issues relating to the design and implementation of innovations resulting from new technologies and needs. In this field of knowledge, Kiel has been prominent in leading international specialist journals for over two decades. The scientific work conducted by the IfI relates to the development of new products, services, procedures and management tools. In recent years, the topics of entrepreneurship, transfer of knowledge and technology from public research institutes and aspects of innovations in healthcare have become the main topics of focus in the research.

Institute of Social Sciences

The Institute of Social Sciences consists of the fields of political science, sociology and international political sociology, as well as the Gender Research Group. The institute’s priority research areas are peace and security policy, the history of political thought, globalisation and corruption research, and gender and diversity studies.