Dean: Prof. Dr. Peter Anker

The Mercator School of Management (MSM) is a business school specialising in business administration. Its 23 professors and around 90 academic staff make it a medium-sized faculty by comparison with others of its kind around the country.

The MSM takes its regional and social responsibility very seriously and supports economic development by offering comprehensive educational opportunities for specific target groups and conducting scientific and social research. It has established a clear profile to reflect the relevant research and professional fields in Accounting and Finance, Technology and Operations Management, and Management and Marketing, added to which are its economic and regional expertise.

It has also set up an advisory board, which is made up of leading representatives of the regional and national economy and supports the MSM in its teaching, research and self-administration.

The MSM sees its primary commitment as being to achieve a balanced mix of both applied and theoretical research across its different chairs, which nevertheless have different special areas of interest and focus. It is noteworthy that the MSM has also made considerable progress in basic research in recent years, as the number of international publications in A+/A journals, increased participation in important international conferences, development of international and institutional research networks, and external German Research Foundation (DFG) funding clearly show.

The continuing importance of the applied nature of MSM research projects is reflected above all in the varied and long-standing cooperation that exists with partners from business and politics. The many EU and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) projects, commercial contract research, and regular organisation of conferences and workshops are other clear indicators of its success in this respect.

Alongside the transfer of applied research results into practice, transferring academic findings into teaching is of central importance and applies equally to all its fields. The MSM continues to be committed to the unity of research and teaching. In terms of interdisciplinary collaboration with other faculties at our University, special relationships have evolved with the Faculties of Computer Science, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Engineering.