Mercator School of Management

Dean Prof. Dr. Peter Anker
Dean Prof. Dr. Peter Anker

The Mercator School of Management (MSM) has a staff of 21 professors and some 65 research assistants and is a medium-size faculty by national comparison. Its focus as a business school is on Business Administration.
The MSM takes special account of its regional and social responsibility by supporting economic development with a comprehensive offering of educational opportunities tailored to its various target groups, and social and scientific input.
In order to meet these commitments, the MSM has developed a distinct and structured profile by establishing four departments corresponding to the main areas of research and education: Accounting and Finance, Technology and Operations Management and Management and Marketing in Business Administration, with the various fields of Economics concentrated in the Department of Managerial Economics. The MSM has also established an advisory board of leading figures from the business world at regional level and beyond to support its research, teaching and administrative activities.
The MSM is primarily committed to applied research, supported by sound theoretical work. Within this frame the four departments each conduct independent research in their own areas of interest. In recent years the MSM has made significant progress in the domain of theoretical research, which is reflected in the increased number of international publications in A+/A journals, participation in important international conferences, ongoing development of research networking at institutional and international level, and acquisition of third-party funds from the DFG.
The continued importance of application-oriented research in the faculty’s projects is ­apparent from its various long-standing collaborations with partners from business and politics. The many EU and BMBF projects, contract ­research for the private sector, and regular ­organization of conferences and workshops are further indicators of the MSM’s success in this field.
Next to the transfer of applied research results into the economy, all four departments consider the transfer of the latest insights into academic teaching essential to their work. The MSM is still deeply rooted in the unity of research and academic teaching. All the departments are ­connected by their interdisciplinary work with other faculties at the University, with particularly strong ties having been established with Computer Science, Mathematics, the Humanities, and ­Engineering.