Research at Trier University

In an increasingly complex and globalized world, the Department of Business Administration at Trier University is dedicated to providing high quality education that addresses the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The department offers a diverse range of courses designed for future business leaders. Our courses combine the latest insights from academic research with a strong focus on relevance for business practice. Both research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary, internationally oriented, and share an emphasis on theory-based empirical methods.

Core areas of research and teaching include entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing, organization studies and human resource management as well as finance, corporate taxation, and audit and assurance – providing knowledge and insights into a broad range of highly relevant topics for future managers and business leaders. The Department of Business Administration is a highly reputable partner in project-oriented collaboration with business partners, the public sector and other research institutions, both at the national level and in international networks worldwide. The results of its dedication to excellence in research and teaching are illustrated by the excellent job prospects of its graduates.

Management Research
Management research at Trier University is highly interdisciplinary, internationally recognized and has a strong emphasis on theory-based empirical methods. Within their respective fields, researchers pursue different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. Due to its emphasis on excellence in research, the department regularly achieves top rankings in the Top 100 of the leading German business daily, “Handelsblatt”. This ranking assesses research quality based on publications in top national and international academic journals. Moreover, the department engages extensively in applied research in project-based collaborations with business partners.
The Department of Business Administration at Trier University covers five areas of expertise with generally two research groups in each field. The inter- and transdisciplinary orientation of management research at Trier University is further substantiated by the fact that researchers in the department cooperate intensively across these five areas of expertise as well as with researchers from other disciplines and university departments. More in-depth information regarding the research profiles of the nine research groups can be found on their individual websites.

Research in Sociology
The members of the Department of Sociology/Social Anthropology are engaged in a wide spectrum of research areas. The topics range from Comparative Welfare State Research to Diversity Studies, Quantified Self, Sociology of the Family and Health, Local Area Studies, Trust Research and analysis of economic institutions as well as organizations and labour relations.

Research in Economics
Economics is a social science that studies all aspects of human behavior and social interaction. The traditional focus of economics is on the study of labor, investment, production, consumption, money, trade, taxes, and government expenditure. Modern economics has extended its focus to also analyze seemingly non-economic aspects of life such as crime, law, family, health, culture, politics, psychology, and evolution.
Economics takes into account that decisions depend on cultural and institutional frameworks such as religion, law, government, and firms. Economics has a strong policy focus. It provides us with an understanding of political processes and analyzes the role of policy intervention in shaping the outcomes of social interactions. Economics studies the influence of policy on the creation and distribution of wealth and well-being.
Economics combines theory with rigorous empirical research. Understanding real life requires that theoretical models be systematically tested by using large datasets on individuals, firms, and countries. To analyze these datasets empirical research applies quantitative methods provided by the fields of statistics and econometrics. Empirical research also helps evaluate the consequences of policy intervention.

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