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TUM is Germany's strongest university in business sciences


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TUM is Germany's strongest university in business sciences

"WirtschaftsWoche Ranking": Prof. Helmut Krcmar best business researcher

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the strongest research university in Germany when it comes to business sciences. The best researcher is business informatics specialist Prof. Helmut Krcmar, Dean of the TUM Campus Heilbronn, according to the results of the new ranking conducted by the ETH Zurich and the University of Düsseldorf on behalf of the German business weekly "WirtschaftsWoche".

The ETH Zurich and the University of Düsseldorf evaluated contributions to approximately 860 academic journals. The number of articles was then weighted to reflect the reputation of the journals. The past ten years were considered for approximately 200 universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the last five years for the individual authors.

According to the results, TUM is the strongest German university in terms of business research. Among the German-language countries, only Switzerland's University of St. Gallen finished ahead of TUM. The next front-runners are the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the universities in Cologne and Mannheim.

Successful "Management and Technology" profile

Among the reasons for TUM's success, the "WirtschaftsWoche" points to the close exchange with companies, the tenure track career system as an incentive for scientific performance and the future orientation of research topics. The TUM School of Management, founded only 17 years ago, concentrates on the relationships between management and technology. For example, the School investigates energy markets and technological innovation processes. Scientists from economics and engineering work in close cooperation.

Economic Informatics specialists ranked first and third

This interdisciplinary approach is personified by Prof. Helmut Krcmar and Prof. Martin Bichler, who were ranked in first and third place respectively as the best business researchers in any of the German-speaking countries. The two business informatics specialists belong to both the TUM Department of Informatics and the TUM School of Management. The "WirtschaftsWoche" considers their success to be a sign of the increasing significance of Big Data for economics.

Prof. Krcmar is the Dean of the TUM Campus Heilbronn, founded in 2018, which investigates economic transformation resulting from digitalization, as well as family companies and start-ups.

Five additional TUM scientists were ranked among the Top 100:

- Prof. Stefan Minner, Chair for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Ranked 
- Dr. Manuel Wiesche, Chair for Information Systems (Ranked 25th; ranked 16th 
  among researchers under 40 years of age)
- Prof. Holger Patzelt, Chair for Entrepreneurship (Ranked 52nd) 
- Prof. Alexander Hübner, Chair for Supply and Value Chain Management / TUM 
  Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability (Ranked 54th) 
- Prof. Rainer Kolisch, Chair for Operations Management (Ranked 75th).

More information:

- WirtschaftsWoche ranking of the strongest research universities: https://www.w
- WirtschaftsWoche ranking of the best business economics researchers: https://w
- TUM School of Management: 
- TUM Campus Heilbronn: 
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's leading research
universities, with around 550 professors, 42,000 students, and 10,000 academic
and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural
sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social
sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and
creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in
science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in
Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco,
and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von
Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006 and 2012 it won
recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM
regularly places among the best universities in Germany.
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