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Faculty of Business and Economics

Prof. Dr. Joachim Bach is Professor of Intercultural Management. He studied at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) and the Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) and finished his degrees and his doctorate at the Ruhr-University. Before starting the academic career, he got working experience at the Ruhrkohle AG (headquarter in Essen) and worked in the sector of political education (European Movement Germany and Centre of Political Education of the Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia). He spent several years abroad, mainly in Great Britain, the United States of America, Latin America and Spain. He worked at the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Ludwig Maximilians University Würzburg and the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences. He is international coordinator of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Master Courses: Intercultural Management and Business in Hispanic America

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Breig is Professor of Economics. She received her academic degrees at the universities of Freiburg i.Br. (1980) and St. Gallen (1986). Before starting her university career, she worked for several years as an economist at a major bank in Zürich. In the 1990s she had positions at the University of Freiburg i.Br., at Indiana University (visiting scholar), and at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. She has worked on topics including banking and finance (regulation, trade credit, interest rates, exchange rates), forecasting, and the history of economic thought. In Schmalkalden, she is a member of the examination committee.

Master Course: International Financial Markets and Portfolio Selection Theory

Prof. Dr. Michael Dornieden is Professor of Business Administration, Supply Chain and Production Management. He studied Business Administration at the University of Goettingen (Germany) and the University of Stirling (Scotland). He earned his PhD on small and medium-sized suppliers in caftsmanship sector from the University of Goettingen. He worked as a purchasing specialist for two leading German automobile manufacturers for many years. There he gained extensive supply chain management hands-on experience regarding supplier development, negotiation skills, strategic planning and execution. His current research interests include global supply chain strategies of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), automotive supply chains, purchasing benchmarking, supply chain modelling and their implementation. Moreover, he does research on digitalization of production management processes, further development of established lean production approaches and human-robot collaboration. In Schmalkalden he represents the faculty on the quality assurance committee.

Master Courses: Purchasing Strategy and Automotive Technology Management

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gemeinhardt is Professor of General Business Administration, especially Taxation. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. He is a tax consultant and was an audit director of one of the four major accounting firms. He was dean of our Faculty of Economics for several years and is a FIBAA Advisor for the accreditation of Business Administration Programs. At our faculty, he is responsible for the modules in the field of taxes and auditing. Special topics are German accounting, tax planning, international accounting and auditing. His current research revolves around issues of tax morality of our society. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee of our faculty.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Herbert is Professor of Business Law and Employment Law. He studied law at the University of Würzburg (Germany) and received his PhD in law at the University of Göttingen (Germany). He worked as a junior lawyer at the Higher Regional Court in Bamberg (Germany) and as a research associate at the Institute for Private Law at the University of Bamberg. His research interests include employment law, European Union law, legal methodology and different aspects of the relationship between law and language. His research has been published in academic journals and presented at several conferences.

Courses: International and European Economic Law, Philosophy of Science

Prof. Dr. Kai Hüschelrath is Professor of economics with a particular interest in industrial organization and law and economics. He studied economics and management at the University of Würzburg and received his PhD in economics from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar. Before joining the faculty in Schmalkalden, he worked as an economist in the London office of Frontier Economics and as a researcher (and later head of research group) at the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim. His research mainly concentrates on the entire fields of industrial organization and law and economics with a particular focus on competitive strategy and competition policy. He has published in well-known general interest and field journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the European Economic Review, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, Managerial and Decision Economics or the International Review of Law and Economics. He also has substantial experience in advising both private companies and public authorities in competitive strategy and competition policy matters.

Master Courses: Industrial Economics and Competition Policy and Regulation

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kammel is Professor of Human Resources Management and Organization Design. He is also an adjunct Professor for Business Administration at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany where he completed his doctorate (PhD) and his post-doctorate (Habilitation). He was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His research interests include management development, leadership in organizations, and staffing. He published several articles in academic journals and some well-established books in the field of personnel management.

Master Courses: Organizational Behavior and Strategic International Human Resource Management

Professor Dr. Friedrich Kugler is Professor of Economics. After starting his career in brewing industry and founding his own company in tools and mould construction, he received his PhD in Economics at the University of Augsburg. In Schmalkalden he was responsible for large scale start-up and tourism research projects with third-party funding. His research has been published in academic journals and books and presented on several conferences. Further, he is a consultant for small and medium-sized enterprises. He was the Vice President for Research and Transfer and is the head of the faculty of business and economics.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Schmidt is Professor of Economics and Econometrics. He received his PhD in Econometrics from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. He was a Lecturer at the University of Hannover, Germany, and Visiting Professor at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His research interests include integrating technology in mathematics education, assessing the effect of technology use on student performance, as well as the computation of pseudoinverses and their application in the teaching of Linear Algebra. His research has been published in academic journals and books and presented at several international conferences.

Master Courses: Econometrics and Linear Regression in Economics and Business

Prof. Dr. Peter Schuster is professor of Management Accounting & Management Control. He received his PhD from the University of Göttingen (Management Accounting & Management Control for Small- and Medium-sized Companies). He is member of the editorial boards of the following academic journals: "World Journal of Financial Management", "International Journal of Management Accounting Research" and "Financial Management and Accounting", editor of various book series and founding editor of "Springer Briefs in Accounting". He works as reviewer for further academic journals and acts as PhD Supervisor at different German and British Universities, and as external examiner at a university in Ireland. He is director of the master programme “International Business and Economics” in Schmalkalden.

Master Courses: Investment Appraisal; Management Control Systems; Managerial Economics

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Ullrich is Professor of Business Administration and Marketing. He received his PhD on effects of personalized websites on brand attachment from the University of Giessen, Germany. He was a Lecturer in Marketing at the Academies of Business Administration and Public Management, Giessen. He worked at the Institute for Brand and Communication Research and founded his own company, a research-oriented brand and communication consultancy located in Germany. His research interests include online communication, word of mouth, trust and corporate social responsibility. His research has been published in academic journals and books and presented at several conferences. He is a reviewer for the European Marketing Academy, the European Advertising Academy and scientific journals. In Schmalkalden he represents the faculty on the research committee and in the senate.

Master Courses: Strategic Brand Management and Modern Marketing Communication.

Prof. Dr. Wiebke Störmann is Professor of Business and Economics. She studied economics at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn (Germany) and received her PhD in economics at the University of Cologne (Germany). She worked as a head of department in different lobbying organizations before she returned to a research job at The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) in Düsseldorf (Germany). Her research interests include public finance, labour economics, regional economics, health economics and environmental economics. Her research has been published in academic journals and books and presented at several conferences.

Master Courses: Labour Economics and Regional Economics

Each year guest professors expand our faculty. Last year the following guest professors held classes:

Prof. Dr. Francisco Vidal Barbosa = Universidade Federal do Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brasilien)

Prof. Dr. James Caldwell = Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO (USA)

Prof. Dr. Peter Gordon = Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO (USA)

Prof. Jeff Johnson = St Mary's University, San Antonio, TX (USA)

Prof. Bishwa Koirala = University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC (USA)

Prof. Dr. Willie Redmond = Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO (USA)

Dr. Aaron Tyler = St Mary's University, San Antonio, TX (USA)

Prof. Dr. José Luis Vallejo Garcia = Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara (Mexico)

Prof. Dr. Allan Ward = University of Exeter, England

Prof Paul Jennings = University of Wincheser, England