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Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB)

The Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) was founded in 1971. The courses taught at the institute include in-depth informatics training tailored to the chosen degree program, as well as the transfer of findings of informatics research, which are essential for the development of innovative products and services. The research conducted at the AIFB institute focuses on the further development and application of informatics concepts and methods for the development, deployment, and evaluation of usable, efficient, secure, and reliable information and communication technologies.

Research groups:

Applied Technical Cognitive Systems Prof. Dr. J. Marius Zöllner Link
Business Information Systems Prof. Dr. Andreas Oberweis Link
Critical Information Infratructures Prof. Dr. Ali Sunyaev Link
Information Service Engineering Prof. Dr. Harald Sack Link
Security • Usability • Society Prof. Dr. Melanie Volkamer Link
Web Science Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter Link

Institute of Economy (ECON)

Research, Teaching and Innovation at the ECON Institute follow a strongly quantitative approach. Focus topics include Market Design (including Auctions and Procurement, Network Markets, Innovation Research, Financial Trade and Moral Aspects of Markets), Political Participation, Public Management, Macroeconomics, Computational Economics and Econometrics. Theory and Empirical Research often go hand in hand, for example at our interdisciplinary KD2Lab. We host regular seminars and workshops such as the Econ-Finance Seminars, the behavioural and experimental HeiKaMaX and HeiKaMaxY, the econometric HeiKaMEtrics Workshop, and the BETA-KIT Workshop. Our working paper series is available here. The Institute has strong national and international relations to academic institutions, to industrial partners, policy-makers, and to the media.

Research groups:

Applied Econometrics Jun.-Prof. Dr. Fabian Krüger Link
Econometrics and Statistics Prof. Dr. Melanie Schienle Link
Economic Policy Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott Link
Economic Theory Prof. Dr. Clemens Puppe Link
Industrial Organization Prof. Dr. J. Philipp Reiss Link
Macroeconomics Prof. Dr. Johannes Brumm Link
Network Economics Prof. Dr. Kay Mitusch Link
Political Economy Prof. Dr. Nora Szech Link
Public Finance and Public Management Prof. Dr. Berthold U. Wigger Link
Strategic Decisions Prof. Dr. Karl-Martin Ehrhart Link

Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology-Management and Innovation (EnTechnon)

The goal of the Institute of Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation is to enable the active shaping of the future in order to create sustainable benefits for society, economy and science.

We want to work with the stakeholders in the KIT environment to develop the knowledge and skills needed to turn new technological and business opportunities into responsible innovations through entrepreneurial action. This knowledge should be scientifically sound and relevant for entrepreneurial practice.

The focus in the field of entrepreneurship is on identifying potentials for start-ups, their strategic planning and efficient implementation. Innovation and Technology Management focuses on ensuring the sustainable future viability of organizations, identifying, developing and using core competencies in a changing environment with a focus on innovation and competitiveness of stakeholders in the innovation system.

The common focus is to recognize the potential of upcoming market, technical and social changes and making it fruitful for stakeholders through adequate strategic, organizational and methodological approaches.

Research groups:

Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis Link
Innovation and Technology Management Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl Link

Institute for Finance (FBV)

Research groups:

Finance and Banking Prof. Dr. Martin E. Ruckes Link
Financial Economics and Risk Management Prof. Dr. Maxim Ulrich Link
Financial Engineering and Derivatives Prof. Dr. Marliese Uhrig-Homburg Link

Institute for Applied Business Studies and Management (IBU)

The institute focuses on management issues in three research groups: Human Resource Management, Management Accounting and Strategic Management. Analysis of strategic decisions, financial management information, as well as incentive and motivational mechanisms are core topics.

We have an international network, draw on approaches that are based on theory as well as empirical data, and develop frameworks for guiding management practice. We use mixed methods ranging from game theoretical analysis, empirical studies based on company data and surveys, to behavioral economic experiments. Through close cooperation with companies, our research results are regularly applied in practice.

Our teaching is research-based and combines knowledge of established scientific methods with knowledge that is oriented toward practical applications. Participatory elements such as online polls, case studies and guest lectures by practitioners are an integral part of the education at the institute.

Research groups:

Human Resource Management Prof. Dr. Petra Nieken Link
Management Accounting Prof. Dr. Ir. Marc Wouters Link
Strategic Management Prof. Dr. Hagen Lindstädt Link

Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)

The Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) comprises the Chair of Business Administration, Production and Operations Management and the Chair of Energy Economics. In 1991 the French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) was annexed to it.

The Chair of Business Administration, Production and Operations Management performs techno-economic analyses of industrial value chains with a focus on risk management, circulatory economic systems, integrated environmental protection measures, production planning and biomass applications.

The Chair of Energy Economics analyses techno-economic questions along the whole energetic value chain, starting with primary energy production through energy conversion and transport, finishing with energy distribution and use.

The French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU) develops solutions for Franco-Germanic research problems in the environmental areas of air, water, land, waste and energy.

Research groups:

Energy Economics Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Wolf Fichtner Link
Production and Operations Management Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Frank Schultmann Link

Institute of Information Systems and Marketing (IISM)

The Institute of Information Systems and Marketing is an interdisciplinary institute covering the two academic disciplines of Information Systems and Marketing. IISM follows the vision of "creating value from information" in research, teaching, and innovation. IISM with its six professors and associated research groups focuses on building advanced methods to generate insights about organizations and customers form data, delivering empirical knowledge about individual and group behavior in markets, designing innovative digital artifacts, and shaping the digital transformation of organizations and society.

Research groups:

Digital Service InnovationHon.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Satzger (IBM Industry on Campus)Link
Information & Market EngineeringProf. Dr. Christof Weinhardt Link
Information Services and Electronic MarketsProf. Dr. Andreas Geyer-SchulzLink
Information Systems & Service DesignProf. Dr. Alexander MädcheLink
Marketing methods, marketing strategy and sales managementProf. Dr. Martin KlarmannLink

Institute of Operations Research (IOR)

The Institute for Operations Research develops and applies mathematical methods for supporting decision and optimization processes. Its key aspects of activity treat the different requirements of such processes. For the collection of data and information, statistical methods of data analysis are developed in an analytics process. The resulting optimization problems can be solved with different focuses: Discrete optimization problems are characterized by their complexity and require problem-specific solution methods. A goal of continuous optimization is the efficient treatment of nonlinear effects. Finally, stochastic optimization considers uncertainties at the time of decision making by suitable concepts.

Research groups:

Analytics and Statistics Prof. Dr. Oliver Grothe Link
Continuous Optimization Prof. Dr. Oliver Stein Link
Discrete Optimization and Logistics Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel Link
Stochastic Optimization at IOR Prof. Dr. Steffen Rebennack Link

Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI)

Research Labs:

Digital Service Design & Innovation LabProf. Mädche & Prof. SatzgerLink
Applied AI in Services LabProf. Satzger & Prof. Sure-VetterLink
Digital Experience & Participation LabProf. Mädche & Prof. WeinhardtLink
Health Care LabProf. NickelLink
Mobility Services LabProf. FichtnerLink
Supply Chain LabProf. Nickel, Prof. FurmansLink
Digital Service InnovationHon.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Satzger (IBM Industry on Campus)

Chair of Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate (ÖÖW)

Research groups:

Property Valuation and Sustainability Prof. Dr. rer. pol. FRICS David Lorenz Link
Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thomas Lützkendorf Link