Mercator School of Management

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

The Mercator School of Management (MSM) has 19 professors and just under 65 research assistants, making it a medium-sized faculty by national standards, and its focus as a business school is on business administration. The MSM meets its regional and social responsibility by contributing to economic development with an extensive range of educational offerings tailored to its target groups and with research on academic and social issues.

The MSM has established a clear profile in both content and organisation by creating four departments which correspond to areas of research and professional fields. They are Accounting and ­Finance, Technology and Operations Management, and Management and Marketing in business administration, with economics and regional studies expertise now combined in the Managerial Economics department. The MSM has also set up an advisory board of leading representatives from regional and national business to support it in teaching, research and administration.

The MSM sees applied work as its primary commitment – accompanied by basic research. The departments all have their own particular concentrations within this framework. The advances made by the MSM in basic research over the past few years have been considerable, however, which is reflected in the significant rise in its international publications in A+/A journals, increased participation in prestigious international conferences, greater international and institutional research networking, and acquisition of external funding from the DFG.

The continued importance of the applied nature of its research projects is apparent above all from diverse and long-standing cooperation between the MSM and partners from business and politics. The number of EU and BMBF projects, contract research in the private sector, and regular organisation of conferences and workshops are clear indicators of its success in this particular respect.

Another area of central importance to all the departments is the transfer of applied research results into practice and scientific findings into teaching. The MSM remains committed to the unity of research and teaching. The element binding all four departments is their interdiscip­linary cooperation with the other faculties at our University, in the course of which special ties have been established with Computer Science, Mathematics, Humanities, and Engineering.