Editorial: Establishing a world-class research reputation

Chairs, challenges, and opportunities

Establishing a world-class research reputation

While shaping ESMT into a world-class research institution, we have focused intensely on attracting top international academic talent. One way in which we have been able to do this has been through the creation of prestigious chairs. Since 2008, we have established a number of chairs in collaboration with individuals, organizations, and corporations, including Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Telekom, KPMG, EY, Deutsche Post DHL, Karl-Heinz Kipp, TÜSIAD/TCCI (The Turkish Industry and Business Association/Turkey: Culture of Change Initiative), E.ON, and Ferrero. The establishment of these chairs is a resounding endorsement of the quality of the faculty we have brought to ESMT as well as a reflection of the esteem in which their research is held.

As Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze, our dean of faculty, explains in more detail in her interview, chairs play a central role in the recruitment of world-class faculty members. For ESMT, a young school with a growing faculty, it is particularly important to recruit senior professors with high visibility. For this reason, we have utilized these chairs to fulfill a number of functions: fundraising, highlighting the school’s core research areas, creating positions that appeal to prospective professors, and most importantly, facilitating independent research in these areas.

The recruitment strategy at ESMT is strongly affected by the research concept within the core competency areas: European competitiveness, management of technology, and leadership and social responsibility. That is why ESMT has focused on acquiring chairs that further strengthen its research in these main areas, such as the Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development, the Lufthansa Chair in Competition and Regulation, and the EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, to name but a few.

One of the highlights of 2014 was the announcement of two new chairs: the Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability, whose holder is CB Bhattacharya, and the TÜSIAD/TCCI Chair in European Economic Integration, which was awarded to Stefan Wagner. The Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability emphasizes the importance of sustainability and social responsibility at ESMT. The TÜSIAD/TCCI Chair was established to mark the occasion of the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education, and Innovation 2014. This announcement followed close on the heels of another exciting chair announced in November 2013: the KPMG Chair in Innovation, held by Linus Dahlander. These chairs are supporting the production of independent and practice-oriented research in the areas of innovation, management of technology, sustainability, and European competitiveness.

The relationship between ESMT, the chair, and the partner organization is valuable and brings many opportunities for collaboration and the exchange of knowledge beyond facilitating independent research. In this issue, Professor Matthew Bothner discusses his relationship with Deutsche Telekom and the opportunities he has had to share his academic insights with senior executives at the company. Looking to the future, we are excited about strengthening our relationship with new partners such as TÜSIAD and cultivating this cooperation further.

Jörg Rocholl, President and EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, ESMT