What does “cohesion in the digital society” mean? This question was addressed by the participants of the NRW-Dialogforum 2018 (North Rhine-Westfalia Dialogue Forum 2018) on 29 and 30 October 2018 in Düsseldorf, the annual conference of the Research Institute for Societal Development (Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung e.V.). Among the representatives from science, politics, administration and society were also two experts from the CBS to present and discuss the current state of their own research on the topic of “Integration of refugees into the Labour Market” in the thematic block “Company Perspectives”.
Prof Dr Anja Karlshaus, Dean of General Management, presented her book project “CSR and Intercultural Management”, in which six practical articles highlight CSR initiatives for refugees. In addition, she reported on a current business project from the Master’s programmein Intercultural Management: In cooperation with the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, students interviewed Cologne-based companies about integration experiences in order to be able to derive recommendations for action. The Intercultural Management Master graduate Anna Haddick then presented her master’s thesis submitted in May, in which she used six German companies to research how recognized refugees can be placed on the German labor market.
“The annual conference of the Research Institute for Societal Development is one of the most important scientific congresses in North Rhine-Westphalia, where we like to share our knowledge, network and be inspired,” said Prof Dr Anja Karlshaus. “Moreover, it is motivating for our students that their own academic achievements become part of the scientific and social discourses.”
Founded in 2014, the Research Institute for Societal Development is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. A scientific, interdisciplinary college of eight professors leads the association and develops guidelines for its content. The aim of the association is to initiate the transfer of current research knowledge into practice.