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Conference on Resilience and Crisis Management

All News, Faculty   -  22. December 2015

Cologne Business School and ISTEC: Successful joint conference on resilience and crisis management

Held at the ISTEC in Paris on 10 December 2015 was the research conference on Resilience, Recovery and Crisis Management, the organisation of which was carried out in collaboration with CBS. Given the increasingly frequent crises and disasters, an awareness of the vulnerability of our society is increasing as well as the need for greater prevention, improved risk management and a more professional handling of traumatic events. The timeliness of the conference’s theme was underscored by the coincidental Climate Change Conference, COP 21, and by the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November.

Starting with the two opening keynotes, the interdisciplinary nature of the conference was emphasized. Jennifer Scott, a physician and researcher at the Harvard Medical School and participating member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, provided knowledge concerning processes in medical emergencies calling on the example of hospital deliveries. Ingvill C. Mochmann, Vice President of Research at CBS and Head of the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Science’s European Data Laboratory, assumed a political science perspective and recalled the importance of democracy and the importance of adhering to democratic values in times of crisis.

The Cologne Business School was represented alongside Professor Mochmann’s keynote with two research papers: On the one side, Vera Schmitt, PhD student at the University of Würzburg introduced, in collaboration with Professor Elisabeth Fröhlich, President of CBS, a mathematical model developed for risk management in the field of raw material sourcing. On the other hand, Volker Rundshagen, Professor of Economics and Tourism at CBS, presented a paper co-authored with Professor Nicolai Scherle (BITS Iserlohn) on the dialectics regarding responsibility for the economy and society, which European business schools have to acknowledge in an increasingly neoliberal political environment.

All of the 30 delegates came from various international institutions and universities, including representatives from CNAM in Paris and the Cass Business School of City University in London. Along with specific company case studies, more extensive natural and social scientific aspects of the conference’s theme were highlighted.

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