INCHER Research Colloquium 2017/2018

INCHER Research Colloquium
5.15 p.m. - 7p.m.

Brown-bag-Lunch
12.15. p.m. -2.p.m.

 

 6. December 2017

Quality assurance in dual study – expectation and reality

Dr. Bettina Langfeldt

 

 

 

 

23. January 2018

What’s the Price of Academic Consulting? Effects of Public and Private Sector Consulting on

Academic Research

Professor Dr. Hanna Hottenrott

 

24. October 2017

Engaging with Industry and its Influence on the Direction of the Scientific Agenda. Evidence from German Professors

Dr. Florence Blandinieres

 

 

 

 14. November 2017

Migration and academic careers

Professor Dr. Nina Baur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. January 2018

Scoring system at German univerities

Professor Dr. Gerd Grözinger

 

 

 


INCHER Research Colloquium 2017/2018

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06. December 2017

Quality assurance in dual study – expectation and reality (The lecture will be held in German) 

Dr. Bettina Langfeldt (Chair for Methods of Empirical Social Research, Substitute Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences (FB 05), University of Kassel)

With the dual study, located at the interface of vocational training and higher education, a "model of success" (Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaft 2011) has been established in Germany, which is reflected in the steadily increasing number of dual bachelor's degree programs (see Minks et al., 2011).

According to the Higher Education Report 2020, German companies complain that the academic and vocational training components are not sufficiently networked (see Stifterverband McKinsey 2015: 42). Also previous student surveys occasionally point out that there are weak aspects in the dual study program in terms of the cooperation of learning place (see Kupfer 2013, Gensch 2014, Hesser & Langfeldt 2017). From the field of vocational education and training, it is known that a good cooperation of learning places does not represent value in itself, but that a profound understanding of work processes and professional contexts can be achieved as a result (Euler 2003, Diesner et al., 2004). Nevertheless, the successful integration of theory and practice is particularly important, especially in the dual study, because students expect the advantage of a dual versus a regular study.

In this lecture, the difficulties of the collaboration of learning places in dual studies will be examined from a theoretical and practical perspective. The arguments of different actors (students, teachers, supervisors in companies, IHKs and craft chambers etc.), with regard to the integration of learning venues as a quality criterion of training, should be critically reflected and compared to the current measures in quality assurance practice. The lecture concludes with a discussion of existing recommendations for quality assurance in dual study and an overview of research desiderata in the field of dual study programs.

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23. January 2018

What’s the Price of Academic Consulting? Effects of Public and Private Sector Consulting on Academic Research

Professorin Dr. Hanna Hottenrott (Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften, TUM School of Management, Technische Universität München)

Academic consulting is an important and effective means of knowledge transfer with the public and private sectors. These interactions with external organisations offer opportunities for research application but also raise concerns over potentially negative consequences for academic research and its dissemination. For a sample of social, natural and engineering science academics in Germany and controlling for the selection into consulting, we investigate the effect of consulting on research performance. While previous research suggested that consulting activities might come at the cost of reduced research output, our analysis provides a more nuanced picture. Public sector consulting comes with lower average citations suggesting a move towards applied research that attracts fewer citations. Moreover, engagement in consulting increases the probability to cease publishing research altogether particularly for private sector consulting. Exit probability is higher for those at the start or towards the end of their academic career and in fields for which the public-private wage gap and opportunities for engagement in duties outside academia are higher. We draw lessons for research institutions and policy about the promotion of academic consulting.  


Brown-bag-Lunch, 12:15 - 14:00

 

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24. October 2017

Engaging with Industry and its Influence on the Direction of the Scientific Agenda. Evidence from German Professors

Dr. Florence Blandinieres (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH (ZEW), Mannheim)

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14. November 2017

Migration and academic careers (The lecture will be held in German)

Professor Dr. Nina Baur (Institute of Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin)

The lecture provides an overview of the state of research about the relationship between science and migration. By comparing migrants from the USA, Great Britain, France, Spain, Romania, Turkey, China, Syria, Morocco and Eritrea, it will be shown that there is an interaction between the position of origin and host countries in the global science system (macro level), the specialized culture of scientific disciplines and the organization "university", which is again embedded in local contexts (meso level), as well as migration motives, social origin, gender and age of individual migrants (micro level). Therefore, not only ethnic constructions differ significally, but also the problems that individual migrants face and the way in which they are treated institutionally.

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24. January 2018

Scoring system at German univerities (The lecture will be held in German)

Professor Dr. Gerd Grözinger (Social and educational economics, Europa-Universität Flensburg)

The lecture gives an overview of the results of a DFG research project. One main focus of the research question was to what extent grade inflation (a problem that is much discussed in the US) also occurs in Germany and if at all, which significance the transition to the two-cycle program has for grading.