The faculty’s knowledge exchange strategy
Knowledge exchange in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences
The knowledge exchange strategy lays out the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences knowledge exchange profile. You can find the knowledge exchange strategy here (PDF, in German only). Knowledge exchange in the faculty is planned in close coordination with Universität Hamburg’s Knowledge Exchange Agency. You can find more information about the services and activities of the Knowledge Exchange Agency here (Knowledge Exchange Agency website).
The Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences subject diversity and interdisciplinary research ensure a strong plurality of knowledge exchange actors and activities. In a general sense, knowledge exchange can be understood as a research-based dialog with people active in the political, business, and administration sectors, as well as art,culture, and civil society. Research results are developed cooperatively or co-creatively with non-university actors, and applied to non-scientific contexts. Existing research is empirically enriched through exchange with civil society, stimulating the development of new research topics.
In the future, knowledge exchange will be increasingly integrated from the design stage through to implementation as an organic part of research, teaching, and early career researcher development across all departments and disciplines. Future tasks and developmental steps in the area of knowledge exchange will be based on a wealth of experience, especially in the area of knowledge-exchange-based teaching.
The faculty has special expertise in the area of social innovation as a part of university knowledge exchange activities. The idea of social innovation is suited to communicating the central importance of collaboration between researchers and other actors, from the identification and formulation of problems to possible processing strategies through to the desired impact. Social innovations are changing society in many ways, whether in how we live together (e.g. multigenerational houses), consumption (e.g. sharing economy) or working (e.g. coworking). In contrast to purely technical or purely economic connotations of innovation, social innovations explicitly emphasize the social, political, and public welfare-oriented aspect of innovation activity. At the same time, social innovation can be connected to both the business and social science perspectives within the faculty, and can thus function as a role model.