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Prof. Dr. André Habisch, Andrea Bartl, Eva Vosen, Lu Bostanli, Stefan Raich

School of Management



Lecture Offer Summer Term 2020

Summer Term 2020

S Social Innovation I: Basics and Soncept Development , Monday: 10.15 am -12.00 am, Microsoft Teams + Bootcamp 07.05.-09.05.2020/Participation Compulsory)

S Sustainability in China, Monday: 18.00 pm - 20.00 pm,

S Social Innovation II: Implementation und Evaluation, Wednesday: 10.15 am -12.00 am + 12.15 am - 14.00 pm, Microsoft Teams

V Advanced Business Ethics, Thursday: 14.15 pm - 16.00 pm,

Ü Advanced Business Ethics, Thursday; 16.15 pm - 18.00 pm,

S Changemaker, Tuesday; 16.00 pm - 18.00 pm,




WS 2019/2020 Social Innovation I, Bootcamp 21.11.-23.11.2019

The Social Innovation Bootcamp enters the next round What will happen when 24 business administration students, five Kenyan social entrepreneurs, a management consultancy and a pharmaceutical company lock themselves up for three days in the stadium of FC Ingolstadt? A lot of good ideas on how to make the world a little better! In cooperation with the Bayer Foundation and Achtzig20 , the Social Innovation Bootcamp took place again from November 21 to 23, 2019, where the master students of the Social Innovation 1 course learned how social challenges can be tackled in an entrepreneurial way. In the Social Innovation module, WFI ENTRE students work for a year with a group of social entrepreneurs whose business models address relevant social problems in the areas of health and nutrition, especially in Africa. The Bayer Foundation supports such social impact pioneers financially, but also through mentoring, coaching and access to relevant networks in order to support them in their projects with the necessary business expertise. Cooperation with KU students on the "Social Innovation" course is an integral part of this support. These students contribute their business expertise and creativity and in return have the opportunity to apply in practice what they learned in the lecture - and thus make an active contribution to solving social challenges. The camp was kicked off with a design thinking workshop by the management consultancy Achtzig20, which was designed to prepare students to question the business models of social impact start-ups and improve them through creative solutions. The first task was to develop a wallet for the individual needs of the person sitting next to them. The motto of the exercise? "Shut up and listen!" - whoever really wants to help someone must first listen and understand the needs of the other person. This was then implemented immediately and even before lunch, colourful prototypes were created from Lego, plasticine, pipe cleaner and much more. In the afternoon, the IT company Sipgate provided the students insights into the corporate culture and the implementation of agile methods in everyday business life in a webinar. Subsequently, Stefan Wilhelm, Ouelid Ouyeder and Michael Schwall from Bayer had travelled from Leverkusen for the boot camp in order to familiarize the students with the work at the foundation, innovation management and current projects at Bayer. They will continue to provide advice and support to the groups and their entrepreneurs for the next two semesters. On the second day of the boot camp, the KU students for the first time met "their" project partners, who presented their business ideas in short presentations. The student groups soon got together and worked closely with the Kenyan startups for the next two semesters to develop solutions for entrepreneurial challenges. Following the work on the joint projects, there was also the opportunity for an exchange over a cool drink in the premises of Achtzig20, where students and entrepreneurs could get to know each other and toast the cooperation for the coming months. On the third and last day, the starting shot was fired for the work on the business models of the entrepreneurs - now the students could apply the learned techniques to "their" company and develop solutions together with the design thinking approach. The Social Innovation Bootcamp was again a great success for all participants this year. In the stadium of FC Ingolstadt, not only new ideas and projects emerged during these three days, but also a strong network of students and entrepreneurs who all pursue the common goal of making the world a little better through new insights and inspiration.

Eichstätter Gespräche / Eichstätt Conversations from 14.-16. November 2019

"Sustainability in China" - A Lecture in Cooperation with TH Ingolstadt

Same as last year, the Professorship for Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy hosted the lecture "Sustainability in China" in cooperation with the TH Ingolstadt.

Every week different speakers were invited and for the total of 10 lectures 11 spokespeople held lectures.







Prof. Dr. Peter Augsdörfer, THI &

Prof. Dr. André Habisch, KU

Opening Event 



Dr. Victoria-Sophie Osburg &

Dr. Vignesh Yoganathan

Sustainability Marketing: New opportunities in the Digital Era



Xiang Zhou,

Managing Director Qingdao DEXI Intellegent Equipment Co., Ltd.

Implementation of Sino-German M&A: Practice of Sustainable Business Development Strategy



Dr. Andrea Funk, THI

China’s New Growth Model – a path towards more sustainability?!



Prof. Dr. Bernd Cyffka, KU

Sustainable Land Management along the Tarim River, Xinjiang/China



Prof. Dr. André Habisch, KU

Practical Wisdom and Sustainability in China



Prof. Dr. Ying Cheng (Gastprofessorin an KU/ WFI), 

Chongqing University, China

Sustainable Development: Interpretations and Practices of Chinese Firms



Prof. Dr. YU Ruide, KU

Sustainable Management of the Ecosystems in the Arid Area in Northwest China in Xinjiang



Xueli Yuan,  

Asia Contact München

Nachhaltige Kommunikation:

Aufbau vertrauensvoller Beziehung zwischen

Deutschland und China



Feng Tao,

Managing Director AHST Germany GmbH

Sino-German Trade and Cooperation under the New Market with SWOT Analysis




























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Summer Term 2019: Social Innovation Bootcamp 16.05.-18.05.2019

Pictures from the Social Innovation Bootcamp: For the first time, the students met their social start-up founders from Kenya and Uganda and started working on business challenges of entrepreneurs. The Bootcamp took place on the premises of the management consultation company Achtzig20 (




Learning from an expert: Peter Drucker´s approach to management

Same as in the year before, a seminar for PhD Candidates about management practices and the philosophies of Peter Drucker was hostet by the WFI Ingolstadt of KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in cooperation with HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. This year it was held in Ingolstadt from the 28th of February - 2nd of March 2019.

Course description: Peter Drucker (1909-2005) ranks among the most influential management thinkers and is referred to as father of modern management. He was the first to outline basic principles of what is today considered up-to-date management knowledge. To this day, CEO´s around the globe follow his lead and his insights are continuously popular in day-to-day-business. Even at an advanced age, he was incredibly productive. In 1977, not long before his 70th birthday, Forbes magazine praised him as "Still the YOUNGEST MIND". The focus was on selected basic research of his comprehensive works (38 books):

  • Which are his normative points of departure?
  • What characterizes his style of writing?
  • Why does he vehemently challenge business ehtics of his time?

Prof. Meynhard (HHL) and Prof. Habisch (WFI) have jointly designed and taught the seminar.




Social fiction becomes reality at the Social Innovation Bootcamp 2018


"Let's create social fiction together", is how Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, Managing Director of the BAYER Care Foundation, opened the first Social Innovation Bootcamp. This year the Foundation launched it together with the Faculty of Economic Sciences at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. From the 8th to the 13th of November 2018, 24 Master's students participating in the “Social Innovation 1” module travelled with Eva Vosen and Prof. Habisch to Berlin. There they ould work four days in the "BAYER Life Hub" on the former Schering site to experience the contribution entrepreneurs can make to tackling social challenges. All costs for travel, accommodation and lunch catering were covered by the foundation.

The boot camp took place as part of the newly conceived master's programme "Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation". This programme is aimed at all at master students who want to become self-employed after completing their studies or work in established companies as so-called "intrapreneurs" and therefore drive innovation forward. In this module, the WFI in Ingolstadt is cooperating with the BAYER Care Foundation for the first time:

In addition to theoretical concepts of social and disruptive innovation, students should also get to know technical innovation in the healthcare sector with the purpose to support the innovators with their expertise and creativity during the following months. They were able to experience first hand what contribution technical innovations can make in battling disease and hunger if they are implemented professionally. They were supported by competent speakers like creativity trainers, pitch doctors, venture capitalists, impact investors or innovation hub founders etc.

In recent years, the BAYER Cares Foundation ( has developed formats such as the "Grants4Impact" award ( and the "Aspirin Social Innovation Award" ( to support tech innovators who have a special impact in developing and emerging countries - according to its motto:

"If you want to become a start-up billionaire, you have to solve a billion people's problems"! Candidates are first identified in an elaborate pitching process at various international innovation fairs and then selected in a multi-stage selection process. Grants4Impacts (G4I), for example, supports five social impact pioneers in the fields of health and nutrition with a total funding of € 150,000 each. In addition, the Bayer Cares Foundation provides the award winners with mentoring, coaching and access to relevant networks. Therefore, they can support their projects not only financially but also with the necessary business expertise. Cooperation with KU students from the "Social Innovation" course is an integral part of this support. During the cooperation with the G4I winners students contribute their business expertise and creativity to the process and in return have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in lectures. Thus, they actively contribute to the realization of "Social Fiction".

In the Social Innovation Bootcamp, KU students met "their" G4I project partners for the first time, who pitched their business ideas and challenges in seven-minute presentations at the start of the camp. In addition to working on the projects with the G4I award winners, the Social Innovation Bootcamp program offered a variety of presentations on entrepreneurship, the Berlin start-up scene, venture capital, and the work of the Bayer Foundations. For example, one of the founders of the platform "" gave insights into the work and challenges involved in setting up a social neighborhood platform. Marc Buckley, ambassador of the United Nations Sustainability Goals and expert in the field of sustainable food production and agriculture, explained in his presentation why many measures to achieve more sustainability in the economy and in everyday life are actually only a slowing of speed in the wrong direction: Instead, there must be a complete rethink of sustainable business models. In the workshop of Jeremy Dähn, who also acted as a coach for the pitches of the G4I award winners and candidates for the Aspirin Social Innovation Award, the students learned how to successfully present their idea in just one minute. The best student pitch was awarded a prize at the end of the workshop.

Although the program of the boot camp was well filled with many lectures, discussions and workshops, the group was also able to participate in a varied evening program: with a joint dinner, a comedy program and finally a dive into the Berlin start-up scene. The event ended with a presentation of the finalists and the award ceremony of the Aspirin Social Award, which was presented jointly by Mr. Schmitt-Lord and Prof. Habisch (Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BAYER Cares Foundation). In this way, the students were able to experience personally how the presentation and selection of prize winners is put into practice in such a competitive context.

The Social Innovation Bootcamp 2018 in Berlin was a premiere for all participants, but feedback from students was consistently positive. After five days full of inspiration, new insights and many new contacts, the group returned to Ingolstadt, where the joint work for and with the project partners all over the world is just starting.




Since the winter term of 2017/2018 students of the ENTRE-Masters can participate in the new course "Social Innovation". This event is offered in close cooperation with the Bayer Care Foundation. The aim of the course is to develop concepts and business models for social enterprises together with award winners of the Grants4Impact Award. Thereby they have the chance to experience social innovation on the basis of concrete examples and to make a contribution in the field of health and medicine. The students work in close exchange with the project partners.

The Bayer Care Foundation has invited students to a Social Innovation Bootcamp in Berlin as part of Berlin Science Week, which offers numerous events and networking opportunities to get to know and jointly develop solutions. The Bootcamp took place from 08.11-13.11.2018.

At the end of the semester, the course participants submit a written elaboration of the project work, which was created together with their practical partners. The course is also open to students with other specialisations. 

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Rediscovering Practical Wisdom for Management - an Intercultural Summer School in Marrakech

  • What answers may "Practical Wisdom" give to the current management challenges?
  • What can companies in the 21st century learn from the lessons of Lao-Tse on sustainability?
  • What food for thought does the indigenous land mysticism of Australia provide for the further development of our current system of property rights?
  • To what extent can the German system of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) be understood as the institutionalized wisdom of the entrepreneur?
  • What impulses do Islamic banking approaches have for structuring future financial markets?

These and other questions were discussed by students, researchers and practitioners from seven countries at the Intercultural Summer School about "Rediscovering Practical Wisdom for Management" in Marrakech, Morocco from the 7th to 17th of October.

With the support of the Practical Wisdom Society and the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, the Professorship of Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy launched an international call for proposals. 35 participants from Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America as well as a delegation from the University of Agadir accepted the invitation to Marrakech. Keynote speeches, student presentations, group discussions, case studies as well as excursions and company visits determined the dense program of these days and invited to rediscover "practical wisdom" from religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions - especially in their role as civilizing business practices. Cultural and normative traditions should not only be perceived as the burden of a backward faced past. Rather, traditions of wisdom in narratives, sayings or proverbs can represent an important "cultural asset" for society: An asset, which contributes to civilizing business practice and offers orientation in the everyday life of future business elites.

The focus was initially on the dual apprenticeship in Germany and the function of the Chambers of Industry and Commerce as a structured form of cooperation between the public and private sector ("institutionalized wisdom"). The topic was met with great interest in many African countries in perspective of a dramatically high youth unemployment. The participants intensely used the opportunity to discuss directly with the president of the IHK Munich, who joined the event as a keynote speaker. In addition, a discussion with the managing director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce from the Machokos region (Kenya) took place, which made the differences and similarities clear between the two types of institutions for all participants.

Another topic was the situation of women in the Moroccan labour market. Two female students from the host country reported the status quo from their respective perspectives ("modern woman" versus "traditional woman"). An employee of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation joined the conversation and provided macroeconomic data on the precarious situation of women especially in rural areas (e.g. about 38 percent illiteracy), which triggered lively discussions in the plenum. Afterwards, while visiting a women's cooperative in rural areas, the Summer School was able to form its own impression of the working and living conditions in the villages of the Moroccan south. Those are predominantly populated by the Berber minority, a local indigenous ethnic group. Many contributions focused on Islamic business ethics such as the model of justice ("Zakat") in business, between exchange partners in the market, but also among competitors.

Despite the dense programme, there were also plenty of opportunities for personal intercultural encounters. Outside the seminar room over a cup of coffee, at lunch or on a tour of the old town of Marrakech. The participants got to know each other and each other's cultures better. One of the highlights was a visit to the local Sufi sanctuary to pray with a leading Islamic religious scholar of the country. On another evening, the Moroccan students acted as guides for their fellow students and showed them around on the bustling market in Marrakech. When it was time to say goodbye, great interest to stay in contact was shown, same as organising joint exchange programmes, guest lectures, taking up issues raised during the research and initiating new projects. The practice representatives also signalled their agreement, interest and willingness to cooperate in the search for case studies and practical forms of "wise" entrepreneurship. Finally, the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation in Magreb indicated its sustained interest in the topic as well as its willingness to participate in the organisation of a Summer School again next year.




Don Bosco Mondo: "Weltwerkstatt" to the 60. Birthday of Mr. Dörring, 03.09.2018

DON BOSCO MONDO e.V. is a non-governmental organisation for international development cooperation. The association supports disadvantaged children and adolescents worldwide across denominational an idealogical borders. Through education and vocational training, they are given the opportunity to live an independent life in dignity. Local partners exist in over 130 countries as well as Thea Salesians of Don Bosco and the Don Bosco Sisters. On these pages you will get to know the organisational structures, contents, networks, location, control bodies and partners.

Prof. Habisch gave a lecture at this event on the topic: World-Workshop: Vocational training with added value: sustainable, global, tailor-made




Article by Laura F. Sasse-Werhahn, Claudius Bachmann and André Habisch in "Journal of Business Ethics"

Journal of Business Ethics

Managing Tensions in Corporate Sustainability Through a Practical Wisdom Lens

Laura F. Sasse‑Werhahn · Claudius Bachmann · André Habisch

Received: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 August 2018 © Springer Nature B.V. 2018


Previous research has underlined the significance of practical wisdom pertaining to corporate sustainability (CS). Recent studies, however, have identified managing opposing but interlocked tensions related to environmental, social, and economic aspects as one of the most crucial future challenges in CS. Therefore, we apply the established link between wisdom and sustainability to the pressing topic of managing tensions in CS. We commence with a literature overview of tensions in sustainability management, which manifests our basic work assumption concerning the need for practical wisdom in CS. We then discuss the threefold, mutual interconnectedness between practical wisdom and tension management in CS, which we illustrate in a conceptual model. Thereafter, we develop a set of propositions on how a practical wisdom approach influences CS in practice and how it differs from a business-case approach. In recognition of the conceptual character of our paper, we conclude by outlining potential practical applications and theoretical implications of the model and of the propositions. Limitations and avenues for further research are discussed.


Corporate sustainability · Tension management · Practical wisdom · Sustainable management · Business ethics⋅ Prudence




Summer School in Marrakech Oct 7th to 17th, 2018

 Ingolstadt, 04.09.2018

For the first time, an Intercultural Summer School entitled “Rediscovering Practical Wisdom in Management” will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from October 7th to Oct 17th 2018. The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the National School for Commerce and Management of Marrakesh are joining forces in organizing the event with support from the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation (HSS) and the Practical Wisdom Society (PWS). Countries in socio-economic transition are adopting management education tools originated from western cultural, intellectual and socio-economic backgrounds. Consequently, case studies, concepts, theories and narratives are mostly reflecting the logic of Western economies. Thereby, business education neglects the specificity of cultural contexts and the business environment associated with them, which are rooted in a culture’s social values and ethical principles. as a consequence, future business leaders fail to appreciate their own cultural origins and the value it holds for their personal and professional development.

Due to this background, the summer school is getting ready to rediscover ‘Practical Wisdom’ from religious, philosophical and spiritual traditions and especially in its role of civilizing business practices. Cultural and normative traditions should not merely be perceived as ballast of a regressive past. Rather wisdom traditions in narratives, sayings or proverbs can represent an important ‘cultural asset’ of societies: an asset contributing to civilize business practice and orientate the everyday practice of future business elites.The organizers of the Summer school - Prof. Dr. André Habisch (Catholic University Eichstätt- Ingolstadt & PWS) and Dr. Lobah (HSS) - have invited several academic as well as non-academic key-note-speakers from around the world to participate in the event and feature different aspects of ‘Practical Wisdom’.

More than 20 students from 7 nationalities and 4 continents have been carefully selected to participate in this event, which promotes learning about wisdom from different cultural and spiritual traditions through personal meetings and exchange. Moreover, common research initiatives among participants are proposed and initiated during the program. Furthermore, 3 excursions are included in the program. They allow participants to meet ‘wise practitioners’ from the local Moroccan business context and explore the cultural as well as natural richness of the Marrakesh region. The intensive program for the summer school participants will enable personal and cultural encounters in order to set free inspirational new ideas - and potentially revive old ones.




New donation for Chair of Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy through the Manfred Roth Foundation (NORMA)

Ingolstadt, 31.07.2018

Foundation of the NORMA founder promotes education, social affairs and culture

New donationto KU through Manfred Roth Foundation (NORMA)


In the interest of Manfred Roth the charity fund named after him is continuing its purposeful work. Since the death of the Fürth entrepreneur and NORMA founder in 2010 a multitude of donations was granted to social, cultural, educational and scientific institutions. Currently, the Chair of Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy of at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt can be pleased with the promised donation. Foundation director Dr. Wilhelm Polster presented a cheque worth the amount of 10.000 € to Prof. Dr. André Habisch (with Ines Burkhard on the (right) and research assistant Ren Peng (left)).

Financial commitment where it helps and is needed for charitable purpose and the Manfred Roth Foundation is naturally active in numerous areas of public life and society. Manfred Roth himself, who has shaped NORMA into a successful company in Germany, France, Austria and the Czech Republic, was also known throughout his life for his personal commitment to good training and career opportunities both within and outside his company.



Opening Event of the lecture series "Sustainability in China"


The Chair for Christian Social Ethics and Social Policy initiated in cooperation with the Technical University Ingolstadt a lecture series named "Sustainability in China".

On 16.04.2018 the opening event took place.

During the semester several high-ranking personalities were guests at this lecture series such as:

Mr. Peter Augsdörfer (THI), Mr. Don Li (Xetabyte GMBH), Mr. Schleeh (CHina Bayern Center), Mr. Tropschuh (AUDI AG), Mr. Qiang Zhou (ZD Automotive).




Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Prof. Habisch visits the Short Film Festival "20minmax"

The international short film festival "20minmax" took place from 23rd to 28th April 2018 at the Audi cinema. The movies on Friday evening were all about artificial intelligence, as a pre-taste of the Futurological Congress in Ingolstadt. In addition to the filmmakers of the short film "Nahe Kepler", Prof. Habisch was invited to discuss artificial intelligence and ethics with the audience after the films. Questions were raised like "Do I have to treat artificial intelligence with respect?" or "Will robots displace humans in the labour market? Prof. Habisch will also be a guest at the Futurological Congress on 15.06.2018 and invite the visitors of the Short Film Special to a discourse on ethics and artificial intelligence.

Learning from an expert: Peter Drucker´s approach to management

Seminar for PhD Candidates from 31st Jan - 2nd Feb 2018 at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

Course description: Peter Drucker (1909-2005) ranks among the most influential management thinkers and is referred to as father of modern management. He was the first to outline basic principles of what is today considered up-to-date management knowledge. To this day, CEO´s around the globe follow his lead and his insights are continuously popular in day-to-day-business. Even at an advanced age, he was incredibly productive. In 1977, not long before his 70th birthday, Forbes magazine praised him as "Still the YOUNGEST MIND". The focus was on selected basic research of his comprehensive works (38 books):

  • Which are his normative points of departure?
  • What characterizes his style of writing?
  • Why does he vehemently challenge business ehtics of his time?

Prof. Meynhard (HHL) and Prof. Habisch (WFI) have jointly designed and taught this seminar. Below you can find the course evaluation.




Prof. Dr. André Habisch talks about digitalisation and the balance between technology and ethics at the VI Forum


The fourth Virtual Innovation Forum, which took place on 21st and 22nd September 2017 at the Ingolstadt University of Technology, focused on the balance between ethics and digital progress. On the two days of the event, representatives from industry and science discussed digital (r)evolution and its diverse possibilities, but also the challenges it poses for people, the environment, business and politics. In the context of a panel discussion, Prof. Habisch gave a keynote speech inviting the top-class panel and audience to discuss topics such as innovation, the relationship between man and machine, and the significance of ethical literacy in the age of digitalization. 


Further information can be found on the VI-Forum homepage:




Delegation of Srinakharinwirot University visited WFI

At the end of summer semester 2017, on 28th July, Prof. Dr. Habisch and Mr. Chitic welcomed the delegation from Srinakharinwirot University of Thailand at WFI campus in Ingolstadt. The delegation was led by the Professor Dr. Somchai Santiwatanakul, president of Srinakharinwirot University, and deans of various faculties. The purpose of their visit is looking for a future cooperation, e.g. students exchange, research project, and PhD exchange program.


Srinakharinwirot University is a public university located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Since funded in 1949, as a multidisciplinary university, the university includes almost 40 offices with 18 faculties. It actively maintains and promotes international programs through academic exchanges and cooperation agreements with foreign universities and institutions. 

Lectureship at the KU partner university Tongji in China in March 2017

During his stay in China Prof. Habisch held a workshop at the KU partner university Tongji with colleagues and PhD students from the field of sustainability research. The focus was on the presentation of the newly founded "Competence Center Sutainability in China" and the discussion of common research topics.