Sebastian Huber is a doctoral candidate at Silpakorn University in Thailand. His dissertation looks into “The Shift from Owning to Sharing – how SMEs advance their business model in the B2B sharing economy”. This research project investigates the transformation processes that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) undergo from being the sole owners of resources to sharing them with other companies. Since 2017, Sebastian has been working as a lecturer and head of study in teaching, research and services for the CC Service and Operations Management of the Institute for Business and Regional Economics IBR. He decided to pursue a doctorate for the intellectual challenge of discovering something truly new and of using his knowledge to the immediate benefit of companies and senior executives. “Directly working with a company’s senior management is a highlight. I gain insight into new industries and companies, and, in addition to the research content proper, I get to discover, and learn a lot about, the processes and business models as well as the challenges and opportunities of these companies and the people with whom I have the privilege of working,” says Huber, who himself has been a senior executive for fifteen years.
Larissa Dahinden’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Bern (Psychology) is about “Collaborative Consumption”. Collaborative consumption is an umbrella term for lending, bartering and sharing and other behaviours in which things are not used by a single person, but by multiple people. The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts conducts research into what makes people share goods. As a research associate at the CC Marketing Management of the Institute of Communication and Marketing IKM, Larissa Dahinden is involved in various research projects. For her, a doctorate was the logical next step towards gaining a profound understanding of her chosen topic. She greatly benefits from the extensive network of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: “Many opportunities come up by chance. You casually talk about a problem over a cup of coffee and realise that your interlocutor has faced, and solved, the same problem in the past.”
Timo Heroth’s doctoral thesis at the University of St. Gallen explores the topic of “Big Data and ESG Reporting”. Based on big data and text analytics, he investigates ESG reports and external data sources for industries and companies to assess their ESG materiality and stakeholder orientation. As a senior research associate at the CC Corporate Finance of the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ, he is involved in research and service projects and teaching activities. The chance to work at the intersection of research and business, to apply the knowledge gained in teaching and to define focal points are some of the factors that motivated Timo Heroth to pursuing a doctorate. “Writing a doctoral dissertation requires a structured approach that is useful in day-to-day professional work. I hope it will further strengthen the university’s close ties with the business world.”
In autumn 2021, Ines Jungunger started her doctorate on the subject of “People Analytics” at the FernUniversität in Hagen. It is associated with Professor Dr Peter Kels’ and Professor Dr Uwe Vormbusch’s SNSF and DFG-funded research project of the same name. The dissertation’s goal is to investigate the effects of the algorithm-based systems of companies on their employees, workplace hierarchies and corporate decision-making culture. Ines Junginger works as a research associate for the People Analytics project at the CC Corporate Development, Management and Personnel of the Institute for Business and Regional Economics IBR.
“Pursuing a doctorate gives me the opportunity to explore my chosen subject deeply and over a long period of time and also to consolidate my theoretical and methodological knowledge. It allows me to become an expert in a field and to follow my passion for empirical social research,” says Junginger about the reasons behind her decision to pursue a doctorate. What she enjoys most is field work and the often very personal glimpses into peoples’ lives that she is allowed to take during her conversations and interviews with them.
Carolin Geyer writes her doctoral dissertation at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar on the topic of “Music in the context of short video clips on social media”. In her research project, she examines the now widely established 15 to 60-second video clips on social media and how today’s users handle audio-visual content on social media. As a research associate for the CC Tourism of the Institute of Tourism and Mobility ITM, she works on various research projects and teaches. For Carolin, it is important to see beyond her own discipline. She is currently involved in research projects at the Schools of Music and of Computer Science and Information Technology. It allows her to expand her theoretical and methodological knowledge outside the confines of her discipline. After her doctorate, Caroline would like to continue to conduct research at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and to gainfully use her consolidated skills in her teaching activities.