The Board

Dirk Sliwka, Academic Director


Dirk Sliwka studied from 1991 until 1995 Economics at the University of Bonn and at the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique in Paris. He did his postdoctoral studies (1995-1999) within the European Doctoral Program in Quantitative Economics in Bonn, Germany with an annual research stay at the London School of Economics. From 1999 until 2000 he was employed by SAP AG as a consultant for Controlling. During his habilitation (2000-2003) at the University in Bonn he was also working as a trainer on the subject of "Strategic Enterprise Management" for SAP AG.

Since 2004 he has been Chair of Personnel Economics and Human Resource Management at the University of Cologne.

He has published in various international academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Management Science, Journal of Labor Economics, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Jens Beckert, Board Member


Jens Beckert studied Sociology and Business Economics in Berlin, New York and Princeton. He graduated with a Dr. phil.  from the Freie Universität Berlin where he also received his habilitation in 2003. From 2002 to 2003 he was Associate Professor of Sociology at the International University in Bremen and from 2003 to 2005 Professor of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. In 2005 he became Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and  joined the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of. In 2010 he was appointed Member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Professor Beckert’s research interests focus on the Role of the economy in society, especially based on studies of markets; organizational sociology; sociology of inheritance,  and sociological theory.

Jörg Breitung, Board Member

Jörg Breitung received his PhD in 1992 from the University in Hannover and finished his "Habilitation" in 2000 at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. He was Visiting Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and became a Full Professor at the University of Göttingen in 2002. From 2003 to 2014 he was Full Professor of Econometric Methods at the University of Bonn. His research interest are univariate and multivariate time series analysis, forecasting and the analysis of panel data. He is an Associated Editor of Economics Letters, Econometric Journal and Computational Statistics. Furthermore, he is a research consultant of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the DIW, Berlin.

Marc Fischer, Board Member


A Board Member since 2012, Marc Fischer joined the Faculty in 2011 as Director of the Department of Marketing and Marketing Research. His research interests include conceptual and empirical research that demonstrates the marketing impact on bottom-line result and firm value; marketing-mix optimization; brand management and market response models/econometric modelling.

Marc Fischer studied Management at the University of Mannheim with a focus on Production Management, Controlling and English/American Studies. He graduated with a PhD from Mannheim and obtained his qualification as professor at the University of Kiel. Being called by both the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and the University of Passau he joined the latter in 2007. Interrupting his academic career from 2001 to 2002 he became a Consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Professor Fischer is a regular guest researcher at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA,Member of the Advisory Council of the Marketing Accountability Standards Board, Chicaco and Member of the Academic Board of the Zentrum für Markenmanagement and Marketing.

Karsten Hank, Board Member



Karsten Hank is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cologne and Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. He studied Social Sciences at Ruhr-University Bochum, was a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, and Head of the Research Unit "Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe" at the Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Ageing. Hank was a Visiting Professor at King's College London and is an International Research Fellow at VU Amsterdam. He is Co-PI of the German Family Panel (pairfam) and Co-Editor of the Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. His research on aging, families and health has been published in such journals such as Demography, European Sociological Review, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Marriage and Family, Science & Medicine.



André Kaiser, Board Member


André Kaiser received his PhD from the University of Freiburg. He was habilitated at the University of Mannheim in 2000. Following a tenure at the University of Konstanz (2000-2001), he joined the University of Cologne in 2002. He has been a Full Professor of Political Science since 2003 and a member of the Faculty of the International Max Planck Research School “The Social and Political Constitution of the Economy” since 2007. Professor Kaiser’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Poland, Austria, New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.

Professor Kaiser’s research interest is informed by the actor-centred institutionalist approach to the study of politics. Current research projects include party strategies on electoral markets, macro and micro effects of electoral systems and federalism and decentralization effects in OECD countries among others.

Marita Jacob, Board Member

Marita Jacob Board Member


Marita Jacob studied Social Sciences, Mathematics and Economics at Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen, the Westminster University, London and the Free University of Berlin. Professor Jacob joined the Institute for Sociology and Social Psychology in 2011. Her research focus lies on inequalities during the course of a life, specifically educational inequalities, family and labor market. Her publications include papers on the influence of social background on educational decisions and educational careers; on links between education and fertility, and on labor market entry and unemployment, published in Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility amongst others.