Projects

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • MAIN-STREET / WALL-STREET

Prof. Dr. Winfried Weber

“Main-Street vs. Wall-Street – Understanding Each Other or Drifting Apart”

As a resonance of  a 2012 round table of the Peter Drucker Society of Mannheim e.V. we prepare an anthology with views from economists, social scientists and practitioners from Main-Street and Wall-Street.

  • LEADERSHIP AND MODERN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Prof. Dr. Winfried Weber

In cooperation with Daimler AG, Freudenberg & Co, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, John Deere,
and  Institut für Produktionssysteme und Organisation/PSO
and Kompetenzzentrum Moderne Produktionssysteme, HS Mannheim

Leading questions
1. Values
2. Leadership and production systems
3. Organization,  process structure/ project structure
4. Roles and tasks of effective management and production systems
5. Tools for effective Leadership/Change Management
Job Design, Self-Assessment, Learning organization, Lifelong Learning, Feedback processes, management ratio; Shopfloor-Management (Genji Genbutsu, …); zero defects; vulnerability, robustness, ambiguity
6. Communication

Photo:
Modern Production Systems, Kyung Hee University Seoul

  • SOCIAL AND CIVIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Prof. Dr. Winfried Weber

The project studies how local social innovations emerge.
We use and develop new models of lecturing with the focus on “Solving social problems and encouraging social innovation”

We offer a continuous Entrepreneurship-Lab with steps like
-Define your social innovation
-Design your social innovation
-Pilot your social innovation
-Scale your social innovation

 Social entrepreneurs teach us two things. They demonstrate how to obtain enormous impact with limited ressources and we can see that they emerge solutions from their entrpreneurial thinking, especially in the field of social solutions, no one would have thought about in the ivory tower.

The economist Schumpeter described what marks entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs do not only change their organizations and their industry, but our patterns of behaviour and perception. Social and economic entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Their wish is to achieve the largest impact possible. Entrepreneurs change their environment by perserverence, endurance, readiness to assume a risk and refusal to settle for existent solutions. They have chutzpa, are obsessed by an assignment and commit themselves to the implementation of their innovation for life.

Especially in complex or even hopeless situations social and civic entrepreneurs need to reach out to people using less money and ressources. Mere innovative entrepreneurs manage this challenge. Social and civic entrepreneurs rise the performance of a society, as Peter Drucker once said.

With this research project current development in Germany is being investigated and student projects at the University of Applied Sciences, faculty of social sciences will be supported. The project has to be understood as an entrepreneurship-lab, in which entrepreneurial action gets linked with academic laboratory. Entrepreneurship will be trained exemplarily by assignment of tasks. The students develop business models, strategic objectives, clarify the mission of the enterprise and the first steps of a foundation. A similar approach of social entrepreneurs, the civic entrepreneurs, navigate through the treacherous waters of bureaucracy. They develop new models and effectiveness and efficiency in the public sector.