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Partnerships with the Business Community

Business Projects

The business projects offered in our master's program allows teams of 4-6 students to work with a company to develop solutions for an issue currently relevant to businesses. The team is supervised throughout the 3-month project window by the company and a research assistant at the University of Cologne, who also evaluates students' performance and assigns a grade. The main goal of the project is to employ business management theory in a practical setting. In the course of the project, students should acquire relevant practical experience, apply their technical skills, and address a management issue relevant for the company. 

Thesis in cooperation with a company

We regularly supervise bachelor's and master's theses on topics in personnel economics written in cooperation with a company. In this case, practical issues in human resource management that can be addressed with quantitative methods are particularly relevant. The focus often lies on human resource management policies that can be evaluated on the basis of company data (for example, personnel data, employee survey data, performance measures, etc.). 

Research cooperation with companies

We welcome the opportunity to work together with companies to evaluate the causal effect of HRM practices on behavior, employee perceptions, and performance. Our key focus here is on HR analytics and running field experiments (A/B tests) in firms. If interested, please directly contact Prof. Sliwka (