When 35,000 years ago, in the Chauvet cave in a far away valley in the south of France, man suddenly found the time to create artworks on the walls of a cave, the spark of globalization ignited. Planned activity, economic activity using the division of labor, and the willingness to exchange overcame scarcity and gave people free time. A principle that still creates free time today and thus propels change, innovation, and ideas.
When free time becomes available, possibilities for creativity develop. Mobility as the need to escape from regional monotony, trade as the necessity to get new things, and logistics as the systematic tool to facilitate mobility and trade have been the drivers of human society ever since.
To consider mobility, trade, and logistics purely from the perspective of business administration is too unidimensional and too normatively linked to the targets of organizations. Thus, the chair is mainly oriented towards economics. Macroeconomic dimensions and microeconomic details are considered, addressed, researched, and interpreted. Whereas business administration, with its evolutionary individual economic theory of institutions as the model of entrepreneurial functions, is moving towards microeconomic theory, the Chair of Mobility, Trade & Logistics is developing a new way of thinking which bases the theoretical explanations of business administration on an economic level.
The chair sees its task to transfer knowledge in the same way. Mathematical symbol seeking is to be replaced by becoming able to operationally explain observable facts, to measure them empirically, and thus to act in an entrepreneurial way and to create economic benefits.
Our research is driven by the question of the necessary, possible, and impossible changes. Technological innovations open up completely new possibilities, and production-related limitations are overcome. At the same time climate change, the dependency on scarce energy resources, and the overburdened infrastructures in areas of high population density are leading to new limitations that have to be overcome to maintain a sustainable, fair, and secure mobility and simultaneously to meet the requirements of the users.
These questions are relevant for individual mobility, but also for logistics and trade.
Our research focuses on new concepts of and solutions for mobility.