The Chair of Strategic Organization & Finance | SOFI, founded in 2003 by Professor Dr Stephan A. Jansen and his team work in the triangle of strategy, organization, and finance on central management challenges that organizations of the market, the state, and civil society face, as well as on inter-sectoral hybridizations.
On the basis of interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, international, and interactionistic approaches, the SOFI works in a theory-grounding, empirical, practice- and political consulting way on research phenomena of education, finance, leadership, innovation, cooperation, and mergers, as well as on research on networks, organizations, and civil society.
The SOFI feels committed to 1. free, resonant, relevant, reflexive, and medializing research and publications - even beyond the scientific community -, 2. the theory-grounding, activating, and independent qualification of young academics and teaching, as well as 3. the effective, appreciative, and surprising transfer and academic services into practice and politics.
(1) Interdisciplinary Approaches to Social Scientific Organizational Research
Based on an economic approach open to social sciences, the SOFI develops complex as well as reflexive problem descriptions and suggests recommendations. In doing so, the focus is on theories from the areas of sociology, communication sciences, cultural studies, as well as political and administrative sciences.
(2) Intersectoral Approaches to Empirical Research Design
The SOFI focuses on organizations of the market, the state, as well as civil society and their interplay, with special attention given to comparative analyses, transfer possibilities, as well as the hybridizations of tasks and organizations. This focus is intensified by social transformational tasks that cannot be addressed by a purely sectoral perspective.
(3) International Approaches to Comparative Analyses
In numerous visiting research exchanges, research cooperations and associations with universities in Africa (Stellenbosch), Latin America/Mexico (Monterrey Tech), and the USA (Stanford and Harvard), the SOFI analyzes in an internationally comparative way on site.
(4) Interactionistic Approaches to Third-Party Funded Research and Practical Projects
The SOFI cooperates with partners 1. from the area of promoting research, such as the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, or science promoting foundations such as Mercator or Siemens, 2. in the context of practice-related third-party funded projects by ALTANA, BMW, CARITAS, DAIMLER, and DEUTSCHE TELEKOM, but also Wüstenrot and ZEPPELIN, as well as 3. in the area of academic political consulting and long lasting circles of consultants, such as the Federal Chancellery, federal and state ministries, as well as cooperation in committees of educational institutions and foundations.