Institute for a Sustainable Economy | ISE


The Institute for a Sustainable Economy | ISE at Zeppelin University joins the efforts of the scholars at the Department of Management and Economics who contribute with their research to the Sustainable Development Goals strategy. We address sustainability challenges in an interdisciplinary approach combining knowledge in sustainable finance, electromobility, institutional economics, organizational governance, integrity management and transcultural leadership, innovation management and transformation, and sustainability accounting & controlling.

Structure ISE

Research Foci

SDGs & EU Taxonomy

  • ZF-Centre for Sustainability Research
  • ZEPPELIN-Center for Sustainable Business
  • Center for Mobility Studies | CfM
  • Pricing carbon risk
  • Pricing Electricity under Renewables Input
  • Impact of ESG Ratings on the Firm Performance, M&A, Financial Risk Management
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Greenwashing
  • Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
  • ZEPPELIN-Center for Sustainable Business
  • Integrity and Compliance Management
  • Cultural Complexity and Transcultural Leadership
  • Relational Contracting and Stakeholder Governance
  • Ethical Decision Making and Behavioral Business Ethics
  • Organizational Learning Processes for SDGs implementation in Business organizations
  • European Center for Sustainability Research | ECS
  • Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
  • ZEPPELIN-Center for Sustainable Business
  • ZF-Centre for Sustainability Research
  • Theory of Sustainability
  • Human-Centric Digitalization
  • Justice and Fairness in Sustainability
  • Managing Stress and Adversity
  • Human-Nature and Human-Human Relationship

Professor Dr. Josef Wieland, Professor Dr. Carmen Tanner, Professor Dr. Manfred Moldaschl, Professor Dr. Wolfgang H. Schulz, and Professor Dr. Weiss contribute with their research output to the Sustainable Development Goals strategy.

Graphic: UN Communication Material
Graphic: UN Communication Material

Professor Dr. Florentina Paraschiv, Professor Dr. Josef Wieland, and the Professor of the new Chair Sustainability Accounting & Controlling focus on research topics consistent with the EU Taxonomy regulatory framework.

Graphic: European Commission
Graphic: European Commission


ZF-Centre for Sustainability Research

The ZF Center for Sustainability Research focuses on the strategic implications of the challenges posed by sustainability issues for the financial system. The researchers involved develop proposed solutions for dealing with financial risks arising from social and sustainability issues.

Research Overview

Challenges of the EU TAXONOMY for companies

ESG related ongoing studies:

«The Effects of ESG Scores on Acquisition Premiums and Post-Merger Performance.» (Knoll, S. & Paraschiv, F. (2022))

«Do Corporate Green Bonds Fetch a “Greenium?”» (Paraschiv, F., Russo, M., Gausemel, A.I., Stangeland, O.F. (2022))

Contribute to climate neutrality by clean and affordable MOBILITY

«Design thinking behind vechicle-to-grid: smart charging parking for urban areas in Europe» (Paraschiv et al. 2022)

  • Reduce emissions in street traffic
  • Enhance electromobility

Embed SUSTAINABILITY in processes and decision making

«Medium-term Planning for Thermal Electricity Production. OR Spectrum, 36(3), 723-759. (Best Paper Award, Conference Energy Finance, 2014)» (Kovacevic and Paraschiv, (2014, 2020))

  • Are CO2 certificate prices incentivizing greener electricity production?


Several published articles shedding light on implications of wind and photovoltaic on pricing and trading strategies (to be detailed on next slides).

  • Wind and PV challenge pricing processes and electricity grids
  • Wind and PV challenge trading

Exploring factors that explain companies' ranking in ESG indexes

Implications of Environmental, Social, and Governance components for ESG scoring/rating

ESG-related upcoming studies:

«The Effects of Green Patenting on ESG scoring.» (Paraschiv, F. (2022))

«Greenwashing in the light of EU taxonomy matrix of thresholds.» (Paraschiv, F. (2022))

Paraschiv, Florentina
Paraschiv, Florentina Prof Dr

ZEPPELIN-Center for Sustainable Business

The ZEPPELIN-Center for Sustainable Business is run by the new Chair of Sustainability Accounting & Controlling and the ZEPPELIN Chair of Innovation Management & Transformation. It deals with questions related to sustainable business practices whose answers contribute to both theory and practice to derive implications for researchers, managers, and policy makers.

Research Overview

Preserve and enhance RESILIENCE in organizations

Studying resilience in organizations on different levels:

«Mitigating Negative Side Effects of Innovation Project Terminations: The Role of Resilience and Social Support» (Todt, Weiss, & Hoegl (2018))

«Team resilience in organizations: A conceptual and theoretical discussion of a team level concept» (Hartmann, Weiss, & Hoegl (2020))

Contribute to climate neutrality by sustainable MOBILITY

«Preferences for the Shared Use of Electric-Powered Vehicles in Mobility Packages: An Empirical Analysis of MaaS in a University Context» (Decker, Marx, Weiss, & Werbeck (2023))

  • Project «GenoMobil»: Cooperatives as organizational form for an eco-social transformation of integrated mobility

Drivers of organizational INNOVATION

  • How can we stimulate and support creativity and innovation in organizations?

Dealing with stressors and adverse experiences at the workplace

Ongoing studies and published articles shedding light on adversity at the workplace and how to avoid negative psychological consequences.

  • The dual nature of stressors
  • The detrimental role of (chronic) stress
  • Types and outcomes of adversity

Entrepreneurship and innovation to combat poverty in developing countries

Ongoing studies shedding light on how innovation and entrepreneurship in low-income contexts can succeed to alleviate poverty and to improve living.

«The rhythm of innovation at the BOP: Dealing with multiple constraints through effectuation and causation (Best Paper Award ISPIM Innovation Forum)» (Koepplin, Weiss, & Hoegl (2016)


Project «INTERACT! New Forms of Social Interaction with Intelligent Systems»

«The Impact of Digital Technologies on Employee Performance and Strain» (Desernot, Alavi, & Weiss (2021))

«Offloading under cognitive load: Humans are willing to offload parts of an attentionally demanding task to an algorithm» (Wahn, Schmitz, Gerster, & Weiss (2023))

Weiss, Matthias
Weiss, Matthias Prof Dr

Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ

The Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ is a research, teaching and practice transfer institution. One main topic run by the Chair of Institutional Economics, Organisational Governance, Integrity Management and Transcultural Leadership relates to work on the theory of relational economics and, in particular, on the governance of value chains, issues of leadership and corporate culture, the conditions for success of transcultural cooperation, the economic/ social conditions and consequences of disruptive technologies. Another main topic run by the Chair of Economic Psychology and Leadership Ethics relates to behavioral ethics, the psychological and organizational conditions of unethical and illegal behavior, strategies to encourage personal integrity.

Research Overview

Transcultural Caravan Network | TCN

  • Annual Transcultural Leadership Summit (TLS)
  • Annual Transcultural Student Research Groups (TSRG)

  • Network of Universities from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America
  • Transcultural management and competences

Centre for Leadership and Innovation in Asia (CLIA)

  • Platform for discussion on Asia related topics
  • Leadership and innovation in Asia

Relational Economics & Organizational Governance

  • Corporate governance and shared value creation
  • Organizational learning as relational learning
  • Network organizations

Bodensee Innovation Cluster | BIC

  • Annual BIC conference and research reports
  • Regular meetings with representatives from firms from the region
  • Network of organizations and experts

Compliance, CSR and Business Ethics

  • German Forum Compliance and Integrity (FCI)
  • German Network of Business Ethics (DNWE)
  • National CSR Forum

Psychological and Organizational Conditions of (Un)Ethical Behavior

  • Empirical studies revealing that people committed to ethical values are less likely to compromise honesty for financial gains, less susceptible to social norms, or corruption:

    " Earnings management and the role of moral values in investing" (Gibson, Sohn, Tanner & Wagner, 2023)

    "Does moral commitment predict resistance to corruption? Experimental evidence from a bribery game" (Tanner et al., 2022)

    "Moral Commitment: Does it reduce or enhance the response to social norms? Evidence from a laboratory experiment on earnings management" (Gibson, Tanner & Wagner, 2013).

    "Prefrontal connections express individual differences in honesty" (Dogan, Morishima, Heise, Tanner, Gibson, Wagner, & Tobler, 2016)

    "Preferences for truthfulness: Heterogeneity among and within individuals" (Gibson, Tanner & Wagner, 2013).

  • Ongoing studies that examine the role of compliance-, integrity-oriented organizational cultures in shaping (un)ethical behavior in organizations.

    "The German ethical culture scale (GECS): Development and first construct testing" (Tanner et al., 2019)

    " Preventing wrongdoing and promoting ethical conduct: An integrated approach to corporate ethical culture" (Stimmler & Tanner, 2019)

Strategies to Promote Personal Integrity

  • Using a "serious moral game" to train ethical awareness, and ongoing studies to promote professional's ability to make the "right" decision:
    "Educating moral sensitivity in business: An experimental study to evaluate the effectiveness of a serious game" (Tanner et al., 2022)
    "Moral sensitivity in business: A revised measure" (Schmocker, Tanner, Katsarov & Christen, 2023)
    "Moral Intelligence: A framework for understanding moral competences" (Tanner & Christen, 2014).
  • Research Project on promoting the "right thing to do" through simple but smart questions. Cross-national research project funded by DGP and SNSF (budget about 950'000 Euro)
Wieland, Josef
Wieland, Josef Prof Dr
Tanner, Carmen
Tanner, Carmen Prof Dr

European Center for Sustainability Research | ECS

The European Center for Sustainability Research | ECS is an independent platform for sustainability research and a transdisciplinary competence center. It aims to provide independent impulses for sustainability research on a national and European level, and on the other hand to contribute to the advancement of sustainable ways of acting and thinking on a national and regional level ("Three-Country-Corner").

Research Overview

Energy Cultures

  • Sociology and politics of climate change, governance studies; science-practice-relations, institutional capabilities, policy recommendations

Sustainability of Work and Organizational Innovation

  • Reflexive project management for sustainable innovation (ReProNa)
  • Standardized sustainability measurement

Sustainability Indicators in Big City Infrastructure Projects

  • Resilience & Liveability: comparative policy analysis
  • Enhancing blue-green and social performance in dense urban environments
  • Good practice- & conflict studies
Moldaschl, Manfred
Moldaschl, Manfred Prof Dr Dr

Center for Mobility Studies | CfM

The Center for Mobility Studies | CfM, based at Zeppelin University, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international analysis of regulatory, ecological, economic, cultural or planning framework conditions of innovative business models in the mobility market.

Research Overview

Dissemination of knowledge at international conferences

Schulz, Wolfgang H., Franck, Oliver, Kleis, Henrik: «The Instrument of the Institutional Role Model in GAIA-X4 move ID», Poster Number P23-20406, Board Number B592, Poster Session: «Data Exchange Projects Supporting Vehicle Highway Automation» at Transportation Research Board 102nd Annual Meeting, 8.–12.01.2023, Washington, D.C., USA

Contribute to climate neutrality by researching future MOBILITY


  • Development of future mobility solutions under consideration of data sovereignity
  • Funded by German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

Embed SUSTAINABILITY in processes and decision making through COOPERATION

«Nachhaltigkeit und Ressourceneffizienz bei unternehmensübergreifenden Kooperationen: Die Theorie der Institutionellen Rollenmodelle als Grundlage für Best Practices» (Schulz, W. H., Franck, O., Smolka, S., Geilenberg, V. (2021))

  • How can sustainability and resource efficiency be increased in cross-company collaborations?


«STILLE – Standardisierung induktiver Ladesysteme über Leistungsklassen»

  • Development of recommendations for the design of interoperable inductive cahrging systems
  • Funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Contribution to climate protection through research into alternative mobility solutions

«Helfi: Die letzte Meile mit dem Lastenrad» (Innovationsprojekt Klimaschutz)

Implications of space mobility components

«HydRON» enables laser-based satellite Internet and conserves resources on Earth. It contributes to the sustainable space mobility of the future.

  • Dvelopment of laser-based satellite communication
  • Funded by Ministry of Economy, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg
Schulz, Wolfgang H.
Schulz, Wolfgang H. Prof Dr habil


Head of Institute for a Sustainable Economy | ISE

Paraschiv, Florentina
Paraschiv, Florentina Prof Dr
Head of Institute for a Sustainable Economy | ISE
Director ZF-Centre for Sustainability Research
Phone:+49 7541 6009 -1231
Room:Semi 1.13L
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